A Healthy Life with the Help of the Microbiome

How the Microbiome is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life

The Human Superorganism conveys a new paradigm expressed in the book’s title: “We each are a superorganism made up of thousands of species, biologically diverse.” In contrast, the current paradigm only considers the human mammalian genome.


Related: Fiery Ferments

With or without our awareness, we are taking care of our organism in a more holistic way if we consume fermented foods as our ancestors did. However, knowledge of cause is powerful that’s why I enjoyed this book. Even though, because of the title, it could be perceived to address experts or students in topics as immunotoxicology  as the author Rodney Dietert, PhD, but not really, the author stated his wife transformed his scientific language for readers with no expertise to understand.


Part one: A Shift in How We Think About Biology
Part two: A Revolution in Medicine
Part three: Caring for Yourself

The Human Superorganism will encourage you to know more about the microbial genome, from what it is, passing through non-communicative (NCDs) diseases epidemic as obesity, cancer, allergies, depression, among others, to why the same perfume smells differently on different people.

You won’t find much about parasitism in this book as its main focus is on mutualism and commensalism.

The Human Superorganism has a futuristic outcome for the main stream – how long would it take? – as long as it pervades to the public and influence governments’ policies, pharmaceutical, medical, and food industries to acknowledge this paradigm, and make required changes, meanwhile, for a minority this ‘futuristic’ approach has been here for a long time as doctors, food business owners and people of every walk of life, aware and concern with these chronic diseases, have taken charge of their health with a more holistic approach for decades.

Nowadays, this super-organism the author resembles to a tropical rain-forest or a coral reef ecosystem is endangered as disables for NCDs epidemic keep growing, until changes occurred where prevention of disease would be a priority instead of profit in expense of humanity well-being.


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Author Rodney Dietert
The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life
Published by Dutton (July 12, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1101983904


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.

ARC by NetGalley

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