Dirt could help fight depression

Adding to the theme that doing kid stuff is just plain good for you, “the Scotsman”:http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=506592007 reported a study released yesterday that suggests that a common soil bacteria plays a role in fighting depression. Apparently the bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been shown to release seratonin in mice, a chemical linked to lower incidence of depression. Just like sleeping in and taking naps, science is suggesting that another of life’s pleasures commonly rejected by Purell-pumping soccer moms (getting dirty) is not only okay, but downright good for you. I love science.

Links to the “Scotsman article”:http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=506592007 and two past Duenos posts about the positive benefit of “sleeping in”:http://duenos.net/article/30/sleeping-in-is-good-for-you and “taking naps”:http://duenos.net/article/36