BREATH is a New York Times Bestseller and also made the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Sunday London Times bestseller lists.
It has won numerous awards, including Best General Nonfiction Book of 2020 by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Published in 2020, the book has now been translated into more than 30 languages.
James tells us that the majority of us breathe incorrectly, resulting in:
- crooked teeth
- poor digestion
- sleep apnoea
- poor sleep
... and much more!
In BREATH, journalist James Nestor explores the story of how over millions of years humans have lost the ability to breathe properly and why we suffer from a wide range of ailments - snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diseases - because of it.
He travels the world and finds the answers in muddy archaeological digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet research facilities, choir schools in New Jersey and North Carolina and the smog-filled streets of São Paulo.
Nothing is more crucial to our health and well-being than breathing: take in air, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day.
But as a species, we humans have lost the ability to breathe properly, and that has serious consequences.
Journalist and author James Nestor goes on a journey of discovery around the globe to find out why our breathing has gone so wrong and how it can be fixed.
BREATH draws on thousands of years of medical texts as well as contemporary cutting-edge research studies in pulmonary medicine, psychology, biochemistry and physiology.
It turns conventional knowledge about breathing - what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function - on its head.