Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ

Gut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ
This factual treasure trove of a book is set to change the reader’s view of their digestive system permanently, disproving that it is the drab poor relation of the nervous and circulatory systems.

Amongst the many revelations contained within are the role of the tonsils in exacerbating psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, how gut bacteria determine blood groups and the link between bad gut flora such as toxoplasmata and depression, risk taking, self harm and suicide.

There is also enlightening discussion on the cutting edge research relating to the enteric nervous system, the brain and the gut. It is remarkable to realise that the gut possesses a similar array of neurotransmitters as the brain which are affected by drugs such as Fluoxetine (Proxac). It seems that future developments in mental health may owe as much to the treatment of the gut as they do the brain.

A comprehensive discussion of Colitis, food intolerances, probiotics, prebiotics, Salmonella, and common intestinal problems make this a relevant read to anyone who eats, digests and defecates.

The book is usefully illustrated throughout with diagrams and amusing sketches which further the reader’s understanding. It would however benefit from an index, so packed is it with facts and cross references.

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