When I was a boy, I was encouraged to get dirty.
Whether it was helping around the farm or horsing around with my friends, coming home filthy meant one of two things:
- I was a big help to my dad
- Or I just had one heck of a good time
It wasn’t unusual to come home with bugs in a jar or a crawfish in my pocket from the local creek…
“Just don’t track anything in the house!”
There’s something primal about digging in the dirt. I think that’s why people love gardening so much.
Not just literally getting a chance to eat the “fruits” of your labors. But the sensation of getting down there and getting your hands deep in the soil.
Gardening is great stress relief. At least, it is in my house. I always feel better after a little planting and weeding.
And apparently, it’s good for your brain too. Studies of folks in their 60s and 70s who garden show they have as much as 47% lower risk of dementia.
It makes sense. Lower stress, physical exercise, and fresh, nutrition that you grew yourself.
The dirt has other health benefits too, as we’re just learning.
A powerful new antibiotic type, called “malacidins” was just isolated from soil samples.
And these malacidins can attack and kill super bugs like MRSA.
As many as 2 million people a year contract some bug that won’t respond to antibiotics. This “dirt drug” might finally be an answer.
Hopefully you and I will never need this. I’m content to pull only fresh veggies from my garden, not prescriptions.
But in an increasingly antibiotic-resistant world, it’s a critical discovery.
If I had known that way back then, I could have had a good comeback when I left muddy footprints in the hallway…
“Sorry ma, but I’m saving the world!”
Probably wouldn’t have gone over too well.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance