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.
You're just 10% human. The must-read summary of “10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness,” by Alanna Collen. There are over 100 trillion microbes living in your body. They live on your skin, in your mouth, nose, ears, esophagus, stomach, and your gut. These microbes are not a random mix of species. They own special genes that carry out many metabolic and protective functions for your body, extending the functions of human genes. Scientists call this dynamic community of microbes the microbiota and the totality of their genes the microbiome. In 10% Human, biologist Alanna Collen shows how this community of microbes influences our weight, our immune system, and our mental health. Many modern diseases—obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmune diseases—arise because we have an unhealthy microbiota. The good news is, unlike human genes, we can change our microbiome for the better. Read this revelatory and indispensable guide to the human microbiome. This guide includes: * Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts. * Online Videos—covers the concepts in more depth. Value-added from this guide: * Save time * Understand key concepts * Expand your knowledge
From Eugenia Bone, the critically acclaimed author of Mycophilia, comes an approachable, highly personal look at our complex relationship with the microbial world. While researching her book about mushrooms, Eugenia Bone became fascinated with microbes—those life forms that are too small to see without a microscope. Specifically, she wanted to understand the microbes that lived inside other organisms like plants and people. But as she began reading books, scholarly articles, blogs, and even attending an online course in an attempt to grasp the microbiology, she quickly realized she couldn’t do it alone. That’s why she enrolled at Columbia University to study Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. Her stories about being a middle-aged mom embedded in undergrad college life are spot-on and hilarious. But more profoundly, when Bone went back to school she learned that biology is a vast conspiracy of microbes. Microbes invented living and as a result they are part of every aspect of every living thing. This popular science book takes the layman on a broad survey of the role of microbes in nature and illustrates their importance to the existence of everything: atmosphere, soil, plants, and us.
Bringing together prominent scholars, this authoritative volume considers the development of personality at multiple levels--from the neuroscience of dispositional traits to the cultural shaping of life stories. Illustrated with case studies and concrete examples, the Handbook integrates areas of research that have often remained disparate. It offers a lifespan perspective on the many factors that influence each individual's psychological makeup and examines the interface of personality development with health, psychopathology, relationships, and the family. Contributors provide broad-based, up-to-date reviews of theories, empirical findings, methodological innovations, and emerging trends. See also the authored volume The Art and Science of Personality Development, by Dan P. McAdams.
Meet Your Bacteria introduces you to all of your tiny tenants, and reveals the fascinating inner workings of your body, and the importance of these usually helpful (but sometimes harmful) microbes. Highly topical and accessible, this book: - Explores the different bacteria that live on and in various parts of your body (not just in the gut) - Explains what they do, and why some are beneficial and some harmful - Offers practical advice for promoting the good and inhibiting the bad bacteria - Examines the latest thinking on good and bad dirt, and the links between bacteria and disease Including in-depth profiles on each of the most important families of bacteria living in the human body, and helpful advice on how you can look after your own health through greater knowledge of your microbial friends, this is a wide-ranging introduction to the secret world inside your own body.
This simple lifestyle change can help you lose weight and decrease the risk of chronic illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders. The must-read summary of “The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health,” by Emeran Mayer, MD. For many years, doctors looked at the human body as a complex machine with independent parts. Disease was a breakdown of a single organ or gene that can be fixed through medication or surgery. There was no need to understand its cause. This model has worked for certain acute diseases but failed in treating many chronic and neurodegenerative disorders. Today, we realize that the complex regulatory mechanisms that keep us healthy do not operate independently. Our brain, our gut, and the gut microbes communicate with one another constantly to keep us healthy. When this communication channel is out of whack, major health problems can result. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer offers a cutting-edge view of the emerging science of gut-brain communication. He teaches us how, with a few changes to our diet and lifestyle, we can lose weight, develop a happier mindset, and reduce the risk of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. This book redefines what it means to be healthy and provides practical steps to achieve that goal. This guide includes: * Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts. * Online Videos—covers the concepts in more depth. Value-added from this guide: * Save time * Understand key concepts * Expand your knowledge
An easy-to-follow guide written to help pet owners understand and take control of their animal's health features profiles of more than two hundred drugs and their side effects, the latest in alternative medicine, a directory of pet organizations, and much more. Original.
All disease begins in the gut ------Hippocrates Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we're only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many researchers believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the 21st century. We hold on to this belief strongly. One important variable that determine our gut health is our gut flora. Our gut is home to about 100 trillion micro-organisms. Amazing isn't it? The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body, with over 400 known diverse bacterial species. Science has recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora's role in human health and disease. The gut flora has a myriad of functions including promoting normal gastrointestinal function, providing protection from infection, and regulating metabolism. It is even known that our gut flora comprises more than 75% of our immune system. Because of our modern lifestyle, we have destroyed our gut flora together with the rest of the gut. Factors such as: *Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDS * Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods * Diet low in fermentable fibers * Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut * Chronic stress * Chronic infections have contributed greatly to distorting our gut flora and gut system. This book therefore seeks to address these problems, and, give keys to maintaining a healthy, happy gut.
Nothing is more common than wasted talent, except perhaps health misinformation. First you were told to eat margarine spreads instead of butter; now butter is better. How often have you read that anti-bacterials will keep your family safe, just to hear a month later that they are actually dangerous to you too, or that the anti-bacterials are killing a lot of the healthy bacteria as well as the toxic ones? An even more provocative trend are the recent stories suggesting that exercise itself is harmful, as if the average American is too active. And now, Obesity is classified as a disease, even though it is completely preventable. Are you interested in being an active participant in your life, not a victim? Are you interested in adopting habits associated with weight control and longevity? Do you want to avoid or minimize medications, and the drugs you will need to fix the side effects from your medications? If so, this book is for you. You Only Weigh 10-pounds on the Moon begins with establishing and understanding your goal(s). To most of us the idea of being healthy means that we feel good most of the time, that we avoid or manage diseases, and that we can engage in hobbies in a competitive or at least enjoyable manner. Your weight may be tied to being healthy, but it is important to recognize that your weight is only a number, and excess focus on weight can distract you from focusing on the important aspects of living healthy. You will be guided through lifestyle modification that is key to both longevity and weight loss. The seven steps will promote slow do-able permanent change, and contribute to fitness, being functional, and ultimately, longevity. As you achieve your goals and change your lifestyle you will also reduce your body fat and lose weight. This book is ideal if you are looking for straight talk concerning diet, weight, and longevity. The topics covered will allow you to develop a direct approach to healthy living and assist you in achieving weight- and wellness-related goals. By understanding what habits and foods protect the body and mind, you can become an active participant in your life, extending your happy, healthy years, without having to obsess about your every meal.