• Missing Microbes

  • How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
  • By: Martin J. Blaser
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (351 ratings)

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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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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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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.

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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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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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The First Generalized Half is Worth It Alone

The first half of the book covers a lot of general background behind the issue, which was very interesting. Later the author gets down to related issues and details, some a bit distant, and which are difficult to follow and grasp for the layman. He makes his case, however - that the wholesale slaughter of our microbiome is not a wise thing to be doing, nor is relying on a limited number of antibiotics that will grow more ineffective with use (and over-use), nor are eating foods branded as probiotic and end-all, since such foods only offer only a rowboat of microbes to an ocean of microbes. He explores various potential solutions to the problem.

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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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GIVES NO INFO ON MICROBES AND HOW TO GET THEM

The author is simply pouring information in a soliloquy and never thinks about the reader who came to read.

GIVES NO INFO ON MICROBES AND HOW TO GET THEM, MAINTAIN THEM AND SO ON

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Don't miss this book

Everyone should read this book and it should be required reading for physicians. If the author doesn't get the Nobel prize there something wrong with the world. I can't say enough about how fascinating and important this work was.

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An amazing read

Such an amazing book. It is being added to my annual readings list. The performance was likewise very enjoyable.

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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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