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Microbiologist Dr. Brett Finlay - Why Kids Need to Get Dirty to Ward Off Disease

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

Dr. Brett Finlay, esteemed microbiologist and Order of Canada recipient, will speak about how our over-sanitized world threatens our health, and the health of our children.

Babies and young kids are being raised in surroundings that are increasingly cleaner, more hyper hygienic, and more disinfected than ever before. As a result, the beneficial bacteria in their bodies is being altered, promoting conditions and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and autism.

Based on the best scientific literature published to date —including the authors’ cutting-edge work—Dr. Finlay delves into the role of microbes in everything from pregnancy nutrition and birthing methods to choices about feeding and lifestyle (“Should I give my child an antibiotic and a probiotic?” “Should I let him/her play with a friend who’s ill?”).

Let Them Eat Dirt is a must-read.”
Dr. Sears, author of The Baby Book

B. Brett Finlay, PhD, is professor of microbiology at the University of British Columbia and a world leader in how bacterial infections work. He has been studying microbes for over thirty years and has published over four hundred and fifty articles. Also a founder of the biotech companies Inimex, Vedanta, and Microbiome Insights, Brett is Officer of the Order of Canada—the highest Canadian civilian recognition. He lives in Vancouver, BC, with his wife, who is a pediatrician, and has two grown-up kids. He is the co-author of the book Let Them Eat Dirt.