Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World

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Macmillan, Oct 16, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 290 pages
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Making Peace with Microbes
 
Public sanitation and antibiotic drugs have brought about historic increases in the human life span; they have also unintentionally produced new health crises by disrupting the intimate, age-old balance between humans and the microorganisms that inhabit our bodies and our environment. As a result, antibiotic resistance now ranks among the gravest medical problems of modern times. Good Germs, Bad Germs addresses not only this issue but also what has become known as the "hygiene hypothesis"--  an argument that links the over-sanitation of modern life to now-epidemic increases in immune and other disorders. In telling the story of what went terribly wrong in our war on germs, Jessica Snyder Sachs explores our emerging understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and its resident microbes--which outnumber its human cells by a factor of nine to one! The book also offers a hopeful look into a future in which antibiotics will be designed and used more wisely, and beyond that, to a day when we may replace antibacterial drugs and cleansers with bacterial ones--each custom-designed for maximum health benefits.
 

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Good germs, bad germs: health and survival in a bacterial world

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The human body, science writer Sachs (Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle To Pinpoint Time of Death ) makes clear, hosts a teeming ecosystem of microorganisms, which, like a terrestrial ... Read full review

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Just a few more chapters to go and of course, I left it at home while I'm on vacation. Sighhhhh. SO. GOOD. Read full review

Contents

PART I THE WAR ON GERMS
13
PART II LIFE ON MAN
33
PART III TOO CLEAN?
71
PART IV BUGS ON DRUGS
103
PART V FIGHTING SMARTER NOT HARDER
149
PART VI BEYOND LETHAL FORCEDEFANG DEFLECT AND DEPLOY
183
PART VII FIXING THE PATIENT
217
CODA EMBRACING THE MICROBIOME
235
Notes
239
Further Reading
273
Acknowledgments
275
Index
277
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Jessica Snyder Sachs is a freelance science writer. Her first book, Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death, was published in 2001. She lives in New Jersey.

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