The Human Superorganism

The Human Superorganism : How the Microbiome is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life

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"Eyeopening... Fascinating... may presage a paradigm shift in medicine."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Teeming with information and big ideas... Outstanding."
--Booklist (starred review) The origin of asthma, autism, Alzheimer's, allergies, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and even some kinds of depression is now clear. Award-winning researcher on the microbiome, professor Rodney Dietert presents a new paradigm in human biology that has emerged in the midst of the ongoing global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases. The Human Superorganism makes a sweeping, paradigm-shifting argument. It demolishes two fundamental beliefs that have blinkered all medical thinking until very recently: 1) Humans are better off as pure organisms free of foreign microbes; and 2) the human genome is the key to future medical advances. The microorganisms that we have sought to eliminate have been there for centuries supporting our ancestors. They comprise as much as 90 percent of the cells in and on our bodies--a staggering percentage! More than a thousand species of them live inside us, on our skin, and on our very eyelashes. Yet we have now significantly reduced their power and in doing so have sparked an epidemic of noncommunicable diseases--which now account for 63 percent of all human deaths. Ultimately, this book is not just about microbes; it is about a different way to view humans. The story that Dietert tells of where the new biology comes from, how it works, and the ways in which it affects your life is fascinating, authoritative, and revolutionary. Dietert identifies foods that best serve you, the superorganism; not new fad foods but ancient foods that have made sense for millennia. He explains protective measures against unsafe chemicals and drugs. He offers an empowering self-care guide and the blueprint for a revolution in public health. We are not what we have been taught. Each of us is a superorganism. The best path to a healthy life is through recognizing that profound truth.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 27.94mm | 551g
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1101983906
  • 9781101983904
  • 75,626

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"Superscientist Dietert wants us to look at humans as superorganisms... How we can radically readjust public health protocols and our own."
Library Journal, Prepub Alert
"A must read if you are interested in disease, health and medicine. Dr. Dietert has the unique ability to describe a new paradigm that is an easy read and understood at all levels of training or education."
Gary R. Burleson, PhD, President and CEO of Burleson Research Technologies, Inc.
Rodney Dietert, a widely recognized researcher in immunology, developmental biology, and environmental health, writes at this new frontier from the inside, as someone who has made some of the important contributions to this young field. These are exciting times in science: when old ideas and assumptions are overturned, including our very concepts of who we are. As the early findings of microbiome research indicate, all of what we think makes us us is in fact a continuing conversation between our human cells and the billions of microbes on the surfaces of our bodies. This is a highly readable book, but also the work of a scientist who has not compromised rigor for the sake of popularity.
Ellen K Silbergeld, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Tremendously enjoyable... "The Human Superorganism" really lays out the case for why the new research on the microbiome is a complete game-changer for how we view human health, and it offers this information in a comprehensive, readable and thought-provoking manner. It informs how I approach my patients in my own practice.
Susan S. Blum, MD, MPH, Founder and Director, Blum Center for Health, author of "The Immune System Recovery Plan
""In his startling and thought-provoking book, "The Human Superorganism," Rodney Dietert shatters the conventional view of the human body by confronting the reality that most of the cells in our body are not our own. The book explains how an imbalance in the microbiotic ecosystem of our body has caused a sharp increase in allergies and other non-communicable diseases in modern life, and it offers practical advice for fortifying and cohabiting productively with our single-celled partners."
R. Douglas Fields, " author of "Why We Snap"" and"" "The Other Brain
In "The Human Superorganism," Rodney Dietert challenges us to see ourselves anew, as stewards of our own personal ecosystems. Rejecting the new normal of diabetes, obesity, cancer and depression, we are empowered to learn how to feed our microbiome and begin healing ourselves from the inside out. The ultimate reward is a healthy internal environment that craves and is satisfied by what is truly good for us. In a world in which babies are born pre-polluted with endocrine disruptors and other harmful chemicals, it may be our best hope of survival.
Executive Director, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Dept. of Integrative Physiology"
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About Rodney Dietert

Rodney Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He received his PhD in immunogenetics from the University of Texas at Austin. Among his authored and edited academic books are Strategies for Protecting Your Child's Immune System and Immunotoxicity, Immune Dysfunction, and Chronic Disease. Rodney previously directed Cornell's Graduate Field of Immunology, the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors, and the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, and he has served as a Senior Fellow in the Cornell Center for the Environment. Recently, he appeared in the 2014 award-winning documentary Microbirth. In 2015 he received the James G. Wilson Publication Award from the Teratology Society for the best paper of the year on the microbiome.
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