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'A must-read for parents ... 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, MD, co-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 Gut

'A must-read for parents ... 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, MD, co-author of The Baby Book

We all want what is best for our kids, but for years we’ve believed that microbes cause infectious diseases and have battled to keep them under control. Our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, is having a negative effect on our children’s lifelong health.

In Let Them Eat Dirt, microbiologists B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta explain how the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development and why an imbalance in those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes and asthma, among other chronic conditions. With practical advice from conception through to pregnancy and beyond, this invaluable guide will help you to nurture stronger, more resilient and healthier children.

Reviews

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.

Guardian

Very clearly written and well-explained – it stopped me worrying

Evening Standard

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.

Sunday Times

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.

Publishers Weekly

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

Fascinating

SEN Magazine

An interesting and comprehensive guide

A Mum Reviews Blog

A fascinating read

Cupcake Mumma Blog

The subject is very clearly written and well explained

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099510970

    November 13, 2017

    Windmill Books

    RRP $24.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780099510963

    October 3, 2016

    Windmill Books

    304 pages

    RRP $35.00

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473538634

    September 22, 2016

    Cornerstone Digital

    304 pages

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