• 10% Human

  • How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness
  • By: Alanna Collen
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 and becoming 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, our immune system, our mental health, and even our choice of partner. She argues that so many of our modern diseases - obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmunity afflictions, and even cancer - have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes.

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Must read for anyone that wants to be healthy

Good yes but could be improved if there was a little bit more substantive science behind the presentation. Simple like independent scientific studies to support the conclusions.

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Microbiome and your health

The latest Sceince about the critical role that a healthy gut biome plays in our lives.

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Really only 10%?

Alana Collen is truly an adventurer as well as a profound scientist. Alana, as the audio opens is deep in a jungle in search of our roots. This audio takes the reader on an epic journey around the world and through the most advanced labs in search for our biological origins. What are we made of and how will it change us? 10% human, tells us that we are not as human as we would like to think. We are actually more virus DNA & microbial DNA than human. That is not what everyone want's to hear, but the science is accurate. Cat Gould does an excellent job in the narration, even when the science get challenging. I recommend this audio for those listeners interested in human biology and the direction it has taken us from and too.

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Exciting, energizing compilation of edgy research

I almost bypassed this book because of the narrator's stilted reading. However, the content was absolutely fascinating. I was previously unaware of this direction of medical research. The author synthesized results that explore a variety of modern illnesses. The work on obesity, autoimmune diseases, and autism is absolutely game-changing. I am grateful for the knowledge, and optimistic about the future.

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Good read

A little meandering at times but overall a nice read. My goodness, help those microbes!

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Must Read!

Precious nuggets of information for everyone’s health!! Very well researched and clear information on how we can change our habits and become healthier. Must read.

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Vaccine propaganda

Vaccine filled propaganda. Big Pharma clearly wrote this book. Wish I could get my money back.