Category: Recent picks

Love your heart and fight inflammation – some health advice for the month

We start this month’s selection of health promoting titles with a series of little books that will help you understand some common health problems and offer some unconventional dietary advice to avoid or relieve their symptoms that are sure to please. Combined with investigations on inflammation and how to curb it, this month may see you finish healthier than you started.

Syndetics book coverHeart disease : eat your way to better health “In Heart Disease, Dale Pinnock peers inside the modern western kitchen storecupboard and shows what should be going into it with a comprehensive list of heart-healthy food. Vitally, he reveals what needs to be thrown out and never replaced… among them some startlingly common foods! Dale shows how easy it can be to incorporate powerful super-nutrients into your diet and what foods and supplements can provide them. Each recipe has a check-list showing the components it contains that are particularly heart-healthy. Start the day with a salmon and asparagus frittata, dine sumptuously on black olive and anchovy-stuffed chicken breast with sweet potato mash and finish it all off with pears poached in spiced red wine. If these seem miles away from a conventional heart-healthy diet, that is because Dale Pinnock believes much modern-day dietary advice is wrong. Learn his secrets for yourself and eat your way to better heart health.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDiabetes : eat your way to better health
“In this title, Dale Pinnock investigates the explosion in diabetes and attempts to find out why and what you can do about it. The title is intended to help relieve both type-1 and type-2 diabetes – using nutrition alongside conventional medicine – but, importantly, the author believes diet alone can heal type-2 diabetes. In the first half of the book, he unpicks the physiology and anatomy of diabetes, showing how the modern diet causes insulin resistance and – ultimately – type-2 diabetes. But his mission is to correct that and, in the second half of the book, he provides the delicious tools to do so. A chart of low-GI foods will help you to get ‘carb-smart’. Start the day with an avocado and cheddar omelette with spicy salsa, or enjoy a speedy chicken and lentil curry. Serve friends Tilapia fillets with pea, mint and feta mash and tomato salad, or even try a low-GI Cheesecake for pudding. Learn the author’s secrets for yourself and successfully eat your way to avoiding – or relieving – diabetes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnxiety & depression : eat your way to better health
“In this title, Dale Pinnock clearly explains how you can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression by changing the way you eat. He unpicks the physiology and anatomy of anxiety and depression to show how diet can beneficially affect the hormones that alter mood. And don’t think, in order to improve how you feel from day to day that you will be eating salad and tofu for ever. On the contrary, if starting your day with a toasted muffin with smoked salmon, spinach and hollandaise sounds good, then this is the diet for you. Or try a sinus- (and mind-) clearing salmon, avocado and wasabi wrap for lunch. A fabulous Thai-style seafood noodle soup or fish pie will also help you maintain a healthy mindset, while chocolate crunch pots will put a smile on your face as it also works to help relieve your symptoms.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe 30-second body : eat clean. train dirty. live hard
“Celebrity fitness expert and personal trainer Rosante is the first to admit that no one gets an amazing body just by reading his book. However, those who choose to follow his path will certainly get a running start. Eschewing fancy equipment and expensive dietary supplements in favor of old-fashioned sweat and commitment, Rosante patiently shares a litany of exercises (almost all of which can be performed at home) designed to tone and firm. The bulk of the book consists of clear photographs of simple exercises such as push-ups, planks, squats, and mountain climbers, presented with sample workout plans that add variety and can be geared to different fitness levels. ” (Syndetics)

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The man who touched his own heart : true tales of science, surgery, and mystery
“The Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first “explorers” who dug up cadavers and plumbed their hearts’ chambers, through the first heart surgeries-which had to be completed in three minutes before death arrived-to heart transplants and the latest medical efforts to prolong our hearts’ lives, almost defying nature in the process. Thought of as the seat of our soul, then as a mysteriously animated object, the heart is still more a mystery than it is understood. Why do most animals only get one billion beats? (And how did modern humans get to over two billion-effectively letting us live out two lives?) Why are sufferers of gingivitis more likely to have heart attacks? Why do we often undergo expensive procedures when cheaper ones are just as effective? What do Da Vinci, Mary Shelley, and contemporary Egyptian archaeologists have in common? And what does it really feel like to touch your own heart, or to have someone else’s beating inside your chest? Rob Dunn’s fascinating history of our hearts brings us deep inside the science, history, and stories of the four chambers we depend on most.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStop panic attacks in 10 easy steps : using functional medicine to calm your mind and body with drug-free techniques
This step-by-step guide to preventing panic attacks provides simple strategies for stopping a panic attack on the spot and overcoming them in the long-term. Sharing her personal and professional experience of panic and anxiety disorders, clinical psychologist Sandra Scheinbaum presents tried-and-tested methods, including new cutting-edge approaches based on functional medicine. You will learn how to: – Understand what panic attacks are and recognise symptoms – Trust your body’s own calming methods to control panic without the need for medication – Find your abdominal breath and relaxed breathing patterns – Let go of clenching and muscle tension through relaxation exercises and postural awareness – Use positive mental imagery and avoid irrational thinking – Find deep belly laughter, even in the midst of a panic episode – Eat well with calming foods and advice on supplements. The ten easy steps in this book will help you control your fight or flight response and overcome panic attacks naturally and permanently.

Syndetics book coverNatural remedies for inflammation
“A practical guide to natural relief from chronic inflammation, this book explores the use of 38 anti-inflammatory herbs, such as laurel, basil, turmeric, and devil’s claw, as well as other natural substances, examines which natural remedy is best for many common inflammation-related ailments, such as asthma, bronchitis, tendonitis, arthritis, and eczema and reveals the important role of omega-3s in defending the body against inflammation. From aspirin and ibuprofen to antihistamines and cortisone, anti-inflammatory drugs are now the top-selling pharmaceuticals in the world. But daily use of these powerful drugs comes with a price: side effects, many of which can lead to other chronic conditions and the further use of medications. In this practical guide to natural remedies for inflammation, naturopath Christopher Vasey explores 38 anti-inflammatory herbs, such as laurel, basil, turmeric, and devil’s claw, as well as other natural substances, such as propolis and fish oil. He explains which conditions each addresses most effectively, proper dosage, and the best methods of ingestion. Vasey explains how, like fever, inflammation is a defensive reaction of the body and also carries out a cleansing process, which natural remedies support but pharmaceuticals can destabilize by contributing more toxins to the internal terrain.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLose the clutter, lose the weight : the six-week total-life slim down
“A recent study showed that people with cluttered homes were 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. Why? Organization pro Peter Walsh thinks it’s because you can’t make your best or the healthiest choices in a cluttered, messy, disorganized environment. But there’s good news: you can change your habits, change you health, and change your life–all in just 6 weeks.  The book includes a room-by-room organizing guide, quizzes to create customizable plans, and testimonials from eight of the dozens of volunteers who followed this plan.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe elimination diet : discover the foods that are making you sick and tired–and feel better fast
“Could the toast you ate for breakfast bring on your afternoon headache? Could the milk in your coffee cause joint pain and brain fog? Could your healthy tofu stir-fry slow your metabolism? Yes-there is an age-old, powerful connection between what you eat and how you feel. Just as no two bodies are the same, no two diets work for everyone. The only way to discover your ideal diet is to follow an elimination diet that will help you link foods to symptoms and customize a diet that works for you. Known for their ability to radically improve overall health, elimination diets are growing in popularity. But there’s no definitive book that explains how to follow one safely and effectively-until now. Written by two authors who are revered in the alternative health market and functional medicine community, The Elimination Diet guides you through a proven three-phase program that detoxifies the body and promotes fast healing: Phase 1: Detoxification–A 2-day liquid fast that includes broths, smoothies, and juices to calm the immune system and removes toxins from the body. Phase 2: Elimination–For 2 weeks, you will eliminate potentially inflammatory foods from your diet, which will ease symptoms quickly. Phase 3: Customization–For 2 months, you will test different foods to see what works for you and what doesn’t, resulting in a tailored diet you can enjoy for life. Complete with over 100 delicious recipes, shopping lists, and meal plans, The Elimination Diet is a complete resource for you to improve your health and feel better, naturally.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHappy-go-yoga : simple poses to relieve pain, reduce stress, and add joy / Christine Chen ; illustrations by Cody Shipman.
Yoga isn’t about becoming a human pretzel, being vegan or wearing trendy workout clothes to a green juice bar. It’s a way of creating healthy habits to live a life of less suffering and more peace and happiness. But we can’t always get to a yoga class. In this book, Christine Chen presents a fun and easy way to make yoga a part of our everyday lives to transform discomfort and chaos into bits of happiness, health and focus, no matter your fitness level, yoga experience, age or gender.” (Book cover)

Genes & vitamins, all part of the equation – New Health books in April

Are our genes killing us? Is there anything we can do about it? Are vitamins supplements really essential to our health or just another commercial ploy? Can we heal through yoga? These questions are some of the many that are the subject of this month’s titles.

Syndetics book coverPandora’s DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree
“Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora’s DNA , Stark uses her family’s experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations, from the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job to the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVitamania : our obsessive quest for nutritional perfection
“Health-conscious Australians seek out vitamins any way they can, whether in a morning glass of orange juice, a piece of vitamin-enriched bread, or a daily multivitamin. We believe that vitamins are always beneficial and that the more we can get, the better –and yet despite this familiarity, few of us could explain what vitamins actually are. Instead, we outsource our questions to experts and interpret ‘vitamin’ as shorthand for ‘health. The one thing that experts do agree upon is that the best way to get our nutrients is in the foods that naturally contain them.  Vitamania reveals the surprising story of how our embrace of vitamins led to today’s Wild West of dietary supplements and investigates the complicated psychological relationship we’ve developed with these thirteen mysterious chemicals.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLow FODMAP diet : food shopping guide
“Fructose malabsorption is a medical condition which can cause symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Foods that contain excess fructose and fructans are a problem for people with fructose malabsorption. This very helpful pocket book size product guide is the only comprehensive list of suitable commercially available foods sold in Australia. The guide includes background to the low FODMAP diet and many helpful colour photographs of food products throughout. Written by Dr Sue Shepherd, dietitian specialising in fructose malabsorption and irritable bowel syndrome.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRe-humanizing medicine a holistic framework for transforming your self, your practice, and the culture of medicine
“What starts as personal dissatisfaction in the workplace can become personal transformation that changes clinical practice and ultimately changes the culture of medicine. Physicians and professionals train extensively to relieve suffering. Yet the systems they train and practice in create suffering for both themselves and their clients through the neglect of basic human needs. True healthcare reform requires addressing dehumanization in medicine by caring for the whole person of the professional and the patient. Re-humanizing Medicine provides a holistic framework to support human connection and the expression of full human being of doctors, professionals and patients..” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSlim by design : mindless eating solutions for everyday life
“Behavioral economist and food psychologist Brian Wansink offers a radical new philosophy for weight loss. The answer isn’t to tell people what to do; it’s to set up their living environments so that they will naturally lose weight. He demonstrates how schools can nudge kids to take an apple instead of a cookie, how restaurants can increase profits by selling half-size portions, how supermarkets can double the amount of fruits and vegetables they sell, and how anyone can cut plate refills at home by more than a third. This entertaining, eye-opening book offers practical solutions for changing your everyday environment to make you, your family, and even your community slim by design.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe whole life fertility plan : understanding what affects your fertility to help you get pregnant when you want to
“A proactive and comprehensive guide to help you understand and preserve your fertility options. Does stress affect your fertility? Should you be worried about chemicals in your lipstick? Should you avoid materials made with plastic? How does diet affect your chance of conception? Should you be eating only organic food? Does acupuncture increase your chances? How old is too old? In The whole life fertility plan, Kyra Phillips and Dr. Jamie Grifo answer all your pressing questions about fertility health-and address things you didn’t even know to ask-whether you’re planning to wait to have kids or are starting the process now. Educate yourself about what affects your fertility so that you can get pregnant when you want to. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe digestive health solution : your personalized five-step plan for inside – out digestive wellness
“This interactive book enables you to have better digestive health for life! When your insides are working properly, all of you is so much healthier. Under the guidance of expert naturopath and communicator Ben Brown, you will explore the mind-body connection, food intolerances and the keys to a healthy digestive system before learning how to address your health issues and quality-of-life needs with a five-step plan that is uniquely yours. The author is a passionate communicator and knows that it doesn’t take a lot to help people dramatically reduce digestive discomfort. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLupus Q & A : everything you need to know
“A revised and updated edition of the bestselling resource for lupus patients, their families, and medical professionals, Lupus Q&A is the go-to guide for sufferers of a chronic autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.4 million people in the United States alone. Characterized by achy joints and skin rashes, lupus often mimics other diseases, making it tricky to diagnose and treat. In this completely revised and updated edition, Dr. Robert Lahita and Dr. Robert Phillips–leading experts on lupus–discuss topics in a clear, concise, and easy-to-follow Q&A format.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Swift diet : 4 weeks to mend the belly, lose the weight, and get rid of the bloat
“The microbiome is about to be the hottest thing in health. New research, for example, shows that lean people have different gut bacteria than heavier people. The Swift Diet will be the first to show women how they can tap into that research to lose weight permanently by eating to change their gut bacteria. But the promise doesn’t stop there–the Diet also helps heal the bloating, gas, constipation, and digestive distress that so often go with carrying extra weight. With its groundbreaking message and simple eating plan, The Swift Diet will be the one that finally heals your belly and gets the weight off– permanently.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHealing yoga : proven postures to treat twenty common ailments- from backache to bone loss, shoulder pain to bunions, and more
“Healing Yoga unites medical knowledge with the practice of yoga to help treat twenty common conditions, including headache, weight gain, the common cold, scoliosis, PMS, stress, depression, and eight different types of back pain. Dr. Fishman shares techniques he has invented, refined, and validated with thousands of patients, including detailed pose instructions and accompanying photographs. He walks readers through not only healing but also diagnosis of specific medical conditions, especially back pain, when there is more than one source of trouble. Suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis, this book is an at-home guide to a renowned doctor’s expertise.” (Syndetics)

Healing powers – Health Books for March

Understanding an illness gives sufferers a sense of better control over it. Understanding how vaccines work and what they actually prevent may convince the reader in favour of immunisation. Knowing about the benefits of certain plants and foods can help make better decision regarding our daily dietary decisions. Here are many informative and fascinating books on cancer, depression, vaccines, gender differences, LSD and more!

Syndetics book coverSo it’s cancer : now what?
So It’s Cancer: Now What? is a guide to what to do when you receive a diagnosis of cancer, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava. ‘You have cancer.’ These three small words have the power to dramatically change the rest of your life. The words can set in motion a chain of events that render you – the patient – passenger, feeling out of control of your own body and circumstance. And while cancer connotes mystery, its reputation should not discourage you from understanding the illness. With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Ranjana Srivastava demystifies the labyrinthine world of the illness. She equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the perennial issues, such as finding the right oncologist, and to ask the bigger questions, such as how to break it to the kids.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHaldol and hyacinths : a bipolar life
“With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity. At 18, she began battling a severe physical illness, and her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies and hyacinths. But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and anti-psychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret–by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed or silenced, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe mood repair toolkit : proven strategies to prevent the blues from turning into depression
“While many books deliver remedies for depression, Clark (psychology, Univ. of New Brunswick) offers preventative steps that people can take to reverse a slide from periods of sadness into full-blown depression. He presents more than 80 cognitive strategies to cut the depressed mood “off at the pass,” such as silencing the inner critic, making connections with others, and facing one’s demons. The author speaks with understanding of the depressive personality type and presents tangible exercises and concrete examples of actions to correct faulty thinking and actions.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverOn immunity : an inoculation
“Eula Biss advocates eloquently for childhood immunization, making her case as an anxious new mother intent on protecting her son-and understanding the consequences. Her son’s birth coincided with an outbreak of the H1N1 flu (popularly known as “swine flu”), triggering an inquiry that involved her doctor father, other mothers, researchers, and her own copious research. Biss’s study ranges from the beginnings of vaccination-a “precursor to modern medicine”-in the 1700s, through Andrew Wakefield’s disastrous, and later retracted, 1998 study that proposed the MMR vaccine might be linked to autism. Biss frankly and optimistically looks at our “unkempt” world and our shared mission to protect one another.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe Adrenal Reset Diet : strategically cycle carbs and proteins to lose weight, balance hormones, and move from stressed to thriving
“The Adrenal Reset Diet is the first scientifically sound, patient-tested weight-loss plan developed by a natural endocrinologist, Dr. Alan Christianson. He heals readers in any of the three stages of adrenal impairment–Stressed, Wired and Tired, or Crashed. Readers learn their stage and receive distinct strategies for diet, activity, and lifestyle change to bring them to Thriving. Recent study participants halved their cortisol levels in just 30 days–and lost an average of 9 pounds!”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhy can’t a man be more like a woman? : the evolution of sex and gender
Why Can’t a Man Be More Like a Woman? is an exercise in critical and unbiased thinking. From fertilization and evolution to aggressive men and emotional women, Wolpert explores the whole gamut of sexual development and gender differentiation. With some surprising discoveries along the way, he explains how men are fundamentally “modified females,” as well as takes a close look at evolution’s effect on our differing brain chemistry—giving women an advantage in verbal tasks and episodic memory, men the advantage in spatial perception and orientation, and couples virtually no chance at understanding one another.” (From amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverp53 : the gene that cracked the cancer code / Sue Armstrong.
“This book tells the story of medical science’s mission to unravel the mysteries of this crucial gene, and to get to the heart of what happens in our cells when they turn cancerous. Through the personal accounts of key researchers, p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code reveals the fascination of the quest for scientific understanding, as well as the huge excitement of the chase for new cures — the hype, the enthusiasm, the lost opportunities, the blind alleys, and the thrilling breakthroughs. And as the long-anticipated revolution in cancer treatment tailored to each individual patient’s symptoms begins to take off at last, p53 remains at the cutting edge.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe allergy-fighting garden : stop asthma and allergies with smart landscaping / Thomas Leo Ogren.
“In the past ten years, allergy and asthma rates have continued to increase dramatically around the world. An estimated 50 million Americans (1 in 5) suffer from asthma and allergies–more than diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Thomas Ogren’s innovative system is based on the fact that only male plants, which are over-planted in gardens and civic landscapes, produce pollen. By raising public awareness and by removing or replacing troublesome plants in your yard with pollen-blocking females and other pollen screens, allergy-sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms. More than 3,000 plant listings are included and graded 1 to 10 according to OPALS, the plant-allergy ranking system created by Ogren and now used by the United States Department of Agriculture.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe illustrated food remedies sourcebook : an A-Z of the foods that can be used as natural remedies to prevent & cure common ailments / C. Norman Shealy MD, PhD.
“An A-Z of the foods that can be used as natural remedies to prevent and cure common ailments. Comprehensive and fully illustrated throughout, The Illustrated Food Remedies Sourcebook is a go-to reference for those wanting to nourish their body from the inside out. In this essential book, over 1,000 super-foods are listed with their nutritional breakdown and special properties highlighted for instant and easy reference. Simple tweaks to your everyday diet could add up to huge changes in your future health, and this guide will tell you all you need to know to make those changes as easy and straightforward as possible.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAcid test : LSD, Ecstasy, and the power to heal
“With an uncanny ability to reveal the mind’s remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness, LSD and MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) have proven extraordinarily effective in treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD—yet the drugs remain illegal for millions of people who might benefit from them. Acid Test covers the first heady years of experimentation in the fifties and sixties, through the backlash of the seventies and eighties, when the drug subculture exploded and uncontrolled use of street psychedelics led to a PR nightmare that created the drug stereotypes of the present day. Meticulously researched and astoundingly informative, this is at once a personal story of intertwining lives against an epic backdrop, and a compelling argument for the unprecedented healing properties of drugs that have for decades been characterized as dangerous, illicit substances.” (from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverOrganic avenue : recipes for life, made with love 
“Organic Avenue founder Denise Mari went from peddling her fresh juices out of her Lower East Side, Manhattan, apartment to opening a booming business that became famous for its fabulous cleanses. Her delicious, sustainable, and compassionate food is a favorite of stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Now, in this stunning book, Denise shares Organic Avenue’s never-before-published recipes, including adaptable juice-cleanse programs. All cleanses can lead to bright eyes, glowing skin, weight loss, improved stamina, positive thinking, inner calmness, and mental clarity.” (Inside cover).

Syndetics book coverI’m too young for this! : the natural hormone solution to enjoy perimenopause
“Presents a plan for helping bodies transition hormonally without drugs from puberty through perimenopause, detailing the role of certain hormones, the importance of diet, and the steps to finding the right doctor.” (Syndetics)

 

Understanding and Nurturing Mind & Body – Health picks for February

This latest selection will help you understand the inner workings of our bodies and the complex relationship between mind and body and the long standing effects of trauma. It will also give you practical guidance to implement new healthy habits, from starting to run later in life, practicing yoga for healing purposes or trying out new recipes to complement a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. You will also read about the world of medicine from an intern’s perspective through heart felt stories.

Syndetics book coverThe body keeps the score : brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma
“Trauma happens to people we know, yet we’re often unaware of their anguish. The imprint on mind, body, and soul have consequences. Psychiatrist van der Kolk, shares stories of patients that illuminate how devastating and debilitating their horrific experiences are. Advances in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and developmental psychopathology have enhanced our understanding of psychological trauma. A variety of treatments are available to reduce the symptoms of traumatic stress: medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and more. This important and helpful book makes sense of suffering and offers opportunity for healing.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverInternal medicine : a doctor’s stories
“Nine linked stories reveal the emotional, cognitive, and professional transformation of Holt’s doctor-narrator, beginning as an intern taking calls on his first night and concluding as a physician practicing medicine in a small community. What happens in between his three-year internal medicine residency is remarkable and haunting. Holt, a physician and accomplished writer, capably depicts the culture of medical training, the hospital universe, and the inner workings of medicine. He describes breaking bad news to patients, being perceived as weak when asking for help, and having trouble threshing out the truth. For doctors, caring too much is risky, but not caring enough is unforgivable. An unforgettable story collection.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverOlder, faster, stronger : what women runners can teach us all about living younger, longer
“One part personal quest to discover running greatness after age 50, one part investigation into what the women’s running boom can teach athletes about becoming fitter, stronger, and faster as we age, Older, Faster, Stronger is an engrossing narrative sure to inspire women of all ages. A former overweight smoker turned marathoner, Margaret Webb runs with elite older women, follows a high-performance training plan devised by experts, and examines research that shows how endurance training can stall aging. What are the secrets of these ageless wonders? Is there an evolutionary reason women can maintain endurance into advanced years? Webb immerses herself in these questions as she trains to see just how fast she can get after 50.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverRestorative yoga for life : a relaxing way to de-stress, re-energize, and find balance
Restorative Yoga for Life teaches you how to practice restorative yoga — a form of yoga that focuses on physical and mental relaxation through poses aided by props. It’s a gentle yet empowering style that helps you de-stress and re-energize. While restorative yoga is beneficial for your entire body, the author also shows you how to treat more than twenty ailments, such as headaches, digestive issues, and anxiety, through specific yoga poses and sequences.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSun, skin and health
“Skin cancer is on the rise. Two in three Australians will develop skin cancer before the age of 70. The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. This book brings together leading experts in various aspects important to the sun, health and skin cancer a prevention, diagnosis or treatment and what happens after. Sun, Skin and Health discusses ultra violet radiation and how to protect yourself, the effects of tanning, myths and truths about sunscreen, getting enough Vitamin D, early detection and treatment. It is a must-read for anyone who has had an experience with skin cancer, or who is at higher risk of the disease.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverRewire your anxious brain : how to use the neuroscience of fear to end anxiety, panic, & worry 
“Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. As you read, you’ll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally “rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears”. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAcid reflux diet & cookbook for dummies
“Put an end to acid reflux– and take your life back. Raymond and Beaver outline the lifestyle and diet modifications that prevent symptoms from occurring, as well as explanations of the condition and how and why these modifications help.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGut gastronomy : revolutionise your eating to create great health
“Modern medicine tends to treat the symptoms rather than the causes of many common health problems, offering only short-term solutions. The unique eating Plan featured in this book was developed specifically to address these problems and works by improving your gut function in its entirety. Cleansing and healing the digestive system to make it more efficient, improving elimination, reducting fluid retention and alleviating bloating and inflammation are the first steps towards enjoying better health. This book shows you how to put this life-changing strategy into practice in an easy and sustainable way.” (Inside cover)

Syndetics book coverClean living quick & easy : learn how to live clean in today’s busy world
“Let Luke and Scott show you how to fit functional exercise and healthy paleo meals into your busy schedule. Clean living quick & easy gives even the most time-poor among us all the tools necessary to look after your most important asset – your health. With 30-minute work-outs that anyone can do anywhere – be it in the office on your lunch break, in your living room or at the park down the road – and delicious paleo recipes that everyone can cook and is guaranteed to love, there is no excuse not to be the best that you can be.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to bodyweight training
“Bodyweight training is one of the fastest growing global trends in fitness. It’s simple enough to explain – using your own body weight to improve your fitness and strength. Kesh Patel contextualises bodyweight training – where it came from and what Evolutionary Fitness is – and looks at the theory behind it. Understand the basics of biomechanics and you can adapt and improve your bodyweight training program and improve your results. This guide will show you how to work with gravity, how skills acquisition progresses, how to develop posture and balance – all based on biomechanical principles.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe body : a complete user’s guide : how your body functions and how to keep it healthy and strong
“A comprehensive home reference for families, students and individuals interested in their health, this fully illustrated, easy-to-understand new edition includes the most up-to-date information about the human body, plus tips for keeping your body healthy and strong. Created in collaboration with a panel of medical experts, The Body features the latest information about the inner workings of the human body and its vital systems. Packed with plenty of how-to tips to stay healthy and illustrated with more than 300 color photographs and diagrams, this book is beautiful, authoritative, and informative.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWell & good : supercharge your health for fertility & wellness
Well and Good will set you on the path of priming your body for a complete wellness overhaul, because fertility isn’t just about babies or a thriving reproductive system, it’s about taking control of your health on all levels. With plenty of tips and recipes, Nat Kringoudis shows step-by-step how to take charge of your health and wellbeing. Her knowledge is not only for those want to boost their fertility, but for anyone who wants to experience better daily health.” (Syndetics)

January Health – Reflections on hormones and the brain

In this season of new resolutions and warm weather, you will find in our selection books on fitness programmes for the whole family, yoga practice for cancer survivors, aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health and yogic cooking, to help you start the year with a healthy mindset. We also explore the world of hormones and the complexities of our brain.

Syndetics book coverThe little book of big workouts
“Why do so many people slog away at the gym getting nowhere? It’s simple, they’re not doing effective workouts! Damien Kelly, one of the top fitness programmers, gives you 31 bespoke workouts to maximise your fitness fast. His unique fitness programs are challenging but achievable for ALL levels of fitness. The book contains 31 workouts for the gym, outdoors or in your own home, the latest expert fat loss and diet advice, speciality workouts for pregnancy, families, 50+ and more.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverIn the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America
“In this book, Laurie Edwards (Life Disrupted) surveys the battle of patients with intractable diseases against disparagement and misunderstanding, including AIDS patients deemed morally unworthy, diabetics blamed for unhealthy lifestyles, and breast cancer survivors who are lionized but also expected to remain cheerful and feisty. But she focuses on people who suffer from poorly defined maladies-chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and other kinds of persistent pain that are often ascribed to stress, malingering, or feminine hysteria instead of biological causes. Edwards…regales readers with her own and others’ stories of dismissive doctors and unsympathetic jibes, and situates their struggle for credibility within the patients’ rights movement and the Internet’s burgeoning ethos of do-it-yourself medical research and advocacy.” (adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYogic cooking : nutritious vegetarian food
“Yogic cooking is nutritious, easy to digest and free of toxins, allowing you to improve your health, keep your body strong and facilitate spiritual revolution. The aim of yoga is to cultivate a physicial, mental and psychic balance so that higher states of being can be experienced. With 56 delicious easy-to-follow recipes, this book introduces the principles and practice of yogic cooking.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMenopause breakthroughs
“Menopause can be a challenging time, not just for women but for their partners and families. But menopause is a natural part of ageing and one of life’s major times of transition. A large number of women simply pass through it with few symptoms but for those who don’t there are many options. Menopause Breakthroughs looks at both traditional Western medicine and complementary therapies, providing a wide-ranging overview of available treatments to ease the symptoms of menopause and ensure a smoother transition.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe future of the brain : essays by the world’s leading neuroscientists
“Technology has allowed important advancements in neuroscience research. Here editors Marcus and Freeman compile essays from leading neuroscientists who discuss the future of the brain. The essays, some of which contain references and a list for further reading, are organized by thematic chapters: mapping the brain, computation, simulating the brain, language, skeptics, and implications, to name a few. The editors also devote a section to what the field might be like in 2064. The narratives attempt thought-provoking arguments for the future of the brain and the implications on ethics and human behavior.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDo no harm : stories of life, death and brain surgery
“In this gripping memoir, one of Britain’s top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in the face of the life-and-death decisions he encounters daily. The stories give us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre, the chaos and confusion of a modern hospital, the exquisite complexity of the human brain – and the blunt instrument that is surgeon’s knife in comparison. But above all this is a book about the moving personal dilemmas that lie behind every operation he performs, and his encounters with patients whose lives are balanced on a knife’s edge.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health
“This is the essential guide for any fitness professional working with pregnant clients. Exercise in water classes are extremely popular with pregnant women, but there are obvious health and safety considerations. The authors take you through the underpinning knowledge, and outline the many benefits of water based exercise for pregnant clients. Includes: – how to motivate and support clients – practical skills to teach a successful and useful pool session – putting together an effective session – the safety considerations when working with pregnant women in a pool environment – working safely with clients with additional health concerns such as obesity/overweight or diabetes.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAdrenal fatigue for dummies
“If you feel tired all the time, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, a condition that affects many aspects of your health and leaves you unable to function properly. This guide provides a complete overview of adrenal fatigue and shows you how to recognize symptoms, seek treatment, discover which medications help, and much more.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKids in the syndrome mix of ADHD, LD, autism spectrum, Tourette’s, anxiety and more! : the one stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals
“In this updated edition, Kutscher has provided a thorough guide for parents, teachers, and professionals working with children affected by one or more neurobehaviorial disorders in the mix discussed. The author concentrates on the role that parents, teachers, and professionals play, first in recognizing the signs and then in appropriately identifying and treating the syndromes, specifically by being aware of the occurrence of more than one syndrome.  Kutscher also creates an awareness and empathy for the difficulty children face when dealing with their own symptoms. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe trouble with testosterone : and other essays on the biology of the human predicament
“In 17 wide-ranging and witty essays, Stanford biologist Sapolsky (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers) provides extraordinary insights into the topic of biological determination. How much of our personalities, our behaviors, our quirks, he asks, are a direct outcome of our genes, or the biochemical processes they control, and how much can be attributed to free will? His specific topics include the timing of the onset of menstruation, whether religious rituals stem from obsessive-compulsive behaviors, the parallels between our fascination with the O.J. trial and voyeurism in baboon societies, grave-robbing in the 19th century, as well as many others. They are all fascinating, and Sapolsky packs his treatments of them with wisdom and delightful surprises. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYoga for cancer : a guide to managing side effects, boosting immunity, and improving recovery for cancer survivors
“Prinster, a breast cancer survivor and certified yoga teacher, presents an innovative plan to help readers diagnosed with cancer reap the benefits of yoga practice, from diagnosis through recovery. Admitting she was initially skeptical of yoga’s “healing powers,” Prinster takes readers through the scientific research, concluding that yoga can function as the “organ muscle” of the lymphatic system: helping with lymphatic drainage, venous return, bone building, relaxation, and immune function. Prinster also persuasively demonstrates how yoga can cleanse and strengthen the body, increase range of motion and flexibility, strengthen the spine, alleviate weight gain, and help patients deal with pain, fear, and anxiety. To meet the particular needs of cancer patients, the book presents 53 different poses, appropriate for different diagnoses or stages of treatment.” (Syndetics)

Energy, blood pressure, pain and pleasure – new Health books

From the brain to the gut, we are exploring various parts of our body and the ailments that can afflict it. This month’s titles will help you understand, prevent, manage or overcome illness, make the most of life and look at our anxieties in a light-hearted way.

Syndetics book coverOvercoming anxiety for dummies
“Everyone experiences anxiety. After all, life is stressful. But are you too anxious? Is it disrupting your life? If so, this book can help. Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies, Australian & New Zealand Edition is a friendly, plain-English guide to understanding and overcoming intense, excessive anxiety. This book explains the difference between normal everyday anxiety and anxiety that requires attention and treatment. It also includes updated information on treatment and getting help, including organisations in Australia and New Zealand that assist people with anxiety. Packed with practical strategies for feeling better, this handy guide is perfect for anyone who wants to treat their minor anxiety on their own or find out whether they need professional assistance.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe skinny gut diet : balance your digestive system for permanent weight loss
“In this diet guide, Watson and coauthors Smith and Jones promise readers the “inner weight-loss secret waiting to be revealed”: restoring “gut bacteria.” Watson begins by writing that, more than 30 years before, she was overweight and suffering from fatigue and migraines. Since finding her own solution, she’s become determined to help others do the same. There are plenty of ideas put forward here, from probiotics made simple to a handy “Teaspoon Tracker” featuring an equation to help dieters decode nutritional labels. But mostly, there are meal plans and lists of foods to eat or avoid during the “Get Lean Phase” and the “Stay Lean Phase.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLowering high blood pressure the three-type holistic approach
“This book offers a tailored and holistic programme for anyone who suffers from high blood pressure, distinguishing between three core types of hypertension: stress type, abdominal type, and chaos type. The authors, including an experienced physician, want to empower the reader to identify which of the three core types of high blood pressure they have. They then outline tailor-made therapeutic programmes to care for body and soul, including nutrition, exercise and anthroposophical therapies to suit each type. The book includes real-life case studies which also demonstrate the huge difference that this holistic approach can make.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLower your blood pressure naturally : drop pounds and slash your blood pressure in 6 weeks without drugs
“Nearly 70 million Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension, and just 56 percent of them have it under control. Hypertension is responsible for 69 percent of first heart attacks and 77 percent of first strokes. But there is good news: high blood pressure is very responsive to lifestyle changes. Readers will follow the Power Mineral Diet, which centers on 13 delicious, powerful, blood pressure-lowering foods, along with an easy, doable exercise program that combines the proven effectiveness of cardio, strength training, and yoga on blood pressure. Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally offers one of the easiest and most effective ways to conquer hypertension yet.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe tiredness cure : how to beat fatigue and feel great for good
“If you rely on cups of tea or coffee to wake up, feel exhausted for no apparent reason, are you completely stressed out by Friday or worn out at the end of the day? This book might help you make changes to your lifestyle to overcome fatigue by giving you guidance to choose the right diet and exercise to restore your energy, find the best supplements to help you fell great and look younger, balance your hormone and improve your gut health to be well again.” (Adapted from book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe all-day energy diet : look better, feel younger
“The All-Day Energy Diet helps busy, everyday people enjoy more energy, improve their health, and lose weight by restoring their bodies’ optimal vitality through five natural solutions: Real food Restorative supplementation Adrenal, stress, and hormonal support Digestive Proper exercise By implementing any one (or all) of these strategies, you can expect to double your energy, while enjoying easier weight loss and looking and feeling younger.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLiving with rheumatoid arthritis
“In addition to explaining the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, the author offers practical strategies for coping with the pain, fatigue, and emotional toll of a chronic illness and provides new information on associated diseases such as osteoporosis, tips for finding safe and reliable information online and information on how to get an accurate diagnosis.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLive and laugh with dementia : the essential guide to maximising quality of life
“Worldwide, over 45 million people suffer with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030; 135 million by 2050. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible – to maximize quality of life for all concerned. Just as we need to exercise our body’s muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working well, so too do we need to exercise our mental muscles (our brain) in order to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe sex bible for people over 50 : the complete guide to sexual love for mature couples
“Sex post-50 can be the best ever but it requires a different skill-set — more communication, longer foreplay, different positions, sexual toys and aids — to stay hot and exciting. It also needs to accommodate the myriad of physical, emotional, and social changes that happen in late middle-age. Author Dr. Laurie Betito gives readers techniques for reconnecting with their partners, bringing experimentation in long-term sexual relationships, and tips on how to handle sex and dating post-50. It also shows readers how to build new sexual skills by providing exercises and new ways to enjoy sexual pleasure on their own and with their partner.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverA duck is watching me : strange and unusual phobias
“We are all fascinated by phobias and the weird and wonderful things that people are afraid of. Some phobias are those many of us can identify with a fear of needles, spiders or snakes for example a but others are harder to explain, such as the fear of string, or the fear of paper, fear of the colour red. And some are truly strange and unusual: fear of being tickled with feathers, fear or things to the left side of the body, fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth and of course fear that a duck is watching you. With an introduction on the biological origins of fear and anxiety by science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs, this book takes a light-hearted look at phobias.” (Syndetics)

Healing power – New health books in November

Healing can take many forms, from using the experience of our life traumas to grow as human beings, to finding the right plant diet for a heightened level of health or using the magic of manuka honey where conventional drugs have failed. The history of the birth pill also makes for a gripping read this month.

Syndetics book coverThe body keeps the score : brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma
“A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing; Trauma is a fact of life. Experiences of trauma inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. In The Body Keeps the Score, trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring; specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe trauma of everyday life
“Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development. Western psychology teaches that if we understand the cause of trauma, we might move past it while many drawn to Eastern practices see meditation as a means of rising above, or distancing themselves from, their most difficult emotions. Both, Epstein argues, fail to recognize that trauma is an indivisible part of life and can be used as a lever for growth and an ever deeper understanding of change.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe fitness attitude : how to change your behaviour and learn to love keeping fit
“Fitness professional Bevan James Eyles has been driven by one question: ‘What is it that motivates people to develop a long-term love of fitness and how can we teach that to others?’ He discovered that success with fitness isn’t about a certain exercise or diet plan, but about attitude and behaviour patterns. Practical and with examples of Bevan’s personal experience, The Fitness Attitude is essential reading for those who want to be successful with exercise, to gain a deeper understanding of the behaviours that create this success, and to enjoy the contribution that exercise can make to a healthy and happy life.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Plant based diet solutionThe plantplus diet solution : personalized nutrition for life
“Increase your metabolism with a plant-based diet to prevent, improve or cure heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and the epidemic of chronic illnesses. Joan Borysenko, PhD, a Harvard-trained cell biologist, health psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, cuts through the thicket of confusing – and often downright wrong – advice on nutrition. She provides easy-to-digest, bite-sized servings of the scientific information that you (and your doctor) need in order to discover the precise diet required for your body to thrive.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNourish : mind, body & soul
“We get so much more out of life when we feel positive and energized.  Full of the wisdom and good nourishment that helped Sadie, Holly and Amber through their own personal struggles and setbacks, this book promises to restore you to the path of complete well-being. With Amber’s delicious food to nourish the body, Holly’s exercises to strengthen it and Sadie’s beauty recipes to soothe the skin and yoga and meditation routines to still the mind, this book is the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains to modern life, proving that there is always a way to stay healthy and, also, to keep it delicious.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeing mortal : medicine and what matters in the end
“Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. In this book Atul Gawande examines the ultimate limitations and failures of medicine as life draws to a close. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverManuka : the biography of an extraordinary honey
“Not so long ago, in a small island nation in the South Pacific, beekeepers produced a most peculiar honey. It was much darker than the clover honey everyone put on their toast in the morning, and it tasted very different. In fact, the honey was a problem: it was hard to get out of the combs, and even harder for beekeepers to sell. Today that honey, manuka from New Zealand, is known around the world. It fetches high prices, and beekeepers do everything in their power to produce as much of it as possible. Wound dressings containing manuka honey are used in leading hospitals, and it has saved the lives of patients infected with disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to standard antibiotic drugs. In so doing it has forced the medical profession to rethink its position on the therapeutic properties of natural products. This book chronicles the remarkable ‘rags-to-riches’ story of manuka honey, as seen through the eyes of a New Zealand beekeeping specialist who watched it unfold from the very beginning.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe low hi diet : how to get clean & get lean
“Kris Abbey’s Lo Hi Diet demystifies and simplifies what it takes to achieve great health and wellness. The book is filled with ‘Top Tips’ about antioxidants, top foods to boost your metabolism, top exercises to build core strength, and top things to slow down the ageing process. Kris does not sugar coat the facts; she hits the reader between the eyes with the truth about food and exercise. The book is divided into sections with chapters covering nutrition, foods for life, eating greens and being alkaline, and when to detox (and why). Kris lists all the essentials for a healthy life, which she refers to as SLOW: Seasonal, Local, Organic and Whole Exercise.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBurn the fat, feed the muscle : transform your body forever using the secrets of the leanest people in the world
“Whether you want to shed 10 pounds or 100, whether you want to build muscle or just look more toned, this book is the original “bible of fitness” that shows you how to get permanent results the safe, healthy, and natural way. This is not a diet and it’s not just a weight-loss program; this is a breakthrough system to change your life and get you leaner, stronger, fitter, and healthier with the latest discoveries in exercise and nutrition science. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is not about getting as ripped as a fitness model or becoming a bodybuilder like Tom did (unless you want to); it’s about using their secrets to achieve your own personal goals. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe birth of the pill : how four crusaders reinvented sex and launched a revolution
“We know it simply as “the pill,” yet its genesis was anything but simple. Spanning the years from Margaret Sanger’s heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminist politics, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and briskly written, The Birth of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and scientific history.” (Syndetics summary)

From the brain to the bowel – New health books in October

This month’s selection leans heavily on the subject of the brain which gets a look in from several perspectives, from neuroscience, psychology and evolutionary biology. We also delves into the fascinating science of gut health and its crucial role in our overall health. Environmental factors affecting our health are also discussed and what we can do to mitigate them.

Syndetics book coverThe wandering mind : what the brain does when you’re not looking
“Rooted in neuroscience, psychology and evolutionary biology … The Wandering Mind takes us into the world of the ‘default-mode network’ to tackle the big questions. What do rats dream about? What’s with our fiction addiction? Is the hippocampus where free will takes a holiday? And does mind-wandering drive creativity? In Pieces of Mind,Michael Corballis took 21 short walks around the human brain. In The Wandering Mind he stretches out for a longer hike into those murky regions of the brain where dreams and religion, fiction and fantasy lurk.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe answer to the riddle is me : a tale of amnesia
“Imagine waking up in a crowded train station in India with no idea who you are or how you got there… At 28, David Stuart McLean woke up in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money, no passport, no identity.
The Answer to the Riddle is Me confronts and celebrates the dark, mysterious depths of our psyches and a myriad ways we are all unknowable…especially ourselves.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverChicken soup for the soul : recovering from traumatic brain injuries : 101 stories of hope, healing, and hard work
“Whether you are recovering from a traumatic brain injury or supporting someone with a TBI, this collection of 101 inspiring and encouraging stories by others like you will uplift and encourage you on your healing journey. With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in the US - concussions the most common – chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBIs occur due to accidents and sports, and are also common in returning soldiers. The personal stories in this book, by TBI survivors and those who love and support them, will help and encourage you and your family on your road to recovery.” (Syndetics)

The new laws of psychology
“This controversial new book describes how human behaviour  can be largely explained if we understand how people make sense of their world and how that framework of understanding has been learned. The author challenges notions such as ‘mental illness’ and ‘abnormal psychology’ as old-fashioned, demeaning and invalid, and argues that diagnoses such as ‘depression’ and ‘schizophrenia’ are unhelpful. Kinderman argues that one consequence of our current obsession with a medical approach to human well-being and distress, is that human problems are too often merely diagnosed and treated, rather than understood. Written by an expert in his field, and accessible to all those interested in and affected by mental health issues, The New Laws of Psychology will change the way we define mental illness forever.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHealthy bowel healthy body
“You Can Overcome Your Bowel problems with Holistic Medicine. Hippocrates the father of medicine said that all diseases begin in the gut. Well we have come a long way since Hippocrates, but it is still true today, that if your digestive tract is unhealthy you will not be a healthy individual. New research has found that gut health plays a crucial role in all aspects of our health and has a profound influence on mental health, energy levels, risk of cancer, allergies and more. This book presents the latest research and holistic strategies to overcome common bowel problems including excess gas and bloating, bad breath, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and much more.” (adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDr Libby’s the Calorie Fallacy : stop dieting start nourishing
“How many of us have been told that if we burn more calories than we eat, weight loss will be inevitable? How many of us have discovered that this century old philosophy does not seem to apply to our body no matter how hard we work, in this modern world? What if the foundation nutritional philosophy that the calorie equation is the sole determinant of weight loss is completely outdated and in many cases wrong? Through sharing her own personal story and the journey that set her on to uncover and explore the biochemistry of sustainable weight loss, Dr Libby shares countless case studies of clients she has worked with over the past 16 years, along with her two decades of scientific research into the principles of body fat loss.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverToxic world, toxic people : the essential guide to health, happiness, parenting and conscious living
“Two of the most pressing yet often ignored issues of today are: toxicity induced disease, depression and illness and toxic parenting. Both of these are detrimentally affecting society in countless ways. Dangerous, untested chemicals are destroying our health and we aren’t raising happy and healthy children. What can we do to beat these silent epidemics?” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverThe country almanac of home remedies : time-tested & almost-forgotten wisdom for treating hundreds of common ailments, aches & pains quickly and naturally
“Filled with thousands of surprising cures, each entry gives multiple remedies for each condition – everything from herbs to healing foods. Step-by-step illustrations show you the right way to administer treatments from making herbal tinctures to applying poultice. Dosage guidelines are given for every remedy as well as safety guidelines, contraindications and when to call the doctor.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverMoving into meditation : a 12-week mindfulness program for yoga practitioners
“Moving into Meditation is a practical yet fresh guide to integrating mindful yoga and embodied meditation, in a 12-week format. One week at a time, Moving into Meditation lays out a plan for exploring body-based practices to get you more in tune with not only your limbs and core but your mind and heart. The book is presented in a systematic, week-by-week format for ease of use and accessibility, and because the author is also developing an online course for which the book will be a central text. The program progresses through the Buddha’s four foundations of mindfulness as well as the koshas”. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe whole heart solution : halt heart disease now with the best alternative and traditional medicine / Joel K. Kahn, MD.
“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the western world. #1 by a lot. But it doesn’t need to be. The truth is that more than 75 percent of cases of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular disease events are preventable. In The Whole Heart Solution, Joel K. Kahn, MD, will reveal more than 75 simple, low-cost things you can do right away to avoid this terrible killer. You will also discover sample plans to help you incorporate these lifesavers into your day.” (Book cover)

From core strength to mental fitness – September Health picks

Some reading to help you reach optimum fitness, general wellbeing and guide you through the mental and physical challenges that life throws at us regardless of age.

Syndetics book cover Pilates for life : how to improve strength, flexibility and health over 40
“As we change, our bodies change. We become less flexible and our strength, posture and balance may be affected. Pilates, with its carefully constructed regime of exercises, is the perfect system to combat, halt and even reverse some of the aspects of ageing that so many people assume are inevitable. In addition to providing clear information and step-by-step instructions for an exciting new Pilates programme, there are also sections on how specially developed Pilates exercises can help with a number of common age-related conditions.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverSensational kids : hope and help for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD)
“A leading SPD researcher profiles the disorder and its four major subtypes, sharing information for parents about its treatment options while discussing such topics as occupational therapy, parental involvement, and advocacy strategies.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLive happier, live longer
“According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are more than 3 million Australians over the age of 65, and this number is only going to grow (in fact, it’s the fastest growing demographic in Australia). The good news is that many older Australians are well educated and keen to take the initiative in looking after themselves and keeping fit and healthy so as to continue living a full and rich life. In Live Happier, Live Longer Dr Sharp focuses on the key things people can do to increase their happiness and wellbeing as they get older, from emphasizing the importance of positive thinking and the benefits of physical activity, sleep and relaxation to the practical benefits of continuing to strive towards motivating goals.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe meditation book of light and colour
“Meditating with colour can be a powerful way to improve health and well-being and this simple handbook provides a full spectrum of new and easy-to-use colour meditation exercises. Red can be used to improve circulation and fight infection; blue to soothe the mind and lower blood pressure. Each chapter looks at a particular colour and its associated chakra, discusses the characteristics and healing properties, and offers a series of relaxing breathing exercises and transformative visualisations for working with the colour in question.” (from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverNight school : wake up to the power of sleep
“Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Every night you close your eyes, become oblivious to your surroundings and waste hours flying, being chased or watching all your teeth fall out — and then you wake up. What on earth is going on? Based on exciting new peer-reviewed research, mass-participation experiments and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, Night School uncovers the truth about the sleeping brain — and gives powerful tips on how you can use those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time to change your waking life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEpigenetics : the death of the genetic theory of disease transmission / Dr. Joel D. Wallach, Dr. Ma Lan, Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer.
“Documents the research, findings, and implications of the field of epigenetics in terms of the understanding of how nutrients influence health and disease.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe owner’s manual for the brain : the ultimate guide to peak mental performance at all ages
“…this book is aimed at readers in five categories: “lifelong learners, educators, consultants, managers and psychologists.” It is meant to be used as a resource to answer questions, not to be read straight through. The text is divided into sections that cover the “framework for exploring mind-brain concepts,” our movement through life stages, everyday wellness, how the brain learns, creativity and problem-solving, intelligence and personality traits, and states of consciousness.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFive days at Memorial : life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital
“Two thousand patients, staff members, and their family and friends sought safety at Memorial as Katrina approached on Monday, August 28, 2005. Without power, running water, air-conditioning, or standard high-tech medical equipment, conditions quickly deteriorated, particularly for the oldest and most critically ill patients. It wasn’t until Friday, September 1, that everyone was finally rescued, and, by that time, there had been 45 patient deaths-18 of them deemed suspicious by the New Orleans coroner. A legal hurricane followed, and one doctor and three nurses were accused of second-degree murder. Fink devotes half of her book to the criminal investigations and ensuing grand jury inquiry, guiding readers through the concepts of triage, euthanasia, and end-of-life care that made the cases so controversial.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverStand by me : helping your teen through tough times
“‘I’m a dad and I’m scared.’ Charting John Kirwan’s experiences as a father, and incorporating voices of young people today, Stand By Me examines issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety. It is intended as a useful guide for parents, caregivers and teachers – anyone concerned about the wellbeing of young people in their care. Like All Blacks Don’t Cry, it has an emphasis on hopefulness and living positively.” (Syndetics)

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Syndetics book coverPlant-based diet for dummies
“Getting nutrition from plant-based foods is one of the best things you can do to lose weight, fight disease, and feel great. Wasserman gives you everything you need to eliminate meat and reap the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle!”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAnatomy of exercise encyclopedia
“The Anatomy of Exercise Encyclopedia provides precise, step-by-step instructions to more than a hundred individual exercises and introduces over fifty target focused workout routines. Full-colour photographs and detailed anatomical illustrations pinpoint exactly which muscles are being worked during each exercise so that you can focus on maintaining perfect form and fitness. It also includes routines that focus on real-world scenario ranging from exercising during pregnancy to working with back or knee problems.” (From back cover)

New Health books for August/September

Eating & sleeping, with some exercise in the middle. Life’s recipe for dogs, babies…and the rest of us!

autoimmune paleo cookbookThe autoimmune paleo cookbook : an allergen-free approach to managing chronic illness / by Mickey Trescott ; [photography by Kyle Johnson].
“In The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, Mickey Trescott provides a resource for those looking to embark on the Autoimmune Protocol–a version of an ancestral diet that is focused both on removing potential food triggers as well as healing the gut. Research shows there is a clear connection between diet and autoimmune disease, and many, including the author, have used these principles to heal their bodies from these debilitating conditions and their accompanying symptoms. With the information and recipes in this book, you can embark on this process for yourself–without suffering through bland and tasteless “allergen-free” meals. Instead, with all of the incredible food you will be enjoying, you may forget that you are achieving better wellness!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat like a woman (and never diet again) : a 3-week, 3-step program to finally drop the pounds and feel better than ever / Staness Jonekos with Marjorie Jenkins, MD.
“EAT LIKE A WOMAN and find the health, happiness and harmony you’ve been missing Based on the latest research showing that men and women metabolize food and lose weight differently, Eat Like a Woman (And Never Diet Again) is a groundbreaking three-step program tailored specifically to the needs of the female body. Staness Jonekos, author of The Menopause Makeover, and leading women’s health expert Dr. Marjorie Jenkins show you how to lose weight without deprivation, look younger and feel better than ever. You’ll also learn to understand the relationship between stress and your health, interpret the messages your body is sending you, and correct hormone imbalances without the use of medication. Includes favorite recipes from Sheryl Crow, Padma Lakshmi, Florence Henderson, Dolly Parton, Nancy Cartwright, Devin Alexander, Cristina Ferrare, and other popular chefs and celebrities.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat to cheat ageing : what you eat helps you make 60 ‘the new 50′ and 80 ‘the new 70′ / by dietitian, Ngaire Hobbins.
“Did you know that what you eat is key to maintaining an independent and healthy life? The right food choices maximise physical and mental abilities, immune response and the crucial capacity of every body cell to repair, function and renew itself. The science of nutrition shows that what someone in their 60s or over needs is quite different to what was needed when they were younger. This book is for anyone 65+ wanting to head off declining function in the years ahead. But it’s also for anyone 50+ looking to make food choices tailored to their future health and to head off wrong food choices that could hasten dementia, type 2 diabetes, frailty, and more. The genesis of this book lies in dietitian, Ngaire Hobbins’ frustration in seeing so many older people struggling with everyday physical tasks, cognitive decline and dementia, and suffering debilitating frailty, particularly after illness or surgery, when something as simple a change in diet may have helped them continue to live productive, independent lives.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhole : rethinking the science of nutrition / T. Colin Campbell, PhD ; with Howard Jacobson, PhD.
“Humans should eat only the whole food, plant-based diet for which their bodies are designed. All animal products and/or added fats are bad. Repeat. Tell a few interesting stories, oversimplify a few biological concepts, and repeat. This sequel to the author’s extremely popular The China Study is more a personal examination of political and social constraints on Campbell’s diet crusade than true science. It should be no surprise that the coauthor Jacobson is a marketing expert. Don Hagan gives a beautifully clear reading. Verdict Readers looking for “scientific” support for radical diet choices will probably love this book; however, a more skeptical approach might be safer.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe pop-up gym : how to keep fit wherever you are / Jon Denoris.
“Fitness trainer to a host of busy people including actors, TV presenters and politicians, Jon Denoris has created a series of exercises and routines, most of which can be carried out almost anywhere: in the home, at work or outdoors. Hardly any of them require any equipment. Dumbbells and a medicine ball will come in useful for a few of the exercises, and also a stability ball, but that is all. So the exercises can even be done on holiday and can be adapted to work with stand-in equipment. Hence the title The Pop-up Gym: a fitness programme you can take with you wherever you go. An easy-to-use, stylish package for people who want to be fit with the minimum of fuss. Suitable for readers who don’t have time to go to a gym, don’t want to spend a lot of money on equipment and have limited time.” (Syndetics)

secret life of sleepThe secret life of sleep / Kat Duff
“We all sleep, but how often do we consider what goes on while we engage in this (usually) nightly practice? This impressive account from Duff (The Alchemy of Illness) presents the science of sleep without putting its readers to sleep. She intersperses personal anecdotes amid her array of data, which ranges from laboratory sleep studies to poetry and folklore. Some of her examples might already be familiar to readers, but here they serve to show the universality of sleep. The scientific work Duff seamlessly draws into the narrative serves to illuminate cultural understandings. For example, the mythic spirits that visit us in our sleep-the kinds that come to Scrooge at the height of his Christmas cynicism-are described in their literary contexts, before being analyzed on their biological bases. Dreams, from the barely memorable to the life changing, play a prominent role in this text, and Duff addresses the anxieties and fears of sleep itself that keep us awake at night. We learn, too, about what differentiates a waking state from its sleepy counterpart. Sleep as a phenomenon exists just outside of our conscious awareness, and can be difficult to study objectively, yet Duff leads an absorbing foray into the vibrant activity that we otherwise sleep right through.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to a good night’s sleep / Dr Carmel Harrington.
“Sleep is highly individual and there are many reasons why you may not be sleeping well. In this definitive guide, we examine the process of sleep, the particular reasons why you are having trouble sleeping well, the behaviour patterns that hinder your restful sleep, and helps you to uncover ways to achieve deep, restful sleep on a permanent basis.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMy age of anxiety : fear, hope, dread and the search for peace of mind / Scott Stossel.
“Stossel, editor of the Atlantic, leads a jittery, searching tour through the most common mental disorder in the world: “a function of biology and philosophy, body and mind, instinct and reason, personality and culture.” As an acutely miserable and anxious 10-year old, Stossel began an early journey through various therapies and medications. His experiences with these treatments doubles as an accidental history of how science, psychotherapy, medicine, and the culture at large have attempted deal with anxiety’s psychological riddle: persistent fear with no “concrete object” of which to be afraid. Stossel’s work features biographical sketches of famous anxiety cases like Charles Darwin and Samuel Johnson, and a rigorous survey of the foundations of anxiety research, from Freud to attachment theory to the “chemical imbalance” model of mental illness, alongside discussions of the biological, neurological, and genetic roots of the condition. Stossel’s journey through his own life is unsparing, darkly funny (a nervous stomach tends to flare up at the worst times, like in front of JFK Jr.), but above all, hopeful. As with many sufferers, Stossel’s quest to find relief is unfinished, but his book relays a masterful understanding of the condition he and millions of others endure.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNaked and marooned : one man, one island, one epic survival story / Ed Stafford.
‘I stood on the beach truly alone for the first time. I would not see another person for sixty days. I was on an uninhabited tropical island and I had nothing with me to help me survive. No food, no equipment, no knife and not even any clothes. All I had was my camera kit so that I could intimately record my self-inflicted sentence.’ What if you were abandoned on a tropical island with no food or water, no basic equipment, not even a knife, and no clothes – could you survive? Extreme adventurer Ed Stafford isn’t sure, but he’s about to find out as he pushes himself to the limit in this gripping and inspirational test of human survival. For sixty days, with only his explorer’s instinct and a video camera to record his experiences, Ed faces the ultimate feat of physical and mental endurance.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFit to run : the complete guide to injury-free running / Phillip Pearson.
“A must-have guide to avoiding running-related injuries, for beginning and seasoned athletes alike Running remains one of the cheapest and most accessible forms of aerobic fitness. All you need is a pair of running shoes and the courage to step out of the front door. Don’t let the fear of injury put you off now. This book aims to help runners avoid the kinds of injuries that disrupt training schedules and plague careers. Aimed at everyone from the complete beginner to the competitive runner, this book covers it all: warm-up and cool-down; stretching exercises; technique; core stability and posture; diet and nutrition; treating injuries; and an introduction to current exercise science.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverI forgot to remember : a memoir of amnesia / Su Meck with Daniel de Visé.
“What would you do if you lost your past? In 1988 Su Meck was twenty-two and married with two children when a ceiling fan in her kitchen fell and struck her on the head, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury that erased all her memories of her life up to that point. Although her body healed rapidly, her memories never returned. Yet after just three weeks in the hospital, Su was released and once again charged with the care of two toddlers and a busy household. Adrift in a world about which she understood almost nothing, Su became an adept mimic, gradually creating routines and rituals that sheltered her and her family, however narrowly, from the near-daily threat of disaster-or so she thought. Though Su would eventually relearn to tie her shoes, cook a meal, and read and write, nearly twenty years would pass before a series of personally devastating events shattered the “normal” life she had worked so hard to build, and she realized that she would have to grow up all over again. In her own indelible voice, Su offers us a view from the inside of a terrible injury, with the hope that her story will help give other brain injury sufferers and their families the resolve and courage to build their lives anew. Piercing, heartbreaking, but finally uplifting, this book is the true story of a woman determined to live life on her own terms.” (Syndetics)


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