You are just 10 percent human. For every one of the cells that make your body, there are nine impostor cells. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. Even aspects that you think of entirely as ‘you' turn out to be run by ‘them' - like your immune system.
In this riveting, shocking, and beautifully written book, Alanna Collen explores the modern epidemics of ‘Western' diseases - obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, autoimmunity, and even cancer - and argues that most have their roots in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets, and our obsession with hygiene alter the microbe community we carry. Unlike our human cells, though, we can change our microbes for the better.
10% Human provides a revelatory guide to the role of your body's microbes in health and happiness. This is popular science at its most relevant: life - and your body - will never seem the same again.
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By Tinkerbell on 29-06-15
Most interesting and informative book
One of the most informative books I've ever come across. I particularly liked the realistic scientific approach and avoidance of dogmatic statements found in many books relating to modern diseases and/or diet. Very easy to follow and grasp the concepts of this new field of science that exploration of microbiota has opened up. The very pleasant uk accent of the reader was just an additional cherry on top :-)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Gill on 22-09-15
10% Human : Great Book.
A beautifully written book with a plot and a mystery waiting to be revealed. Yes I know it's a factual biological book but never the less this was a delightful listen which I found difficult to turn off.
It's so good to have English references rather than the American approach so many of these types of books are from the USA. This made it easier for me to hang on to the sometimes quite technical vocabulary.
I would definitely recommend 10%Human to anyone thinking of becoming pregnant as well as someone with a chronic condition or a lay person like me who is interested in long term good health.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Eduardo Bessa on 31-01-18
I surely will give a go at the informed choices regarding diet, medication and lifestyle this book suggests.
By ELIZABETH on 30-07-15
To a hammer everything looks like a nail
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The writer is obsessed with the microbes in the human gut, which are apparently responsible for everything from autism to acne. Gets a little wearying at times.
Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?
Concepts well described if occasionally a little twee (or maybe that was just the reader - see below).
How did the narrator detract from the book?
100%. Amongst the many mispronunciations, she seems to believe that the word 'aitch' starts with the letter 'h', The accent grates from go to woe.
Do you think 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Maybe needs a book by someone who can provide counter-arguments.
Any additional comments?
Probably better read than listened to.