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Living TOO Clean During COVID-19?

Summary: Scientific director of the International Probiotics Association, Jessica ter Haar, Ph.D., says many of us are living in that proverbial protected bubble that we previously condemned, and with good reason (due to COVID-19), but will all this clean living and social distancing cause future problems for our health?
Air Date: 12/31/20
Duration: 23:12
Host: David Friedman, ND, DC
Guest Bio: Jessica ter Haar, Ph.D.

Jessica ter Haar, Ph.D., is director of scientific affairs for the International Probiotics Association (IPA) and is a microbiology expert and probiotic educator focused on digestive and women’s health. She holds a doctorate from the University of Groningen in medical microbiology and probiotics for vaginal infections and a master’s degree in nutrition and nutraceutical sciences from the University of Guelph. Ter Haar is also the founder and chairwoman of “Women and their Microbes,” a scientific conference directed at scientists, clinicians, and industry professionals focused on helping women achieve their best possible microbial health during every stage of life. In her professional work with probiotics, she uses her thorough knowledge base to underscore the importance of probiotics, make scientific knowledge accessible, and address unmet medical and research needs. Additionally, ter Haar consults with a variety of companies in the probiotic, pharmaceutical, and food industries on strategies to clearly communicate, valorize, and leverage scientific benefits and best practices.

Living TOO Clean During COVID-19?
Scientific director of the International Probiotics Association, Jessica ter Haar, Ph.D., says many of us are living in that proverbial protected bubble that we previously condemned, and with good reason (due to COVID-19), but will all this clean living and social distancing cause future problems for our health?

Microbes and nutrition expert, ter Haar says while we sterilize everything to protect ourselves from the virus, at the same time by not exposing ourselves to germs we are weakening our body’s own natural defenses to everyday threats.

She says many microbes are indeed good for your health, while others can make us sick. Knowing the difference between the most popular microbes, bacteria, fungi, and viruses can help us get back to living life without fear and she is here with us today to help us navigate our new germophobic world.

Dr. ter Haar & Dr. Friedman talk good germs vs. bad germs, the cons of quarantine, and probiotics.