Beyond Antibiotics: Strategies for Living in a World of Emerging Infections and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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At a time when the numbers of emerging infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising sharply, the supply of new antibiotic drugs has been steadily decreasing. In addition, many health providers have failed to consider that our bodies are cloaked in a blanket of bacteria so pervasive that the bacterial cells outnumber our “human” cells by a factor of ten. In short, we are living in a microbe’s world and cannot ignore the very real potential for untreatable serious ...
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Overview

At a time when the numbers of emerging infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising sharply, the supply of new antibiotic drugs has been steadily decreasing. In addition, many health providers have failed to consider that our bodies are cloaked in a blanket of bacteria so pervasive that the bacterial cells outnumber our “human” cells by a factor of ten. In short, we are living in a microbe’s world and cannot ignore the very real potential for untreatable serious infections.

In this timely book, Dr. Michael Schmidt proposes we focus on strengthening ourselves by thinking of our bodies as a “human-microbe hybrid.” This requires taking action to raise our defenses, while preserving the integrity of the microbial elements that live on and within us. Drawing on the latest research from several scientific fields, Schmidt presents a strategy of medicine that can be used to build and balance our system of immune defense and repair. He offers a set of general recommendations that can easily be used to tailor programs to individuals seeking to support health maintenance, prevent illness, fight active acute or chronic infections, and foster faster recovery from infections.

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Beyond Antibiotics is brilliant and well-researched. Dr. Schmidt offers a unique perspective on the skirmish between the outnumbered human host and the defiant bacteria. This riveting account is a valiant piece for our time.”
—Andrew H. Meyer, MD, Fellow, American College of Cardiology

“Dr. Michael Schmidt is that rare enigma of intellectual genius and gifted storyteller. He has an uncanny gift for taking complex concepts and articulating them in layman’s terms.”
—J’Lein Liese, PhD, President, Foundation for Global Leadership

"This focus on how natural immunity may be boosted without antibiotics and how to avoid antibiotics is key to our times."
The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556437779
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 1/20/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,416,212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Michael A. Schmidt is the author of Beyond Antibiotics, Brain-Building Nutrition, Childhood Ear Infections, and Tired of Being Tired.  He did his Ph.D. research in molecular medicine and biochemistry within the Life Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, with studies in neuroscience and metabolomics at Lancaster University.  He teaches in the Metabolomics Training Program at the University of Colorado, and he works closely with the human disease modeling laboratory (3-D tissue analogues group) and with the human space flight initiative of the suborbital research group at NASA.  He has applied his work in functional genomics and metabolomics to human disease states, as well as to methods to enhance human performance.  Dr. Schmidt co-founded Sovaris Aerospace, which addresses problems of complexity in space biomedicine, along with Cyvia Neurosystems, which develops EEG-based neurophysiology tools.  He is a gifted communicator, who has spent his career translating complex topics in science and medicine to general audiences.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Author's Note xiii

Introduction xv

Part I The Unseen 1

Chapter 1 Why the War on Germs Cannot Be Won 3

Chapter 2 You're Not Who You Think 19

Chapter 3 Myths, Failures, and Consequences 35

Chapter 4 Immune Defense, Energy, and Repair 59

Part II How We Can Take Control 85

Chapter 5 How Nutrients Fuel the Entire System 87

Chapter 6 How Probiotics Will Change Our Future 147

Chapter 7 Genes: We Have More Control than We Think 159

Chapter 8 How Lifestyle Shapes Our Defenses 187

Chapter 9 Environmental Threats to Robust Immunity 209

Chapter 10 Mood, Mind, Stress, and Infections 235

Chapter 11 Coping Strategies That Make Us Strong 253

Part III The Way Forward 279

Chapter 12 Strategies for Living in the Microbe's World 281

Chapter 13 Common Conditions: Are Antibiotics Warranted? 307

Chapter 14 Personalized Medicine and Strong Defenses 325

Epilogue 357

Appendices 361

Notes 385

Index 419

About the Author 429

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