ADVANCED HYGIENE 101
Key Verse: (Numbers 19:19) “The clean person shall sprinkle (hyssop and water upon) the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, wash his clothes, and bathe in water; and at evening he shall be clean.”
The hands are one of the five main areas where germs enter the body—the other four being the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Germs prefer to hitchhike (on the hands and under the fingernails) rather than fly through the air. Once germs are established on your hands and fingertips, it is only a matter of time before you rub your eyes, scratch your nose, stroke your ears, or touch your mouth—letting the germs in those portals of entry.
Sections of Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers outline laws that protected Israelites from communicable diseases.
The Importance of Hygiene in Stopping Infection and Disease
Proper hygiene is as essential as diet and exercise to optimum health. You can significantly reduce infections, allergy attacks, and other negative health conditions by cleansing your body of toxins, pollutants, allergens, and disease-causing germs.
The body’s immune system is an autonomic or “automatic” function. The body reacts automatically when it senses an invasion by the disease-causing bacteria, fungi, viruses, and allergens that surround us in our homes, job sites, or backyards. Normally, the human immune system effectively fights off these diseases, but it easily becomes overloaded in today’s toxic world. To make matters worse, our transglobal travel rapidly transports new diseases around the world in a day!
One of the first defenses against cancer was attained through hygienic means. In the 18th century, London’s chimney sweeps incurred an unusually high rate of scrotal cancer until a local surgeon named Dr. Potts determined that those who regularly washed away the carcinogenic soot collected on their skin escaped the disease. A century later hundreds of thousands of European women were dying of “childbirth fever”, and a Viennese obstetrician, Dr. Semmelweis, discovered that when doctors washed their hands between deliveries, the death rate of the women dropped by 90%. The doctors were unwittingly transferring infection from one delivery to the other. Even during World War II deaths from poor hygiene caused three times more deaths than battlefield wounds.