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!
Human 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)
The 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)
The 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)
Clean & 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)
The 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)
Living 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)
Eating 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)
Missing 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)
Diet 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)
The 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)