The Dirt Cure for Healthier Kids

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Why do so many children have food allergies and seasonal allergies these days?
Air Date: 1/11/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD
Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, is an integrative pediatric neurologist with a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Board certified in adult and child neurology as well as pediatrics, she completed the University of Arizona's two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, founded by Andrew Weil, MD, and now serves as faculty.

She lectures internationally to medical professionals and laypeople on environmental health and toxins, and healing with food and nature. Dr. Shetreat-Klein lives with her family in New York City, where she runs Brainmending, her healing practice and urban farm.
  • Book Title: The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil
The Dirt Cure for Healthier Kids
Have you ever noticed that children today seem sicker than previous generations?

Anxiety, autism, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, allergies, asthma, and eczema are now the new normal.

Somehow, when no one was paying attention, chronic illness became the new "sick" for children.

What are three principals that are critical for a healthy child?

  1. Germs: Children's immune systems no longer get exposed to enough bacteria and other microbes that prime the immune system to be healthy.
  2. Soil Sourced Foods and Nutrient-Dense Food: foods infused with sunshine, fresh air, and clean water, rich with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and beneficial bacteria all derived from the soil provide integral building blocks from nature critical for children's bodies and brains.
  3. Nature: Kids who take walks in parks or play in green playgrounds have improved attention spans, lowered ADHD, better test performance and are happier and calmer than their peers who spend their time inside. Spending time outside boosts children's immune system function measurably.

As society becomes more germophobic than ever, new science reveals that the things we thought we had to protect our kids from are the things that make them healthy: the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are the stuff of dirt.

Listen in as Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, shares the three principals that are critical for a healthy child.