Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem
A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

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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.

 

About Sharon Moalem

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Dr. Sharon Moalem is an award-winning neurologist and evolutionary biologist, with a PhD in human physiology. His research brings evolution, genetics, biology, and medicine together to explain how the body works in new and fascinating ways. He and his work have been featured on CNN, in the New York Times, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, on Today, and in magazines such as New Scientist, Elle, and Martha Stewart's Body + Soul. Dr. Moalem's first book was the New York Times bestseller Survival of the Sickest. He lives in New York City.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 370 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Other sections describe how plants and animals co-evolve as they adapt to climate changes and how a parasite like the Guinea worm “manipulates its victims to collaborate in the infection of others.” We should use such knowledge to develop new strategies to defeat parasites rather than relying on ...

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Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease is a most fascinating and ...

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In it, Dr. Sharon Moalem looks at disease through the lens of evolution, asking, "if evolution is all about survival, why would it select for deadly diseases?"

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He and his work have been featured on CNN, in the New York Times, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, on The Today Show, and in magazines such as New Scientist, Elle, and Martha Stewart's Body + Soul.

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Dr. Moalem suspected this also had something to do with his grandfather's Alzheimer's disease but no one would take him seriously at 15.

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Freakonomics chapter: “What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?” Sickest chapter: “That’s life: Why you and your iPod must die.” Both books resulted in blogs, here and here.

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As it turns out, hemochromatosis makes iron more concentrated in some organs, but makes it less concentrated in the disease-fighting white blood cells, making them more effective against deadly pathogens like those that cause tuberculosis and bubonic plague.

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Take hemochromatosis for instance, it is the condition where the body cannot edit itself with iron consumption and thinks that it is in constant need of the nutrient, thus overwhelms the joints and organs, and if it goes unchecked, results in death.

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Ever wonder why your co-worker can walk around with a cold (and bring it to work) when diseases like cholera knock us flat?

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