- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic; 1 edition (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781426218460
- ISBN-13: 978-1426218460
- ASIN: 142621846X
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
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The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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About the Author
SCOTT C. ANDERSON is a veteran science journalist with specialization in medical topics and computer programming. He was one of the creators of Lego Island, a computer game, and his work has combined computer programming with medical research. He runs a laboratory called Freedom Health that studies bacterial health in racehorses and has developed prebiotics for animals and humans. He lives in Hudson, Ohio (between Cleveland and Akron), was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and recently lived in Sonoma, California.
JOHN F. CRYAN is professor and chair of the department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork. A principal investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, a leading-edge institute researching the role of microbiome in health and disease, he lives in Cork, Ireland.
TED DINAN is professor of psychiatry and a principal investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. He was previously chair of clinical neurosciences and professor of psychological medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He lives in Cork, Ireland.
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(FYI: I've done a lot of reading on this topic but was unfamiliar with the term "psychobiotic revolution." That as the title may limit its appeal to many potential readers.)
There is a lot of information in this book, and much of it totally new and foreign to folks who have no familiarity with the whole "how what you eat impacts your brain and gut" school of thought. But the nine chapters are easy to read and worth the time if you want to improve the quality of your overall health, but particularly your digestive tract.
A part of me is not all that interested in the science and the dynamics. I believe it. To me it is the practical advice (such as reviewing various probiotic products) that I read most carefully (You may, like myself, find yourself skipping around the book.).
The chapters that immediately got my attention were Six: Discovering psychobiotics and Seven: Your Personal Psychobiotic Journey. Chapter 8: Psychobiotics and Today's Major Diseases is a real wake-up call for many and you may want to read this first if you are not yet aware of how what you eat truly affects your body--and you need some incentive to read the whole book.
In case you, too, were unfamiliar with the term "Psychobiotics" it means (per the very useful Glossary): "These are microbes that, taken in sufficient quantities, yield positive psychiatric effects and can improve mental health, including depression and anxiety.")
To me, perhaps the most relevant content was the discussion of probiotics. The doctors I've encountered know next to nothing about them (and do not seem inclined to research further) how these microbes can improve our health. The Appendix contains information on "Proven Probiotic Bacteria and Products" and to me, this alone made the book worth my time to read.
Sections with References, Further Reading suggestions and footnotes are very helpful and relevant.
Can I attest that everything we read here is accurate from a science perspective? No, but I can say that what I've read so far seems in line with related topic books by doctors.
The book's subtitle sums it up: "Mood, Food and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection."
If you've ever had any GI tract issues, suffer from depression or anxiety, this is a very good way to begin the path to better choices and better health.
We have discovered that our DNA is 99% microbes and only 1% us. And microbes have more to do with our health and wellbeing than we might have imagined. Evidence provided in this book establishes that the diversity of our microbes: bacteria, fungi, protists, viruses, all influence or maybe determine our diseases and moods. Changing our diet or otherwise altering the distribution of populations of microbes in our gut has profound effects that we are just now beginning to realize. Our risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, Irritable bowels, and many other afflictions is correlated with certain microbes that communicate along the vagus nerve to the brain, affect our hormones, our immunity, and our mood. A few treatments are available, some are in experimental phase, and others are still imagined for the future. There is a possibility that microbes may be able to more precisely target disease than antibiotics or any other known treatments.