Podcast Episode 96: Let Them Eat Dirt!

Podcast Episode 96: Let Them Eat Dirt!

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.

Marie-Claire’s book, co-authored with Brett Finlay, Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children From an Over-Sanitized World

Dr. Arriata’s scholarly publications

The World of Microbes with Dr. B. Brett Finlay

“UBC researchers Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta Co-Author Upcoming Book on Hygiene Hypothesis,” The Georgia Straight

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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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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