Feed your heart and brain – New Health books

We now have knowledge to extend both our lifespan and our mindspan, by preventing and reversing cognitive decline and heart disease with the help from natural everyday ingredients. This month, we also explore medication based and natural approaches to managing autism and how to avoid malnutrition during chemotherapy.

Syndetics book coverThe human advantage : a new understanding of how our brain became remarkable
“Humans have developed cognitive abilities that outstrip those of all other animals. Herculano-Houzel shows that it is not the size of our brain that matters but the fact that we have more neurons in the cerebral cortex than any other animal, thanks to our ancestors’ invention, some 1.5 million years ago: cooking. Ingesting more calories in less time made possible the rapid acquisition of a huge number of neurons in the still fairly small cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for finding patterns, reasoning, developing technology, and passing it on through culture. The Human Advantage is an engaging and original look at how we became remarkable without ever being special.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe end of heart disease : the eat to live plan to prevent and reverse heart disease
“An expert in the science of food, Dr. Fuhrman speaks directly to readers who want to take control of their health and avoid taking medication or undergoing complicated, expensive surgery, the two standard treatments prescribed today. Following the model of his previous programs, Dr. Fuhrman’s plan begins with the food we eat. He focuses on a high nutrient per calorie ratio, with a range of options for different needs and conditions. He shows us what to remove and what to add to our diets for optimum heart health, provides menu plans and recipes for heart-healthy meals and snacks, and includes helpful questions for doctors and patients.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStay healthy during chemo : the five essential steps
“According to the National Cancer Institute, an astounding 20% – 40% of cancer patients die from causes related to malnutrition, not from the cancer itself, and 80% of cancer patients develop some form of clinical malnutrition. With Stay Healthy During Chemo , Mike Herbert and Joseph Dispenza are here to help change these alarming statistics. Chemotherapy kills cancer cells (and other fast-growing and weak cells in the body, like hair). It doesn’t make you healthy. Stay Healthy During Chemo offers nutritional and other therapeutic advice to help your body stay (or get) healthy while it undergoes aggressive chemo treatments.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStraight talk about psychiatric medications for kids
“Is medication the right choice for treating your child’s emotional or behavioral problems? From leading child psychiatrists Timothy Wilens and Paul Hammerness, this book has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to make tough decisions and become active, informed managers of their children’s care. With clarity and compassion, it explains how medications work; their impact on kids’ emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the pros and cons of specific treatment options; and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe un-prescription for Autism : a natural approach for a calmer, happier, and more focused child 
“As every autism parent knows, a diagnosis is just the beginning. Next step is to make sense of the bewildering array of challenges and conflicting opinions about what to do. ‘The un-prescription for autism’ is a parent’s lifeline. The detailed diagnostic tools, clear explanations, simple protocols, and Online Action Plan support vibrant health on the autism spectrum with safe, natural, over-the-counter supplements. Once the invisible health challenges are tamed, these kids can calm down and break out of their fog, get more out of school and therapy, and become the children you’ve always known they were meant to be.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAutism adulthood : strategies and insights for a fulfilling life
Autism Adulthood features thirty interviews with autistic adults, their parents, caregivers, researchers, and professionals. Each vignette reveals firsthand a family’s challenge, their circumstances, their thought processes, and their unique solutions, and plans of action. Sharing the wisdom that emerges from parents’ and self-advocates’ experiences, Senator adds her own observations and conclusions based on her long-term experience with autism. A unique book where real families share their stories and their creative solutions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeyond schizophrenia : living and working with a serious mental illness
“The experience of living and working with schizophrenia is often fraught with challenges and setbacks. This book is a comprehensive attempt to explain why, in spite of near-miraculous advances in medication and treatment, persons with mental illness fare worse than almost any other disadvantaged group in the labor market. As a researcher of economics and disability and the mother of a son with schizophrenia, the author speaks from both professional and personal experience. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThink and eat yourself smart : a neuroscientific approach to a sharper mind and healthier life 
“Our thoughts before, during, and after eating impact our food choices, our digestive health, our brain health, and more. Leaf gives to information to help you make decisions on changing your eating and thinking habits for the better. By eschewing fads and discovering your unique nutritional needs, you’ll put yourself on the path toward health.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe memory diet : more than 150 healthy recipes for the proper care and feeding of your brain
“Is there anything we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Do we have to accept that memory loss is just part of the natural progression of aging? The Memory Diet introduces a powerful, plant-based diet of leafy greens, vegetables, berries, nuts, beans, and whole grains that can slow down or even eliminate cognitive decline with more than 150 healthy recipes based on the Mediterranean Intervention Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) Diet, a diet plan that may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe mindspan diet : reduce Alzheimer’s risk, minimize memory loss, and keep your brain young
“All around the world people are living longer than ever, but record numbers of us are experiencing cognitive decline and other brain disorders later in life. New studies show that Alzheimer’s disease is the number three cause of death in developed countries, behind heart disease and cancer. Dr. Preston Estep explains how the recent slew of popular brains-and-aging books have steered us down the wrong dietary path. Shattering myths about which foods are (and are not) beneficial to our brains, The Mindspan Diet reveals a simple plan to slow cognitive decline.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)