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.
[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