Category: Recent picks

Healthier, fitter, happier – Ready to beat winter

This month’s programme: Getting over our everyday anxieties & addictions, fighting our demons, big and small and getting fit and healthy. A very ambitious mission, but these selected books should provide us with the advice and support we all need on the way to health and happiness, in understanding ourselves better and making the most of life in general.

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We start with a very smart, compact and to the point series of little books.
Your 12-week Guides to the Gym, to Running and to Cycling offer achievable step-by-step guides to help get an unfit person to a definable goal – a 90 minute workout in 12 weeks. These books outline how to get started, what’s needed and how to make that first step. Then using the week-by-week guide the reader works towards the target goal in very gradual steps with a weekly programme plus basic tips on nutrition, motivation, stretching and so on. The emphasis is on a very gradual approach towards achieving the goal so that the reader feels comfortable and there is constant reaffirmation of achievements as he/she works through the programme. There will also be sections for the reader’s own notes, which are important for that all-important feeling of success as he/she works towards the ultimate goal of looking better and feeling fitter. (Adapted from publisher’s description)

Is it me or my hormones? 
“One of the most common and agonizing problems women face today is hormonal imbalance. Sometimes it’s a nightmarish premenstrual syndrome—depression, cravings, bloating, weight gain, irritability, and even out-of-control rage for up to three weeks each month. Sometimes it’s periods so painful that you have to arrange your entire life around your cycle. Sometimes it’s a rocky passage into perimenopause that changes everything you know about yourself and your body. Luckily, you can resolve these hormonal issues—you just need accurate, actionable information to do so. In Is It Me or My Hormones?, Marcelle Pick, author of The Core Balance Diet and Is It Me or My Adrenals?, delves into the often misunderstood world of female hormonal imbalance. Sharing her personal struggles and her experiences with patients, Marcelle helps you understand how the right diet, exercise, supplements, herbs, and psychological support, occasionally complemented with bioidentical hormones, can free you from hormone disruption. After walking you through the basic science of how your hormones affect your body, mind, and emotions, Marcelle lays out an accessible, easy-to-follow, 28-day program—complete with schedules, exercises, supplements, meal plans, and recipes—that will stabilize your hormones in just one month and make you feel like yourself again. Unlike many medical professionals, Marcelle knows that your symptoms aren’t “just a normal part of being a woman” or “not that big a deal.” And in this book, she validates your experience of hormonal imbalance and opens your eyes to the power you have over your health. So join Marcelle on this journey to implement simple, natural changes that will help eliminate your cravings, depression, mood swings, and weight gain, and make you feel energized, sexual, and in command of your life!” (From

syndetics-lcThe Hormone Cure
“All too often women are told that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to accept that being a woman means feeling overwhelmed or that popping pills is the new normal. In The Hormone Cure, she shares the unique hormone-balancing program that she has used to help thousands of women reclaim wellness, verve, and optimal health.
Combining natural therapies with rigorous scientific testing and using an informative questionnaire to identify the common causes of hormonal imbalance, Dr. Gottfried provides an individualized plan in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language. Based on ten years’ study of cutting-edge medical research as a specialist in functional and integrative therapies, Dr. Gottfried’s three-tiered treatment strategy includes:
•Supplements and targeted lifestyle changes that address underlying deficiencies
•Herbal therapies that restore balance and optimize your body’s natural function
• Bioidentical hormones— most available without a prescription
The Hormone Cure is a groundbreaking book that demonstrates how balancing your hormones can cure underlying health issues and result in restored sleep, greater energy, improved mood, easy weight loss, increased productivity, and many more benefits. Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure will transform your life.” (From

syndetics-lcI quit sugar : your complete 8-week detox program and cookbook
“Sarah Wilson was a self-confessed sugar addict, eating over 30 teaspoons of sugar every day. She’d developed mood disorders, a weight issue, sleep problems and an overactive thyroid. She knew she had to make a change. In January 2011, she decided to quit sugar. What started as an experiment soon became a way of life, and she hasn’t looked back since. This book outlines the dangers of sugar, provides a step-by-step guide to kicking the habit, and provides 80 delicious sugar-free recipes, including baking and dessert recipes. Packed with great advice, fun tips, personal stories and gorgeous photography, this is a sensible, simple and accessible guide to losing weight and getting well.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lc Eating Disorders, A Parents’ Guide
“Eating problems are common in children and teenagers. Yet myths about such problems abound and it can be very difficult to separate the facts from popular beliefs; unusual or disturbed eating patterns can be understandably bewildering and distressing for parents.
Whatever aspect of your child’s eating behaviour is causing you concern, this book will help you understand some of the more common reasons why problems arise, and will give you advice on what you and others can do to manage the situation.
Written by two experienced clinicians, this new edition of Eating Disorders: A Parents’ Guide is dedicated to clarifying the subject of eating disorders. Combining an accessible and straightforward introduction to the subject with practical advice, this book represents the first step towards recognising, understanding and dealing with the problem.
Case-studies are used to help parents understand their children’s experiences of this complex and challenging subject and sensitive advice is offered on a range of issues, including:
- how to identify a complete range of eating difficulties
- how to approach specific problems
- where to seek help and treatment.
This book will be welcomed by anyone who is concerned about the eating habits of their children and will be invaluable to professionals working with those suffering from eating disorders. “(From

syndetics-lcGetting past your past : take control of your life with self-help techniques from EMDR therapy
“A totally accessible user’s guide from the creator of a scientifically proven form of psychotherapy for healing ailments ranging from PTSD to minor anxiety and depression. Whether we’ve experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don’t fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to break free from emotional roadblocks. Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains the brain science in layman’s terms and provides simple exercises that readers can do at home to achieve real change” Provided by publisher.

syndetics-lcFlying with confidence : the proven programme to fix your flying fears

“A practical guide to overcoming your fear of flying by top flying experts from British Airways’ Flying with Confidence course. 
Does the thought of flying fill you with dread? Do panic attacks leave you feeling scared and vulnerable?
If so, this book could change your life. Written by top flying experts from British Airways’ ‘Flying with Confidence’ course, this reassuring guide explains everything you need to know about air travel alongside techniques for feeling confident and in control from take off to landing. In easy-to-follow sections, you’ll learn how to recognise cabin noises, manage turbulence and fly in bad weather conditions. As your knowledge grows, so will your confidence, with the fear of the unknown removed.” (From

Our body, our mind, our health

This month, we’ll explore some fascinating facts about our bodies from a historical, scientific, artistic and sociological angles, look at our relationship with our face and its appearance, find solutions to almost every back problem and take advice  on nutrition, health and exercise. Finally, we reflect on how we can change our approach towards gender stereotypes by understanding the neuroscience behind it.

syndetics-lc Anatomies : the human body, its parts and the stories they tell
“It is the most fraught and fascinating, talked-about and taboo, unique yet universal aspect of our lives. Until we fall ill, most of us take this extraordinarily complicated collection of flesh, bones and fluids entirely for granted. But from ancient body art to plastic surgery, from early anatomists to conceptual artists, grave-robbers to bionic athletes, our changing attitudes to the human body – how it works, what it should look like, how to live with it, what it means – tell us more about ourselves than almost any other subject in human history. Blending history, science, art, literature and the everyday, one of our finest science writers investigates this most marvellous and mysterious of creations. The result is a treasure trove of surprising facts, remarkable stories and startling information that encompasses everything from the first finger-printing to the physiology of angels, from synaesthesia to the clown-egg register, from the death-mask of Isaac Newton to the afterlife of Einstein’s brain.” Publisher’s description (courtesy of Syndetics)

syndetics-lcIn your face : the hidden history of plastic surgery and why looks matter
“We humans have been modifying our faces for centuries-from medieval face-pulling competitions (often fatal) and criminal punishment in ancient India (rhinokopia), to post-war reconstructive surgery and contemporary cosmetic surgery. But what is it that compels us to go “under the knife”? Is it simply the pursuit of beauty, or is it a deeper drive for survival? And why, with all our advances in medical science, does some plastic surgery look so bad? You can open any women’s magazine and find at least one article showing some celebrity’s cosmetic surgery gone wrong, often resulting in that familiar and laughable but tragic “wind tunnel” face. The truth is that kind of look is not really plastic surgery at all-it’s cosmetic surgery done by underqualified practitioners using outdated techniques. It shouldn’t happen. This book shows you why and how. In the tradition of The Brain that Changes Itself; Guns, Germs & Steel; Salt; and Orchid Fever, this lively exploration of the history and science of plastic surgery looks at 500 years of the face-what we do to it, what it means for us, and what the future holds.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcThe back bible
“A must-have family reference packed with proven, practical approaches to caring for your back throughout your life. With a full anatomy of the spine and back, a breakdown of different types of pain, when to see the doctor and at-a-glance diagnostic advice, The Back Bible offers a physiological run down of the problems that can affect you back, neck, and shoulders.
Dozens of self-help measures are covered, including general back care, exercise routines, ways of improving sleeping posture and the benefits of heat/hydro therapy and self-massage. There is also extensive advice on managing back pain, from analgesics to visualisation and meditation. The book then guides you through what to expect from conventional medical care, covering diagnosis, drug treatments, surgery, physiotherapy and a directory of complementary therapies and specialist treatments.” (From

syndetics-lcThe honest life : living naturally and true to you
“Actress, activist, and entrepreneur Jessica Alba inspires moms to make affordably healthy choices for themselves and their families without sacrificing style. As a new mom, Jessica Alba wanted to create the safest, healthiest environment for her family. But she was frustrated by the lack of trustworthy information on how to live healthier and cleaner–delivered in a way that a busy mom could act on without going to extremes. In 2012, with serial entrepreneur Brian Lee and environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable. The Honest Life shares the insights and strategies she gathered along the way. The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes) and embracing nontoxic choices at home; she also provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget. Alba discusses cultivating a daily eco beauty routine, finding one’s personal style without resorting to yoga pants, and engaging in fun, hands-on activities with kids. Her solutions are easy, chic, and down-to-earth: They’re honest. And discovering everyday ways to live naturally and authentically–true to you–could be honestly life-changing” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcThe unapologetic fat girl’s guide to exercise and other incendiary acts
“An empowering guide for plus-size women shares non-judgmental, practical information and motivational strategies for incorporating exercise into an everyday lifestyle, profiling a range of options from WiiFit to extreme sports while covering such topics as common sports injuries, nutritional guidelines and working with a trainer. This guide is big on attitude, giving plus-size women the motivation, support, and information to improve their health.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcBe your own nutritionist : rethink your relationship with food
“A radical new approach to healthy eating…
Bombarded by fad diets and scary slogans telling you how to eat healthily and lose weight? Confused as to which of the hundreds of diet books out there is telling the truth? Be Your Own Nutritionist has the answers. Forget low-carb diets, superfoods, your five-a-day there are no hard and fast rules about what to eat, when. A healthy diet varies from person to person and, most importantly, from place to place.
This is an exciting new take on nutrition showing how factors such as climate, time, environment and emotional wellbeing should all affect the way we eat. Combining age-old traditions of healthy eating (did you know that the mid-Victorians had the best diet of any Britons before or since?) with modern scientific research, clinician George Cooper shows you how to ignore the fads and eat right for yourself. He explains in clear, easy terms exactly how your digestive system works (and why you need to know). He explains why raw food is sometimes bad for you; and how hot, spicy foods can mitigate against damp and cold. Packed with easily-adaptable recipes and useful tips, this book is your indispensible guide to eating well, wherever you are.”(from

“Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcAll is well : heal your body with medicine, affirmations and intuition
“This new book by celebrated authors Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz, not only explores the medical science behind the affirmations in Louise Hay’s international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, but also offers stories and practical advice for personal healing.
Structured around seven emotional centres, which mirror our chakra system, Louise and Mona Lisa examine the connections between these centres and the body. Drawing on years of research, they explore probable mental causes for the physical manifestation of illness associated with each centre, and then lay out how to address these health concerns. Combining two complementary systems, Louise discusses new thought patterns and offers new affirmations to counteract specific emotional weaknesses, and Mona Lisa, who has worked for many years as a medical intuitive and physician, helps readers listen to their own bodies’ intuition and prescribes medical solutions that are based in Western science. They provide real-world examples of people who faced illness and outline the specific emotional and physical prescriptions that helped them heal.” (from

syndetics-lcPink brain, blue brain : how small differences grow into troublesome gaps–and what we can do about it
“Turning conventional thinking about gender differences on its head, Lise Eliot issues a startling call to close the troubling gaps between boys and girls and help all children reach their fullest potential. Drawing on years of exhaustive research and her own work in the field of neuroplasticity, Eliot argues that infant brains are so malleable that small differences at birth become amplified over time as parents, teachers, and the culture at large unwittingly reinforce gender stereotypes. By focussing on the ways in which differences emerge such prescriptive behaviours can be eradicated, and the boundaries that prevent boys and girls from achieving can be destroyed.” (From

Latest Health books

Below is a list of the latest health books we recieved. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverThe rough guide to men’s health
“Spiralling work stress, junk food overload, and makeover madness all make staying healthy seem a taller order than ever before. The Rough Guide to Men’s Health provides you with everything you need to know to ensure your lifestyle isn’t at war with your health. Avoiding flabby waffle and well being puritanism, features include: Wherever, whenever - down-to-earth health advice whether you are in the kitchen, the bedroom, the gym, out on the town or simply looking in the mirror; How to improve performance - life coach strategies aimed at optimizing your outlook so you can feel your best every day; Wear and tear – identifying the causes of health problems and what to do about them, with “how it works” features on key problem areas like the back and gut and how to cope with sport’s injuries, and; Tooling up: getting back into shape, sex and relationships, returning to work, and staying sane plus the low down on supplements.” ( summary)

Syndetics book coverSupergrains : eat your way to great health / Chrissy Freer.
“What we eat and the impact food can have on our health is becoming increasingly important. This book explores 12 super grains – quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, brown rice, chia seeds, millet, oats, kamut spelt, barley, farro and freekeh – their history, unique nutritive and health benefits, as well as what they are best used for and how to prepare them. The easy, fresh and delicious recipes utilising each grain in its many forms will give you the confidence to use and incorporate these supergrains into everyday cooking so that your food and your health will be given ‘added life’!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding type 2 diabetes : fewer highs, fewer lows, better health / Merlin Thomas.
“The growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes already affects over 1.3 million Australians and twice that number again are at risk of developing the disease in the next five to ten years. By Professor Merlin Thomas from the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, Understanding Type 2 Diabetes offers clear, effective guidance on how to manage all aspects of the disease. It describes the changes you can make to your diet and the different ways exercise can be used to improve your health, as well as the medical aspects of diabetes care. Individual chapters look at the effects of diabetes on the heart, vision, feet, kidneys, bladder, mind, mood, sleep and sex – all important areas for sufferers wanting to maintain optimum health”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat doctors eat : tips, recipes, and the ultimate eating plan for lasting weight loss and perfect health / Tasneem Bhatia and the editors of Prevention.
“One of the questions we all want to ask our doctors: How do you protect your health? The answer almost always is: It’s all about making smart food choices. Prevention has synthesized the experts’ strategies to create the ultimate healthy-eating plan, that will help anyone reach their goal weight”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYour pregnancy after 35 / Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler.
“Now, after more than ten years, Your Pregnancy After 35 has been fully revised with the most up-to-date information, addressing every health and lifestyle concern pertinent to “older” mothers. From how age affects pregnancy to when to consider genetic counseling to how to find the best care when returning to work, this essential guide offers mothers–and their partners–the wise and supportive answers they need”– Provided by publisher (courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s heart book : every woman’s guide to a heart-healthy life / Suzanne Steinbaum ; with Eve Adamson.
“Get out of your head and live in your heart, Lenox Hill Hospital cardiologist Steinbaum urges in this chatty “you go girl” guide to getting and staying on the right health track. Steinbaum decries the “heartsickness” that runs rampant in today’s world, putting increasingly younger women at risk for cardiac disease, an ailment that kills more women than all forms of cancer, lung disease, Alzheimer’s, and accidents combined. Mental stress-encompassing anxiety, depression, hostility, and social isolation-is very damaging; essentially, “the heart is suffering from oxygen deprivation every time you” allocate blood to the brain to deal with stress. Steinbaum illuminates the mechanics of heart disease and counsels women on how they can help themselves, from eating healthy and exercising to keeping a detailed “heart book.” While nimbly tackling the technical aspects of heart disease and preventive measures, Steinbaum’s greatest strength is her ability to connect with readers. “When I say, ‘Live from the heart,’ I’m saying ‘Live from that place of who you are,’ ” she writes. “It’s about really understanding your best qualities and letting them shine.” Her big-sister approach is just what the doctor ordered. Agent: Sarah Jane Freymann, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)” (courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIn your face : the hidden history of plastic surgery and why looks matter / Bryan Mendelson in conjunction with Vicki Steggall.
“We humans have been modifying our faces for centuries-from medieval face-pulling competitions (often fatal) and criminal punishment in ancient India (rhinokopia), to post-war reconstructive surgery and contemporary cosmetic surgery. But what is it that compels us to go “under the knife”? Is it simply the pursuit of beauty, or is it a deeper drive for survival? And why, with all our advances in medical science, does some plastic surgery look so bad? You can open any women’s magazine and find at least one article showing some celebrity’s cosmetic surgery gone wrong, often resulting in that familiar and laughable but tragic “wind tunnel” face. The truth is that kind of look is not really plastic surgery at all-it’s cosmetic surgery done by underqualified practitioners using outdated techniques. It shouldn’t happen. This book shows you why and how. In the tradition of The Brain that Changes Itself; Guns, Germs & Steel; Salt; and Orchid Fever, this lively exploration of the history and science of plastic surgery looks at 500 years of the face-what we do to it, what it means for us, and what the future holds”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSubliminal : how your unconscious mind rules your behavior / Leonard Mlodinow.Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
“It can be very tricky to distinguish between behavior that is conscious and behavior that is habitual. We perform numerous automatic tasks every day, mostly unaware that we’re doing them. We act on autopilot even as we also make one conscious decision after another. This very enlightening book explores the two sides of our mental lives, with a focus on the subconscious or subliminal element. More than ever before, researchers are discovering that our perceptions are filtered through the subliminal processes of our minds, that we actually see the world according to our unconscious mind’s expectations and assessments. Drawing on clinical research conducted over a period of several decades and containing a number of rather startling revelations such as the at-first-glance counterintuitive fact that people who are briefly touched on the arm are more likely to order the dinner special in a restaurant, sign a petition, and buy food after sampling it for free the book appeals to readers with an interest in the workings of the human mind.–Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist) (courtesy of Syndetics)

Health for February

Selections include: using food as medicine to create better health; improving metabolism to lose weight; an anatomy manual revealing what happens to the body during exercise; how to help prevent anxiety; using traumatic past events to promote positive change; restoring health with yoga and meditation; the effects of a rare autoimmune condition called anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis; what to eat when diagnosed with cancer; understanding human trauma in relation to wild animals; the history of influenza and the effect of doctors in Victorian England society in the field of mental health.

Syndetics book coverJanella Purcell’s elixir : how to use food as medicine / Janella Purcell.
”Janella Purcell believes that the food we eat affects our physical body, and also our mind and spirit. In this invaluable book she shares her expertise in foods, health, and nutrition, and shows you how to care for yourself, naturally and easily, using food as medicine at home. In this entertaining and practical guide, Janella presents an intriguing variety of subjects and information. These range from suggestions to assist healthy aging, to a discussion on organic produce and why you should use it, to tips for those suffering from headache, fatigue, immunity problems, fertility issues, and Syndrome X – among many, many other topics. Also included are easy-to-prepare recipes using some wonderful ingredients that will quickly become part of your recipe repertoire and make you feel fabulous. Janella Purcell’s Elixir introduces us to what Eastern philosophy has been practicing for thousands of years – the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit and how this affects our state of mind, health, and personality. Janella Purcell’s Elixir is really a volume to use, to keep, and to treasure.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverThe thyroid solution diet : boost your sluggish metabolism to lose weight / Ridha Arem.
“In this follow-up to The Thyroid Solution, endocrinologist Arem, clinical professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Texas Thyroid Institute, presents a detailed diet plan to rebalance the hormone systems and speed up metabolism. Arem says cutting calories doesn’t work; instead, his method ramps up thyroid hormone activity, lowers ghrelin levels (the hormone that stimulates appetite), and boosts leptin sensitivity (the hormone that limits food intake). In Part I Arem explains how hormones and a sluggish metabolism can lead to weight gain. He also reveals how stress can result in overeating, and delves into the importance of sleep and its effect on hormones. Part II zeros in on an adapted combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the PRO Diet (Protein-Rich Oriental Diet), featuring foods that maximize metabolism efficiency with an emphasis on timing and scheduling meals to work with the body’s natural rhythms. The third section presents a step-by-step weight-loss program as well as a “20/10″ exercise program (20 minutes of cardio-focused high intensity interval training plus 10 minutes of strength training). Readers seeking a quick fix won’t find it, but those who are willing to work a little harder and dig into the scientific underpinnings of weight loss may be fascinated by the connections to hormones.” (Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe student’s anatomy of exercise manual / chief consultant, Ken Ashwell.
”The Student’s Anatomy of Exercise Manual is designed to improve the reader’s understanding of how the body works during exercise. It features common exercises (including weight lifting, stretching, and cardiovascular) and uses detailed full-colour anatomical illustrations to show exactly which muscles are used in each exercise – including identifying active and stabilizer muscles. Readers can see what’s happening inside the body during a workout session. Visualizing and understanding exactly which muscles are activated during various exercises will not only increase knowledge of anatomy and understanding of how the body works, but it will help improve the effectiveness of workout and rehabilitation routines. The Student’s Anatomy of Exercise Manual contains a 30-page colouring-in workbook featuring black-and-white line illustrations of parts of the muscular system, to help readers memorize the location of the various muscles. A glossary of anatomical terms is also included…” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverRelax : say goodbye to anxiety and panic / Patrick McCarthy.
“This book, for people who experience anxiety and panic attacks, explains how anxiety occurs and offers a simple three-step process to prevent it. Written in a conversational, easy-to-read style by a doctor specialising in medical hypnosis, the book is accompanied by a CD that provides a self-hypnosis process to prevent anxiety and panic attacks that has been used to treat thousands of people. The CD teaches people how to relax in less than a minute, replace negative thoughts with positive ones in less than a second, and change from a pessimistic to an optimistic style of thinking.” (HUIA Publishers)

Syndetics book coverWhat doesn’t kill us : the new psychology of posttraumatic growth / Stephen Joseph.
” For the past twenty years, pioneering psychologist Stephen Joseph has worked with survivors of trauma. His studies have yielded a startling discovery: that a wide range of traumatic events – from illness, divorce, separation, assault, and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters, and terrorism – can act as catalysts for positive change. Boldly challenging the conventional wisdom about trauma and its aftermath, Joseph demonstrates that rather than ruining one’s life, a traumatic event can actually improve it. Drawing on the wisdom of ancient philosophers, the insights of evolutionary biologists, and the optimism of positive psychologists, “What Doesn’t Kill Us” reveals how all of us can navigate change and adversity – traumatic or otherwise – to find new meaning, purpose, and direction in life.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverYoga and meditation : a holistic approach to perfect homeostasis / Yogini Shubh Veer.
”…Dr Yogini Shubh Veer has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 4 decades and in Yoga and Meditation she shares her rich experience to help you restore your physical and mental balance. You’ll learn the basics of life: Breathing, pranayama and prana, diet, ethics, relaxation, concentration and will discover how each one has an impact on your daily life. In clear simple language, the intricacies of yoga and meditation are explained. 108 yoga postures with some 400 step-by-step illustrations and instructions are included – including the complete ‘Surya Namaskar’, Salutation to the sun, 24 postures in one. Lessons on relaxation will help to ease any tension and depression and the sections on yoga’s relation to holism and homeostasis will let you unlock the secret to optimal health. Yoga and Meditation will help you to discover nature’s amazing way to perfect homeostasis, the key to health, through the millennia old legacy of yoga and meditation.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverOh baby : birth, babies and motherhood uncensored / Kathy Fray.
” Refreshingly honest, openly frank and candidly blunt, this book has been written by a mother for other mothers. It oozes with warm fuzzies, it reeks of mumsy terms, it exudes realism in every paragraph and it is refreshing in its guiltless honesty. Modern first-time mothers are often alone – devoid of once traditional motherhood knowledge and practical support. Often previously self-confident women find themselves inconceivably isolated, hopelessly fumbling over everyday mothering tasks, enduring torturous levels of sleep deprivation, feeling desperately despondent and physiologically aching and leaking everywhere. This book provides supportive, caring advice – one Mum to another – while at the same time serving as an encyclopaedic medical reference regarding the mother and baby. Checked thoroughly by medical professionals, this book is a unique blend, like having access to a kind and gentle GP as well as to all the gems of wisdom of years of mothers’ coffee groups. This new title clearly and compassionately explains the ups as well as the downs which are perfectly normal aspects of giving birth and mothering in today’s society.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverWaking the tiger : healing trauma : the innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences / Peter A. Levine ; with Ann Frederick. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma – The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences
“Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverBrain on fire : my month of madness / Susannah Cahalan.
“New York Post reporter Cahalan details the madness that briefly robbed her of her independence and ability to write. At first, the author’s erratic behavior seemed symptomatic of overwork. Soon, her lack of physical control and frightening, self-destructive behavior became impossible to ignore. Following a string of misdiagnoses, a top neurologist recognized a then newly discovered autoimmune condition called anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis. With the help of her doctor and supportive family and boyfriend, Cahalan recovered and was back at work within a year…” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHow to eat well when you have cancer / Jane Freeman.
“Diet in cancer is a highly emotive area and one of great confusion. Has my diet caused my cancer? Will I recover if I give up dairy products? Is it worth spending money on supplements? This book is a practical nutritional guide for those diagnosed with cancer, those undergoing treatment, and those whose treatment is over. It tackles the problems associated with nutrition and cancer, such as lack of appetite, nausea and dehydration. It suggests ways to keep up your strength and energy, particularly when you don’t feel like eating. Other topics include how to avoid infection and help the healing process; monitoring your food intake and weight; and planning an eating plan that’s right for you. Includes recipes.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverGlobal flu and you : a history of influenza / George Dehner.
“The recurrence of the Spanish Flu virus, the appearance and spread of Bird Flu, and the 2009 Swine Flu have heightened concerns about the dangers posed by flu pandemics. Drawing on his extensive research into influenza pandemics, George Dehner refutes the idea that these are a new phenomenon. In Global Flu and You, he traces the origins of the disease and outlines the societal and cultural changes that enabled the virus to become an epidemic threat. He reveals that while medical and scientific breakthroughs in studying and protecting against the virus have made rapid progress, demographic, economic, and technical changes have served to speed up and amplify the potential impacts of an influenza pandemic.” (The University of Chicago Press Books)

Syndetics book coverThe fragile wisdom : an evolutionary view on women’s biology and health / Grazyna Jasienska.
“A cure has been raced for, sought after, and exhaustively researched, but as yet to no avail; the seemingly ubiquitous pink ribbon has become synonymous with steadily rising rates in breast cancer, and, more generally, the myriad health risks faced by women today. Jasienska, a professor at Jagiellonian University’s Institute of Public Health in Krakow, Poland, explores the ways in which modern changes in attitude (and medicine) with respect to the evolutionary role of women to reproduce might be contributing to rising female health problems…” (Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverInconvenient people : lunacy, liberty and the mad-doctors in Victorian England / Sarah Wise.
“The nineteenth century saw repeated panics about sane individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums. With the rise of the ‘mad-doctor’ profession, English liberty seemed to be threatened by a new generation of medical men willing to incarcerate difficult family members in return for the high fees paid by an unscrupulous spouse or friend. And contrary to popular modern belief, the madwoman in the attic was at least as likely to have been a madman. Sarah Wise uncovers twelve shocking stories, some told for over a century, which reveal the darker side of the Victorian upper and middle class – their sexuality, fears of inherited madness, financial greed and fraudulence – and chillingly evoke the black motives at the heart of the phenomenon of the ‘inconvenient person.” (Inside jacket).

New health books in December

This month we feature a wide range of material including ‘attentive medicine’ (medicine that cares for the body and soul); infertility from Maori perspectives; how to handle first aid and medical emergencies in New Zealand’s outdoors; childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand; how you and your doctor can make the right medical choices together; analysis of neuroscience methods, past and present; the secrets of human thought; anorexia explored biologically; a neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife; the types, physiological sources, and cultural resonances of hallucinations and mindfulness practices for people with cancer and other serious illnesses and more.

Syndetics book coverGod’s hotel : a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine / Victoria Sweet.
“…Laguna Honda, lower tech but human paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea, of the body as a garden to be tended. God’s Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern “health care facility,” revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.”" (Adapted from Publisher’s description).

(Want to read more reviews? Here’s one from The New York Times)

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand outdoor first aid / Author: Christine McLeod (née Griffin); medical adviser: Dick Price; managing editor: Jen Riley.
“The third edition of the New Zealand Outdoor First Aid manual contains essential information about how to handle first aid and medical emergencies in New Zealand’s outdoors. This manual is suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts, but especially useful for those leading groups in the outdoors. Learn how to manage a variety of scenarios and deal with any incidents that might occur confidently and effectively. This edition has been completely revised by medical specialists. It includes new photographs, revised illustrations and up-to-date information on current New Zealand outdoor safety and medical standards.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverThe gift of children : Māori and infertility / edited by Paul Reynolds and Cherryl Smith.
“Based on a three-year study, this book explores infertility from Maori perspectives and provides insights into Maori concepts, views and practices in relation to fertility and infertility. Exploring a variety of fertility and infertility issues, the chapters include traditional stories of fertility, Maori fertility statistics, legal issues impacting on cultural values, traditional adoption, experiences of fertility clinics, and fertility and Maori men. The people interviewed talk about how infertility affects their lives and those of future generations, and their stories confirm the importance of whakapapa and traditional values while facing the introduction of assisted reproductive technologies.” (Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverBorn to a changing world : childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand / Alison Clarke.
“Emerging from diaries, letters and memoirs, the voices of this remarkable book tell a new story of life arriving amidst a turbulent world. Before the Plunket Society, before antibiotics, before ’safe’ Caesarean sections and registered midwives, nineteenth century birthing practice in New Zealand was typically determined by culture, not nature or the state. Alison Clarke works from the heart of this practice, presenting a history balanced in its coverage of social and medical contexts. Connecting these contexts provides new insights into the same debates on childhood – from infant feeding to maternity care – that persist today. Tracing the experiences of Māori and Pākehā birth ways, this richly illustrated story remains centered throughout on birthing women, their babies and families.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverCritical decisions : how you and your doctor can make the right medical choices together / Peter Ubel.
“…reveals how hidden dynamics in the doctor-patient relationship keep us, and our loved ones, from making the best medical choices. From doctors who struggle to explain, to patients who fail to properly listen, countless factors alter the course of our care, causing things to go seriously awry. Dr Ubel has been on both ends of the stethoscope and Critical Decisions will forever change the way we communicate at a time where thoughtful decision-making matters the most.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverThe brain supremacy : notes from the frontiers of neuroscience / Kathleen Taylor.
“The book shines in presenting a thorough and illuminating analysis of neuroscience methods, past and present. Taylor’s explanation is thoughtful, engaging and provides readers with a valuable understanding of what different approaches can offer to both science and society as a whole.” (New Scientist)

Syndetics book coverHow to create a mind : the secret of human thought revealed / Ray Kurzweil.
“In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization – reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverDecoding anorexia : how breakthroughs in science offer hope for eating disorders / Carrie Arnold.
“… clear, user-friendly descriptions of the genetics and neuroscience behind the disorder is paired with first person descriptions and personal narratives of what biological differences mean to sufferers. Author Carrie Arnold, a trained scientist, science writer, and past sufferer of anorexia, speaks with clinicians, researchers, parents, other family members, and sufferers about the factors that make one vulnerable to anorexia, the neurochemistry behind the call of starvation, and why it’s so hard to leave anorexia behind…” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverBeing well (even when you’re sick) : mindfulness practices for people with cancer and other serious illnesses / Elana Rosenbaum ; foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
“Maintaining a state of well-being and equanimity in the midst of serious disease is a challenge, but mindfulness can help make it possible. It is a process of bringing a fierce but loving attention to everything that arises in our mind and body. The simple techniques Elana Rosenbaum presents here are the same ones she uses with the people in her practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and stress reduction – and that she uses herself as a cancer survivor. These are methods that offer proof positive that it is indeed possible not only to “have a life” while you’re seriously ill, but that the life can include satisfaction, ease, and happiness.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverProof of heaven : a neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife / Eben Alexander, M.D.
“Near-death experiences are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible… Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverThe complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies : a comprehensive guide to the ancient healing of India / Vasant Lad.
“Based on the ancient healing tradition from India that dates back thousands of years, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies offers natural alternatives to conventional medicines and treatments with practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions. A leading authority in this field, Dr. Vasant Lad first explains the principles behind the science of Ayurveda, exploring the physical and psychological characteristics of each of the three doshas, or mind-body types–vata, pitta, and kapha. Once you have determined which type or combination of types you are, Dr. Lad helps you to begin your journey to the ultimate “state of balance” and well-being.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverPractical iridology / Peter Jackson-Main.
“…explains what the colors and markings of your eyes reveal; details dietary and exercise routines for different iris types; provides a visual glossary of the different iris signs; and offers guidance in preparing remedies.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverRaw and beyond : how omega-3 nutrition is transforming the raw food paradigm / Victoria Boutenko, Elaina Love, Chad Sarno.
“… Because omega-3s are easily damaged by heat, anyone whose diet is high in processed foods and oils probably has an omega-3 deficiency. Many symptoms of this deficiency can be mistaken for other health problems or nutrient deficiencies, so few people realize the cause of their ailments. Boutenko’s chapters on omegas provide readers more in-depth nutritional information. One hundred recipes – from raw to steamed and lightly cooked dishes, from appetizers to desserts – offer readers the means to enjoy a more sustainable, healthy, and energetic lifestyle.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

Syndetics book coverMy beautiful genome : exposing our genetic future, one quirk at a time / Lone Frank .
“Internationally acclaimed science writer Lone Frank swabs up her DNA to provide the first truly intimate account of the new science of consumer-led genomics. She challenges the scientists and business mavericks intent on mapping every baby’s genome, ponders the consequences of biological fortune-telling, and prods the psychologists who hope to uncover just how important our environment really is – a quest made all the more gripping as Frank considers her family’s and her own struggles with depression.” (Book description).
Also see book review from the The Guardian.

Syndetics book coverThai step-by-step massage : the perfect introduction to using massage, yoga and accupressure to balance the body’s natural energies, with easy-to-follow techniques shown in 400 photographs / Nicky Smith.
“This powerful form of body work uses the body’s own energy lines, combining gentle yoga stretches with massage techniques and also introducing elements of other popular healing approaches, including accupressure and reflexology. With over 400 specially taken photographs, this is the perfect guide to the subject, providing absorbing background information and clearly illustrated step-by-step routines.” (Adapted from Publisher’s Description)

New health books in November

Coming into the silly season it’s good to put the focus back on health (before we all indulge over the Christmas break!). Our picks this month include guides to cholesterol and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as well as a new title on hallucinations from renowned British neurologist Oliver Sacks. Also included this month, health memoirs about parenting and Aspergers, and a look at allergies and our inner and outer ecology (code for the parasites and microbes in our gut!). Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverCholesterol : the essential guide / Sara Kirkham.
“Cholesterol The Essential Guide is the ultimate guide to help you manage your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Discover what you really need to do to decrease levels of oxidized cholesterol and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system using everyday foods and lifestyle adaptations. Learn how changing your carbohydrate intake may have more impact than adapting your fat intake, add phytosterols to your diet to reduce cholesterol, or simply follow the therapeutic eating plan for maximum results. Whether you want to know which foods to eat and which to avoid, or learn more about natural alternatives to cholesterol-lowering medication, this book provides the know-how. This book is an absolute must if you want to learn more about cholesterol what it is, what it does, how it can go wrong and how to put it right.” ( summary)

Syndetics book coverThe hunter/farmer diet solution : do you have the metabolism of a hunter or a farmer? find out– and achieve your health and weight-loss goals / Mark Liponis.
“… Not only are physicians unsure about which weight-loss plan is best, but their patients are, too!… Fortunately, recent studies have shined a new light on the subject and may finally help us understand a successful way to diet. This research proves what many men and women have learned through trial and error: some do better on a low-carb diet, and others do better on a low-fat diet. This is because some people have the metabolism of a hunter, while others have the metabolism of a farmer. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Mark Liponis, a leading expert in preventive and integrative medicine, will show you how to determine which type you are so that you can lose weight and improve your health at the same time. Once you know your type, you’ll be on the road to successful weight loss and greater health and well-being!” (Publisher summary)

Syndetics book coverGrace under pressure : going the distance as an Aspergers mum / Sophie Walker.
“When Sophie Walker’s daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, her world unravelled. Her high-powered job was in disarray, she couldn’t sleep, often woke in tears and felt hopeless and useless in her role as a mother. With extraordinary frankness, Sophie Walker shares the daily highs and lows of raising Grace.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverGetting control / by Lee Baer ; with a foreword by Judith L. Rapoport.
“The first comprehensive guide to treating obsessive-compulsive disorder based on clinically proven behavioral therapy techniques, Dr. Lee Baer’s Getting Control has been providing OCD sufferers with information and relief for more than twenty years. In the same easy-to-understand format as the original, this updated edition includes: · Cutting-edge behavioral therapy techniques · Breakthrough advances in neuroscience · Brand-new material on hoarding · Expanded sections on how families can help OCD sufferers · The latest diagnostic standards · A completely revised list of resourcesOCD sufferers and their loved ones will find everything they need to assess their symptoms, set realistic goals, and create specific therapeutic exercises for managing this disorder.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe tell-tale brain : unlocking the mystery of human nature / V.S. Ramachandran.
“V.S. Ramachandran has exploded the boundaries of modern science – so much so that he has been praised by Richard Dawkins as a latter-day Marco Polo.*A specialist in brain damage, he is famous for an instinctive, intuitive approach to neurological disorders that has led him to successfully “amputate” phantom limbs, as well as solving the riddles of apotemnophilia (an obsession with self-amputation), and Capgrass syndrome (where patients who are in all other respects fully recovered become convinced that their loved ones are imposters). This new book will explore why the human brain is so unique and how it became so enchantingly complex. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about the brain and how it evolved. Along the way we hear stories that are by turns moving, funny, tragic and disturbing, but always utterly fascinating.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA short introduction to understanding and supporting children and young people who self-harm / Carol Fitzpatrick.
“A growing number of parents are considering part time or ‘flexischooling’ as an option that might benefit their child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but face concerns such as: Is it possible? Has anyone tried it? How can it be set up? Above all, does it work? This book answers all these questions, and many more.Covering both the home and school angle, it explores ways to evaluate whether the option is right for your child, organizing the arrangement effectively with the school and ensuring that curriculum and examination goals are met, and also includes case examples of successful part time schooling at both primary and secondary level.This is the first resource of its kind to bring together all of the information needed for both parents and schools to consider the merits and disadvantages of this approach, and to evaluate it as an option for individual children.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHallucinations / Oliver Sacks.
“From the best-selling author of Musicophilia and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a provocative investigation into hallucinations-auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory-their many guises, their physiological sources, and their personal and cultural resonances. Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But there are many different types of non-psychotic hallucination caused by various illnesses or injuries, by intoxication-even, for many people, by falling sleep. From the elementary geometrical shapes that we see when we rub our eyes to the complex swirls and blind spots and zigzags of a visual migraine, hallucination takes many forms. At a higher level, hallucinations associated with the altered states of consciousness that may come with sensory deprivation or certain brain disorders can lead to religious epiphanies or conversions. Drawing on a wealth of clinical examples from his own patients as well as historical and literary descriptions, Oliver Sacks investigates the fundamental differences and similarities of these many sorts of hallucinations, what they say about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn epidemic of absence : a new way of understanding allergies and autoimmune diseases / Moises Velasquez-Manoff.
“Allergies, asthma, type-1 diabetes, psoriasis, lupus, and celiac diseases have all become more frequent in the past 30,000 years while our exposure to parasites and microbes that normally take up residence in the gut has plummeted. But these organisms, far from being harmful, actually contribute to an ecological balance in our bodies that also balances the immune system… If the parasite cure seems hard to swallow, the message is not: medicine will have to take account of patients’ inner and outer ecology if we’re ever to unravel the cause and treatment of disease.” (Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverChronic fatigue syndrome M.E. : symptoms, diagnosis, management / Rosamund Vallings.
“Often known as ‘ME’, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, yet its effects are profound, and often prolonged and debilitating. Dr Rosamund Vallings has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. Here she explains the illness and how it affects the body’s many systems and functions. She also provides advice on how to cope with the disorder and make the necessary lifestyle changes.” (Fishpond)

Syndetics book coverThe eczema diet : eczema-safe food to stop the itch and prevent eczema for life / Karen Fischer.
“The Eczema Diet is the book all eczema sufferers have been waiting for. It includes all the facts and scientific research, as well as itch-busting treatments that offer immediate relief combined with a tried-and-tested diet – developed by nutritionist Karen Fischer over the past ten years through her work with eczema patients – that really gets results. Also included are 100 delicious recipes, suitable for everyone in the family, an extensive meal plan and shopping lists that are clear and easy to follow.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverWhat men with Asperger syndrome want to know about women, dating and relationships / Maxine Aston ; foreword by Tony Attwood ; illustrated by William Z. Aston.
“Positive, practical and realistic, this book offers a wealth of information on women, dating and relationships for men with Asperger Syndrome (AS).Many AS men are totally confused and bewildered by women and relationships and find it hard to know what to do, what to say and how to get it right. For these men, understanding the emotional side to relationships and women’s needs can be a complete mystery and they often get it disastrously wrong. This practical handbook provides many of the answers to Asperger men’s frequently asked questions about women, dating and relationships, helping them to better understand the way relationships work and increasing their confidence and ability to have successful relationships.This comprehensive handbook is essential reading for men with Asperger Syndrome (and their partners). It will also be of considerable use to counsellors and other professionals working with such individuals” (Syndetics summary)

New health books in October

Recent additions to the collection cover a whole range of topics, including: helping children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (a book that was a blog first); surviving childhood cancer; helping families to create better eating habits; a guide to women’s cancers from the Mayo Clinic; recovering from trauma using compassion-focused therapy, and lots more. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverKids first diabetes second : tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes / Leighann Calentine with Robin Porter.
“Raising a child is a difficult job. Raising a child with a chronic illness such as diabetes can be a difficult job with a side order of special challenges. Leighann Calentine’s “D-Mom Blog” is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children with diabetes. Leighann shares her family’s experiences with her daughter’s type 1 diabetes in a forum that is intimate, informative, and inspirational. In a style both practical and affirming, “Kids First, Diabetes Second” presents Leighann’s advice to help parents and caregivers enable children with diabetes to thrive. Learn how to automate tasks, navigate challenges, celebrate achievements, establish a support group, relieve stress, and avoid being consumed by management of the condition, while focusing on what’s most important: raising a happy, healthy child.” (Fishpond)

Syndetics book coverChildhood cancer survivors : a practical guide to your future / Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, and Kathy Ruccione.
“…excellent guide covering life after the last cancer treatment. The first few chapters give advice on dealing with follow-up care after therapy has been completed, schooling concerns, family relationships, and insurance and job issues as children grow up. The later chapters deal with diseases and body systems that are impacted by the adverse effects of cancer treatments, which can occur years later – an increasingly common phenomenon as more and more children survive for years past treatment. The great strength of the book is the stories from survivors and their parents, which offer a voice to the many problems and concerns they have during and after cancer therapy. Verdict: An essential book for childhood cancer survivors, their parents, and the health care providers who treat them.” (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverPortion size me : a kid-driven plan to a healthier family / Marshall Reid and Alexandra Reid.Portion Size Me: A Kid-driven Plan to a Healthier Family
“Tired of being overweight and bullied at school, ten-year-old Marshall Reid embarked on a monthlong journey to be healthy. Inspired by the movie Super Size Me, Marshall and his mom, Alexandra Reid, decided to make some lifestyle changes, including eating real (i.e., unprocessed) food, reading ingredients on packages, exercising, helping out in the kitchen, and watching portion sizes. These changes not only resulted in improved physical fitness for Marshall but also helped him overcome emotional eating. Not a diet plan, this book is instead part cookbook and part inspirational journal, coupled with food factoids, culinary information, and URLs for videos of Marshall… VERDICT: While this title won’t solve the childhood obesity problem, the child-parent viewpoint and the Reids’ success story may encourage kids and families to make more healthful eating choices” (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe spark of life : electricity in the human body / Frances Ashcroft
“Most people learn in school that nerves control our muscles, senses, and brain, but many adults would struggle to explain exactly how this occurs. Physiologist Ashcroft writes an engaging and authoritative guide to how nerves communicate across gaps called synapses, and so make life possible…VERDICT: Ashcroft clearly and patiently introduces complicated science while enlivening her narrative with fascinating tales of electric eels, fugu fish poisoning, and fainting goats. Serious readers will be both challenged and entertained.” (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe ADD myth : how to cultivate the unique gifts of intense personalities / Martha Burge.
“[Burge] asserts that those branded with ADHD experience stimuli – physical, sensory, emotional – more intensely than others. There is no such thing as ADD, she asserts. Instead, the problem for those who are distracted, disorganized, fidgety, and impulsive is to learn how to turn their intensity into a strength. Burge bashes the forthcoming edition of the psychiatric bible, the DSM-V, with its broader ADHD criteria, as well as a drug industry profiting from the label. She then offers practices many based on meditation techniques to calm, soothe, and sharpen the mind. Hers is a bold stand, and Burge is partly backed by Frances, who was task force chairman for the current DSM-IV. Still, Burge’s guidance is more suited for adults who understand their difficulties than struggling school kids. Still, her assertions should at least spur scrutiny of an epidemic that continues to stymie its sufferers and their families.” (adapted from Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverMayo Clinic guide to women’s cancers / Lynn C. Hartmann, Charles L. Loprinzi, editors in chief ; Bobbie S. Gostout, associate editor.
“The Mayo Clinic is recognized internationally as one of the premier medical research institutes and medical clinics in the world. The Mayo Clinic Guide to Women’s Cancers provides in-depth reliable information, including inspirational survivor stories, and decision guides to assist in the consideration of treatment decisions.” (Fishpond)

Syndetics book coverThe compassionate mind approach to recovering from trauma using compassion focused therapy / Deborah Lee ; with Sophie James.
“Terrible events are very hard to deal with and those who go through a trauma often feel permanently changed by it. Grief, numbness, anger, anxiety and shame are all very common emotional reactions to traumatic incidents such as an accident or death of a loved one, and ongoing traumatic events such as domestic abuse…”Recovering from Trauma” uses the groundbreaking Compassion Focused Therapy to help the reader to not only develop a fuller understanding of how we react to trauma, but also to deal with any feelings of shame and start to overcome any trauma-related difficulties.” (adapted from Fishpond)

Syndetics book coverThe midwife’s here! : the enchanting true story of one of Britain’s longest-serving midwives / Linda Fairley.
“… Under the strict supervision of community midwife Mrs Tattershall, Linda’s gruellingly long days were spent on overcrowded wards pinning Terry nappies, making up bottles and sterilizing bedpans – and above all helping women in need. Her life was a succession of emergencies, successes and tragedies: a never-ending chain of actions which made all the difference between life and death…Forty years later Linda’s passion for midwifery burns as bright as ever as she is now celebrated as one of Britain’s longest-serving midwives, still holding the lives of mothers and children in her own two hands. Rich in period detail and told with a good dose of Manchester humour, The Midwife’s Here! is the extraordinary, heartwarming tale of a truly inspiring woman.” (adpated from Fishpond).

Spring into health

New books include the history, geography and medical use of 72 healing plants; 22 dementia stories to help gain deeper understanding of the condition; 10 tales from a psychotherapist perspective on therapeutic interactions; reflections on facing a dual diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease and breast cancer; what you may not already know about bloating and questions surrounding the root of human consciousness.”

Syndetics book coverPhi : a voyage from the brain to the soul / Giulio Tononi.
“Both playful and philosophical, this extravagant book addresses questions about the root of consciousness in a unique way to illustrate Tononi’s innovative view of consciousness in terms of information theory, the brain as an integrated network of signals….The book is a visual delight as well as an impressive read, its lavish artwork and literary references demonstrating just how fully complementary art and science can be.” (adapted from Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverNational Geographic guide to medicinal herbs : the world’s most effective healing plants / Rebecca L. Johnson … [et al.]
“In this definitive guide, the authors provide information about the history, geography, and medical use for 72 healing plants, from ginger (for nausea) to arnica (for swelling and joint pain) to cayenne (for arthritis). Each herb is allotted four pages of text, sketches, and National Geographic-worthy photos, organized into chapters for mental health, the heart and circulation, the digestive system, joints and skin, urinary and male health, female health, and wellness…” (adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverMost of me : surviving my medical meltdown / Robyn Michele Levy
“Some memoirs are heartbreaking and some are hilarious, but very few manage to balance absurdity and honesty as does this title. Writer and artist Levy finds her dual diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease and breast cancer wickedly funny and this book is just that…. Anyone faced with uncertainty and struggle in the face of a life-changing disease, personal crisis, or just a bad day will find strength in Levy’s words.” (adpated form Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverLove’s executioner, and other tales of psychotherapy / Irvin D. Yalom.
“… Uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist.” (adapted from Gloabl Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding gas and bloating : why can’t I do up my jeans at night? / Terry Bolin and The Gut Foundation.
“…This book explains a number of important facts about bloating, including: The bloating cycle; the process of digestion; the brain-gut axis; where the gases go; examining the link between gas and bloating; who is most susceptible and how bloating relates to other conditions.” (adapted from Global Books in Print)

And still the music plays / Graham Stokes
“…clinical psychologist Graham Stokes draws on his memories of people with dementia he has met to bring us all a greater understanding of the condition and of why some behave in the way they do. The stories are set at home, in care homes and hospitals. The central theme is that everyone with dementia is unique, with a distinctive personality and experiences, and it is only by thinking deeply about each person individually that we can respond to their unique needs and give the best possible care. The book is designed for professional and family carers, indeed all who want to know and understand more about this condition” (Product Description –

Working with our Health

Our latest health items include: utilising biochemical therapy to help with nutrient deficiency; how increasing levels of addictions are effecting society and human relationships; surprising lessons about diets, food, and fat; taking control of endometriosis and relieving symptoms naturally; the dangers of eating sugar; working with ADHD positively; using the Alexander technique to create good posture; preventing and treating Polycystic ovarian syndrome; how to prevent infections when travelling; recognising Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; how to look after your cardiac health and the social and political history of the controversial mammogram.

Syndetics book coverNutrient power / William J. Walsh.
“Walsh, an expert in nutritional medicine, has gotten into the heads of thousands of mental health patients and found them lacking-or overloaded with-crucial nutrients like copper, vitamin B-6, zinc, folate, and amino acids, which he attributes to genetic and epigenetic causes. Now Walsh is hoping to catapult biochemical therapy into the mainstream of treatment for a wide range of mental disorders, including autism and Alzheimer’s…” – (adapted from Publisher Weekly summary)

Syndetics book coverThe fix : how addiction is invading our lives and taking over your world / Damian Thompson.
“Drugs, alcohol, food, sex and technology are all addictions that pervade our lives and that are moving beyond our control as they multiply. Damian Thompson, who has himself struggled with a range of addictions, argues that human desire is, in the process, being reshaped. The acceleration of scientific achievement is producing more and more substances, objects and experiences that we learn to like too much for our own good and addictive behaviour is becoming a substitute for family and work bonds that are being swept away by globalisation and urbanisation…” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverThe weight of the nation : surprising lessons about diets, food, and fat from the extraordinary HBO documentary series / Judith Salerno and John Hoffman
“A companion to the HBO documentary of the same title… Hoffman and Salerno argue that there’s no secret to weight loss: eat less and exercise more. They also admit it’s more complicated than that: humans evolved in an environment marked by occasional starvation, not in one where there’s an unhealthy snack waiting around every corner. They examine how many communities have no access to full-service supermarkets that sell fresh foods and, as the food people eat is more and more processed, how few know exactly what they consume.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverTake control of your endometriosis : help relieve symptoms with simple diet and lifestyle changes / Henrietta Norton.
“As a sufferer of endometriosis and a qualified nutritional therapist, Henrietta Norton provides both a personal and professional look at how women can take control of their endometriosis and relieve their symptoms naturally. She shows how making informed choices can improve wellbeing through diet and lifestyle changes and can personally vouch for the positive difference these alterations can make to the health of endometriosis sufferers…” – (adapted from Book cover summary)

Syndetics book coverSweet poison : why sugar makes us fat / David Gillespie.
“…After doing some reading on evolution (why weren’t our forebears fat?), David cut sugar – specifically fructose – from his diet. He immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off. Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century, and discovered some startling facts in the process… Sweet Poison exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical and accessible information on how to avoid fructose, increase your enjoyment of food and lose weight.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverMovers, dreamers, and risk-takers : unlocking the power of ADHD / Kevin Roberts.
“Roberts combines the latest research with personal stories, as well as insights born from his work with those with ADHD. He shows readers how to get past the stigma of this condition to eventually turn what have been seen as “symptoms” into character strengths and creative ways to make life richer and more interesting for themselves and the people around them.” – (adapted from Book cover summary)

Syndetics book coverChange your posture, change your life : how the power of the Alexander technique can combat back pain, tension and stress / Richard Brennan.
“A leading teacher of the Alexander Technique, with more than 20 year’s experience, shows how changing your posture can turn your life around – strengthening your mind and body, performing self-esteem and well-being, and helping to protect you against illness.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverThe PCOS health and nutrition guide : includes 125 recipes for managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome / Jillian Stansbury.
“Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complex hormonal disorder that can cause menstrual irregularities, impede fertility, and increase a woman’s risk for other serious diseases. The good news is that women can become actively involved in preventing and treating PCOS. This book provides an effective and safe dietary plan for managing PCOS symptoms, restoring hormonal balance, and enhancing fertility.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverThe international traveler’s guide to avoiding infections / Charles E. Davis.
“Davis provides advice about what to do before, during, and after a trip to prevent infection and explains options if an illness does occur. Pre-travel planning advice covers immunizations, personal preventative measures, traveling with children, immune-compromised travelers, and information for adventurous travelers more likely to come into contact with diseases. Maps and tables illustrate regions where specific diseases are endemic, and suggestions include what to carry in a medical kit….Post-Travel Considerations covers what to tell your doctor and whether screenings are needed for tuberculosis, malaria, or parasites.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat nurses know – PTSD / Mary E. Muscari.
“… provides a holistic overview of PTSD. It does not provide a treatment regime; rather it helps individuals with PTSD and their families to recognize the problem and know how and where to get assistance. The book covers all the treatments available today, examines the causes of the PTSD, and describes the symptoms and the effects of PTSD on individuals with the condition and their families. It also looks at associated problems such as substance abuse, explains what makes PTSD different in children and adolescents, and shows how to manage stress, talk to health care providers, and get help from both traditional and nontraditional sources.” – (adapted from Book cover summary)

Syndetics book coverPositive mind, healthy heart : take charge of your cardiac health, one day at a time / Joseph C. Piscatella.
“From one of the longest surviving bypass patients in the U.S. – 31 years and counting – comes a supportive, generous, think-positive book that shares the secret of his extraordinary success. Includes a year-long selection of motivational stories, quotes, meditations, tips, and more.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The big squeeze : a social and political history of the controversial mammogram / Handel Reynolds.
“Many readers will remember the controversial decision in 2009 by a panel of medical experts (U.S. Preventative Services Task Force) that women should not undergo regular mammography screening until the age of 50, rather than beginning at 40. Here, breast radiologist Reynolds examines how this debate first started in 1976 and explains how the conversation about when to begin mammography screening has never been entirely about science, but is intermixed with political, social, and financial considerations. His work outlines the history, politics, and legal history of mammography and he explains how the AIDS activism of the early 1980s set the stage for the breast cancer activism of the early 1990s…” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Staying healthy

Keep your body and mind in peak condition with help from some of our new items this month. Books that focus on healthy eating, anxiety, managing diabetes and more.

Syndetics book coverThe woman who changed her brain : unlocking the extraordinary potential of the human mind / Barbara Arrowsmith-Young ; foreword by Norman Doidge.
“… Barbara Arrowsmith Young was born with severe learning disabilities. Undaunted, she used her strengths to develop brain exercises to overcome her neurological deficits… Young’s work is one of the first examples of the extensive and practical application of “neuroplasticity.” As the individuals described in this book change their brains, readers see how the brain works and what a profound impact improved mental capacity has on how we can participate in the world…” (adapted from Simon and Schuster summary)

Syndetics book coverA calm brain : unlocking your natural relaxation system / Gayatri Devi.
“…With a warm, lucid voice, Dr. Devi shares stories from her medical practice of ordinary people – suffering from migraines, neck pain, gastrointestinal upsets, and sleep deprivation – trying to work through life’s difficulties. With practical advice she shows just how to promote a higher “vagal tone,” and delivers the best news yet, you don’t need more drugs. Here are the keys to more tranquil, productive, and enjoyable life…” – (adapted from Book cover)

Syndetics book coverTeaching your child with love and skill : a guide for parents and other educators of children with autism, including moderate to severe autism / Joyce Show.
“Parents of children with autism can often feel out of their depth when it comes to nurturing their child’s learning and development. This book helps parents to make sense of the confusing array of educational interventions available, and shows how to combine and adapt different strategies to meet the specific needs of their child, including those with moderate to severe autism…” – (adapted from Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe human right to health / Jonathan Wolff.
“The quantity and quality of health care to which all human beings are entitled is a much-debated question. Wolff begins with the ways the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights frames each individual’s right to health. He recounts the various ways that the right to health has been understood in both developed and developing countries… – VERDICT An accessible and informative exploration of the relationship between health and human rights as it has been construed on both national and international levels.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverClean : the revolutionary program to restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself / Alejandro Junger.
“A medical director of Palm Spring’s We Care Holistic Health Center presents an integrative approach to detoxifying the body of harmful chemicals introduced through everyday sources, in a guide that outlines comprehensive and medically safe processes for neutralizing and eliminating toxins from the body.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat what you love, love what you eat, with diabetes : a mindful eating program for thriving with prediabetes or diabetes / Michelle May, with Megrette Fletcher.
“…with uncommon sense and a powerful mind-body approach to healthy living, Dr. May helps you rediscover when, what, and how much to eat without restrictive rules. You’ll learn the truth about nutrition and how to stop using exercise to earn the right to eat. You’ll finally experience the pleasure of eating the foods you love – without guilt or bingeing…” – (adapted from Book cover)

Syndetics book coverReal food : what to eat and why / Nina Planck.
“… A vital and original contribution to the hot debate about what to eat and why, Real Food is a thoroughly researched rebuttal to dietary fads and a clarion call for the return to old-fashioned foods. In lively, personal chapters on produce, diary, meat, fish, chocolate, and other real foods, Planck explains how ancient foods like beef and butter have been falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup and soybean oil have created a triple epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.” – (adapted from Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe compassionate-mind guide to overcoming anxiety : using compassion-focused therapy to calm worry, panic, and fear / Dennis D. Tirch.
“… introduces the CFT [compassion-focused therapy] model and explains how readers can alleviate anxiety by becoming more aware of their anxiety and practicing compassionate attention, a new way of focusing on thoughts that is compassionate rather than self-critical. Readers then build on compassionate attention by developing compassionate reasoning skills, compassionate behavior toward themselves and others, and compassionate emotion and feeling.” – (adapted from Publisher’s summary)

Syndetics book coverBest practices for a healthy heart : how to stop heart disease before or after it starts / Sarah Samaan.
“This book acts as a guide to the “best practices” for optimal heart health, serving as a resource for patients diagnosed with or aiming to prevent heart disease. In it, Dr. Samaan provides advice on diet, supplements and alternative medicine, the effects of caffeine and alcohol, stress management, and more.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScales to scalpels : doctors who practice the healing arts of music and medicine / Lisa Wong with Robert Viagas.
“The incredible story of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra that reveals the remarkable interplay between music and medicine.” – (adapted from Book cover)

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