Could a Mid-19th Century Lifestyle Be Good For Us?

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Belfoured

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No, not when one considers both the positive and negative aspects of life in the antebellum. Like it or no, these are the 'good old days'....
You don't like random outbreaks of cholera and typhus, seasonal yellow fever and malaria, or the 6-day/10 hour a day workweek? :stomp:
 

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Yes there will be less tv, Facebook, texting going on. If you wanted food you had to hunt for it or cook it yourself
 

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Plus our modern tendency to use antibacterial detergents to clean the house. Exposure to domestic "dirt" helps improve the immune system, because it learns how to deal with all kinds of bacteria. Kids who are kept in an ultra-clean, almost antiseptic environment are more prone to allergies than those who eat a scoop of dirt in the sandbox now and then, kiss their cats and dogs heartily and crawl on an unswept floor. Even not quite so clean air makes the body more resistant against allergies of the respiratory system, as was surprisingly discovered in Germany after reunification. Kids from eastern Germany had been exposed to more smoke from burning coal (for heating - as opposed to oil or gas heating in the western part) and they had less asthma and other respiratory diseases than kids from west Germany.

Great thread, @Eleanor Rose
Very worth thinking about!
My mother always said, "You need to eat a peck of dirt before you die", and I brought my kids up with the same philosophy.
kids need to develop their immune systems by being exposed to things.
 
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In so many ways, it does sound appealing ... certainly "healthier." But, with today's population, I'm afraid we'd all starve, or be fighting constantly for access to productive land. There is no way, without modern food production and distribution technology, to feed our billions. Even so, we're nearing the planet's carrying capacity.
 
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Northern Light

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In so many ways, it does sound appealing ... certainly "healthier." But, with today's population, I'm afraid we'd all starve, or be fighting constantly for access to productive land. There is no way, without modern food production and distribution technology, to feed our billions. Even so, we're nearing the planet's carrying capacity.
Especially since we keep turning farmland into subdivisions.
 
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