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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
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By Leha Carpenter on 05-01-17

Super Fascinating!

This book confirmed my suspicion that the world of possibilities is, after all we have discovered, still wide open. Think you know yourself? Guess again. There is wonderfully so much to learn about how we move through life, what we are made of, how we can fine-tune our health, and maybe even who we are. The concepts in this book need to guide everything from medicine to grocery shopping to maybe even how we say "hello" to one another.

The writing is packed with science, story, humor, history--it's deep, and it's fun.

The performance was also the best I've heard. The reader is engaged, reads at a conversational tempo, and never stumbles even over what are some very challenging passages.

Honestly, the only thing that could make my experience with this book better would be if it was the first of a series. 🤓

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By Dev on 08-04-16

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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By Amanda on 08-20-16

Excellent stuff, this!

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.

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By Natalie on 12-05-16

Brilliant!

This is the third book I have listened to on the gut microbiome, it is such exciting and life changing information, an absolute must read. I loved 'gut' and 'the diet myth' and this is definitely as good.
Some chapters are quite intense, but make an effort to listen through to the end, you won't regret it.

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By Blaine Holt on 07-05-17

Amazing

Broadened my understanding if myself and how important it is to nurture your microbial partners

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By Paul on 09-22-16

Interesting

My intellectual base is not up to par with this book -alot of big words. Nevertheless, lots of interesting information that will revolutionise the way medicine is intodays society, and has given me something to apply in everyday life. Great audio read and well worth it!

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