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“Gut Bugs” and Michael Pollan’s Magic Schoolbus

“… we’ve just spent the better part of a century doing our unwitting best to wreck the human-associated microbiota with a multifronted war on bacteria and a diet notably detrimental to its well-being. Researchers now speak of an impoverished ‘Westernized microbiome’ and ask whether the time has come to embark on a project of ‘restoration ecology’ — not in the rain forest or on the prairie but right here at home, in the human gut.”
In this week’s New York Times Magazine cover story, Michael Pollan shrinks to the size of an amoeba and traverses the human body: “Some of My Best Friends Are Germs.”


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