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Healthy living: can being a germaphobe be even more unhealthy than not being one? Disregarding physocological, mental, and social aspects, can the lack of antibodies be worse for you if a sickness is caught?
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
In brief: Hotly debated.
No one knows the right answer. Too broad a question and evidence on both sides of fence.
Since this is still hotly debated, the evidence must not be overwhelming either way. Growing up reasonably seems to have been good enough for most of us. For specific diseases one should be immunized. Avoid placing yourself at obvious risk from highly morbid and mortal disease. Don't sweat small stuff.

In brief: Hotly debated.
No one knows the right answer. Too broad a question and evidence on both sides of fence.
Since this is still hotly debated, the evidence must not be overwhelming either way. Growing up reasonably seems to have been good enough for most of us. For specific diseases one should be immunized. Avoid placing yourself at obvious risk from highly morbid and mortal disease. Don't sweat small stuff.
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