From mental balance to gut balance – Health picks for August

This month we take a holistic view of health, from preventative to curative, from yoga to mindfulness. We read about mental disorders, addictions and Alzheimer’s and improve our knowledge of medical terms.

Syndetics book coverYoga for life : a journey to inner peace and freedom
“From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to ‘First Lady of Yoga’ (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga–and then inspired others to do the same.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverFight Alzheimer’s with vitamins and antioxidants
“In this practical scientific guide, leading researcher in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes prevention Kedar N. Prasad, Ph.D., reveals the latest revolutionary discoveries on the use of antioxidants to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. He details how the proper combinations of vitamin and antioxidant supplements can greatly increase the effectiveness of standard medical treatments for Alzheimer’s as well as delay or even prevent onset despite a family history of the disease. This guide provides a truly holistic approach to Alzheimer’s prevention, treatment, and care.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMedical terminology for dummies
“Grasp and retain the fundamentals of medical terminology quickly and easily Don’t know a carcinoma from a hematoma? This friendly guide explains how the easiest way to remember unfamiliar, often-tongue-twisting words is to learn their parts: the prefix, root, and suffix. Medical Terminology For Dummies breaks down the words you’ll encounter in your medical terminology course and gives you plain-English explanations and examples to help you master definitions, pronunciations, and applications across all medical fields.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe gut balance revolution : boost your metabolism, restore your inner ecology, and lose the weight for good!
“Recent cutting-edge research shows that human intestinal microbiota influences metabolism, appetite, energy, hormones, inflammation, and insulin resistance. Because gut microflora plays a central role in weight management, losing weight is much more than cutting calories, fat, or carbs. When the trillions of live bacteria in our digestive tract-the gut microbiome-are balanced, excess pounds melt away and we feel revitalized. A leading authority on digestive health and the gut microbiome, Dr. Gerard E. Mullin reveals how to stifle the fat-forming, disease-promoting gut bacteria, reseed your gut with good fat-burning ones, and fertilize those friendly flora with just the right foods to reboot, rebalance, and renew your health–and lose weight for good.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou’re still hot to me : the joys of menopause
“When Jean Kittson hit menopause, she was amazed at what she didn’t know. Discover how to recognise symptoms (would you like hot flushes with that chocolate?), get the medical attention you deserve, and the lowdown on which treatments really work. You will learn about combining menopause with work, sex and parenting, and how to emerge at the other end still talking to those you love. Candid and frequently hilarious, this is your starter kit on how to cheerfully embrace and confidently manage this momentous time of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook

Syndetics book coverCreatures of a day : and other tales of psychotherapy
“In his long and distinguished career, Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life’s two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us an enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his emotional life with the demands placed on him.” (Syndetics summary)

Also available as an ebook.

Syndetics book coverThe Headspace guide to… a mindful pregnancy
“Mindfulness in Pregnancy is the concise and practical guide to achieving and maintaining mindfulness throughout every stage of having a baby. With helpful exercises for both mother to be and her partner, Andy shows how to live mindfully and get the most from pregnancy and the early days of parenthood. From creating the right conditions for conception and reducing anxiety around pregnancy and birth, to managing pain in labour and promoting well being for mother and baby in the first hours, days and weeks after birth, Andy’s simple and empowering exercises have been created to give both mother and baby a gentle, happy and positive experience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe ultimate sleep guide
“If your current pace of life has left you feeling exhausted, depleted, and defeated, rest assured that there is more for you. If you are struggling to find balance and rest, there is hope! In The Ultimate Sleep Guide best-selling author Dr. Colbert shows you: The risks and dangers of sleep deprivation, the health benefits to getting a good night’s sleep, the link between poor diet and insomnia, causes, symptoms, characteristics, and cures for common sleep disorders.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe stroke survival guide
“Stroke is one of the UK’s five main killers (the others are heart disease, cancer, lung and liver disease). Nearly 1.2 million in the UK have survived a stroke – and so are at risk of another. Stroke is preventable. Up to 10,000 strokes a year could be prevented if more people sought help from A&E earlier. Stroke affects around 150,000 people each year in the UK, with about 49,000 episodes proving fatal. This book aims to help people prevent another stroke (or another cardiovascular event) and to live a full life after a stroke.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe psychopath whisperer : the science of those without conscience
“Over the course of The Psy­chopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psy­chopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder. Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psy­chopaths and studying their thought processes. A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe biology of desire : why addiction is not a disease
“The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease, based on evidence that brains change with drug use. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it’s supposed to do–seek pleasure and relief–in a world that’s not cooperating. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails, and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.” (Adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverYoga girl : finding happiness, cultivating balance and living with your heart wide open.
“Whether she’s practicing handstands on her stand-up paddleboard or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to the masses, Rachel Brathen—Instagram’s @Yoga_Girl—has made it her mission to share inspirational messages with people from all corners of the world. In Yoga Girl, Brathen takes readers beyond her Instagram feed and shares her journey like never before—from her self-destructive teenage years in her hometown in Sweden to her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica, and finally to the beautiful and bohemian life she’s built through yoga and meditation in Aruba today.” (amazon.com)