Clean Girls Get Sicker?

It seems counterintuitive that the less cleanthly little girls are, the healthier they may be in the future. Studies suggest that due to society’s standards of cleanliness for young girls being much higher than that of young boys, girls never acquire immunity to certain pathogens. 

To challenge this, it’s been observed that men have a higher rate of asthma than women. The belief is that women are more likely to develop conditions such as asthma, allergies, and autoimmune related disorders, later in life. Meanwhile, men are more likely to experience, for example, asthma early on in their childhood, but outgrow it later on. There isn’t enough evidence to prove this is necessarily true. 

Despite the normalization of reverse gender roles, young girls probably still experience this phenomena due to the fact that much of what you do at this age is controlled by a parent. Although more girls are playing sports, much of their earlier years are spent dolled up in pink outfits. 

Illnesses such as autoimmune disease are being seen more frequently among both men and women. Possibly, as technology and medicine advance, parents are more proactive about keeping their children cleanthly, regardless of gender. 

Free Heroin To Battle Addiction

It seems counterintuitive that you would give heroin addicts heroin, as a form of treatment. Vancouver has implemented this plan in its most drug-prevalent part of town and seen relatively positive outcomes. 

At an institution called Insite, addicts can have access to heroin in a safe, controlled environment. The goal is to get heroin addicts off the streets and back functioning in society (as best they can while high). The program only includes addicts who did not respond well to any heroine alternatives. In other words, this is a last resort for heroin addicts who will never be able to come off the drug. 

Many individuals, especially those working in the rehabilitation industry, question the morality of this program. By supplying addicts with heroin, it’s inevitable that they will never recover. Also it demonstrates to society that one is not expected to recover from drug addiction and almost encourages the opposite. Although it is a good quick fix, it may not be positive for the community in the long run. 

Do Toms Shoes Help Anybody?

It seems counterintuitive that donating shoes to a developing country would do more harm than good. Toms shoe brand claims to donate one pair of shoes to a person in a developing world, for every pair sold. 

This is a seemingly useful donation, considering the children need shoes to attend school. Sarika Bansal, with the New York Times explains that many of the children being distributed these shoes already have shoes. Also, Toms are often inadequate for the activities the children are doing.

More importantly, the buy one give one program is not in any way helping the economy of these developing countries. The Toms bogo system only creates more competition for local shoe vendors, while providing a short-term solution to the problem. The same concept applies to other large-quantity donations such as food, materials, ect. 

A better alternative would be providing the local businesses with the materials needed to be successful. This would, in return, help build a stronger economy and target the source of the problem. Toms is surely making a good effort but there are much more effective ways of aiding these countries.

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