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An urgent investigation into a brave new world in science — the microbiome — and how it could save our health.
The microbiome is the missing link in modern medicine — a vast genetic universe of bacteria, yeasts, viruses and parasites that live within us. Recent discoveries suggest that it influences every aspect of our health, even the way we think and feel.
In this mindblowing book, scientist and surgeon James Kinross explains how the organisms that live within us have helped us evolve, shaped our biology and defined the success of our species. But just as we have discovered this delicate and complex ecosystem within us, it is being irrevocably destroyed through the globalisation of our diets and lifestyles, our addiction to antibiotics, and the destruction of our environment. Recent research shows that:
- the total number of years lived with disability from inflammatory bowel disease has doubled in the last twenty years - the prevalence of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis is climbing by 7% year on year - millennials can also expect to have a risk of bowel cancer four times that of someone born in the 1960s
With dazzling science and fascinating stories that span from the dawn of humankind to the current race to develop personalised healthcare, and practical advice on how to nurture your microbiome through your diet and lifestyle, this pioneering book explores a new scientific frontier, and will change the way you think about human health forever.