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The Microbiome: I Have a Gut Feeling This Will be an Interesting Topic
You've got time to read one book, and wish you could read ten? This book club is for you-- each person reads at least one book on a topic, and we meet to learn from others who read a different book on the same topic. This month, we invite you to explore what science is telling us about the infuence of bacteria on our health, moods, diseases, and other aspects of our lives. How can we apply what we are learning to improve our lives? Let's take a closer look at the bacteria which are a larger percentage of our bodies than we've been comfortable considering. Our intent is to investigate, read books we might not otherwise read, consider concepts from angles we haven't before, possibly to change our viewpoints -- and have a friendly, engaging conversation. I'm sure our discussion on this topic will be lively and eye-opening, as our discussions always are. Please be prepared to tell us what you learned while reading a book that you've read recently, or relate to the group about what you've learned from another substantial source (such as a documentary or lecture from an expert in the field). Participation in this group is an invitation to read things we wouldn't have otherwise read, fill in the gaps we all have between our islands of knowledge with substance and details, and have our opinions adjusted by new perspectives. Here are a few ideas of books to read -- many can be found in your local public library: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life (2016) by Ed Yong Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life (2015) by David Perlmutter Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures (2000) by Carl Zimmer 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness (2016) by Allana Collen The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation within our Bodies Impacts our Mood, our Choices, and our Overall Health (2016) by Emeran Mayer We meet over the dinner hour, so please bring a main dish, side dish, snack, dessert, drink, or even a bouquet of flowers to share. The discussions are always cheerful and engaging, and we tend to finish by 9 pm.

Kathy's House

Private residence · Newport Beach, CA

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This group was created to bring together individuals who read books for substance and ideas. This group is open to artists, musicians, scientists, engineers, and anyone who likes to examine and exchange ideas, respect others' opinions, and is open to learning something from others. We find we get together to discuss what might otherwise be serious topics, but we end up laughing a lot, because it's such a joy to express ourselves and share our ideas...and go off topic now and then. We currently have regular meetings twice a month. At one meeting, we discuss a particular book, alternating between fiction and non-fiction. We decide on the book for each month based on voting on suggestions brought in to meetings by the members. These meetings are held typically at a Panera Bread in Irvine...which might change if this becomes too 'old hat'. At the other meeting, we discuss books on a theme, and occasionally have a meeting on "What We are Reading Now". These roundtable meetings convene at a member's house, and members are invited to present on any book on the topic that is discussed that month. For example, recent themes up for discussion have been "Islam" and "The Current Economic Situation". The meetings are informal, with food, smiles, and general socializing. Suggestions to make this better are welcome!

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