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Bret Finlay and his book cover, Let Them Eat Dirt

Canada’s number one microbiologist Brett Finlay speaks about his bestselling book Let Them Eat Dirt, Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World, February 7, 6–9:30 p.m at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom.

This book explains how the millions of microbes that live in our bodies influence childhood development; why an imbalance in those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes and asthma, among other chronic conditions; and how—from conception on—parents can take concrete steps to positively impact their child’s long-term health. The authors delve into the role of microbes in everything from pregnancy nutrition and birthing methods to choices about feeding and lifestyle (“Should we have a pet?” “Should I give my child an antibiotic and a probiotic?” “Should I let him/her play with a friend who’s ill?”).

Finlay, is the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the University of British Columbia. His areas of research interest and accomplishment include host-parasite interactions of pathogenic bacteria, especially enteric bacteria and pioneering the use of cell-based models to study pathogenic bacteria penetrating through epithelial barriers.

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