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This book review explores the impact of the overuse of antibiotics on modern plagues, focusing specifically on "Missing Microbes.

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues – by Dr. Martin Blaser

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You probably know that antibiotic resistance is a problem, but you might not realize just what a many-headed beast antibiotic overuse is.

From growing antibiotic superbugs, to killing the friendly bacteria that normally keep pathogens down to harmless numbers (resulting in death of the host, as the pathogens multiply unopposed), to multiple levels of dangers in antibiotic overuse in the farming of animals, this book is scary enough that you might want to save it for Halloween.

But, Dr. Blaser does not argue against antibiotic use when it’s necessary; many people are alive because of antibiotics—he himself recovered from typhoid because of such.

The style of the book is narrative, but information-dense. It does not succumb to undue sensationalization, but it’s also far from being a dry textbook.

Bottom line: if you’d like to understand the real problems caused by antibiotics, and how we can combat that beyond merely “try not to take them unnecessarily”, this book is very worthy reading.

Click here to check out Missing Microbes, and learn more about yours!

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