Martin J. Blaser, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

Martin J. Blaser, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern PlaguesMissing Microbes:

How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our

Modern Plagues

Martin J. Blaser

Dr. Martin Blaser writes a compelling critique about our over use of microbes and the important role that microbes play in our bodies. There are over three times more microbial cells in and on our bodies that there are human cells. He points out that some seventy to ninety percent of the cells in our bodies are non-human – many of these cells evolved with us and play important roles in our metabolism. Overuse of antibiotics breeds super bugs that become harder and harder to combat but the overuse also disrupts the microbes in our bodies that many critical functions depend on. Dr. Blaser makes traces a series of modern plagues such as obesity, childhood diabetes, asthma, hay fever, food allergies, esophageal cancer, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, autism and eczema to the misuse of antibiotics and the failure to properly understand the role microbes play in our health and wellbeing. I may not agree with everything Dr. Blaser has written, but I found his work thought provoking, well-reasoned and easy to follow.

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