eMagazines and other eResources on health

Have you used our eMagazines yet? We have an amazing collection provided by both Rbdigital and PressReader. Here is a selection of Health and Wellbeing eMagazines available FREE through our eLibrary.

These are rounded out with an eBook, rather topical, and an eAudiobook.

For those new to eMagazines on our website, instructions for using the RBDigital app are here and for PressReader.

Healthy Food Guide [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Health & fitness [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

New Zealand good health & wellbeing.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Australian men’s health.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Men’s health [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Women’s health [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Yoga journal [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Gluten-free living [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Diabetic living [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The great influenza / Barry, John M.
(eBook)
“In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. …1918 marked the first collision between modern science and epidemic disease. …this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

The longevity paradox : how to die young at a ripe old age / Gundry, Steven R
(eAudiobook)
“Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a by-product of the way we have lived our lives. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well-one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. …The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them–and you–thrive.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

New e-resources on Health

A curated collection of eBooks and eAudioBooks for this special lock-down time.

Overdrive cover When the Air Hits Your Brain, Frank T Vertosick, Jr., MD (Audiobook)
With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick’s patients and unsparing yet fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Worry Trick, David A. Carbonell (ebook)
Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this book is designed to help you break the cycle of worry. If you’re ready to start observing your anxious feelings with distance and clarity—rather than getting tricked once again—this book will show you how. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover CLEAN 7, Alejandro Junger (ebook)
Filled with the latest science on the brain, and featuring delicious, nutritious recipes, and details on everything from prepping your kitchen to prepping your mind, Clean Seven revolutionizes the detoxification process. If you have been searching for a book or program to help you take that next step for your overall health, Clean Seven is the answer. Discover what it truly means to be healthy. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Joy of Movement, Kelly McGonigal (Audiobook)
Exercise is health-enhancing and life-extending, yet many of us feel it’s a chore. Movement can and should be a source of joy. Readers will learn what they can do in their own lives and communities to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Messengers, Stephen Martin (ebook)
When we talk to others, we assume that they are carefully weighing our words and arguments. But these are far from being the only factors that hold sway. In this groundbreaking new book, bestselling behavioural scientists Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks explore the eight powerful human traits. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Autism in Heels, Jennifer Cook O’Toole (ebook)
Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism’s most prominent figures, Jennifer O’Toole. From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women all over the world to realize they aren’t mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hiding in the Bathroom, Morra Aarons-Mele (Audiobook)
From the marketing guru and host of the popular Forbes.com podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, a breakthrough introverts’ guide that broadens the conversation sparked by Quiet and moves away from the “Lean In” approach, offering wisdom and practical tips to help listeners build strong relationships and achieve their own definition of professional success. Thoughtful and practical, it is a must-have handbook for building a fantastic, prosperous career and a balanced, happy life—on your own terms. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Eat Complete, Drew Ramsey, M.D. (ebook)
From leading 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. Featuring fifty stunning, full-color photographs, Eat Complete helps you pinpoint the nutrients missing from your diet and gives you tasty recipes to transform your health—and ultimately your life. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Primal Endurance, Mark Sisson (ebook)
Primal Endurance is about slowing down, balancing out, chilling out, and having more fun with your endurance pursuits. It’s about building your health through sensible training patterns, instead of destroying your health through chronic training patterns. While it might be hard to believe at first glance, you can actually get faster by backing off from the overly aggressive and overly regimented “Type-A” training approach that prevails in today’s endurance community. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults, Lynn Weiss PhD (ebook)
Since its last revision in 1997, dozens of new treatments and philosophies about ADD and ADHD have met with storms of controversy and great media attention. Dr. Lynn Weiss cuts through the noise and gets down to the point in a human, caring, and professional way. Is it an allergy? A chemical imbalance? A genetic thing? Lynn’s answer: “Who cares?” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Health books

“The word I have coined in te reo Māori for autism is ‘Takiwātanga’. It is a derivation of my phrase for autism: “tōku/tōna anō takiwā” – “my/his/her own time and space”.”

– Keri Opai on Altogether Autism.

Our first book this month was written by a neurologist, as a result of his own research, after his son was diagnosed with autism.

The boy who felt too much : how a renowned neuroscientist and his son changed our view of autism forever / Wagner, Lorenz
“Raising Kai made Henry Markram question all that he thought he knew about neuroscience, and then inspired his groundbreaking research that would upend the conventional wisdom about autism, expressed in his now-famous theory of the Intense World Syndrome. Bringing his world-class research to bear on the problem, he devised a radical new theory of the disorder: People like Kai don’t feel too little; they feel too much.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2020
CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment is the most comprehensive, reliable, and timely reference available to answer common questions that arise in everyday clinical practice. Written by clinicians renowned in their respective fields, this trusted classic offers expert advice on all aspects of outpatient and inpatient medical care.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Restore, refresh, relax : a companion for every day self-care.
Restore Refresh Relax is like no other resource in your journey towards self-care. Through mindfulness, gentle yoga practice, nourishing foods, homemade skincare products and other healthful ideas, this book explores the building blocks for optimising lifelong wellbeing using natural remedies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The joy of movement : how exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage / McGonigal, Kelly
“Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers. She shows how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery–and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Why we eat (too much) : the new science of appetite / Jenkinson, Andrew
“For over two decades, weight loss surgeon Dr Andrew Jenkinson has treated thousands of people who have become trapped in the endless cycle of dieting. Why We Eat (Too Much), combines case studies from his practice and the new science of metabolism to illuminate how our appetite really works.” (adapted from Catalogue)

15-minute Pilates : four 15-minute workouts for strength, stretch, and control / Ungaro, Alycea
“Fit exercise into your busy life with these short but effective Pilates programs. Practice Pilates for just 15 minutes regularly-anytime, anywhere-to make a difference. Clear, step-by-step photographs paired with easy-to-follow instructions explain exactly what to do. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Anti-diet : reclaim your time, money, well-being and happiness through intuitive eating / Harrison, Christy
“In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-pound industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health and happiness. Anti-Diet will turn what you think you know about health and wellness upside down, as Harrison explores the history of diet culture, how it’s infiltrated the health and wellness world, how to recognise it in all its sneaky forms, and how letting go of efforts to lose weight or eat ‘perfectly’ actually helps to improve people’s health – no matter their size.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Breathe Well: Easy and Effective Techniques to Boost Energy, Feel Calmer, More Focused and Productive [paperback] / Hartley, Aimee
“Introducing breath basics and detailing why breathing properly is so important for health and wellbeing, Aimee shows you how to build up to a daily 20-minute breathing practice, divided into manageable chunks that you can easily fit into a busy da. ‘Conscious breathing activates the body’s relaxation response, which in turn reduces blood pressure, which in turn lowers the risk of stroke and improves cardiovascular health. It’s also good for digestion and general immunity, both of which are impaired by stress.’ – Guardian” (adapted from Catalogue)

Anxiety: practical about panic : a practical guide to understanding and overcoming anxiety disorder / Fletcher, Joshua
“Do you suffer from anxiety and panic? So did Joshua Fletcher, the author of the self-published bestseller Anxiety: panicking about panic – but he treated his own condition successfully, went back to school, became a counsellor and emerged as one of the country’s leading experts. Anxiety: panicking about panic is a complete, easy to read and hugely practical book about anxiety from someone who knows how to recover and live life to the full – and will show you how.” (Catalogue)

Beating osteoporosis : the facts, the treatments, the exercises / Moran, Diana
“Written in association with the National Osteoporosis Society, this practical book is a must-have for anybody affected by osteoporosis. As a sufferer of osteopenia herself (an early form of osteoporosis) Diana Moran is a strong advocate for exercise, early diagnosis, weight bearing exercise, vitamin D and other measures that can be taken to tackle osteoporosis.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New year, new books on Health

The greatest threat to our health is climate change. Bosh! How to live Vegan: Save the planet and feel amazing shows how to live a more sustainable life by following the vegan lifestyle. Our other picks talk about being close to animals and the health benefits of doing so; how to live with a degenerative disorder and find opportunities in it; tips on how to beat depression and much more. Enjoy!

Bosh! : how to live vegan : save the planet and feel amazing / Firth, Henry
“Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and how difficult it seems to stay on track? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, easy and delicious plant-based cooking, are here to help and make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Our wild calling : how connecting with animals can transform our lives–and save theirs / Louv, Richard
“Louv interviews researchers, theologians, wildlife experts, indigenous healers, psychologists, and others to show how people are communicating with animals in ancient and new ways; how dogs can teach children ethical behavior; how animal-assisted therapy may yet transform the mental health field; and what role the human-animal relationship plays in our spiritual health. Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures–not out of fear, but out of love.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Living with Crohn’s disease : turning adversity into opportunities / Hamilton, Nichola
Living with Crohn’s Disease highlights one woman’s turbulent journey while living with the disease. Nichola has endured over 25 surgeries and many near-fatal incidences, yet she continues to smile and feel blessed to be alive. The book was written to assist other sufferers and their carers in all areas of living with inflammatory bowel disease, both from a conventional/allied health perspective but also through a holistic approach, showing them how to improve life while enduring this illness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The depression cure : the six-step programme to beat depression without drugs / Ilardi, Stephen S.
“Based on extensive research with an amazing success rate, The Depression Cure outlines a step-by-step plan for recovery from depression, which focuses on six key lifestyle elements that have largely disappeared in healthy doses from modern life- – physical exercise – omega-3 fatty acids – natural sunlight exposure – restorative sleep – social connectedness – meaningful, engaging activity. The Depression Cure is an essential guide for anyone seeking an alternative approach to depression treatment.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Fentanyl, Inc. : how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid epidemic / Westhoff, Ben
“In Fentanyl, Inc., award-winning journalist Ben Westhoff goes undercover to investigate the shadowy world of synthetic drugs – becoming, in the process, the first journalist to infiltrate a Chinese fentanyl lab. He tracks down the drug baron in New Zealand who unintentionally helped to start the synthetic-drug revolution; prowls St. Louis streets with a former fentanyl dealer to understand how the epidemic started; and chronicles the lives of addicts and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug-awareness organisers in the US and Europe.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The brain : what it does, how it works & how it affects behavior / Loveday, Catherine
The Brain delves into how we use our brains in everyday life and uncovers the crucial workings of this vital organ in an accessible way for the general reader. From revealing how the brain controls our basic functions such as speech, vision and movement to how it determines our perceptions, contributes to our personalities and affects our emotions, this beautifully illustrated book unlocks the key questions about the brain.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Beating my breast : a diary of life and connection / Cramond, Kate
“If there are any perks from breast cancer, Changing Your Life should be one of them. Yeah, right. Nearly a year out from my diagnosis – just when everyone expects me to dust myself off and move on – I’m dull and dreary and utterly bogged. So I start a diary – hoping to sift through the quagmire in my head, and make sense of what’s been going on in my body. Over time, I describe my treatments – a horror show that mutilates my boob, kills my reproductive cycles and flattens me with side effects. But surprisingly, it is my stories that carry me through. The contrast between young me and older me.” (Catalogue)

8 steps to reverse your PCOS : a proven program to reset your hormones, repair your metabolism and restore your fertility / McCulloch, Fiona
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal condition in women. It afflicts ten to fifteen percent of women worldwide, causing various symptoms, including hair loss, acne, hirsutism, irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, and infertility. Dr. McCulloch introduces the key health factors that must be addressed to reverse PCOS. Through quizzes, symptom checklists, and lab tests, she’ll guide you in identifying which of the factors are present and what you can do to treat them.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The selfish ape : human nature and our path to extinction / Money, Nicholas P
“Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts us as Homo narcissus, paragons of self-absorption. The Selfish Ape is a book about human biology, the intertwined characteristics of our greatness and failure, and the way that we have plundered the biosphere. (adapted from Catalogue)

Outsmart your smartphone : conscious tech habits for finding happiness, balance & connection IRL / Davis, Tchiki
“Do you spend hours each day on your smartphone or tablet? Reading the news, shopping, compulsively checking email, or immersed in social media? Do you text friends while waiting in line at the grocery store, avoiding any chance of face-to-face interactions with actual human beings? This refreshingly honest how-to guide will help you find the balance you seek. You’ll learn how to stop letting your phone run your life and instead dial in real peace, fulfillment, and joy. You’ll also find tons of tips to help you make more meaningful connections, rediscover what truly matters to you, and feel less addicted to your phone! Book jacket.” (adapted from Catalogue)

When we’re 64 : your guide to a great later life / Ansari, Louise
“This book includes all the essentials on working longer, how to fund retirement, volunteering, where to live and what kind of house you’ll need. It covers how to stay healthy–and still live a full life if you develop a health condition–and reveals how your attitude towards aging could actually increase your lifespan. Filled with expert advice and new evidence and tips on how to age well, When We’re 64 is an eminently readable light-hearted look at how to plan and prepare for what could be the best years of your life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Enrich your life and find real happiness!

Find tips, ways and wisdom to guide yourself through difficult times. Take a look at your library collection of newly added ‘self help’ books, to heal your heart, develop a better understanding and foster awareness! Happy reading!

Revolution of the soul : awaken to love through raw truth, radical healing, and conscious action / Corn, Seane
“Celebrated yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty–enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings–to help us heal, evolve, and change the world. Just a few of the stops along the way include:   The everyday “angels” Seane finds in the gritty corners of New York’s 1980s East Village; her early struggles as a total yoga-class misfit; the profound shadow work and body-based practices that helped her to heal childhood trauma, OCD, unhealthy behaviors, and relationship wounding; hard-earned lessons from some of the most heartbreaking places on the planet; and many other unforgettable teaching stories.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Zest : how to squeeze the max out of life / Cope, Andrew
“Grown-ups have become Groan-ups. They know they should be making the best of it, but don’t actually know what their ‘best’ looks like anymore. Years of societal conformity have created a beige generation who have lost their identity; forgotten how they once were – buried under a stifling facade of adulthood. But underneath, those moments, memories, passions are still there. If only they could be re-ignited. Other books have light and shade; Zest will explore the dark and blindingly bright.” (adapted from Catalogue)

When you’re not OK : a toolkit for tough times / Stark, Jill
“From Jill Stark, bestselling author of Happy Never After, comes this warm and practical book of tips and wisdom to help guide you through the tough times. This is a self-care manual for the days when you feel alone – the days when you worry that you’re too weird or broken or unfixable to be normal. With compassion, humour, and honesty, Jill offers signposts to help you find the path back to yourself.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Open: Why asking for help can save your life [hardback] / Bridge, Frankie
“Speak out. Ask for help. And be helped. In Open, Frankie Bridge, ex-The Saturdays, opens up about her ongoing journey from breakdown to breakthroughs and through self-loathing, hospitalization and self-acceptance. Part narrative exploration, part practical guide, this book will help you to understand the importance of talking and helping each other in an imperfect world. By opening up about her battles, Frankie wants to help a generation of people to be more open about their mental health.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The feel good guide : easy steps towards a happier, more fulfilled you / Green, Matilda
“When Matilda Green, bestselling author of The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Living a Beautiful Life, found herself facing some hard times, she knew she needed to do something to boost her happiness and her self-esteem. But what?
So she set out on a journey of discovery, embracing gratitude, mindfulness and meditation techniques, and learning how to be kind to others and to herself. As Matilda says, this isn’t so much about changing who you are as it is about loving who you are. It’s about celebrating yourself, embracing and being proud of the person you have grown to be, and finding the right tools to help you remember just how awesome you really are.” (adapted from Catalogue)

On being human : a memoir of waking up, living real, and listening hard / Pastiloff, Jennifer
“Centered around the touchstone stories Jen tells in her popular workshops, On Being Human is the story of how a starved person grew into the exuberant woman she was meant to be all along by battling the demons within and winning. Through her journey, Jen conveys the experience most of us are missing in our lives: being heard and being told, “I got you.”   Exuberant, triumphantly messy, and brave, On Being Human is a celebration of happiness and self-realization over darkness and doubt.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Time and how to spend it : the 7 rules for richer, happier days / Wallman, James
“If the most precious thing we have is time, the most highly prized expertise should be knowing how to spend it well. Yet, busier than ever, do we really understand which experiences bring us joy and success, and which don’t? This life-enhancing book will show you how to be the hero or heroine of your own story. You’ll not only be living the good life, but building a truly great life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Tame your anxiety : rewiring your brain for happiness / Breuning, Loretta Graziano
“Anxiety is natural. Calm is learned. If you didn’t learn yesterday, you can learn today. It’s not easy, of course. Once your natural alarm system is triggered, it’s hard to find the off switch. Understanding the underlying mechanisms will help you stop them before they get ahead of you.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Health books new in our collection

Books and eBooks to help those suffering from insomnia, about neuroplasticity, and a guide to medical cannabis for New Zealanders feature this month!

Print books

The first cell : and the human costs of pursuing cancer to the last / Raza, Azra
“In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again. The First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Healing practices in the South Pacific
“This collection represents a valuable reference work for specialists on Oceania and, because of strong relationships between the two cultural areas, for specialists on traditional medical systems of southeast Asia who are interested in broadening their own comparative analyses.” (adapted from “R. Provencher, Northern Illinois University. Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (Catalogue)

The pelvic floor bible : everything you need to know to prevent and cure problems at every stage in your life / Simpson, Jane
“Have you ever laughed so much you wet yourself – just a little bit? Or found yourself crossing your legs on the doorstep frantically searching for your keys? Do you get up at night to go to the toilet more than once? Incontinence is both preventable and curable through pelvic floor exercises and rehabilitation but too many people assume nothing can be done, follow incorrect advice or are ashamed to seek help. We need to end the taboo now. Jane Simpson will show you how to incorporate pelvic floor exercises as part of your daily routine in order to prevent issues in later life and cure existing problems now.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Up the duff : the real guide to pregnancy / Cooke, Kaz
“First published in 1999, Kaz Cooke’s best-selling Up the Duff is firmly established as the most loved and trusted book for Australian and New Zealand women on pregnancy.
This 20th-anniversary edition has been fully revised and updated. Australia’s most trusted advisor on women’s health delivers the lowdown on pregnancy, birth and how to best prepare for life with a baby.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The ultimate guide to eating for longevity : the macrobiotic way to live a long, healthy, and happy life / Waxman, Denny
“The ultimate guide on how to build and integrate healthy habits into your diet and lifestyle, revealing a more positive, balanced, and invigorating approach to long lasting health. Readers will find healthy living easier than ever by learning how to apply these principles into a broad range of modern lifestyles and having the ability to go at their own pace. The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity is not a diet fad but based on the world’s long-standing civilizations that have changed very little over time and make it clear that it is possible to live a long healthy life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Medical cannabis : a brief guide for New Zealanders / Holt, Shaun
“An easy-to-read guide to the potential benefits and risks of using cannabis as a medicine. It gives the reader a good understanding of what medical cannabis is, an overview of its history, and importantly, a summary of what the latest research shows about the use of cannabis as a medicine, and its potential benefits and risks.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eBooks

Relax into yoga for seniors : a six-week program for strength, balance, flexibility, and pain relief / Carson, Kimberly
“With this book, you’ll explore what yoga is and how to do it safely, including important movement considerations like how to get up and down from the floor with care, and how to stand and sit with healthy postural alignment. 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.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Healthy brain, happy life : a personal program to activate your brain and do everything better / Suzuki, Wendy
“A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health and our personal happiness in this clear, informative and inspiring guide – a blend of personal memoir, science narrative and practical advice that bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory and cognitive abilities. Taking us on an amazing journey inside the brain as never before, Suzuki helps us unlock the keys to neuroplasticity that can change our brains or bodies and, ultimately, our lives.” (Catalogue)

Mindfulness for insomnia / Polan Orzech, Catherine
“Break the cycle of anxious thinking and rumination that keeps you up at night. With this much-needed guide, you’ll learn to quiet your mind, relax your body, feel less tense, and finally get the sleep you need. There is nothing we can do to “make” ourselves fall asleep. In many ways, this is why insomnia can be so maddening. But what we can do is help create the conditions necessary for healthy slumber.” (adapted from Catalogue)

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)