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HS 477: An Elegant Defense – Understand Your Immune System with Matt Richtel

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Headshot of Matt Richet New York Times Journalist and Author

Jason Hartman talks with Matt Richtel, Pulitzer prize winning New York Times reporter and author of the new book An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System, about the new information that’s come to light about our immune system and how we can help/hurt it by our actions. Matt dispels some myths that are long, long held, and gives solutions as to how we can best improve our health.

Key Takeaways:

[2:00] Matt’s journey to understanding the immune system came from his friend’s serious illness. It led to him confronting several myths about the immune system.

[5:30] Our immune system actually tries to get along with everything as best as possible, not to automatically attack

[7:33] Why it’s a mistake to try and “boost your immune system”

[10:25] New research on your “gut health”

[14:22] How stress weakens your immune system





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