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Tand the miracle of our physical and neurological make upA wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything this book will have you marvelling at the form you occupy and celebrating the genius of your existence time and time aga I like Bryson his books are often amusing and informative He has a good eye for details that will keep the reader engaged or outraged or just smile This is a tour of the human body but it includes stories and asides about people associated with the discovery of various diseases or a cure or a system in the body Some books on this topic can get a bit carried away with long names for parts that involve endless Latin or Greek A nice thing he does here when he does give these is to say what the words mean in English often interesting enough in itself and to say why the person naming it that might have thought that was a good ideaI didn't realise that the X chromosome was called that because the person who discovered it didn’t know what it did – and so like ‘planet X’ the letter was chosen due to this mystery rather than for the chromosome’s shape And the Y chromosome was likewise named following on from X in the alphabetYou come away from this thinking that a lot of people are basically bastards I won’t spoil the stories but the person who took credit for Streptomycin fits this category particularly nicely This is a uick read and an interesting one Particularly good is the last chapter – you know we are all going to die sooner or later and so death often sharpens our interest I’ve become fascinated by the idea that no one is allowed to die of ‘old age’ any You have to have died of something but as Bryson says getting old generally involves multiple things going wrong with you – and so picking one generally ignores the significant contribution one or other of the things you were suffering from inevitably played in your demise Perhaps saying ‘he died of old age’ as the cause of death would be in fact be accurate Some of the things people were allowed to die of in the past seem so much better than heart disease or cancer like ennui for example I think he died mostly of listlessness As I said recently to a friend of Facebook – the category of deaths I would choose for myself would be ‘peacefully and in his sleep’

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The Body – A guide for occupantsIn the bestselling prize winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globeNow he turns I learned so much from this book One of the things I learned was that continuing to learn and keeping my brain active will help me avoid dementia so you should read this book too I highlighted many many pages so I’ll just offer a few highlights here The most interesting thing was reading about our skin the tiny tiny layer that we makes us white or black or brown Bryson watched a surgeon incise and peel back a sliver of skin a millimeter thick from the arm of cadaver It was so thin it was translucent That’s what race is Which is why it’s so ridiculous that such a small facet of our composition should be given so much importance when it’s merely a reaction to sunlight “Biologically there is no such thing as race—nothing in terms of skin color facial features hair type bone structure or anything else that is a defining uality among peoples”Skin gets its color from a variety of pigments the best known is a molecule we know as melanin It’s also responsible for the color of birds’ feathers and gives fish the texture and luminescence of the their scales Our skin evolved based on our geography A lot of myths I grew up with are not true Like the fact we only use ten percent of our brain false I was taught as a kid that different parts of the tongue were attuned to different tastes like salty sweet sour Nope Also like the movie the Matrix apparently when I eat a brownie straight from the oven it doesn’t actually taste good my brain just reads these scentless flavorless molecules and makes me think they’re pleasurable In one of the studies he talks about a man was given an injection of a harmless liuid to mimic snot It couldn’t be seen by the naked eye but under those blue lights detectives use The test subject went into a room with other folks and when they turned the overhead lights off and the blue lights on every single person doorknob and bowl of nuts had the pretend snot on it which is how the common cold passes from person to person so easily—through touch apparently not by making out with someone although presumably at some point you might touch that person Antibiotics• Almost 34ths of prescriptions written each year are for conditions that can’t be cured with antibiotics like bronchitis • 80 percent of antibiotics are fed to farm animals to fatten them up which meat eaters then consume which is one of the reasons antibiotics aren’t as effective as they used to be• Fruit growers use antibiotics to combat bacterial infections in their crops sometimes even of produce marked “organic” Which means we humans are unwittingly eating antibiotics rendering them ineffective when we need them for a real diseaseinfectionThere’s a lot interesting stuff in here Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book which RELEASES OCTOBER 15 2019

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The Body – A guide for occupants kindle ´ Hardcover Ò ❰Download❯ ✤ The Body – A guide for occupants Author Bill Bryson – In the bestselling prize winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both undHis attention inwards to explore the human body how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant often very funny attempt to unders How to make a human body Blend together the right amount of each of 59 elements at a cost of US15157846 according to the Royal Society of Chemistry  OrIf you don't have that kind of money lying about you can also do it the old fashioned way that involves heterosexual sex I'm not here to judge your methods; make a human whichever way you please  What I am here to do is tell you that Bill Bryson has done it again  He has written yet another brilliant and vastly interesting book this time about the human body Whether you want to know about bones or skin or digestion muscles or brains or bacteria you'll find it in this book  I don't even know where to begin in telling you about the contents  Whilst some things I already knew and thus this was a refresher there were even that I didn't know and thus made my brain very happy  There are just so many interesting facts wrapped up in this book  A random few from my highlights•You have a meter of DNA packed into every cell and so many cells that if you formed all the DNA in your body into a single strand it would stretch ten billion miles to beyond Pluto•We shed over a million flakes of skin every hour leaving behind about a pound of dust every year  Easy way to rid yourself of a pound but for some reason I've never seen it in a diet book•If you could ice skate on cartilage you would go 16 times as fast as on ice due to the smoothness of cartilage•In the second or so since you started this sentence your body has made a million red blood cells and used a dozen muscles just to read these words•The length of all your blood vessels would take you two and a half times around Earth•Every gram of feces you produce contains 40 billion bacteria and 100 million archaea  Now that's something you can impress your co workers with at your Christmas party•The the death rate for infectious diseases has been climbing and is back to the level of about forty years ago  This is due to bacteria evolving resistance to our antibiotics partly because of the copious amounts of antibiotics that are fed to livestock a good reason to cut out meat and dairy and the over prescription of antibiotics especially for illnesses that are not helped by them please stop asking your doctor for antibiotics for coldsThe award for my favourite tidbit of information in this book goes to•All of your skin colour is in a sliver of skin about a millimeter thick  Did you get that??  ALL of the pigment in your skin is in a sliver so thin that you can see through it  That’s all that race is—a sliver of epidermis  For this we have enslaved millions of people killed hated treated unfairly imprisoned  For a translucent sliver of skin   Stupid reason if you ask me especially when you consider that if you go back far enough every single person on earth has ancestors who came from Africa  We ALL had black ancestors  We ALL came from Africa  The original skin colour of homo sapiens was dark so stop already  Stop hating on people over a sliver of skin  If you have white skin it's due to a gene mutation a freak gene that happened to get passed on because our ancestors needed Vitamin D after they left Africa  Not because you are somehow superior to people who have melanin than you  Got that?Those are just a few of the many things I highlighted in this book it's best to have a Kindle copy if you don't like marking up paper pages  If you enjoy learning new things if you like to know what makes you you or if you have an extra 15157846 on hand and want to know the ingredients reuired to create a human body this is the book for you