Dr. James Hamblin is an editor, physician, journalist, author, doctor, lecturer in public health at Yale University, and a staff writer at The Atlantic.
The Brazilian city of Manaus has been dealing with a raging outbreak of COVID-19, one that has left hospitals overrun and oxygen supplies dwindling; and not for the first time. The city was hit so hard by the coronavirus in the spring, that researchers estimated that 75 per cent of the population had been infected, which makes the severity of this recent outbreak unexpected and concerning. Today, Atlantic writer and Yale University public health policy lecturer Dr. James Hamblin explains the potential threat posed by new variants of the coronavirus popping up around the world, how they could upend expectations about herd immunity, and the need for a truly global vaccination response.
James Hamblin (IG: jameshamblin) is a Medical Doctor & Master of Public Health but he’s not a practicing physician… he’s a staff writer at The Atlantic, a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, and a specialist in preventive medicine. James is the author of If Our Bodies Could Talk and hosted a video series of the same name. His new book is CLEAN: The New Science of Skin. In this episode, we discuss: Why James stopped showering Changing the armpit ecosystem It's time to re-examine your daily skin care routine Are your skin care products causing your acne? Your skin is affected from the inside out The history of soaps People are focusing more on targeted hygiene The psychological effect of cultural beauty trends Are skin care products regulated? Don’t believe everything you read on the labels Marketing ploys used to get men interested in skin care regimens James' journey into medicine and journalism Face mites live in your pores Healthy exposure to microbes train your immune system Probiotics in skin care products have not been proven to improve the microbiome Exposure to dogs may improve your microbiome The benefit of smelly feet All soap ingredients have an impact on the environment The story of Dr. Bronner’s Soaps A better way to wipe your bum Choosing a minimalist way of life Health, defined Show sponsors: Organifi <== 20% off all Organifi products Paleovalley <== 15% off all Paleovalley products by using the code ultimatehealth at checkout Beekeeper's Naturals <== 15% off all Beekeeper's Naturals products (free shipping on orders $60 or more) Perfect Keto <== 20% off all Perfect Keto products (free shipping in the US) Related links: James Hamblin - CLEAN: The New Science of Skin (book) James Hamblin's website Follow James Hamblin on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter James Hamblin - If Our Bodies Could Talk (book) The Atlantic - James Hamblin's articles Social Distance - The Atlantic (James' podcast) Dr. Bronner's Related episodes: 304: Trina Felber – Primal Skincare, Remineralize Your Teeth, Foods That Cause Acne 188: Nadine Artemis – Redefining Beauty • Your Natural Deodorant Solution • Our Skin Is Designed For Sunshine 158: Dr. Trevor Cates – Clean Skin From Within • The Stress-Skin Connection • Should We Be Using Sunblock? 072: Dr. Kellyann Petrucci – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bone Broth | Foods For Glowing Skin 012: Joy McCarthy – Get Your Skin To Glow Naturally Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won't cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you! How can you support our podcast? 1. Apple users, please subscribe and review our show on Apple Podcasts, we make sure to read them all. Android users, be sure to subscribe to our show on Google Podcasts. Subscribers never miss any of the action ;) 2. Tell a friend about The Ultimate Health Podcast. They will surely thank you later. You can use the envelope button below to email a friend or tell them about TUHP in person. 3. Join TUHP Facebook community (FREE). This is where we all stay in touch and ask questions in between episodes. Join our community. 4. Follow our adventures on our favourite social media platform, Instagram. 5. Download The Ultimate Health Podcast app (FREE). This way you'll have our whole library of episodes right at your fingertips. Download our iOS/Apple app or our Android app. 6. Share using the buttons below. Thank you!
Physician James Hamblin, staff writer for The Atlantic, explains what would happen if you stopped showering — and other fun facts from the emerging science of the skin microbiome. Plus: are some trees really immortal? Are some trees immortal? A new study says no by Grant Currin Despite debate, even the world’s oldest trees are not immortal. (2020). EurekAlert! https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/cp-dde072020.php  Giaimo, C. (2020, July 27). Can Trees Live Forever? New Kindling for an Immortal Debate. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/science/trees-immortality.html  Wang, L., Cui, J., Jin, B., Zhao, J., Xu, H., Lu, Z., Li, W., Li, X., Li, L., Liang, E., Rao, X., Wang, S., Fu, C., Cao, F., Dixon, R. A., & Lin, J. (2020). Multifeature analyses of vascular cambial cells reveal longevity mechanisms in old Ginkgo biloba trees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(4), 2201–2210. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1916548117  Munné-Bosch, S. (2020). Long-Lived Trees Are Not Immortal. Trends in Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2020.06.006  Additional resources from James Hamblin: board-certified preventive medicine physician, staff writer at The Atlantic, and lecturer in public health policy at Yale University Pick up “Clean: The New Science of Skin” on Amazon https://amzn.to/2YaX5JW Follow @JamesHamblin on Twitter https://twitter.com/jameshamblin Hamblin, J. (2016, June 9). What Happens When You Quit Showering? The Atlantic; The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/i-stopped-showering-and-life-continued/486314/  Hamblin, J. (2020, June 22). Is It Possible to Shower Too Much? The Atlantic; The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/hygiene-is-overrated/612235/  James Hamblin’s articles for The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/author/james-hamblin/ Official website http://www.jameshamblin.com/info Yale bio https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/james_hamblin/ Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-com-Curiosity-Daily-from/dp/B07CP17DJY See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
You’ve probably noticed your hands a lot more these days. With the amount of handwashing you’re doing, they’re probably looking pretty dry and cracked. Are you killing off the good germs along with the bad? Dr. James Hamblin, staff writer at The Atlantic and a lecturer at Yale School of Public Health, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how our skin protects us – and how we can better protect it. His book is “Clean: The New Science of Skin.”
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Oct 5th, 1982
Brooklyn, Connecticut, United States of America
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