This Is Your Brain on Parasites

How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society
Author: Kathleen McAuliffe
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544193229
Category: Science
Page: 272
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“Engrossing … [An] expedition through the hidden and sometimes horrifying microbial domain.” —Wall Street Journal “Fascinating—and full of the kind of factoids you can't wait to share.” —Scientific American Parasites can live only inside another animal and, as Kathleen McAuliffe reveals, these tiny organisms have many evolutionary motives for manipulating the behavior of their hosts. With astonishing precision, parasites can coax rats to approach cats, spiders to transform the patterns of their webs, and fish to draw the attention of birds that then swoop down to feast on them. We humans are hardly immune to their influence. Organisms we pick up from our own pets are strongly suspected of changing our personality traits and contributing to recklessness and impulsivity—even suicide. Germs that cause colds and the flu may alter our behavior even before symptoms become apparent. Parasites influence our species on the cultural level, too. Drawing on a huge body of research, McAuliffe argues that our dread of contamination is an evolved defense against parasites. The horror and revulsion we are programmed to feel when we come in contact with people who appear diseased or dirty helped pave the way for civilization, but may also be the basis for major divisions in societies that persist to this day. This Is Your Brain on Parasites is both a journey into cutting-edge science and a revelatory examination of what it means to be human. “If you’ve ever doubted the power of microbes to shape society and offer us a grander view of life, read on and find yourself duly impressed.” —Heather Havrilesky, Bookforum

This Is Your Brain on Parasites

How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society
Author: Kathleen McAuliffe
Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books
ISBN: 9780544947252
Category: Medical
Page: 304
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A riveting investigation of the myriad ways that parasites control how creatures including humans act, feel, and think"

This Is Your Brain on Parasites

How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society
Author: Kathleen McAuliffe
Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544192225
Category:
Page: 272
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Based on her hugely popular"Atlantic"article, science writer Kathleen McAuliffe reveals the myriad ways parasites control how humans act, feel, and think."

Parasite Rex

Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
Author: Carl Zimmer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 074320011X
Category: Science
Page: 320
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A look inside the often hidden world of parasites turns the clock back to the beginning of life on Earth to answer key questions about these highly evolved and resilient life forms.

People, Parasites, and Plowshares

Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders
Author: Dickson Despommier
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231161948
Category: Medical
Page: 208
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An account of the biology, behavior, and history of parasites, following the interplay between these fascinating life forms and human society over thousands of years. Despommier focuses on long-term host-parasite associations, which have evolved to avoid or even subvert the human immune system.

Guess What Came to Dinner?

Parasites and Your Health
Author: Ann Louise Gittleman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781583330968
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 164
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Explains what parasites are, how they are spread, describes the symptoms of parasitic diseases, and discusses medical treatments and prevention.

Parasites

Tales of Humanity's Most Unwelcome Guests
Author: Rosemary Drisdelle
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520259386
Category: Medical
Page: 258
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The evolution and life history of parasites, their role in shaping human history, as well as future threats posed by them.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies

Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today
Author: Dr. Rob Dunn
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062092278
Category: Science
Page: 304
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“Anextraordinary book…. With clarity and charm [Dunn] takes the reader into theoverlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an importantdomain of the human condition.” —EdwardO. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life BiologistRob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health,our well-being, and our world in The WildLife of Our Bodies—a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of natureand codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationshipsthat exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpinhumanity’s ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers ofMichael Pollan’s TheOmnivore’s Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn’s powerful, lucid explorationof the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.

I Contain Multitudes

The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Author: Ed Yong
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062368621
Category: Science
Page: 368
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Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth. Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are. The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people. Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies

Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today
Author: Rob Dunn
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780061806469
Category: Science
Page: 304
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In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies and try to remove whole kinds of life—parasites, bacteria, mutualists, and predators. To modern humans, nature is the landscape outside. Biologist Rob Dunn contends that while "clean living" has benefited us in some ways, it has also made us sicker in others. We are trapped in bodies that evolved to deal with the dependable presence of hundreds of other species. This disconnect from the web of life has resulted in unprecedented effects that immunologists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists, and other scientists are only beginning to understand. Diabetes, autism, allergies, many anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases, and even tooth, jaw, and vision problems are increasingly plaguing bodies that have been removed from the ecological context in which they existed for millennia. Dunn considers this crossroads at which we find ourselves. Through the stories of visionaries, Dunn argues that we can create a richer nature, one in which we choose to surround ourselves with species that benefit us, not just those that, despite us, survive.

An Epidemic of Absence

A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases
Author: Moises Velasquez-Manoff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439199396
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 397
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A controversial, revisionist approach to autoimmune and allergic disorders considers the perspective that the human immune system has been disabled by twentieth-century hygiene and medical practices.

New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers

Tales of Parasites and People
Author: Robert S. Desowitz
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393304268
Category: Science
Page: 224
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A medical ecologist examines the threat posed by disease-carrying parasites and insects and identifies the conditions--miracle drugs, destruction of natural controls--that have encouraged them to flourish

Intestinal Parasites and the Meaning of Life


Author: Scott W. Webb
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781976018480
Category:
Page: 364
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Scott W. Webb was a professional colon hygienist for 15 years before he discovered that he'd been looking at parasites in the form of worms without recognizing them as such while performing colonics. Some of these worms appear to be more insect-like and sea creature-like than just round, long wiggly things. Most are encased in mucus or "bio-film" and appear to die high in the digestive tract where they are digested along with a person's food, which changes how they would appear when living. The author realized that if his clients represent a random sample of the population, then this is a somewhat disturbing discovery, which is multiple types of visible parasites inhabiting the average American. While colonic irrigation has been on the fringe of the kinds of therapies people will do, colon hydrotherapists can be an important feedback loop for society to better understand what's going on in the gut. Often these kinds of things are quickly labeled as "hoax" or "quackery" and written off. But, "Not so fast," says the author. Parasitic life has been identified by scientists, and even National Geographic, as outnumbering other life on our planet 4 to 1. So, what are these things the author is now seeing in his practice and coming out of him, too? Somewhat alien in appearance at times, dozens of photographs capture what can make an exit in the colonic water so the reader can decide what to do about it. Photos inside the book are slightly blurry, which is in process of correction, but they are also shown full color on www.colonicexpert.com where they can be enlarged for closer examination. This work in not so much an attempt to prove anything as much as to document what could be going on right under our noses, and has been for going on for the entirety of human history. Now the implications would be many and if any part of this book is telling the truth, then nobody needs to panic. This is well beyond a simple "how to" kind of book because the idea of such things living inside of us, yet to be discovered, has emotional ramifications, and intellectual hurdles, and even shrouded by general disbelief. In other words, okay, you can freak out now!

Accidental Cure: Extraordinary Medicine for Extraordinary Patients


Author: Simon Yu
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780979734267
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 480
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WARNING: Your medical problems may not be what you think or what you have been told. Accidental Cure refers to a discovery that Dr. Simon Yu made in Bolivia during a U.S. Army Reserves assignment in 2000. The Army was there to dispense anti-parasite drugs to 10,000 Bolivians. In the few weeks that Dr. Yu worked with patients in Bolivia, he noticed remarkable changes in patient health and decided to try the drugs in his practice when he returned to St. Louis. Dr. Yu had [and continues to have] startling results with anti-parasite drugs. There are many case studies in his book that describe incurable diseases that disappear when parasites are removed. Many times, the same patients that have parasites, also need mercury removal, chelation and nutritional supplements. Diseases that have disappeared include cancer, multiple sclerosis, Lupus, heart problems, Scleroderma, blindness and many more.

This Is Your Brain on Music

The Science of a Human Obsession
Author: Daniel J. Levitin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101218914
Category: Science
Page: 336
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In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain. Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals: • How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world • Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre • That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise • How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, This Is Your Brain on Music will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS


Author: Elizabeth Pisani
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393068900
Category: Science
Page: 400
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A flame-throwing epidemiologist talks about sex, drugs, and the mistakes (dismal), ideologies (vicious), and hopes (realistic) of international AIDS prevention. When people ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does for a living, she says, "sex and drugs." As an epidemiologist researching AIDS, she's been involved with international efforts to halt the disease for fourteen years. With swashbuckling wit and fierce honesty, she dishes on herself and her colleagues as they try to prod reluctant governments to fund HIV prevention for the people who need it most—drug injectors, gay men, sex workers, and johns.Pisani chats with flamboyant Indonesian transsexuals about their boob jobs and watches Chinese streetwalkers turn away clients because their SUVs aren't nice enough. With verve and clarity, she shows the general reader how her profession really works; how easy it is to draw wrong conclusions from "objective" data; and, shockingly, how much money is spent so very badly. "Exhibit A": the 45 billion taxpayer dollars the Bush administration is committing to international AIDS programs.

Infectious Madness

The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness
Author: Harriet A. Washington
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316277797
Category: Medical
Page: 304
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"Fascinating...A superb book."--Robert Sapolsky, Stanford professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery and author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers What causes mental illness? We've long blamed stress, trauma, and brain-chemistry imbalances. But a new theory is quietly achieving critical mass. In INFECTIOUS MADNESS, award-winning science writer Harriet Washington reveals that schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer's, and anorexia also may be caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. Weaving together cutting-edge research and case studies, INFECTIOUS MADNESS shows how strep throat can trigger rapid-onset OCD in a formerly healthy teen and how contact with cat litter elevates the risk of schizophrenia. Featuring a new afterword by the author, and rich in science, medical mysteries, cultural nuance, and evidence-based recommendations, INFECTIOUS MADNESS pulls back the curtain on a new paradigm with profound implications for us all.

The Cure For Everything

Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness
Author: Timothy Caulfield
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807022063
Category: Medical
Page: 256
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In this era of health-science research, rarely a day goes by without a public pronouncement of some exciting health-enhancing discovery: a new diet, a new fitness routine, a new drug or alternative therapy, the miracles achieved by genetic mapping. And we are told—by the media, health-care experts, even government—that we should use this information to live a healthier life. But what information can we trust? Are yoga and stretching the surefire path toward healthy aging? Can consuming enormous quantities of certain "natural" remedies ward off disease? Should we all eat nothing but carbs, or fats, or pineapples, and regularly cleanse our colons or have our meridians aligned? Should we all have our genome mapped to solve our health problems? In The Cure for Everything, health policy expert and fitness enthusiast Timothy Caulfield wades through the tides of health crazes, misleading data, and well-meaning gurus in a quest to sort out real, reliable health advice. He takes us along as he navigates the maze of facts, findings, and fears associated with emerging health technologies, drugs, and disease-prevention strategies and presents an impressively researched, accessible take on the production and spread of information in the health sciences. Seamlessly switching between his sweatsuit and his lab coat, Caulfield doesn't just pore over the research and interview the professionals; he gets his t-shirt sweaty and his meridians aligned, testing out the scientific validity of some of the health and fitness crazes of our day. Bravely using himself as a guinea pig, he goes on a strict diet, a rigorous exercise routine, swallows bottles of "natural" remedies, and has needles inserted all over his body. He illuminates some solid paths to better health, along with the dead-end detours. Science is everywhere, but what passes through most people's field of vision is often wrong, hyped, or twisted by an ideological or commercial agenda. And without good scientific data, bad decisions are made--by doctors and governments, by you and me. Caulfield demonstrates, alas, that there are no quick fixes or simple steps to flat abs; that you will never be able to eat all you want; that no "natural" supplements will lead to better health; that knowing your genetic map will not save you from almost anything. The Cure for Everything ends with five simple, scientifically sound—and, yet, difficult—steps to take in order to lead a longer, healthier life.

33 Ways to Get Rid of Parasites

How to Cleanse Parasites for People and Pets with All Natural Methods
Author: Stephen Tvedten
Publisher: TCKPublishing.com
ISBN: 9781631619724
Category:
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How To Protect Yourself and Your Family from Parasites Learn Over 33 Secrets to Healthy, Natural Parasite Cleansing ""Parasites have killed more humans than all the wars in history"" - National Geographic. Learn how to protect your family, pets and yourself! Kill Parasites Fast With Natural Foods, Herbs and Treatments Did you know that many authorities believe over 85% of people in North America are infected with parasites? Some experts estimate it might actually be 95 people like you and me out of every 100 that is infected with parasites - and that's just in North America where we have excellent medical care! In this book, you'll discover how to get rid of parasites fast using natural herbs, diatomaceous earth, and other natural remedies to cleanse your body and help you defend yourself from unwanted parasites, worms, protozoa, viruses, bacteria and more.

The Universe Inside You

The Extreme Science of the Human Body from Quantum Theory to the Mysteries of the Brain
Author: Brian Clegg
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848313543
Category: Science
Page: 300
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Built from the debris of exploding stars that floated through space for billions of years, home to a zoo of tiny aliens, and controlled by a brain with more possible connections than there are atoms in the universe, the human body is the most incredible thing in existence. In the sequel to his bestselling Inflight Science, Brian Clegg explores mitochondria, in-cell powerhouses which are thought to have once been separate creatures; how your eyes are quantum traps, consuming photons of light from the night sky that have travelled for millions of years; your many senses, which include the ability to detect warps in space and time, and why meeting an attractive person can turn you into a gibbering idiot. Read THE UNIVERSE INSIDE YOU and you'll never look at yourself the same way again.