This month our Health Recent Picks compile stories of families dealing with illnesses and sharing their experiences of good and bad times.
Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being / Martin E.P. Seligman.
“The creator of one of the most influential theories of the 20th century presents for the first time a complete, new theory of the best way to live.” (Syndetics summary)
Henry’s demons : living with schizophrenia, a father and son’s story / Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn.“On a cold February day two months after his 20th birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton and tried to swim across, almost drowning in the process. The trees, he said, had told him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world, in Kabul, Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned that Henry, his son, had been admitted to a hospital mental ward and appeared to be suffering a mental breakdown. Ten days later, Henry was officially diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.” (amazon.co.uk)
When horse became saw / Anthony Macris.
” Anthony Macris and his wife were late starters as parents, but when their son Alex was born they were, for an all too brief period, the happiest of families. Until autism descended, in a swift and brutal wave, sweeping away the child they knew and leaving them to watch helplessly as his mind disintegrated. Their vibrant, healthy boy, who up to the age of eighteen months had appeared perfectly normal, was struck mute and barely recognised his own mother and father.” (Syndetics summary)
Blood work : a tale of medicine and murder in the scientific revolution / Holly Tucker.
“Tucker delivers a sharp-eyed expos of the deadly politics, murderous plots, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first blood transfusions in 17th-century Europe.” (Syndetics summary)
Vaccines & your child : separating fact from fiction / Paul A. Offit and Charlotte A. Moser.
“Two leading advocates for modern vaccines answer parents’ numerous questions about the underlying science of modern vaccines and the value of childhood immunization, while addressing parents’ concerns about vaccine safety.” (Syndetics summary)
Keeping mum : caring for someone with dementia / Marianne Talbot.“When her mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Marianne Talbot decided she couldn’t put her into a care home. Instead, for five years, she looked after her mum in her own home. For nearly three of those years she chronicled for the readers of Saga Magazine Online the fears and frustrations, the love and the laughter, and the tears and the traumas of caring. Now, in this heart warming book, you too can meet Marianne, Mum, and the appalling Fatcat.” (amazon.co.uk)
Gasland [videorecording] / an International Wow Company production.
“One of the most controversial documentaries in recent years, Gasland is a compelling and emotional first-person story of discovery and, ultimately, empowerment. In 2008, theatre director Josh Fox received a letter from a natural gas company, offering him one hundred thousand dollars for permission to explore his upstate New York property. Josh’s curiosity led him to ask questions and he discovered that the method for extracting this valuable resource from the ‘Saudi Arabia’ of reserves – hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ is exempt from several important federal protections, including the clean water act.” — Back cover. (Syndetics summary)
The healing code : 6 minutes to heal the source of your health, success, or relationship issue / Alex Loyd with Ben Johnson.
” Discover the revolutionary formula that heals the source of illness and disease, even success and relationship issues. Dr. Alex Loyd discovered how to activate a physical function built into the body that consistently and predictably removes this source so that the neuro-immune system takes over its job of healing whatever is wrong in the body. His findings were validated scientifically and by the thousands of people from all over the world who have used The Healing Codes. In this book you will get that Universal Healing Code, which takes only 6 minutes to do.”