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A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field's leading expert
Tracing one scientist's journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now, this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances—antibiotics—threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences. Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.

Science & Nature
April 8
Henry Holt and Co.

Customer Reviews

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Missing microbes

This is an incredibly compelling tale. It is a must read for everyone. It will make you rethink how you view the world. We often have only our own small view and our quite surprised what we learn when we see what is beyond the edge of the frame. It is a bold reminder that every significant intervention in modern life whether medicine or machinery has a profound consequence. This will make you think twice before taking an antibiotic. We can no longer say "it can't hurt". We have to weigh the risks and benefits. And it will open peoples minds to a different approach to preventing and treating modern ailments. If for no
other reason than it makes you take what you know and reexamine it and think about it differently (an exercise that is good for your brain and essential to preserving our society)7 Go get this book today

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