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

Supporting New Zika Therapies Key To Combating Evolving Virus

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 9:18 AM

About five months have passed since the Brazilian government first announced the now well-known Zika outbreak. In that time, the virus has spread across many parts of the Americas and now threatens many areas of the United States.

As the virus spreads, researchers across the globe are...

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This Is What Happens To Your Lungs When You Get The Flu

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 11:23 AM

We haven't heard much about influenza this winter. According to the latest statistics, it has been a relatively quiet year with 4,371 hospitalizations and only 193 deaths.

While these numbers are concerning, they pale compared to last season in which some 8,000 people went to...

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A Cautionary Tale For Tourists Unwittingly Packing Pathogens

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:03 AM

The northern region of Canada is a majestic area. This area represents one of the places in the world to visit, if only to take in the incredible sights of Earth's natural beauty. One of the most active sites for tourism is Nunavik, located in Quebec. The combination...

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Planting A Natural Way To Clean Indoor Air

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 11:57 AM

Most Canadians probably do not know the name Hans Selye but his work in this country stands out as one of the most important in our everyday lives. He is better known as the "Father" of stress research. He examined the effect of this common phenomenon...

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Here's Why You Need To Wash Your Fruit And Vegetables

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 10:58 AM

With the warmer temperatures approaching, Canadians will once again look towards fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement their daily diets. But, over the last few years, enjoying raw food has come with the risk for infection. At one time, produce made up only a small portion of outbreak...

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Seaweed May Be The Next Health Superfood

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 10:42 AM

Imagine for a moment a fully sustainable food product with no land, animal, or lab requirements. This may seem impossible yet it does exist in the form of seaweed. Each and every year, up to 5 billion tonnes of these algae are harvested as food yet this number...

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Here's Another Way Friendly Microbes Help Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 1:38 PM

If you were to take a microscope to your intestines, you would see tens of trillions of microbes moving around doing what they do best: eating and multiplying. Yet, while this may appear to be a utopic environment, what's happening is exactly the opposite. There's a microbial war happening and...

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Introducing A New Probiotic: Bacillus Coagulans

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 10:35 AM

For over a century, a variety of good bacteria has been extoled as a means to improve our general health. Today, these helpful microbes are better known as probiotics. When taken, according to the definition, a person can expect to receive some form of...

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Have Researchers Found A Way To Turn Off Food Cravings?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 8:16 AM

Canada is dealing with an obesity challenge. At the moment, one in four adults and one in ten children are defined as being obese. One might believe the answer to obesity is simply to eat less and exercise more. Yet, over the last few decades, researchers have learned...

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Probiotics May Help Lower Pesticide Problems

(1) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 10:11 AM

Using bacteria to control environmental troubles has been an ongoing campaign for decades. A variety of environmental species have proven their worth in dealing with oil spills, polychlorinated biphenyls, also known as PCBs, and radioactive waste. The chemicals are broken down, rendering them harmless...

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Don't Believe These Zika Virus Theories

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 9:42 AM

It has now been close to three months since the Brazilian government announced an outbreak of the Zika virus. In that time, Canadians have become witness to a rather new form of epidemiology in which the public learns details almost as soon as public health officials. While this reveals the...

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The Two-Metre Rule Can Help You Avoid The Flu At Work

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 2:19 PM

People sick at work is a common problem. Back in 2013, a survey of individuals found that on average, some 60 to 90 per cent of people who are sick still show up at the office.

This statistic became even more troublesome when people are queried about...

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A 1,000-Year-Old B.C. Remedy May Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 11:56 AM

It's been nearly two years since the World Health Organization called the rise in antibiotic resistance a crisis. Since that time, public health officials have sought new answers to prepare for an uncertain future.

While the idea of making new and stronger antibiotics continues to explored, its...

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Why Bad Breath Is So Hard To Fight (And What You Can Do To Stop It)

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 10:40 AM

At one time or another, most of us have had bad breath. Usually, it's a short-term problem quickly mediated by a good brushing of the teeth and tongue, or popping a mint or stick of gum. But for some, the problem isn't easily fixed; the foul smell continues for weeks,...

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Cranberries For Children May Help Ward Off Urinary Troubles

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 10:42 AM

For many Canadians, no turkey dinner is complete without the addition of cranberry sauce. The tartness from the red berries offers a perfect complement to the rich meal. But beyond these special moments, cranberries have long been thought to be an excellent way to improve health, particularly in the urinary...

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The Link Between Vitamin D And Rheumatoid Arthritis

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the oldest ailments in human existence and for anyone suffering from this condition, the symptoms can be unbearable. At the microscopic level, the lining of the joints becomes inflamed and as a result, aches. Unfortunately, there is no cure as the culprit behind the trouble...

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Heartburn Medications Are Bad For Good Bacteria

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 9:54 AM

If you are one of the over 6 million Canadians suffering from irregular heartburn or stomach ulcers, you're probably familiar with proton pump inhibitors, or PPI. These drugs, with names such as Nexium, Losec, and Prevacid, have been around for more than 25 years and for...

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A New Natural Barrier Against Influenza Virus

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 10:56 AM

As 2016 begins, the celebrations of the holidays are put behind us and we begin to look forward to the remaining months of the winter. Along with the trepidation of returning to work as well as keeping those resolutions, another fear will soon grip Canadians. The flu is coming back....

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Stressed During The Holidays? Fermented Milk May Help

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 11:14 AM

It's the middle of the holiday season and despite the promises of comfort and joy many Canadians will be dealing with a plethora of less than cheery emotions. It's quite well known the two weeks at the end of December and beginning of January can take a toll on our...

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Share Love, Not Infections This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 1:29 PM

With the holidays approaching, many people tend to slow down and focus on comfort, joy, and closeness with others. We may normally think of cozy situations involving family, food, and festivities. But for many across the globe, this time of the year signifies a different type of bonding in which...

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