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
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."

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

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 D. Despommier
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231535260
Category: Medical
Page: 240
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Dickson D. Despommier's vivid, visceral account of the biology, behavior, and history of parasites follows 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. Some parasites do great damage to their hosts, while others have signed a kind of "peace treaty" in exchange for their long lives within them. Many parasites also practice clever survival strategies that medical scientists hope to mimic as they search for treatments for Crohn's disease, food allergies, type 1 diabetes, organ transplantation, and other medical challenges. Despommier concentrates on particularly remarkable and often highly pathogenic organisms, describing their lifecycles and the mechanisms they use to avoid elimination. He details their attack and survival plans and the nature of the illnesses they cause in general terms, enabling readers of all backgrounds to steal a glimpse into the secret work of such effective invaders. He also points to the cultural contexts in which these parasites thrive and reviews the current treatments available to defeat them. Encouraging scientists to continue to study these organisms even if their threat is largely contained, Despommier shows how closer dissection of the substances parasites produce to alter our response to them could help unravel some of our most complex medical conundrums.

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.


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.

Parasites and the Behavior of Animals

Author: Janice Moore
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195349139
Category: Science
Page: 338
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When a parasite invades an ant, does the ant behave like other ants? Maybe not-and if it doesn't, who, if anyone, benefits from the altered behaviors? The parasite? The ant? Parasites and the Behavior of Animals shows that parasite-induced behavioral alterations are more common than we might realize, and it places these alterations in an evolutionary and ecological context. Emphasizing eukaryotic parasites, the book examines the adaptive nature of behavioral changes associated with parasitism, exploring the effects of these changes on parasite transmission, parasite avoidance, and the fitness of both host and parasite. The behavioral changes and their effects are not always straightforward. To the extent that virulence, for instance, is linked to parasite transmission, the evolutionary interests of parasite and host will diverge, and the current winner of the contest to maximize reproductive rates may not be clear, or, for that matter, inevitable. Nonetheless, by affecting susceptibility, host/parasite lifespan and fecundity, and transmission itself, host behavior influences parameters that are basic to our comprehension of how parasites invade host populations, and fundamentally, how parasites evolve. Such an understanding is important for a wide range of scientists, from ecologists and parasitologists to evolutionary, conservation and behavioral biologists: The behavioral alterations that parasites induce can subtly and profoundly affect the distribution and abundance of animals.

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.

Intestinal Parasites and the Meaning of Life

Author: Scott W. Webb
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781976018480
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 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!

An Introduction to Parasitology

Author: Bernard E. Matthews
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521576918
Category: Medical
Page: 192
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This introductory undergraduate textbook provides a concise, clear and affordable overview of parasite biology for students and nonspecialists, preparing them for more technical and detailed literature. Using examples from all groups of animal parasites, the text considers the various stages of a parasite's life cycle from finding hosts to surviving within the host. The author discusses the significance of damage caused by parasites and approaches to control, giving the book a well-rounded scope for those new to the subject or desiring a review of key points. A key feature of the book is its comparative rather than systematic approach. Suitable for all introductory parasitology courses in biology, zoology and human and veterinary medicine.

Survival of the Sickest

The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity
Author: Sharon Moalem,Jonathan Prince
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 000725654X
Category: Disease susceptibility
Page: 270
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Sharon Moalem proposes that common diseases came into existence for very good reasons - for example, how diabetes may be a by-product of a mechanism that helped humans survive the Ice Age, and why Asians can't drink as much alcohol as Europeans. She also looks at how the modern world influences disease.

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.

The Parasite Menace

Author: Skye Weintraub
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9781885670885
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 208
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Parasites. The word typically conjures images of impoverished living conditions, foreign travel or questionable eating establishments. But the presence of parasites is much more common than most people think. Contaminated water supplies, poor hygiene, and ignorance, coupled with the presence of various commonly found parasites puts infection rates among North Americans as high as 85 percent, according to some experts. In The Parasite Menace, Dr. Skye Weintraub educates the reader about parasites: how to prevent infection, detect their presence, and rid ourselves of them by through diet and nutrition, herbal and supplemental therapies, and other natural practices. Dr. Weintraub also examines proper hygiene practices, water filters, proper food handling, immune system fortification, and other ways to decrease our risk of being infected with parasites.

I Contain Multitudes

The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Author: Ed Yong
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473520185
Category: Science
Page: 368
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2017 THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It’s an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes. They sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth. In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems. You'll never think about your mind, body or preferences in the same way again. 'Super-interesting... He just keeps imparting one surprising, fascinating insight after the next. I Contain Multitudes is science journalism at its best' Bill Gates

Human Parasites

Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention
Author: Heinz Mehlhorn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319328026
Category: Medical
Page: 461
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This textbook provides an up-to-date overview of the most important parasites in humans and their potential vectors. For each parasite, the book offers a concise summary including its distribution, epidemiology, life cycle, morphology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, prophylaxis and therapeutic measures. Numerous tables, diagrams and over 200 colorful illustrations highlight the main aspects of parasitic infestations and present suitable control measures. 60 questions help to test readers’ theoretical knowledge of the field. In short, the book is highly recommended for anyone looking to delve into the field of human parasitology. It is intended for students of biology and human medicine, medical doctors, pharmacists and laboratory staff alike. Furthermore, persons who plan to visit or live longer in endemic regions will find essential information on necessary preventive and control measurements.

Internal Time

Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired
Author: Till Roenneberg
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674069692
Category: Science
Page: 282
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Early birds and night owls are born, not made. Sleep patterns are the most obvious manifestation of the highly individualized biological clocks we inherit, but these clocks also regulate bodily functions from digestion to hormone levels to cognition. By understanding and respecting our internal time, we can live better.

A Brief History of Korea

Author: Mark Peterson,Phillip Margulies
Publisher: Facts on File
ISBN: 9780816050857
Category: History
Page: 328
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An introduction to the history of Korea that covers its past from prehistoric times, to the medieval period, to the country's status as a Japanese colony prior to World War II, to its present day division into North and South Korea.


The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition)
Author: Giulia Enders
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd
ISBN: 1771643781
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 304
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In this updated edition of a worldwide bestseller, Giulia Enders reveals the secrets and science of the digestive system—including new research on the connection between the gut and the brain. For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ. But it does more than just dirty work; our gut is at the core of who we are. With quirky charm, science star and medical doctor Giulia Enders explains the gut’s magic, answering questions like: Why does acid reflux happen? What’s really up with gluten and lactose intolerance? How does the gut affect obesity and mood? A new section on the brain-gut axis dives into groundbreaking discoveries of psychobiotics – microbes with psychological effects that can influence conditions like depression and even stress. Aided with cheerful illustrations by Enders’s sister Jill, this beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they’re trying to tell you something important.