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Missing Microbes Audiobook

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

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Publisher's Summary

Tracing one scientist's journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take listeners 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 J. 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.

©2014 Martin Blaser (P)2014 Tantor

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    James 05-03-15
    James 05-03-15 Member Since 2010

    I'm a 3rd generation cowboy with careers as a cattleman, the military and in the oil fields of West Texas.

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    "Very enlightening and information well supported"

    I downloaded this book in search of some backgroud info for David Purlmutter's, "Brain Maker" and was not disappointed. the two book will definitely influence my nutritional journey and knowledge. Highly recomend tjis book to anyone interested in microbiology.

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    Jacqueline 01-06-15
    Jacqueline 01-06-15
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    "Every physician should read this book..."

    Well-written and informative. Dr. Glaser is pretty awesome and his experiences are aligned well with his scientific points. The argument he makes is well-evidenced but abridged. He also gets pretty technical about his most recent research in mice, among other things. Several passages may require rewinding or rereading for the layman (it did for me despite a doctorate in a related field), but it's still relatively digestible. My biggest complaint was the narrator's mispronunciation of the species S. Aureus... if this was a fictional novel it'd be like getting a major supporting character's name wrong. It's quite distracting.

    I'm not convinced that antimicrobial therapy is as connected to the modern plagues as his research has begun to indicate, but if that's the scarecrow necessary to get Americans to responsibly use these therapies, then I'll bring the hay.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CAD 07-08-15
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    "Interesting!"

    Great book about microbes. I am a non-medical degreed person and I was looking for more information that was applicable to my specific conditions and was slightly disappointed about that. But overall I thought it was a very fact based, research based book.

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    ilva Banka-okorie 10-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very best book in microbiome field. Recommended"

    So evidence based information. So interesting story. Very very good book for doctors and everyone. As oncologist I will definitely change my antibiotic prescription practice based on this book.

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    San Diego Gregg 02-07-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Eye Opener"

    Blaser illuminated a world that we humans are just now beginning to understand. What we thought was so miraculous with antibiotics may be the main reason why so many chronic diseases now plague mankind. This book should be mandatory reading for all health providers.

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    Ronald E Hunninghake 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for anyone with a chronic illness"

    Well written. Enthusiastically read. Scientifically sound. The action imperative rings clear! Do not
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    Mallory Strong 05-18-15
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    "Wow! An absolute must-read!"

    This book is extremely engaging and will shift the way you think about health and sanitation. Plus, Dr. Blaser does a wonderful job of addressing confounds. By far my favorite listen of 2015!

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    ariel cartaya 04-05-15
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    "Excellent book"

    I have read several articles and books about the misuse of antibiotics. The research that has been conducted by Dr. Martin Blaser and other scientists is remarkably outstanding.
    I purchased this audio book because of its positive ratings and it did not disappoint.
    It's an eye-opener with very useful and updated information on the importance of microbes and abuse of antibiotics in our society. I highly recommend it.

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    Claire Chamberain Porter 03-12-15
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    "Fantastic book and very well read."

    I loved the ides in this book. The book is well organized and presents a compelling story. It was extremely hard to stop listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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