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The Human Superorganism Audiobook

The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life

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Publisher's Summary

The origin of asthma, autism, Alzheimer's, allergies, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and even some kinds of depression is now clear. Award-winning researcher on the microbiome, professor Rodney Dietert, presents a new paradigm in human biology that has emerged in the midst of the ongoing global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.

The Human Superorganism makes a sweeping, paradigm-shifting argument. It demolishes two fundamental beliefs that have blinkered all medical thinking until very recently: 1) humans are better off as pure organisms free of foreign microbes; and 2) the human genome is the key to future medical advances. The microorganisms that we have sought to eliminate have been there for centuries, supporting our ancestors. They comprise as much as 90 percent of the cells in and on our bodies - a staggering percentage! More than a thousand species of them live inside us, on our skin, and on our very eyelashes. Yet we have now significantly reduced their power and in doing so have sparked an epidemic of noncommunicable diseases - which now account for 63 percent of all human deaths.

Ultimately this book is not just about microbes; it is about a different way to view humans. The story that Dietert tells of where the new biology comes from, how it works, and the ways in which it affects your life is fascinating, authoritative, and revolutionary. Dietert identifies foods that best serve you, the superorganism - not new fad foods but ancient foods that have made sense for millennia. He explains protective measures against unsafe chemicals and drugs. He offers an empowering self-care guide and the blueprint for a revolution in public health.

We are not what we have been taught. Each of us is a superorganism. The best path to a healthy life is through recognizing that profound truth.

©2016 Rodney Dietert (P)2016 Pernguin Audio

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    Leha Carpenter California Coastal Redwoods 05-01-17
    Leha Carpenter California Coastal Redwoods 05-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Super Fascinating!"

    This book confirmed my suspicion that the world of possibilities is, after all we have discovered, still wide open. Think you know yourself? Guess again. There is wonderfully so much to learn about how we move through life, what we are made of, how we can fine-tune our health, and maybe even who we are. The concepts in this book need to guide everything from medicine to grocery shopping to maybe even how we say "hello" to one another.

    The writing is packed with science, story, humor, history--it's deep, and it's fun.

    The performance was also the best I've heard. The reader is engaged, reads at a conversational tempo, and never stumbles even over what are some very challenging passages.

    Honestly, the only thing that could make my experience with this book better would be if it was the first of a series. 🤓

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nate 04-14-17
    Nate 04-14-17
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    ""Change your microbiome, change your life.""

    Great info here! I learned a lot and reiterated some quality knowledge. Good takeaways to improve your quality of life, as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dev 08-04-16
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    "A fresh perspective"

    A wonderful book as an introduction into nutrition, health, diet, evolutionary biology, and the gut biome. I loved how the author constantly reflected history and modern life. His metaphors make understanding the content do-able for the ignorant. Beautiful listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 10-04-17
    Mary 10-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Proundly important for people of all ages to hear"

    The research studies and strategies born out of their findings herein, have personally created a dramatic change in my own health and that of some of my family members. It's true, it works, it needs to be more publicized. A MUST LISTEN!

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    MT Skier 09-04-17
    MT Skier 09-04-17
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    "Life Changing"

    This book is a great read and well worth your time! Dr Dietert does an excellent job presenting relatively complex concepts in an easy to follow manner. One does not need an advanced degree to understand the information that he presents. The evidence is undeniable that a well-balanced microbiome is a critical part to maintaining good health.

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    Anonymous 05-11-17
    05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So helpful and educational!"

    I have worked in the health food world for quite some time. Much of this book confirmed the learning I have gleaned from other places, but plenty was new and inspiring. It was easy to listen to and understand. Thanks for this wealth of such important knowledge!

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    Amazon Customer 01-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great information"

    The book is very informative and helpful. It brings light to a lot of issues regarding the human microbiome. It also provides additional information on how to potentially correct or help rebuild your microbiome.

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    Patrick Daoust 12-07-16
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    "good research review, lack of tangible steps"

    the author stays in the safe relm of literature review, insufficient how to apply advice

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    gabriela 12-02-16
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    "Amazing"

    A must read for everyone who wants to be in charge of their own health and wellbeing of family .
    Exciting and fantastic research.

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    Lynn Jones 11-15-16
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    "The paradigm shift currently occurring in medicine"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the comprehensive scientific approach to explaining the paradigm shift that is underway as scientists realise we are far more than just mammalian. Our bugs throughout our body are as important and as much part of who we are as our mammalian cells.

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  • Amanda
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    "Excellent stuff, this!"

    I have read up a bit on the gut recently and this book is the latest one to teach me more about it and how my body works in general: in brief, an excellently accessible read to the point that I look forward to a follow - up in a few years time when the 'new biology' has had the opportunity to become more mainstream and people take on the logic of it all.
    They should be teaching this in school from age eleven to give each generation the opportunity to make informed life decisions.

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  • Natalie
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    "Brilliant!"

    This is the third book I have listened to on the gut microbiome, it is such exciting and life changing information, an absolute must read. I loved 'gut' and 'the diet myth' and this is definitely as good.
    Some chapters are quite intense, but make an effort to listen through to the end, you won't regret it.

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  • m
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    "Excellent and insightful"

    In depth and informative scientifically backed rationale behind optimisation of the human whole. Explores and breaks down the understanding that the multitudes of microorganisms that live within us are "us" and only through carefully nurturing and sustaining them can we live longer, stronger and happier. Love this topic if you hadn't guessed. Find me on fb as Max Punni

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  • Hj
    9/24/17
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    "Wishful Thinking"
    Would you try another book written by Rodney Dietert, PhD or narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross?

    Narration Yes - Writting NO


    Has The Human Superorganism put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    A logical storyline and some more supporting data


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Human Superorganism?

    Repetition and hype


    Any additional comments?

    There might be some good information in the book but presented so badly to be hidden.

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  • Mrs J Ritchie
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    "Fascinating."

    We all need to know about this. Fascinating, shocking yet empowering. Prepare to be amazed.

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  • C. H. Beresford-webb
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    "Cutting edge stuff. The content is excellent.
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    The microbiome is introduced as the most important and neglected part of our body. The author uses his knowledge to draw the reader in so that they can start to change their own lives for the better!!

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