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You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make your body, there are nine impostor cells. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual, but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. Even aspects that you think of entirely as 'you' turn out to be run by 'them' - like your immune system. In this riveting, shocking and beautifully-written book Alanna Collen explores the modern epidemics of 'Western' diseases - obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, auto-immunity, and even cancer - and argues that most have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets and our obsession with hygiene alter the microbe community we carry. Unlike our human cells, though, we can change our microbes for the better.
'Collen's fascinating study of the intertwined lives of microbes and humans, '10% Human', is a manual for the new, healthy way of being dirty ... Read it, and you will learn to love your microbiota'
'A welcome antidote to the simplistic boost your health with probiotics books and articles posing as science (but serving mostly commerce), Collen dares to tell the messy truth about what science knows - and doesn't know - about the microbes that live in us, live with us, and in some ways even become us ... [Collen] is clearly an expert in the field ... fascinating ... Everything you wanted to know about microbes but were afraid to ask'
Kirkus, *Starred* Review
Publication date: 23/04/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||23rd April 2015|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Lifestyle & Health,|
Alanna Collen is a science writer, with both bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from Imperial College London, and a PhD in evolutionary biology from University College London and the Zoological Society of London. She is a well-travelled zoologist, an expert in bat echolocation, and an accidental collector of tropical diseases. During her scientific career, Alanna has written for the Sunday Times Magazine, as well as about wildlife for ARKive.org. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, including BBC Radio 4's Tribes of Science and Saturday Live, and BBC One's adventure-wildlife show Lost Land of the Volcano. ...More About Alanna Collen