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Alirio Valbuena reviews NY Best Selling author Sharon Moalem's Survival of the Sickest
This book 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.
It will leave readers thinking completely differently about their body, and - in some cases - like when it advises that a person should take their sunglasses off for a few minutes when they get into the sun so that their eyes can "tell" their skin to be on guard against it, it'll actually affect the way people act.
His work brings together evolution, genetics, biology and medicine to explain how the body works in new and fascinating ways. Through a fresh and engaging examination of our evolutionary history, Dr. Sharon Moalem reveals how many of the conditions that we think of as 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 the long ball every time.
Survival of the Sickest explores earth, history, and the human genome to discover how environmental, cultural, and genetic differences shaped us through evolution and continue to play an active role in our health today.
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Sharon Moalem MD, PhD, is a physician, scientist and New York Times best selling author. Dr. Sharon Moalem has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and has published papers in a wide variety of fields and topics ranging from what happens to honeybees when they get sick, to the evolutionary advantages of hemochromatosis and diabetes. Dr. Moalem co-founded a biotech company and developed an antimicrobial drug designed to address the growing problem of superbug infections such as MRSA. Dr. Moalem and his work have been featured on CNN, in the New York Times, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today Show, Bloomberg Night Talk and in magazines such as New Scientist, Elle, and Martha Stewart's Body + Soul, O-The Oprah Magazine, and Redbook. Dr. Moalem's first book was the The New York Times bestseller Survival of the Sickest, published by HarperCollins.