Secret Life of Your Microbiome

The Secret Life of Your Microbiome presents a revolutionary new paradigm, backed by vast science; we’re deeply connected to the biodiversity of nature through our microbiomes — the rich microbial ecosystem of our guts and skin — and this connection is essential to health and happiness.

From sugar-rich diets wiping out good gut bacteria and exacerbating depression, to microbes mediating phytonutrient absorption in the brain, to inflammation and cancer, the influence of biodiversity on our bodies is everywhere. The great communicator is our immune system, a "mobile brain" that interacts with micro-organisms in and around us with profound health consequences.

Susan L. Prescott

Dr. Susan L. Prescott MD, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed immunologist and pediatrician whose early work led to a paradigm shift in understanding the importance of the early environment in immune programming for the risk of subsequent disease. She is a former Director of the World Allergy Organisation and former Head of the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. Prescott is the author of more than 250 scientific papers and several books including The Allergy Epidemic, The Calling, and Origins. She is married to Alan Logan and splits her time between Perth, Australia and New York.

Alan C. Logan

Dr. Alan C. Logan ND, graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase, and was valedictorian at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. He taught Mind-Body Medicine courses in Harvard's School of Continuing Medical Education, and his research and commentaries have appeared in over two dozen medical journals. He is a trusted source for many popular magazines including Cosmopolitan, Elle, W, Health, and Life & Style, and he is a commentator on US and Canadian television. Logan is the co-author of several books including Your Brain on Nature and The Clear Skin Diet, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health. He is married to Susan Prescott and splits his time between Perth, Australia and New York.

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For centuries, humans have seen nature as something we must dominate, conquer, and tame, progressively eroding the natural resilience of ecosystems, with the loss of many species more vulnerable … ; 10 $1.00

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Microbes are at the origins of all life on our planet, silent partners to the evolution of every form of life and long, long before Homo sapiens arrived on the scene. We are only now learning of … ; 22 $2.20

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The international statistics on mental health in developed nations are troubling to say the least. In the United States 25 percent of the adult population reports having a mental illness in a … ; 35 $3.50

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Although it is often said that the brain is the final frontier in medicine, we contend that it is actually the immune system. Only now are we beginning to understand the ways in which the immune … ; 34 $3.40

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Humans often need to see threats to the environment, and, by extension to their health and survival. Progressive losses over time can dilute urgency and awareness. So can progressive gains. One … ; 24 $2.40

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Microbes have been with humans for every step of our evolutionary journey. Symbiosis describes living in close proximity with mutual advantage — an apt description of our relationship with … ; 39 $3.90

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We will explore the ways in which foundational nutrition — the solid nutritional framework upon which health sits — can support resilience, influence mental outlook and motivation, … ; 38 $3.80

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We need deep exploration of the tiniest ecosystems in the gut. We need far more detail on the interactions between our nerve cells and the immune system. We are talking about connectivity to life … ; 27 $2.70

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In this chapter, we more closely examine specific microbial and nutritional interventions, and the prospect that we might regain health by correcting dysbiosis and manipulating microbes. The … ; 35 $3.50

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All too often, science is now being used for technological applications that have nothing to do with human needs and aim only at creating new artificial wants. Even the most enthusiastic … ; 40 $4.00

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Biodiversity, as we will see, is consciousness. It is life. We will also see that the story of interconnection, of Darwin’s clover — cats meant less mice, more bees, and thus more … ; 33 $3.30

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I focus on healing and balancing the microbiome, because the bacteria in your gut can affect the health of your digestive system, immune system, and mental wellbeing. Since making fermentation an … ; 36 $3.60