Weaving together stories, recent scientific discoveries and practical application, this book examines how science and society may have missed the mark by our intense battle against germs and dirt. Recent discoveries show the importance of building a strong microbiome (or gut!) to build our immune system and help prevent imbalances that lead to chronic conditions. The authors take readers on a fascinating journey through the latest thinking, and in the process helps parents understand what they can do to raise happy and healthy kids beginning in utero. Topics covered include breast feeding, diet, antibiotics (antibiotic resistance), pets, obesity, diabetes, celiac disease, IBS, asthma, stress, ASD, ADHD, vaccinations (pro), and the future of microbiome health and research. Challenge your thinking about health, wellness, and the power of dirt! 294 pgs, pb. ~Deanne
In the two hundred years since we discovered that microbes cause infectious diseases, we’ve battled to keep them at bay. But a recent explosion of scientific knowledge has led to undeniable evidence that early exposure to these organisms is beneficial to a child’s well-being. Our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, is taking a toll on children’s lifelong health.
In this engaging and important book, microbiologists Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta explain how the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development; why an imbalance of those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes, and asthma, among other chronic conditions; and what parents can do--from conception on--to positively affect their own behaviors and those of their children. They describe how natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and solid foods influence children’s microbiota. They also offer practical advice on matters such as whether to sterilize food implements for babies, the use of antibiotics, the safety of vaccines, and why having pets is a good idea.
Forward-thinking and revelatory, Let Them Eat Dirt is an essential book in helping us to nurture stronger, more resilient, happy, and healthy kids.