Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 96 of The New Family Podcast where we chat about how our oversanitized world is impacting our children’s health and well being.
My guest on today’s show is Dr. Claire Arrieta, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary and co-author of a new book called Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World. In it she and her colleague Brett Finlay make the case that we’re raising our kids in a cleaner, more hyper-hygienic environment than ever before. They outline how this is having a profoundly negative impact on kids’ immune systems and a contributing to a host of chronic conditions ranging from allergies to obesity. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Dr. Arrieta also offers concrete steps parents can take to ensure their kids have healthy immune systems. Hint: Throw out your hand-sanitizer!
Here are some resources related to my discussion with Dr. Arriata.
Dr. Arriata’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“The best piece of advice was to relax, and that’s really hard to do, especially with your first baby. Just to relax and enjoy being a parent and try to be less anxious about every little decision you have to make.”
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