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I had a better understanding of why my Gastroenterologist might have chosen the ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2017
This book had a lot of very fascinating information in it about how the digestive tract operates, why it does what it does, the role of our intestinal bacteria and how it influences our health. After reading it, I had a better understanding of why my Gastroenterologist might have chosen the practice he did instead of something more glamorous like cardiology. The efficient operation and overall health of our digestive system influences every other aspect of our health.
My issues with this book concern a couple of assertions made by the author that I had to research and ponder. For instance, (and I paraphrase) the author stated it was known that the gut bacteria influence the immune system, which in turn determines a child's ABO blood group. As far as I've been able to determine by re-reading scientific papers and consulting with a serologist friend, the ABO blood groups are determined by genetics.
My opinion is that this book is interesting and will tell you a lot about the GI tract and its influence on the body, but it may be best to take some portions of it with a grain of salt. Citations are contained at the back and it might have been more helpful for the book to have included footnotes instead.