Dirt Is Good
Now, without a doubt, there is more atmospheric pollution from road vehicles in our towns and cities which may contribute to the asthma problem but I ain't convinced that this is the real reason that so many people are plagued by these things.
Every day of the year, we are bombarded by advertising. Much of this advertising is for household cleaning stuff. Anti bacterial this, and germ exterminating that. Make your home as clean and sterile as an OR. Sterile. Germs are dirty. Wipe away the dirt. Don't expose yourselves or your offspring to these deadly germs. They will kill you and make your hair fall out and nobody will be your friend. And I'm not sure if that's a good thing. People are gullible.
Anyway, the gist is this; does all this obsessive cleaning and sterilisation mean that we are losing our immunities? If you're not exposed to the little blighters then you're not going to build up any immunity to them. And it takes time to build up this resistance. A childhood spent playing in the mud and eating worms. Dropping your food on the floor, dusting it off and eating it anyway. People these days live in their own isolation wards. Where they are vulnerable to things that would be shrugged off by those who ate dirt when they were kids.
Just musing, as usual.
Read this one quick 'cos I'm talking about ghosts next time round.