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Publisher's Summary

In The Microbiome Solution, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a preeminent gastroenterologist, explains how the standard Western diet and our super-sanitized lifestyles are starving our microbiomes, depleting the "good bugs" that are crucial for keeping us healthy, and encouraging overgrowth of exactly the wrong types of bacteria, which can leave us vulnerable to a host of autoimmune and chronic health conditions. Here, she shares her powerful program of simple yet effective lifestyle and diet changes to help you recover and reverse the damage, along with practical advice throughout, including:

  • An overview of the "modern microbial disrupters" that are stripping our bodies of their natural protective systems
  • Delicious, nourishing recipes that actually encourage the growth of good bacteria
  • A list of important questions to ask your doctor if you have been prescribed an antibiotic
  • A guide to choosing the right probiotics and supplements
  • Critical information on how to prevent and recover from health conditions like eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn's disease, colitis, IBS, and more

©2015 Robynne Chutkan (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] thoughtful approach to health and wellness that's well worth the time of readers able and willing to research and evaluate Chutkan's many claims for themselves." ( Publishers Weekly)

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WOW!

This is comprehensive, cutting edge, easily digestible (pun intended), even humorous at times. I finished the book in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. If you have health issues; especially many of those for which there is little help or hope available, you owe it to yourself to get this book. If you don't have health issues you need this information to ensure that you remain healthy.

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Great info

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this book already to several clients and friends.

What did you like best about this story?

The information was easy to absorb, easy to understand, and easy to apply.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It sure helped me change a few things in my diet.

Any additional comments?

I loved and agree with everything except the part about not using soap on your skin. I work with the skin and there are plenty of very clean, organically produced, chemical free cleansers that will not harm the skins natural protectant layer (the sebum layer produced by the skin). It is essential to remove free radicals and pollutants that settle on the skin every day and can be absorbed into the body (since your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it). Other than that this book is amazing!

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Disappointed

Doctors are people too, and they can be off the mark. I was hoping this would be more soundly researched, but she lost me when she talked about pre-antibiotic history as though people didn’t suffer from terrible disease. Plague anyone? And I’m grateful I was vaccinated for whooping cough. She lost me after that.

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  • Ben
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  • 05-22-18

Absolutely recommend this book

Lots and lots of great info here. I have re listened to this audiobook twice now and incorporated lots of Dr. Chutkan’s advice into my daily diet/routine.


That being said, without any spoilers, there is a lot of information about babies, mothers, and women - which is GREAT to have in the book but I found my self skipping quite a bit since, well frankly I’m not a girl! That is one tiny tiny tiny issue I have with the book - other than that it’s 5 stars in my book.


*waits for everyone to get my book pun*



Tough crowd...
cheers from LA!

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love the content, terrible narration

This book has a LOT of valuable content about the gut. The narration is terrible. I actually wonder if it is done electronically bc it sounds so robotic. I have listened to a LOT of audio books, and the delivery on this one is by far the worst.

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  • Nikola
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Very practical and instructive

I’m not an expert in any medical or related field, but I found this book clear and understandable. I love the pragmatic approach to applying the latest knowledge on microbiome to lifestyle decisions. I found the ideas expressed in this book very progressive and I feel it has impacted my views on medicine and health overall. A lot of the book has a feel of a reference which makes it very practical, especially the rundown of different type of bacteria and where on human body they’re located and the probiotic dietary sources and practical advices on probiotic supplements. Most recent research I found in other books is also cited here. A lot of the book focuses on child birth and rearing, so I’d especially recommend this book to expecting parents.

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You're a flotilla of symbiotic organisms

This book explains the important roles that your microbiome plays in your health, and how you can promote and maintain a wholesome microbiome balance. I recommend the book - its not too long, offers good advice, and helps clarify some of the science around this growing field of our relationship with all of the organisms that live inside of us.

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Good Book overall.

What did you love best about The Microbiome Solution?

This book along with the Plant Paradox book has made me carefully reconsider the damage that oral and IV antibiotics could be causing to our microbiome. These books have helped me better understand the importance of having a diverse and healthy population of gut bacteria.

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Overall, I believe she has some very good recommendations which we can follow to improve our health and well-being. I disagree with some of her more bizarre personal hygiene ideas.

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Glorified Newsletter!

While I did learn valuable, new information, it soon became repetitive and continuously referenced the authors’ other book and website. It could have been shorter & cheaper!

Many chapters were just lists and were devoid of any real substance. Heavy on the anecdotes, not many clinical studies quoted. This seemed more like a glorified newsletter from a “functional medicine” gastroenterologist.

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Microbiom healing interesting....

Microbiom healing is an interesting topic with lots of scientific and medical evidence to support many of the theories found in this book and others.