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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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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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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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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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changing this nursing students perspective

it seems were always learning something new about the delicate balance of our bodies. As the auther mentions, in hind-sight we utter "of course, its common sense"; but really we get so excited about today's latest advances, but we need to remember at what cost?

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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). He explores various potential solutions to the problem.

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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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Informative and Accessible

Would you listen to Missing Microbes again? Why?

I would, there were a lot of engaging pieces of information. Statistics and biological information were presented in very digestible and engaging ways. Well written for the technical and laymen alike.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I thought it was paired nicely with the information presented.

Any additional comments?

I love epidemiology books. I didn't know how this book would fit in. I loved it, not only as being informed of current health issues facing our society but as informative of specific biology. I thought technical information was incredibly palatable and there was a lot of information that was immediately applicable.