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They usually involve beer or the last slice of pizza. But, last week, my secret midnight fridge rendezvous were all about spraying my sweaty armpits and testicles. Would anyone notice that I was applying microbes to my most malodorous body parts instead of washing them?
Massachusetts-based AOBiome markets a $49 mist, Mother Dirt, that contains a type of good skin bacteria, nitrosomonas neutropha, that prevents bad bacteria from converting the proteins in our sweat into stinky fatty acids. Its inventor, David Whitlock, claims it works so well, he has not showered in 12 years.
“Our ancestors in Africa never bathed ,” Whitlock told me, “and they couldn’t because all the water sources had parasites. So if you never bathe, the sweat residue accumulates on your skin until you develop a film of bacteria that metabolizes the ammonia in sweat and becomes the dominant flora on the skin. We’ve erased all of that in the last 100 years of bathing every day.” (more…)