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The Genetics of Health

Understand Your Genes for Better Health

We all want to be healthy and live well so take charge of your health by learning the connection between our evolutionary past and our future well-being with this practical guide to personalized health and nutrition—from distinguished physician Dr. Sharad Paul.

Recognized as one of the best in his field, surgeon, academic, and philanthropist Dr. Sharad Paul brings together everyday health with evolutionary biology and shows how it shapes who we are and what our bodies individually need. Starting with our brains, this book covers everything from our skin and muscles, to hearts, diets, and stress management. Throughout, Dr. Paul will share key information and steps to improve our daily well-being—impacting everything from our energy levels to memory retention to our overall longevity.

To achieve better health, we need to understand our evolutionary past. Within our evolutionary biology and genetics, bodily systems, diet, and psychology is the story of how and why your body works the way it does and how it all combines to make you who you are. Through a blend of medical mysteries, patient stories, and science, Dr. Paul takes us on “an exhilarating journey through the shifting landscape of genetics, health, and evolution” (Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer).

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Sharad P. Paul, MD, is a skin cancer surgeon, family physician, academic, skincare expert, evolutionary biologist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur, as well as an adjunct professor at Aukland University of Technology. Born in England, with a childhood in India, he is a global citizen who lives Down Under. In 2003, he received a Health Innovation Award and in 2008, was featured in international editions of Time. He has been called a Renaissance Man by New Zealand Herald’s Canvas magazine and a polymath by Good magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the New Zealand Medical Association’s highest honor, the Chair’s Award. He has spoken at ideas conferences like THiNK alongside Robert De Niro, Tina Brown, David Barash, and V.S. Naipaul. He recently won the acclaimed Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Award for Leading Health Improvement on a Global Scale.

  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (April 5, 2022)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501155420