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Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

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A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field's leading expert

Tracing one scientists journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now, this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances—antibiotics—threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences. Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.

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"Humans are losing 'ancient microbes' from the overuse of antibiotics and medical practices like Caesarian sections, warns Blaser, director of New York University's microbiome program and a researcher whose study of one pesky pathogen, H. pylori, helped lead both to the discovery of its link to ulcers, and to the troubling changes triggered by early-life exposure to antibiotics. The average American child receives nearly three courses of antibiotics by age two and has about 17 courses by age 20, Blaser writes. But we pay a devastating price for this assault on the 'invisible zoo living on and inside' us: rising rates of obesity, asthma, diabetes, celiac and Crohn's diseases, and quite possibly, autism, he says. There may come a day where we make peace with H. pylori, reintroducing it to the human microbiota, along with other banished organisms. In the meantime, Blaser urges doctors to curtail the use of antibiotics and use narrow-spectrum drugs instead; to limit C-sections to cases necessary to save the life of mom or baby; and for farmers to end to the use of antibiotics on animals whose products we eat. It's an engrossing examination of the relatively unheralded yet dominant form of life on Earth." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Missing Microbes presents a surprisingly clear perspective on a complex problem."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the equilibrium and health of our bodies. Now this invisible Eden is under assault from our overreliance on medical advances including antibiotics and caesarian sections, threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes and leading to severe health consequences. Taking us into the lab to recount his groundbreaking studies, Blaser not only provides elegant support for his theory, he guides us to what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future. 

About the Author

Dr. Martin Blaser has studied the role of bacteria in human disease for over 30 years. He is the director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU. He founded the Bellevue Literary Review and has been written about in newspapers including The New Yorker, Nature, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His more than 100 media appearances include The Today Show, GMA, NPR, the BBC, The OReilly Factor, and CNN. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1. Modern Plagues          1


2. Our Microbial Planet          12


3. The Human Microbiome          22


4. The Rise of Pathogens          40


5. The Wonder Drugs          50


6. The Overuse of Antibiotics          64


7. The Modern Farmer          79


8. Mother and Child          87


9. A Forgotten World          104


10. Heartburn          123


11. Trouble Breathing          130


12. Taller          144


13. ... and Fatter          152


14. Modern Plagues Revisited          167


15. Antibiotic Winter          185


16. Solutions          199

Epilogue          218


Notes          221


Acknowledgments          257


Index          261

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805098105
Author:
Blaser, Martin J
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Author:
Blaser, Martin
Author:
Blaser, Martin J.
Author:
Martin J. Blaser, MD
Author:
Blaser, Martin J., MD
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Life Sciences/Biology
Subject:
Diseases - Immune System
Subject:
Diseases / Immune & Autoimmune
Subject:
Biology-Microbiology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 2 black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Humans are losing 'ancient microbes' from the overuse of antibiotics and medical practices like Caesarian sections, warns Blaser, director of New York University's microbiome program and a researcher whose study of one pesky pathogen, H. pylori, helped lead both to the discovery of its link to ulcers, and to the troubling changes triggered by early-life exposure to antibiotics. The average American child receives nearly three courses of antibiotics by age two and has about 17 courses by age 20, Blaser writes. But we pay a devastating price for this assault on the 'invisible zoo living on and inside' us: rising rates of obesity, asthma, diabetes, celiac and Crohn's diseases, and quite possibly, autism, he says. There may come a day where we make peace with H. pylori, reintroducing it to the human microbiota, along with other banished organisms. In the meantime, Blaser urges doctors to curtail the use of antibiotics and use narrow-spectrum drugs instead; to limit C-sections to cases necessary to save the life of mom or baby; and for farmers to end to the use of antibiotics on animals whose products we eat. It's an engrossing examination of the relatively unheralded yet dominant form of life on Earth." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , "Missing Microbes presents a surprisingly clear perspective on a complex problem."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the equilibrium and health of our bodies. Now this invisible Eden is under assault from our overreliance on medical advances including antibiotics and caesarian sections, threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes and leading to severe health consequences. Taking us into the lab to recount his groundbreaking studies, Blaser not only provides elegant support for his theory, he guides us to what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future. 

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