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Show 1037: What Is the Dirt Cure?

Children develop healthier immune systems when they grow up with the dirt cure: eating real food, playing in the dirt, living in nature.
Show 1037: What Is the Dirt Cure?
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What Is the Dirt Cure?

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More children than ever suffer with allergies, asthma, ADHD or eczema. Sometimes these allergies can affect their ability to focus in school or get along with friends. It might be hard to see what is causing these problems. Could it be something they are eating? Do they need the dirt cure?

A pediatric neurologist who is also a mother began looking into this question when her own year-old son began suffering with rashes and wheezing. When she discovered that he was allergic to soy, she found that avoiding processed foods helped a great deal. In addition, she determined that kids’ immune systems need exposure to dirt for healthy development.

Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein Explains the Dirt Cure:

Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein is enthusiastic about feeding our children nutrient-dense food grown in healthy soil and making sure that they have a chance to get their hands dirty.

Spending time in nature has physiological as well as spiritual benefits for children as well as adults. Find out what Dr. Shetreat-Klein means by “the dirt cure” and how you can put it to work for you.

This Week’s Guest:

Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, is an integrative pediatric neurologist who treats children with neurological, cognitive or behavioral problems. Her book is The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with food Straight from Soil. She is also founder of the Terrain Institute, training people to use nature as an ally rather than treating it as an enemy to be overcome. The photograph of Dr. Shetreat-Klein is by Tanya Malott.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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