In an article published on July 7 in Trends in Microbiology, Yale environmental engineers made a case for letting bacteria into the home instead keeping it out. They believe that the right microbes can aid in everything from asthma to mental health.
Studies have actually shown that children who live on farms are less likely to develop asthma because of the "beneficial diversity" of the outdoor microbes they are exposed to. While they are trying to figure out how to create this blend indoors -- while keeping harmful pollutants outdoors -- one way to ensure you are exposed to a healthy mix of bacteria is to be around cats and dogs!
No pet lover can argue with that.
But this new revelation made us curious -- Do you believe in good germs? Seems like even Martha has called a truce with microbes.