Jason Tetro, author of The Germ Code, is back with a very different book but the same message: microbes are amazing, they deserve our respect and we should learn to live with them in harmony. THE GERM FILES: The Surprising Ways Microbes Can Improve Your Health and Life (and How to Protect Yourself from the Bad Ones) informs and entertains with accessible mini-essays. The way we feel, think, look and even interact with the world is affected by the germs in and around us. Despite their reputation for making us ill, germs also keep us alive and healthy. They even offer us relationship advice: the millions of bacteria shared in a first kiss send the brain strong messages about compatibility.
The microbes living on and inside us outnumber the cells in our bodies three to one. Many provide services on which our well-being, our moods, our very lives depend. They help to digest our food and operate the immune system. They trade information about potential mates when we kiss. They alert the brain to problems in different locations around the body. The balance of their populations in our gut is a crucial factor in our physical and mental health.
The effect of germs on our lives is not, however, a one-way street. We can help their efforts by the way we lead our lives.
The Germ Files is a one-stop source of the most up-to-date, life-changing information on our relationship with microbes, presented in concise and highly readable items grouped by theme. Areas covered include health, hygiene, sex, childcare, nutrition and dieting.
The Germ Files will answer your questions about everything from preventing flu to selecting probiotics, while constantly surprising you with revelations about the miraculous workings of the microscopic world.
Wednesday, March 23 2016
Octopus Books Centretown (@25One Community)
251 Bank St. 2nd floor
Hosted by Alan Neal, host of CBC Radio's All In A Day!
All are welcome!
"Jason Tetro has provided an owner's manual for the trillions of personal organisms that we cannot live without. It's an easy read guide to how they participate in health, food, beauty and even sex. It will change the way you look at your entire being." —Bob McDonald, host, CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks
Jason Tetro studied microbiology at the University of Guelph, and for fifteen years researched health-related microbiology at the University of Ottawa. He has been a consultant to government and private industry in many health-related areas. He is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media. He lives in Toronto.
More about Jason Tetro and his writing: http://jasontetro.com/.
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CBC Books: The Germ Files
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