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Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Blaser, Martin J. (2014) Hardcover Hardcover – 1900
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This is now one of my favorite books! Give it a try!
One thing that is slightly misleading, though the major issues are covered in a general manner a lot of the specifics are focussed on Helicobacter Pylori, which is a stomach centered bacteria rather than something from lower down. I was expecting more coverage of the range of bacteria in the intestinal biome. This in no way detracts from the quality of the book as a some of the issues with H. Pylori seems to be those of the general intestinal biome also.
Overall there is quite a wide and big picture view as well as the focus on H Pylori case studies. For example the author mentions work on Caesarian birth innoculation and other clean hypothesis issues. The case studies themselves are presented in a good scientific manner with descriptions of the protocols and evidence for the findings. Also this book made me want to go work with Dr. Blaser on studies like the one he described. Important work.
I've been studying about the human microbiome for the last 3 years. Martin Blaser's book is critically important to worldwide health. Educate your congressmen, educate the public, educate our health care professionals, we can't continue to keep making the mistakes that we have been making.
Funding to unlock the secrets of how to restore diversity of this ecosystem we carry should be increased a thousand percent, it's that critical for restoring health, worldwide. And for God's sake we have to stop the barbaric practice of feeding antibiotics to our livestock as growth enhancers.
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