A Silent Fire: The Story of Inflammation, Diet, and Disease


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$30.00  $27.90
W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Shilpa Ravella is a transplant gastroenterologist with expertise in nutrition and an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, New York magazine, Slate, Wall Street Journal, and Discover, among other publications.


Shilpa Ravella's deeply researched, far-ranging book shows us how inflammation links the pathologies of modern life. Even better, it lets us in on a practicing gastroenterologist's insights on the role of diet and what we can do to stop or even reverse the effects of 'inflammaging.' This necessary book has the power to change the way we think and eat.--Amit Majmudar, MD, author of What He Did in Solitary
Inflammation is a double-edged sword that heals and destroys; it has already saved your life, but most likely will contribute to ending it.... Shilpa Ravella takes us on a grand tour of the medical science and the personal cases that have advanced our understanding of the whys and ways of this fundamental process.--Martin J. Blaser, MD, author of Missing Microbes
A must-read for anyone interested in cutting-edge medicine. It is no exaggeration to say that low-level inflammation may be an insidious factor contributing to numerous diseases of aging, and Shilpa Ravella, a gastroenterologist with a writer's gift for translating complex science into clean, beautiful prose, is the perfect person to tell this gripping tale.--Kathleen McAuliffe, author of This Is Your Brain on Parasites
A spellbinding tale taking us from the early Greek physicians to the COVID-19 pandemic.... The insights Ravella reveals point to a pathway that can enhance both our personal well-being today and that of the planet we pass on to our grandchildren.--Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Critical to our health is understanding how to stave off inflammatory diseases.... Shilpa Ravella makes this complex topic accessible and engaging, winding together a wonderful historical perspective with cutting-edge science.--Justin Sonnenburg, coauthor of The Good Gut