Dr Dietert, is an internationally known author, lecturer, scientist, media personality and educator. He is the Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University. For more than 35 years, he has researched the effects of environment factors (e.g, chemicals, drugs, stress, and infectious agents) on the developing immune system. He has turned his wide-ranging expertise toward reducing the environmental health risks of children and protecting against chronic diseases by focusing on the microbiome and the immune system as described in his most recent book The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life.
The microbiome is the name given to the mixture of trillions of bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi that inhabit and live in/on our body. They make up a majority of the cells and genes in our body. Not surprisingly as a result, these co-partners-in-life microbes exert significant control over much of what happens with our childhood development. With them in place, we are whole and can be healthy; without enough or the right kinds of these microbes, our bodies are dysfunctional and likely to be burdened with one or more chronic (noncommunicable) diseases. We walk around literally in a microbial cloud and those microbes filter the environment external to us. In some ways they help to define what is outside of us. Much of his work focuses on how to better use information about the microbiome and the immune system to help people of all ages lead a healthier, more joyful life.
As a speaker in a wide range of different forums, Dr. Dietert has lectured in more than 100 different cities across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His audiences have included scientific societies, governmental organizations, colleges and universities, private companies, health advocacy groups and alternative forums. In 2012 Dr. Dietert introduced a new course at Cornell applying contemplative tools for creative problem solving. This has blossomed into a variety of new educational programs and workshops.
An important component of his work is teaching students, business and science professionals, and general audiences how to overcome their problems and roadblocks using contemplative and other tools.