These widespread practices in the Far West demonstrate how very wild the times were
An astonishing belief
Strangely enough, people who lived in the Old West thought that bathing could actually be bad for your health. They were not educated on the benefits of a shower and the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. People in the Wild West thought bathing too much could lead to illnesses; you may be surprised to learn this. It’s a proven fact that washing daily has benefits for your overall health, even though dirt does make your immune system stronger.
They believed that washing too often could cause the pores to dilate, allowing germs and disease to enter the body more easily. It was utter nonsense, of course. Finally, not washing every day did not really bother them since they thought it was not good for them. As a result, everyone was surprisingly tolerant of body odour they considered natural. Riding a horse for long periods of time while being unable to bathe regularly caused the odour to remain. This compromised lifestyle resulted in cuts and abrasions, which usually were infected with highly contagious skin infections.
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