Dishing dirt

In new book, an immunologist explains why an intimate connection to the earth beneath our feet can keep us healthy

Margaret Guthrie
Mar 19, 2009
Mary Ruebush, an immunologist at the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, & Idaho Rural Health Research Center, points to a report of last winter's outbreak of __Haemophilus influenzae__ meningitis in Minneapolis as the perfect illustration of why people should read her new book linkurl:__Why Dirt is Good__.;http://www.amazon.com/Why-Dirt-Good-Germs-Friends/dp/1427798044

__Why Dirt is Good__ conveys in clear detail how the body works to immunize itself against infection and disease. Without condescension, Ruebush explains how self-immunization begins in utero and continues throughout our lives to protect and defend the human body. She also explains what we're doing to hinder and obstruct our bodies' natural defenses. "Dirt" to Ruebush is anything to which the human body's immune system might take exception, immediately working to defend the body from the invader.Ruebush starts her tour through immunity in the womb, with mother sharing crucial antibodies with her developing child. The sharing continues through breastfeeding and moves on to...



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