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Dark Matter: The New Science of the Microbiome

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This not only promotes inflammation and sensitises us to a poor diet, but our microbiomes are less resilient and diverse. They exercise a lot and live in social communities, where they farm together, cook together and share plates of food. Much as some microbes do cause illness and death, we cannot live healthy lives without an extraordinarily diverse and changing personal biosphere of microbial companions which we influence and which influence us. The author even managed to shoe-horn in some bit of low-resolution garbage about trans people (somehow); in a book about microbes, no less. And an antibiotic drip was cleansing me of my foes, bacteria – after all, they had inflamed my appendix.

I thoroughly recommend this well-written book to anyone not afraid of something moderately academic. I really hate when authors of science books cram in their own shit-tier political takes into books where they have absolutely no business being, and my ratings will always reflect this. For the best part of two decades I have sampled the microbiomes of generous patients undergoing surgery in theatre number three, in my quest to find answers to these questions. Mass health conditions now making optimal health care unaffordable even in the richest societies are preventable, mostly at vastly lower cost. Information about gut health is decent but it leans too heavily about climate change, Covid and other political views of which i think are biased (in my opinion) and feel as though the book fits a certain narrative that I respectfully disagree with completely.A large chunk of the countries on Earth (with a majority of the global population) could be accurately described as having "developing" economies. Today, I am driven by the idea that the rise in the collection of disabling chronic diseases has been caused, over just eight decades, by the radical disruption to the colonies of microorganisms that live in and around us. We compared these diets to those in Sub-Saharan Africa where rural communities have very high-fibre, plant-based diets. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Kinross makes it clear that the composition of the microbiome has been implicated in many conditions, but the truth is that this is really nothing new.

I've long been interested in the microbiome, and have been eagerly awaiting a book that might uncover some of its mysteries. Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page.From a world-leading microbiome scientist and surgeon with over two decades of experience comes Dark Matter - the definitive book on the science of the microbiome and how unlocking its potential can protect our health, our immunity and our planet. The intro mentions the human appendix; long thought by medical orthodoxy to be a superfluous organ in need of removal. That has happened over a very short timeframe and the reason for that is not just about diet and food. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data.

Despite the complexity of the subject matter, the book is extremely well-written and easy to understand. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

A really engaging overview of our little microbial friends; what they do for us and, importantly, what we need to do for them. See Alex Epstein's The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels for a deep dive, and Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress; as well. It is gifted to us by our mothers at birth, adapts with us as we age, influences our moods and appetites, determines how fast we run and even affects who we choose as a partner. My general hypothesis is that we are experiencing a fundamental change in the type, number and function of micro-organisms that live within us in the developed world.

Which brings us around to the larger question here: What the fuck does any of this stuff have to do with microbiomes and literal bacteria? One of the ways to do this is for women to breastfeed if they can and for children to have all their vaccinations – that way, they’re much less likely to need antibiotics. For girls aged fifteen to nineteen, self-harm is the second leading cause of death, globally, after pregnancy. Our gut microbiome is responsible for educating our immune systems as we grow and for controlling how those immune systems function later in life, as we age.Now, I am a huge proponent of human progress, civilization, and modernity; however, all this progress has not come without its costs. The result is that although we are living longer than ever before in history, we are not living happier. As a result, they have a much more diverse and resilient population of gut micro-organisms than we do.

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