The Centers for Disease Control recommend hand washing to prevent illnesss during the cold and flew season, but a study from Johns Hopkins University raises questions about antibacterial soaps.  Childrens Mercy Hospital Allergy and Immunology specialist Dr. Jay Portnoy said not all bacteria are bad, and we want to keep the good kind.

“Our skin has bacteria on it.  Our intestines have bacterian in them and they provide a service.  They help us digest our food.  They help produce vitamins and minerals for us.  They help to fend off the pathogens or the bad bacteria,” said Portney.

Humans have bacteria in most of their organs that helps the body complete many necessary functions.  Portnoy said it is important to stay clean, but suggests washing hands with regular soap and water.