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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)

Histories of medicine, drugs and disease: May Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health for April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March Health: Food can be a wonderful medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Last Best Cure”: Health Recent Picks For February

syndetics-lcThe Last Best Cure
“One day Donna Jackson Nakazawa found herself lying on the floor to recover from climbing the stairs. That’s when it hit her. She was managing the symptoms of the autoimmune disorders that had plagued her for a decade, but she had lost her joy. As a science journalist, she was curious to know what mind-body strategies might help her. As a wife and mother she was determined to get her life back.
Over the course of one year, Nakazawa researches and tests a variety of therapies including meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to find out what works. But the discovery of a little-known branch of research into Adverse Childhood Experiences causes her to have an epiphany about her illness that not only stuns her—it turns her life around.
Perfect for readers of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, Nakazawa shares her unexpected discoveries, amazing improvements, and shows readers how they too can find their own last best cure.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcBroken Hearts
“Still the leading cause of death worldwide, heart disease challenges researchers, clinicians, and patients alike. Each day, thousands of patients and their doctors make decisions about coronary angioplasty and bypass surgery. In Broken Hearts David S. Jones sheds light on the nature and quality of those decisions. He describes the debates over what causes heart attacks and the efforts to understand such unforeseen complications of cardiac surgery as depression, mental fog, and stroke.
Why do doctors and patients overestimate the effectiveness and underestimate the dangers of medical interventions, especially when doing so may lead to the overuse of medical therapies? To answer this question, Jones explores the history of cardiology and cardiac surgery in the United States and probes the ambiguities and inconsistencies in medical decision making. Based on extensive reviews of medical literature and archives, this historical perspective on medical decision making and risk highlights personal, professional, and community outcomes.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcGood Medicine
“Perfect for anyone who values a natural approach to health, this practical book covers the top 70 most common health problems and offers simple things one can do to prevent or reverse each condition. The solutions all tried and tested and have been proven to work, both in clinical research and in practice. For each condition the book offers five or six good medicine solutions, explains how each solution works, and discusses the best and worst foods and the most appropriate supplements. It also provides revealing case studies and general advice on the habits that help people stay healthy, from reducing one’s stress level to improving diet, and it explains how to monitor which changes make the biggest difference. Covering everything from everyday ailments such as the common cold to more serious illnesses, this comprehensive book is the perfect guide to natural approaches to health.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcLove, Laugh and Eat
“PBS host, weight-loss expert, and renowned authority on longevity, Dr. John Tickell shares the secret to a long life: moderation. Moderation in everything except love, laughter, and fish (and a few vegetables!).
Based on common sense, sound science, and good food, Love, Laugh, and Eat is an easy-to-follow guide that will help put the bounce back in your step and add years to your life. With his characteristic wit and medical expertise, Dr. Tickell lays out his proven Activity, Coping, and Eating (ACE) program, which simultaneously works out your body, your brain, and your mouth—the three keys to a healthy life—through physical activity and stress-management techniques and his revolutionary Four Simple Rules of Nutrition. He also serves up a seven-day detoxification plan and a series of delicious, manageable, and satisfying meal plans that actually work, as well as his eight Fall-Safe Snacks to keep you energized morning, noon, and night.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcSalt, Sugar, Fat
“From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe prediabetes diet plan : how to reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes through healthy eating and exercise
“A practical, empowering guide to managing and reversing prediabetes through diet and exercise, from a registered dietitian. Increasingly diagnosed by doctors and affecting millions of Americans, prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated. It often develops into full-blown diabetes, one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and it is a major risk factor for heart and blood vessel disease, kidney failure, and blindness. While diabetes cannot be cured, prediabetes can indeed be reversed, so it is critical to implement lifestyle changes at an early stage. In straightforward, jargon-free language,The Prediabetes Diet Plan explains prediabetes’s underlying cause of insulin resistance and offers a comprehensive diet strategy based on Hillary Wright’s two decades of experience counseling clients on diet and lifestyle change. With sections on meal planning, grocery shopping, dining out, and supplements, this book empowers readers to make healthier everyday choices that can effect real change on their insulin levels.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcConsumed
“By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. And the challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population is being made greater by climate change, which will increasingly wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil—few of us know where our food comes from, let alone how to grow it—and we are at the mercy of multinational corporations who control the crops and give little thought to the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. Our very future is at risk.
The food system as we know it was assembled in a few decades—and if it can be built that quickly, it can be reassembled and improved in the same amount of time. Elton here lays out the targets we need to meet by the year 2050. The stories she tells give us hope for avoiding a daunting fate and instead help us to believe in a not-too-distant future when we can all sit at the table.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcYour Personal Paleo Diet
“In this book,  leading expert Chris Kresser offers a 3-step plan that will fit your body, your lifestyle and your specific health issues. Start by following the basic Paleo plan for 30 days and enjoy a satisfying diet of lean meat, fish, non-starchy vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds but avoid grains, dairy, sugar and refined foods. After this 30-day plan, Chris helps you re-introduce certain foods in moderation to find out what agrees with you and what doesn’t. So what are you waiting for? You can enjoy life more, look slimmer and feel more vital. And because Chris advocates an 80/20 approach – we all have to live in the real world after all – you can still enjoy your favourite treats from time to time.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcA Man’s Guide to healthy aging
“As they reach middle age, most men begin looking forward to “what’s next.” They gear up to experience renewed productivity and purpose and are more conscious of their health. A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging is an authoritative resource for them, and for older men, as well. In collaboration with a variety of medical experts, the authors provide a comprehensive guide to healthy aging from a man’s perspective.
Refuting the ageist stereotype that men spend their later years “winding down,” this book will help men reinvent themselves once, twice, or more—by managing their health, creating new careers, and contributing their skills and experiences to their communities.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

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

Health for the New Year

“Be more, achieve more and stress less”, one of the quotes from this month’s book selection, sounds like an appropriate goal for the New Year. Everyone has a different set of goals but the wish for health is one that will resonate with most of us. This month’s titles will help us understand better how we function,  avoid disease by improving our lifestyle in view of the latest research findings or better manage illness should it afflict us or someone close to us.

Wishing all a happy and healthy New Year!

syndetics-lcMindfulness for busy people
“The audio content that accompanies this book can be downloaded and played for free from www.pearson-books.com/mindfulness. Be more, achieve more and stress less – how mindfulness can change the way you live Mindfulness for Busy People will show you how to apply the transformative power of mindfulness to your busy life, helping you to de-stress, find your own unique space of calm, and ready yourself for whatever challenges you face. Helping you to cultivate and practice mindfulness straight away, you’ll discover: * A no-nonsense, light-hearted, and clear introduction to mindfulness and its benefits * Unique and clever ‘I-haven’t-got-time-for-this’ exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime * A fulfilling way to feel less stressed with immediate effect * A new found confidence, resilience and a greater sense of optimism * Improved focus, energy, efficiency and creativity Feel calm, confident and live in the moment – whatever you’re doing, wherever you are.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lc Disease Proof
“The skills you need to slash your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more—by 80 percent.

Though we may not realize it, our behavior has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even gene expression. In Disease-Proof, renowned preventive medicine specialist Dr. David Katz reveals that we can reduce our risk of any chronic disease by an astonishing 80 percent—more than any drug or intervention could ever hope to do.

Abundant scientific evidence shows that four simple things—not smoking, eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight—play an enormous role in our health. Drawing upon the latest scientific evidence and decades of clinical experience, Dr. Katz arms us with the skills to make lasting changes in each of these areas. Disease-Proof equips readers with the knowledge to manage weight, improve immune function, reprogram our genes, and prevent and reverse life-altering illnesses.

Groundbreaking and timely, this book is for readers of The End of Illness by David Agus and Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcBrainwashed
“In recent years, the advent of MRI technology seems to have unlocked the secrets of the human mind, revealing the sources of our deepest desires, intentions, and fears. In this book, the authors argue that the explanatory power of brain scans in particular and neuroscience more generally has been vastly overestimated. Although acknowledging its tremendous potential, they believe that the overzealous application of the burgeoning field of brain science has put innocent people in jail, prevented addicts from healing themselves, and undermined notions of free will and responsibility.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcYour Body – The Science of keeping it healthy
“In this new book, the editors of TIME examine what the latest research tells us about what does (and doesn’t) keep us feeling strong as we get older. Your Body contains four sections: Feeling fine, Staying healthy, Looking good, Going strong. More years on the planet don’t mean much if you aren’t well enough to enjoy them. Your Body explores the latest finding about topics such as inflammation; the “quantified life”, the new science of tracking such personal habits as diet, exercise, sleep and stress; fitness classes that truly stave off boredom; and the best ways to set a healthy goal so you’ll achieve it.” (Adapted from book jacket)

syndetics-lcThe Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong
“Taiji Qigong is an easy-to-learn system of energy-enhancing exercises, which coordinates movement with breathing and inner concentration. If practiced regularly, it will give you more energy, improve health and help prevent illness. Taiji Qigong is widely practiced throughout the Far East and increasingly, the Western world. Research indicates that Qigong relaxes the muscles and nervous system (so improving the function of the body systems) and benefits posture, balance and flexibility joints. This book acts as an in-depth instruction manual for the practice of the 18 stances of Taiji Qigong.” (From book cover)

syndetics-lcUnderstanding Alzheimer’s
“There are over 321,600 Australians living with dementia, with the most common type of dementia being Alzheimer’s. Each week, there are 1,700 new cases of dementia in Australia; approximately one person every 6 minutes. This timely book is a practical and compassionate guide to understanding and living with a condition that affects one in four people over 85. The lead author is Professor Ralph Martins, AO, one of the country’s most respected researchers. The book is aimed at those in the early stages of the disease, as well as the families, friends and professionals who take on the care of Alzheimer sufferers. There are chapters on diagnosis, research, prevention, treatment, legal issues, impact on loved ones and decision making to do with caring for patients. In addition to practical information and advice, each chapter contains a case study; these detailed accounts provide a personal and heartfelt perspective on the disease.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcMadness : a memoir
“‘It’s not every day you get to admit you’re mad. The thing with psychosis is that when I’m sick I believe the delusional stuff to the same degree that you might know the sky is above and the earth below. And if someone were to say to me that the delusional thinking is, in fact, delusional, well that’s the same as if I assure you now that we walk on the sky. Of course you wouldn’t believe me, and that’s why it’s sometimes so hard for people who are sick like this to know that they need treatment. Psychosis and severe depression have a huge effect on how you relate to other people and how you see the world. It’s a bit like being in a vacuum, or behind a wall of really thick glass . . . you lose any sense of connectedness. You’re cast adrift from everyone and everything that matters. I’ve lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years. This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.’ Kate Richards is a trained doctor currently working in medical research.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcTrue Grit
“In this gripping new book, Bear tells the stories of the adventurers, explorers, soldiers and spies whose refusal to quit in the most extreme situations have inspired him throughout his life. Some of them make uncomfortable reading, because survival is rarely pretty. But all of them are tales of eye-watering bravery, physical resilience and sheer mental toughness by men and women who have one thing in common: true grit.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcThe Fast Diet
“Is it possible to eat what you like, most of the time, and get slimmer and healthier as you do it? According to the author of this book, it is, by simply quartering your calorie intake on two non-consecutive days each week (500 calories for women, 600 for men), you’ll lose weight quickly and easily – and the joy of the Fast Diet is that the side-effects are all good.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcGutbliss – Feel Light, Tight and Bright – the Healthy Way
“A renowned physician shares her complete 10-day digestive tune-up for women, with important revelations about good gastrointestinal health. Many so-called cures for women’s bloating and indigestion, from juice cleanses to specialty diets, are based on junk science. For women seeking true relief from that overall feeling of discomfort in any size jeans, Dr. Robynne Chutkan has the perfect plan for feeling light, tight, and bright in ten days. Gutbliss offers: A primer on the real reasons for gastrointestinal distress, and why it’s much more common in women A look at the debilitating side effects of supposedly healthy habits-from Greek yogurt to bloat-inducing aspirin An expert analysis of symptoms that could indicate a serious underlying condition An indispensable checklist to pinpoint the exact cause of your bloating Just a few small changes in diet, lifestyle, and exercise can make a huge difference in a woman’s digestive health, but the changes have to be the right ones. Going beyond the basics of top sellers such as Wheat Belly, Dr. Chutkan’s Gutbliss empowers women to take control of their gastrointestinal wellness.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcExpecting twins?
“One Born Every Minute: Expecting Twins? is written by Professor Mark Kilby, consultant in fetal medicine, and Jane Denton, director of the Multiple Births Foundation. It is unique in being the only comprehensive, reassuring and accessible illustrated guide to twin pregnancy, birth and first year of their lives on the market.

The book describes the fascinating ways that identical and nonidentical twins are conceived, how your pregnancy might develop and how to deal with the particular symptoms and other problems associated with a twin pregnancy. There is up-to-date information on current antenatal tests and how they are performed when two babies are being carried. The book fully illustrates how your babies may present in the womb and how this can affect your options of delivery, as well as the birth itself.

Many expectant mothers worry about how they will feed two babies; the book provides all the information to enable a mother to understand her options fully. The authors also advise on whether the babies should sleep together or apart, how to manage getting out and about and how to look after yourself in this busy time. Case studies from real parents and medical advice from twin consultants make this a practical, emotional and professional guide to support you in this joyous yet overwhelming time.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcReflexology – Basics of the Middle Way
“Reflexology: Basics of the Middle Way answers the questions to the mystery surrounding the science and art of reflexology. Moss Arnold, the acclaimed originator and presenter of Chi-reflexology, covers the basics of his approach to reflexology as well as beginning the process of establishing a solid foundation upon which reflexology can stand through a re-examination of the theory and practice.” (Syndetics summary)

Health in December

Learn to make the most of the amazing powers of your brain, adjust your diet for better health and optimise your body’s potential in health, illness or pregnancy. Investigate the story of diseases and of the drugs that were invented throughout the ages to combat them. There is still a place for some seasonal extravagance! As long as we remember Micheal Pollan’s advice to “Treat treats as treats.”

syndetics-lcMBraining – Using your multiple brains to do cool  stuff
“The latest scientific research shows you have three brains. In this book, you’ll discover what they have to offer for increasing intuitive abilities and wiser decision-making in your daily life. Providing you with numerous practical and easy to learn methods, this book shows how to communicate with and tap into the innate intelligence of your multiple brains.mBraining coaches you in aligning your three brains to achieve greater wisdom, success and happiness in a world of massive change.”  (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcThe Vegucation of Robin – How real food saved my life
“Robin Quivers is a beloved fixture of American radio. Yet few people know about her struggles with food – especially the high-fat, high-sugar, high-cholesterol, highly addictive foods that has sentenced many of her relatives to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Sick and tired of being sick and tired, she knew it was time to stop her slow slide into bad health. Robin took a stand in her personal nutrition battle and emerged victorious, thanks to a plant-based diet. The Vegucation of Robin not only describes her transformation inside and out, but encourages readers to join her in putting their health first.” (From book jacket).

syndetics-lcThe End of plagues
“At the turn of the twentieth century, smallpox claimed the lives of two million people per year. By 1979, the disease had been eradicated and victory was declared across the globe. Yet the story of smallpox remains the exception, as today a host of deadly contagions, from polio to AIDS, continue to threaten human health around the world. Spanning three centuries, The End of Plagues weaves together the discovery of vaccination, the birth and growth of immunology, and the fight to eradicate the world’s most feared diseases. From Edward Jenner’s discovery of vaccination in 1796, to the early nineteenth-century foundling voyages in which chains of orphans, vaccinated one by one, were sent to colonies around the globe, to the development of polio vaccines and the stockpiling of smallpox as a biological weapon in the Cold War, world-renown immunologist John Rhodes charts our fight against these plagues, and shows how vaccinations gave humanity the upper hand. Today, aid groups including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization have made the eradication of polio a priority, and Rhodes takes us behind the scenes to witness the hard-fought battles of scientist, philanthropists, volunteers, and more, and how soon we may be celebrating the eradication of a second infectious disease, polio.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcThe Story of the human body
“This book explores how the way we use our bodies is all wrong.From an evolutionary perspective, if normal is defined as what most people have done for million of years, then it is normal to walk 9-15km a day to hunt and gather fresh food which is high in fiber, low in sugar and barely processed. It is also normal to spend much of your time nursing, making stone tools and gossiping with a small band of people. Our 21st century lifestyles, argues Dan Lieberman, are out of synch with our stone-age bodies. Never have we been so healthy and long lived, but never too, have we been so prone to a slew of problems that were, until recently, rare or unknown, from asthma to diabetes, and to overpopulation.” (Staff review)

syndetics-lcMoods, emotions and aging
“This title explains the vital link for women between hormones, mood, and wellness. A groundbreaking book for general readers, it is written by a scientist who is able to take the mystery and the hype out of the hormone controversy.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcEat, Move, Sleep
“New York Times bestelling author Tom Rath delivers a book designed to improve your health for years to come. Based on information and knowledge Rath assembled over more than 20 years whilst managing a serious illness, this quick read offers comprehensive yet simple advice. This book will help you make quick decisions automatic. With every bite you take, you will make better choices. Besides, you will sleep better than you have in years.” (Adapted from book jacket)

syndetics-lcExpecting a baby?
“Published in association with the award-winning series One Born Every Minute and written by one of the UK’s leading Consultant Obstetricians, Dr Penelope Law, this ground-breaking book is bursting with up-to-date medical information that will guide prospective parents through pregnancy, childbirth and the first 6 weeks of their baby’s life. Every aspect of pregnancy and birth is covered in depth. Unique in its clarity, structure and content, the book gives the latest research and medical advice. With personal stories from mothers who have been featured on One Born Every Minute.” (Adapted from inside jacket)

Syndetics book coverYoga for a healthy lower back : a practical guide to developing strength and relieving pain / Liz Owen and Holly Lebowitz Rossi.
“Learn to understand lower back pain and heal it through gentle yoga exercises. Liz Owen, a yoga instructor who specializes in alleviating back pain, describes the anatomy of the sacrum and the region around it, including the hips and lumbar spine. She discusses both the Western and Eastern approaches to understanding back pain–particularly the Eastern medical notion of energy flow and how that relates specifically to the sacrum and the many related muscles and joints, and the chakras, or energetic points, that relate to the area. The sacrum, or lower back, is an incredibly powerful part of the human anatomy. It’s what enables you to stand upright and tall, it unites your upper and lower body, it roots you to the earth, it is the foundation from which you reach upward–and it is one of the most common areas where people experience chronic pain and discomfort. It’s probably the number one body part that keeps massage therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists in business. Owen then provides simple, easy-to-learn sequences of yoga poses for general sacrum health and then for specific problems. The last section looks at strategies for sacrum health related specifically to pregnant women and those with fibromyalgia or arthritis” (Provided by publisher)

syndetics-lcBreast Cancer Journey, the essential guide to treatment and recovery
“You have breast cancer.” When you hear those words, your life changes forever. You find yourself on a new, unfamiliar landscape, seemingly without horizon or landmarks.
In its third ediciton, this book gives you all the information you’ll need to navigate the path ahead. Whether your cancer has just been diagnosed or your are already in treatment, this book is a valuable companion on your journey to recovery.” (Adapted from book cover)

syndetics-lcAppetite for destruction
“We Kiwis are literally eating ourselves to death. In the move from cooking to convenience food we have given up control of what we eat. As a result our food is heavy on sugar, fat and salt, and light on the nutrients our body needs. This is causing a hidden health crisis that will swamp our hospitals just when the baby boomers want their hip operations. This book cuts straight to the bone of what ails us, and what we can really do about it.” (Book cover)

syndetics-lcNo Journey made alone
“A look at the work of the Child Cancer Foundation over its 35-year history in New Zealand. In 1978 the parents of any New Zealand child diagnosed with cancer were presented with a bleak reality – there was seldom hope of a cure and there was little or no assistance for the family. Much has changed. This book highlights the individuals who formed and worked within the Child Cancer Foundation to improve the lot of the children, their families and the health professionals involved with them.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcThe Drug book
“This book explores 250 of the most intriguing drug milestones from 60,000 BCE to modern times, and peeks into the near future. Along with odd and perplexing marvles like Thiopental (“truth serum”) and absinthe (“the green fairy”), this timeline covers such diverse topics as medical marijuana, drug metabolism, off-label drug use, lethal injection, direct-to-consumer ads, and prescription drug abuse. Key scientists, physicians and others who developed and studied these substances are also featured. Chronologically organized, the entries each consist of a short summary and a stunning full-color image, while the “Notes and Further Reading” section provides resources for more in-depth study.” (Inside jacket)

November Health

Aspiring and working towards better health is a life-long quest full of obstacles and contradictions. Thankfully there is help, advice, and information from our well-stocked collection. This month’s selection delves into those various topics to help you uncover the latest secrets to your wellbeing. Happy and healthy reading!

syndetics-lcGrain Brain
“Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, Grain Brain teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.”  (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe Shift How I finally lost weight and discovered a happier life
“Weight was always an issue for Johnson. When a network executive warned her that if she didn’t lose weight her television career could be in jeopardy, she knew she didn’t just want to change, she needed to change. We follow Johnson on her weight-loss journey, and share in the process as she becomes not just healthier but happier– a shift that impacts every facet of her life.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lc
Food allergies
“Posing the questions that anyone with food allergies will think to ask, this book provides practical, emotional, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life. Allergy expert Scott H. Sicherer addresses the full spectrum of food allergies, from mild to life threatening, from single foods to food families, clearing up misconceptions along the way. He explains how exposure to foods can bring about an allergic response, describes the symptoms of food allergy, and illuminates how food allergies develop. He also recommends tests for diagnosing both food allergies and chronic health problems caused by food allergies, such as eczema, hives, and respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms. Food Allergies thoroughly explains how to prevent exposure to a known allergen at home, at school, in restaurants, and elsewhere and what to do if exposure occurs, including how to handle an anaphylactic emergency. Dr. Sicherer also reviews food reactions that are not allergic (such as lactose intolerance), advises how to get adequate nutrition when you must avoid dietary staples, and discusses whether allergies ever go away.Posing the questions that anyone with food allergies will think to ask, this book provides practical, emotional, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcOvercoming binge eating
“This book has already offered tremendous help to more than 100,000 readers struggling with out-of-control eating. Christopher G. Fairburn presents a scientifically based blueprint for breaking free of unhealthy eating patterns and finding new ways to deal with the emotional triggers that lead to binges. Packed with step-by-step instructions and straight-talking advice (for example, strict dieting does more harm than good), the book cuts through the stigma and shame surrounding binge eating. The fully updated second edition incorporates important advances in eating disorders treatment. It features a new module on body image issues and enhanced strategies for achieving–and maintaining–a transformed relationship with food.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lc Health &Wellbeing Yoga
“This accessible book focuses on a series of exercises, body motions and self-disciplines that offer the benefits of yoga to everyone. It features specially commissioned practical photography, step-by-step instruction, and an introduction to the entire scope of the system of yoga.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lc
The Sports gene
“We all knew a star athlete in high school. The one who made it look so easy. He was the starting quarterback and shortstop; she was the all-state point guard and high-jumper. Naturals. Or were they? The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? The truth is far messier than a simple dichotomy between nature and nurture. In the decade since the sequencing of the human genome, researchers have slowly begun to uncover how the relationship between biological endowments and a competitor’s training environment affects athleticism. Sports scientists have gradually entered the era of modern genetic research. In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle. He investigates the so-called 10,000-hour rule to uncover whether rigorous and consistent practice from a young age is the only route to athletic excellence. Along the way, Epstein dispels many of our perceptions about why top athletes excel. He shows why some skills that we assume are innate, like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball or cricket batter, are not, and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like an athlete’s will to train, might in fact have important genetic components. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.”(Syndetics)

syndetics-lcBreathing better : to beat ailments, combat allergies and boost energy
“Breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis are a common part of modern life, and air pollution, stress and allergies all affect our ability to breathe well. This book gives instant tips and advice on how to breathe freely without relying on prescription or over-the-counter drugs.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcWomen’s health guide
“Breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis are a common part of modern life, and air pollution, stress and allergies all affect our ability to breathe well. This book gives instant tips and advice on how to breathe freely without relying on prescription or over-the-counter drugs.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcExpecting better
“When Oster was expecting her first child, she felt powerless to make the right decisions for her pregnancy so she drew on her own experience and went in search of the real facts – by using an economist’s tools. In Expecting Better, Oster shows that the information given to pregnant women is sometimes wrong and almost always oversimplified. She overturns standard recommendations for alcohol, caffeine, sushi, bed rest and induction, while putting into context the blanket guidelines for antenatal testing, weight gain, risks of pregnancy over the age of thirty-five, and nausea, among others. Oster offers the real-world advice one would never get at the doctor’s office. Knowing that the health of your baby is paramount, readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is a tremendous relief – and so is the occasional glass of wine.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcMothers cry too
“Postnatal depression (PND) affects 10 to 20 per cent of new mothers in New Zealand and can persist for months – even years – if not detected and treated. Yet many women suffer in silence. In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal health, describes the many conditions that can affect new mothers – from the ‘baby blues’ to more serious issues.Practical and supportive, Mothers Cry Too offers guidance for new mothers, and their partners and families, on how to cope with the demands of a new baby and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other postnatal psychiatric conditions.Dr Weeks demystifies one of the most common complications of childbirth, while sharing case studies based on real stories and helpful hints on everything from exercise and diet to managing stress.’Being aware of signs and symptoms means that help can be obtained promptly, without weeks, months or even years of needless distress.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcThe secret world of sleep
“Neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research into the nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep, showing how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts.” (Syndetics)

A day in your life – October Health

Understanding our biological legacy is an endlessly fascinating pursuit which we can indulge in this month with a few titles that explore our bodily functions, the history of diseases such as tuberculosis and cancer or our reproductive evolution, and our biological adaptation to an  increasinlgy toxic world. The search for tension release cures and techniques also receive some due attention.

syndetics-lcA day in your life
“Have you ever wondered why it takes so long to get out of bed in the morning? And why you always wake up bursting for a pee? Why that small blackhead has erupted into a hideous red spot overnight? And why stepping into a hot shower gives you goose bumps? Following an average family and their daily routine, Dr Hilary Jones takes you on a bold and captivating journey through the human body, answering these questions and hundreds more. From how our bodies function to why they react in certain ways, Dr Hilary tackles the questions that matter and examines what makes us tick. Fascinating and highly entertaining, A Day in Your Life reveals the incredible nature of the human body.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcOvercome Depression
“At any time, one in twenty people suffers from severe, clinical depression. If you or someone close to you may be one of them, this is book will be your perfect companion through your depression. No book can claim to ‘cure’ depression, which is a serious illness for which people should seek medical help. What this book does is demystify the illness, help remind you that you’re not alone, provide moving case studies of people who have been in similar situations, and talk you through some practical things you can do to alleviate the effects of depression. It also explains the key treatments, including medication, cognitive behavioural therapy, and alternative therapies.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lcBackache, Stress & Tension
“Back pain, stiff neck, and tension headaches are increasingly common ailments that usually affect those who experience too much stress or too little exercise. Featuring new full-color photos this classic text on back pain returns! Dr. Kraus, a world renowned specialist and private doctor to President John F. Kennedy, explains the causes of back pain and what you can do to prevent and alleviate it. Featuring a new foreword by Robert H. Boyle, Backache, Stress, and Tension is the essential handbook for everyone in today’s overworked, overstressed world. 75 color illustrations.” (from amazon.com)

syndetics-lcSpitting blood
“Few diseases have been more inextricably linked with our past than tuberculosis. Through the medieval period to the modern day, Helen Bynum explores the history and devlopmetn of TB throughout the world, touching on the various discoveries that have emerged about the disease. Although concerns about TB faded away for a while, the disease is now back with a vengeance. Bynum describes the emerging picture from WHO of the difficulties in managing new drug-resistant forms. The story of the disease, it seems, is far from over.” (Adapted from book cover)

syndetics-lcNutrition
“High protein, low-calorie, or no-fat? Atkins, Mediterranean, or Paleo? Pursuing a healthy diet can be exhausting, the advice confusing and contradictory. And with headlines endlessly shouting about shocking obesity rates, killer food allergies and super foods that cure cancer, it’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed. Cutting through the information overload, Sarah Brewer covers all the main debates and brings us back to the facts. From the mechanics of digestion and methods of healthy weight loss to the chemistry of key nutrients and their influence on common medical conditions, this is essentiel reading for anyone interested in making informed decisions about their diet.” (From book cover)

syndetics-lcBack in balance
“Helping you to discover how your posture and movements may be having detrimental effect on your health, this guide offers simple but effective ways of reducing muscular tension and stress on the bones and joints – and making your life pain free.” (From book cover)

syndetics-lcMindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world
“Based on cognitive therapy principles, Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. It helps promote a genuine joie de vivre; the kind of happiness that gets into your bones and allows you to meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.” (adapted from book cover)

syndetics-lcThe Cancer chronicles – Unlocking medicine’s deepest mystery
“When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way – an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. In a provocative and intellectually vibrant exploration, he takes us on an adventure through the history and recent advances of cancer research that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease.” (Book cover)

syndetics-lcHow we do it
“Despite our seemingly endless fascination with sex and parenting, the origins of our reproductive lives remain a mystery. Why are a quarter of a billion sperm cells needed to fertilize one egg? Are women really fertile for only a few days each month? How long should women breast-feed? In [this book], primatologist Robert Martin draws on forty years of research to locate the origins of everything from sex cells to baby care, and to reveal what’s really natural when it comes to making and raising babies. He acknowledges that although it’s not realistic to reproduce like our ancestors did, there are surprising consequences to behavior we take for granted, such as bottle feeding, cesarean sections, and in vitro fertilization.” (from Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcEvolution in a toxic world
“With BPA in baby bottles, mercury in fish, and lead in computer monitors, the world has become a toxic place. But as Emily Monosson demonstrates in her groundbreaking new book, it has always been toxic. When oxygen first developed in Earth’s atmosphere, it threatened the very existence of life: now we literally can’t live without it. According to Monosson, examining how life adapted to such early threats can teach us a great deal about today’s (and tomorrow’s) most dangerous contaminants. While the study of evolution has advanced many other sciences, from conservation biology to medicine, the field of toxicology has yet to embrace this critical approach.
In Evolution in a Toxic World, Monosson seeks to change that. She traces the development of life’s defense systems—the mechanisms that transform, excrete, and stow away potentially harmful chemicals—from more than three billion years ago to today. Beginning with our earliest ancestors’ response to ultraviolet radiation, Monosson explores the evolution of chemical defenses such as antioxidants, metal binding proteins, detoxification, and cell death.” (From amazon.com)


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