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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)

 

Health picks for November – Health from strength

Fight pain and regain health through a blend of strength and flexibility with this month’s selection. Get the latest edition of the New Zealand First Aid handbook, just in case… and reflect on the history and scope of modern medicine with the definitive illustrated doorstopper.

Syndetics book coverEnd everyday pain for 50+ : a 10-minute-a-day program of stretching, strengthening and movement to break the grip of pain“You’ve probably heard that as you get older, you are guaranteed to have more muscle and joint pain. That’s simply not true. These chronic ailments arise from years of decreased activity and poor posture—not aging. End Everyday Pain for 50+ presents a complete 10-minute-a-day program to correct previous damage, develop healthier joints, and stay pain free at any age. This book’s step-by-step approach provides quick relief and lasting solutions by fixing your body’s alignment through simple stretching and movement. No matter what part of your body is hurting, End Everyday Pain for 50+ offers a treatment to heal it.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverStrong is the new beautiful : embrace your natural beauty, eat clean, and harness your power
“Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world, tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe New Zealand first aid handbook.
“This completely new edition of The New Zealand First Aid Handbook has been revised and updated by St John in 2016. Accidents and emergencies can occur at any time and in any place – and the action of people first on the scene often determines the outcome. The information in this comprehensive guide is essential for a wide variety of situations, from road accidents to bush walks, from the workplace to the home.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMedicine : the definitive illustrated history
“Follow the greatest stories of medicine and its breakthroughs, with incredible coverage of disease, drugs, treatment, and cures. Medicine covers the gory pitfalls and miraculous breakthroughs of medical history from trepanning, bloodletting, and body snatching to brand new developments in IVF and gene therapy with compelling stories and stunning illustrations. Clear diagrams explain major diseases such as cancer, and trace the progression of medical treatment through the centuries, from ancient healers and herbalists to scurvy and smallpox, and the World Wars to modern psychiatry.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPeripheral neuropathy : what it is and what you can do to feel better
“Dr. Janice F. Wiesman, a neurologist with twenty years of experience helping people who have neuropathy find relief, shares her special insights into this painful and debilitating condition. With exceptional clarity, Dr. Wiesman begins by outlining the basics of nerve anatomy and function. She explains how peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed and treated, describes neuropathy’s disparate causes, and offers readers lifestyle changes that can help keep nerves healthy. Concentrating on the most common types of neuropathy, Dr. Wiesman provides hope, help, and comfort to patients, families, and caregivers.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverRunning like China : a memoir
“Most of the time, we don’t notice the darkness . . . not until we’re in the thick of it. It was like that for Sophie Hardcastle, as the joy she’d always known disappeared. She was constantly tired, with no energy, no motivation and no sense of enjoyment for anything. Her hours became empty. And then, the month before she turned seventeen, that emptiness filled with an intense, unbearable sadness that made her scream and tear at her skin. Sophie lays bare her story of mental illness, of a teenage girl using drugs, alcohol and sex in an attempt to fix herself. This is a courageous and hopeful story of adaptation, learning to accept and of ultimately realising that no matter how deep you have sunk, the surface is always within reach.”(Syndetics)

Also available as an eBook

Syndetics book coverADHD nation : the disorder, the drugs, the inside story
“ADHD, a problem once thought to affect a small percentage of children, has exploded into one of the most over-diagnosed conditions. Now, in the US doctors and Big Pharma are targeting adults and young people to believe they have ADHD and take medications that will ‘transform their lives’. In ADHD Nation, Alan Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to tell the full story of this billion-dollar industry. An investigation of how Big Pharma, medical professionals and the education system are complicit in the creation, maintenance and continuing expansion of the ADHD industry, this book sounds the alarm and demands we wake-up to the problem that we too could face in the future.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverExploring depression, and beating the blues : a CBT self-help guide to understanding and coping with depression in Asperger’s syndrome
“For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes. This outstanding book provides a comprehensive review of these aspects, and an effective self-help guide for anyone with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affected by depression. The authors draw on the latest thinking and research to suggest strategies for coping with the effects of depression and provide a complete step-by-step CBT self-help programme which helps increase self-awareness, including identifying personal triggers, and provides the tools to combat depression.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPolymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis : a survival guide
“Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) and Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) are linked rheumatic inflammatory illnesses that affect older people – generally, people over 50. This book is written to give people who have polymyalgia rheumatica, or giant cell arteritis (sometimes known as temporal arteritis), and their friends and carers, information about these illnesses, drawing on recent research. It also aims to give insights into what it is like to have these conditions, and how sufferers and those close to them can help themselves in the self-management of their condition towards recovery.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSpilt milk yoga : a guided self-inquiry to finding your own wisdom, joy, and purpose through motherhood
“Spilt Milk Yoga draws on spiritual teachings and practices from a range of disciplines and applies them to motherhood. By connecting mothers to the value of their journey, this guidebook allows mothers to tap into their own growing wisdom. For all the mothers thinking ‘I can’t stop to meditate, there’s too much to do!’ artist and educator Cathryn Monro introduces a variety of topics for self-reflection: How do I make motherhood work for me? Is an ordinary life good enough? Work and worth-what is success? By approaching motherhood consciously, mothers can find a place of greater love, ease, tolerance, understanding, and joy.”(Syndetics)

Emotional and physical pains – New Health books in October

Combatting or understanding? Which way is most effective to overcome our pains, anxieties and ailments? Here are some titles that will give you insight into  our complex bodies and minds.

Syndetics book coverThe anxiety book : a true story of phobias, flashbacks and freak-outs and how I overcame them
“Elisa Black is one of the 10 percent of Australians who live with an anxiety disorder. Weaving science with a memoir, in The Anxiety Book she explains why ‘just stop worrying’ doesn’t work and explores the various treatments that do, as well as including the latest in research and science about anxiety and its causes. With great honesty, Elisa uses the stages of her own life to explore the different types of anxiety that many of us face.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAnxiety rebalance : all the answers you need to overcome anxiety & depression
Anxiety Rebalance is Carl Vernon’s personal experience of overcoming 15 years of crippling anxiety. In this online best-seller, Carl combines a compelling account of his experience with the answers he found, including the 10 key actions that helped him achieve balance. The response from his readers has been extraordinary, and his solutions will become as much as a life manual as Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Sane New World .” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFestivals : a survival guide : cope with everything – tents, toilets, torrential rain, too much booze, and more
“Every year when summer rolls around, millions of us sacrifice the joys of a comfortable bed and warm running water in favour of a weekend of debauchery in a field in the middle of nowhere. Whether you’re planning a weekend hobnobbing with the A-listers at Coachella, trading goods in the desert at Burning Man, raving through the night at one of Croatia’s beachside parties or seeing the biggest bands in the world at Glastonbury, the pull of a music festival is undeniable, but it can all be a bit daunting.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverA smell of burning : the story of epilepsy
A Smell of Burning tells the remarkable story of the strange and misunderstood disorder. How certain people, at a particular moment in their life, start to suffer seizures, often preceded by an aura, of which a smell of burning is one of the most common. For many years epilepsy was associated with mental illness or even possession by devils. People with epilepsy were forbidden to marry or have children. Many became victims of Nazi eugenics programmes. To this day many of the sixty million sufferers worldwide still live in fear of exposure. This book traces the history of the condition and the pioneering doctors whose extraordinary breakthroughs finally helped gain an understanding of how the brain works.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe permanent pain cure : the breakthrough way to heal your muscle and joint pain for good
“The Ming Method for pain relief has worked wonders for New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd, New YorkYankees’ Jason Giambi, movie star Matt Dillon, andother celebrities. Now, licensed physical therapist MingChew shares his world-famous program in this illustrated home guide, filled with innovative stretchingtechniques, hydration and supplementation tips, and prevention strategies. His method doesn’t just manage the pain, it cures it for good.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDr Libby’s women’s wellness wisdom : what every woman needs to know
“In this unique approach to wellness, designed to specifically address the issues that women of all ages face, readers gain a deep understanding of their body and what it needs in order to not just survive but to thrive. Illuminating how women can thrive in today’s fast-paced modern world, and filled from front to back with Dr Libby’s unique blend of nutrition, biochemical science and emotional care, this beautifully illustrated book is truly the definitive guide for women about looking after their bodies, minds and hearts.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHolistic nutrition : eat well, train smart and be kind to your body
“For many years we have been led to believe that the best way to lose weight is just to ‘eat less and exercise more’. However, for many women, this just does not work and, in fact, can actually restrict weight loss and facilitate weight gain. Worse than this is the damage it can do to women’s hormonal health in the long term; creating thyroid issues, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, heart conditions and menstrual disruption. The author completely demystifies the science behind female hormones and how they are affected by diet, exercise and stress. She covers vital points for women of all ages and lifestyles, from the athletes to the new mums, from the hard-charging cross-fitters to those just wanting to sleep better and have more energy.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGlow kids : how screen addiction is hijacking our kids–and how to break the trance
“A growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression,and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can. Kardaras dives into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a “quiz” for parents in the back of the book.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLiar : a memoir
“When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to record the most formative moments of his life. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are. As Liar twists and turns through Roberge’s life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on its head. Roberge is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWheat belly total health : the ultimate grain-free health and weight-loss life plan
“Join the millions of people worldwide who have lost 30, 50,or 100+ pounds and reversed chronic health problems by embracing the Wheat Belly message. In Wheat Belly Total Health, you will learn not only how and why you must say no to grains, but also how you can achieve a level of radiant health and well being you never thought possible. Wheat Belly Total Health is about regaining full metabolic well being, reflected in blood sugar and other measures that may require additional steps beyond grain elimination.” (Syndetics)

Remember to breathe – New Health books in September

When life throws at us its daily challenges, plus the bigger issues such as climate change and other worldly woes, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, retreating to comfort eating and anxiety. This month’s books will equip you will knowledge and strategies to make the most of life, no matter what.

Syndetics book coverThe right bite : smart food choices for eating on the go
“It’s easy to follow a healthy diet when you’re in control of your shopping list, but as soon as you step out the front door it gets complicated. Walk into any coffee shop, bar, or cinema, and making the right decision becomes a challenge. The right bite is here to help, with accessible, practical advice for all those everyday occassions, you can make the smart choice even when healthy options are limited. Each chapter focuses on a different eating environment – from breakfast on the go to a family barbecue.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBreathe : simple breathing techniques for a calmer, happier life
“Breathing is essential to life and we do automatically, naturally but it is also something we can consciously control. However, most of us spend our lives breathing the wrong way and not harnessing the true power of our breath. This book will teach you some of the simplest methods to increase awareness, mindfulness and help you regain mental and physical focus. Breath training has been essential to the practice of yoga for years and has become the new must-do exercise in wellness circles. With these easy-to-follow techniques and inspirational quotes improve the way you breathe and open yourself up to feelings of renewed energy, sense of calmness and clarity of the mind.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen breath becomes air
“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPandemic : tracking contagions, from cholera to ebola and beyond
“From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera-one of history’s most disruptive and deadly pathogens-and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like-and what we can do to prevent it.” (Syndetics)

infectiousInfectious : a doctor’s eye-opening insights into infectious diseases
“A woman’s innocuous cold symptoms mask a debilitating rare tick infection. A young man develops shingles, then suffers blinding head pain later in life. After years of frustration, a family eradicates head lice forever. Leading infectious diseases specialist Frank Bowden sheds light the everyday illnesses that affect most of us (colds, sore throats), and the more serious issues that keep us awake at night (antibiotic resistance, Ebola).” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCracking the aging code : the new science of growing old– and what it means for staying young
“A revolutionary examination of why we age, what it means for our health, and how we just might be able to fight it. This book makes the case that aging is not something that “just happens”. Rather, aging has a fascinating evolutionary purpose: to stabilize populations and ecosystems, which are ever-threatened by cyclic swings that can lead to extinction. When a population grows too fast it can put itself at risk of a wholesale wipeout. Aging has evolved to help us adjust our growth in a sustainable fashion as well as prevent an ecological crisis from starvation, predation, pollution, or infection.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSleep : 50 mindfulness and relaxation exercises for a restful night
“Everyone wants to be able to switch off at the end of a busy day and sleep well, but few of us manage it. The truth is that we are just not equipped for the twenty-first century – it is too fast, too crowded, too 24/7. And the more stressed we become, the harder it is to relax and give our bodies the sleep they need.  This book of effective mindfulness, EBT and CBT exercises can aid you in getting to sleep, staying asleep – as well as feeling refreshed wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Designed as a tool to keep close by, and to turn at any point in a busy day.” (Syndetics)

anxietyAnxiety for beginners : a personal investigation
Anxiety for Beginners offers a vivid insight into the crippling impact of anxiety disorder, a condition that is often invisible and frequently misunderstood. Eleanor Morgan’s first-person account of her own struggles with anxiety was published as part of ‘The Vice Guide to Mental Health’ and was read by five million people within four days. Combining her own experiences  with extensive research with experts Morgan explores not just the roots of her own anxiety, but also investigates what might be contributing to so many of us suffering around the world. Anxiety for Beginners is, at its heart, a book about acceptance.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWoman : an intimate geography 
“With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times’ premier stylists, Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Angier’s thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm evince her famously playful originality, yet stand their ground in scientific fact. She also dives into hot topics such as menopause and evolutionary psychologists’ views of “female nature,” creating a sparkling, fresh vision of womanhood.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe obesity code : unlocking the secrets of weight loss
“Flying in the face of the weight-loss recommendations that have failed in the past, this book reveals that obesity is a hormonal, not a caloric imbalance. As he explores the latest in nutritional science, Dr. Fung provides practical, effective advice on weight loss and the treatment of Type 2 diabetes based on sound scientific principles.” (Syndetics)

Out of sync – New Health books in August

Most of us can describe ourselves as out of sync in one way or another, at some point in our lives, be it through chronic illness, allergies, depression, anxiety, alzheimer’s or autism (the list is not exhaustive). There may not be a miracle cure but we can all learn how to become “ordinarily well”. Here are some guides:

Syndetics book coverYoung, sick, and invisible : a skeptic’s journey with chronic illness
“Drawing on her own deeply personal experiences, Ania Bula explores what it is like to live with unseen chronic disabilities. She paints a vibrant picture of what it is like to be diagnosed with two life-long debilitating conditions as a young adult and relates the challenges and frustrations of dealing with predatory alternative medicine practitioners, arrogant doctors, indifferent bureaucracies, and well-meaning friends and family who always seem to say either the wrong thing–or nothing at all. With honesty and humor, she shares her journey of pain, suffering, and, ultimately, coping, both to help others gain some understanding about what it is like to live with chronic illness.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat complete : the 21 nutrients that fuel brainpower, boost weight loss, and transform your health
“From psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy. Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain properly fueled.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGluten exposed : the science behind the hype and how to navigate to a healthy, symptom-free life
“Green and Jones, authors of Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, cut through the misinformation, false claims, and widespread confusion over gluten. They examine the connections between the gut, brain, and what you ingest (not just gluten) to reveal what’s really going on in your body and your brain. While the diet is a lifesaver for those with celiac disease, for others it may injure health, rob the body of essential nutrients, and mask real problems. Gluten Exposed offers clear, welcome guidance and a practical road map that can help anyone achieve a healthier, symptom-free life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen someone you know has depression : words to say and things to do
“In When Someone You Know Has Depression, Dr. Susan Noonan draws on first-hand experience of the illness and evidence-based medical information. As a physician she has treated, supported, and educated those living with-and those caring for-a person who has a mood disorder. She also has lived through the depths of her own mood disorder. This compassionate book offers specific suggestions for what to say, how to encourage, and how to act around a loved one-as well as when to back off.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe out-of-sync child grows up : coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years 
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up will be the new bible for the vast audience of parents whose children, already diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, are entering the adolescent, tween, and teen years, as well as those who do not yet have a diagnosis and are struggling to meet the challenges of daily life. This book offers practical advice on living with SPD, covering everyday challenges as well as the social and emotional issues that many young people with SPD face. Carol Kranowitz’s insights are supplemented by first-person accounts of adolescents and teens with SPD, sharing their experiences and hard-won lessons with readers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOrdinarily well : the case for antidepressants
“In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about antidepressants. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients’ dilemmas with an eye-opening history of drug research to cast antidepressants in a new light. Crucially, he shows how antidepressants act in practice: less often as miracle cures than as useful, and welcome, tools for helping troubled people achieve an underrated goal–becoming ordinarily well.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen someone you love has dementia
“Worldwide, there are more than 44 million people with dementia today, the vast majority of whom are looked after by unpaid carers. Figures of those affected are predicted to rise to 135 million by 2050. This new edition considers practical and emotional issues of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen Fraser met Billy
“Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable ever since. Slowly but surely Billy has transformed Fraser’s life.  Fraser’s mother Louise has watched her son move from being a child prone to anxiety, tantrums and sudden emotional meltdowns to now a much calmer, less moody four-year-old whose future looks a lot brighter. Their profound bond has immeasurably improved their lives and the family’s. Like A Street Cat Named Bob, this story will touch the hearts of all.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCheer up love : adventures in depresssion with the crab of hate
“The reaction to stand up  comedian Susan Calman’s BBC Radio4 show about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on it and write a more detailed account of surviving when you’re the world’s most negative person. The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman’s depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. This is a very personal memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, she has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you’ll ever meet.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat to cheat dementia : what you eat helps you avoid it or live better with it
“As we live longer it’s essential we understand how best to maintain both body and brain so they can help us achieve all we wish for in life. This book is a companion to Ngaire’s ground-breaking book “Eat To Cheat Ageing”. It addresses the complexities of neuroscience and how what we eat can help or hinder our brains, whether you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s and looking ahead to your later years, currently in your 60s or beyond, wishing to make the most of life; whether you live with a dementia diagnosis or not, or care about someone who does.” (Syndetics)

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)

The state of our health – New Health books in June

We’ll start this month’s Health selection with reflections on the state of health care in the world, on the front line and in the cities of the world, gaining insight on the working conditions of emergency health workers but also, the inequalities between patients. We’ll continue with guides on gut health, explorations of the mind and conclude with yoga and reflexology manuals.

Syndetics book coverThe health gap : the challenge of an unequal world
“In a Baltimore inner-city neighbourhood, a man’s life expectancy is 63; in another neighbourhood not far away, it’s 83. Suicide, heart disease, lung disease, obesity, and diabetes are all linked to social disadvantage. In every country, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage and shorter lives. We have the tools and resources to improve levels of health for individuals and societies around the world, and not to do so would be a form of injustice. The Health Gap presents compelling evidence for a radical change in the way we think about health and society, and inspires us to address the societal imbalances in power, money, and resources that work against health equity.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe world’s emergency room : the growing threat to doctors, nurses, and humanitarian workers
“Twenty years ago, the most common cause of death for medical humanitarians and other aid workers was traffic accidents; today, it is violent attacks. In a 2005 report, the ICRC found that for every soldier killed in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 60 civilians died due to loss of immunizations and other basic health services. Drawing on VanRooyen’s personal experiences and those of his colleagues in international humanitarian medicine, he takes readers into clinics, wards, and field hospitals around the world where medical personnel work with inadequate resources under dangerous conditions to care for civilians imperiled by conflict.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete prebiotic & probiotic health guide : a vegetarian plan for balancing your gut flora + 175 recipes 
“Did you know that the gut contains over 100 trillion bacteria? In recent years, there has been a great deal of research exploring the relationship between maintaining an optimal balance of healthy bacteria in our gut, known as “healthy gut”, and the impact of a healthy gut on overall health and disease prevention and treatment.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWalk off the weight
“Lucy Wyndham-Read has used the Walk off the Weight 21-day plan with her clients for many years and she has seen amazing results. Walking is an amazing exercise that anyone can do and the results are incredible: weight loss, increased fitness, and toned legs, arms, bottom, and thighs. The book also contains a Healthy Anti-Aging Plan full of delicious meals and snacks that are easy to prepare and help promote collagen in the skin; you will look younger and more radiant.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSwitched on : a memoir of brain change and emotional awakening
“When John Elder Robison published Look Me in the Eye, his darkly funny bestselling memoir about growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome, he was launched into international prominence as an autism expert. But in spite of his success, he still struggled to decode the secret language of social interactions, and often felt like a misfit.  So when a group of Harvard neuroscientists told John about TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), an experimental brain therapy that promised to remediate the disabilities of autism, he jumped at the chance to join their study.  John became a guinea pig to the world’s top brain researchers in an effort to understand the social and emotional deficits that lie at the heart of autism, with electrifying results.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCapture : unraveling the mystery of mental suffering
“Why do we think, feel, and act in ways we wished we did not? For decades, Dr. David A Kessler has studied this question with regard to tobacco, food, and drugs. Over the course of these investigations, he identified one underlying mechanism common to a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon–capture–is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains commandeered by forces outside our control.  Analyzing an array of insights from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, literature, philosophy, and theology, Dr. Kessler deconstructs centuries of thinking, examining the central role of capture in mental illness and questioning traditional labels that have obscured our understanding of it.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe yogafit athlete : up your game with sport-specific poses to build strength, flexibility, and balance 
“Whether you’re a serious triathlete, a weekend tennis buff, or a pick-up basketball player, adding a short yoga sequence to your routine will help seriously up your game! Every athlete overuses discrete muscle groups and under-utilizes others in their sport of choice. The perfect cross training tool as well as an amazing stand-alone exercise, yoga is the perfect complement to any sport. With yoga poses and short routines tailored to specific sports (15 in all), Beth Shaw’s The YogaFitAthlete will help the “weekend warrior” and professional athlete alike, while also building strength and improving overall athletic energy. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMudras : yoga in your hands
“Mudras also playfully called “finger power points”are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing, or walking, at any time and place. Schooled in the traditional knowledge of this eastern art of healing, well-known Swiss yoga teacher, Gertrud Hirschi, shows how these easy techniques can recharge personal energy reserves and improve quality of life. These mysterious healing gestures can calm the stress, aggravations, and frustrations of everyday life.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe touch remedy : hands-on solutions to de-stress your life
“A fresh, contemporary approach to natural health, which draws on a unique combination of ancient wisdom and cutting edge research, The Touch Remedy is a collection of proven touch therapy solutions to calm and heal every member of the family, from babies to grandparents to pets. Demystifying time-tested touch therapy techniques such as Acupressure, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, among others, Ebbin shares her invaluable insight and provides clear, step-by-step remedies, accompanied by beautiful full-color photos, to relieve a range of physical and emotional stressors, from back pain and headache to anxiety.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHope for a cool pillow
“Margaret Overton’s Hope for a Cool Pillow is a passionate argument for planning end-of-life care. As physician, daughter and student of American health care, Overton pulls from all corners, showing us the emotional, financial and physical costs of not being prepared. Her daily rounds reveal harrowing consequences, her studies at Harvard highlight the industry’s limits, and her own aging parents make her case universal. Deeply felt, frankly told, this book will challenge and help you make your own choices about end-of-life care.” (Syndetics)

Health advice for seniors, that everyone should read – New Health books

This month has seen a lot of new books covering health topics relevant to seniors come into our collection. However, health is a lifelong pursuit and prevention is always best, which makes these books highly relevant to all, regardless of age.

Syndetics book coverSod sixty! : the guide to living well
“Getting older doesn’t matter. Keeping active does. Sod turning sixty, make those small changes now and reap the rewards in your later decades! Sod Sixty! is a fun, friendly, hands on guide to navigating your sixties – a very different decade with very different demands. Find out how to get fitter whatever your ‘history’, how to eat healthily, how to juggle looking after yourself with the responsibilities of family, friends and work, and how to make the most of this decade of change. But this is no boot camp regime. Sod Sixty! acknowledges the reality of our daily lives, and has a balanced approach, packed with achievable, practical and realistic strategies to improve your health and wellbeing.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSod seventy [electronic resource]
“Many of the problems older people suffer from have, as their underlying cause, a fundamental loss of fitness. Others are caused by preventable diseases (with these even being preventable after the age of seventy) and, broadly speaking, from the wrong approach to life, influenced by negative social pressures. This book – uniquely targeted at the 60-75 demographic – tells you what steps you can take in late middle age to give you the best chance of living a long, healthy and fulfilling later life. Keep fit, keep the brain going, and with a spot of good fortune you can be living a rewarding, active life into your nineties and beyond. This book – part exercise book, part manifesto for a happier, healthier life – tells you how.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeat depression to stay healthier and live longer : a guide for older adults and their families
“Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that not only can turn a happy retirement into a time of misery, but also leads to a wide range of health problems. Depression increases the rate of disease such as stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer s disease and worsens the course of others such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, and cancer. It also contributes to avoidable disability and premature death. Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer alerts readers to this untold story. The book encourages readers to seek treatment for depression, offering hope that older adults can get their lives back. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe mysterious world of the human genome
“How does the minuscule chemical cluster in each of our 100 trillion cells accomplish the amazing feat of creating and maintaining our bodies? Frank Ryan, a physician and an evolutionary biologist, describes the complex ways in which the genome operates as a holistic system and not solely through genes coding for proteins–the building blocks of life. Also involved are elaborate switching mechanisms that regulate and control portions of our DNA, as well as the interplay of retroviruses and bacteria. This groundbreaking book explains that we are on the cusp of an amazing era of disease treatment and eradication.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe noonday demon : an anatomy of depression
“Attempting to put depression and its treatments in a cross-cultural context, Solomon draws on medical studies, historical and sociological literature, and anecdotal evidence, analyzing studies of depression in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, Inuit life in Greenland, the use of electroshock therapy and the connections between depression and suicide in the U.S. and other cultures. In examining depression as a cultural phenomenon, he cites many literary melancholics Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, John Milton, Shakespeare, John Keats, and George Eliot as well as such thinkers as Freud and Hegel, to map out his “atlas” of the condition. Solomon has provided an enlightening and sobering window onto both the medical and imaginative worlds of depression.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe 8-week blood sugar diet : how to beat diabetes fast (and stay off medication)
“Our modern diet, high in low-quality carbohydrates, is damaging our bodies–producing a constant overload of sugar in our bloodstream that clogs up our arteries and piles hidden fat into our internal organs. The result has been a doubling in the number of type 2 diabetics, as well as a surge in those with a potentially hazardous condition–prediabetes. Scientists have recently demonstrated that you can prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes with a simple change in diet and lifestyle. Dr. Michael Mosley presents a groundbreaking, science-based, 8-week plan for diabetics who want to reverse their condition (and then stay off medication).” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBody into balance : an herbal guide to holistic self-care
“Headaches, indigestion, fatigue, allergies, anxiety, eczema, high blood pressure, and other conditions are clues to a deeper imbalance in your body, and learning to read those clues is a key step in maintaining optimal health. Herbalist Maria Noël Groves shows you how to read your body’s signals and support your own wellness with herbal remedies and other natural treatments. You’ll learn how each of your major body systems functions, and you’ll discover how to use natural remedies to nourish and repair problem areas, restore lost vitality, support your body as a whole, and prevent future problems.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSnowball in a blizzard : a physician’s notes on uncertainty in medicine
“Diagnoses are often just educated guesses, and prognoses less certain still. There is a significant amount of uncertainty in the daily practice of medicine, resulting in confusion and potentially deadly complications. Dr. Steven Hatch argues that instead of ignoring this uncertainty, we should embrace it. By digging deeply into a number of rancorous controversies, from breast cancer screening to blood pressure management, Hatch shows us how medicine can fail when patients and doctors alike place too much faith in modern medical technology.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe sleep revolution : transforming your life, one night at a time
“In Thrive, Arianna wrote about our need to redefine success through well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Her discussion of sleep as a gateway to this more fulfilling way of living struck such a powerful chord that she realized the mystery and transformative power of sleep called for a fuller investigation. The result is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal exploration of sleep from all angles, from the history of sleep, to the role of dreams in our lives, to the consequences of sleep deprivation, and the new golden age of sleep science that is revealing the vital role sleep plays in our every waking moment and every aspect of our health – from weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease to cancer and Alzheimer’s.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe longevity book : the science of aging, the biology of strength, and the privilege of time / Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark.
“A comprehensive overview of the female body over time, from those first gray hairs that crop up in our thirties to the menopause transition that can begin in our forties or fifties to the increased health risks … we face in our sixties and beyond. Cameron shares cutting-edge research on aging, synthesizing insights from top medical experts with her own thoughts, opinions, and experiences.” (Syndetics)

A better you through nutrients, movement and mindset – April Health picks

Health and happiness cannot be separated and influence one another deeply. A holistic approach to wellbeing is now widely accepted and this month’s health titles are a testament to this. Find out how increasing your flexibility and strength can  impact on mental health and how eating powerful nutrients can improve your guts and as a result your happiness.

Syndetics book coverHealthy food, healthy gut, happy child : the real dirt on raising healthy kids in a processed world
“Dr Maya Shetreat-Klein encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and began a backward slide in his development. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr Shetreat-Klein embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son’s illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain …and heal the child. Dr Shetreat-Klein shifted the focus of her practice and has since successfully helped chronically ill patients from around the world. The book explains how food is constantly changing kids’ bodies, brains and even genes.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe micronutrient miracle : the 28-day plan to lose weight, increase your energy, and reverse disease
“The Caltons fell in love, got married and embarked on a six-year tour of over 135 countries to learn more about micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids). They returned to the U.S. with a conclusion: one’s specific diet or country of residence is less important to one’s health than the amount of micronutrients in one’s food. According to the authors, there is a “silent global pandemic” of deficiency in these elements, the lack of which can contribute to such diseases as cancer and osteoporosis.The authors offer a 28-day strategy for restoring the body with a comprehensive plan for choosing locally grown, “rich” foods that provide a healthful “micronutrient bang for every delicious bite”.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBio-young : get younger at a cellular and hormonal level
“Common plants and foods contain compounds that are now scientifically proven to stimulate cellular and hormonal function, and actually reverse aging! Using ingredients that you can find at home, you can stimulate your hormone-producing glands into youthful activity again. Discover the bio-actives–foods, herbs, supplements, edibles, and essential oils–that you should be eating, or applying externally, and learn how their key compounds will plump your skin, reduce high blood pressure, and even fight cancer cells. From restoring thinning hair with rosemary and smoothing wrinkles with honey, to preventing grey hair with onion juice, there’s a natural solution for every problem. Get ready to look and feel years younger!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe telomerase revolution : the breakthrough that holds the key to slowing the aging process
“Dramatic life extension – even age reversal – has moved from science fiction to real possibility. The Telomerase Revolution reveals the latest research on human ageing and the enzyme telomerase which is starting to be used to slow the rate at which our cells and we age.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYoga gym : the revolutionary 28 day plan for strength, flexibility and fat loss
“If you want to start a fitness plan that will get you strong and flexible, then Yoga Gym is the choice for you. This effective 28-day yoga training program will build strength, improve mobility, and burn fat. Yoga Gym gives you 150 poses and exercises to mix and match, as well as a specific program with the training, nutrition, and motivational tools to sculpt a strong body. This book also blends together traditional yoga poses with dynamic body-weight strength training techniques that appeal to both men and women.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMindful walking : walk your way to mental and physical well-being
“Bringing together the concept of mindfulness in movement along with the three paths of change for a better life – talking, meditation and walking – Mindful Walking shows us how we can better manage the internal and external distractions that clog our path to mental happiness while also improving  our physical health.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverInto the magic shop : a neurosurgeon’s true story of the life-changing magic of compassion and mindfulness
“The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Sirt Food Diet
“Dark chocolate, coffee, kale – these are all foods that activate sirtuins and switch on the so-called ‘skinny gene’ pathways in the body. These are the same pathways more commonly activated by fasting and exercise – meaning they help the body to burn fat, increase muscle and improve health. The Sirtfood Diet gives you: – a simple, healthy way of eating for weight loss – inspirational case studies – delicious, easy-to-make recipes – a maintenance plan for prolonged success.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAcceptance and commitment therapy for dummies
“In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies, you’ll discover how to identify negative and unhealthy modes of thinking and apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles throughout your day-to-day life, creating a healthier, richer and more meaningful existence with yourself and others.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverChanging minds : the go-to guide to mental health for family and friends
“This compassionate and insightful guide will demystify mental health issues and help anyone concerned about themselves or loved ones. This empowering guide aims to cut through the myths and taboos about mental health and offer clear, practical help. It covers a wide range of common issues, from bipolar, anxiety, personality and eating disorders, to depression, post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia, and includes how to get help, what treatments are available and how to live successfully with a mental illness. Most importantly, it shows how carers and families can help a loved one through what can be a very challenging time.” (Syndetics)

Stretching, bacteria and madness – February health picks

We are more than the sum of our parts but we need to give each part the attention and care it deserves to ensure the smooth running of our being as a whole. Here are some books to help.

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to stretching
“The definitive practical handbook for those eager to achieve a level of flexibility that will enhance performance, sports coaches and fitness instructors who are seeking a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of this often neglected component of physical fitness and sport and exercise therapists who use stretching as an important part of a balanced rehabilitation programme. A reasonable level of flexibility is essential to the healthy functioning of joints and muscles, which in turn facilitates performance and reduces the risk of injury. An accessible overview of the scientific principles that underpin this form of training and offers more than 70 exercises designed to safely increase range of motion right across the body.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book cover10% human : how your body’s microbes hold the key to health and happiness
“You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual, but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. Even aspects that you think of entirely as ‘you’ turn out to be run by ‘them’ – like your immune system. In this riveting, shocking and beautifully-written book Alanna Collen explores the modern epidemics of ‘Western’ diseases – obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, auto-immunity, and even cancer – and argues that most have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets and our obsession with hygiene alter the microbe community we carry.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFinding your emotional balance : a guide for women
“Women are twice as likely as men to become depressed. While they seek help for mental disorders more often than men, they also seek to help others, trying to keep everyone happy while taking care of parents, spouses, and children. Sometimes, doing it all is doing too much. In Finding Your Emotional Balance , Dr. Merry Noel Miller offers women of all ages advice for coping with life’s challenges while increasing its joys. Drawing on her three decades of experience as a psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health-as well as her own personal struggles with depression and grief-she explains the special vulnerabilities and strengths of women during adolescence, the childbearing years, menopause, and late in life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe laws of medicine : field notes from an uncertain science
“Is medicine a “science”? Sciences must have laws–statements of truth based on repeated experiments that describe some universal attribute of nature. But does medicine have laws like other sciences?  In this important treatise, he investigates the most perplexing and illuminating cases of his career that ultimately led him to identify the three key principles that govern medicine. Written with Dr. Mukherjee’s signature eloquence and passionate prose, The Laws of Medicine is a critical read, not just for those in the medical profession, but for everyone who is moved to better understand how their health and well-being is being treated.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCultured food for health : a guide to healing yourself with probiotic foods
“Explores the science behind the benefits of cultured foods and shows how incorporating “The Trilogy”–kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables–into our diet creates more powerful healing effects than any one of these foods alone, as the different types of probiotic bacteria work together to create a healthy gut and a truly healthy life. Donna explains how cultured foods can be used to address specific ailments–from IBS and diabetes to allergies, colds, and flu–and teaches us, step by step, how to prepare these probiotic foods and easily incorporate them into a daily routine.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNine dimensions of madness : redefining mental health
“Gallon explains the history of psychiatry and how it came to develop a medical model that codifies mental disorders in the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), now in its fifth edition. He demonstrates how, in 1950s and 1960s when the miracle psychiatric drugs came on the market, it was to the great economic advantage of both pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists to describe people’s problems in the language of medicine. His alternative to this disease model suggests descriptive types that we can construct to discuss the kinds and severities of problems people experience.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeth Shaw’s yogafit
“Whether you are searching for a new physical challenge or a way to incorporate yoga into your exercise routine, “Beth Shaw’s YogaFit” will help you reach your physical potential. With “YogaFit” you’ll have not only increased overall health, energy, and vitality but also a stronger and leaner body, reduced stress, better posture, improved concentration, and a higher level of fitness. This book presents more than 100 YogaFit poses organized into workout routines that you can use every day. The text includes information on using YogaFit as a training tool for sports and creating personalized routines to meet your own needs. The full-color photo sequences and step-by-step instruction make it more accessible than ever.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe naked surgeon : the power and peril of transparency in medicine
“We are not meant to touch hearts. We all have one, but most of us will never see one. The heart surgeon now has that privilege but, for centuries, the heart was out of reach even for surgeons. So when a surgeon nowadays opens up a ribcage and mends a heart, it remains something of a miracle, even if, to some, it is merely plumbing. In The Naked Surgeon, Samer Nashef unclothes his own profession to demonstrate to his reader (and prospective patient) many revelations, such as the paradox at the heart of the cardiac surgeon’s craft: the more an operation is likely to kill you, the better it is for you. And he does so with absolute clarity, fluency and not a little wit.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOvercoming mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion symptoms : a self-help guide using evidence-based techniques
“Up to 10% of people will suffer a mild head injury (or ‘mild traumatic brain injury’) in their lifetime and up to 50% of those people will also find they have lingering post-concussion symptoms in the months or years afterwards. These symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance, reduced day-to-day memory, poor concentration, taking longer to think, ‘muzzy’ headedness, depression, anxiety, tinnitus, blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light or noise, frustration, nausea, restlessness and sensitivity to alcohol. In such circumstances the ‘mild’ head injury may feel anything but mild. This book clarifies some of the complex issues for those who suffer with prolonged problems and provides practical, science-based self-help guidance for managing TBI difficulties.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe happy vegan : a guide to living a long, healthy, and successful life
“Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and three-time New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons offers an inspiring guide to the benefits of conscious eating and veganism.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Cancer prevention manual : simple rules to reduce the risks / Ian Olver, Fred Stephens.
“Stories in the media about the cancer-causing risks present in everyday life can cause alarm and confusion, and make it difficult to know how to alter one’s lifestyle. The Cancer Prevention Manual is a handy guide to all key issues in cancer prevention, presenting medical and scientific information in a plain, accessible style. Written by authors with distinguished careers studying the illness, and based on a solid scientific grounding, this book provides the facts about how our lifestyles pose cancer risks, and what we can do to change them.” (Syndetics)


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