Mary Ruebush Why Dirt Is Good

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Why Dirt Is Good

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"The archetypal link between dirt and guilt, and cleanliness and innocence is built into our language," says journalist Katherine Ashenburg. But Dr. Mary Ruebush counters that with the fact that Western civilization's obsession with antibacterial soaps and our quest to be clean all the time is actually making us sick. Why Dirt is Good is a fun look at the plus side of dirt and germs. Complete with cartoons, the book features irreverant yet medically sound advice that illustrates how we can become healthier by exposing ourselves to a bit of dirt and germs. Divided into four parts, the book will explore through text and cartoons: Part 1

  • Dirt = good, antibiotics = bad
Part 2
  • How your immune system really works
  • How the immune system develops in children
Part 3
  • What a germ or bug is trying to do to prolong its life in the presence of antibacterials and antibiotics
Part 4
  • What you can do to make your immune system healthier

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About the Author:

Mary Ruebush, PhD., is an award-winning teacher whose studies on germs and bacteria have been published in several scholarly journals. She is the author of the Immunology step 1 lecture notes, and coauthor of Microbiology.  Currently she teaches exclusively with Kaplan Medical as an instructor of Immunology and Microbiology for Step 1 USMLE review.

From Publishers Weekly:

In her first book, microbiology and immunology teacher Ruebush demonstrates a lively mastery of her subject, providing a better education in immunology than a convincing case for the idea that "the most delightful sights for a parent should be a young child covered in dirt from an active afternoon of outdoor play." Her thesis, reiterated throughout, is that obsessive cleanliness is counterproductive: a "young, naïve immune system" needs exposure to germs "to build the ability to produce the right response quickly." Arguing that evolution has conditioned us to coexist with the microscopic threats around us-a human body typically harbors "some 90 trillion microbes"-Ruebush considers the legacy of "superbugs" bred through the overuse of antibiotics and cleaning products, and dismisses vaccination fears as ridiculous ("not even a question"). Ruebush presents a step-by-step guide to the workings of the immune system that should inform readers new to the subject, but her breezy and repetitive approach to arguing her thesis probably won't win over any doubters.
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