The origin of asthma, autism, Alzheimer's, allergies, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and even some kinds of depression is now clear. Award-winning researcher on the microbiome, professor Rodney Dietert, presents a new paradigm in human biology that has emerged in the midst of the ongoing global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.
The Human Superorganism makes a sweeping, paradigm-shifting argument. It demolishes two fundamental beliefs that have blinkered all medical thinking until very recently: 1) humans are better off as pure organisms free of foreign microbes; and 2) the human genome is the key to future medical advances. The microorganisms that we have sought to eliminate have been there for centuries, supporting our ancestors. They comprise as much as 90 percent of the cells in and on our bodies - a staggering percentage! More than a thousand species of them live inside us, on our skin, and on our very eyelashes. Yet we have now significantly reduced their power and in doing so have sparked an epidemic of noncommunicable diseases - which now account for 63 percent of all human deaths.
Ultimately this book is not just about microbes; it is about a different way to view humans. The story that Dietert tells of where the new biology comes from, how it works, and the ways in which it affects your life is fascinating, authoritative, and revolutionary. Dietert identifies foods that best serve you, the superorganism - not new fad foods but ancient foods that have made sense for millennia. He explains protective measures against unsafe chemicals and drugs. He offers an empowering self-care guide and the blueprint for a revolution in public health.
We are not what we have been taught. Each of us is a superorganism. The best path to a healthy life is through recognizing that profound truth.
©2016 Rodney Dietert (P)2016 Pernguin Audio
I have read up a bit on the gut recently and this book is the latest one to teach me more about it and how my body works in general: in brief, an excellently accessible read to the point that I look forward to a follow - up in a few years time when the 'new biology' has had the opportunity to become more mainstream and people take on the logic of it all.
They should be teaching this in school from age eleven to give each generation the opportunity to make informed life decisions.
A must read for everyone who wants to be in charge of their own health and wellbeing of family .
Exciting and fantastic research.
"Excellent Source and study"
A wonderful way of showing how the human organism has thrived in symphony with what was once thought to be a threat! Great examples for any immunologist to create a healthy state in individuals.
"The paradigm shift currently occurring in medicine"
I thoroughly enjoyed the comprehensive scientific approach to explaining the paradigm shift that is underway as scientists realise we are far more than just mammalian. Our bugs throughout our body are as important and as much part of who we are as our mammalian cells.
"Excellent. Should be required reading for all."
Tremendous book. This was a fascinating look at the body and what's really going on in there. No joke, it should be studied by all parents, teachers & students, and be kept in every kitchen as a reminder of what we're sinn to ourselves with every food decision we make. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
"I'm Sold on the microbiome"
If you are looking to be convinced of the importance and impact of the microbiome on our health, this is your book. I was convinced that "we" are not just a body but are a Superorganism.
A little long winded and repetitive at times but I liked it enough that I read it cover t
"Crucial book for anyone and everyone..."
This book is absolutely amazing, and should be read by anyone in the health and wellness fields. What to change and take control over your health, read this book.
Incredible. I was ignorant to the vastness of our microbiome. I'm now rethinking health and nutrition in a big way. I've already experimented a bit with sauerkraut, kimchi and probiotics as supplements. I always caution moderation with everything in your life. So don't go overboard and stay balanced. I can say after two days I felt a lot changing within me. Not sure if it is all positive or negative for my microbiome overall but I can definitely tell there's been an imbalance that I was just not privy to...
"A fresh perspective"
A wonderful book as an introduction into nutrition, health, diet, evolutionary biology, and the gut biome. I loved how the author constantly reflected history and modern life. His metaphors make understanding the content do-able for the ignorant. Beautiful listen.
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