10 new Health books to check out this September

This month we have a variety of new Health books for your reading pleasure. Perhaps start with the mysteries of the mind and explore new research on behavior, mental illness, anxiety and the power of mind over matter. If memoirs are your thing, check out the unbelievable stories of a veteran New Zealand pathologist, a former model turned health & fitness writer and a critically ill musician turned musical healer.

Syndetics book coverBehave : the biology of humans at our best and worst / Robert M. Sapolsky.
“From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do? Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA beginner’s guide to losing your mind / Emily Reynolds.
“Living with mental illness is isolating, infuriating and painful – but also very boring and, sometimes, kind of gross. A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind is a companion to make the journey feel a little less lonely. A blackly funny, deeply compassionate and extremely practical book. A candid exploration of mental illness that is both a personal account of what it’s like to live with mental illness and a guide to dealing with and understanding it.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCure : a journey into the science of mind over body / Jo Marchant.
“A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind’s extraordinary ability to heal the body. While we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of ‘healing thoughts’ was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. Drawing on the very latest research, Marchant explores the vast potential of the mind’s ability to heal, acknowledges its limitations, and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeautiful bodies : a memoir / Kimberly Rae Miller.
“What is the ideal body? Knowing she’s far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body…in other words, just about everyone.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWild Mediterranean : the age-old, science-new plan for a healthy gut, with food you can trust / Stella Metsovas.
“The key to great digestive health lies in rewilding the gut and keeping the diverse microbes that inhabit it happy and thriving. In Wild Mediterranean Stella Metsovas breaks down the complex science behind digestive health and shares a deceptively simple and down-to-earth plan for ending the digestive issues that can have far-reaching effects on our everyday lives.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cause of death / Dr Cynric Temple-Camp.
“Strange and shocking stories of death and murder in provincial New Zealand. You won’t believe these stories happened in New Zealand… Forensic and coronial pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp lifts the lid on some of the most fascinating cases he’s worked on during his 30-year career as a pathologist.  This book will shock and entertain, make you squirm but also occasionally pull at the heartstrings.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNatural defense : enlisting bugs and germs to protect our food and health / Emily Monosson.
“For more than a century, we have relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides.  Fortunately, scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnxiety for beginners : a personal investigation / Eleanor Morgan.
“Combining her own experiences, with extensive research, experts (neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and fellow sufferers), 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 a book about acceptance, as Morgan discovers the ways in which people can live a life that is not just manageable but enjoyable, learning to accept anxiety, rather than spending a life fighting and being ashamed of it.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou are getting sleepy : lifestyle-based solutions for insomnia / Paul Glovinsky PhD & Arthur Spielman PhD.
“Good sleep is an elusive goal: the harder you try, the less likely you are to be successful. Insomnia is stoked by different habits, schedules, stresses, beliefs, and even personality types, but there is no single pill or therapy to reverse it. While insomnia treatments can set the stage, the best thing a person can do to ready themselves for sleep is “getting sleepy.”  True sleepiness is the only reliable portal to sleep and You Are Getting Sleepy will guide you there.” ( Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWaking the spirit : a musician’s journey healing body, mind, and soul / Andrew Schulman ; with an afterword by Marvin A. McMillen, M.D., FACS, MACP.
“The astounding story of a critically ill musician who is saved by music and returns to the same hospital to help heal others. Schulman expertly weaves cutting-edge research on neuroscience and medicine, as well as what he’s learned as a professional musician, to explore the power of music to heal the body and awaken the spirit. ” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

8 Non-Fiction Health Books worth checking out in August

From analyzing the science and looking at the evidence to listening to memoirs and personal experiences we recommend that you check out this list of 8 non-fiction health books new to the collection!

Syndetics book coverDirt is good : the advantage of germs for your child’s developing immune system / Jack Gilbert, Ph.D., and Rob Knight, Ph.D. with Sandra Blakeslee.
“From two of the world’s top scientists and one of the world’s top science writers comes a Q&A-based guide to everything you need to know about kids & germs. “Is it OK for my child to eat dirt?” is just one of the many questions authors Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight are bombarded with every week. The internet is rife with speculation and misinformation about the risks and benefits of what most parents think of as simply germs. Dirt Is Good is a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible guide you’ve been searching for to answer these questions.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Harvard Medical School guide to yoga : 8 weeks to strength, awareness, and flexibility / by Marlynn Wei, MD, JD and James E. Groves, MD.
“While there are many yoga books available, most are based on an individual yogis expertise. This book relies on modern medical science to illustrate the benefits of yoga;and offers a practical, easy-to-implement plan. This 8-week program features step-by-step sequences that are easy to learn and practice at home with minimal equipment. The book also offers poses and sequences targeted to improve arthritis, cardiovascular health, type 2 diabetes, weight loss, sleep issues, chronic pain, neurological disorders, as well as depression, anxiety, stress, and more.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe boy in 7 billion : a true story of love, courage and hope / Callie Blackwell and Karen Hockney.
“True story,  Deryn Blackwell is a walking, talking miracle. At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Then 18 months later he developed another rare form of cancer called Langerhan’s cell syndrome. Only five other people in the world have it, he is the youngest of them all and the only person in the world known to be fighting it alongside another cancer, making him one in seven billion. This is the true story of the extraordinary lengths that a mother went to, to help her dying son.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverLifted : 28 days to strengthen your body, focus your mind + elevate your spirit / Holly Rilinger with Myatt Murphy.
“There’s a secret to a successful fitness program: you won’t feel truly satisfied with your results until your mind and spirit are as strong as your body. That’s why Holly Rilinger created LIFTED , the first program to combine the mental and emotional benefits of meditation with the amazingly fast results of HIIT (high-intensity interval training ).  This 28-day program will show you how to focus on your goals and commit to daily movement and meditation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBoys don’t cry / Tim Grayburn.
“Meet Tim. For nearly a decade he kept his depression secret. It made him feel so weak and shameful he thought it would destroy his whole life if anyone found out. And Tim is not alone. After finally opening up he realised that mental illness was affecting many men around the globe, and he knew that wasn’t ok. A brutally honest, wickedly warming and heart-breaking tale about what it really takes to be a ‘real man’, written by one who decided that he wanted to change the world by no longer being silent. This is Tim’s story, but it could be yours too.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe wellness project : how I learned to do right by my body, without giving up my life / Phoebe Lapine
“After she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her early twenties, Phoebe Lapine bounced among every fat diet and new health program on the bestseller list in her attempt to get well, only to experience mixed results and a life of deprivation that seemed unsustainable at best. The Wellness Project is the insightful and hilarious result of a 12 year exploration. Part memoir and part health and wellness primer, it’s a must-read not just for those suffering from autoimmune disease, but for anyone looking for simple ways to improve their health without sacrificing life’s pleasures.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy lovely wife : a memoir of madness and hope / Mark Lukach.
“With compassion and candour, in My Lovely Wife, Mark takes us through years with his wife and her battle with mental illnesses. A story of the fragility of the mind, and the tenacity of the human spirit, this is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we best care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breath-taking in its honesty, radiant with compassion, written with dazzling lyricism, this intensely personal odyssey offers much-needed insight into the caregiving side of mental illness, and affirms the power of love.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRigor mortis : how sloppy science creates worthless cures, crushes hope, and wastes billions / Richard Harris.
“Bad science doesn’t just hold back medical progress, it can sign the equivalent of a death sentence. Often, research institutes and academia emphasize publishing results over getting the right answers, incentivizing poor experimental design, improper methods, and sloppy statistics. In Rigor Mortis, award-winning science journalist Richard F. Harris reveals these urgent issues with vivid anecdotes, personal stories, and interviews with the nation’s top biomedical researchers. We need to fix our dysfunctional biomedical system-now.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Miracle cures, compulsion and talking bodies – New Health Books in June

This month, explore areas of medical science that are often overlooked, such as sense of taste and the science of flavour, and research into compulsive behaviour. Take a look at the groundbreaking research of a Nobel Prize Winner, and at the history of antibiotics and how it changed humanity’s relationship with nature. Books on menopause, anxiety and  postpartum depression are also showcased this month, so make sure you have a browse!

Syndetics book coverMiracle cure : the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine / William Rosen.
“As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness worked; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less than a generation with the discovery and development of a new category of medicine known as antibiotics. William Rosen captures this scientific revolution with all its false starts, lucky surprises, and eccentric characters. Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, this is a must-read science narrative combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity’s relationship with nature in history!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverFlavor : the science of our most neglected sense / Bob Holmes.
“Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from that of red snapper? How the taste of a Fuji apple differs from a Spartan? For most of us, this is a difficult task: flavor remains a vague concept that we don’t know enough about to describe, or appreciate fully. Journey into the surprising science of the sense of flavor with veteran New Scientist correspondent Bob Holmes as he outlines narrative principles in neurobiology and modern food production to reveal the broad range of factors that can affect one’s appreciation of what we consume.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverOn edge : a journey through anxiety / Andrea Petersen.
“A wry, sympathetic, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety, coupled with deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, and began a journey that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail. Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments.  Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverCan’t just stop : an investigation of compulsions / Sharon Begley
“Do you check your smartphone continuously for messages? Or perhaps do the weekly shop with military precision? Maybe you always ensure the cutlery is perfectly lined up on the table? Compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life. Sharon Begley’s meticulously researched book is the first of its kind to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behaviour; using fascinating case studies to understand their deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion.” (Adapted Amazon Review)

Syndetics book coverThe telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer / Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD ; Elissa Epel, PhD.
“The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn who discovered telomerase and telomeres’ role in the aging process and health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel, who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life. The Telomere Effect explains this groundbreaking research and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverSod sitting, get moving! : getting active in your 60s, 70s and beyond / Diana Moran and Muir Gray.
Sod Sitting, Get Moving! is the must-have guide to keeping fit and healthy in your sixties, seventies and beyond. As we get older too many of us spend our time sitting and not exercising. This is a call to arms, a bonfire of the slippers! With easy exercise ideas created by Green Goddess and health and fitness expert Diana Moran, with text from Sir Muir Gray, author of the bestselling Sod Seventy!, this is the perfect present for yourself, or for anybody turning sixty, seventy or eighty!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverIf our bodies could talk : a guide to operating and maintaining a human body / James Hamblin, M.D
“In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” Now Hamblin explores the stories behind health questions that never seem to go away such as: Can I “boost” my immune system? Does caffeine make me live longer? Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer? How much sleep do I actually need?  In considering these questions, he draws from his own medical training and from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverThings that helped : essays / Jessica Friedmann.
“In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confronting, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts Jessica’s return into the world: a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured, and sometimes broke.”(Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverMenopause : the answers / Rosemary Leonard.
“Every woman experiences menopause, but with an abundance of advice on your body’s changes, how do you know what to believe? In this definitive guide, Dr Rosemary Leonard debunks some of the myths surrounding menopause, including why ‘perimenopause’ is a layman’s term, and the pros and cons of HRT. Covering everything from hot flushes, changes to your menstrual bleeding pattern, how to tackle sex after menopause, and advice on alternative remedies, this book is the comprehensive bible on how to navigate your body’s changes.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Discipline, Science and Humour – New Health and Wellbeing books

This month, explore different resources to transform your health and wellbeing. Take a page out of the book of a ballerina, a comedian, a spartan athlete and various scientists. Whether you are preparing for a race or implementing a training regime or wanting to map out a plan for weight loss that is tailored specifically to you, we have some new books for you! Finally, remember the importance of fun and laughter and find ways to make sure you do something that makes you laugh every day.

Syndetics book coverBig fat myths / Ruben Meerman
“This book lifts the veil on weight loss by tracing every atom you eat into and out of your body. Diet myths and wellness nonsense topple like dominoes along the way, restoring your confidence in common sense and the age-old wisdom that to lose weight, you simply need to eat less and move more. Meerman begins this diet myth-busting book by reminding us what we already know- that human beings are carbon-based, oxygen-dependent life forms.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBallerina body : dancing and eating your way to a leaner, stronger, and more graceful you / Misty Copeland
“Misty Copeland believes “There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.” In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration. ” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe metabolism plan : discover the foods and exercises that work for your body to reduce inflammation and lose weight fast / Lyn-Genet Recitas.
“Are you gaining weight despite spending hours at the gym? Are you eating health food and still seeing no results? Discover why your thyroid is the unsung hero of your metabolism and create a unique plan designed specifically for your unique body! Nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas shares her ground-breaking new 30-day program that helps readers create a customized diet and exercise plan to boost their metabolism and burn more fat.”(adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpartan fit! : 30 days. Transform your mind, transform your body, commit to grit / Joe De Sena with John Durant
“From the best-selling author of Spartan Up! Try out a complete 30-day workout and diet plan to help you reach peak performance for whatever your goal! Joe De Sena with his signature take-no-prisoners approach, has taken the endurance world by storm and inspired millions. Now in Spartan Fit!, De Sena breaks down that approach and gives readers a complete Spartan training guide that will arm them with the strength, knowledge, and grit to never question their potential again.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMidlife : look younger, live longer & feel better / Dr. Muir Gray.
“Written in support of the ‘One You’ programme – a major Public Health England initiative – Midlife has everything you need to make simple, effective, lifestyle changes that will have a real impact on your health and wellbeing. From reducing your stress to getting better sleep, from eating healthier to quitting smoking, Midlife is full of practical, actionable, and uplifting advice on how to survive your middle years.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow not to die : discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease / Dr Michael Greger with Gene Stone.
“Based on the latest scientific research, How Not To Die examines each of the most common diseases, to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease.With emphasis on individual family health history and acknowledging that everyone needs something different, Dr Michael Greger offers practical dietary advice to help you make valuable decisions about your diet in order to live a longer, healthier lives.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMiranda’s daily dose of such fun / Miranda Hart.
“Doing something jolly every day that you can look back on with a smile and be grateful for, knowing it has also brought kindness to others, can gently help replace old negative thought patterns with more positive ones. The tasks included in this little book are designed to be universal and free (or as cheap as possible). And all the ideas here, however silly they may seem, offer genuine and healthy ways to change the way we feel for the better!” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat doesn’t kill us : how freezing water, extreme altitude, and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength / Scott Carney ; foreword by Wim Hof
“Each year millions of ordinary people train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders, and challenge themselves in Spartan races, connecting with their environment and, attempting to unlock their hidden evolutionary potential. Award-winning journalist Scott Carney investigates the astonishing and sometimes dangerous world of body transformation through his own journey, a 28-hour climb to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro – wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and running shoes.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

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)