Jack Gilbert - "DIRT IS GOOD: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System"

Event Presenter/Author: 
Jack Gilbert

Jack Gilbert discusses DIRT IS GOOD: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System.

At the Co-op


About the book: The microbiome—the combined activity of all the tiny organisms inside our bodies and the surrounding environment--is a hot topic in science with new research and findings popping up regularly. The rush of interest in the microbiome and its varied effects on human health has led to a rise in misinformation, especially for new parents who are curious or anxious about their child’s health. In DIRT IS GOOD: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System, Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight, two of the world’s top scientists leading the investigation into the microbiome, provide a comprehensive guide for understanding how the microbiome affects health during pregnancy and early childhood. They provide answers for over 150 questions parents might ask about kids and germs. Gilbert and Knight wrote the book with Sandra Blakeslee, an award-winning science writer.

As parents themselves, Gilbert and Knight know how important it is to get accurate, scientifically-sound health information during pregnancy and early childhood. The idea for DIRT IS GOOD was sparked by the questions they are routinely and repeatedly asked by parents all over the world. Parents will find answer to questions like, “Do microbes have a role in gestational diabetes?”, “Can antibiotics in the first six months of a baby’s life lead to obesity?”, “How do gut microbes shape my child’s immune system?”, and many more. DIRT IS GOOD is helpfully broken down into sections that will allow parents to quickly find the information they need. Sections include, Pregnancy, Birth, Breast-feeding, Probiotics, Child Diet, Depression, Vaccines, and Conditions (rashes, asthma, etc.). 

About the author: Dr. Jack Gilbert is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Director of the Microbiome Institute, Associate Director of the Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology, Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, and Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. from Nottingham University. 

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637