Michael Pollan s widely discussed New York Times article, Some of My Best Friends Are Germs, was just the tip of the iceberg. Read more...
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Michael Pollan s widely discussed New York Times article, Some of My Best Friends Are Germs, was just the tip of the iceberg. The microbiome the collective name for the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut is today s hottest medical news topic. Synthesizing the latest findings, Dr. Robynne Chutkan explains how the standard Western diet and lifestyle are starving our microbiome, depleting the good bugs that keep us healthy and encouraging overgrowth of exactly the wrong type of bacteria. The resulting imbalance makes us more prone to disease and obesity and negatively affects our metabolism, our hormones, our cravings, our immunity, and even our genes. But beyond the science, what sets this book apart is Dr. Chutkan s powerful three-level program for optimizing your gut bacteria for good health.
Dr. Chutkan shares:
- Why hand-sanitizing gels and antibiotics are stripping our bodies of their natural protective systems
- Essential prebiotics and probiotics
- Recipes with ingredients that replenish the microbiome for each rehab level
- Cutting-edge research on the connection between the microbiome and the brain
- An intro to the stool transplant, the superfix for a severely troubled microbiome
Dr. Chutkan is one of the most recognizable gastroenterologists working in America today, and this is the first book to distill the research into a practical, effective plan for replenishing our microbiomes. The Microbiome Solution will bring welcome relief to the millions who want to grow a good gut garden and enjoy healthier, happier lives."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Gastroenterologist Chutkan (Gutbliss) makes a strongly argued proposal that people should “live dirty” and “eat clean.” She believes that damage to the human microbiome, or gut bacteria, lies at the root of many current health problems. Chutkan’s health plan accordingly aims to reverse what she identifies as negative consequences of urbanization and modern medicine: antibiotic overuse, chlorinated water supply, chemical- and hormone-filled processed foods, microbe-depleting pesticides, and increased rates of cesarean sections. She proposes to “rewild” the body—using the term for the reintroduction of species into areas where they’ve become extinct—by eliminating specific medications, practices, and foods. In the book’s first half , she breaks down how bacteria works in the body during different stages of life, from the womb to adulthood, and claims that modern hygiene, for all its benefits, can adversely affect immune system functioning. The book’s latter half outlines a diet focused on food in its “natural” state, grooming and personal care advice (complete with beauty product recipes), and strategies for handling health challenges, probiotics, and stool transplants. This is 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. (Aug.)