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Let Them Eat Dirt

Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World

by B. Brett Finlay & Marie-Claire Arrieta

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“A must-read for parents, teachers and any healthcare provider for children, Let Them Eat Dirt takes you inside the inside tract of a child’s gut, and shows you how to give kids the best immune start early in life.”—William Sears, M.D, co-author, The Baby Book

 

Our over-sanitized world threatens children’s health, but parents can change their environment into one where they’ll thrive.

 

Babies and young kids are being raised in surroundings that are increasingly cleaner, more hyper hygienic, and more disinfected than ever before. As a result, the beneficial bacteria in their bodies is being altered, promoting conditions and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and autism. As Let Them Eat Dirt shows, there is much that parents can do about this, including breastfeeding if possible, getting a dog, and avoiding antibiotics unless necessary—and yes, it is OK to let kids get a bit dirty.

About the Authors

B. Brett Finlay

Professor of Microbiology at the University of British Columbia and a world leader in how bacterial infections work. Finlay’s research has been widely published and reported on worldwide, including in Nature, Scientific American , and on BBC and NPR news. He has won several prestigious awards including five Howard Hughes International Research Scholar Awards and the Prix Galien. Finlay is an Officer of the Order of Canada..

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Marie-Claire Arrieta studies the link between intestinal alterations and several immune diseases, and she has led a major clinical study on the role of the microbiota in asthma.

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Editorial Reviews

"Solid, easily assimilated evidence showing how microbes are an integral part of a child's healthy life." —Jacquelynn Burk


"With the quiet weight of their authority, pioneer researchers Brett Finlay and Claire Arrieta help parents to understand the real nature of microbes, and then to act to improve their children's health." —Martian Blaser, author of Missing Microbes


"A must-read for parents, teachers and any healthcare provider for children, Let Them Eat Dirt takes you inside the inside tract of a child’s gut, and shows you how to give kids the best immune start early in life." —William Sears, M.D, co-author,The Baby Book


"What a triumph. This book should be read by every pregnant woman, every parent, every pediatrician." — —Margaret McFall-Ngai, Director, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaii


"Solid, easily assimilated evidence showing how microbes are an integral part of a child’s healthy life" — Kirkus Reviews


"A must-read for parents, teachers and any healthcare provider for children, Let Them Eat Dirt takes you inside the inside tract of a child’s gut, and shows you how to give kids the best immune start early in life." —Giulia Enders, author of Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ

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