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Jun 3, 2015 11:54 AM CST
Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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I can personally vouch for this, it's what got me started.

http://discovermagazine.com/20...
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Jun 3, 2015 6:25 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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I know I always perk up after working in the garden, but I thought that was the exercise, fresh air, sunlight and endorphins.

Not entirely! It's also from inhaling the soil.

"Eat dirt, be happy!"

There are worse philosophies of life.
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Jun 4, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
My grandma to me, 'You have to eat a pound of dirt before you die.'

Me to my sons, 'Rub some dirt on it.'
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Jun 4, 2015 12:18 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
There was a nutritional study done on Chinese villagers some decades ago, whose diet did not seem to include enough vitamins for human health.

Sure enough, when they subjected undergraduates back in Connecticut to an imitation of that same rural diet, they got nutritional deficiencies.

It turned out that, in China, they were not washing off the veggies as thoroughly as the Yale researchers did. The small amount of soil bacteria in the small amount of soil that clung to leaves and stems provided enough vitamins for health.

"Eat dirt, be healthy!"
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Jun 4, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
I have no use for internet bullies!
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There was also a study that showed soil-based organisms could help improve Autism.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
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Jun 4, 2015 2:17 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Funny, Rick. I read that same study. See, you CAN be TOO clean! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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Jun 4, 2015 8:02 PM CST
Name: Reine
Cleveland, Texas (Zone 9a)
On the 3rd day God created plants.
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I started out playing in (and my mom said eating) red Oklahoma dirt. Still playing in dirt. And building things from clay is a favorite pastime since childhood.

I'm happiest when my hands have been in dirt or clay. Hurray!
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Jun 4, 2015 8:43 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
And not just dirt, but pets. I've read studies that show that children who have pets tend to develop fewer allergies. Heh, I should be bullet proof. Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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Jun 5, 2015 1:39 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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I have a "Play in the dirt" sign in my yard. I abide by it as much as i can....now after reading the article , i can say it's for health reasons !
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
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Jun 5, 2015 2:15 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Medicinal soil.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Jun 5, 2015 4:13 PM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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I must say that I have always thought there was something about digging in the dirt being part therapy and part just plain old fun! I have many friends that agree! Now I know why that might be. Great topic thread! Thanks for sharing that 2007 Discover article, Greg!
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
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Sep 18, 2017 10:34 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Region: Ukraine Tender Perennials Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Tomato Heads Hostas Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids
When my hands are in the dirt I forget about the bad or sad times for a while - just me, my plants, my dirt and sometimes my granddaughter Lovey dubby


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Sep 19, 2017 7:12 AM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Frenchy21 said:When my hands are in the dirt I forget about the bad or sad times for a while - just me, my plants, my dirt and sometimes my granddaughter Lovey dubby


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The best days, I have to wash good soil off my hands after good times in the yard. The bad days, I have to wash cleaning stuff off my hands from in the house. And some days are little of both.
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Sep 19, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
RickCorey said:There was a nutritional study done on Chinese villagers some decades ago, whose diet did not seem to include enough vitamins for human health.

Sure enough, when they subjected undergraduates back in Connecticut to an imitation of that same rural diet, they got nutritional deficiencies.

It turned out that, in China, they were not washing off the veggies as thoroughly as the Yale researchers did. The small amount of soil bacteria in the small amount of soil that clung to leaves and stems provided enough vitamins for health.

"Eat dirt, be healthy!"




When I was a child in the 50s, we got down and dirty every day. In the schoolyard, at home, in the woods. To this day, I am convinced my exposure to all sorts of dirt is the reason I'm healthy.

I caught the flu once when I was 10. From my brother who wasn't so much an outdoors kid as I was. He was sick in bed for a week. I was up and about after 2 days.

I have never been sick from anything since. OK, I had my appendix removed at 18. But aside from that, nothing touches me. And I'm 67 now.

I think I could float through The Plague. And I credit dirt...
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