Jason Tetro
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

Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 9:50 PM

It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth...

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Viruses of Bacteria May Help Win The War Against Cholera

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 9:54 PM

It's a well-known strategy in any war. While two forces are directly fighting against one another, the introduction of a third party ally can shift the dynamics towards one side. The new contingent not only distracts the targeted enemy but may even force them to forget about the initial war...

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Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 8:45 AM

With school moving into full swing this week, children will have the usual assignments to be completed at home. The theories behind homework have been examined for years but the consensus appears to be a combination of motivation to learn and preparation for a better future. While the...

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Mosquito Viruses Are a Biting Concern for Snowbirds

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:20 PM

In the coming month, close to a half million Canadians will begin their plans to forsake the impending cold of winter for the warmer climes of the south. These individuals, more commonly referred to as Snowbirds, will seek out new homes in the southern United States, primarily in Florida. There,...

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How To Prepare for Back To S̶c̶h̶o̶o̶l̶ Germs

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 4:18 PM

For the last month, the airwaves have been infiltrated with the usual Back To School advertisements in preparation for the beginning of classes. As always, there is a preponderance of offers to assist each and every student meet the needs and challenges of the school time experience. If one would...

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How the Ebola Crisis Is Uniting the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 11:52 PM

Last week, the World Health Organization called for a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to examine the nearly eight-month long outbreak of the Ebola virus. The group discussed at length the implications of the outbreak and whether there was enough evidence to support taking the...

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Canada, Don't Worry About Ebola

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:48 AM

It's a common human tale. A person ventures away from the city, town or village in search of food, water, business or pleasure. Upon returning, regardless of the joys of the experience, not everything feels right. Symptoms of aches, fever, a cough and sluggishness appear; the individual is forced to...

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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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