Survival of the Sickest

Survival of the Sickest

A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

Book - 2007
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Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on -- or off?

Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria.

Through a fresh and engaging examination of our evolutionary history, Dr. Moalem reveals how many of the conditions that are diseases today actually gave our ancestors a leg up in the survival sweepstakes. When the option is a long life with a disease or a short one without it, evolution opts for disease almost every time.

Everything from the climate our ancestors lived in to the crops they planted and ate to their beverage of choice can be seen in our genetic inheritance. But Survival of the Sickest doesn't stop there. It goes on to demonstrate just how little modern medicine really understands about human health, and offers a new way of thinking that can help all of us live longer, healthier lives.

Survival of the Sickest is filled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth -- and, especially, what that means for us.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060889654
0060889659
Branch Call Number: 616 .042 MOA
Characteristics: xvi, 267 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Prince, Jonathan

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judysbetz
Nov 20, 2016

Two thumbs up!

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tocch101
Dec 15, 2015

This was absolutely fascinating, and very interesting compared to the many ways people only think of "bad" diseases. Fully enjoyed.

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naturalist
Aug 31, 2015

“Survival of the Silliest” by P.Z. Myers, posted 17-12-2007 . . . from . . Pharyngula . . .
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2007/12/17/survival-of-the-silliest/ . . .
and . . .
“Yup, still a problem” 19-04-2007
from: . . . http://thinkevolution.net/archives/date/2007/04

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Emerlindian
Jul 17, 2012

I absolutely loved this book. It offers a very interesting look on how the diseases that plague us today actually helped to keep us alive in the past. You don't need to have any advanced knowledge in biology to understand it, though I discovered that my biology class in high school really helped me to make connections with certain functions and draw further knowledge from it.

A word of warning, it does tend to jump around a bit, but I found that after awhile it allowed for more understanding and connections. Overall, a fantastic book that is fairly easy to understand!

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