Thursday, August 26, 2004
Today, in the Health section, right next to each other, are two very conflicting articles. One describes research (which, by the details given, is likely crap) showing that messy households are linked to lower intelligence in children. There does not appear to have been a control for income or education. The second highlights hyper-clean houses as a possible cause of asthma in children, and gently blames cleaning products for all sorts of other ills. I've seen some of the older research here, and it's pretty unconvincing.
So, we have two articles from a reputable source, simultaneously telling us that in order to raise smart, healthy, successful children, we must do so in a house that is either messy or clean. Useful, huh?