Healing power – New health books in November

Healing can take many forms, from using the experience of our life traumas to grow as human beings, to finding the right plant diet for a heightened level of health or using the magic of manuka honey where conventional drugs have failed. The history of the birth pill also makes for a gripping read this month.

Syndetics book coverThe body keeps the score : brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma
“A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing; Trauma is a fact of life. Experiences of trauma inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. In The Body Keeps the Score, trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring; specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe trauma of everyday life
“Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development. Western psychology teaches that if we understand the cause of trauma, we might move past it while many drawn to Eastern practices see meditation as a means of rising above, or distancing themselves from, their most difficult emotions. Both, Epstein argues, fail to recognize that trauma is an indivisible part of life and can be used as a lever for growth and an ever deeper understanding of change.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe fitness attitude : how to change your behaviour and learn to love keeping fit
“Fitness professional Bevan James Eyles has been driven by one question: ‘What is it that motivates people to develop a long-term love of fitness and how can we teach that to others?’ He discovered that success with fitness isn’t about a certain exercise or diet plan, but about attitude and behaviour patterns. Practical and with examples of Bevan’s personal experience, The Fitness Attitude is essential reading for those who want to be successful with exercise, to gain a deeper understanding of the behaviours that create this success, and to enjoy the contribution that exercise can make to a healthy and happy life.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Plant based diet solutionThe plantplus diet solution : personalized nutrition for life
“Increase your metabolism with a plant-based diet to prevent, improve or cure heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and the epidemic of chronic illnesses. Joan Borysenko, PhD, a Harvard-trained cell biologist, health psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, cuts through the thicket of confusing – and often downright wrong – advice on nutrition. She provides easy-to-digest, bite-sized servings of the scientific information that you (and your doctor) need in order to discover the precise diet required for your body to thrive.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNourish : mind, body & soul
“We get so much more out of life when we feel positive and energized.  Full of the wisdom and good nourishment that helped Sadie, Holly and Amber through their own personal struggles and setbacks, this book promises to restore you to the path of complete well-being. With Amber’s delicious food to nourish the body, Holly’s exercises to strengthen it and Sadie’s beauty recipes to soothe the skin and yoga and meditation routines to still the mind, this book is the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains to modern life, proving that there is always a way to stay healthy and, also, to keep it delicious.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeing mortal : medicine and what matters in the end
“Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. In this book Atul Gawande examines the ultimate limitations and failures of medicine as life draws to a close. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverManuka : the biography of an extraordinary honey
“Not so long ago, in a small island nation in the South Pacific, beekeepers produced a most peculiar honey. It was much darker than the clover honey everyone put on their toast in the morning, and it tasted very different. In fact, the honey was a problem: it was hard to get out of the combs, and even harder for beekeepers to sell. Today that honey, manuka from New Zealand, is known around the world. It fetches high prices, and beekeepers do everything in their power to produce as much of it as possible. Wound dressings containing manuka honey are used in leading hospitals, and it has saved the lives of patients infected with disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to standard antibiotic drugs. In so doing it has forced the medical profession to rethink its position on the therapeutic properties of natural products. This book chronicles the remarkable ‘rags-to-riches’ story of manuka honey, as seen through the eyes of a New Zealand beekeeping specialist who watched it unfold from the very beginning.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe low hi diet : how to get clean & get lean
“Kris Abbey’s Lo Hi Diet demystifies and simplifies what it takes to achieve great health and wellness. The book is filled with ‘Top Tips’ about antioxidants, top foods to boost your metabolism, top exercises to build core strength, and top things to slow down the ageing process. Kris does not sugar coat the facts; she hits the reader between the eyes with the truth about food and exercise. The book is divided into sections with chapters covering nutrition, foods for life, eating greens and being alkaline, and when to detox (and why). Kris lists all the essentials for a healthy life, which she refers to as SLOW: Seasonal, Local, Organic and Whole Exercise.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBurn the fat, feed the muscle : transform your body forever using the secrets of the leanest people in the world
“Whether you want to shed 10 pounds or 100, whether you want to build muscle or just look more toned, this book is the original “bible of fitness” that shows you how to get permanent results the safe, healthy, and natural way. This is not a diet and it’s not just a weight-loss program; this is a breakthrough system to change your life and get you leaner, stronger, fitter, and healthier with the latest discoveries in exercise and nutrition science. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is not about getting as ripped as a fitness model or becoming a bodybuilder like Tom did (unless you want to); it’s about using their secrets to achieve your own personal goals. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe birth of the pill : how four crusaders reinvented sex and launched a revolution
“We know it simply as “the pill,” yet its genesis was anything but simple. Spanning the years from Margaret Sanger’s heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminist politics, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and briskly written, The Birth of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and scientific history.” (Syndetics summary)