10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness Author Alanna Collen
ISBN-10 0062345990
ISBN-13 9780062345998
Year 2016-05-10
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
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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 colony Until recently we had thought our microbes hardly mattered but science is revealing a different story one in which microbes run our bodies remaining a healthy human is impossible without them In this riveting shocking and beautifully written book biologist Alanna Collen draws on the latest scientific research to show how our personal colony of microbes influences our weight immune system mental health and even our choice of partner She argues that so many of our modern diseasesobesity autism mental illness digestive disorders allergies autoimmune afflictions and even cancerhave their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship that with our individual colony of microbes The good news is that unlike our human cells we can change our microbes for the better Lifeand your bodywill never seem the same again

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