With cold and flu season quickly approaching, (although it seems it's already hit where I live!) the topic of germs, bacteria, and hand washing become national news.
With that in mind, it's helpful to understand how germs really work.
Here's how Jordan Rubin describes it in The Great Physicians RX for Health & Wellness, page 118:
During the cold and flu season...many people are afraid they are like a ticking time bomb: one false step, and they will blow up like a grenade, sending them to their sickbeds. Actually, germs don't quite work that way.
They overload the immune system through contact of the fingers with the eyes and nose, and this overload is similar to water filling a balloon in the backyard.
If you keep filling the balloon with water, eventually the balloon will expand and expand to the point where one more drop of water will cause the balloon to burst.
Our bodies react in a similar manner: the immune system becomes so overloaded that the body reaches a point where it can't take on more germs,.
Now, does one water drop cause a balloon to break? No, of course not. It is the accumulation of hundreds of thousands of drops, if not millions, that causes the balloon to explode. It's the same for the germs that attack our bodies."