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Allergies, asthma, obesity, stomachaches, acne: These are just a few of the conditions that may be caused - and cured - by the microscopic life inside us. Understand how to use groundbreaking science to improve your health, mood, and more.

In just the last few years, scientists have shown how the microscopic ecosystems within our bodies - particularly within our intestines - have astonishing impacts on our lives. Pioneering scientist Rob Knight and award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler explain - with humor and witty metaphors - why these new findings matter to everyone.

You are mostly not you. The human gut is host to trillions of microbes, and evidence shows that small changes in these microbes (altered by antibiotics, diet, geographic region, and so on) may affect weight, likelihood of disease, and even psychological factors like risk-taking behavior. The evidence for their influence is astonishing. Rob Knight is one of the key figures driving forward this new science. His work demonstrates the startling connection between the presence of certain harmless bacteria and the health benefits we all seek - for ourselves and our children.

In Follow Your Gut, Knight pairs with Brendan Buhler, an award-winning science writer, to explore the previously unseen world inside our bodies. With a practical eye toward deeper knowledge and better decisions, they lead a detailed tour of our "microbiome" as well as an exploration of the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choices, birth method, and access to livestock on our children's lifelong health. Ultimately this pioneering audiobook explains how to learn about your own microbiome and take steps toward understanding and improving your health, using the latest research as a guide.

©2015 Rob Knight (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Hard to understand

The topic is fascinating but the dialect and melody of the speaker is really hard to understand.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great cutting edge information

I thought the information in this book was fantastic. This is cutting-edge information that could change healthcare dramatically. I wish the information was already all known and I wish it was available for public consumption now.

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highly recommend

As a scientist researching the microbiome I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the subject. Dr. Knight did a wonderful job on the book.

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Excellent summary

If you would like an excellent summary of the current state of knowledge on microbes and their role in human health, I highly recommend. The science is advancing quickly, according to this author, so hopefully it will be regularly updated.

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short but good

this is a short program but filled with eye opening and inspiring information. left me with more questions than answers but such is the nature of this rapidly progressing field of science.

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Brilliantly laid out!

I admit I harbor disgruntled feeling about the medical community not paying more attention to the research in the field Rob Knight discusses in well written manuscript.

This knowledge is so helpful to know for those of us with depression and anxiety among other symptoms, like GERD, asthma, autism, food cravings, obesity, and general health concerns. The microbiota seem to be the canary in the coal mine, but not many medical providers even sound an alarm. Why not?!

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worth a listen... disagree with

disagree with some of his facts as I think they are an inaccurate, especially regarding vaccines. very Western medicine based.

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