10% Human

10% Human

How your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

Book - 2015
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"You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. Over your lifetime, you will carry the equivalent weight of five African elephants in microbes. You are not an individual but a colony.Until recently, we had thought our microbes hardly mattered, but science is revealing a different story, one in which microbes run our bodies and becoming a healthy human is impossible without them.In this riveting, shocking, and beautifully written book, biologist Alanna Collen draws on the latest scientific research to show how our personal colony of microbes influences our weight, our immune system, our mental health, and even our choice of partner. She argues that so many of our modern diseases--obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmunity afflictions, and even cancer--have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes.Many of the questions about modern diseases left unanswered by the Human Genome Project are illuminated by this new science. And the good news is that unlike our human cells, we can change our microbes for the better. Collen's book is a revelatory and indispensable guide. It is science writing at its most relevant: life--and your body--will never seem the same again"-- Provided by publisher.
"An argument for the importance of gut bacteria in the human body and how this affects our health and well-being"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062345981
Branch Call Number: 612.33 COLLE
Characteristics: 327 pages
Alternative Title: Ten percent human


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Jan 22, 2017

Nicely arranged so that individual chapters can be read. Lots of good infomation that is very current.

ontherideau Aug 22, 2016

Research presented in a readable way, no lecturing, just information to consider as we make life choices. Knowledge is power.


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