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Tracing one scientist's journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take listeners to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin J. Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances-antibiotics-threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences. Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting-edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.
©2014 Martin Blaser (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 05-03-15

Very enlightening and information well supported

I downloaded this book in search of some backgroud info for David Purlmutter's, "Brain Maker" and was not disappointed. the two book will definitely influence my nutritional journey and knowledge. Highly recomend tjis book to anyone interested in microbiology.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jacqueline on 01-06-15

Every physician should read this book...

Well-written and informative. Dr. Glaser is pretty awesome and his experiences are aligned well with his scientific points. The argument he makes is well-evidenced but abridged. He also gets pretty technical about his most recent research in mice, among other things. Several passages may require rewinding or rereading for the layman (it did for me despite a doctorate in a related field), but it's still relatively digestible. My biggest complaint was the narrator's mispronunciation of the species S. Aureus... if this was a fictional novel it'd be like getting a major supporting character's name wrong. It's quite distracting.

I'm not convinced that antimicrobial therapy is as connected to the modern plagues as his research has begun to indicate, but if that's the scarecrow necessary to get Americans to responsibly use these therapies, then I'll bring the hay.

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