191. The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil | Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein

Maya Shetreat-Klein, MDBoard certified in adult and child neurology as well as pediatrics, Dr. Maya has a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed the University of Arizona’s Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, and now serves on their faculty. She lectures on children’s health, education and the importance of time in nature, botanical medicine, biodiversity, and the relationship between health and the natural world. Dr. Maya has testified on topics including fracking, safe products for children, and the impact of chemical exposures on children’s health. She also founded the Terrain Institute, where she teaches and mentors parents, educators, healers and health care providers about Terrain Medicine™. Dr. Shetreat-Klein practices, teaches and lives with her family in New York City, where she grows organic fruit and vegetables and keeps 8 chickens on her urban farm.

Are you in NYC? I grew up on Long Island.

I’m in NYC but in a greener part.

The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from SoilI’m excited to introduce my guest Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein who wrote a book called The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am an intergrative pediatric neurologist in NYC. I treat both adults and kids who have chronic health issues.  A lot of the time it means treating them for physical and looking at emotional and spiritual things too. That brought me on a journey to plants and nature can be are really important part of our health and our healing.

  • That brought me to
  • growing food
  • learning about soil
  • healthy soil
  • how the earth’s healthy biome is connected

amazing connection to make

really very transformative for our patients.

I think I was telling you in the prechat, I am reading it over my summer vacation. It is so full of information. I am really interested in how much our kids sit and the lack of movement and then also I guess there’s this new movement for a program called breakfast after the bell so the kids are eating breakfast, my kids ate in my classroom in this year. Got me to introduce composting, we tried a worm bin, and I also ran the garden club this year with another teacher. So many things I’m pre-chat about and I love the way it’s full of real science an a lot of my guests talk about needing real science to back it up! And you’re such an amazing doctor I look at your credentials etc and feel totally humbled!

 read the full interview and/or listen to the podcast episode at the Organic Gardener Podcast website

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