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Diet myths & living well – November Health picks

“How to live well” is not only one of this month’s titles but is also the message from all of this month’s selection. Read on for a healthier life.

Syndetics book cover The diet myth : the real science behind what we eat
“Drawing on the latest science and his own research team’s pioneering work, Professor Tim Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome and demystifies the common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Only by understanding how our own microbes interact with our bodies can we overcome our confusion about modern diets and nutrition to regain the correct balance of our ancestors. Mixing cutting-edge discoveries, illuminating science and his own case studies, Spector shows why we should stop listening to the myths of diet fads and instead embrace diversity for a healthy gut and a healthy body.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIyengar yoga : classic yoga postures for mind, body and spirit
“Calm the mind, increase concentration and relieve stress with the beneficial powers of yoga. This is a practical, easy-to-follow yoga course, with step-by-step guidance and postures especially chosen for beginners and intermediates. You can learn how to tone the muscles, acquire suppleness, stimulate the circulation, improve posture and benefit your overall health. Iyengar yoga is a practical philosophy and system of asanas, or postures, promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. The book combines expert guidance with over 400 inspirational photographs to create the perfect yoga manual for all ages and abilities.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDon’t eat this if you’re taking that : the hidden risks of mixing food and medicine
“While no one wants to take medication to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or other ailments, for millions of people, this is a daily reality. Seven out of ten Americans take prescription drugs. But when it comes to food and medicine interactions, what you don’t know can harm your health. Don’t Eat This If You’re Taking That takes the mystery out of food and medications, providing an easy-to-use guide for anyone taking a medication-short term or long term-that indicates foods to avoid that can interfere with the action of the medication.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe number 1 guide to preventing skin cancer : proven advice from an expert
“In this easy-to-read guide international author, screening specialist and prevention advocate Karen M. Ong shows us how skin cancer affects people of all ages, in all locations and all cultural backgrounds. This book ensures that you and your loved ones have all the tools and information you need to stay safe from the effects of skin cancer without fearing an outdoor lifestyle.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHow to live well with chronic pain and illness : a mindful guide
“Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation. Author Toni Bernhard addresses these challenges and many more, using practical examples to illustrate how mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion can help readers make peace with a life turned upside down. In her characteristic conversational style, Bernhard shows how to cope and make the most of life despite the challenges of chronic illness. Humorous and empathetic, Bernhard shares her own struggles and setbacks with unflinching honesty, offering invaluable support in the search to find peace and well-being.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe new yoga for people over 50 : a comprehensive guide for midlife and older beginners
“Many seniors are searching for ways to improve their quality of life and remain active as they enter midlife and later years. A complete health system, yoga not only restores vitality to the body, but also expands the mind and soul. Yoga transforms the years after 50 from a time of deterioration to one of increased perspective and illumination. In The New Yoga for People Over 50, readers will learn how the health of the spine and posture affect every system of the body, and how yoga positions and breathing exercises benefit the circulatory system, the heart and other vital organs, relieve menopausal symptoms, and remove stiffness and inertia from the body.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverA cancer companion : an oncologist’s advice on diagnosis, treatment, and recovery
“With A Cancer Companion, oncologist Ranjana Srivastava brings both experience and honesty to guide cancer patients and their families through this labyrinth of questions and treatments. She begins with the big questions, like what cancer actually is, and she moves on to offer very practical advice on how to find an oncologist, what to expect during and after treatments, and how to manage pain, diet, and exercise. Equipping readers with the knowledge to make informed decisions at every step of the way, A Cancer Companion is an indispensable guide by a physician who cares to educate patients as much as she does to treat them.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete leaky gut health & diet guide : improve everything from autoimmune conditions to eczema by healing your gut
“Leaky gut syndrome describes a state of hyperpermeability in the small intestines. The leakiness happens when microscopic enlargements of the spaces between the cells lining the gut become porous which compromises the role of the gut as the filter for repelling pathogens and antigens. As much as 80 percent of the immune system is based in the gut making it a critical component of good health and wellbeing. This book is an easy-to-understand and comprehensive guide.”  (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMeals on the run : 150 energy-packed recipes in 30 minutes or less
Meals on the Run includes more than 150 healthy, energy-packed recipes that can all be prepared in small windows of time. From simple snacks and smoothies to weeknight dinners, you’ll find everything you need to get high-quality food on the table fast. If you follow a specialized diet “vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, or gluten-free” or need your meals to match your training plan, each recipe is marked so you can easily see if a particular recipe fits your needs. Every delicious, healthy recipe in Meals on the Run features fresh, minimally processed ingredients that offer superior nutrition and taste. ” (Syndetics )

Overdrive cover The Ultimate Guide to the Face Yoga Method(eBook)
“The Face Yoga Method is practiced all over the world and has helped thousands of women and men to exercise their way to a younger more vibrant face without any fillers or injections. Fumiko Takatsu is a world-renowned Face Yoga teacher and creator of the Face Yoga Method. She will show you how to reshape your jawline, define your cheeks, align your smile, turn up the corners of your mouth, smooth out forehead lines and eliminate under eye circles in just eight minutes a day.” (Overdrive)

Syndetics book coverYoga & Pilates for everyone : a complete sourcebook of yoga and Pilates exercises to tone and strengthen the body, with 1800 step-by-step photographs
“Combines two versatile and popular exercises, offering fitness, physique and well-being for all ages.” (Syndetics)

New Health books in October

This month we read about running, children’s health through a combination of conventional and alternative medicine, diabetics management and how to develop healthy habits to give us the best chances to fight cancer and stay generally healthy. We also explore the history of autism, why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years and ways to deal with its challenges at all stages of life.

Syndetics book coverNell McAndrew’s guide to running : everything you need to know to train, race and more
“Nell McAndrew is a well known fitness model, Women’s Running contributor, presenter and runner, having posted a sub-3 hour time at the London Marathon in 2012. Now Nell brings you her guide to running – packed with friendly and accessible advice for anyone from beginners to improvers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChildren’s health A to Z for New Zealand parents : help your child get better and stay well naturally
“Paediatrician Dr Leila Masson is well-known to many Auckland parents through her work in children’s health. She combines a traditional medical with complementary treatments in what is known as a `biomedical approach to children’s health. Her book is a practical guide to caring for your children using a mixture of traditional medicine alongside natural remedies, and the tried-and-true know-how of our mothers and grandmothers. Organised by symptoms, it is an essential guide for parents caring for children with sore tummies, bumps and bruises, skin irritations, ear infections, fevers and colds.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThriving with diabetes : learn how to take charge of your body to balance your sugars and improve your lifelong health 
“This book empowers you to take charge of your diabetes, so you don’t just deal with your symptoms, but change the way you think to improve your health, happiness, and quality of life. Through a simple four-step process, you’ll learn how to intuitively understand your blood sugars and what causes both good and bad numbers. This proactive approach results in the ability to manage diabetes personally, not just by a set of notes from the doctor. The result is immediate and satisfying improvements to total health, both physically and mentally!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCan food be medicine against cancer?
“Does eating certain foods make any difference against cancer? How do I know which foods to eat? Can I trust what I read? In answering these questions, surgical oncologist Dr David Wilkinson, points out that nearly all cancers are not primarily genetic, but are influenced by factors under our control, including what we eat. You will be taken on a tour of the top foods that protect against cancer, and learn the scientific reasons why these foods are effective. Discover how cancer cells work and what turns them off. This book will change the way you look at food forever, and point you in the right direction to achieving cancer-resistant health for life.” (Syndetics summmary)

Syndetics book coverLight on yoga
The seminal yoga sourcebook for generations of yoga students around the world, first published in 1966, was republished in 2015.
“This definitive work features photo-illustrated, step-by-step guide to every yoga routine, and includes a week-by-week development plan, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy and spirituality for beginners and experienced teachers alike. B.K.S. Iyengar was the world’s most respected yoga teacher, widely credited as the person who brought yoga to the West. One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Infulential People in the World, his teaching practice has been hugely impactful over the years. He died in 2014, aged 95.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverParanoid : exploring suspicion from the dubious to the delusional (no, this book is not about you)
“Signs of suspiciousness and paranoia are all around us. In this comprehensive overview of an increasingly serious problem, an experienced psychologist and researcher describes what paranoia is, how and why it manifests itself, and the many forms it takes. Using striking vignettes from the present and the past, each chapter illustrates specific manifestations of paranoia while also describing in layperson’s terms the clinical analysis of the condition. Whether you consider yourself susceptible to paranoia or know others who might be, this enlightening book will help you understand the many factors that can distort your mental outlook.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAttacking anxiety : a step-by-step guide to an engaging approach to treating anxiety and phobias in children with autism and other developmental disabilities
“Drawing on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), this book sets out a clear, enjoyable, step-by-step approach for addressing the sorts of anxieties, fears and phobias that are so common in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related challenges. Using this easy-to-follow model, parents and professionals will have the tools they need to help children and teens cope with and sometimes overcome anxieties caused by everyday occurrences. This book is an excellent resource for successfully alleviating many of the anxieties and phobias that interfere with life enjoyment, not only for the child but for the entire family.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMarriage and lasting relationships with Asperger’s syndrome (autism spectrum disorder) : successful strategies for couples or counselors
“ASD relationship expert Eva A. Mendes provides advice straight from the couples’ counselling room that can be applied in day-to-day living and help with the challenges that can arise in relationships where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum. This includes issues surrounding diagnosis, mental health, sexual compatibility, sensory needs, executive functioning, theory of mind, communication, and co-parenting.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNeurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity
“What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more–and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. He reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger’s syndrome, whose “little professors” were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMess : one man’s struggle to clean up his house and his act
“The author draws on his experiences as both a hoarder and an investigator to profile subjects ranging from professional decluttering services and anti-hoarding therapy to the brain science behind hoarding and the way clutter affects relationships.” (Syndetics summary)

You will find below, the latest selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eLibrary.




Managing illness – New Health books in September

This month, we learn new ways to manage illness and take a new approaches towards conditions such as autism and explore the world of neuroscience. We also find advice and support to deal with the sometimes difficult path towards fertility.

Syndetics book coverIt’s all in your head : true stories of imaginary illness
“‘Even if medical tests cannot explain your pain or tiredness or disability, it does not lessen your suffering.  As many as a third of men and women visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected and yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, this is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say. In It’s All in Your Head consultant neurologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan takes us on a journey through the very real world of psychosomatic illness. She takes us from the extreme — from paralysis, seizures and blindness — to more everyday problems such as tiredness and pain. Meeting her patients, she encourages us to look deep inside the human condition. There we find the secrets we are all capable of keeping from ourselves, and our age-old failure to credit the intimate and extraordinary connection between mind and body.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGet a life : his & hers survival guide to IVF
Get A Life is the perfect down-to-earth guide for anyone thinking of embarking on fertility treatment. It’s two books in one, a book of advice for women and a survival guide for men, each chapter mirrored but with very different experience and advice. IVF is terrifying, awful and extraordinary in equal measures for both partners. Get A Life shares Richard and Rosie’s ride on the fertility rollercoaster, bringing you the funny, emotional, and physical sides of IVF. It is an invaluable guide from both perspectives on how to get through the process in one piece.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMayo Clinic guide to fertility and conception
“A comprehensive resource for couples wanting to conceive includes advice on diet and exercise to promote fertility, answers to questions about age and stress, and information on when to see a fertility specialist.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe essential guide to women’s herbal medicine
“Botanical medicine is one of the main therapies employed by naturopathic doctors, and many women are now turning to natural remedies for treating and preventing health problems, either as an alternative or as a complement to conventional health care. This pursuit of optimum health care can often be confusing and overwhelming because of the wide range of information that is available. Gilbert provides clear information on herbal medicine treatments that meet the distinctive needs of women. There are 25 topics covered, from anemia and Dysmenorrhea to pregnancy, menopause and endometriosis. A complete profile for 49 herbs is featured with the corresponding condition or ailment it treats along with an easy-to-follow protocol.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete thyroid health & diet guide : understanding and managing thyroid disease
“One of every eight women has a thyroid disorder, an incidence five to eight times higher than men. The thyroid produces the “master hormone” that controls everything in the body. One of the biggest reasons the thyroid slows down is because of iodine deficiency and aging. The wide-spread use of medications delivers poor outcomes. Many patients with thyroid disorders are desperate for help, looking for alternatives to conventional medicine. This book provides a thorough understanding of why the thyroid may be out of balance and what to do about it. including nutritional strategies to help the healthy thyroid.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDragon’s blood & willow bark : the mysteries of medieval medicine
“Calling to mind a time when butchers and executioners knew more about anatomy than university-trained physicians, the phrase ‘Medieval Medicine’ conjures up horrors for us with our modern ideas on hygiene, instant pain relief and effective treatments. Although no one could allay the dread of plague, the medical profession provided cosmetic procedures, women’s sanitary products, dietary advice and horoscopes predicting the sex of unborn babies or the best day to begin a journey. In her new book, popular historian Toni Mount guides the reader through this labyrinth of strange ideas and such unlikely remedies as leeches, meadowsweet, roasted cat and red bed curtains – some of which modern medicine is now coming to value – but without the nasty smells or any threat to personal wellbeing and safety.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe man who wasn’t there : investigations into the strange new science of the self
“In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, Anil Ananthaswamy’s extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are.  Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfire, can cause the self to move back and forth between the body and a doppelganger, or to leave the body entirely. So where in the brain, or mind, or body, is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the human brain.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverTotal recovery : solving the mystery of chronic pain and depression
“Drawing on dramatic patient stories and cutting-edge research, the book reveals that chronic physical and emotional pain are two sides of the same coin. New discoveries show that disease is not the result of a single event but an accumulation of traumas. Every injury, every infection, every toxin, and every emotional blow generates the same reaction: inflammation, activated by tiny cells in the brain, called microglia. Turned on too often from too many assaults, it can have a devastating cumulative effect. Dr. Kaplan’s unified theory of chronic pain and depression helps us understand not only the cause of these conditions but also the issues we must address to create a pathway to healing.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverUniquely human : a different way of seeing autism
“In Uniquely Human, Dr. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will naturally lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. Filled with humanity and wisdom, Uniquely Human offers a compassionate and insightful perspective that parents, professionals, and family members will find uplifting and hopeful.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBrainstorm : a memoir of love, devotion, and a cerebral aneurysm
“Brainstorm is the candid and powerful memoir of the author’s harrowing experience of an aneurysm and his road to recovery. It is a journey of love, devotion, and a clash of medical beliefs and countercultures. The fierce resolve of the author and his wife is extraordinary, inspiring, and matched only by the tremendous competence and care of the medical system–one to which the author initially stands in opposition, but that he later learns to admire and respect. This book is for anyone who has experienced the fear and difficulties of a major illness. Filled with raw emotion, Brainstorm affords quiet but powerful support to those suffering similar circumstances and strives to tell them that they are not alone.” (Syndetics)

From mental balance to gut balance – Health picks for August

This month we take a holistic view of health, from preventative to curative, from yoga to mindfulness. We read about mental disorders, addictions and Alzheimer’s and improve our knowledge of medical terms.

Syndetics book coverYoga for life : a journey to inner peace and freedom
“From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to ‘First Lady of Yoga’ (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga–and then inspired others to do the same.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverFight Alzheimer’s with vitamins and antioxidants
“In this practical scientific guide, leading researcher in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes prevention Kedar N. Prasad, Ph.D., reveals the latest revolutionary discoveries on the use of antioxidants to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. He details how the proper combinations of vitamin and antioxidant supplements can greatly increase the effectiveness of standard medical treatments for Alzheimer’s as well as delay or even prevent onset despite a family history of the disease. This guide provides a truly holistic approach to Alzheimer’s prevention, treatment, and care.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMedical terminology for dummies
“Grasp and retain the fundamentals of medical terminology quickly and easily Don’t know a carcinoma from a hematoma? This friendly guide explains how the easiest way to remember unfamiliar, often-tongue-twisting words is to learn their parts: the prefix, root, and suffix. Medical Terminology For Dummies breaks down the words you’ll encounter in your medical terminology course and gives you plain-English explanations and examples to help you master definitions, pronunciations, and applications across all medical fields.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe gut balance revolution : boost your metabolism, restore your inner ecology, and lose the weight for good!
“Recent cutting-edge research shows that human intestinal microbiota influences metabolism, appetite, energy, hormones, inflammation, and insulin resistance. Because gut microflora plays a central role in weight management, losing weight is much more than cutting calories, fat, or carbs. When the trillions of live bacteria in our digestive tract-the gut microbiome-are balanced, excess pounds melt away and we feel revitalized. A leading authority on digestive health and the gut microbiome, Dr. Gerard E. Mullin reveals how to stifle the fat-forming, disease-promoting gut bacteria, reseed your gut with good fat-burning ones, and fertilize those friendly flora with just the right foods to reboot, rebalance, and renew your health–and lose weight for good.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou’re still hot to me : the joys of menopause
“When Jean Kittson hit menopause, she was amazed at what she didn’t know. Discover how to recognise symptoms (would you like hot flushes with that chocolate?), get the medical attention you deserve, and the lowdown on which treatments really work. You will learn about combining menopause with work, sex and parenting, and how to emerge at the other end still talking to those you love. Candid and frequently hilarious, this is your starter kit on how to cheerfully embrace and confidently manage this momentous time of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook

Syndetics book coverCreatures of a day : and other tales of psychotherapy
“In his long and distinguished career, Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life’s two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us an enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his emotional life with the demands placed on him.” (Syndetics summary)

Also available as an ebook.

Syndetics book coverThe Headspace guide to… a mindful pregnancy
“Mindfulness in Pregnancy is the concise and practical guide to achieving and maintaining mindfulness throughout every stage of having a baby. With helpful exercises for both mother to be and her partner, Andy shows how to live mindfully and get the most from pregnancy and the early days of parenthood. From creating the right conditions for conception and reducing anxiety around pregnancy and birth, to managing pain in labour and promoting well being for mother and baby in the first hours, days and weeks after birth, Andy’s simple and empowering exercises have been created to give both mother and baby a gentle, happy and positive experience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe ultimate sleep guide
“If your current pace of life has left you feeling exhausted, depleted, and defeated, rest assured that there is more for you. If you are struggling to find balance and rest, there is hope! In The Ultimate Sleep Guide best-selling author Dr. Colbert shows you: The risks and dangers of sleep deprivation, the health benefits to getting a good night’s sleep, the link between poor diet and insomnia, causes, symptoms, characteristics, and cures for common sleep disorders.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe stroke survival guide
“Stroke is one of the UK’s five main killers (the others are heart disease, cancer, lung and liver disease). Nearly 1.2 million in the UK have survived a stroke – and so are at risk of another. Stroke is preventable. Up to 10,000 strokes a year could be prevented if more people sought help from A&E earlier. Stroke affects around 150,000 people each year in the UK, with about 49,000 episodes proving fatal. This book aims to help people prevent another stroke (or another cardiovascular event) and to live a full life after a stroke.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe psychopath whisperer : the science of those without conscience
“Over the course of The Psy­chopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psy­chopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder. Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psy­chopaths and studying their thought processes. A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe biology of desire : why addiction is not a disease
“The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease, based on evidence that brains change with drug use. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it’s supposed to do–seek pleasure and relief–in a world that’s not cooperating. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails, and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.” (Adapted from

Syndetics book coverYoga girl : finding happiness, cultivating balance and living with your heart wide open.
“Whether she’s practicing handstands on her stand-up paddleboard or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to the masses, Rachel Brathen—Instagram’s @Yoga_Girl—has made it her mission to share inspirational messages with people from all corners of the world. In Yoga Girl, Brathen takes readers beyond her Instagram feed and shares her journey like never before—from her self-destructive teenage years in her hometown in Sweden to her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica, and finally to the beautiful and bohemian life she’s built through yoga and meditation in Aruba today.” (

Yoga, walking, body image and a balanced life – July Health Picks

Could this month’s multiple titles on eating disorders, addictions and depression be an indicator of our modern struggles as human being? Can mediation, yoga and walking be part of a holistic, gentle and sustainable solution? Delve into our new health collection and find out what you think.

Syndetics book coverModern yoga
“Modern Yoga is a complete program of personal transformation. The book shows a path through the traditions of yoga, meditation, personal development and physical yoga practice. It is the work of one of Australia’s leading yogis, Duncan Peak, founder of Power Living Yoga Australia.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe depths : the evolutionary origins of the depression epidemic
“Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight? In this humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire.  The Depths offers a bold new account of why depression endures–and makes a strong case for de-stigmatizing this increasingly common condition, offering hope in the form of his own and other patients’ recovery, and points the way towards new paths for treatment.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIf you work it, it works! : the science behind 12 step recovery
“Since the publication of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, the Twelve Steps have been central to staying sober for millions of people around the world. Countless recovery and treatment organizations have adopted the Steps as their program for abstaining from addictive behaviors. But recently a growing chorus of critics has questioned the science behind this model. In this book, Nowinski calls upon the latest research, as well as his own seminal Project MATCH study, to show why systematically working a Twelve Step program yields predictable and successful outcomes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe time in between : a memoir of hunger and hope
“When Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life. She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn’t know why, she wrote: ‘I want to be thin.’Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia nervosa, was hospitalised, and finally swung the other way towards bulimia nervosa. She left school, rejoined school; went in and out of therapy; ebbed in and out of life. From the bleak reality of a body breaking down to the electric mental highs of starvation, hers has been a life held in thrall by food. Told with remarkable insight, dark humour and acute intelligence, The Time in Between is a profound, important window into the workings of an unquiet mind.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBody of truth : how science, history, and culture drive our obsession with weight and what we can do about it
“Over the last 25 years, our longing for thinness has morphed into a relentless cultural obsession with weight and body image. Even the most confident people have to find a way through a daily gauntlet of voices and images talking, admonishing, warning us about what size we should be, how much we should weigh, what we should eat and what we shouldn’t. Obsessing about weight has become a ritual and a refrain, punctuating our every relationship, including the ones with ourselves. Harriet Brown has explored the conundrums of weight and body image for more than a decade, as a science journalist, as a woman who has struggled with weight, as a mother, wife, and professor. In this book, she describes how biology, psychology, metabolism, media, and culture come together to shape our ongoing obsession with our bodies, and what we can learn from them to help us shift the way we think.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFat planet : the obesity trap and how we can escape it
“Our planet is in the grip of an obesity pandemic. More than a billion people worldwide are overweight and over 600 million are obese. We live in an obesogenic environment in which it is much easier to get fat than to stay fit. How has this come to be? Who is to blame? What can we do? In Fat Planet , Dr David Lewis and Dr Margaret Leitch examine the social and psychological causes of the obesity pandemic in order to answer these questions. They use ground-breaking research to highlight the behaviour of corporations that relentlessly promote foods high in sugar, fat and salt, and show that these ‘junk’ foods have shockingly similar neurological effects to hard drugs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Blue Zones solution : eating and living like the world’s healthiest people
“Dan Buettner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones, lays out a proven plan to maximize your health based on the practices of the world’s healthiest people. For the first time, Buettner reveals how to transform your health using smart eating and lifestyle habits gleaned from new research on the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities he’s identified as “Blue Zones”—those places with the world’s longest-lived, and thus healthiest, people. Filled with moving personal stories, delicious recipes, checklists, and useful tips that will transform any home into a miniature blue zone, The Blue Zones Solution is the ultimate blueprint for a healthy, happy life.” (

Syndetics book coverDoctors dissected
“This is a ‘story’ book about medicine, body, mind, doctors and caprices of human nature written by an experienced doctor (Martin Scurr), who has seen every untidy vagary of disease, and a psychotherapist (Jane Haynes), who has listened to personal narratives that rival the visceral emotions of King Lear. Doctors – who at their most profound are mercurial messengers between life and death, and who at a more comedic level must suffer our jiggling body parts – are also vulnerable men and women struggling to make sense of their existence. They are the only people other than our lovers to whom as adults we grant voluntary access to our naked bodies. The degree of such intimacy is emphasised by the concern of all medical ethics which promises that we will not be taken advantage of should we fall ill and become infantilised.” (

Syndetics book coverWalking the weight off for dummies
“Walking is the number one form of exercise in America, and studies show that it is highly effective in achieving multiple health goals from losing weight and decreasing body fat to improving overall health and mental well being. Best of all, walking is very inexpensive and can be done anywhere. With this complete and easy-to-use guide, you′ll find that creating and sticking to a walking program to lose weight and feel great has never been easier. If you′ve always wanted to incorporate walking into your routine to boost your health and effectively lose weight, Walking the Weight Off For Dummies will show you how.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIs Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything? : how the famous sell us elixirs of health, beauty & happiness
“An exploration of the effect our celebrity-dominated culture has on our ideas of living the good life Our perceptions of beauty, health, success, and happiness are framed by a popular culture that is increasingly disconnected from reality. Research tells us that our health decisions and goals are influenced by both celebrity culture and celebrity endorsements, that our children’s ambitions are now overwhelmingly governed by the fantasy of fame, and that our ideals of beauty and success are mediated through a celebrity-dominated worldview. Health law and policy researcher Timothy.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe good story : exchanges on truth, fiction and psychotherapy
“A fascinating dialogue on the human inclination to make up stories between a Nobel Prize-winning writer and a psychotherapist. Arabella Kurtz and J. M. Coetzee consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a concern with stories. Working alone, the writer is in sole charge of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in telling the story of their life. The authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group: the school classroom, the gang, the settler nation where the brutal deeds of the ancestors have to be accommodated into a national story. Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and on psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein, they offer illuminating insights into the stories we tell of our lives.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMadness in civilization : a cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the madhouse to modern medicine
“Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane. From the Bible to Sigmund Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humors to modern pharmacology, the book explores the manifestations and meanings of madness, its challenges and consequences, and our varied responses to it. Written by one of the world’s preeminent historians of psychiatry, Madness in Civilization is a panoramic history of the human encounter with unreason.” (Syndetics)

Nutrition, Exercise, Attitude – Health Picks for June

This month’s selection will help you make long-term lifestyle choices that will help you persevere towards a healthier, fitter, happier you. There are no quick fixes, but well researched and inspiring advice should give you the support that we often need to make sense of our lives and take control of our mind/body health.

Syndetics book coverCut the crap : the no-nonsense plan for a health body and mind
“With her familiar tough-love style and wicked sense of humour, The Grit Doctor will demystify and simplify healthy eating, enabling readers to see past the bullsh!t and make practical and tasty choices for themselves and their families. Cutting the crap is just as much about eliminating unhelpful and unhealthy pseudo-science as it is about reducing your waistline. In CUT THE CRAP , Ruth Field will empower readers to ditch faddy diets for good and instead embrace a realistic, sustainable and enjoyable healthy eating plan. This isn’t a diet, it’s a way of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhy kids make you fat… and how to get your body back : the proven weight-loss program for busy parents
“A New York Times bestselling author, nutritionist, and fitness guru, Mark Macdonald  gained thirty-five pounds in the two years after the birth of his son. For women, like his wife, Abbi, it is even harder… they have to gain weight with each pregnancy, and then attempt to shed those pounds in the midst of stressful demands from the newborn–and often a severe lack of sleep.  Mark and Abbi know it is possible to reclaim your body, even in the throes of parenting. With this eight-week program, Mark has helped thousands of parents lose up to thirty pounds and rediscover the energy they thought was gone for good. This book will help parents look and feel better than they did even before the kids came along.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe anxiety toolkit : strategies for fine-tuning your mind and moving past your stuck points 
“While reducing your anxiety level to zero isn’t possible or useful (anxiety can actually be helpful!), you can learn to successfully manage symptoms – such as excessive rumination, hesitation, fear of criticism and paralysing perfection. In The Anxiety Toolkit , Dr. Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life. Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxiety-prone by nature, you’ll discover how anxiety works, strategies to help you cope with common anxiety ‘stuck’ points and a confidence that – anxious or not – you have all the tools you need to succeed in life and work.” (Syndetics summary)

gutGut : the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ
“The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and – let’s be honest – somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy. And scientists are only just discovering quite how much it has to offer; new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer’s. Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook that definitely shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEffortless healing : 9 simple ways to sidestep illness, shed excess weight, and help your body fix itself 
“In Effortless Healing , online health pioneer, natural medicine advocate, and bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals the nine simple secrets to a healthier, thinner you. The results are amazing and the steps can be as easy to implement as: · Throwing ice cubes in your water to make it more “structured” · Eating up to 75 percent of your calories each day in fat for optimal health, reduction of heart disease, and cancer prevention · Eating sauerkraut (and other fermented foods) to improve your immune system and your mood · Walking barefoot outside to decrease system-wide inflammation (and because it just feels great) · Enjoying a laugh: it’s as good for your blood vessels as fifteen minutes of exercise.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkinny habits : the 6 secrets of thin people
“Bob Harper lets us in on the secret behaviors of people who not only lose weight but keep the pounds off for good–and make it look easy. In Bob Harper’s The Skinny Rules, the trusted trainer and coach of NBC’s The Biggest Loser laid out the twenty nonnegotiable eating rules for getting thin. In the process of helping countless men and women reach their weight loss goals, Harper has noticed six fundamental patterns in the lifestyle choices of those who succeed long-term–from the unique way they plan ahead to how they organize their environment and social calendars to even the way they dress. Harper draws on the most up-to-date research related to habit formation, neuroplasticity, and cognitive behavioral psychology to show how feeding your brain–”the muscle between your ears”–can wield as much control over your weight as what you put in your mouth.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFitness : steps to success
“Finally, a progressive, easy-to-follow plan for total-body fitness that produces results Packed with group and at-home exercises, recreational activities, yoga, balance work, core work, and nutrition essentials, “Fitness: Steps to Success” provides a variety of options to create the perfect program for your goals, desires, and schedule. Step-by-step instruction, full-color photo sequences, and expert advice accompany the most effective exercises and activities for cardiorespiratory endurance, balance, strength, flexibility, and core strength.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Runner’s World complete guide to minimalism and barefoot running : how to make the healthy transition to lightweight shoes and injury-free running.
“No topic in running has gotten more attention lately than minimalist shoes and barefoot running. Proponents say that running barefoot or in lighter, lower shoes leads to better running form and fewer injuries. But others caution that ditching your regular running shoes for barely there models can increase, not decrease, your risk of injury. In this indispensable guide, veteran running writer Scott Douglas draws on the knowledge of leading coaches and other running experts to show how and why to make the move safely to running in less shoe.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMind your body : 4 weeks to a leaner, healthier life : 10 core concepts for an optimally balanced you
“A renowned personal trainer to Olympic athletes, movie stars, Broadway actors, and supermodels, draws on twenty years of experience to create a powerful three-step fitness approach–combining mindful techniques with effective workouts–to achieve stunning results in only fifteen minutes a day. As the research makes clear, your mindset is the crucial factor when it comes to slimming down, toning up, and boosting overall well being. Joel Harper’s Mind Your Body provides simple, effective ways to harness your brainpower to make lasting changes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNo excuses fitness : the 30-day plan to tone your body and supercharge your health
“”Donovan Green proves that motivation and inspiration improves his clients’ lives inside and outside of the gym. Donovan’s own life story is the greatest example of how being motivated and driven makes what once seemed impossible a reality.” –Joe Scarborough, NBC News Senior Political Analyst and host, Morning Joe Dr. Oz’s personal trainer, Donovan Green, delivers a 30-day fitness program focusing on exercise, diet, and attitude, forged from his experience training thousands of clients ranging from celebrities to regular folks.” (Syndetics summary)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healing powers – Health Books for March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Understanding and Nurturing Mind & Body – Health picks for February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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