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The Whole-Body Microbiome

How to Harness Microbes - Inside and Out - for Lifelong Health
Narrated by: Julie McKay
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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Learn the secret to total, lifelong health: the teeming world of microbes inside and all around us

Modern-day science has allowed us to prolong and improve life in astonishing ways, often by fending off germs and other invisible foes. But there’s no “immunity” to the inevitable signs of aging...or is there? 

In The Whole-Body Microbiome, the father-daughter team of Dr. Brett Finlay (a microbiologist) and Dr. Jessica Finlay (a specialist on aging) offers a different - and truly revolutionary - solution to the quest for the fountain of youth. While much has been written about bacteria in the gut, exciting new research shows that there are millions of microbes both inside our bodies - supporting our brain, teeth, heart, lungs, bones, immune system, and more; plus the microbes on our bodies, coming from the air we breathe and the things we touch all day long - cell phones and kitchen sponges, pets and doorknobs, and even other humans. These microbial “lifelong companions” have an immense impact on our daily health - and, as groundbreaking research is showing, they have the power to help prevent and reverse the most common age-related diseases. 

In this eye-opening new take on the significance of the microbiome, the Finlays offer empowering knowledge, surprising myth-busters, and simple yet effective daily tips that prove “dirty” is the new clean. Whether it’s by changing your diet, enjoying a glass of wine, getting more exercise, trading your antibacterial gel for good old soap and water, or spending more time outdoors, you can change your life today; so that you and your microbes live long - and prosper.

©2019 B. Brett Finlay, PhD, and Jessica M. Finlay, PhD. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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impactful and fascinating read

for someone who is not a scientist nor has ever taking any science courses in college , except for those that were required to get the degree , this book was very easy to follow and had a significant impact on my thinking . i am not easily influenced by what i read because i read so much and , as a social scientist , the one thing that we are taught quite effectively is critical thinking and comparative analysis . this book doesn't excellent job of taking the lay person through the literature without getting bogged down by medical terminology , and when medical terms are employed , the authors are kind enough to add a parenthesis and to say something simple and practical about said terminology.

in a nutshell , what the book does this provide a history and also a contemporary analysis of recent discoveries and studies of the microbiome comma and then it takes this analysis several steps forward by talking about recent applications where these technologies are being employed by companies and doctors . it also goes even further by giving practical tips about what foods have probiotics and that are beneficial for health and longevity.

one of the fascinating things about the book , amongst the many fascinating tidbits that the book offers , was the discussion about fecal matter transfers and how the chinese had been employed some of this microbe technology in the 4th century . the arguments that the authors made about fecal matter transfers are convincing and made me ponder the many possibilities of transferring the microbiota of someone's microbiome to that of a person whose microbiome was in need of a much healthier transplant .

in all, i would highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a fascinating read on current medical technologies , on the use and discovery of microbial technologies, and on some great ideas about what products and foods one should use in order to maintain healthy living and a healthy microbiome...

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Could have googled all this

A trite and boring summary of existent data, plus hedging precautionary cliches. The reader sounds like someone trying to do an impression of an automated customer service phone program. Think “press 3 to speak with.. “

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