10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

  • by Alanna Collen
  • Narrated by Robyn Addison
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this groundbreaking book, Alanna Collen explores the extraordinary world of the powerful microbes that make up 90 percent of the human body.
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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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 :-)
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- Tina

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.
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- Gillian Roe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited