Your Body: The Missing Manual

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What, exactly, do you know about your body? Do you know how your immune system works? Or what your pancreas does? Or the myriad -- and often simple -- ways you can improve the way your body functions?

This full-color, visually rich guide answers these questions and more. Matthew MacDonald, noted author of Your Brain: The Missing Manual, takes you on a fascinating tour of your body from the outside in, beginning with your skin and progressing to your vital organs. You'll look at the quirks, curiosities, and shortcomings we've all learned to live with, and pick up just enough biology to understand how your body works. You'll learn:

  • That you shed skin more frequently than snakes do
  • Why the number of fat cells you have rarely changes, no matter how much you diet or exercise -- they simply get bigger or smaller
  • How you can measure and control fat
  • That your hair is made from the same stuff as horses' hooves
  • That you use only a small amount of the oxygen you inhale
  • Why blood pressure is a more important health measure than heart rate -- with four ways to lower dangerously high blood pressure
  • Why our bodies crave foods that make us fat
  • How to use heart rate to shape an optimal workout session -- one that's neither too easy nor too strenuous
  • Why a tongue with just half a dozen taste buds can identify thousands of flavors
  • Why bacteria in your gut outnumbers cells in your body -- and what function they serve
  • Why we age, and why we can't turn back the clock
  • What happens to your body in the minutes after you die

Rather than dumbed-down self-help or dense medical text, Your Body: The Missing Manual is entertaining and packed with information you can use. It's a book that may well change your life.

Reader comments for Your Brain: The Missing Manual, also by author Matthew MacDonald:

"Popular books on the brain are often minefields of attractive but inaccurate information. This one manages to avoid most of the hype and easy faulty generalizations while providing easy to read and digest information about the brain. It has useful tricks without the breathless hype of many popular books."-- Elizabeth Zwicky, The Usenix Magazine



"...a unique guide that should be sought after by any who want to maximize what they can accomplish with their mental abilities and resources."-- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review - Wisconsin Bookwatch



"If you can't figure out how to use your brain after reading this guide, you may want to return your brain for another."-- The Sacramento Book Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, Page 19



"It's rare to find a book on any technical subject that is as well written and readable as Your Brain: The Missing Manual. The book covers pretty much anything you may want to know about your brain, from what makes it up, through how it develops to how to mitigate the affects of aging. The book is easy reading, fact packed and highlighted notes and practical applications. So if you want to learn more about your brain, how it works, how to get the best out of it or just want to stave off the ravages of Alzheimers (see chapter ten for details of how learning helps maintain your brain) then I can't recommend this book highly enough."-- Neil Davis, Amazon.co.uk



"MacDonald's writing style is perfect for this kind of guide. It remains educational without becoming overly technical or using unexplained jargon. And even though the book covers a broad scope of topics, MacDonald keeps it well organized and easy to follow. The book captures your attention with fun facts and interesting studies that any person could apply to their own understanding of human ability. It has great descriptions of the brain and its interconnected parts, as well as providing full color pictures and diagrams to offer a better explanation of what the author is talking about."-- Janica Unruh, Blogcritics Magazine

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About the Author:

Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.

Contenuti:

The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; About This Book; Part I: From the Outside In; Chapter 1: Skin: Your Outer Layer; 1.1 The Protective Wrapper; 1.2 Skin and the Sun; 1.3 Going Deeper; 1.4 The Oil Factory; 1.5 Your Temperature Control System; 1.6 Hair; Chapter 2: Fat; 2.1 The Purpose of Fat; 2.2 Fat Up Close; 2.3 Taking Stock of Your Body Fat; 2.4 Where Fat Lives; 2.5 Understanding Your Body's Anti-Starvation System; Chapter 3: Muscles; 3.1 Meet Your Muscles; 3.2 Exercise; 3.3 A Grab Bag of Strength Exercises; Chapter 4: Bones; 4.1 The Skeletal System; 4.2 Living Bone; 4.3 Joints; 4.4 Your Spine; Chapter 5: The Doors of Perception; 5.1 Vision; 5.2 Hearing; 5.3 Smell; 5.4 Taste; Part II: The Machinery Inside; Chapter 6: Your Lungs; 6.1 The Respiratory System; 6.2 Breathing; 6.3 The Path to Your Lungs; 6.4 Your Voice; 6.5 Pollution; Chapter 7: Your Heart; 7.1 The Pump Inside; 7.2 The Circulatory System; 7.3 Heart Attacks; 7.4 Cardio Exercise; Chapter 8: Your Digestive System; 8.1 In Your Mouth; 8.2 Your Stomach; 8.3 Your Small Intestine; 8.4 Your Large Intestine; Chapter 9: Your Immune System; 9.1 Self-Defense; 9.2 Bacteria; 9.3 Viruses; 9.4 Cancer; 9.5 Flaws in the System; Part III: Sex and Death; Chapter 10: Sex and Reproduction; 10.1 Male Sex Organs; 10.2 Female Sex Organs; 10.3 The Main Event; Chapter 11: Your Final Exit: Aging and Death; 11.1 Life Expectancy; 11.2 Why We Die; 11.3 Aging; 11.4 The Anatomy of Death; The Final Word;

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Descrizione libro O'Reilly Media. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Paperback. 304 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.2in.What, exactly, do you know about your body Do you know how your immune system works Or what your pancreas does Or the myriad -- and often simple -- ways you can improve the way your body functionsThis full-color, visually rich guide answers these questions and more. Matthew MacDonald, noted author of Your Brain: The Missing Manual, takes you on a fascinating tour of your body from the outside in, beginning with your skin and progressing to your vital organs. Youll look at the quirks, curiosities, and shortcomings weve all learned to live with, and pick up just enough biology to understand how your body works. Youll learn: That you shed skin more frequently than snakes doWhy the number of fat cells you have rarely changes, no matter how much you diet or exercise -- they simply get bigger or smallerHow you can measure and control fatThat your hair is made from the same stuff as horses hoovesThat you use only a small amount of the oxygen you inhaleWhy blood pressure is a more important health measure than heart rate -- with four ways to lower dangerously high blood pressureWhy our bodies crave foods that make us fatHow to use heart rate to shape an optimal workout session -- one thats neither too easy nor too strenuousWhy a tongue with just half a dozen taste buds can identify thousands of flavorsWhy bacteria in your gut outnumbers cells in your body -- and what function they serveWhy we age, and why we cant turn back the clockWhat happens to your body in the minutes after you dieRather than dumbed-down self-help or dense medical text, Your Body: The Missing Manual is entertaining and packed with information you can use. Its a book that may well change your life. Reader comments for Your Brain: The Missing Manual, also by author Matthew MacDonald: Popular books on the brain are often minefields of attractive but inaccurate information. This one manages to avoid most of the hype and easy faulty generalizations while providing easy to read and digest information about the brain. It has useful tricks without the breathless hype of many popular books. -- Elizabeth Zwicky, The Usenix Magazine . . . a unique guide that should be sought after by any who want to maximize what they can accomplish with their mental abilities and resources. -- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review - Wisconsin Bookwatch If you cant figure out how to use your brain after reading this guide, you may want to return your brain for another. -- The Sacramento Book Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, Page 19 Its rare to find a book on any technical subject that is as well written and readable as Your Brain: The Missing Manual. The book covers pretty much anything you may want to know about your brain, from what makes it up, through how it develops to how to mitigate the affects of aging. The book is easy reading, fact packed and highlighted notes and practical applications. So if you want to learn more about your brain, how it works, how to get the best out of it or just want to stave off the ravages of Alzheimers (see chapter ten for details of how learning helps maintain your brain) then I cant recommend this book highly enough. -- Neil Davis, Amazon. co. uk MacDonalds writing style is perfect for this kind of guide. It remains educational without becoming overly technical or using unexplained jargon. And even though the book covers a broad scope of topics, MacDonald keeps it well organized and easy to follow. The book captures your attention with fun facts and interesting studies that any person could apply to their own understanding of human ability. It has great descriptions of the brain and its interconnected parts, as well as providing full color pictures and diagrams to offer a better explanation of what the author is talking about. -- Janica Unruh, Blogcritics Magazine This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Codice libro della libreria 9780596801748

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