Enjoyed the podcast, thank you for the time and efforts.
I noticed there was a large focus on the influence of different religions on health, particularly hygiene and fasting. However I think the author and the host overlooked the contributions of Islam to this subtopic. For example, Muslims wash their hands, faces, arms, and feet at least 5 times a day before every prayer. Also, there is an explicit separation between one’s right which is only used when eating and one’s left hand which is only used when one is cleaning himself/herself (in the restroom). Furthermore, one cleans with water not paper. In combination these behaviors lay a strong foundation to prevent illness and promote healthy living within densely populated societies. I believe that was missed in the analysis by Durant.
Fasting is a whole other topic that I will leave for another discussion.