Microbiologist Brett Finlay, Ph.D., has spent 30 years studying bacteria as something bad. But in recent years, he has come to see those same organisms as highly beneficial, and even necessary. His book, Let Them Eat Dirt (co-written with Marie-Claire Arrieta, Ph.D.) explains that the microbes that live in our bodies influence childhood development and how an imbalance in those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes, asthma, autism, and reactions to vaccines, among other chronic conditions. He describes how natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and solid foods influence children’s microbiota and offers practical advice about sterilizing food implements for babies, the use of antibiotics, and pet ownership. William Sears (The Baby Book) calls the book, “A must-read for parents, teachers and any healthcare provider for children.” Finlay will share the latest research about the human microbiome and its critical link to the health and well-being of our children.
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