Is medical literature necessarily boring work? Not at all. An example of this is Julia Enders' book Charming Intestines. Reviews are mostly the most positive. What did readers like? What did they learn from the book? Why should everyone read it? The answers to all these questions are in the article.
About the book and the author
First, introduce the author. Julia Enders is a young microbiologist (born in 1990). She lives in Frankfurt (Germany). He is currently working on a dissertation on the study of Acinetobacter baumanni bacteria. And she managed to do the impossible - the book on the intestines became a bestseller in France and Germany.
Julia Enders' Charming Intestine was recognized as the No. 1 book on health in several European countries at once - from the UK to Italy and Spain. But this is not all the achievements of the author. "Charming Intestine" by Julia Enders received the most important award in an international project promoting science literature - Science Slam.
What is this work about? Julia Enders in her book shares with readers new and unusual facts about the activity of the intestine, its effect on the human body. A lot of attention is paid to innovative scientific discoveries that help people fight overweight and serious diseases.
To date, the book has already been published in 36 languages, including Russian, Ukrainian. Translator into Russian - A. A. Perevoshchikov.
It is important that the book is printed on renewable materials. The original version has 336 pages. The year of publication of the "Charming Intestine" in Russian is 2017. In German - 2016th. Enters into a series of books "Sensation in medicine" of the Russian publishing house "Exmo".
Many are attracted by the original design of the book. For example, on the cover there is a through hole "leading" to the intestinal system. The book itself is decorated with original copyright illustrations. They were performed by the elder sister of the author - Jill Anders.
The book may shock some readers. This is due to the fact that the bestseller is "Charming intestines. How does the most powerful organ control us?" - This is the researcher’s appeal to “forbidden” topics in society. For many, it seems embarrassing to discuss bowel problems, bowel movements. Someone finds it unethical that the monograph mentions experiments on mice and patient volunteers.
As reviews of the "Charming Intestine" show, many readers doubt that our health is largely determined by the tiny microorganisms that live in the intestinal system. And that's not all. Someone finds it absurd and completely unscientific that the book on medicine says that the intestines have their own “brain” and nervous system.
The opinion of experts
But at the same time, one should not forget that everything new and unknown earlier, which contradicts traditional theories, always scares a person, causes rejection. So it was with the statement that the Earth is round, many centuries ago. Rejection of the new is a tribute to our subconscious instinct of self-preservation.
Many experts speak of the book as an important step for the reader far from science to discover the puzzles and secrets of his own body. For example, Honored Scientist of Russia, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor S. P. Rapoport says that the book "Charming Intestine", although popular, gives the reader a complete picture of the digestive system. The bestseller allows you to verify the complexity of the structure of the intestine, its connection with the central nervous system. Information about the microflora and parasites that inhabit this part of the human body is also interesting.
Themes in the work
In his book Charming Intestines, the author addresses the following topics:
- Why is it worth discussing bowel movements?
- How to sit on the toilet properly, why is it so important?
- Entrance to the intestinal tube.
- Digestive system: esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, appendix.
- What do we really eat?
- Where do allergies and intolerances of individual products come from?
- What are the causes of celiac intolerance?
- What is intestinal infantilism?
- The essence of fructose and lactose intolerance.
- The transfer of food in the body.
- The nervous system of the stomach.
- What are the reasons for how vomiting occurs, burping.
- Why does heartburn occur?
- How to eliminate vomiting?
- About constipation and laxatives.
- The connection of the brain and intestines, their influence on each other.
- Stress, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Intestine and the formation of self-how is it connected?
- Man as an ecosystem.
- The formation of immunity in general and intestinal microflora in particular.
- The gene pool of intestinal bacteria.
- Three types of intestines.
- How does intestinal microflora affect us? Is she overweight?
- The relationship of cholesterol and intestinal microflora.
- "Bad" intestinal inhabitants - pinworms, salmonella, helicobacter pylori, toxoplasma.
- About purity and "good" bacteria.
- Antibiotics, probiotics, prebiotics and their effect on the intestinal microflora.
- The most frequently asked questions to the author.
Best seller price
A series of books "Charming Intestine" is presented in many Russian bookstores. Moreover, some online resources offer to download the best-selling book for free.
The book can be purchased electronically. At LitRes it costs around 200 rubles.
Paper versions of the book are sold both in online markets and in ordinary stores. For example, in the “Read City” the price of a work starts from 200 rubles. The average cost of a paper book is 400-500 rubles.
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Best Seller Quotes
Here are quotes from the book "Charming Intestine":
- "The more we eat, the less vigor we have. A person feels good only when his stomach is partially full."
- "The process of burning reserves from subcutaneous fatty tissue begins only after an hour of intense exercise."
- "Those who struggle with excess weight need to know that olive oil can block the enzyme responsible for converting carbohydrate molecules to fat molecules."
- "Why does our stomach sometimes growl? It’s not a sign that you are hungry. It’s just that the stomach and intestines are used for cleaning and restoring order."
- "What are prebiotics? Are fiber foods, bananas, starch, glutinous rice, potatoes, asparagus, leeks, soybeans, green tea, cereals."
- "Drinking tea and chewing gum calms your nerves. It is due to the fact that you make frequent swallowing movements. As a result, the correct motility returns - to the stomach, and not from it."
- “In order to prevent diseases of the oral cavity, you need to brush your teeth before and after breakfast.”
- "Do not buy products that contain glutamate - they are harmful to your health."
- "If you regularly consume olive oil, you protect yourself from cardiovascular disease. This product makes the walls of your blood vessels more elastic."
- "For the colon to work at full strength, you need to use as much fluid as possible."
- "The causes of depression are in the intestines, not in the head."
- "To restore intestinal microflora after diarrhea, you must include yoghurts containing live bacteria in your diet for the next 1-2 weeks."
- "After a hearty meal, only proper posture and proper posture will help prevent heartburn."
- "The intestines are 2/3 of the body’s immune system."
Who will be interested in the book?
As reviews of "Charming Intestine" show, the monograph is interesting and useful to the following readers:
- Medical students.
- Readers of all ages interested in keeping their body healthy until old age.
- Non-fiction storytelling fans.
- Those wishing to learn about the field of gastroenterology in a non-boring and lively manner.
- People with a wide variety of digestive problems - flatulence, constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, allergies, gastritis and so on.
Here are some interesting facts about the gut mentioned in this book:
- A rural toilet is more beneficial for human health than an urban toilet. And it was even proved experimentally. When a person is on the cards, nothing prevents the emptying of his intestinal tract. To bring everything back to normal in a city apartment, it’s enough to put a small stool under your feet. It can also be replaced with an empty shoe box.
- Remember how when you were very young, you inflated bubbles of saliva. Surprisingly, in your youth you had a very healthy habit! Such vesicles contain mucin, which prevents bacteria from entering the mouth, and also neutralizes various pathogens.
- The total weight of bacteria (beneficial microflora) in the intestinal tract can reach 2 kilograms.
- In the body of the reader of the book, digestion is much more productive than in the body of a working top manager.
- Our jaws in the area of the root teeth can withstand a load of up to 80 kg. After this fact, the records in the Guinness book no longer seem so significant.
- You need to eat only when you are in a relaxed state, always sitting level. After all, the human esophagus is "attached" to the spine.
- If you have a rumbling in your stomach, know: at this time, the stomach and intestines are cleaning. And this does not mean that you are hungry. Do not try to take chewing gum to neutralize unpleasant sounds. You interfere with the natural digestive system.
- Found appendix function. It is a reservoir for beneficial bacteria in our body. It is he who “insures” the microflora of the large intestine, if as a result of the disease, taking medications, most of the beneficial bacteria will be destroyed.
- According to the composition of bacteria in the intestines of a person, it is possible to actually determine his age, place of residence, body constitution.
- How is the beneficial microflora in the body of a newborn baby? The cunning nature for this came up with two whole ways. Over the next 6 years, the baby gains beneficial bacteria and antibodies as a result of natural birth and breastfeeding. This is what provides the baby with good immunity and healthy digestion.
- If you do not eat chocolate for a long time, it will become a habit. At this time, beneficial bacteria will “forget” its taste and stop “asking” you to eat a few slices of goodies along with tea.
- If you wash your cutlery, cutting boards and dishes with a sponge, then know that the effect of its use is the same as if you just licked it with your tongue. A sponge for washing dishes, from the point of view of microbiology, is 200,000 times dirtier than the same rim from the toilet.
In conclusion, we present reviews of the "Charming Intestine" of those readers who have already managed to get acquainted with the book in person. And here is a selection of the most common opinions.
- The book replaces at once several popular science manuals on the structure and functioning of the digestive tract. The author was able to explain in simple language the features of the digestive tract, its relationship with the nervous system, as well as the effect on the body of beneficial intestinal microflora.
- The bestseller is written easily, with humor, readers note that the book is read "hard." Important statements are highlighted, framed. The assimilation of information is helped by illustrations in the monograph.
- The narrative is lively, it creates a sense of the presence of the author, it seems to the reader that he is nearby, tells an interesting and informative story. Many highlight colorful and imaginative comparisons that involuntarily cause a smile or even laughter. Such inclusions help the assimilation of information, make reading more fun.
- The book "Charming Intestines" really captivates the reader. The fact that it is written is clear, simple, ironic, but at the same time structured, informative and evidence-based.
- The author reopens such an “ordinary” organ as the intestines. The reader is amazed at how fascinating his digestive system is, what a huge work it does every day. After reading the book, there is no doubt that his intestines are a kind of world, a whole universe inside the body, inhabited by amazing "neighbors" - microflora.
- The book about medicine is filled with facts known to everyone. Here you will quickly repeat the school and university course in biology, anatomy, microbiology and biochemistry. You will be surprised how simple and affordable things were that you couldn’t get through in lessons and pairs, extracting information from textbooks, listening to teachers. And this is not only a useful book. She is very interesting and fascinating.
- Julia Enders was able to narrate about serious and seeming to many indecent things easily, ironically, but at the same time deeply scientific. Through jokes and comparisons, the author smoothly leads the reader to an understanding of very complex processes in the human body. Both simple and understandable to many terms are used, as well as scientific concepts regarding the same subject of conversation. For example, “migratory motor complexes” = “bowel cleansing”.
- Many separately highlight pictures in the book. The illustrated popular science work is more likely to convey the author’s ideas to the reader. Images (even though many of them are on the verge of a foul) are quite informative - they immediately give a general idea of what is written, they are easily stored in memory.
- "The charming intestines. As the most powerful organ controls us," most readers find a storehouse of useful information. Moreover, not only for people far from gastroenterology, but also for medical students and medical practitioners. Everyone is guaranteed to find here something new and amazing for themselves. The section on intestinal microflora is especially distinguished by readers; it is filled with interesting facts and data on the latest discoveries of scientists.
- Almost every author of the review emphasizes the talent of Julia Enders to write about complex things in a simple and understandable language for a wide audience of readers. The young microbiologist not only reports the well-known general scientific facts, but also shares with readers information about the most modern discoveries.
- The book completely changes the attitude towards the intestines. For many, this is a rather unpleasant and “indecent” organ that produces feces and releases gases. After reading the book, you will understand that the intestinal tract is the “home” for beneficial microflora, thanks to which our immunity, psycho-emotional system are in perfect order.
- The best seller’s design also stands out: the cover made of craft paper is pleasant to the touch, the layout of the text is very successful: there are highlighted subtitles, footnotes, and a font that is comfortable for the eye.
- Some readers were upset by the quality of the translation of the book. Standard expressions were used, sentences were inconsistent, there were violations of the rules of the Russian language. The translator did not try to make the reading of the book interesting for the reader - he simply translated the information like a machine.
How useful is this book? The bestseller allows you to learn not only new and interesting scientific information about the digestive system. He leads the reader to reconsider his attitude to his own body and health. Understand how vital the work of the gastrointestinal tract is for us.