• By: OLM Staff

The Whole-Body Microbiome: How to Harness Microbes-Inside and Out-for Lifelong Health

The Whole-Body Microbiome – How to Harness Microbes-Inside and Out-for Lifelong Health

By: B. Brett Finlay & Jessica M. Finlay

320 pages • ISBN 978-1771622202

Microbiologist Dr. B. Brett Finlay and gerontologist Dr. Jessica Finlay offer a revolutionary new approach to the quest for the fountain of youth: microbes.

Microbes, which include bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms, are the oldest and smallest forms of life on earth. They are also abundant: it is estimated that the human microbiome includes around 100 trillion bacterial cells, compared to our 37.2 trillion human cells. While some bacteria and viruses can make us sick, normally we coexist peacefully with microbes. In fact, they are essential to our everyday health. So essential that simple changes to nutrition and lifestyle can promote the right kind of microbial exposure to improve our health whether we’re eighteen or eighty.

In this groundbreaking volume, B. Brett Finlay and Jessica Finlay present current and emerging research on microbial interventions for the full gamut of age-related conditions, covering everything from sun spots and wrinkles to Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, osteoporosis, menopause, chronic inflammation and more. The Whole-Body Microbiome will appeal to anyone looking to grow old as healthfully and gracefully as possible.

Points of Interest:

Media-savvy and charismatic expert scientists: Microbiologist B. Brett Finlay is hailed as one of the world's foremost experts in his field. Partnering with leading environmental gerontologist, Jessica M. Finlay, these two articulately and clearly explore cutting-edge developments in

microbial science.

Care beyond the cosmetic: While much previous coverage has focused on dieting, digestion and the gut, The Whole-Body Microbiome delves into how the microbial applies to all aspects of healthcare, including fighting off pneumonia and preventing heart disease through improved oral care, and engaging with new and developing scientific topics, such as prebiotics.

Busting common health myths and offering fascinating insights: The Whole-Body Microbiome dispels common health myths—for example, airplane air isn’t filled with abundantly more germs and early signs for Parkinson's disease start in the gut or nasal cavity, not the brain— thus enabling readers to debunk common concerns and develop a more sophisticated understanding of their bodies.

Powerful, small changes for lifelong results: B. Brett Finlay and Jessica M. Finlay highlight the impact of seemingly simple lifestyle choices. Whether it's by eating more kimchi, enjoying a glass of wine, trading antibacterial gel for soap or taking weekly walks outdoors, we can all take small steps today that will nourish our microbes and improve our health.

B. BRETT FINLAY, PHD, is a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and at the University of British Columbia. He has been at the forefront of the emerging field of cellular microbiology and is well recognized internationally for his work, having won prestigious awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Order of Canada. He is a senior fellow and the program director at Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He co-wrote Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World (Greystone Books, 2016) and lives in Vancouver, BC.

JESSICA M. FINLAY, PHD, specializes in environmental gerontology and health geography as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. She has won awards and fellowships for her innovative research with older adults, and authored publications in leading health, geography and gerontology journals. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.