January Health – Reflections on hormones and the brain

In this season of new resolutions and warm weather, you will find in our selection books on fitness programmes for the whole family, yoga practice for cancer survivors, aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health and yogic cooking, to help you start the year with a healthy mindset. We also explore the world of hormones and the complexities of our brain.

Syndetics book coverThe little book of big workouts
“Why do so many people slog away at the gym getting nowhere? It’s simple, they’re not doing effective workouts! Damien Kelly, one of the top fitness programmers, gives you 31 bespoke workouts to maximise your fitness fast. His unique fitness programs are challenging but achievable for ALL levels of fitness. The book contains 31 workouts for the gym, outdoors or in your own home, the latest expert fat loss and diet advice, speciality workouts for pregnancy, families, 50+ and more.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverIn the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America
“In this book, Laurie Edwards (Life Disrupted) surveys the battle of patients with intractable diseases against disparagement and misunderstanding, including AIDS patients deemed morally unworthy, diabetics blamed for unhealthy lifestyles, and breast cancer survivors who are lionized but also expected to remain cheerful and feisty. But she focuses on people who suffer from poorly defined maladies-chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and other kinds of persistent pain that are often ascribed to stress, malingering, or feminine hysteria instead of biological causes. Edwards…regales readers with her own and others’ stories of dismissive doctors and unsympathetic jibes, and situates their struggle for credibility within the patients’ rights movement and the Internet’s burgeoning ethos of do-it-yourself medical research and advocacy.” (adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYogic cooking : nutritious vegetarian food
“Yogic cooking is nutritious, easy to digest and free of toxins, allowing you to improve your health, keep your body strong and facilitate spiritual revolution. The aim of yoga is to cultivate a physicial, mental and psychic balance so that higher states of being can be experienced. With 56 delicious easy-to-follow recipes, this book introduces the principles and practice of yogic cooking.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMenopause breakthroughs
“Menopause can be a challenging time, not just for women but for their partners and families. But menopause is a natural part of ageing and one of life’s major times of transition. A large number of women simply pass through it with few symptoms but for those who don’t there are many options. Menopause Breakthroughs looks at both traditional Western medicine and complementary therapies, providing a wide-ranging overview of available treatments to ease the symptoms of menopause and ensure a smoother transition.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe future of the brain : essays by the world’s leading neuroscientists
“Technology has allowed important advancements in neuroscience research. Here editors Marcus and Freeman compile essays from leading neuroscientists who discuss the future of the brain. The essays, some of which contain references and a list for further reading, are organized by thematic chapters: mapping the brain, computation, simulating the brain, language, skeptics, and implications, to name a few. The editors also devote a section to what the field might be like in 2064. The narratives attempt thought-provoking arguments for the future of the brain and the implications on ethics and human behavior.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDo no harm : stories of life, death and brain surgery
“In this gripping memoir, one of Britain’s top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in the face of the life-and-death decisions he encounters daily. The stories give us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre, the chaos and confusion of a modern hospital, the exquisite complexity of the human brain – and the blunt instrument that is surgeon’s knife in comparison. But above all this is a book about the moving personal dilemmas that lie behind every operation he performs, and his encounters with patients whose lives are balanced on a knife’s edge.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health
“This is the essential guide for any fitness professional working with pregnant clients. Exercise in water classes are extremely popular with pregnant women, but there are obvious health and safety considerations. The authors take you through the underpinning knowledge, and outline the many benefits of water based exercise for pregnant clients. Includes: – how to motivate and support clients – practical skills to teach a successful and useful pool session – putting together an effective session – the safety considerations when working with pregnant women in a pool environment – working safely with clients with additional health concerns such as obesity/overweight or diabetes.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAdrenal fatigue for dummies
“If you feel tired all the time, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, a condition that affects many aspects of your health and leaves you unable to function properly. This guide provides a complete overview of adrenal fatigue and shows you how to recognize symptoms, seek treatment, discover which medications help, and much more.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKids in the syndrome mix of ADHD, LD, autism spectrum, Tourette’s, anxiety and more! : the one stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals
“In this updated edition, Kutscher has provided a thorough guide for parents, teachers, and professionals working with children affected by one or more neurobehaviorial disorders in the mix discussed. The author concentrates on the role that parents, teachers, and professionals play, first in recognizing the signs and then in appropriately identifying and treating the syndromes, specifically by being aware of the occurrence of more than one syndrome.  Kutscher also creates an awareness and empathy for the difficulty children face when dealing with their own symptoms. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe trouble with testosterone : and other essays on the biology of the human predicament
“In 17 wide-ranging and witty essays, Stanford biologist Sapolsky (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers) provides extraordinary insights into the topic of biological determination. How much of our personalities, our behaviors, our quirks, he asks, are a direct outcome of our genes, or the biochemical processes they control, and how much can be attributed to free will? His specific topics include the timing of the onset of menstruation, whether religious rituals stem from obsessive-compulsive behaviors, the parallels between our fascination with the O.J. trial and voyeurism in baboon societies, grave-robbing in the 19th century, as well as many others. They are all fascinating, and Sapolsky packs his treatments of them with wisdom and delightful surprises. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYoga for cancer : a guide to managing side effects, boosting immunity, and improving recovery for cancer survivors
“Prinster, a breast cancer survivor and certified yoga teacher, presents an innovative plan to help readers diagnosed with cancer reap the benefits of yoga practice, from diagnosis through recovery. Admitting she was initially skeptical of yoga’s “healing powers,” Prinster takes readers through the scientific research, concluding that yoga can function as the “organ muscle” of the lymphatic system: helping with lymphatic drainage, venous return, bone building, relaxation, and immune function. Prinster also persuasively demonstrates how yoga can cleanse and strengthen the body, increase range of motion and flexibility, strengthen the spine, alleviate weight gain, and help patients deal with pain, fear, and anxiety. To meet the particular needs of cancer patients, the book presents 53 different poses, appropriate for different diagnoses or stages of treatment.” (Syndetics)