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

How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

By Alanna Collen

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 May 2016
Obesity, autism, mental health problems, IBS, allergies, auto-immunity, cancer. Does the answer to the modern epidemic of `Western' diseases lie in our gut?You are 10% human. For every one of your cells, there are nine impostors hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and bone, but also bacteria and fungi. And you are more `them' than you are `you'.Your gut alone hosts 100 trillion of them and until recently we thought that our microbes didn't matter. This is all set to change as the latest scientific research tells a very different story, one where microbes run our bodies and becoming healthy is impossible without them.In this ground-breaking book, biologist Alanna Collen reveals how our personal colony of microbes influence our weight, immune system, mental health and even our choice of partner. This is a new way of understanding modern diseases - obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, auto-immunity and even cancer - as she argues they have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our microbes.Illuminating many of the questions still unanswered by the human genome project 10% Human completely changes our understanding of diet, modern disease and medicine. The good news is that unlike our human cells, we can change our microbes for the better and this book shows you how. A revelatory and indispensable guide: life - and your body - will never seem the same again.

About the Author

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. She lives in Bedfordshire with her husband.


`A 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' Newsweek`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

EAN: 9780007584055
ISBN: 0007584059
Publisher: William Collins
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 centimeters (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Liz Richardson on
Excellent. Learnt a lot .I would totally recommend this book if you need to update your knowledge of the micro-biome.
Jenny Thomas on
Very informative intense book
Anne Lowther on
Found it hard going didn't persevere much past first few pages
Helen Snyders on
This book is one of the most significant books I have read in recent years. It explains the role of the microbiota in our gut in affecting our health. As someone interested in both nutrition and biology but not a specialist in either, I found it is extremely informative and well written for the general reader. I believe this book is essential reading for all parents or prospective parents but also for teenagers and older people. So much of this information is critical for peoples' general education and understanding but at present, it is little understood. I intend to but this book for all my adult children.

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