In this lucidly written book, Emily Gold Mears provides a roadmap for individuals to understand their own bodies and enact different behaviors and regimens to achieve good health and wellness. She does not use jargon or patronize the reader but rather explains concepts clearly and succinctly while pointing to additional resources, including clinical trials and reputable research studies. The penultimate chapter on using to evidence to understand science and medicine is especially helpful in elucidating the potential as well as limitations of different types of clinical investigation. If only all people were as proactive, data-driven, rigorous, and scientifically curious as Gold Mears! With this book, she gives readers an opportunity to be so and to work (it definitely takes work, as she shows!) toward greater health.
Aaron F. Mertz Ph.D.
Director, Aspen Institute Science & Society Program
Emily Gold Mears offers the public an extraordinary gift. The current pandemic has reminded us all in graphic and compelling ways that we have ultimate responsibility for our own health. For best outcomes with our medical professional partners, we must nonetheless navigate enormous amounts of information from seemingly infinite origins, often contradictory and confusing. As a citizen scientist and unbiased advocate for responsible, effective, evidenced-based healthcare, Ms. Gold Mears provides a framework for us to make the most well-informed medical decisions. She translates primary source cutting-edge clinical research into clear protocols for action. As a psychiatrist focusing on epigenetics and brain health, I hope every patient with whom I consult will utilize this excellent comprehensive resource. They would be able to engage in more meaningful dialogue and ask better questions to the desired end of truly optimizing their health and well-being. I further hope the public more generally will do the same, ultimately elevating the common good.
Ronnie S. Stangler, MD.
Clinical Professor Emerita, University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Founder, Genome Advisory
Emily Gold Mears has written a truly approachable guide that seeks to make sense out of the torrent of sometime contradictory novel information that is emerging around age-old topics like diet, exercise, and sleep while exploring cutting-edge research and its health implications in areas like the genome and the microbiome. Throughout, she brings a distinctive voice filled with curiosity and humility, leavened by personal stories that humanize the science she is summarizing and that illuminate the fundamental human desire to help us all live longer, healthier, and happier lives.
Robert C. Green, M.D., M.P.H
Professor of Medicine (Genetics), Director, Genomes2People Research Program/Preventive Genomics Clinic/Population Precision Health at Ariadne Labs, Mass General Brigham, Broad Institute, Ariadne Labs, Harvard Medical School
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