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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Take charge of your health by understanding the connection between our evolutionary past and our future wellbeing 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 combines everyday health with evolutionary biology and explains how to improve your overall wellness by following a diet and exercise plan according to your gene type. Starting with our brains, this book covers everything from skin and muscles, to hearts, diets, and stress management. Throughout, Dr. Paul shares key information and provides steps to improve our daily wellbeing—impacting everything from our energy levels to memory retention to our overall longevity.

Our evolutionary past and genetic makeup determine how and why the body works the way it does and how it all combines to make us unique individuals. Presenting a compelling blend of medical mysteries, patient stories, and science, Dr. Paul has developed a revolutionary approach to wellness that will result in beautiful skin at any age, a healthier diet for muscle endurance and skeletal strength, a more resilient and efficient heart, better mood and memory balance, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501155413
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,173,216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Sharad P. Paul, MD is a skin cancer surgeon, family physician, academic, skincare expert, evolutionary biologist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur, as well as an adjunct professor at Aukland University of Technology. Born in England, with a childhood in India, he is a global citizen who lives Down Under. In 2003, he received a Health Innovation Award and in 2008, was featured in international editions of Time. He has been called a Renaissance Man by New Zealand Herald’s Canvas magazine and a polymath by Good magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the New Zealand Medical Association’s highest honor, the Chair’s Award. He has spoken at ideas conferences like THiNK alongside Robert De Niro, Tina Brown, David Barash, and V.S. Naipaul. He recently won the acclaimed Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Award for Leading Health Improvement on a Global Scale.

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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Reancont More than 1 year ago
Fascinating book, grabbed me from start to finish! The content has an excellent selection of relevant scientific information about human evolution, genes, diet adapted to each habitat, climate and continental migrations, aimed at understanding its impact to sustain good health. Good health is the foundation needed to sustain creative states, keen mind, enjoy material experience, build our lives, pursue our goals to achieve happiness. In general in the book are interesting data on genetic variation and the particular response to drugs, placebos, nurturing treatments, and to different foods like salt, starch, gluten sensitivity, sugar, lactose, among others. It also discusses the importance of staying in motion associated with heart and brain health, skin color evolution and vitamin D, the inverse relationship between body fat and brain size, unsaturated fats in processed food. It is very interesting how it unites psychology research and the genetic basis of stress, where the power of the mind becomes important when it stimulates real physiological responses, for example for the management of stress and anxiety. Stress is associated with a variety of negative conditions, however the stress genes have ensured the survival of our species for thousands of years. In conclusion the message of the author is to have balance, to respect the deep interaction of our cells and genes with nature, to maintain a more adequate diet, a healthcare that suits individual gene types, and that life is a biological creation that we can embrace, to fully enjoy our experience and a science that understands our place in the universe. The book is very well written, attractive and contains useful Key Points at the end of each chapter. In the author's style you can feel his passion, dedication to his research, his conviction and sincere intentions to provide tools for good health. The best thing is that all this scientific information can be landed to solve some problems or insensibilities to medicines, food, etc. since the author makes available a test to detect genes associated to these conditions. My gratitude to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book