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

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Science has made huge leaps in prolonging life through disease prevention and treatment, but microbiologist Brett Finlay and gerontologist Jessica Finlay offer a different—and truly revolutionary—approach to the quest for the fountain ofyouth.

Microbes are the oldest and smallest forms of life on earth, and encompass bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and other microscopic
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 2019 by Douglas McIntyre
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Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting and informative book about how to age better and healthier. The research was very extensive. I liked the fact that after each chapter the authors provided references for further reading, if you so desire. Also included are guided tips and suggestions to help maintain a healthier lifestyle.
As someone living with a chronic illness, I have read many helpful books on the gut microbes. But this book has opened my eyes to the many other microbes in different parts of the
José Angel Hernandez
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For someone who is not a scientist nor has ever taking any science courses in college , except for those that were required to get the degree , this book was very easy to follow and had a significant impact on my thinking . i am not easily influenced by what i read because i read so much and , as a social scientist , the one thing that we are taught quite effectively is critical thinking and comparative analysis . this book does an excellent job of taking the lay person through the literature ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a broad overview of research on the human microbiome and how it affects health and aging. It gets a bit technical at times, but is well organized, interesting, and easy to understand. I appreciated that the authors are clear about what we know, what we suspect, and what remains unknown.

Each chapter discusses the microbiome of a different organ or system, summarizing results from current research, discussing areas where future research might be most helpful, and providing
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and full of referenced research.

Especially useful for me is page 136 entitled, "The Personalized Microbe Diet." Research went into determining specific gut composition of participants that included tracking ingested foods with their specific corresponding glucose spikes. Digestion problems and food reactions are like fingerprints; individuated. Once a person knows their flora composition, they can tailor a diet that best fits their specific digestion needs. The very best part
Jo-Ann Houde
I got about half way through this audiobook and had to abandon it. It was dry and technical and didn't hold my interest. The information presented was consistent with what I've read in other books, so it just wasn't worth my time to continue reading. If anyone is looking to pick up a book on the subject, I found "The Microbiome Solution", by Robynne Chutkan to be a much better read.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Only got half way through and had to return to library. It was very simplistic and not a lot of research has come forward just yet to prove a lot of the theories, but cool read if you don't know a whole lot about the microbiome (but I do, which is why it was kind of an eady read )
Suresh Rangarajan
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great read on microbes, especially if you missed the recent big hits.
Lot of new information, well laid out
Sad part is: plenty of research on microbes is in early stages and pretty much inconclusive
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to learn about the Microbiome and how it affects you, but it seemed a little too technical at times. I expected to get more useful information out of it than be sure to wash my hands. I found parts of it very good, but it did seem a bit redundant.
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Dr. B. Brett Finlay is a Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. He obtained a B.Sc. (Honors) in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, where he also did his Ph.D. (1986) in Biochemistry under Dr. William Paranchych, studying F-like plasmid conjugation. His ...more