'GUT: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ' by Giulia Enders (Greystone Books)

Written by Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro

 

Doesn’t a book called GUT just make you want to run right out and buy it?  Well, actually, you should.  Telling us more than we ever wanted to know in a book subtitled, “The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ,” GUT (Greystone Books, 271 pages, $17.95 paperback) author Giulia Enders succeeds in doing the improbable – taking a subject NOBODY wants to discuss but everybody needs to understand and presenting it in an informative, charming and even sometimes funny way.

How can you not love a book that has an early chapter entitled “How Does Pooping Work?”   Entertaining while informing the reader is a daunting task, but one accomplished by rising science star and medical resident Enders, as she explains why acid reflux happens, for example, or how the gut affects obesity and mood, and provides the much sought-after answer to the question, “What’s really up with gluten and lactose intolerance?” 

The author’s quirky writing style is enhanced by terrific illustrations by Jill Enders, some of which are actually pretty funny.  So if you’ve ever wanted to know what those butterflies in your stomach are really trying to say, this is the book for you.

Not surprisingly, doctors are commenting on GUT, two of whom chose their words of praise exceptionally well.  Anish Sheth, MD, describes this book as “a truly bottoms-up approach to our digestive health” while Maggie Watt, MD, CCFP, FCFP calls it “a gastrointestinal tour de force.”

An important addition to your personal bookshelf? “Alimentary, my dear Watson.”

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