Title: LET THEM EAT DIRT: Healthy living with our microbes
Dr. B. Brett Finlay
Ever since Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur showed that germs cause infectious diseases 125 years ago, society has been at war with microbes. Consequently life expectancy has risen dramatically; infant mortality over the past century has plummeted. Yet we have also noticed remarkable increases in diseases such as asthma, obesity, allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases, etc Exposure to microbes from birth shape how we develop. Later in life they impact many aspects of aging. These microbes have evolved with us. We need to rethink our relationship with our microbes to establish a balance between hygiene and microbial exposure for healthier living.
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