10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

by Alanna Collen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062345998
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 141,239
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alanna Collen is a science writer with a master's degree in biology from Imperial College London and a PhD in evolutionary biology from University College London and the Zoological Society of London. She is a well-travelled zoologist, an expert in bat echolocation, and an accidental collector of tropical diseases. During her scientific career, Collen has written for the Sunday Times Magazine, as well as about wildlife for ARKive.org. She has appeared on both radio and television, including BBC Radio 4's The Tribes of Science and Saturday Live, and BBC One's adventure-wildlife show Lost Land of the Volcano. She lives in Bedfordshire, England, with her husband.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Being Cured 1

Introduction: The Other 90% 7

1 Twenty-First-Century Sickness 25

2 All Diseases Begin in the Gut 54

3 Mind Control 83

4 The Selfish Microbe 114

5 Germ Warfare 147

6 You Are What They Eat 179

7 From the Very First Breath 204

8 Microbial Restoration 233

Coda: Twenty-First-Century Health 265

Epilogue: 100% Human 281

References 287

List of Illustrations 303

Acknowledgements 305

Index 307

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10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading is easy to understand. Confirms what I have been telling people for years. 1974 :Your body is your best doctor. This book and being a gardener made me look at possible relationships that become obvious after a while. Share with everyone.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
So this book was really interesting, but why only 3 stars? Well, mainly because it's uneven. The science? Amazingly interesting. The part about how the prokaryotes live in a symbiotic relationship with us? Super strong. The part about how throwing our microbes out of balance has a causal relationship with every malady ever to strike us? A little weak and preachy. Had this been just a science based book and offer less theories of causation I would have given this a much higher rating. Still, everyone should read this book if for no other reason than to learn abut your microbes.