Memory, menopause & more – November 2019 health books

Life rarely goes to plan, and even when it does, nothing stands still — change is our only constant. This month in our recent health picks you’ll find stories of health journeys (which are life journeys — sometimes we find ourselves places we don’t expect to), and memoirs, plus lots of useful information. Have a browse — sometimes someone else’s story is exactly what we need to situate ourselves and find our way.

Print books

Adventures in memory : the science and secrets of remembering and forgetting / Østby, Hilde
“What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory? With playfulness and intelligence, Adventures in Memory answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties. The authors–two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer–skillfully interweave history, research, and exceptional personal stories, taking readers on a captivating exploration of the evolving understanding of the science of memory from the Renaissance discovery of the hippocampus–named after the seahorse it resembles — up to the present day” (adapted from Catalogue)

Flash count diary : a new story about the menopause / Steinke, Darcey
“Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flushes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to understand what was happening to her, she slammed up against a culture of silence and sexism. Flash Count Diary is a powerful exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women” (adapted from Catalogue)

Lifespan : why we age – and why we don’t have to / Sinclair, David
“…Dr. David Sinclair reveals that everything we think we know about ageing is wrong, and shares the surprising, scientifically-proven methods that can help readers live younger, longer. For decades, the medical community has looked to a variety of reasons for why we age, and the consensus is that no one dies of old age; they die of age-related diseases. That’s because ageing is not a disease – it is inevitable. But what if everything you think you know about ageing is wrong? What if ageing is a disease? And that disease is curable…” (adapted from Catalogue)

A mild touch of the cancer / Downs, David
“An amazing account of Davids battle with terminal cancer, as documented in a highly successful blog, with over 100,000 followers. (Spoiler alert he lived.) With guest sections by some of NZ’s most well-known comedians, including Jeremy Corbett, Michele A’Court and Paul Ego, and an introduction by The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan. Written with joy, curiosity and humour, this isn’t a story about cancer, it’s a story about living with optimism.” (Catalogue)

eBooks

Second lives, second chances : a surgeon’s stories of transformation / Laub, Donald R.
Second Lives, Second Chances is more than just a memoir; it’s a testament to how the determination of one person can bring others together to make a lasting difference in the world. Through his work in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Donald Laub changed the lives of thousands of people who had been shunned by society. Dr. Laub’s influence fostered the development of three key areas in the surgical profession: pioneering and influencing international humanitarian medical missions in the developing world, being at the forefront of gender affirmation surgery for transgender people since 1968, and the education and training of over 50 plastic and reconstructive surgeons. His unstinting efforts to surgically correct cleft palates gave new lives to thousands of children in developing countries…” (adapted from Catalogue)

Am I dreaming? : the new science of consciousness and how altered states reboot the brain / Kingsland, James
“When a computer goes wrong, we are told to turn it off and on again. In Am I Dreaming?, science journalist James Kingsland reveals how the human brain is remarkably similar. By rebooting our hard-wired patterns of thinking – through so-called ‘altered states of consciousness’ – we can gain new perspectives into ourselves and the world around us. From shamans in Peru to tech workers in Silicon Valley, Kingsland provides a fascinating tour through lucid dreams, mindfulness, hypnotic trances, virtual reality and drug-induced hallucinations. An eye-opening insight into perception and consciousness, this is also a provocative argument for how altered states can significantly boost our mental health.” (Catalogue)

Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family’s genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them / Kolata, Gina Bari
“In Mercies in Disguise, …Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an almost archetypal family in a small town in South Carolina. A proud and determined clan, many of them doctors, they are struck one by one with an inscrutable illness. They finally discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of events that many saw as providential. Meanwhile, science, progressing for a half a century along a parallel track, had handed the Baxleys a resolution not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease and who did not. And science would offer another dilemma; fertility specialists had created a way to spare the children through an expensive process…” (adapted from Catalogue)

New books about health

Walking by the sea…

In praise of walking : the new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us / O’Mara, S. M.
“Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill, a skill that has its evolutionary origins millions of years ago. The latest research is only now revealing how the brain and nervous system performs the mechanical magic of balancing. Walking is good for our muscles and posture; it helps to protect and repair organs, and can slow or turn back the ageing of our brains. We must start walking again, whether it’s up a mountain, or simply to school and work.” (adapted from Catalogue)

By the sea : the therapeutic benefits of being in, on and by the water / Cracknell, Deborah
“Despite the widespread intuitive feeling that being by the sea makes us happier and healthier, there hasn’t been much scientific evidence to quantify this connection. Until now. Environmental psychology is the study of how the natural environment makes us feel, think and behave, and scientists in this area are discovering the tangible benefits of breathing in the fresh sea air.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Elderhood : redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimagining life / Aronson, Louise
“For more than 5,000 years, “old” has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we’ve made old age into a disease. Louise Aronson uses stories from her years of caring for patients, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy–a vision full of joy, frustration, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Meant to be / Faulkner, Lisa
“When Lisa Faulkner learned that she wouldn’t have biological children, her plans and expectations for her life were derailed. But, in the months and years that followed, she discovered that there was more than one way to build a family – and that there is a lot of joy to be found in life’s unexpected detours. In a raw and inspiring story of one woman’s journey through motherhood, family life and self-discovery, Lisa explores the many forms that family can take, and discovers the power of embracing your Plan B.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The hormone diaries : the bloody truth about our periods / Witton, Hannah
“When it comes to periods, we’re often expected to cope with it quietly. But our periods and our hormones affect every area of our lives – so I am done with scuttling to the toilet with a tampon up my sleeve. I vlog about periods and hormonal contraception, and it’s clear that I’m not the only one aching to be more open about this. When I reached out to my online community, I received an outpouring of raw, real and hilarious stories about what we through simply for having a uterus.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The remarkable life of the skin : an intimate journey across our surface / Lyman, Monty
“Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our largest and fastest growing organ. And yet how much do we really know about it? Through the lenses of science, sociology and history, Dr Monty Lyman leads us on a journey across our most underrated and unexplored organ and reveals how the skin is far stranger and more complex than you’ve ever imagined.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Lift yourself : a training guide to getting fit and feeling strong for life / Hoggins, Laura
“In Lift Yourself, Laura Hoggins takes you on her lifting journey – from being a self-conscious, cardio junkie who was a slave to the scales to a strong and empowered strength and conditioning coach who is training for life – not for Instagram. With the opportunity to not only improve your lifting but also your life by following Laura’s ten strength commandments, this book will improve your body confidence and leave you feeling empowered and energized.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Eat drink & still shrink / Hedge, Michele Chevalley
“The sheer amount of nutritional information available nowadays can be overwhelming. But if we’re not eating well, we feel the impact in every part of our lives. So, what’s the answer? What the science does show is that eating a balanced diet of nourishing wholefoods – with the odd treat thrown in – is your ticket to ageing well, a lean healthy body, a sense of vitality, abundant energy and better brain function.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Supercharge your life : eat, love, connect : how to put real food at the heart of everything / Holmes, Lee
“A guide to making your supercharged kitchen the heart of your home. If you’ve spent years navigating one restrictive diet after another, it’s time to shed the fear of eating the ‘wrong’ thing and fall in love with food again. An enduring kitchen is one where real food and thoughtful eating practices come together, and where commonsense and simplicity are celebrated.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Aging well, saving the most fragile lives and keto diet: New health books

The Age-Well Project features this month. It has been written to benefit the ‘sandwich generation’, those who work, bring up children, and look after parents all at the same time.

Books

The First Breath: How Modern Medicine Saves The Most Fragile Lives / Gordon, Olivia
The First Breath is the first popular science book to tell the story of the fast developing fields of fetal and neonatal medicine. It explores motherhood and the female experience of medicine through Olivia’s personal story and sensitive, intimate case histories of other mothers’ high risk births.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The age-well project : easy ways to a longer, healthier, happier life / Streets, Annabel
“Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders spent their 30s climbing the career ladder, having children and caring for elderly parents – all at the same time. By their 40s, they were exhausted, stressed, sleeping too little and rushing too much. They began to ask whether the prolonged ill health and dementia suffered by their parents was their inevitable future too – could they do anything to avoid requiring their own children to care for them in old age?” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Healing Power Of Plants: The Hero House Plants That Love You Back / Bailey, Fran
“Plants make people happy. This gorgeous, modern guide features over 80 indoor plants that will turn your house into a happy, healthy, healing home. Discover plants that will clean the air you breathe, help you get a good night’s sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, help you get well soon, boost your brain power and bring greater joy and wellbeing into your life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The beginner’s guide to intermittent KETO / Perillo, Jennifer
“Intermittent fasting and ketogenic diets are quickly becoming two of the hottest nutritional trends. Inside, you’ll find a breakdown of the science behind the benefits of ketosis and intermittent fasting and two 4-week meal plans — one for people who prefer to fast for a portion of every day, and one for people who prefer to fast a couple times a week — that will introduce you to the keto diet and keep you on track.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Living with it / Aisbett, Bev
“Panic attacks – approximately 5% of the population will experience them at some time or another. The dread of having an attack – they seemingly come out of nowhere – transforms the ordinary world of everyday life into a nightmare of anxiety and suffering. Bestselling author Bev Aisbett, a survivor of Panic Syndrome herself, has three basic messages: You can beat this. You are not alone. You will recover.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eBooks

Overdrive cover Burnout, Emily Nagoski (ebook)
“The gap between what it’s really like to be a woman and what people expect women to be is a primary cause of burnout, because we exhaust ourselves trying to close the space between the two. Sisters Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., the bestselling author of Come as You Are, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, are here to help end the cycle of overwhelm and exhaustion, and confront the obstacles that stand between women and well-being.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover F*** You Cancer, Deborah James (ebook)
“Whilst this book doesn’t advocate throwing all advice down the kitchen sink, it will empower you to do things your way as you navigate the big C roller coaster. Deborah James, campaigner and co-presenter of the top-charting podcast You, Me and the Big C, will take you through every twist and turn, reminding you that it’s okay to feel one hundred different things in the space of a minute and showing you how you can still live your life and BE YOURSELF with cancer.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gendered Brain, Gina Rippon (ebook)
“Drawing on her work as a professor of cognitive neuroimaging, Gina Rippon unpacks the stereotypes that bombard us from our earliest moments and shows how these messages mould our ideas of ourselves and even shape our brains. By exploring new, cutting-edge neuroscience, Rippon urges us to move beyond a binary view of our brains and instead to see these complex organs as highly individualised, profoundly adaptable, and full of unbounded potential.” (Overdrive description)

Audio Books

Overdrive cover Sober Curious, Ruby Warrington (Audiobook)
“Would life be better without alcohol? It’s the nagging question more and more of us are finding harder to ignore, whether we have a “problem” with alcohol or not. Drawing on research, expert interviews, and personal narrative, Sober Curious is a radical take down of the myths that keep so many of us drinking. Inspiring, timely, and blame free, Sober Curious is both conversation starter and handbook—essential information that empowers listeners to transform their relationship with alcohol, so we can lead our most fulfilling lives.” (Overdrive description)

Life, death and everything in between – new health books

Our final book this month is one written about an “…account of the author’s experiment with microdoses of LSD…”
Interesting?
Yes!

eBooks

Overdrive cover An Elegant Defense, Matt Richtel (ebook)
“A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune system–the key to health and wellness, life and death. An epic, first-of-its-kind book, entwining leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist. It is a fascinating and engrossing account of the latest, and quite astonishing, discoveries involving the human immune system and how it works.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Heartland, Nathan Filer (ebook)
“Schizophrenia: whether it’s the associations it conjures or the people it brings to mind, it is a word we all have a view on. How we perceive it – and how we treat people living with it – is at the core of how we understand mental health. But what do we really know? How much time do we spend listening? Do we truly comprehend this complex and often contradictory diagnosis?” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover How Death Becomes Life, Joshua Mezrich (ebook)
“Gripping and evocative, How Death Becomes Life takes us inside the operating room and presents the stark dilemmas that transplant surgeons must face daily: how much risk should a healthy person be allowed to take to save someone she loves? Should a patient suffering from alcoholism receive a healthy liver? The human story behind the most exceptional medicine of our time and it is a poignant reminder that a life lost can also offer the hope of a new beginning.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Seven Signs of Life, Aoife Abbey (ebook)
“Grief. Anger. Joy. Fear. Distraction. Disgust. Hope. All emotions we expect to encounter over our lifetime. But what if this was every day? For a doctor in Intensive Care this is part of the job. Dr Aoife Abbey shows us what a doctor sees of humanity as it comes through the revolving door of the hospital and takes us beyond a purely medical perspective. Told through seven emotions, Seven Signs of Life is about what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for a living.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Books

Living & caring : a guide for carers and people with Parkinson’s / Andrews, Ann
“This book is for people with Parkinson’s and the people who care for them: husbands, wives, civil union partners, children, friends and neighbours. By covering the care partnership from both sides of the caring coin, readers can be sympathetic to each other’s perspectives and work together on solutions for each unique relationship and situation.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Loving someone who has dementia : how to find hope while coping with stress and grief / Boss, Pauline
“It′s not about the usual techniques, but about how to manage on-going stress and grief. The book is for caregivers, family members, friends, as well as educators and professionals, anyone touched by the epidemic of dementia. Dr. Boss helps caregivers find hope in “ambiguous loss” having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Recovery Mama guide to your eating disorder recovery in pregnancy and postpartum / McCabe, Linda Shanti
“This book supports pregnant women and new mothers struggling with changing body image, eating disorders, postpartum depression or perinatal anxiety. Many of the emotional challenges of recovering from an eating disorder – isolation, perfectionism and identity issues – are compounded during pregnancy or early motherhood, when women also have to tackle hormone fluctuations, food cravings and perceived pressures to lose baby weight.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Walking : one step at a time / Kagge, Erling
“Placing one foot in front of the other, the journey of discovery, and the joy of exploration, are intrinsic to our nature. Our ancestors travelled long distance on foot, gained new experiences, and learned from them, but as universal as walking is, each of us will experience it differently. Walking is the antidote to the speed at which we conduct our lives–our insistence on rushing, on doing everything in a precipitous manner.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eAudioBooks

Overdrive cover A Really Good Day, Ayelet Waldman (Audiobook)
“A revealing, courageous, fascinating, and funny account of the author’s experiment with microdoses of LSD in an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, of her quest to understand a misunderstood drug, and of her search for a really good day. Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender, and as the mother of teenagers, and her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Waldman has produced a book that is eye-opening, often hilarious, and utterly enthralling.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Know how you think, change how you feel

In this month’s selection of new health books: unpick and improve your sleeping habits, gain the tools to be more resilient with the anxieties of life, pick up a jump rope and give it a try as a fitness aid, and delve into the neuroscience of addiction.

How to sleep well : the science of sleeping smarter, living better, and being productive / Stanley, Neil
“Stop sabotaging your own sleep and finally wake up energised and refreshed. How to Sleep Well is a guidebook that can change your life. Whether you struggle to fall asleep, sleep too lightly, wake too often or simply cannot wake up, this book can help you get on track to the best sleep of your life.” (Catalogue)

The book of knowing : know how you think, change how you feel / Smith, Gwendoline
Aimed at teens – great to pass on to your teenager or have a read yourself: “Learn to understand the way you think and you will create resilience and be able to deal with many of the unnecessary anxieties of life.” (Catalogue)

Breathe : the 4-week plan to manage stress, anxiety and panic naturally / Birch, Mary
“In her years of teaching breathing retraining, Mary Birch has found that the majority of her clients experiencing symptoms of panic, anxiety and stress are overbreathing, sometimes significantly. …Most people will begin to feel an improvement in their symptoms within a week of implementing the strategies contained in this book, sometimes even within a few days. But Mary recommends a minimum four-week breathing retraining program for a reason: the body has to adjust to the new and improved breathing pattern, and this needs to become automatic, so that you do not revert to a disordered breathing pattern and chronic overbreathing in times of stress…” (adapted from Catalogue)

101 best jump rope workouts / Lee, Buddy
“A jump rope is the most effective fitness equipment you can own. Great for cardio, endurance and HIIT training a jump rope is versatile, portable, and efficient. Buddy Lee, recognized internationally as the world’s expert at jump rope fitness, provides 100 challenging, dynamic and varied workouts in this unique collection. …The Jump Rope Workout Handbook compiles a collection of more than 100 jump rope workouts optimized for effective weight loss, increased cardiovascular health, and improved athletic ability.” (adapted from Catalogue)

16:8 intermittent fasting / Chambers, Jaime Rose
“The health benefits of intermittent fasting are now indisputable, and 16:8 is the easiest and most effective fasting method. Jaime Rose Chambers is a practising dietitian who sees countless patients looking for advice on how to manage their weight. She prescribes intermittent fasting as a matter of course, as it’s by far the easiest and most effective tool for healthy weight control that she’s seen. This indispensable handbook has everything you need to know about intermittent fasting, including: – the latest science on 16:8 and 5:2, showing how intermittent fasting can not only help you control your weight, but also helps lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and protect against heart disease…” (adapted from Catalogue)

Never enough : the neuroscience and experience of addiction / Grisel, Judith
“A behavioral neuroscientist and a professor of psychology at Bucknell University, Grisel is also a former addict, which means she can explain not only the brain science behind addiction but the addict’s actual experience. She takes us through how different drugs act on the infinitely adaptable brain and shows how the thrill of the occasional high turns into a ceaseless craving for the next fix: there is never enough. Grisel aims to clarify a more effective and more compassionate response to a crisis in which one in every five people over the age of 14 is addicted…” (Catalogue)

All About Healing: New Health Books

Complete Wellness book cover

From natural remedies to a memoir on one woman’s journey of chronic illness and the myth of full recovery, there is a range of new health books for your reading pleasure. Check out the list below to see what has recently been added to our collection!

The art of herbs for health : treatments, tonics and natural home remedies / Sullivan, Rebecca
“This beautifully photographed book contains a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to improve their health with herbs. Herbal medicine has been used for centuries and this book is full of Rebecca Sullivan’s brilliant tips and advice – from soaking your feet in cool black tea to fix smelly feet to making ginger-infused ice cubes to combat nausea. With a detailed herb glossary and plenty of information about essential oils, this is an essential volume for every would-be modern apothecary.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Heal the body, heal the mind : a somatic approach to moving beyond trauma / Babbel, Susanne
“Traumatic events can leave mental and physical scars–but these scars don’t have to define us. Heal the Body, Heal the Mind takes trauma survivors on a supportive and healing journey toward well-being. So, if you’re ready to move beyond the trauma that’s been holding you back in your relationships, at work, and in your spiritual practice, this guide will show you how.” (Catalogue)

The omega principle : seafood and the quest for a long life and a healthier planet / Greenberg, Paul
“By the bestselling author of Four Fish and American Catch, an eye-opening investigation of the history, science, and business behind omega-3 fatty acids, the ‘miracle compound’ whose story is intertwined with human health and the future of our planet. Rigorously reported and winningly told, The Omega Principle is a powerful argument for a more deliberate and forward-thinking relationship to the food we eat and the oceans that sustain us” (Catalogue)

Unwell : what makes a disease a disease? / McRae, Mike
“Nostalgia used to be a killer nervous condition. Emotional women were once treated with a good orgasm, left-handed folk were beaten to be turned ‘right’, and rotten teeth pulled to cure the mentally unwell. Just who made these diseases ‘diseases’ anyway? And what makes us think we understand any better today?Unwell is a fascinating and insightful exploration of the ever-changing nature of illness.” (Catalogue)

Am I ugly? / Elman, Michelle
“A memoir about a woman’s journey to body positivity. In today’s world of supplements, celebrity diets and social media, it’s very easy to be hard on ourselves about the way we look. Am I Ugly? is this inspiring woman’s compelling and deeply personal memoir that describes her childhood experiences of life-threatening health problems, long stays in hospital and fifteen complex surgeries that left her scarred, both mentally and physically.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The beauty guide : your body, biochemistry and beliefs / Weaver, Libby
“In a world where so many women feel deflated by what they see in the mirror, tempted into the realm of; enhancements; or drawn to anything that will help mask their flaws; The Beauty Guide shines a spotlight on what it means to be beautiful and acts as a guide to help the reader feel and look their best—at any age. Learn how to stop worrying about what others think of you, improve your relationship with your body and explore ways to inspire a new generation of girls with an innate belief in their inner beauty.” (Catalogue)

To Siri with love : a mother, her autistic son, and the kindness of machines / Newman, Judith
“A full-length version of the viral “New York Times” op-ed column of the same name shares stories about the author’s life with her autistic son, whose therapeutic use of Apple’s electronic personal assistant became an unusual example of the power of technology.” (Catalogue)

Sick : a memoir / Khakpour, Porochista
“For as long as author Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn’t know why. Several drug addictions, some major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. A story of survival, pain, and transformation, Sick candidly examines the colossal impact of illness on Khakpur’s life by not just highlighting the failures of a broken medical system but by also boldly challenging our concept of illness narratives.” (Catalogue)

Complete wellness / Curtis, Susan
“Enjoy long-lasting holistic health and prepare natural health remedies for common ailments with essential oils, herbal remedies, and pure foods. Complete Wellness delivers a head-to-toe guide to healing for every part of your body. Targeted instructions allow you to tap into the restorative powers of herbs and plants and their therapeutic essential oils and use tried-and-true, centuries-old herbal remedies to treat a host of common ailments.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Hashimoto’s healing diet : anti-inflammatory strategies for losing weight, boosting your thyroid, and getting your energy back / Ryan, Marc
“If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, it can be hard to know where to start with your diet. There are so many different cookbooks and recommendations, and few provide different options for different situations. That’s where The Hashimoto’s Healing Diet comes in! In this book, Marc Ryan helps you deal with the changes that are frequently involved with Hashimoto’s disease. He shows you how to use dietary inventions strategically so that you can adapt your plan in different circumstances.  Finally, Marc offers an action plan for readers to continue on their journey towards total wellness.” (Catalogue)

Nutritional news: Recent Health books

The Wellness Rebel book cover

This month we recommend you check out these recent additions to our non-fiction health collection. From medical myths, natural remedies to healthy food guides, you will definitely find your next read in this list below. Happy reading and happy guts!

Hype : a doctor’s guide to medical myths, exaggerated claims and bad advice – how to tell what’s real and what’s not / Shapiro, Nina L.
“There is a lot of misinformation thrown around these days, especially online. Headlines tell us to do this, not that–all in the name of living longer, better, thinner, younger. In Hype, Dr. Nina Shapiro distinguishes between the falsehoods and the evidence-backed truth. This book is as much for single individuals in the prime of their lives as it is for parents with young children and the elderly.” (Catalogue)

Food pharmacy : a guide to gut bacteria, anti-inflammatory foods, and eating for health : a prescription diet you will never overdose on / Aurell, Lina Nertby
Food Pharmacy tells the complete story of friendly bacteria, intestinal flora, anti-inflammatory superfoods like turmeric, the difference between good and bad fats, and how we can reduce inflammation and heal chronic diseases by regulating our immune system with the right natural foods. Marrying scientific research with seventeen supplementary recipes, practical advice, and a quirky voice, Food Pharmacy extols the kitchen’s anti-inflammatory heroes–like avocado, cloves, kale, cinnamon, and green bananas–and shows you how to live your healthiest life equipped with the right knowledge and food.” (Catalogue)

Herbal remedies handbook : more than 140 plant profiles : remedies for over 50 common conditions / Chevallier, Andrew
“Dr. Andrew Chevallier brings his knowledge and practical expertise in herbal medicine to ordinary people looking for safe, effective treatments for common ailments. Enhancing health and well-being. Herbal Remedies Handbook gives as much weight to the steps needed for individuals to correctly diagnose and treat themselves as to the 66 key remedies described, and their therapeutic uses. For ease of reference, the self-help section is arranged by ailments grouped according to the part of the person to be treated.” (Catalogue)

The wellness rebel / Plantbased Pixie
“The complete guide to sorting nutrition fact from fiction using evidence-based science and delicious recipes. The Wellness Rebel explores the basics of nutrition in an accessible and entertaining way, with Pixie sharing her tips, tricks and tastiest recipes – including her much-loved Pixie Plates – for a truly healthy diet, with no detoxes, no elimination diets, no restrictions – and absolutely no BS.” (Catalogue)

Brain food : how to eat smart and sharpen your mind / Mosconi, Lisa
“We are what we eat’ is an age-old adage. But while we often talk about diets affecting our fitness, we don’t talk about how what we eat and drink affects the health of the hungriest organ in the body – our brain. Innovative and timely, and with accompanying recipes and guides to show each of us how we can most effectively change our diets, Brain Food demonstrates how being smart about our diet can make us smarter overall.” (Catalogue)

What am I supposed to eat? : making sense of food confusion / Weaver, Libby
“For so many people today, food is complicated. They’re told to make `healthy’ choices yet this could include anything from an apple to a packet of sugar-free biscuits. They have lost touch with how much to eat, how often and how their food choices are impacting on their health – and then there are those all-consuming moments when they feel like no amount of food could satisfy their hungry hearts. This book is a fork in the road when it comes to better understanding your food, your body, your appetite and what you are supposed to eat.” (Catalogue)

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)