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5 Books for Your Summer Reading List

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This article originally appeared on Live in the Now.

Per usual, the list of books we want to read is growing faster than we can read them. Just this year has seen the release of five books we’re dying to cross off our lists.

Here they are, in no particular order.

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

This book follows one core premise: Industry-funded trials are more likely to produce positive, flattering results than independently funded trials. As you likely know, most clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry are funded by the drug-makers themselves. In fact, the book points out that in 2010, Harvard researchers reviewed over 500 studies and found that “5 per cent of the industry-funded studies were positive, but only 50 per cent of the government funded trials were.”

Bad Pharma exposes the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before, revealing a shockingly broken system that cherry picks the trials that support the claims of their profit-earning drugs while burying the results of clinical trials that concluded unfavorably.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

We knew the digestive system was an intricate and complicated one, but even we didn’t think it could be this much fun. Known for her humor and wit, author Mary Roach takes us on an unforgettable tour of the of the alimentary canal, more commonly known as the digestive tract, in her latest book Gulp. Along the way she fills us with fun facts and answers to the child-like questions most adults haven’t pondered in years such as: Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

In his latest book, Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the art of cooking and how, above all, cooking connects our societies. He examines the ways in which cooking transforms things; the way it transforms food — literally — the way it transforms one’s mood and the potential it holds to transform relationships and offer a deeper connection with the food we eat. He also argues that our recent dependence on processed, pre-prepared foods stands to sever these valuable connections while promoting the over-consumption of fat, sugar and salt.

Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own

Whether you agree with her political views or not, there’s no denying that Mika Brzezinski is using her platform for good when it comes to fighting the war against obesity. Fueled by the semi-recent studies indicating that much of the food we eat is processed to have addictive characteristics, Mika has packed each chapter of Obsessed with insights from notable people in medicine, health, business, the arts and politics.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

In The Emperor of All Maladies, physician, researcher and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee explores cancer with a “cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion,” according to the book’s description. Sure to be as emotional as it is fascinating, this “biography” of cancer reads like a literary thriller as it recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and failures.

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