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In The Era Of Hygiene, 'Clean' Author
Makes The Case For Showering Less

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Posted By: StormCnter, 9/27/2020 9:58:59 AM

James Hamblin is tired of being asked if he's smelly. Hamblin, a physician and health reporter, has been fielding the question since 2016, when the article he wrote about his decision to stop showering went viral. The piece outlines compelling reasons why one might want to spend less time sudsing up: Cosmetic products are expensive, showering uses a lot of water, and the whole process takes up valuable time. Perhaps most importantly, bathing disrupts our skin's microbiome: the delicate ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, mites and viruses that live on (and in) our body's largest organ. Most of these microbes are thought to be benign freeloaders; they feast on our sweat

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DARling 9/27/2020 10:15:20 AM (No. 554114)
"You don't have to be lonely, at!"
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Reply 2 - Posted by: HotRod 9/27/2020 10:22:59 AM (No. 554120)
'' showering uses a lot of water,...'' Water is not destroyed by showering. It just has to be cleaned before using it again. How many undereducated people think water is gone forever, once it goes down the drain?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog 9/27/2020 10:27:24 AM (No. 554129)
I once worked in an office where we hired a new employee who quickly became known as Stinky Stacy. Like this guy, she apparently rarely showered and reeked to high heavens. She had the aroma of BO, stale cigarettes, and a wet hound dog. They had to let her go because no one could stand being anywhere near her.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 9/27/2020 10:30:39 AM (No. 554137)
What a bunch of baloney. Sorry, having lived in Italy in the 60s when bathing was clearly not part of the normal habits of folks in Naples....dirty people STINK, and I have unpleasant memories of riding city buses with a bunch of them. Yuuch! If I haven't done anything to get all sweaty, just staying at moderate temps all day, I may well skip a shower for a day, or even two, sure. And when we go backpacking, showering isn't possible, so I have gone for as long as three weeks without bathing, just some "spot cleaning" as was possible. But a hot shower and clean clothes is really nice. He can sell is stink elsewhere. And "saving water" is totally ridiculous.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Aubreyesque 9/27/2020 10:31:39 AM (No. 554139)
Gross gross gross. Will we never be rid of the filthy stinking hippies? what is it about these people that think their BO makes them desirable? Just because you have a drug problem that makes you too lazy and slovenly to clean yourself does not mean I have to change my world so you can be comfortable. Oh what am I talking about?! Its what all these SJW Karens and soy boys are doing to us anyway. Why bother changing and improving oneself when we can just yell and screech and bully people (and write stupid articles) so they can have their version of Utopia? Its the 60s/70s again, for the third...fourth... no wait, fifth time!!!!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: GO3 9/27/2020 10:33:46 AM (No. 554143)
Author obviously never worked in an office staffed by Arabs.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: secondtimelucky 9/27/2020 10:39:24 AM (No. 554152)
my best friend in the world - a German immigrant - told me that the worst B.O. in Europe is a German city bus in the summertime. this caught my eye - "Where do you stand on the most controversial question on the Internet: washing your legs in the shower?" is this really the most controversial question on the Internet? Have I been missing something?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trump'sCousin 9/27/2020 10:52:07 AM (No. 554173)
Finally! Vindicated at ling last!!! I have ALWAYS said that demoncraps and all their kind smell like raw sewage on a hot summer day. They smell. Really bad. I can pick them out by smell and I am not kidding.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: franq 9/27/2020 11:23:04 AM (No. 554231)
NPR . It figures. I once worked with a fellow on temporary assignment from India. Nice guy, smart, but he made the entire office reek. Sad to see.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Connor 9/27/2020 12:23:12 PM (No. 554331)
I normally shower twice a day, but only shampoo in the morning. Not going to change.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: anniebc 9/27/2020 12:43:00 PM (No. 554366)
So, James stinks and he wants the rest of us to stink too? Get outta here with that! Who's asking if he's smelly? Can't they tell?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: cedar 9/27/2020 12:59:19 PM (No. 554388)
Only NPR would promote a story like this . . . disgusting! Watch "Company of Heroes" where some American, British and Russian solders were smuggling into Struttgart Germany on a rail car. When the Russian said they had arrived in Struttgart, one of the Americans said "how do you know"? The Russian replied "by the stench".
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Chuzzles 9/27/2020 1:52:46 PM (No. 554442)
Sounds like this doctor has some kind of mental problem with the idea of taking a shower. Do his patients like the stench? Or has he decided to go another path in his career that doesn't involve patients? If showering is so bad, why did my eye specialist require me to take a shower before each of my eye surgeries this year? Much disease spread during Medieval times, because those folks thought bathing was a bad thing as well. Many many questions.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hugh Akston 9/27/2020 3:58:53 PM (No. 554581)
Ewwwwwww....Sounds like some of you have worked in close-quarter environments where your co-workers 'wore' too much curry perfume to cover their minimal hygiene.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Enoch Powell 9/27/2020 5:33:18 PM (No. 554633)
I was wondering how his dating life was going until I read he is a cisgendered male.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 9/27/2020 6:59:46 PM (No. 554708)
Oh good grief.... I shower every day, and cannot stand otherwise.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Peaches 9/28/2020 1:30:22 AM (No. 554983)
I'm sorry, but I was in the shower. What was this article about?
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