Wellcome Debate

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.

Speakers:
Sally Bloomfield, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH)
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.

This event is FREE.

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