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My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment
New York Times ^ | MAY 22, 2014 | Julia Scott

Posted on 05/25/2014 9:09:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

For most of my life, if I’ve thought at all about the bacteria living on my skin, it has been while trying to scrub them away. But recently I spent four weeks rubbing them in. I was Subject 26 in testing a living bacterial skin tonic, developed by AOBiome, a biotech start-up in Cambridge, Mass. The tonic looks, feels and tastes like water, but each spray bottle of AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist contains billions of cultivated Nitrosomonas eutropha, an ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) that is most commonly found in dirt and untreated water. AOBiome scientists hypothesize that it once lived happily on us too — before we started washing it away with soap and shampoo — acting as a built-in cleanser, deodorant, anti-inflammatory and immune booster by feeding on the ammonia in our sweat and converting it into nitrite and nitric oxide.

The 6th Floor Blog: Scott After 28 Soapless Days In the conference room of the cramped offices that the four-person AOBiome team rents at a start-up incubator, Spiros Jamas, the chief executive, handed me a chilled bottle of the solution from the refrigerator. “These are AOB,” he said. “They’re very innocuous.” Because the N. eutropha are alive, he said, they would need to be kept cold to remain stable. I would be required to mist my face, scalp and body with bacteria twice a day. I would be swabbed every week at a lab, and the samples would be analyzed to detect changes in my invisible microbial community.

The M.I.T.-trained chemical engineer who invented AO+ has not showered for the past 12 years.

In the last few years, the microbiome (sometimes referred to as “the second genome”) has become a focus for the health conscious and for scientists alike. Studies like the Human Microbiome Project,

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bo; bodyodor; greenieweenies; health; junkscience; nasty; nosoap; personalhygiene; soap; stinkyhippies

1 posted on 05/25/2014 9:09:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I remember seeing pictures of Nick Nolte when he tried that.


2 posted on 05/25/2014 9:12:49 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: nickcarraway
What's that smell??Haven't showered for 12 years,that's socially unacceptable.
3 posted on 05/25/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

I bet he still doesn’t smell as bad as Steve Jobs did.


4 posted on 05/25/2014 9:19:13 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: nickcarraway

Soaping down and washing away - everyday! - is the simplest method for avoiding leprosy.


5 posted on 05/25/2014 9:20:25 PM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: nickcarraway

Napoleon approves.


6 posted on 05/25/2014 9:25:53 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: nickcarraway
My late father, born in 1932, showered once a week. He "bathed" daily by taking a damp washcloth to his body, paying particular attention to those areas which most often "give offense." He shampooed less frequently. He would head down to the basement and give his his wiry locks a once over with a rubber nozzle attachment in the great soapstone sink. The man never smelled. He was truly the cleanest person I ever knew.

Also, I recall reading something by the late, great Ivan T. Sanderson on the subject of the civilized, Western men in the jungle. He said after a time without bathing, the body produces a natural insect repellent which the soap & water crowd will never know.

All things in moderation.

7 posted on 05/25/2014 9:39:42 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: nickcarraway

I’d never get laid if I did that.


8 posted on 05/25/2014 9:45:07 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: nickcarraway

Carries the Homeless Hygine seal of approval


9 posted on 05/25/2014 9:53:43 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Wellll, not by anyone you’d want to get laid by, anyway...


10 posted on 05/25/2014 9:54:03 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: null and void

I only want to get laid by my wife.


11 posted on 05/25/2014 10:01:14 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: nickcarraway

Pure nonsense. Try doing this at home! They forgot about Candida albicans, Aspergillus species, just to name a couple—never mind bacteria such as Listeria, Staphylococcus, and that is just the start. This is where stupidity meets “science.” They are really not advocating a no shower livelihood unless I missed something; otherwise people are gullible to the ninth degree. Wait—those are the rat buffoons; sorry, I forgot.


12 posted on 05/25/2014 10:21:26 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Oratam

When we were kids on the arid high plains, our parents made us bathe once a week. As we grew older, and moved to the HUMID South, we realized we were rank, so began to bathe twice a week then four times a week, then every day when we joined the work force.

I think once a week was standard back then, on Saturday night.


13 posted on 05/25/2014 11:11:02 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Oratam

***great Ivan T. Sanderson ***

So why do the Yeti and Bigfoot stink!


14 posted on 05/25/2014 11:12:54 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: nickcarraway
My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment"

Add No Toilet Paper, and you have yourself an Arab country.

15 posted on 05/25/2014 11:55:40 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: nickcarraway

Trials to be had in Zucotti Park.


16 posted on 05/26/2014 12:34:28 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Oratam
My late father, born in 1932, showered once a week. He "bathed" daily by taking a damp washcloth to his body, paying particular attention to those areas which most often "give offense." He shampooed less frequently. He would head down to the basement and give his his wiry locks a once over with a rubber nozzle attachment in the great soapstone sink. The man never smelled. He was truly the cleanest person I ever knew.

I spent a few years in Italy - the practice is to shower once a day with cool/cold water and no soap unless needed to remove some set in grime. They say keeping the pores closed and not destroying the natural protections on the skin keeps one healthier. Never ran into a smelly Italian.

17 posted on 05/26/2014 3:19:14 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Fungi

I would think Fungi would favor this trend.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 3:22:04 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: nickcarraway

Sandra Fluke?


19 posted on 05/26/2014 3:25:57 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: trebb

Never ran into a smelly Italian? I lived there for two years, too. A trip on the un-air conditioned Milan subway in August was an epic experience. Deodorant doesn’t exist. I had to import my Secret.


20 posted on 05/26/2014 3:56:54 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Farmer Dean

“Haven’t showered for 12 years,that’s socially unacceptable.”

I remeber a guy in boot camp that smelled like he hadn’t showered in 12 years. We took care of that. He didn’t like it.


21 posted on 05/26/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Yardstick; GeronL; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
Homeless Chic PING!

(By the way, I'm thinking about getting the band back together...)

22 posted on 05/26/2014 5:07:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Fungi

My Algebra I teacher was a laid-off engineer who subjected himself to a year of teaching at my Catholic high school, in order to pay the bill, I suppose.

One of the practices he espoused was forgoing the use of underarm deodorant. He said it was unnatural. I can’t say he had an offensive odor, but we 9th graders were appalled that he walked around with huge perspiration rings under his arms in our non-air-conditioned school.

Terrible teacher, BTW. Of course, I was — and remain— a math moron.


23 posted on 05/26/2014 5:30:01 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Explorer89
Never ran into a smelly Italian? I lived there for two years, too. A trip on the un-air conditioned Milan subway in August was an epic experience. Deodorant doesn’t exist. I had to import my Secret.

I never hit the really populous areas - spent my time down around San Vito (SE corner of the boot heel). I suppose a closed environment under hot conditions would set the stage for some serious BO.

24 posted on 05/26/2014 5:31:28 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: nickcarraway

Probably only washes her Levis once a year too.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 5:40:49 AM PDT by moovova
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To: nickcarraway

Seems to by hippy day for today’s news cycle.


26 posted on 05/26/2014 5:41:12 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: dangerdoc

Having “reached the limit” of free articles in the NYT for this month, I couldn’t read the entire article.

However, is this company _selling_ bacteria to put on one’s skin, as opposed to simply testing the results of zero soap/shampoo usage?

If so, then is the message not that being unwashed is healthy, but that in order to be healthy one must be unwashed _and_ add designer bacteria to the hair and skin?

How cynical are they? Here are some of the prescriptions I have encountered recently:

Don’t eat cooked food. Besides being healthier, you will *save* energy by not cooking and reduce *pollution*.

Don’t wash a specific brand of jeans. These jeans will then become an emblem of ecological correctness, reducing water usage, energy usage and gray water.

Wash hair once a week. It is better for the appearance and health of your hair and it reduces water usage, energy usage and gray water.

Don’t flush urine every time you use the commode. This will save water, save energy and reduce any sewage system use and water treatment.

Being cold is the new weight loss. Being cold will cause an increase in personal metabolism, reduce fuel use and reduce *pollution”.

The insidious part of all this is the tiny bit of truth embedded in each proscription. Cold surroundings will increase metabolism, causing weight loss. Reductions in washing clothing and bodies will reduce energy bills. etc.

However,in its entirety (and I am certain I have missed some of the new proscriptions/prescriptions), there is a pattern. The carrot of improving something like metabolism,skin and hair health, energy and water bills along with the “feel good about oneself” for “saving the environment”.

Just what are we saving all this “environment” for?

Hygiene is the cornerstone of modern civilization. It has increased lifespan and reduced many opportunistic diseases. It has made living in cities bearable. Why is it being attacked in what appears to be a systematic manner?


27 posted on 05/26/2014 6:49:48 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Oratam

“He said after a time without bathing, the body produces a natural insect repellent”

Decades ago I read a book about the Lewis and Clark Expedition — by Irving Stone, IIRC. At least one person in their party swore by this and was totally freaked out when something happened to wash away this... whatever... crust or something. I believe he thought it went beyond insect repellant and protected him from other illnesses. Not sure about all of this; I read it in the ‘70s.


28 posted on 05/26/2014 7:34:26 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: nickcarraway

Decades ago, on “That’s Incredible!”, they did a thing about bacteria and microscopic “ bugs” that lived on the body. The host, (John Davidson?), was then shown to jump in the shower to remove them. But wait! Showering and getting clean made more, not less! And these micro-bugs made us healthier. Being filthy made you sicker and one more susceptible to getting seriously ill.

I prefer to bathe daily, using my handmade lye-based soap and using my homemade deodorant that works much better the commercially-made junk that causes rashes and does little to stop odor. Still working on a good homemade shampoo that works well with hard water. The “no ‘poo” thing is nasty...


29 posted on 05/26/2014 8:02:09 AM PDT by hearthwench (Debbi - Mom, NaNa, and always ornery)
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To: a fool in paradise
The M.I.T.-trained chemical engineer who invented AO+ has not showered for the past 12 years.

Sheldon?

30 posted on 05/26/2014 11:54:39 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Nice try, no cigar.


31 posted on 05/26/2014 9:31:09 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: nickcarraway; All

Kinda related from 2007:

Six weeks without a wash: The soapless experiment
August 24, 2007 by Natasha Courtenay-Smith
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1885792/posts


32 posted on 05/27/2014 12:26:56 PM PDT by beaversmom
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