10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness
You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. Over your lifetime, you will carry the equivalent weight of five African elephants in microbes. You are not an individual but a colo...more
Yes, by cell numbers, we're 90 percent prokaryotes. But, by mass, we're 90 percent human. That's because, while prokaryotic cells have evolved in symbiosis with us and other eukaryotes and carry out certain specialized functions, eukaryotic cells can do so much more overall, in general.
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This book is largely, for the first 2/3, yet another in a plethora of "one solution" health care/health science books. Coll ...more
"Backhed suggests that what we can extract from our food depends on what our microbial factory has been set up to expect. If our vegetarian were to abandon her stance and indulge in a hog roast, she would probably not have enough amino-acid-loving microbes to make the most of it. But a regular meat-eater would have a sizeable collection of suitable microbes, and would extract more calories from the hog roast than the v ...more
I'll try and be objective about this initially. This is a book that is written in a fairly scientific way. Despite that it is highly readable. The author - a biologist - starts by looking at the diseases that plagued mankind over a century ago. Diphtheria, polio and the like were successfully eradicated and that allowed a far longer lifespan for people in general. After that came the new "conditions" that we live with now. Diabetes, autoimmune issues, autism and other pro ...more
I've been interested in gut microbes since first reading about them earlier last year, so I was very excited to see what this book had to say. And WOW, it did not disappoint! It was very interesting and informative...I learned a lot and I was very excited to see how much the medical and scientific community has learned in the last few years about microbes. It was also really terrifying and scary to read of the incidences of disease that seem beyond our control (au ...more
Content interesting enough to keep me up late reading. The writing is competent, but doesn't shine.
Okay, she finally got to the good stuff: re: microbes and ...more
Reading slumps are the worst, and despite this book giving me one, it's absolutely worth reading because it truly opened my eyes. I try not to be dramatic but I view everything differently now, no joke, and even my lifestyle is changing.
Even though this is so far from what I normally read, I would recommend this to everyone. This brings out the science nerd in me. Thank you, school, for making me pick this up. ...more
Because this book is about microbes, Collen appears to view all health problems as nails to be driven in by a microbe hammer and she doesn’t alwa ...more
http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/health-... will hopefully bring greater understanding of our symbiotic microbes into the mainstream.
This will be of the utmost interest to anyone trying to learn more about the cause and effect of 21st century disease epidemics affecting developed countries such as obesity, allergies, autism, diabetes, IBS, MS etc.
Solid science presented this clearly and engagingly will provide a nourishing a ...more
A few takeaways:
- eat plants. specifically, get lots of fiber and eat prebiotic foods (raw garlic, leek ...more
By feeding the more desirable microbes with more plants and fiber than the typical American is used to, we can positively nudge our physique, emotions, an ...more
This book is less about the microbes themselves and more about their impact on the human colony. What was most shocking to me was the evidence the author presented on the connections between modern culture, modern gut bacteria and modern diseases such as autism, diabetes, obesity, IBS, and several others.
An excellent science-based book written for ...more
this was one of the very few books I've seen actually worth staying up until 1 in the morning to finish reading. ...more
In the book, Alanna Collen draws intriguing connections between the rise of antibiotic usage starting in the 1940s, and the rise of the obesity epidemic.
One of the most provocative things she shares is the hypothesis that obesity might be (partially) caused by an infection. Her two main argu ...more
This book, “10% Human” does the same in late 2010’s for health and why we are losing the battle to achieve it. After over 50 years of the best health care in history, not to mention spending increasingly larger portion of our economy and our attention to “HEALTH”, what are we doing wrong?
This book, written for the ge ...more
During her scientific career, Alanna has written for the Sunday ...more