Thursday 30 June 2011, 19.00-20.30
In recent years, the old adage 'you have to eat a peck of dirt
before you die' has been gaining scientific support. Advocates of
the 'hygiene hypothesis' argue that eradication of bugs and
parasites from our modem lives means ignoring an important part of
our evolutionary history, with dire consequences for our health and
wellbeing. Has the modern obsession with cleanliness gone too far?
Our panel of experts helps you decide.
Sally Bloomfield, Chairman of the Scientific
Advisory Board of the International Scientific Forum on Home
Adam T Fox, Consultant in Paediatric Allergy,
Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Graham Rook, UCL Centre for Infectious Diseases
& International Health
Virginia Smith, author of ‘Clean: A history
of personal hygiene and purity’.
Facilitator: Claudia Hammond,
BBC Radio 4 Presenter.
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