“The Last Best Cure”: Health Recent Picks For February

syndetics-lcThe Last Best Cure
“One day Donna Jackson Nakazawa found herself lying on the floor to recover from climbing the stairs. That’s when it hit her. She was managing the symptoms of the autoimmune disorders that had plagued her for a decade, but she had lost her joy. As a science journalist, she was curious to know what mind-body strategies might help her. As a wife and mother she was determined to get her life back.
Over the course of one year, Nakazawa researches and tests a variety of therapies including meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to find out what works. But the discovery of a little-known branch of research into Adverse Childhood Experiences causes her to have an epiphany about her illness that not only stuns her—it turns her life around.
Perfect for readers of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, Nakazawa shares her unexpected discoveries, amazing improvements, and shows readers how they too can find their own last best cure.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcBroken Hearts
“Still the leading cause of death worldwide, heart disease challenges researchers, clinicians, and patients alike. Each day, thousands of patients and their doctors make decisions about coronary angioplasty and bypass surgery. In Broken Hearts David S. Jones sheds light on the nature and quality of those decisions. He describes the debates over what causes heart attacks and the efforts to understand such unforeseen complications of cardiac surgery as depression, mental fog, and stroke.
Why do doctors and patients overestimate the effectiveness and underestimate the dangers of medical interventions, especially when doing so may lead to the overuse of medical therapies? To answer this question, Jones explores the history of cardiology and cardiac surgery in the United States and probes the ambiguities and inconsistencies in medical decision making. Based on extensive reviews of medical literature and archives, this historical perspective on medical decision making and risk highlights personal, professional, and community outcomes.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcGood Medicine
“Perfect for anyone who values a natural approach to health, this practical book covers the top 70 most common health problems and offers simple things one can do to prevent or reverse each condition. The solutions all tried and tested and have been proven to work, both in clinical research and in practice. For each condition the book offers five or six good medicine solutions, explains how each solution works, and discusses the best and worst foods and the most appropriate supplements. It also provides revealing case studies and general advice on the habits that help people stay healthy, from reducing one’s stress level to improving diet, and it explains how to monitor which changes make the biggest difference. Covering everything from everyday ailments such as the common cold to more serious illnesses, this comprehensive book is the perfect guide to natural approaches to health.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcLove, Laugh and Eat
“PBS host, weight-loss expert, and renowned authority on longevity, Dr. John Tickell shares the secret to a long life: moderation. Moderation in everything except love, laughter, and fish (and a few vegetables!).
Based on common sense, sound science, and good food, Love, Laugh, and Eat is an easy-to-follow guide that will help put the bounce back in your step and add years to your life. With his characteristic wit and medical expertise, Dr. Tickell lays out his proven Activity, Coping, and Eating (ACE) program, which simultaneously works out your body, your brain, and your mouth—the three keys to a healthy life—through physical activity and stress-management techniques and his revolutionary Four Simple Rules of Nutrition. He also serves up a seven-day detoxification plan and a series of delicious, manageable, and satisfying meal plans that actually work, as well as his eight Fall-Safe Snacks to keep you energized morning, noon, and night.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcSalt, Sugar, Fat
“From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe prediabetes diet plan : how to reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes through healthy eating and exercise
“A practical, empowering guide to managing and reversing prediabetes through diet and exercise, from a registered dietitian. Increasingly diagnosed by doctors and affecting millions of Americans, prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated. It often develops into full-blown diabetes, one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and it is a major risk factor for heart and blood vessel disease, kidney failure, and blindness. While diabetes cannot be cured, prediabetes can indeed be reversed, so it is critical to implement lifestyle changes at an early stage. In straightforward, jargon-free language,The Prediabetes Diet Plan explains prediabetes’s underlying cause of insulin resistance and offers a comprehensive diet strategy based on Hillary Wright’s two decades of experience counseling clients on diet and lifestyle change. With sections on meal planning, grocery shopping, dining out, and supplements, this book empowers readers to make healthier everyday choices that can effect real change on their insulin levels.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcConsumed
“By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. And the challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population is being made greater by climate change, which will increasingly wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil—few of us know where our food comes from, let alone how to grow it—and we are at the mercy of multinational corporations who control the crops and give little thought to the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. Our very future is at risk.
The food system as we know it was assembled in a few decades—and if it can be built that quickly, it can be reassembled and improved in the same amount of time. Elton here lays out the targets we need to meet by the year 2050. The stories she tells give us hope for avoiding a daunting fate and instead help us to believe in a not-too-distant future when we can all sit at the table.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcYour Personal Paleo Diet
“In this book,  leading expert Chris Kresser offers a 3-step plan that will fit your body, your lifestyle and your specific health issues. Start by following the basic Paleo plan for 30 days and enjoy a satisfying diet of lean meat, fish, non-starchy vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds but avoid grains, dairy, sugar and refined foods. After this 30-day plan, Chris helps you re-introduce certain foods in moderation to find out what agrees with you and what doesn’t. So what are you waiting for? You can enjoy life more, look slimmer and feel more vital. And because Chris advocates an 80/20 approach – we all have to live in the real world after all – you can still enjoy your favourite treats from time to time.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcA Man’s Guide to healthy aging
“As they reach middle age, most men begin looking forward to “what’s next.” They gear up to experience renewed productivity and purpose and are more conscious of their health. A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging is an authoritative resource for them, and for older men, as well. In collaboration with a variety of medical experts, the authors provide a comprehensive guide to healthy aging from a man’s perspective.
Refuting the ageist stereotype that men spend their later years “winding down,” this book will help men reinvent themselves once, twice, or more—by managing their health, creating new careers, and contributing their skills and experiences to their communities.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverYounger next week : your ultimate Rx to reverse the clock, boost energy and look and feel younger in 7 days / Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN.
“Dietician and nutritionist Zeid (Nutrition at Your Fingertips) is a multitasker, but admits that her active lifestyle had begun to sap her vitality. Scouring recent research and conducting her own modest survey of 100 women, Zied concludes that women frequently turn to undesirable coping strategies when stress weighs them down: overeating, cravings, dieting, nighttime eating, skipping meals, and consuming alcohol and caffeine. To overcome these pitfalls, Zied presents a well-rounded, whole foods diet intended to address what she calls the “7 Pillars of Vitality,” including a radiant appearance, boundless energy, brighter moods, effortless weight management, better memory, a sense of calm, and supercharged health and well-being. In Part I, readers can take the author’s quiz to see where they fall on the stress level charts before diving into Part II: “The Vitality Program.” Zied has a flare for organization and presentation, walking readers through carbs, protein, fat, vitamins, antioxidants, and other topics, and clearly explaining the role of each in keeping the body healthy. Unsurprisingly, Zied establishes a clear link between proper diet, sleep, exercise, and hydration, and looking and feeling invigorated.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)