Category: Recent picks

September Health

Inspiring stories of healing and positive lifestyle advice will set you on the road to good health as the season turns brighter & warmer. Spring is a time of new shoots and with them, hope, stamina and a renewed sense of purpose seem to emerge. Nothing better to adopt healthier food habits, spruce up the bike or the walking shoes and get out in the brisk, refreshing, rejuvenating spring air.

A dog walks into a nursing home
“A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life. At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new, leash-, lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what virtue is and does – how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to. Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt – showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)–taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcDo you believe in magic? The sense and nonsense of alternative medicine
“Medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.
Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine, an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks, can actually be harmful to our health.
Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy – alternative or traditional – should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners.
An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcWhat to eat when you are pregnant and vegetarian
“As a vegetarian you already know how important it is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. But being pregnant aswell can make it seem even harder to eat and drink in a way that will keep you healthy, your baby safe and provide the ideal fuel for growth and development. What to Eat When You’re Pregnant and Vegetarian is your no-nonsense companion. This handy, compact book is the definitive healthy-eating guide for vegetarians who are expecting and provides expert guidance on what foods are safe and what you should steer clear of.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe Reason I jump
“You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights — into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory — are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcTouching a nerve, the self as brain
“What happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? In this thought-provoking narrative, drawn from professional expertise as well as personal life experiences, trailblazing neurophilosopher Patricia S. Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology. She reflects with humor on how she came to harmonize science and philosophy, the mind and the brain, abstract ideals and daily life.
Offering lucid explanations of the neural workings that underlie identity, she reveals how the latest research into consciousness, memory, and free will can help us reexamine enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions: What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And why do we feel empathy for others? Recent scientific discoveries also provide insights into a fascinating range of real-world dilemmas — for example, whether an adolescent can be held responsible for his actions and whether a patient in a coma can be considered a self.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcEveryday Cycling in Aotearoa
“If you want to use a bike in your daily life, to get to work, play, school and the shops, this is the book you have been waiting for, an informative, comprehensive and inspiring guide that helps beginners get started and experienced cyclists ride more confidently, safely and enjoyably” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcPain-free sitting, standing and walking
“Most of us take the acts of sitting, standing, and walking for granted, but for those suffering from back, muscle, and joint pain, even these seemingly simple actions can be extremely uncomfortable. Poor body alignment or habitual movement patterns that crop up when we compensate for a bad back or painful neck can only further exacerbate existing issues—and create new problems.
In this accessible workbook, Craig Williamson demonstrates how by just doing these three basic actions with optimal body alignment and attention, you can help free yourself from existing pain and prevent further injury. The protocol is simple but extremely effective, and step-by-step photos guide you through every exercise. Williamson’s approach has been praised by physicians, physical therapists, coaches and sports trainers, yoga instructors, and patients. “(from amazon.com)

syndetics-lcMusical Encounters with dying
“Music therapy can be a profound physical, emotional and spiritual support at the end of life. This book looks at a wide variety of cases, explaining how music therapy can be used effectively. It highlights particular components of working with this group, such as creating a therapeutic relationship, helping patients to reach final goals, working within cultural contexts and dealing with difficult emotions, all within the parameters of the musical experience. It also explores the unique needs of people with disabilities or mental illness, and how to support the families of the dying. Therapeutic and philosophical insights related to the dying process are included. This will be a supportive and insightful guide for anyone working with people who are at the end of life, especially music therapists and other complementary therapists, caregivers, hospice workers and medical professionals.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcInner weather
“A lucid, honest and deeply searching account of the author’s struggle to come to terms with anxiety and depression. Jenny Stewart shows how, over many years, with considerable help from others, she was able gradually to take control of her depression, not by focusing on its causes, but by understanding how best to fight it.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcSecond Suns
“From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors—one from the United States, the other from Nepal—united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness.
In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, gifted ophthalmologists who have dedicated their lives to restoring sight to some of the world’s most isolated, impoverished people through the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization they founded in 1995. Tabin was the high-achieving bad boy of Harvard Medical School, an accomplished mountain climber and adrenaline junkie as brilliant as he was unconventional. Ruit grew up in a remote Nepalese village, where he became intimately acquainted with the human costs of inadequate access to health care. Together they found their life’s calling: tending to the afflicted people of the Himalayas, a vast mountainous region with an alarmingly high incidence of cataract blindness.
Second Suns is the moving, unforgettable story of how two men with a shared dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time.” (from amazon.com)

Another French diet – Health Recent Picks for July

This month, we are getting advice on weight loss and management from French doctors, the paradoxically food-obsessed yet slim nation, read the poignant and inspiring account of a mother’s journey to raising an autistic  genius, learn about the secrets of the criminal mind and ponder about the emergence of pandemics. These are only a few of the fascinating if sometimes frightening topics and titles in store at the library this month which also include female health, cancer healing, reiki, core strength training and more.

syndetics-lcThe Parisian diet
“Frances leading nutritionist Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen pinpoints why you struggle with other weight-loss diets and shows how to achieve your ideal weight while embracing lifes pleasures. The Parisian Diet is a progressive weight-loss plan that keeps you motivated through the Café, Bistro, and Gourmet phases until you reach your ideal weight. Strongly opposed to extreme diets and the inevitable weight gain that ensues, Dr. Cohen proposes a sensible and holistic approach that addresses the physical, psychological, and cultural factors that impact our ability to control our relationship with food. His method encourages a global change in attitude towards what we eat. Based on habits and food choices typical of the Parisian lifestyle, the simple, delicious, and satisfying menus emphasize the use of fresh ingredients and a balanced intake throughout the day. The Parisian Diet is not a flash-in-the-pan fad, its a new approach to food and a way to celebrate life, helping you look and feel your best. Having helped a half a million people lose weight and stabilize long term, Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen now introduces The Parisian Diet, which is based on the concept of enjoying your meal and includes 325 quick and easy recipes, helpful hints, and practical checklists to get the weight off and keep it off. With Dr. Cohens foolproof supermarket tactics and the diets inherent flexibility offering numerous choices to ensure you dont give up, youll find it easy to continue until you reach your goal weight, losing up to 30 pounds in three months. His clear guidelines for how to integrate the diet into your active lifeincluding tips for how to make diet-friendly choices when shopping and eating outprovide winning strategies to ensure that you will lose weight while enjoying life to the fullest.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcDukan, the oat bran miracle
“Discover the first and only food in the world that can be considered a natural weight loss ingredient.
In this book, Dr Dukan reveals the secrets behind his magic ingredient: oat bran. Oat bran is a key component of The Dukan Diet, the unique 4-step programme which combines two steps to lose your unwanted weight and two steps to keep it off for good.
Not only does it reduce hunger, it also helps to reduce cholesterol, prevent diabetes and cancer, as well as aiding digestion. By eating oat bran as part of The Dukan Diet weight-loss programme you can lose the weight you want like millions of others have around the world.
Devised by Dr Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight permanently, The Dukan Diet is the culmination of thirty-five years’ clinical experience. Beyond its immense success in France, The Dukan Diet has been adopted by more than 50 countries and translated into 25 languages. Many international observers agree that this is the method most likely to put a stop to the world’s weight problems.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcThe Spark
“Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes.
Dramatic, inspiring, and transformative, The Spark is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we learn how to tap the true potential that lies within every child, and in all of us.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcSpillover
“This work examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called “spillover” where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic. The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia; but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, penetrating ever deeper into the furthest reaches of the planet, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but can be transmitted to humans. It is reckoned that at least 60% of our infections diseases derive from animals. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic. The author tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field, netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo, with the world’s leading disease scientists. He takes the reader along on this quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?” (Syndetics).

syndetics-lcThe Anatomy of violence
“Provocative and timely: a pioneering neurocriminologist introduces the latest biological research into the causes of–and potential cures for–criminal behavior. A leading criminologist who specializes in the neuroscience behind criminal behavior, Adrian Raine introduces a wide range of new scientific research into the origins and nature of violence and criminal behavior. He explains how impairments to areas of the brain that control our ability to experience fear, make decisions, and feel empathy can make us more likely to engage in criminal behavior. He applies this new understanding of the criminal mind to some of the most well-known criminals in history. And he clearly delineates the pressing considerations this research demands: What are its implications for our criminal justice system? Should we condemn and punish individuals who have little to no control over their behavior? Should we act preemptively with people who exhibit strong biological predispositions to becoming dangerous criminals? These are among the thorny issues we can no longer ignore as our understanding of criminal behavior grows” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcHow everyone became depressed
“In this provocative book, Edward Shorter describes how in the 19th century patients with anxiety, fatigue and unable to sleep and obsess about the whole thing were considered “nervous,” and when they lost control it was a “nervous breakdown.” Then psychiatry turned its back on the whole concept of nerves, and–first under the influence of Freud’s psychoanalysis and then the influence of the pharmaceutical industry–the diagnosis of depression took center stage. The result has been a scientific disaster, leading to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment (with “antidepressants”) of millions of patients. And with the new 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the trend of inappropriate treatment is sure to continue. Urging that the diagnosis of depression be re-thought, this book turns a dramatic page in the understanding of psychiatric symptoms that are as common as the common cold. A gripping historical argument on psychiatric diagnosis and its flawed heritage and future.” (Book jacket)

syndetics-lcYou can conquer cancer
You can conquer cancer was a revolutionary book when first published in 1984. It has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into fourteen languages. It has become a classic and one of the most widely read books on the subject of cancer management and survival.
This edition is completely updated. It contains whole sections which provide important new information and self-help techniques. The book, remarkable for its clarity, enlarges upon what is truly integrated, holistic approach to cancer – emphasising nutrition, the power of the mind, meditation, family and social support and the spiritual dimension of life.
Dr. Ian Gawler, as a young veterinarian and decathlon athlete, had his right leg amputated because ofbone cancer in 1975. The cancer returned later that year. Against almost impossible odds, he recovered and went on to found Australia’s first life-style based, cancer self-help and support programme in 1981.
What Ian Gawler discovered through experience, science is now proving. There is hope for people with life-threatening cancer, and this book is where to find it. “(From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcWoman code: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive and Become a Power Source
“Alisa Vitti found herself suffering through the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and was able to heal herself through food and lifestyle changes. Relieved and reborn, she made it her mission to empower other women to be able to do the same.
As she says, ‘Hormones affect everything. Have you ever struggled with acne, oily hair, dandruff, dry skin, cramps, headaches, irritability, exhaustion, constipation, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, clotting, shedding hair, weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, infertility, lowered sex drive, or bizarre food cravings and felt like your body was just irrational?’
With this breadth of symptoms, improving hormonal health is a goal for women at every stage of their lives Alisa Vitti says that medication and anti-depressants aren’t the only solutions. The thousands of women she has treated in her Manhattan clinic know the power of her process that focuses on uncovering your unique biological make up. Groundbreaking and informative, WomanCode educates women about hormone health in a way that’s relevant and easy to understand.
Bestselling author and women’s health expert Christiane Northrup, who has called WomanCode the ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves of this generation’, provides an insightful foreword.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcThe everything guide to pregnancy, nutrition & health
“As a mom-to-be, you want the best for your baby and yourself. You need sensible, up-to-date advice on maintaining a healthy diet and a robust fitness level. The Everything Guide to Pregnancy Health and Nutrition is your ultimate mother’s helper for diet, exercise, nutrition, and more–at every stage. Inside, you’ll find information on:

  • Determining your caloric needs
  • When (and when not!) to exercise
  • The best and worst foods for pregnancy
  • Exercises for all your major muscle groups
  • Vegetarian or vegan pregnancies
  • Getting back into exercise after your baby is born”
  • (From amazon.co.uk

    syndetics-lcPrinciples of Reiki: What It Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do for You

    “Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing system based on channelling spiritual energy through the hands. Taught through initiation, it is extremely effective for treating many health and emotional problems, and brings a profound sense of relaxation and peace. This concise introduction covers the history and spiritual principles of Reiki, how it is taught and practiced and what to expect from a Reiki treatment. The author explains how Reiki can be used in healing in everyday life and how to find a Reiki teacher. Interesting and informative case vignettes are included throughout. Written in an engaging style, this book is ideal for anyone considering Reiki treatment, or simply interested in finding out more about this healing system. Students and practitioners of Reiki will also find it to be a useful reference, and a perfect introduction to recommend to clients.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcClinical Massage
    “A practical guide to a burgeoning specialist area for fitness professionals and physiotherapists. A comprehensive guide to clinical massage techniques, tackled in Chris Norris’s clear and accessible style. Packed with photographs and clear descriptions. From the tools of the trade to how to use techniques most effectively on patients this is a must have guide for all trainee and practising masseuses, physiotherapists, sports therapists and fitness professionals.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcCore strength training
    “This is the step-by-step guide to building a stronger body. Improve your physique, posture and power with this book, a practical, no-nonsense guide suitable for everyone from complete beginners to fitness fanatics. 150 step-by-step exercises are demonstrated with clear diagrams and artworks showing you exactly what to do and which muscle groups you are using. Plus hints and tips help you perfect your technique and perform each movement correctly and safely. Pick the exercise routine that works for you from a wide range of specially designed programmes so whether you’re looking to improve core-strength for your golf swing, increase your power in combat sports or improve your posture post-pregnancy, you’ll find the programme for you. Variations are also included so exercises can be adapted to suit your ability and experience. This gives you everything you need to build a stronger body and get the very best results from your work-out.” (Syndetics)

    The Pursuit of health and happiness

    From understanding what actually happens before we are born to unravelling the causes and finding cures to our ailments, we are on a lifelong quest for answers in the hope that we can make our lives and our childrens’ better, healthier, happier and more fullfilled.
    This month’s selection is a mine of advice and knowledge on this path.

    syndetics-lcNatural Solutions to IBS
    “How to relieve the symptoms of IBS and heal your digestive system.
    One in five people are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you are one of them, then you know that the medical profession can do little to relieve this distressing condition. Luckily, help is at hand. Leading nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville, PhD, has applied her many years of clinical experience to bring you a lasting solution. Full of practical nutritional advice, as well as suggestions for ways to help tackle emotional wellbeing, this brilliant book offers the vital support that you need.” (From publisher)

    syndetics-lcThe Aging Cure
    “You can drop the most amount of belly fat ever, 80 pounds or more, and instantly reverse aging with Jorge Cruise’s, ‘The Belly Fat Cure’. This powerful tool for your ultimate success unveils the three proven scientific secrets to effortlessly reach your goal weight fast, plus reduce visible aging and add vibrant years to your life with increased longevity. Your journey to maximum health begins in the kitchen with tasty, anti-oxidant rich meals. If you’re ready to look, feel and be younger starting today, then dig in”. (Syndetics)

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

    syndetics-lcLight on Prāṇāyāma
    “The definitive guide to yogic breathing from B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s most respected yoga teacher.
    B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all’, which has made it into a worldwide phenomenon.
    His seminal book, ‘Light on Yoga’, is widely called ‘the bible of yoga’ and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around they world. In ‘Light on Pranayama’, he establishes the same definitive level of authority on the art of breathing.
    For the serious yoga practitioner, the study of Pranayama is an essential. This work, from the most respected yoga teacher in the world, B.K.S. Iyengar, offers the most comprehensive and instructive work available in the world. With 190 photos of B.K.S. Iyengar himself, the book highlights a progressive 200-week practice, highlighting the best techniques and the common errors in them.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcThe Beauty detox foods
    “In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery.– Enjoy avocados and sweet potatoes for youthful, glowing skin
    – Snack on pumpkin seeds for lustrous hair
    – Eat bananas and celery to diminish under-eye circles
    With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.” (From amazon.com)

    syndetics-lcDo chocolate lovers have sweeter babies
    “Jena Pincott writes about the quirky, under-the-radar side of science and, while pregnant, found herself wondering how her baby’s gestation might tinker with her body and how her body was shaping the future development of her unborn child. She started to ask questions that her doctors couldn t always answer and uncovered unexpected answers in scientific journals. Why do thinner women have more daughters? What do foetuses actually learn when they eavesdrop? How does Grandma’s diet affect her unborn grandchild? Drawing on her scientific background Jena Pincott writes about the hidden science of pregnancy. Here is a fascinating supplement to the typical maternity guide, delving into biology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and epigenetics, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies gives a deeper understanding to what is physically, and psychologically, happening to a woman during pregnancy. Where does the maternal instinct come from? Does stress sharpen your baby’s mind or dull it? What mind control chemicals are in breast milk, sweat and tears? It will satisfy every pregnant woman s curiosity about life’s most mysterious process through the newest, most interesting and, sometimes, controversial discoveries being made by science.
    Jena Pincott explores topics including: How does pregnancy change the behaviour of mothers and fathers? What factors influence a baby’s gender? Are bossy women more likely to have boys? As well as science the author draws on humour and her own experience, answering the many questions that trouble all mothers”. (Syndetics)

    syndetics-lcMigraine
    “Migraine disease affects over 30 million people in the U.S. alone. Murray, a nurse and former college professor, shows readers how to develop their own wellness plan and regain control of their lives.
    Migraine explains how to:

  • Identify headache types and triggers
  • Break the cycle of medication dependence
  • Create a self-care plan that combines eastern therapies (yoga, meditation, biofeedback, and reflexology) with conventional western medical approaches (physical therapy, chiropractic) to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks and achieve wellness
  • Murray explains the cause of the disease, where it comes from, and the difference between primary and secondary headache types, along with the impact of injuries and diseases which may occur alongside migraine disease. She looks closely at both Eastern and Western medicine to help readers understand their unique headache patterns and minimize, or abort, migraine attacks. Tables and charts provide at-a-glance reference points.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcSarah Vaughan is not my mother
    “In the tradition of The Bell Jar and Girl, Interrupted comes a stunning autobiographical account from a 29-year-old New Zealander. A creative, intelligent young woman with a loving family, in her first year of university MaryJane starts to experience nightmarish delusions and hallucinations. Her journey into madness has begun. She drops out, turns to drugs, and spends eight years in and out of psych wards, police cells, drug hangouts and on the streets. In this book she vividly describes what it is like to live with voices in your head, to lose your freedom, and to despair of ever being well again.” (From publisher).

    syndetics-lcOCD – Help for families and friends
    “Are you living or working with someone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Perhaps it’s your partner or child; a parent, close friend or work colleague? Diagnosed as often as diabetes, the condition can lead both sufferers and those around them to feel isolated. However, you are not alone. This practical guide enables families, carers and friends to provide invaluable support for those with OCD. It aims to inform those living alongside OCD about the condition and to provide clear and compassionate strategies for them. With this new understanding, readers will feel better able to cope better with OCD manifestations. Commonly-experienced emotions such as bewilderment, frustration and sadness will gradually subside. The Essential guide to OCD includes interviews with those at the rock-face: relatives, friends and colleagues of those with OCD. The latest medical advances and effective treatments, such as CBT, are also explored with insight from mental health professionals. Helen Poskitt has written a chapter for Taking Control of OCD on the subject. Her novel, Rising to the Surface (Chipmunka), featured a heroine with OCD and is currently being re-issued. The author has spoken at two OCD Action Conferences; she has also written several blogs for the OCD Action website.” (From publisher)

    syndetics-lcDyslexia and ADHD
    “One man’s quest to help his daughter led to the start of a whole new way of treating learning and attention difficulties, and this is his astounding story. When she was only nine years old, Susie Dore was diagnosed as dyslexic and told that nothing could be done to help her. Her increasing depression eventually led to three suicide attempts. Wynford set about finding a way to help her, selling his multimillion-dollar business and pouring his fortune into researching dyslexia and learning difficulties. His team of researchers showed that, almost invariably, these problems are caused by an incomplete physiological development and that an answer to them might be found in a specialized exercise program. This revolutionary book captures the findings that Dore proponents believe will change the way dyslexia and ADHD are approached forever. It explains the theory behind the ideas and, through a series of case studies, demonstrates the success stories and how these ideas have changed the lives of so many for good.” (Syndetics)

    Healthier, fitter, happier – Ready to beat winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Our body, our mind, our health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Latest Health books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Health for February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New health books in December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New health books in November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    New health books in October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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