ISBN 9780007584024,10% Human

10% Human


Alanna Collen


Harper Collins



Harper Collins

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780007584024

ISBN-10 0007584024


Number of Pages 320 Pages
Language (English)

Popular medicine & health

"You are just 10% 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. ‘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.v"

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