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Gut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ by [Enders, Giulia]
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'A publishing sensation that ... sets out to free toilet talk from its taboo' The Times 'Enders' gut manifesto calls on its readers to celebrate their lower bodies' achievements, rather than apologise for them' Guardian '[Enders] is utterly, charmingly obsessed with the gut, gut bacteria and poo. She writes and talks about her subject matter with such childlike enthusiasm it's infectious ... The perfect toilet book.' -- Annalisa Barbieri Guardian 'Giulia Enders has a warm and simple prose style and her sister's illustrations are delightful.' -- William Cook Spectator 'Giulia Enders takes a no-nonsense approach to bodily functions ... [Gut] reads like a breeze ... you can totally see why it's been massive.' Grazia '[Enders is] a publishing sensation ... There is something compelling and refreshing about her curiosity and popular approach.' -- Simon Usbourne Independent 'A primer on poo ... Enders offers nuggets of wisdom on everything from the ideal position in which to evacuate your bowels to the science of faeces identification ... There are some fascinating insights here ... Food for thought.' Independent on Sunday '[Gut] had me laughing aloud.' -- Debora MacKenzie New Scientist 'The revelation that each of us depends on our individual living world, with far more inhabitants than there are people on earth, is surely sensational.' -- Clive Cookson Financial Times 'Enders, a German research microbiologist, obviously adores her subject matter ... [her] project is to show how those essential functions of the human body that some people may consider unseemly or unspeakable are in fact wondrous and worthy of exultation.' -- Karen Hitchcock Weekend Australian 'The world's most surprising page-turner.' -- Anna Murphy The Times 'Like farmers, we can foster the right microbial balance by introducing better breeds into the resident stock in our gut world; we can even, it seems, manage our moods and mend our minds ... Each note reinforces her message that feeling miserable can be just as much about how the gut is performing as the state of our neurotransmitters ... Enders is particularly good at explaining why the gut is the body's largest sensory organ and how it works co-operatively with the brain to stabilise our emotional lives.' -- Gail Bell Sydney Morning Herald 'A hugely informative and also entertaining look at a part of the body that we should stop ignoring.' Country Living 'If you only buy one health book this year make it this one. It's educational, funny and a breeze to read. Get to grips with your gut!' -- Signes Johansen author of Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking: Scandilicious 'Gut has more to offer than potty-language and a sense of humor ... It's hard not to be awed by Enders' vast knowledge of anatomy and microbiology and share her fascination with the 100 trillion tiny creatures in our tummies.' Beauty and Wellbeing 'An amazing romp down our alimentary canal.' New Scientist 'Best Books of 2015' 'A quirky tour of the gastro-intestinal tract.' Sunday Herald 'Both funny and informative, a brilliant examination of one of our most complex - and underappreciated - organs.' The Observer

Review

‘A publishing sensation that … sets out to free toilet talk from its taboo’

(The Times)

‘Both funny and informative, a brilliant examination of one of our most complex ― and underappreciated ― organs.’

(The Observer)

‘Enders’ gut manifesto calls on its readers to celebrate their lower bodies’ achievements, rather than apologise for them.’

(Guardian)

‘Giulia Enders has a warm and simple prose style and her sister’s illustrations are delightful.’

(William Cook Spectator)

‘Giulia Enders takes a no-nonsense approach to bodily functions … [Gut] reads like a breeze … you can totally see why it's been massive.'

(Grazia)

‘[Enders is] a publishing sensation … There is something compelling and refreshing about her curiosity and popular approach.‘

(Simon Usbourne Independent)

‘A primer on poo … Enders offers nuggets of wisdom on everything from the ideal position in which to evacuate your bowels to the science of fæces identification … There are some fascinating insights here … Food for thought.’

(Independent on Sunday)

‘[Gut] had me laughing aloud.’

(Debora MacKenzie New Scientist)

‘The revelation that each of us depends on our individual living world, with far more inhabitants than there are people on earth, is surely sensational.’

(Clive Cookson Financial Times)

‘[Enders] is utterly, charmingly obsessed with the gut, gut bacteria and poo. She writes and talks about her subject matter with such childlike enthusiasm it's infectious … The perfect toilet book.’

(Annalisa Barbieri Guardian)

‘Enders, a German research microbiologist, obviously adores her subject matter … [her] project is to show how those essential functions of the human body that some people may consider unseemly or unspeakable are in fact wondrous and worthy of exultation.’

(Karen Hitchcock Weekend Australian)

‘The world’s most surprising page-turner.’

(Anna Murphy The Times)

Gut has more to offer than potty-language and a sense of humor … It’s hard not to be awed by Enders’ vast knowledge of anatomy and microbiology and share her fascination with the 100 trillion tiny creatures in our tummies.’

(Beauty and Wellbeing)

‘An amazing romp down our alimentary canal.’

(New Scientist ‘Best Books of 2015’)

‘A quirky tour of the gastro-intestinal tract.’

(Sunday Herald)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3536 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe (7 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VGJMAHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 538 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a fabulous book. It's so interesting and easy to read. It covers your whole gut, from mouth to anus with lots of stuff in between. Enders talks about poo and constipation (a must have if you suffer from the latter!) but most of it is about gut bacteria and how it influences your health, both physical and mental. She has a lovely writing style which means even tricky information is presented in a very easy to understand, fun, accessible way. I have read the book from cover to cover already which is a feat unheard of for me, as usually I get bored half way through, or I dip in and out of books!

I couldn't help thinking that if Enders had taught me biology I might be a doctor by now.

But I knocked one star off because it has no index, which I think is unforgivable for a factual book, but also, whilst there are references at the back, there are no annotations so if you want to 'read further' you have to scramble slightly to connect the references and sometimes, it seems, there aren't any.
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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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Well worth reading. The translation to English is good. If you are an average person interested in exploring this aspect of health, you are unlikely to be disappointed. I rarely read any book more than once, though this may prove to be one of the few that I do. Check out the author on You Tube.
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A very sound and sensible book with a fairly light touch. As a wife of a scientist who has spent years listening to his stories of gut research, this seemed to be a clear and helpful book for the normal reader without any specialised knowledge.
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Very interesting read. If the idea that bacteria present in the gut can have a positive effect on the immune system was not new to me, the entire concept of gut bacteria communicating to specific areas of the brain (such as in the case of toxoplasmosis) was an astonishing revelation. All findings are presented in relation to specific experiments, and what I liked of the author was the willingness to entertain while still being precise and knowledgeable.

This book could be read by adults as well as by primary school children learning about the digestive system, to turn what is historically regarded as one of the most boring subjects at school into an amazing adventure. It has prompted me to further read on the subject, which is relatively unknown to non specialists, being an active field of research. In fact, if some of the findings, as the author points out, still require further research, the results available so far are sufficient to suggest practical changes to general and more specifically dietary habits.

I have recommended this book to friends and family members.
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As a Nutrition graduate and mental health sufferer, I was so excited to read this book and was totally gripped by it. Giulia explains everything so clearly and makes a rather difficult / complex subject much more manageable. I felt I learnt more reading this than I did in any of my "gut related" university lectures. I wish she had been my teacher ! We don't appreciate what an important part the gut has with the workings of the rest of the body. For instance, 95% of serotonin is made in the gut - so from a depression related stance, we've got to do more to please our gut to boost our mood and improve our overall mental health. I highly recommend this book - there is so much to be learnt.
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This book is so good I'm reading it again. Geeeeek! I even bought it for my sister who has similar problems, which we now know are all related to the gut - mind and body. Our mum didn't breast feed us and I had to have my daughter by C section - I had no option, but I think if people do they would think twice about their choices. Having done Nutritional science at catering college some 20 years ago there is so much more to learn and it is fascinating. Giulia makes it interesting and funny and surprisingly readable for such a scientific subject. This book has encouraged me to to a 'Gut diet', after my IBS came back after 6 years. And also to look after my daughter's gut, as until she cook s for herself what she eats it is my responsibility.
I would recommend this to anyone, because I think everyone suffers from something to do with their microbiome. You'd be surprised. Avidly waiting for more research to uncover more gut secrets.
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