Very good book. Very informative. Talks a lot about the reality in medicine of our days. We all want a quick fix, we want thinks instantly. Instead we are harming our body's systems with the overuse of antibiotics and other medications instead of taking preventive care and leaning towards more natural solutions that are in agreement with our natural way of function.
a really interesting book which i wish every mom & dad would read so they would stop buying into the 'antibacterial' craze. manufacturers have turned us into a country of germophobes, and in doing so are creating a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. this onslaught of products designed to keep our homes germ-free is creating strains of super-bugs, resistant to stronger and stronger antibacterials. we are creating a world where we will all end up being like the 'boy in the bubble', unable to fend off even the most innocuous germs even while they get stronger and stronger. (i'm sorry, but when we are told to buy 'hands free' soap dispensers, i think things have gone too far. who cares if the soap dispenser is 'germy'? isn't that why you're washing your hands? i'm more concerned with the door handle i'll be touching afterward.)
anyway, this book will open your eyes to the role bacteria play in our lives as well as the folly of our attempts to eradicate them. well written, and easy to understand without being simplistic, this is a book that everyone should read.
Jessica Sachs writes about the intimate relationship between people and micro-organisms. Our skin has a 2-deep layer of bacteria, our mouths and gut have trillions of them; they are a constant part of our environment.
We've co-evolved with bacteria, and we need each other. Animals raised in a truly sterile environment, with no bacteria, do not thrive. Good bacteria help with food digestion, produce enzymes so we have better nutrition, and help fight off disease by crowding out disease-causing bacteria.
It looks as if we've been too successful in sterilizing our environment. Children raised on farms, where they are exposed to more bacteria while they are growing up, have a much lower rate of allergies and auto-immune diseases than children raised in cities. It looks like we need a certain amount of stimulation of our immune system by outside bacteria for it to develop optimally. Otherwise, our immune system grows up to be on a hair-trigger, ramping up too quickly and aggresively. Kids need to get dirty to grow up healthy :-)
This is an excellent book, with a background on the science of bacteria, how they evolve and respond to our use of antibiotics, how we are now threatened by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, techniques for reducing risks from disease-causing bacteria, a survey of probiotic developments and research, and discussion about where we are headed. Well written and engaging, highly recommended.
While I have a science background, I have not been very interested in biology and knew very little about microbes. This is a great introduction to the world of microbes. Well you think, so what. But trust me, the microbial world is in short amazing. I highly recommend this book if you have an interest in science and do not know much about microbes. It will change the way you see the world.
This book is a good read for those interested in a light history of how scientists came to understand some of the more well-known bacteria that affect us. It also provides a glimpse into the lives of those affected by bacterial infections.
This book should convince you of a new paradigm. We do not live in a world of bacteria that are trying to invade and kill us. We live in a self-made environment of bacteria that have a stake in our survival, and that protect us from potentially harmful disease. Our use and overuse of antibiotics is changing our individual bacterial ecosystems for the worse, hence the rise of multiply-drug-resistant microorganisms.
Sachs illustrates all this with entertaining clarity, then goes on to describe how current scientists are taking legions of bacteria, putting them through the equivalent of a bacterial Olympics, and deploying the winners to restore a healthful personal ecosystem that can rid us of certain illnesses.
I am a physician with over thirty years in practice. I read and then reviewed and annotated this book, and am writing a newsletter to my patients about it. I think every person, physician or not, will enjoy and learn from this excellent book.