The Dirt Cure by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD
In this book, prominent and accomplished pediatric neurologist Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein puts a fresh spin on an old adage, we are what we eat, and so much more.
In The Dirt Cure, prominent and accomplished pediatric neurologist Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein puts a fresh spin on an old adage, we are what we eat, and so much more. This information-packed guide to healthy living challenges conventional opinions, exposing and critiquing industries, like fluoride toothpastes and water bottles, that make profit from getting us sick,
The author’s interest in nutrition and alternative health was inspired by personal experience. On his first birthday, her youngest son suffered a severe episode of hives and asthma accompanied by a downward slide in cognitive and social development. When conventional medical treatment was unable to diagnose or cure his condition, she consulted with a food allergist.
She soon learned her son’s health problems were induced by an allergic reaction to soy. Eliminating soy eliminated his allergic responses and restored him to normal intellectual and social development.
As a pediatrician, Klein came across a multitude of children who inspired her to re-evaluate the role of nutrition in physical and emotional well-being.
More and more children and teenagers have an array of unexplained physical and emotional ailments. In the US alone:
- 11% of school-aged kids and 20% of teenagers are diagnosed with ADHD,
- One in five children is diagnosed with some form of mental illness
- Autism has increased by 78% in the last few decades.
- There’s an unprecedented rise in food allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders.
She concludes that making better nutritional choices, and living closer to nature, hence, “the dirt cure,” can help us heal.
Given these recent discoveries, her book provides relevant information on how to address necessary changes. She concludes that making better nutritional choices, and living closer to nature, hence, “the dirt cure,” can help us heal.
Tiptoeing in the earth can actually improve sleep, improve mood, and regulate your nervous system.
In fact, “all the things that are messy and dirty in the world, the very things we thought we needed to control or even eliminate to stay alive, are actually the very elements necessary for robust health.” Tiptoeing in the earth can actually improve sleep, improve mood, and regulate your nervous system.
Klein also grants us plenty of other insights, noting how low fat milk is more fattening than whole milk, why cream and other fats are good for you and will keep you slender, why organic is so important, which foods are super-foods, and more.
Backing up her claims with current medical studies, the writer also challenges popular opinion on how to cure illness and promote health.
Says Klein, “even though the United States holds only 5 % of the world’s population, it’s responsible for 75% of global prescription drug use… Sometimes the very tools we use to combat infection can contribute autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.”
As she grants us her expertise, we begin to learn all about what it means to put certain things in and around our bodies. “You are more than what you eat,” says Klein, “you are what your food eats.”
The Dirt Cure is ultimately more than a philosophy of wellness. It’s a delightful guide to healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy living, all informed by the latest medical research.
The Dirt Cure is ultimately more than a philosophy of wellness. It’s a delightful guide to healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy living, all informed by the latest medical research. So take a minute to pick it up and flip through its pages; you will be surprised – and impressed – at all you discover.
Lisa Stahl, a native New Yorker, has authored many articles that graced the cover pages of magazines and websites. She’s the author of two distance-learning courses on fashion and has contributed substantial research and content on politics and foreign policy to three books by a political analyst and adviser to Hillary Clinton. Lisa’s achievements include an MA in English with honors from Columbia University. She also studied piano at Juilliard.