Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World
This book will take you from conception to early years to show simply and easily how to give your child the healthiest start in life.
'A must-read for parents' William Sears, author of The Baby Book
'This book might change your perspective on real cleanliness and along the way help you to raise healthier kids' Giulia Enders, author of international bestseller, Gut
‘Should be read by every pregnant woman, every parent, every paediatrician’
Professor Margaret McFall-Ngai, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
In the two hundred years since we discovered that microbes cause infectious diseases, we’ve battled to keep them under control. But is our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, having a negative effect on our children’s lifelong health?
Let Them Eat Dirt is a ground-breaking book which explains how the millions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development and how an imbalance in those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes, asthma and reactions to vaccines, among other chronic conditions.
Taking you from conception to pregnancy, to birth and beyond and packed with simple and practical advice on what parents can do to positively impact their children’s gut health including sections on birth options, breastfeeding, the use of antibiotics and the importance of good bacteria and diet, this is a must read for parents everywhere.
“This book might change your perspective on real cleanliness . . . and along the way help you to raise healthier kids.”
Giulia Enders, author of Gut
“Let Them Eat Dirt has turned my world on its head. The book is a rallying cry to parents to put down antibacterial wipes, throw out sterilising tablets and start making mud pies.”
“Very clearly written and well-explained – it stopped me worrying”
“A must-read for parents, teachers, and any healthcare provider for children, Let Them Eat Dirt takes you inside the inside tract of a child’s gut, and shows you how to give kids the best immune start early in life.”
William Sears, author of The Baby Book
“Parents around the world are bound to rejoice at the publication of Let Them Eat Dirt.”
“This book is filled with practical advice for parents on how to positively impact their children’s health from natural childbirth to breastfeeding”
The Green Parent
“Finlay and Arrieta explain, in illuminating detail, the importance of the gut microbiome ... The focus on practical choices before and during birth makes this book a good resource for expectant parents.”
“With the quiet weight of their authority, pioneer researchers Brett Finlay and Claire Arrieta help parents to understand the real nature of microbes, and then to act to improve their children's health.”
Martin Blaser, author of Missing Microbes
“An interesting and comprehensive guide”
A Mum Reviews Blog
“A fascinating read”
Cupcake Mumma Blog
“The subject is very clearly written and well explained”