I read this article somewhere and thought it was very interesting. With the recent outbreak of the Swine flue it is in our best interest to practice good hygiene. The notion was given hundreds of year ago in a book we call the Bible.
This photography of a pristine stream atop a mountain in Alaska seems to me to be so cold and sterile. I thought it would go well with this article.
When the Black Plague was killing much of Europe prior the to Renaissance, desperate nations returned to the Old Testament laws of Moses and principles for dealing with diseases like leprosy, handling of the dead, and waste disposal. Quarantine is well understood today as a control of infectious disease, but it was given in the days of Moses as a command that had to be obeyed without people knowing why. It was poor waste disposal practices that led to the spread of the Black Plague but in about 1500 B.C., God’s law provided instruction regarding the burying of human waste. Even basic principles of sterilization, through burning and washing, were offered in the Biblical books of Numbers and Leviticus, but not formally recognized by the scientific community until the mid-1860s!