• By Ian Roth

Mayo Clinic Minute: Hygiene hypothesis and the cleanliness conundrum

June 5, 2017

Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are all increasingly popular products that are part of a growing effort to sterilize your environment to avoid getting sick. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert at Mayo Clinic, says not only is that goal unattainable, it may actually be making people less healthy.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Poland explains the still-developing hygiene hypothesis and why being too clean could be harmful to your health. Ian Roth reports.

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