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Show 906: The New Germ Theory of Disease (Archive)

Examining the connections between pathogens and chronic conditions could lead us to a new germ theory of disease.
Show 906: The New Germ Theory of Disease (Archive)
New germ theory of disease, Paul Ewald, PhD
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The New Germ Theory of Disease (Archive)

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Inflammation is a primary cause of many chronic conditions, from Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis to asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. But what causes the inflammation? Could infectious agents be the root of most of our chronic disease–including cancer?

The New Germ Theory:

Find out about the new germ theory linking infections and mental illness. Is it possible that there is a connection between schizophrenia and a common pathogen?

 Other hard-to-treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) might all be triggered by infection. Could a vaccine help prevent these devastating conditions and even cancer?

 This Week’s Guest:

Paul Ewald, PhD, is professor of biology and director of the program on disease evolution at the University of Louisville. His books include Controlling Cancer: A Powerful Plan for Taking On the World’s Most Daunting Disease, co-authored with Holly Swain Ewald, and Plague Time:The New Germ Theory of Disease.

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