The Whole-Body Microbiome: How to Harness Microbes-Inside and Out-for Lifelong Health

The Whole-Body Microbiome: How to Harness Microbes-Inside and Out-for Lifelong Health

by B. Brett Finlay, Jessica M. Finlay

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Overview

Learn the secret to total, lifelong health: the teeming world of microbes inside and all around us

Modern-day science has allowed us to prolong and improve life in astonishing ways, often by fending off germs and other invisible foes. But there’s no “immunity” to the inevitable signs of aging . . . or is there?

In The Whole-Body Microbiome, the father-daughter team of Dr. Brett Finlay (a microbiologist) and Dr. Jessica Finlay (a specialist on aging) offers a different—and truly revolutionary—solution to the quest for the fountain of youth. While much has been written about bacteria in the gut, exciting new research shows that there are millions of microbes both inside our bodies—supporting our brain, teeth, heart, lungs, bones, immune system, and more; plus the microbes on our bodies, coming from the air we breathe and the things we touch all day long—cell phones and kitchen sponges, pets and doorknobs, and even other humans. These microbial “lifelong companions” have an immense impact on our daily health—and, as groundbreaking research is showing, they have the power to help prevent and reverse the most common age-related diseases.

In this eye-opening new take on the significance of the microbiome, the Finlays offer empowering knowledge, surprising myth-busters, and simple yet effective daily tips that prove “dirty” is the new clean. Whether it’s by changing your diet, enjoying a glass of wine, getting more exercise, trading your antibacterial gel for good old soap and water, or spending more time outdoors, you can change your life today; so that you and your microbes live long—and prosper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615194810
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 248,520
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

B. Brett Finlay, PhD, is the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. A leading researcher on bacterial infection, he has been studying microbes for over thirty years and published over five hundred scientific articles. A cofounder of the biotech companies Commense, Vedanta, and Microbiome Insights, Dr. Finlay is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest Canadian civilian recognition. He is a coauthor of Let Them Eat Dirt: How Microbes Can Make Your Child Healthier.

Jessica Finlay, PhD, is a University of Michigan postdoctoral research fellow who specializes in environmental gerontology and health geography. With degrees from Queen's University and the University of Minnesota, she has won awards for her work and authored publications in leading health, geography, and gerontology journals.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Fountain of Youth Is Full of … Microbes? 5

2 Your Microbes Are Glowing: The Skin Microbiome 17

3 Mind Your Microbes: Microbes and the Brain 35

4 Healthy Smile, Healthy You: The Oral Microbiome 63

5 Take a Deep Breath: The Lung Microbiome 79

6 Belly Bugs: The Stomach Microbiome 96

7 Microbe Mecca: The Gut Microbiome 108

8 Love Bugs: The Heart and the Microbiome 144

9 Females Are Not Small Males: Menopause and the Vaginal Microbiome 158

10 Microbes Meet Cancer 176

11 Microbe Tug-of-War: The Immune System 195

12 Flex Your Microbes: The Musculoskeletal System 220

13 Too Clean, Or Not Too Clean: Environmental Microbes 238

14 The Fountain of Youth Is Full of Microbes: The Future of the Whole-Body Microbiome 261

Acknowledgments 287

Selected References 289

Index 303

About the Authors 314

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