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The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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“Reading Dr. Paul’s book is like taking an exhilarating journey through the shifting landscape of genetics, health, and evolution.” (Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer)
“Dr. Paul has been described in the media as 'one of the most inspiring, intelligent and compassionate men you are likely to meet.’ TIME magazine, in 2008, called him ‘Open Heart Surgeon.’” (New Zealand Medical Association, in awarding their highest award in 2012)
“We need Dr. Sharad P. Paul. In the same sense as the world needs historians-philosophers-sociologists for the history of mankind, the world needs a physician-philosopher-literate for narrative medicine. Only a distinguished physician such as Dr. Paul, with a sense for ‘stories,’ understands the importance of narrative medicine when improving patient-physician communication. He is the Sigmund Freud and Arthur Schnitzler of our times.” (Harald Kittler, PhD, professor of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna and international thought-leader in the field of dermatology and skin imaging)
About the Author
Dr. Sharad P. Paul, MD, is a skin cancer surgeon, family physician, academic, skincare expert, evolutionary biologist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur, as well as an adjunct professor at Aukland University of Technology. Born in England, with a childhood in India, he is a global citizen who lives Down Under. In 2003, he received a Health Innovation Award and in 2008, was featured in international editions of Time. He has been called a Renaissance Man by New Zealand Herald’s Canvas magazine and a polymath by Good magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the New Zealand Medical Association’s highest honor, the Chair’s Award. He has spoken at ideas conferences like THiNK alongside Robert De Niro, Tina Brown, David Barash, and V.S. Naipaul. He recently won the acclaimed Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Award for Leading Health Improvement on a Global Scale.
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Normally, this is not the type of book we would read. But, we really would have missed a very wonderful book. This book is chock full of information.
This book is also extremely entertaining and engaging. Dr. Paul makes the book come alive for us by sharing some anecdotes of interactions with patients. Some of these are sad.
We think that The Genetics of Health deserves all five stars. It is well-written, entertaining and enjoyable. It looks like it would be a thick, dry tome. It is thick, but it is anything but dry.
Dr. Paul introduces us to some very complicated terms, but he explains those terms in simple, easy-to-understand English.
Most of our readers will probably look at this title and think that they would not enjoy such a book. Please don’t judge this book by what you think it is.
Readers will come away from The Genetics of Health with a better understanding of diet, exercise, sun exposure, heredity, and so much more. Did you know that coffee can be good for you?
We think that most readers would love to find this book in their stockings this year. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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In general in the book are interesting data on genetic variation and the particular response to drugs, placebos, nurturing treatments, and to different foods like salt, starch, gluten sensitivity, sugar, lactose, among others. It also discusses the importance of staying in motion associated with heart and brain health, skin color evolution and vitamin D, the inverse relationship between body fat and brain size, unsaturated fats in processed food.
It is very interesting how it unites psychology research and the genetic basis of stress, where the power of the mind becomes important when it stimulates real physiological responses, for example for the management of stress and anxiety. Stress is associated with a variety of negative conditions, however the stress genes have ensured the survival of our species for thousands of years.
In conclusion the message of the author is to have balance, to respect the deep interaction of our cells and genes with nature, to maintain a more adequate diet, a healthcare that suits individual gene types, and that life is a biological creation that we can embrace, to fully enjoy our experience and a science that understands our place in the universe.
The book is very well written, attractive and contains useful Key Points at the end of each chapter. In the author's style you can feel his passion, dedication to his research, his conviction and sincere intentions to provide tools for good health. The best thing is that all this scientific information can be landed to solve some problems or insensibilities to medicines, food, etc. since the author makes available a test to detect genes associated to these conditions.
My gratitude to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
Thanks to Dr. Paul we enjoy state-of-the-art research results to help us take charge of our future.
The book begins with an exciting invitation to take this "Walkabout for Health" From the very first pages we embark upon a reading adventure. Dr. Paul tackles some of the old myths including skin pigmentation and provides some eye-opening scientific research insights into color and race.
Most of all, Dr. Paul explores the meaning of the genetic code in each and everyone of our lives to help us translate it into a higher quality of lifestyle and longevity. The book sheds light on new pathways we can pursue in our elusive quest for the so-called "fountain of youth."
Cover-to-Cover this is a life-changing book, delightful to read and explore.