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Saving Your Child from an Oversanitised World

Authors : B. Brett Finlay & Marie-Claire Arrieta

Published by : Windmill on 22nd September 2016

Purchase price : £12.99 as a trade paperback.

Ebook available.

How do you give your child the best immune start to life? From contraception to birth and beyond, this book teaches how to save our children from an over-sanitised world.

“This book might change your perspective on real cleanliness…and along the way help you to raise healthier kids” – Giulia Enders, author of Gut

About the book

In the two hundred years since we discovered that microbes cause infectious diseases, we’ve battled to keep them under control. But a recent explosion of scientific knowledge has led to undeniable evidence that early exposure to these organisms is beneficial to our children’s well-being. Our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, is having a negative effect on our children’s lifelong health.

In this engaging and important book, microbiologists Finlay and Arrieta explain:

1/ how the millions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development; why an imbalance in those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes, asthma, autism, and reactions to vaccines, among other chronic conditions.

2/ They explain what parents can do – from conception on – to positively impact their children’s health.

3/ They describe how natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and solid foods influence children’s microbiota, and offer practical advice on such matters as whether to sterilise baby bottles, use antibiotics, or let your dog lick your child.

4/ And they include Dos and Don’ts at the end of each chapter, providing clear guidelines for anxious parents.

About the authors

B Brett Finlay, PHD, is Professor of Microbiology at the University of British Columbia and has published over 450 articles on microbes and how bacterial infections work. A founder of the biotech companies Inimex, Vedanta, and Microbiome Insights, Brett is Officer of the Order of Canada – the highest Canadian civilian recognition. He lives in Vancouver with his wife who is a paediatrician and they have two adult children. Marie-Claire Arrieta, PHD, has been studying how intestinal altercations can lead to several immune diseases since 2007, combining her knowledge of microbes and immunology to lead a major clinical study on the role of the microbiota in asthma. A mother of two, Arrieta is a tireless advocate of using scientific knowledge to improve the health of children.

Read more about the Authors and Let Them Eat Dirt on their website here : Let Them Eat Dirt Website

Prepared by : Sharon Steed
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