Category: Recent picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healing power – New health books in November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From core strength to mental fitness – September Health picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Health books for August/September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Italian approach to food & nutrients for health – new health picks

So many of this month’s titles seem to revolve around food! It is an encouraging sign that our health can be affected by the food choices we make and a nutritious, balanced diet is one way of investing in our health — and we hope you’ll find some ideas about tasty ways to do this below!

To help us on the way to good health choices, we also have a host of helpful titles in  our Personal Development collection — because sometimes we need need more than the knowledge of what is good for us, we also need the support, encouragement and self-belief to give new things a go.

Enjoy this month’s picks!

Syndetics book coverThe lost art of feeding kids : what Italy taught me about why children need real food / Jeannie Marshall.
“In this hybrid book part memoir, part treatise against the spread of bad Western eating habits journalist and mom Marshall makes a compelling case for why families everywhere should return to the old-fashioned Italian approach to food. Marshall, who moved from Canada to Italy, attends conferences, including the World Summit on Food Security, and takes her son, Nico, to markets filled with fresh cherries. She laments the way Italian kids, traditionally raised on locally grown chickpeas and cannellini beans instead of Cheerios, are falling victim to U.S. corporate marketing campaigns. McDonald’s launched its McItaly burger in 2010, and a waiter asks Nico, who had been happily drinking water, if he wanted Coke. Marshall thanks her husband, who urged her to stop complaining and start writing. Without his insight, I would have spent my energy ranting over the dinner table instead of redirecting it onto the page. Marshall isn’t breaking new ground here. Michael Pollan and others have made many of her eat-less-processed-food points already, but her home-cooked, fresh-is-best argument certainly bears repeating.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe naked eye : how the revolution of laser surgery has unshackled the human eye / Dr Gerard Sutton, Dr Michael Lawless.
Of the five senses, vision is the most astonishing. This is how we weave our way through the world. And although the eye has evolved over millions of years to give us crystal clear vision, it is a modern day phenomenon that, in evolutionary terms, our eyesight is going backwards. Due to presbyopia, we are now dependent on reading glasses for half our lives. In parts of East Asia up to 90% of school leavers are now short-sighted. This has been attributed to work, study and lifestyle factors as well as the ageing of the population. And whilst we all know there have been some amazing advances in modern medicine, what seems to have escaped everyone’s attention is the revolution that has taken place in laser eye surgery Two gifted Australian surgeons, Professor Gerard Sutton and Dr Michael Lawless, now recognised as being among the best ophthalmologists in the world in their field, were there from the beginning of this revolution. From London to New York, New Orleans and Bogota they worked side by side with the legendary pioneers of eye surgery creating history as it happened. Sutton and Lawless have written this informative, authoritative and entertaining insight into laser vision correction and what it means for you. It’s all here in The Naked Eye, an easy-to-read and jargon-free account of everything you ever wanted to know about laser eye surgery. They explain everything from 20/20 vision to the magic of the femtosecond laser. They pull apart myths, tell you some of the fascinating history of the science, and give you all you need to know on the latest surgical procedures. This is the story of the revolution of vision correction surgery – how we can now choose a surgical solution to give us a clearer vision with the naked eye.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverChange your mind, heal your body
“Your body is trying to tell you what’s wrong! A successful journalist-turned healer describes her innovative system of healing through the lens of her own self-healing journey. Parkinson was a busy workaholic reporter who yearned to leave her stressful job when she was diagnosed with a mysterious tumor behind her carotid artery. At first she pursued the traditional medical route, but after a series of frustrating mishaps with the medical system, she began to investigate alternative healing. Her search brought her into contact with such venerable healing philosophies as the ancient Hindu chakra and the simpler Hawaiian system. She eventually met Martin Brofman, founder of Body Mirror Healing, who taught her how to delve into her emotional blockages underpinning the illness. The breakthrough came when she realized that her body was communicating to her through the message of cancer. She ultimately developed a series of simple exercises, shared in the book, that help people better listen to their bodies and bring the energy needed to wipe away disease.” (From

Syndetics book coverMum, please help : a mother’s quest to help her daughter overcome anorexia and bulimia by developing a step-by-step home treatment programme, using neuroplastic and positive energy techniques
“This title presents a revolutionary approach offering the first home treatment programme for sufferers of eating disorders and their carers. It is based on the concepts of ‘neuroplasticity’ – re-wiring the brain to transform negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones – and ‘mindful awareness’. It provides a holistic plan to address the needs of eating disorder sufferers, developed by Karen with the help of expert, Dr Irina Webster, by directing the suffers attention away from food. Part memoir, part self help manual, this book traces a mother’s harrowing but ultimately heartwarming story of her journey to fight the disease that threatened her daughter’s life. After going through research, professional consultations, lectures by the likes of Deepak Chopra and others, and many hours of insightful dialogue with her daughter, Amy Karen, with the help of expert Irina Webster, MD, has devised a holistic plan to address the needs of those suffering from eating disorders. “Mum, Please Help” explains, step by step, how you can beat any eating disorder at its very core. This is the personal story of a mother who wanted desperately to save the life of her daughter, and succeeded. And she has come to share the fruits of her heartbreaking but victorious journey with all those who have a loved one suffering from an eating disorder, or who may themselves be sufferers.” (From

Syndetics book coverThe alkaline cure
“First-time author Domenig takes a holistic approach to health and wellness in this exploration of how and why our bodies react to certain foods, both positively and negatively. The secret, he asserts-based on the teachings of Austrian scientist Franz Xaver Mayr and his 1921 book, The Fundamentals of the Diagnosis of Digestive Illnesses-is maintaining the proper acid-alkaline levels through diet, specifically in a 2:1 ratio, so that the digestive system functions at peak performance. Hit that perfect ratio and you’ll reap a plethora of anti-aging and beauty-boosting benefits: weight loss and decreased bloating; increased brain function and bone strength; and improved immunity, mood, and vitality. Domenig states his case across six beautifully photographed sections, explaining the science behind, and basic principles of, alkalizing. He details the positive impact alkalizing can have on your physical health and psyche, identifies acid and alkaline food groups, and offers tips on setting up an alkalized kitchen. In addition, he provides a detailed, straightforward two-week program for immersing yourself in the alkalizing method-complete with a chapter of recipes covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and including soups, salads, and spreads-the titled cure. Domenig, a doctor and the medical director of the Original F.X. Mayr & More Health Center, offers a user-friendly plan that can be easily embraced.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to nutrients : an A-Z of superfoods, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and supplements / Dr Michael Sharon.
“An easy-to-use reference provides entries on health aids ranging from food and herbs to vitamins, minerals, and supplements, listing for each the form it takes, its medicinal and health benefits, and recommended daily dose.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe silver lining : a supportive and insightful guide to breast cancer
“In this inspirational and practical memoir, Jacobs, a registered nurse and social worker as well as a vegan marathoner with no family history of the disease, describes how she stayed positive even after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39. A half-full’ kind of gal, she shares the silver linings she found during surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. She also shares what she calls lifelines (suggestions from her experiences) and talks about practical matters (for example, information on medical tests like the digital tomosynthesis 3-D x-ray of the breast). Despite the subject matter, she maintains her can-do spirit and her sense of humor. She includes a glossary (an antiemetic is a drug taken to alleviate nausea and vomiting), helpful websites, and recommended books and shopping sites (,, A bonus: beautiful photos taken by her friend Messina, a wedding and celebrity photographer. An uplifting read for breast cancer patients and their friends and family members.–Springen, Karen Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHealthy at home : get well and stay well without prescriptions / Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
“Get the how, when, and why of getting better and staying well with homemade remedies that the doctor orders. National Geographic helps you take charge of health care guided by a physician expert in natural healing, herbal medicine, and home remedies. In this book she guides us in identifying, responding to, and caring for all the most common ailments, so that when it’s time to take care at home, you have a doctor’s advice on how. Learn how to make herbal remedies and why you and your family will be healthier for doing so–and get advice on when it’s best to consult a health care professional instead.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book cover“Sort your brain out : boost your performance, manage stress and achieve more / Jack Lewis and Adrian Webster.
Most people take their brain for granted, some even forget it exists and many feel like there’s nothing they can do to change it. Others spend hours at the gym working away on the bodywork, but few realize that with a basic understanding and a few new habits, you can get so much more out of your mind. Grounded in scientific research yet packed with practical tips, Sort your brain out will help you get a better understanding of how your brain works and explore simple ways of squeezing even more out of it. By training, adapting and exercising your brain on a daily basis you will finally be able to perform at your very best.”(Back cover)

Syndetics book coverThe complete relaxation book / James Hewitt.
“This book is a comprehensive guide to the art of relaxation for happiness, health and well-being. Based on over thirty years of study and experience, it offers a unique synthesis of Western therapies and Eastern mysticism.” (Syndetics)

Inside our body, a guided tour – health books for July

Ever curious about the way the many parts and systems of our body relate to each other to make up this amazing machine?  The first title in this month’s selection will help you visualise and understand the human body, from skeleton to nerve system, from head to toe, through detailed illustrations and MRI scan images. A fascinating guided tour!
Syndetics book coverHuman anatomy : the definitive visual guide
” Discover fascinating facts about the human body in Human Anatomy. Did you know that your stomach is only a centimetre away from the bottom of your heart? You’ll get to see all the biological wonders of the human body, often at life-size, with spectacular anatomical images showing the body’s structure in incredible detail, from bone sutures to lymph nodes. Professor Alice Roberts takes you on a journey through all the body’s systems, working down from the head to the toes, with a clear overview of each system. Amazing body diagrams and exhaustive annotations give you all the key details on organs and body structures.Human Anatomy is perfect for students of human biology and physiology with the quality of digital images and level of detail making it an invaluable study resource. Or if you are just curious to learn how your body works, this anatomy atlas is the perfect guide for you (NB content previously published in The Complete Human Body, ISBN 9781405347495)” (Syndetics annotation)

Syndetics book coverThe big fat surprise : why meat, butter, and cheese belong in a healthy diet 
“For many years Americans have been told that low-fat diets are the best way to prevent heart disease and lose weight. While heart disease deaths have indeed dropped, the rate of heart disease has not and the obesity rate is increasing. Food writer Teicholz, who followed this advice until she began writing restaurant reviews that required eating whatever the chef served, was surprised when she actually lost weight once she began eating red meat and rich sauces. The author began looking at the scientific nutrition literature. Her research revealed that most of the studies were observational, rather than clinical trials. This meant that there was no real evidence to support the dietary guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. Yet the data is the accepted canon and scientists who present contradictory information are ostracized. This fascinating book raises important issues as Americans battle obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The author provides an extensive bibliography of scientific literature, notes, and a glossary.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe new rules of running : five steps to run faster and longer for life / Vijay Vad, MD ; with Dave Allen.
“Regardless of their goals-losing weight, staying competitive or simply staying active-runners of all stripes will want to spend time with sports medicine specialist and avid runner Vad’s (Back Rx) engaging and highly informative new book. Centered around five concepts (there’s no one way to run, incorporate strength training, train for endurance, monitor your diet, rest), Vad offers a mix of practical advice and research to prove his points. Beginning with the biomechanics of running, Vad helps readers determine their running style, select the best shoes for the task, and correct their form. Should things go awry, he offers suggestions for dealing with common injuries, such as shin splints and Runner’s Knee. Simple, effective exercises focusing on specific muscle groups that don’t require a gym membership, as well as pre- and post-run stretches help readers get into optimum shape before hitting the road by incorporating Pilates and yoga. Vad’s 10-day training approach to marathons incorporates his concepts for casual runners as well as those focused on bucket list events, such as the Boston Marathon, with a day-by-day schedule to help ensure they’re able to rise to the challenge. Vad’s mix of common sense and science adds up to a healthy, thoughtful approach to one of America’s most popular fitness activities.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverClean & lean guide to a healthy pregnancy : the safe way to exercise and eat before, during and after pregnancy 
“James Duigan’s Clean & Lean philosophy has encouraged thousands to improve their diet. Here he offers guidance and advice through every stage of your pregnancy and early motherhood, whether you want to boost your fertility, ensure your body is the best possible shape before birth, or get it back afterwards.
This is a guide to ensure that you enjoy your pregnancy in optimum health.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe runner’s world big book of running for beginners : lose weight, get fit, and have fun! 
“The definitive go-to guide for anyone looking to lace ‘em up and start running. Every day, people are reaching their get-up-or-give-up moments and resolving to change. And they’re realizing that running is the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way to lose weight, gain confidence, and relieve stress. For newcomers, the obstacles are fierce. There are fears of pain and embarrassment. There are schedules jam-packed with stressful jobs, long commutes, endless meetings, and sticky-fingered toddlers. The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners provides all the information neophytes need to take their first steps, as well as inspiration for staying motivated. The book presents readers with tips for smart nutrition and injury prevention and includes realistic training plans that enable beginning runners to achieve gradual progress (by gearing up for a 30-minute run, a 5-K, or even a 5-miler). Above all, it will show newbies just how fun and rewarding the sport can be, thanks to the help of several “real runner” testimonials”. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLiving in the labyrinth : a personal journey through the maze of Alzheimer’s 
“Only forty-five when she first began the struggle with the memory lapses and disorientation that signal the onset of Alzheimer’s, Diana Friel McGowin has written a courageous, stirring insider’s story of the disease that is now the fourth leading killer of American adults.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverEating dangerously : why the government can’t keep your food safe… and how you can 
“*Starred Review* More than a little Michael Moore-type scary is this eye-opening expose of foods, grocery shopping, and government oversight in America. Two Denver Post journalists, who investigated the 2011 deadly listeria outbreak (32 killed by eating cantaloupes), use those same skills of inquiry in preparing an account that every U.S. consumer should read. At the beginning, the authors graphically describe many contemporary food crises, from the 1993 Jack in the Box hamburger issues to horse meat found in IKEA meatballs. Nail-biting aside, they take readers through the constraints faced by the FDA and USDA (in numbers alone, 2,800 FDA employees supervise 350,000 food makers); the methodology that the Centers for Disease control and Prevention and epidemiologists use to figure out illness causes; a perspective on food imports (more than 10 million shipments each year arrive at 320 U.S. ports); and penalties levied on the perpetrators. Most important, though, is the diagnostic and prevention section, keeping families safe (and, yes, sane). Through the authors’ eyes, readers will learn how to handle different foods, especially those most prone to bacteria; new, upcoming on-stream technologies that might help stem these outbreaks, from genetically engineered foods to nanotechnology; the five most common gastroenteritis symptoms; and what other manufacturers and agencies are doing to keep us safe. After all, concludes Mile High Organics CEO Michael Joseph, It’s really scary to worry your food is going to kill you. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMissing microbes : how the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues 
“A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field’s leading expert Tracing one scientist’s journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now, this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances–antibiotics–threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences. Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDiet SOS : life changing tips for long-term weight loss success 
“Chronicles Lisa Fitzpatrick’s experiences of weight loss with refreshing honesty and clarity. She doesn’t promise a quick fix or an easy solution. Instead, she asks her readers to stop looking for excuses and start taking responsibility for their own bodies.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe paleo approach : reverse autoimmune disease and heal your body
“The Paleo Approach is the first book to explain how to adapt the Paleo diet to bring about a full recovery from autoimmune disease. Read it to discover what you can eat to calm your immune system, reduce inflammation and help your body heal itself. Find out which simple lifestyle changes – along with changes in diet- will make the biggest difference to your health. Learn why food marketed as “healthy” such as whole grains, soy and low-fat dairy can contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions.” (Back cover)

Histories of medicine, drugs and disease: May Health

Before modern medicine and the pharmaceutical conglomerates of today came centuries of scientific exploration and chemical experimentation.
If the description “Gauze containing double cyanide of mercury and zinc” intrigues and horrifies you, read on and discover many fascinating facts and stories on the path to modern medicine.
But this month’s selection also contains titles with more up-to-the-minute advice and information.

Syndetics book coverPills & potions at the Cotter Medical History Trust / Claire Le Couteur.
“In this fascinating and by turns alarming book, Claire Le Couteur has researched the background to some of the popular medical remedies on sale in New Zealand in the 19th and early 20th centuries, based on items found in the collection of The Cotter Medical History Trust. The Cotter Trust was established in Christchurch by retired surgeon Pat Cotter, with the aim “to collect, preserve and display artifacts of the mediacl nature”.
It now holds the largest collection in the country of biographical notes of doctors, dentiits, technical, managerial, administrative and nursing staff who have worked in Canterbury. This is augmented by a museum of historical medical implements and equipment, edicines and pharmacy equipment, photographs, documents, memorabilia and books… Pills & Potions is a collector’s dream.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverExtreme medicine : how exploration transformed medicine in the twentieth century / Kevin Fong, M. D.
“”Drawing on his own experience as an anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser, Dr. Kevin Fong examines how cuttingedge medicine pushes the envelope of human survival by studying the human body’s response when tested by physical extremes. Extreme Medicine explores different limits of endurance and the lens each offers on one of the systems of the body. The challenges of Arctic exploration created opportunities for breakthroughs in open heart surgery; battlefield doctors pioneered techniques for skin grafts, heart surgery, and trauma care; underwater and outer space exploration have revolutionized our understanding of breathing, gravity, and much more. Avant-garde medicine is fundamentally changing our ideas about the nature of life and death.
Through astonishing accounts of extraordinary events and pioneering medicine, Fong illustrates the sheer audacity of medical practice at extreme limits, where human life is balanced on a knife’s edge. Extreme Medicine is a gripping debut about the science of healing, but also about exploration in its broadest sense—and about how, by probing the very limits of our biology, we may ultimately return with a better appreciation of how our bodies work, of what life is, and what it means to be human.” (From

Syndetics book coverShip of death : a voyage that changed the Atlantic world / Billy G. Smith.
“Smith (Montana State Univ.; coeditor, Class Matters: Early North America and the Atlantic World, CH, Feb’09, 46-3432; editor, Down and Out in Early America, 2004) has crafted an excellent work of historical detection. Using primary sources, he contributes to the tradition of medical-colonial history initiated by Alfred Crosby in The Columbian Exchange (CH, Mar’73). The author offers few heroes, creating a realistic narrative about the ill-fated attempt of English colonists who in 1792 traveled aboard the Hankey to establish a colony based on paid rather than slave labor in Bolama, West Africa. Plagued by inept leadership, these mostly secular abolitionists brought smallpox, met warlike natives, and encountered yellow fever. Sailing to the New World when their lease expired, they carried the mosquito vector for yellow fever, initiating an epidemic in 1793 that changed the course of the Haitian revolution. Few passengers survived to return to England. While telling a fascinating story, Smith provides insight into the cultures and ethnocentricities of natives and colonists, and the workings of the slave trade. Essential for early American and Haitian revolution scholars and medical historians.” (CHOICE)

Syndetics book coverThe last asylum : a memoir of madness in our times / Barbara Taylor.
“The Last Asylum begins with Barbara Taylor’s visit to the innocuously named Princess Park Manor in Friern Barnet, North London — a picture of luxury and repose. But this is the former site of one of England’s most infamous lunatic asylums, the Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Aslyum at Colney Hatch. At its peak this asylum housed nearly 3,000 patients — among them, in the 1980s, Barbara Taylor herself.
The Last Asylum is Taylor’s powerful account of her battle with mental illness, set inside the wider story of the end of the UK asylum system.
Barbara Taylor’s previous books include an award-winning study of nineteenth-century socialist feminism, Eve and the New Jerusalem; an intellectual biography of the pioneer feminist Mary Wollstonecraft; and On Kindness, a defence of fellow feeling co-written with the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. She is a longstanding editor of the leading history journal, History Workshop Journal, and a director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She teaches history and English at Queen Mary University of London.” (From

Syndetics book coverChronic resilience : 10 sanity-saving tools for women coping with the stress of illness / Danea Horn, CPC.
“Chronic illness comes with stress, and Chronic Resilience provides a complete self-help blueprint for managing the difficulties chronic illness presents. Certified life coach and speaker Danea Horn, who suffers from chronic kidney disease, infertility, and other demanding health challenges due to a birth disorder, offers techniques and ways to rebound from the pressures of having a body that’s doing things you wish you could control. Chronic Resilience shows how to: Stop pushing yourself so hard. Use research to empower – not frighten – yourself. Let yourself be pissed! Train your troops in how to care for you. Cultivate focus and flexibility. Find things to be grateful for. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Each chapter also contains highlights of interviews with women dealing with chronic health issues ranging from cancer to organ transplant, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), MS, Cushing’s disease, diabetes, and others”. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverB is for breast cancer : from anxiety to recovery and everything in between – a beginner’s guide / Christine Hamill.
“A friendly and practical insider’s guide. Full of tips, advice, explanation and reassurance, it will be an invaluable companion throughout your treatment. It will even make you laugh, even when you don’t feel much like it. ‘The day after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was standing in the chemist with a basket in my hand, blinking back tears and thinking, “Now what does a breast cancer patient need?” All I could come up with was waterproof mascara. I put some in my basket and thought someone should write an alternative guide to breast cancer. Step one – buy waterproof mascara. You’re going to need it. A few short months later, I found I was writing the guide myself. I sat in bed in between hospital appointments with my laptop, furiously, desperately trying to make sense of this alien world I had entered.’ Written entirely while Christine Hamill was undergoing cancer treatment, this book is an honest and frank account of the emotional and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis. It as at turns funny, sad, angry and ultimately optimistic. Written without sentimentality, B IS FOR BREAST CANCER offers bite-size chunks of help and hope – a daily pep talk to anyone affected by the disease. It’s packed full of the practical information that you really need. Read this book. It helps to know you are not alone.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe kind mama : a simple guide to supercharged fertility, a radiant pregnancy, a sweeter birth, and a healthier, more beautiful beginning / Alicia Silverstone ; photography by Amy Neunsinger.
“The bestselling author of The Kind Diet offers natural solutions for a healthier and more vibrant approach to new motherhood. When did making babies get to be so hard? Infertility is on the rise globally, affecting as many as one in six couples. But instead of considering diet and lifestyle factors, doctors pump their patients full of expensive and invasive fertility treatments. Once pregnant, women just accept that carrying a baby will be the gassy, swollen, irritable, sleepless nightmare that has become the new normal–and then assume that new motherhood will be just as challenging, from breastfeeding woes to screaming fits. It doesn’t have to be that way. In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting one’s “baby house” in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester. She helps readers navigate everything from prenatal testing and birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive “baby nest.” The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone, while helping them embark on a healthy and more vibrant path to motherhood”. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe man who couldn’t stop : OCD, and the true story of a life lost in thought / David Adam.
“Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building, or steer your car into oncoming traffic? You are not alone. In this captivating fusion of science, history and personal memoir, writer David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind, and how they drive millions of us towards obsessions and compulsions.
David has suffered from OCD for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn’t Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences. What might lead an Ethiopian schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, piece by piece; or a pair of brothers to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that they had compulsively hoarded? At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts? Drawing on the latest research on the brain, as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, this is a book that will challenge the way you think about what is normal, and what is mental illness.
Told with fierce clarity, humour and urgent lyricism, this extraordinary book is both the haunting story of a personal nightmare, and a fascinating doorway into the darkest corners of our minds.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFood for fitness : how to eat for maximum performance / Anita Bean.
“Food for Fitness’ is the bible for anyone who is serious about their sport, health and fitness. It is divided into three sections: exercise and nutrition, meal plans, and recipes.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverYounger next week : your ultimate Rx to reverse the clock, boost energy and look and feel younger in 7 days / Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN.
“Dietician and nutritionist Zeid (Nutrition at Your Fingertips) is a multitasker, but admits that her active lifestyle had begun to sap her vitality. Scouring recent research and conducting her own modest survey of 100 women, Zied concludes that women frequently turn to undesirable coping strategies when stress weighs them down: overeating, cravings, dieting, nighttime eating, skipping meals, and consuming alcohol and caffeine. To overcome these pitfalls, Zied presents a well-rounded, whole foods diet intended to address what she calls the “7 Pillars of Vitality,” including a radiant appearance, boundless energy, brighter moods, effortless weight management, better memory, a sense of calm, and supercharged health and well-being. In Part I, readers can take the author’s quiz to see where they fall on the stress level charts before diving into Part II: “The Vitality Program.” Zied has a flare for organization and presentation, walking readers through carbs, protein, fat, vitamins, antioxidants, and other topics, and clearly explaining the role of each in keeping the body healthy. Unsurprisingly, Zied establishes a clear link between proper diet, sleep, exercise, and hydration, and looking and feeling invigorated.” (Publisher Weekly)

Health for April

Drugs and addictions? Nothing to do with me? Whether we like to admit it or not, aren’t we all addicted in some way, be it to conventional drugs, caffeine or sugar? Food for thought in this month’s health selection. And among other topics, two new books look at the process of aging from very different perspectives.

Syndetics book coverMarketplace of the marvelous : the strange origins of modern medicine / Erika Janik.
“Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing methods, subjecting patients to bleeding, blistering, and induced vomiting and sweating. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with open arms to burgeoning practices that promised new ways to cure their ills. Hydropaths offered cures using “healing waters” and tight wet-sheet wraps. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby experimented with magnets and tried to replace “bad,” diseased thoughts with “good,” healthy thoughts, while Daniel David Palmer reportedly restored a man’s hearing by knocking on his vertebrae. Lorenzo and Lydia Fowler used their fingers to “read” their clients’ heads, claiming that the topography of one’s skull could reveal the intricacies of one’s character. Lydia Pinkham packaged her Vegetable Compound and made a famous family business from the homemade cure-all. And Samuel Thomson, rejecting traditional medicine, introduced a range of herbal remedies for a vast array of woes, supplemented by the curative powers of poetry.” (Abridged from dust jacket)

Syndetics book coverBlockbuster drugs : the rise and decline of the pharmaceutical industry / Jie Jack Li.
“Li (Laughing Gas, Viagra and Lipitor: The Human Stories Behind the Drugs We Use) surveys Big Pharma’s “golden age” with a nostalgic yet thoughtful history of the science and personalities behind drugs that changed the lives of countless patients while making billions of dollars for the companies that brought them to market. The author examines five classes of blockbusters that gave Big Pharma both esteem and fortunes: from Tagament and Prilosec for peptic ulcers to blockbuster allergy treatments such as Benadryl and Claritin, to blood thinners that refined old-line heparin, to the modern conquest of pain with drugs descended from opium-”one of the first medicines for man.” Li also engagingly relates the tales of the human conflict often involved with discovery, like a precipitous one-year drop in profits that resulted from a feud between an American drug company and one of its Canadian counterparts. Drug discovery is now getting more attention from academia as new products wane, Li notes, but he decries Big Pharma’s “merger mania” and its tarnished reputation, especially following Merck’s abrupt withdrawal of anti-inflammatory Vioxx because it led to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes among those taking it. Nevertheless, Li delights in the “creativity, serendipity and perseverance” of big drug discoveries-lessons he hopes may prompt a renaissance in the industry.” (Publisher Weekly)

Caffeinated : how our daily habit helps, hooks and hurts us
“Caffeine is a powerful stimulant. It wakes us up, boosts our mood, and offers the potential to improve both our athletic performance and our intellectual prowess. But did you know that caffeine can play a role in health problems such as obesity and anxiety, depending on how it is delivered to the body? Many purveyors of caffeine-based products have ducked regulation for decades – how have they been allowed to get away with this? And are you aware of how caffeine is used to reinforce buying patterns, sharpening our craving for it?
From the coffee farms of Guatemala to the world’s largest synthetic caffeine factory in China, Murray Carpenter draws on the latest research to reveal the little-known truths about this addictive, largely unregulated drug that we consume every day in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even painkillers.” (From

Syndetics book coverBeating sugar addiction for dummies / by Michele Chevalley Hedge, Dan deFigio.
“A step-by-step guide to kicking the sugar habit and living a healthier, happier life With many Australians and New Zealanders drawing as much as a third of their total caloric intake from sugar and enriched flour, sugar addiction is a rapidly growing problem.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Pilates Healing Bible
The Pilates Healing Bible is your introduction to the principles of Pilates, bringing together the themes of mindfulness and movement. It includes a range of exercises formulated to work with your busy lifestyle, from routines that can be done at your desk, to floor routines for home, plus a classical Pilates mat routine. Easy to follow instructions are accompanied by step by step images to illustrate each exercise.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFrench women don’t get facelifts : the secret of aging with style & attitude / Mireille Guiliano.
“Guiliano (French Women Don’t Get Fat), a former chief executive at LVMH, tackles the topic of aging gracefully in her latest advice book. Quite happy to be in her 60s, the author has “a foot in two countries,” with an American husband, a Manhattan apartment, and a home in Paris. She notes that Frenchwomen (with a life expectancy of 84) have an exceptional attitude toward aging-in France, many believe that old age begins at 80. While the average aging Frenchwoman knows how to be “bien dans sa peau [comfortable in her own skin],” the United States suffers from a “youth-obsessed” and “results-oriented” culture. With her charmingly conversational tone, Guiliano walks readers through the mental and physical steps of aging with attitude, covering everything from cosmetics to spiritual life. Readers will find tips on hairstyles, makeup, healthy recipes, and eating tips, as well as general suggestions for nurturing one’s body as if it were a cherished garden. Guiliano maintains that aging has much more to do with how women think of themselves than with facelifts or outward appearances; nevertheless, dressing stylishly and appropriately, making time for sleep, play, love, laughter, and, of course, the occasional glass of wine are all part of the author’s uplifting attitude fix.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverA short guide to a long life / David B. Agus ; with Kristin Loberg ; illustrations by Chieun Ko-Bistrong.
“Taking inspiration from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, cancer specialist Agus distills advice from his previous book (The End of Illness) into a simple set of rules for living wisely through healthy habits. His series of dos and don’ts advocate cultivating a measure of physical self-awareness in order to quickly note any changes in the body, as a means of preventing and detecting disease; consuming unprocessed, whole foods while avoiding artificial vitamins and supplements; and taking medications like statins and low-dose aspirin prophylactically. Agus also covers commonly accepted practices like maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, getting a flu shot, and complying with your doctor’s advice, while not smoking, getting sunburned, or wearing uncomfortable shoes. The book closes with a checklist of checkups needed in each decade of life-another reminder of the self-knowledge needed for disease prevention. Little line drawings and a conversational, fatherly tone make this guide light and easy to follow, if rather facile, and readers who have already taken Agus as a health guru will love it. Those who still need convincing might do better to read his earlier book, which includes references to the actual research behind his recommendations.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverDo no harm : stories of life, death and brain surgery / Henry Marsh.
If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practised by calm and detached surgeons, this griping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candour, one of the country’s leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon’s life. Do No Harm is an unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions. (Dust jacket)

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

March Health: Food can be a wonderful medicine

If you were planning to become vegan, this is your lucky month! Three new publications that will guide you through your new lifestyle and help you understand how to have a plant-based diet and get all the nutrients you need for optimum health.  For everybody else, there is plenty of information and advice on how to achieve better health, physical and emotional.

Syndetics book coverYou : the owner’s manual : an insider’s guide to the body that will make you healthier and younger
“Featuring more than 75 pages of new information and updated content throughout, this “New York Times” bestseller gives readers the power not just to know what to do to keep fit, but to understand why and how.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Germ Code
“The Germ Code is a wise, witty and wonderfully readable guide to our relationship with these infinitesimal but infinitely powerful creatures. Microbiologist Jason Tetro takes us outside the lab and shows the enormous influence of germs upon humanity’s past, present and future. He unlocks the mysteries of “the germ code” to reveal how these organisms have exploited our every activity and colonized every corner of the earth. From his own research and personal experience, Tetro relates how the most recent flu pandemic happened, how others may have been averted and how more may come about if we aren’t careful. He also explains that not every germ is our foe, and offers advice on harnessing the power of good germs to stay healthy and make our planet a better place.
The Germ Code is a fascinating journey through an unseen world, an essential manual to living in harmony with germs and a life-enhancing (as well as life-saving!) good read. “(From

Syndetics book coverOvercoming baby blues : a comprehensive guide to perinatal depression / Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyers and Philip Boyce.
“A practical guide to the depression suffered by many women both during pregnancy and after the baby is born, with advice on identifying the symptoms and seeking the right help, for both women and their partners.
Pregnant women are expected to glow, and new mothers are expected to bask in the delight of their baby. But for some women, this is a time of unsettling mood shifts and uncertainty. One in 10 women experience clinical depression either during pregnancy or in the postnatal period, while the majority of new mothers face the “blues,” anxiety, and other emotional changes. This book shares intimate stories of mothers’ experiences with depression and other mood problems during pregnancy and their baby’s first year. The stories shine with wisdom, humor, and fortitude. Also included are research-based guidelines on assessing moods, causes of perinatal depression, and effective management strategies. Safety of medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding is covered, as are suggestions for adapting diet and lifestyle to reduce symptoms, and advice for partners.” (From

Syndetics book coverHerbal antivirals : natural remedies for emerging resistant and epidemic viral infections / Stephen Harrod Buhner.
“Herbalist Buhner (Herbal Antibiotics) expands upon his goal of finding ecologically sustainable, human-friendly options for healing in his latest book. Starkly critical of medical “hubris,” the author compiles a staggering traditional scientific bibliography and uses it to both build his case and deconstruct the status quo. Equally inconsistent is the book’s tone. The scientist may find the mix of lay and scientific terminology unnerving; the uninitiated may cling tightly to a dictionary as the text speeds from DNA to cytokine kinetics. Occasional missteps on the sentence level mar the book. For example, the author uses phrases such as “[giving] viruses the nutrients they need,” when, by definition, viruses need no nutrients. However, a detailed review of herbs demonstrates the depth of Buhner’s knowledge of their applications.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe omni diet : the revolutionary 70% plant + 30% protein program to lose weight, reverse disease, fight inflammation, and change your life forever / Tana Amen, B.S.N., R.N.
“Based on a 70/30 plant-to-protein model, this title offers a universal map to better health distilled into a lean six-week program that restores energy, slashes risk of disease, optimizes hormone functioning, produces dramatic weight loss, and promotes health from the inside out. It features over 130 recipes, easy-to-follow exercises, and tips.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNever too late to go vegan : the over-50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet / Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, Virginia Messina, MPH, RD.
“Making a major life change can be difficult; having the right resource is essential. Authors Adams, Patti Breitman (coauthors How To Eat Like a Vegetarian Even If You Never Want To Be One), and Virginia Messina (Vegan for Life; The Vegan Sourcebook), possess decades of experience in vegan/vegetarian education, advocacy, and cooking. They cheer readers forward, encouraging dietary change at a comfortable pace and are mindful that a desire to eat healthy foods does not equal a desire to cook. Meal options address experienced, novice, and noncooks. The recipes are not overly complicated and will appeal to a variety of tastes, making the book a good primer for those dipping their toes into a vegan diet. The target audience is addressed with attention to aging and nutrition, diseases, and overall vitality. Inclusive of the intended reader, too, are discussions of how transitioning to a vegan diet affects long-term relationships and caregiving. Testimonials from Messina’s blog ( reinforce the message that “it’s never too late” to make “positive aging” transformations. VERDICT Readers seeking practical, well-researched information will benefit from the authors’ combined experience and expertise. The book’s -back-to-basics approach, too, comes at a good time, when many current vegan cookbooks focus on specific cuisines.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverVegan for her : the women’s guide to being healthy and fit on a plant-based diet / Virginia Messina, MPH, RD with JL Fields.
“This comprehensive, text-heavy vegan guide for women is divided into three parts: “Going Vegan,” “Healthy Eating for All The Times of a Woman’s Life,” and “Lifelong Health for Vegan Women.” Sections on pregnancy, aging, cancer prevention, and guidance for vegan athletes are among the specialized chapters, allowing readers to pick-and-choose what’s applicable to their needs. A nonpreachy and encouraging tone permeates this title. Messina (blogger and coauthor of Vegan for Life), along with Fields (a life coach and blogger), provides lifestyle tips and breaks down research and studies into accessible, easy-to-understand language, supporting advice with concrete findings. A collection of 50 recipes for new and experienced vegan cooks covers breakfast, with selections such as smoothies, porridge, and casseroles; lunch options such as salads and soups; and dinner entrees, as well as a sampling of desserts. Selections such as the easy tofu pumpkin soup, Asian crockpot chili, and black-eyed pea and collard green pizza are interesting and hearty enough to tempt even hardcore carnivores. A lack of photos and basic design keeps the book’s look modest, but it’s a strong choice for women who follow, or want to follow, a plant-based diet. ” (Publisher Weekly)

Strength Training Exercises for Women
Syndetics book cover“Packed with more than 200 visual step-by-step exercises designed to burn calories, strengthen the core, and tone the body, Strength Training for Women is a must-have for core-conscious women who want to target key areas of their body and maintain all-round strength and fitness.” (From

Syndetics book coverEat yourself to energy : ingredients & recipes to power you through the day / Gill Paul ; nutritionist, Karen Sullivan.
“Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning, yawn through the working day, then collapse in front of the TV in the evening? We all feel exhausted from time to time but when that feeling continues, it’s time to do something about it. There are excellent ways of eating yourself to energy which also boost overall health. Avoid being tempted by quick-fix caffeine or sugary ‘energy’ drinks and bars, focus instead on foods that keep blood sugar levels steady. By addressing the underlying causes of low energy, you will achieve lasting results. The Eat Yourself to Energy diet contains all the vitamins, minerals and trace elements you need to ease niggling health problems and make you feel tip-top and raring to go. Featured in this book are the key foods that have been proven to increase stamina and boost energy. A clever problem-solver helps you choose the ingredients that adress your own individual symptoms, and the results are immediate. With over 60 easy-to-follow, quick-to-prepare, completely delicious recipes, and weekly meal planners, Eat Yourself to Energy is the perfect way to turbo-charge your mood and achieve optimum health.” (Syndetics summary)

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