So many of this month’s titles seem to revolve around food! It is an encouraging sign that our health can be affected by the food choices we make and a nutritious, balanced diet is one way of investing in our health — and we hope you’ll find some ideas about tasty ways to do this below!
To help us on the way to good health choices, we also have a host of helpful titles in our Personal Development collection — because sometimes we need need more than the knowledge of what is good for us, we also need the support, encouragement and self-belief to give new things a go.
Enjoy this month’s picks!
The lost art of feeding kids : what Italy taught me about why children need real food / Jeannie Marshall.
“In this hybrid book part memoir, part treatise against the spread of bad Western eating habits journalist and mom Marshall makes a compelling case for why families everywhere should return to the old-fashioned Italian approach to food. Marshall, who moved from Canada to Italy, attends conferences, including the World Summit on Food Security, and takes her son, Nico, to markets filled with fresh cherries. She laments the way Italian kids, traditionally raised on locally grown chickpeas and cannellini beans instead of Cheerios, are falling victim to U.S. corporate marketing campaigns. McDonald’s launched its McItaly burger in 2010, and a waiter asks Nico, who had been happily drinking water, if he wanted Coke. Marshall thanks her husband, who urged her to stop complaining and start writing. Without his insight, I would have spent my energy ranting over the dinner table instead of redirecting it onto the page. Marshall isn’t breaking new ground here. Michael Pollan and others have made many of her eat-less-processed-food points already, but her home-cooked, fresh-is-best argument certainly bears repeating.” (Syndetics)
The naked eye : how the revolution of laser surgery has unshackled the human eye / Dr Gerard Sutton, Dr Michael Lawless.
Of the five senses, vision is the most astonishing. This is how we weave our way through the world. And although the eye has evolved over millions of years to give us crystal clear vision, it is a modern day phenomenon that, in evolutionary terms, our eyesight is going backwards. Due to presbyopia, we are now dependent on reading glasses for half our lives. In parts of East Asia up to 90% of school leavers are now short-sighted. This has been attributed to work, study and lifestyle factors as well as the ageing of the population. And whilst we all know there have been some amazing advances in modern medicine, what seems to have escaped everyone’s attention is the revolution that has taken place in laser eye surgery Two gifted Australian surgeons, Professor Gerard Sutton and Dr Michael Lawless, now recognised as being among the best ophthalmologists in the world in their field, were there from the beginning of this revolution. From London to New York, New Orleans and Bogota they worked side by side with the legendary pioneers of eye surgery creating history as it happened. Sutton and Lawless have written this informative, authoritative and entertaining insight into laser vision correction and what it means for you. It’s all here in The Naked Eye, an easy-to-read and jargon-free account of everything you ever wanted to know about laser eye surgery. They explain everything from 20/20 vision to the magic of the femtosecond laser. They pull apart myths, tell you some of the fascinating history of the science, and give you all you need to know on the latest surgical procedures. This is the story of the revolution of vision correction surgery – how we can now choose a surgical solution to give us a clearer vision with the naked eye.” (Syndetics)
Change your mind, heal your body
“Your body is trying to tell you what’s wrong! A successful journalist-turned healer describes her innovative system of healing through the lens of her own self-healing journey. Parkinson was a busy workaholic reporter who yearned to leave her stressful job when she was diagnosed with a mysterious tumor behind her carotid artery. At first she pursued the traditional medical route, but after a series of frustrating mishaps with the medical system, she began to investigate alternative healing. Her search brought her into contact with such venerable healing philosophies as the ancient Hindu chakra and the simpler Hawaiian system. She eventually met Martin Brofman, founder of Body Mirror Healing, who taught her how to delve into her emotional blockages underpinning the illness. The breakthrough came when she realized that her body was communicating to her through the message of cancer. She ultimately developed a series of simple exercises, shared in the book, that help people better listen to their bodies and bring the energy needed to wipe away disease.” (From amazon.com)
Mum, please help : a mother’s quest to help her daughter overcome anorexia and bulimia by developing a step-by-step home treatment programme, using neuroplastic and positive energy techniques
“This title presents a revolutionary approach offering the first home treatment programme for sufferers of eating disorders and their carers. It is based on the concepts of ‘neuroplasticity’ – re-wiring the brain to transform negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones – and ‘mindful awareness’. It provides a holistic plan to address the needs of eating disorder sufferers, developed by Karen with the help of expert, Dr Irina Webster, by directing the suffers attention away from food. Part memoir, part self help manual, this book traces a mother’s harrowing but ultimately heartwarming story of her journey to fight the disease that threatened her daughter’s life. After going through research, professional consultations, lectures by the likes of Deepak Chopra and others, and many hours of insightful dialogue with her daughter, Amy Karen, with the help of expert Irina Webster, MD, has devised a holistic plan to address the needs of those suffering from eating disorders. “Mum, Please Help” explains, step by step, how you can beat any eating disorder at its very core. This is the personal story of a mother who wanted desperately to save the life of her daughter, and succeeded. And she has come to share the fruits of her heartbreaking but victorious journey with all those who have a loved one suffering from an eating disorder, or who may themselves be sufferers.” (From amazon.com)
The alkaline cure
“First-time author Domenig takes a holistic approach to health and wellness in this exploration of how and why our bodies react to certain foods, both positively and negatively. The secret, he asserts-based on the teachings of Austrian scientist Franz Xaver Mayr and his 1921 book, The Fundamentals of the Diagnosis of Digestive Illnesses-is maintaining the proper acid-alkaline levels through diet, specifically in a 2:1 ratio, so that the digestive system functions at peak performance. Hit that perfect ratio and you’ll reap a plethora of anti-aging and beauty-boosting benefits: weight loss and decreased bloating; increased brain function and bone strength; and improved immunity, mood, and vitality. Domenig states his case across six beautifully photographed sections, explaining the science behind, and basic principles of, alkalizing. He details the positive impact alkalizing can have on your physical health and psyche, identifies acid and alkaline food groups, and offers tips on setting up an alkalized kitchen. In addition, he provides a detailed, straightforward two-week program for immersing yourself in the alkalizing method-complete with a chapter of recipes covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and including soups, salads, and spreads-the titled cure. Domenig, a doctor and the medical director of the Original F.X. Mayr & More Health Center, offers a user-friendly plan that can be easily embraced.” (Syndetics)
The complete guide to nutrients : an A-Z of superfoods, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and supplements / Dr Michael Sharon.
“An easy-to-use reference provides entries on health aids ranging from food and herbs to vitamins, minerals, and supplements, listing for each the form it takes, its medicinal and health benefits, and recommended daily dose.” (Syndetics)
The silver lining : a supportive and insightful guide to breast cancer
“In this inspirational and practical memoir, Jacobs, a registered nurse and social worker as well as a vegan marathoner with no family history of the disease, describes how she stayed positive even after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39. A half-full’ kind of gal, she shares the silver linings she found during surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. She also shares what she calls lifelines (suggestions from her experiences) and talks about practical matters (for example, information on medical tests like the digital tomosynthesis 3-D x-ray of the breast). Despite the subject matter, she maintains her can-do spirit and her sense of humor. She includes a glossary (an antiemetic is a drug taken to alleviate nausea and vomiting), helpful websites, and recommended books and shopping sites (headcovers.com, mastectomyshop.com, wigsalong.com). A bonus: beautiful photos taken by her friend Messina, a wedding and celebrity photographer. An uplifting read for breast cancer patients and their friends and family members.–Springen, Karen Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Syndetics)
Healthy at home : get well and stay well without prescriptions / Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
“Get the how, when, and why of getting better and staying well with homemade remedies that the doctor orders. National Geographic helps you take charge of health care guided by a physician expert in natural healing, herbal medicine, and home remedies. In this book she guides us in identifying, responding to, and caring for all the most common ailments, so that when it’s time to take care at home, you have a doctor’s advice on how. Learn how to make herbal remedies and why you and your family will be healthier for doing so–and get advice on when it’s best to consult a health care professional instead.” (Syndetics)
“Sort your brain out : boost your performance, manage stress and achieve more / Jack Lewis and Adrian Webster.
Most people take their brain for granted, some even forget it exists and many feel like there’s nothing they can do to change it. Others spend hours at the gym working away on the bodywork, but few realize that with a basic understanding and a few new habits, you can get so much more out of your mind. Grounded in scientific research yet packed with practical tips, Sort your brain out will help you get a better understanding of how your brain works and explore simple ways of squeezing even more out of it. By training, adapting and exercising your brain on a daily basis you will finally be able to perform at your very best.”(Back cover)
The complete relaxation book / James Hewitt.
“This book is a comprehensive guide to the art of relaxation for happiness, health and well-being. Based on over thirty years of study and experience, it offers a unique synthesis of Western therapies and Eastern mysticism.” (Syndetics)