Science writer Sachs (Corpse) makes a strong case for a new paradigm for dealing with the microbial life that teems around and within us. Taking both evolutionary and ecological approaches, she explains why antibiotics work so well but are now losing their effectiveness. She notes that between agricultural antibiotic usage and needless prescriptions written for human use, antibiotic resistance has reached terrifying levels. A decade ago, resistant infections acquired in hospitals were killing an estimated eighty-eight thousand Americans each year... more than car accidents and homicides combined. Our attempts to destroy microorganisms regularly upset useful microbial communities, often leading to serious medical consequences. Sachs also presents evidence suggesting that an epidemiclike rise in autoimmune diseases and allergies may be attributable to our misguided frontal assault on the bacterial world. The solution proposed is to encourage the growth of healthy, displacement-resistant microbial ecological communities and promote research that disrupts microbial processes rather than simply attempting to kill the germs themselves. Despite the frightening death toll, Sachs's summary of promising new avenues of research offers hope. (Oct. 16)
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Excellent overview of what is going on in the new field of the human biota. It reads like a novel and is fascinating.Published 14 days ago by Mr. C. Doyle
This book was so enlightening and turned me on to probiotics. The more I learn the more I eat vegetarian Monday through Friday and only eat meat at the weekends.Published 20 days ago by Bhuk
Good book. Would help if you know a little bit about microbiology before reading, because they get pretty technical and specific sometimes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by River
A well written book that surprised me at how readable it was. I thought I would be crawling with bugs when I finished but not so. On the contrary, I was enlightened.Published 12 months ago by Henry W. Leeds
The book is well written and appears to be thoroughly researched. I was surprised at how enjoyable it was to read it considering the topic. I could not put it down for hours. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Katya
This is a well-written thought-provoking book. It's well worth the time it took to read, and it has a nice reference section at the end.Published 20 months ago by Glycosylated