A good night’s sleep for everyone! Health in December

This month, develop both strength and flexibility for a healthier you and understand the underestimated link between body, brain and wellbeing.  Find strategies during the day for a better night sleep (for adults and babies). Finally, we explore the world of psychology & psychiatry through the ages.

Syndetics book coverRelax into yoga for seniors : a six-week program for strength, balance, flexibility, and pain relief
Relax Into Yoga for Seniors provides a step-by-step guide that combines the best of modern, evidence-based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience, and tradition of yogic teachings. Seniors face a number of age-related issues, such as chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and anxiety and depression. With this popular program, you’ll be able to create a safe and effective individualized practice that will address your needs, take personal limitations into consideration, and help you relieve pain, become more flexible and active, and connect more deeply with your inner experience.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Women’s Health big book of exercises : four weeks to a leaner, sexier, healthier you!
The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever create, it’s a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and fitness buffs alike. And with this updated and revised edition provides 80 all-new pages of exercises and workouts. From start to finish, this makeover manual bulges with thousands of ways to tone your abs, arms, and legs, and sculpt the body you’ve always wanted.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIntelligence in the flesh : why your mind needs your body much more than it thinks
“Most people consider the brain to be the seat of intelligence that directs the functioning of lower organs and bodily systems. In contrast to this popular view is the new science of embodied cognition, which posits that intelligence arises from the brain and body functioning together as a single unit. One learns how the body contributes to decision-making, language, mathematical reasoning, and creativity; and how educational, political, and medical systems could change if the science of embodied cognition were put into daily practice. This is the first book on human embodied cognition that is accessible to beginning students and casual readers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe pill that steals lives : one woman’s terrifying journey to discover the truth about antidepressants
“While going through a divorce, documentary filmmaker Katinka Blackford Newman took an antidepressant. Not unusual except that things didn’t turn out quite as she expected. She went into a four-day toxic psychosis with violent hallucinations, imagining she had killed her children, and in fact attacking herself with a knife. Treated at another hospital, she was taken off all the medication and made a miraculous recovery within weeks. By publicizing her story, Katinka went on to make some startling discoveries. Could there really be thousands around the world who kill themselves and others from these drugs? What of the billions of dollars in settlements paid out by drug companies? And how come so many people are taking these drugs when experts say they are no more effective than a sugar-coated pill for people like Katinka, who are distressed rather than depressed?” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverMadness in civilization : a cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the madhouse to modern medicine
“Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of it through religion or the supernatural, or by constructing psychological or social explanations in an effort to tame the demons of unreason. Madness in Civilization traces the long and complex history of this affliction and our attempts to treat it. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEvolve your brain : the science of changing your mind
“Combining science and psychology, an empowering guide helps individuals break away from the cycle of negative behaviors by revealing how new thinking and new beliefs can change one’s behaviour, emotional reactions, and habit-forming patterns.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFast asleep, wide awake : discover the secrets of restorative sleep and vibrant energy
“Sleep problems aren’t created when you put your head on the pillow. Everything you do during the day – every thought, every behaviour, every choice you make – can impact on how you sleep at night. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a physiologist and renowned sleep and energy expert shares her view that sleep problems are not just about sleep but rather about how we deal with life and its inevitable challenges. Fast Asleep Wide Awake shares a unique and highly practical process for accessing deep and restorative sleep and shifting your energy from survival energy to a more sustainable and vibrant source of energy that we all have access to.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe no-cry sleep solution : gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night
“There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out,” or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe autoimmune wellness handbook : a DIY guide to living well with chronic illness
“Autoimmune diseases sufferers Trescott (The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook) and Alt (The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook) searched online for answers and became guinea pigs for paleo diet pioneer Loren Cordain’s autoimmune protocol, a prescriptive eating plan that sets out foods to avoid and include, and provides detailed shopping lists for four weeks of menus using the recipes provided. Recipes are paleo-level protein-rich; merely reading a suggested Tuesday breakfast-lunch-dinner lineup of double-pork pesto patties, hidden liver chili, and curried chicken salad will be enough to make some swoon.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverA vegan ethic : embracing a life of compassion toward all
“If veganism is about doing your best to not harm any sentient life, we must logically extend that circle of compassion to human animals as well, writes Mark Hawthorne in this practical, engaging guide to veganism and animal rights. Along with proven advice for going and staying vegan, an overview of animal exploitation, and answers to common questions about ethical eating (such as “Isn’t ‘humane meat’ a good option?” and “Don’t plants feel pain?”), A Vegan Ethic draws on the work and experiences of intersectional activists to examine how all forms of oppression – including racism, sexism, ableism, and speciesism – are connected by privilege, control, and economic power.” (Syndetics)

A small blue thing : life on the spectrum
“Julie Hanify has felt different for as long as she can remember, suffering from anxiety, depression, obsession and an inability to prioritise or slow her life down. A teacher, musician and mother, she was burnt out by the time she reached her forties, and her marriage was on the rocks. When one of her children was diagnosed with ADHD, a light went on. It turned out Julie had the same disorder and was on the autism spectrum too. This revelation changed her life, and made her want to change the lives of others like her, especially the children she teaches.” (Syndetics)