- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books; Revised edition (March 27, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771643765
- ISBN-13: 978-1771643764
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 632 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Giulia Enders, MD is a resident doctor for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and a two-time scholarship winner of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation. She lives in Mannheim and Frankfurt, Germany.
Jill Enders is a graphic designer whose main focus is communication in science, and the founder of a collaborative network of designers and scientists.
David Shaw was born in Leeds, UK. He has worked at Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international news broadcaster since 1995. Shaw has an M.A. from the University of Bath in Interpreting and Translating German and Russian, where his thesis was on the adaptation of German Television news texts for an international, English speaking audience. He regularly translates books from German to English.
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The author has an engaging and humorous writing style. She clearly knows what she is talking about, and the book is well illustrated by the authors sister. I would highly recommend this to anyone before they go off and buy probiotics or follow a new diet based on gut health. This will let you separate the useful from the hype.
My issues with this book concern a couple of assertions made by the author that I had to research and ponder. For instance, (and I paraphrase) the author stated it was known that the gut bacteria influence the immune system, which in turn determines a child's ABO blood group. As far as I've been able to determine by re-reading scientific papers and consulting with a serologist friend, the ABO blood groups are determined by genetics.
My opinion is that this book is interesting and will tell you a lot about the GI tract and its influence on the body, but it may be best to take some portions of it with a grain of salt. Citations are contained at the back and it might have been more helpful for the book to have included footnotes instead.
Very early on, she writes "That's why you should always close the bottle or container of olive oil carefully after use and keep it in the fridge." Anyone who cooks knows that olive oil is solid when refrigerated... which is why literally nobody keeps it in the fridge.
If she throws around falsehoods like this that are so easily disproven, it makes it really hard for me believe any of the hundreds of other conclusions about our gut peppered throughout the book.