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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 amazon.com)

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 amazon.com)

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)

January Health – Reflections on hormones and the brain

In this season of new resolutions and warm weather, you will find in our selection books on fitness programmes for the whole family, yoga practice for cancer survivors, aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health and yogic cooking, to help you start the year with a healthy mindset. We also explore the world of hormones and the complexities of our brain.

Syndetics book coverThe little book of big workouts
“Why do so many people slog away at the gym getting nowhere? It’s simple, they’re not doing effective workouts! Damien Kelly, one of the top fitness programmers, gives you 31 bespoke workouts to maximise your fitness fast. His unique fitness programs are challenging but achievable for ALL levels of fitness. The book contains 31 workouts for the gym, outdoors or in your own home, the latest expert fat loss and diet advice, speciality workouts for pregnancy, families, 50+ and more.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverIn the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America
“In this book, Laurie Edwards (Life Disrupted) surveys the battle of patients with intractable diseases against disparagement and misunderstanding, including AIDS patients deemed morally unworthy, diabetics blamed for unhealthy lifestyles, and breast cancer survivors who are lionized but also expected to remain cheerful and feisty. But she focuses on people who suffer from poorly defined maladies-chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and other kinds of persistent pain that are often ascribed to stress, malingering, or feminine hysteria instead of biological causes. Edwards…regales readers with her own and others’ stories of dismissive doctors and unsympathetic jibes, and situates their struggle for credibility within the patients’ rights movement and the Internet’s burgeoning ethos of do-it-yourself medical research and advocacy.” (adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYogic cooking : nutritious vegetarian food
“Yogic cooking is nutritious, easy to digest and free of toxins, allowing you to improve your health, keep your body strong and facilitate spiritual revolution. The aim of yoga is to cultivate a physicial, mental and psychic balance so that higher states of being can be experienced. With 56 delicious easy-to-follow recipes, this book introduces the principles and practice of yogic cooking.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMenopause breakthroughs
“Menopause can be a challenging time, not just for women but for their partners and families. But menopause is a natural part of ageing and one of life’s major times of transition. A large number of women simply pass through it with few symptoms but for those who don’t there are many options. Menopause Breakthroughs looks at both traditional Western medicine and complementary therapies, providing a wide-ranging overview of available treatments to ease the symptoms of menopause and ensure a smoother transition.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe future of the brain : essays by the world’s leading neuroscientists
“Technology has allowed important advancements in neuroscience research. Here editors Marcus and Freeman compile essays from leading neuroscientists who discuss the future of the brain. The essays, some of which contain references and a list for further reading, are organized by thematic chapters: mapping the brain, computation, simulating the brain, language, skeptics, and implications, to name a few. The editors also devote a section to what the field might be like in 2064. The narratives attempt thought-provoking arguments for the future of the brain and the implications on ethics and human behavior.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDo no harm : stories of life, death and brain surgery
“In this gripping memoir, one of Britain’s top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in the face of the life-and-death decisions he encounters daily. The stories give us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre, the chaos and confusion of a modern hospital, the exquisite complexity of the human brain – and the blunt instrument that is surgeon’s knife in comparison. But above all this is a book about the moving personal dilemmas that lie behind every operation he performs, and his encounters with patients whose lives are balanced on a knife’s edge.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health
“This is the essential guide for any fitness professional working with pregnant clients. Exercise in water classes are extremely popular with pregnant women, but there are obvious health and safety considerations. The authors take you through the underpinning knowledge, and outline the many benefits of water based exercise for pregnant clients. Includes: – how to motivate and support clients – practical skills to teach a successful and useful pool session – putting together an effective session – the safety considerations when working with pregnant women in a pool environment – working safely with clients with additional health concerns such as obesity/overweight or diabetes.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAdrenal fatigue for dummies
“If you feel tired all the time, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, a condition that affects many aspects of your health and leaves you unable to function properly. This guide provides a complete overview of adrenal fatigue and shows you how to recognize symptoms, seek treatment, discover which medications help, and much more.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKids in the syndrome mix of ADHD, LD, autism spectrum, Tourette’s, anxiety and more! : the one stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals
“In this updated edition, Kutscher has provided a thorough guide for parents, teachers, and professionals working with children affected by one or more neurobehaviorial disorders in the mix discussed. The author concentrates on the role that parents, teachers, and professionals play, first in recognizing the signs and then in appropriately identifying and treating the syndromes, specifically by being aware of the occurrence of more than one syndrome.  Kutscher also creates an awareness and empathy for the difficulty children face when dealing with their own symptoms. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe trouble with testosterone : and other essays on the biology of the human predicament
“In 17 wide-ranging and witty essays, Stanford biologist Sapolsky (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers) provides extraordinary insights into the topic of biological determination. How much of our personalities, our behaviors, our quirks, he asks, are a direct outcome of our genes, or the biochemical processes they control, and how much can be attributed to free will? His specific topics include the timing of the onset of menstruation, whether religious rituals stem from obsessive-compulsive behaviors, the parallels between our fascination with the O.J. trial and voyeurism in baboon societies, grave-robbing in the 19th century, as well as many others. They are all fascinating, and Sapolsky packs his treatments of them with wisdom and delightful surprises. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYoga for cancer : a guide to managing side effects, boosting immunity, and improving recovery for cancer survivors
“Prinster, a breast cancer survivor and certified yoga teacher, presents an innovative plan to help readers diagnosed with cancer reap the benefits of yoga practice, from diagnosis through recovery. Admitting she was initially skeptical of yoga’s “healing powers,” Prinster takes readers through the scientific research, concluding that yoga can function as the “organ muscle” of the lymphatic system: helping with lymphatic drainage, venous return, bone building, relaxation, and immune function. Prinster also persuasively demonstrates how yoga can cleanse and strengthen the body, increase range of motion and flexibility, strengthen the spine, alleviate weight gain, and help patients deal with pain, fear, and anxiety. To meet the particular needs of cancer patients, the book presents 53 different poses, appropriate for different diagnoses or stages of treatment.” (Syndetics)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healing power – New health books in November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From core strength to mental fitness – September Health picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Health books for August/September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy this month’s picks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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