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Unformatted text preview: 20 Things you Didn't Know About... Hygiene | Health & Medicine |... http://discovermagazine.com/2007/sep/20-things-you-didnt-know-a ... 1 of 2 12/9/2008 6:18 AM Print this page 20 Things you Didn't Know About... Hygiene 08.20.2007 Cleanliness is serious business; dirty hands killed a U.S. president. by Liza Lentini and David Mouzon 1 Hygiene comes from Hygieia , the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness, and . . . the moon. Ancient Greek gods apparently worked double shifts. 2 The human body is home to some 1,000 species of bacteria. There are more germs on your body than people in the United States. 3 Not tonight dear, I just washed my hands: Antibacterial soap is no more effective at preventing infection than regular soap, and triclosan (the active ingredient) can mess with your sex hormones. 4 Save the germs! A study of over 11,000 children determined that an overly hygienic environment increases the risk of eczema and asthma. 5 Monks of the Jain Dharma (a minority religion in India) are forbidden to bathe any part of their bodies besides the...
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This note was uploaded on 06/19/2010 for the course PSY 3206 taught by Professor Howell during the Spring '10 term at Minnesota.
- Spring '10
- Health Psychology