Jason Tetro
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Jason Tetro has over 25 years as a microbiologist learning about the relationship we all have with germs. Today, he is a recognized expert in the media and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post Canada , CTV, CBC, Globe and Mail as well as his own “Germ Guy” blog.

In 2011 he was awarded an honorary PhD in Social Media from Social Media University, Global in recognition of his work to improve hand hygiene through social media using the hashtag #handhygiene, which has now been adopted by the World Health Organization.

In 2013, he released his first book, The Germ Code about our relationship with microbes and the need to find a way to love them. It quickly became a science bestseller and was shortlisted for Book of the Year Award by the Canadian Science Writers Association. You can order it at: http://amzn.to/10W3V3D.

Entries by Jason Tetro

How Probiotics Could Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 10:14 PM

The value of good germs has been known for decades. The incorporation of a variety of bacteria such as Lactobacillus into our diet has been shown in research, clinical trials and anecdotally to be beneficial. Today, the use of probiotics in certain areas of medicine, such as the

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How to Avoid Germs in the Washroom

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:42 PM

The summer time means lemonade, beaches and more time in public bathrooms. But while the stall may look like sweet relief through beer goggles, it's actually a cesspool of germs. Nobody wants to waste sunny days in bed with a cold or flu, so we've asked The Germ Guy, a.k.a...

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The Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:55 PM

Most of us have experienced at one time or another that rumble in the gastrointestinal jungle. The symptoms are well-known: gas, pain, diarrhea and an overall wish to hide until the scourge subsides. Most gut infections are short-lived and tend to resolve on their own allowing us to continue our...

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How Good Oral Hygiene Can Protect Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:23 PM

As with many scientific and medical breakthroughs, the discovery of the link between gum and cardiovascular diseases started off rather unexpectedly. Back in 1989, a group in Finland wanted to find out if heart disease could be linked to other chronic diseases. They did the usual blood analysis...

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Important Lessons From the Bacterial Equivalent of Human Society

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 11:49 AM

In almost every branch of the life sciences, diversity is a key to success. From an anthropological perspective, variation maintains a strong and resilient species. Biological diversification has played a significant role in the origin and evolution of humans bringing us to where we are today....

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A Fungus May Soon Save You From The Poison Ivy Itch

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:03 AM

The mere mention of the term "poison ivy" can send some people -- including Batman - into sudden spasms of scratching accompanied by shivers down the spine. Many of us believe this plant, which is actually a member of the sumac family causes little more than...

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Bacteria Could Increase Your Risk of a Heart Attack

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Heart disease is a killer. In Canada, almost 30 per cent of all deaths are caused by the sudden failure of the heart to pump the lifeblood throughout the body. Making the situation worse is the realization no one factor can be singled out as the cause. The...

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Can't Swim at the Beach? Blame it on the Rain

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 11:47 PM

It's a frustrating dilemma. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and the time is perfect for a swim at the beach. But, upon arrival, the red flags are flying; the water is unsafe due to high bacterial counts. The anticipated joys of catching waves along with the rays...

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You'll Get Sick Less If You Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 9:19 PM

"Why do we get sick?"

The question has plagued medical and public health officials for decades. The answer may seem trivial: an infectious disease enters the body and causes illness. But, as anyone who spends time among others knows, some people tend to be more susceptible than others.

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Is the Paleo Diet Actually Good For Your Gut?

(9) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 10:54 PM

Like clockwork, when a new diet appears in the public, there is a mix of praise and scrutiny. Depending on how the fundamentals fare in the scientific realm, the recommendations may be adopted by society or dismissed as a fad and slowly fade away. Yet some entries in the nutritional...

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Are You One With Nature? Check Your Hands

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 11:47 PM

With the summer approaching, many of us will be preparing to get back to nature. From heading to the cottage to camping to taking that dream of a lifetime vacation to a remote location on an island or in the jungle, there is an urge to return to our evolutionary...

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Did You Know Supermarket Loyalty Programs Have Public Health Rewards?

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Loyalty programs are a regular part of our consumer-driven lives. The concept began almost 250 years ago in the United States with store-specific coupons. In Canada, the practice was adopted in 1958 by the Canadian Tire Corporation with Canadian Tire Money. Today, almost every store offers...

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Washing Your Hands Can Help Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 10:12 PM

As we grow from child to adult, we are taught a number of basic skills, some of which we take for granted. From tying our shoelaces to knowing how to eat with a knife and fork, these very simple tasks are used every day without much thought. However, one action,...

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How Much Do You Know About the Mysterious MERS Virus?

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Over the last few years, the world has been gripped with the news of viruses, whether known or emerging, causing epidemics in certain parts of the world. Inevitably, when this occurs, a familiar question is asked: "Will this cause a pandemic?"

It's an entirely understandable query. After all, when...

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Otters Aren't Just Adorable, They Matter to Human Health

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:05 AM

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't have some fascination with the otter. These creatures have gained a place in our collective fancy thanks in part to their near-human features (including similarities to Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch); their childlike playful nature, particularly with balls;...

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Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 10:42 PM

For most of North America -- ranging from the Midwest to the East Coast, this winter has been a doozy. In the beginning of January, a rush of warm air in the Arctic disrupted the local atmospheric zone, known as the north circumpolar vortex, breaking the normally stable...

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Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Over the last few weeks, the numerous outbreaks of measles in Canada have led many public health officials and microbiologists to shake their collective heads. The reason is simple: this should not be happening. Of all the pathogenic viruses, this one has been on our radar for nearly 200 years...

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Twerk All You Want, Just Don't Get a Lip Tattoo Like Miley's

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

When it comes to the climb of pop stardom, Miley Cyrus has proven she can't be tamed. No matter what the reaction might be to her party in the USA ways, she has proven time and time again that we can't stop her wrecking ball behaviour. Now, she's showing the...

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Improve Your Overall Health With Chocolate

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:23 AM

Ah, chocolate. For most people, this ancient staple is regarded as a delectable treat either by itself or as a part of almost any meal. The main ingredient, cacao, is derived from the seeds of the plant, Theobroma cacao, which appropriately means "food of the gods,"...

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The Surprising Way Bacteria 'Talks' To Each Other

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 11:25 PM

Amidst the myriad of political mechanisms, resistance is the most known. From grassroots picketing to national boycotts to a mass of millions congregating in a country's capital, the practice of protest is as old as civilization. Venturing into the resistance world brings an entirely unique experience, in which the participants...

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