The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

by Sharad P. Paul MD
The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

by Sharad P. Paul MD


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We all want to be healthy and live well so take charge of your health by learning the connection between our evolutionary past and our future well-being with this practical guide to personalized health and nutrition—from distinguished physician Dr. Sharad Paul.

Recognized as one of the best in his field, surgeon, academic, and philanthropist Dr. Sharad Paul brings together everyday health with evolutionary biology and shows how it shapes who we are and what our bodies individually need. Starting with our brains, this book covers everything from our skin and muscles, to hearts, diets, and stress management. Throughout, Dr. Paul will share key information and steps to improve our daily well-being—impacting everything from our energy levels to memory retention to our overall longevity.

To achieve better health, we need to understand our evolutionary past. Within our evolutionary biology and genetics, bodily systems, diet, and psychology is the story of how and why your body works the way it does and how it all combines to make you who you are. Through a blend of medical mysteries, patient stories, and science, Dr. Paul takes us on “an exhilarating journey through the shifting landscape of genetics, health, and evolution” (Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501155420
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Sharad P. Paul is a skin cancer specialist, family physician, scientist, academic, author, thought leader, and MD. He has received many recognitions for his work, including the Ko Awatea International Excellence Award, the New Zealand Medical Association Chair’s Award, the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame Award, and was a finalist for New Zealander of the Year. Sharad has spoken at events around the world, such as TEDxAuckland, the Museum of Natural Science, the European Academy of Arts and Science, and the European Healthcare Design conference. He is the founder of Healthy Skin Lab and runs literacy programs in disadvantaged schools via his charity, the Baci Foundation. Sharad was featured in Time magazine and was described by the New Zealand Medical association as “one of the most inspiring, intelligent and compassionate men you are likely to meet.” Visit his website at

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Scientific Walkabout for Wellness ix

1 The Me and We Genes: Making Evolution Personal 1

2 The Sluggish Genes: Move for Your Brains Sake 21

3 The Stress Genes: Saber-Toothed Tigers and Scaredy-Cats 57

4 The Fat Genes: Skinny Brains and Fat Guts 105

5 The Pigment Genes: The Myth of Race 145

6 The Food Genes: Eat Right for Your Gene Type 179

Conclusion: Eat, Move, Live 227

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

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