23. Professor Rodney Dietert on the Microbiome, Antibiotics and What it Means to be a Human Superorganism?
Welcome to The Shift expert series with naturopath, nutritionist and author Katherine Maslen as she explores the state of human health, the dysfunction of the health industry and provides people with the tools, knowledge and understanding to make the shift in their lives.
In the expert series of The Shift, Katherine explores deeper conversations with the world leaders featured in season one, the investigative docu-series on the gut. If you want to make the shift towards more informed decisions regarding better health, then this podcast is for you.
Rodney Dietert, PhD, is a professor of immunotoxicology at Cornell University and the author of the book The Human Superorganism, which is all about microbiome research and what that means for human health. Professor Dietert has channeled his life’s work and vast experience towards focusing on reducing the environmental health risks of children and protecting against chronic diseases by focusing on the microbiome and the immune system.
As a full professor at Cornell University in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and a faculty member in the Cornell Institute for Comparative and Environment Toxicology, Dr. Dietert has published peer-reviewed papers in more than 70 different scientific journals ranging from environmental health and pediatric medicine publications to nutrition, metabolism, immune, neurological and reproductive journals.
In this episode Katherine and Rodney Dietert explore:
- What guided Rodney’s pathway to research and education, and ultimately focusing on the microbiome
- The microbiome – What it is? Why is it important? And the current state of the human microbiome
- Drug advertising and the troubling effects it has on human health
- The history of antibiotics and changing global attitudes around bacteria and sterilisation
- The global rise in non-communicable diseases and the sacrifice in quality of life to extend the human lifespan
- What it means to be a human superorganism
- The fascinating effect of humans living together on the microbiome
- Rodney’s advice for making the shift