Biodiversity: Getting it Under Your Skin

From: Secret Life of Your Microbiome


Humans often need to see threats to the environment, and, by extension to their health and survival. Progressive losses over time can dilute urgency and awareness. So can progressive gains. One supersized burger with fries and a soft drink doesn’t lead to immediate obesity and type 2 diabetes. From our perspective, the missing part of scientific communications surrounding biodiversity loss is that which taps into cognitive awareness. Even while clean water still runs from the tap, biodiversity is actually a massive part of our everyday wellness, vitality, and mood. Recognition of this often overlooked fact is essential.


Susan L. Prescott

Dr. Susan L. Prescott MD, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed immunologist and pediatrician whose early work led to a paradigm shift in understanding the importance of the early environment in immune programming for the risk of subsequent disease. She is a former Director of the World Allergy Organisation and former Head of the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. Prescott is the author of more than 250 scientific papers and several books including The Allergy Epidemic, The Calling, and Origins. She is married to Alan Logan and splits her time between Perth, Australia and New York.

Alan C. Logan

Dr. Alan C. Logan ND, graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase, and was valedictorian at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. He taught Mind-Body Medicine courses in Harvard's School of Continuing Medical Education, and his research and commentaries have appeared in over two dozen medical journals. He is a trusted source for many popular magazines including Cosmopolitan, Elle, W, Health, and Life & Style, and he is a commentator on US and Canadian television. Logan is the co-author of several books including Your Brain on Nature and The Clear Skin Diet, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health. He is married to Susan Prescott and splits his time between Perth, Australia and New York.