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Would you eat food that fell on the ground? Should you? Our traditional idea of "the cleaner, the better" is being turned on its head by suggestions that being too clean is making us sick. Do we need a good dose of dirt, or is this another fad in attempts to explain why more and more people are developing allergies, asthma and more?

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Judith Price

In an on-stage conversation at the museum, biologist Judith Price presented research into parasites as treatment for medical conditions. Using her extensive knowledge of parasites, she helped separate solid facts from theories and hopes.

The interview was hosted by Ivan Semeniuk, a journalist with the Globe and Mail. It was held in English on April 16, 2014.

Text: Judith Price. Image: Judith Price.

Judith Price

As Assistant Collection Manager in the Canadian Museum of Nature's invertebrate section, Judith is responsible for a collection that represents over 95% of all life on Earth. Although most of the specimens are small, the task is not, because this collection keeps growing.

It's no surprise, then, that Judith is a leader in her professional community. She acts on the executives of several professional societies, including her current post on the executive of the International Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.

Among the museum's vast collections, parasites have always held a special fascination for Judith. Her expertise makes her a wonderful candidate to guide us through our possible future relationships with these creatures and how they might be the answer to what ails us.

 

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