Health advice for seniors, that everyone should read – New Health books

This month has seen a lot of new books covering health topics relevant to seniors come into our collection. However, health is a lifelong pursuit and prevention is always best, which makes these books highly relevant to all, regardless of age.

Syndetics book coverSod sixty! : the guide to living well
“Getting older doesn’t matter. Keeping active does. Sod turning sixty, make those small changes now and reap the rewards in your later decades! Sod Sixty! is a fun, friendly, hands on guide to navigating your sixties – a very different decade with very different demands. Find out how to get fitter whatever your ‘history’, how to eat healthily, how to juggle looking after yourself with the responsibilities of family, friends and work, and how to make the most of this decade of change. But this is no boot camp regime. Sod Sixty! acknowledges the reality of our daily lives, and has a balanced approach, packed with achievable, practical and realistic strategies to improve your health and wellbeing.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSod seventy [electronic resource]
“Many of the problems older people suffer from have, as their underlying cause, a fundamental loss of fitness. Others are caused by preventable diseases (with these even being preventable after the age of seventy) and, broadly speaking, from the wrong approach to life, influenced by negative social pressures. This book – uniquely targeted at the 60-75 demographic – tells you what steps you can take in late middle age to give you the best chance of living a long, healthy and fulfilling later life. Keep fit, keep the brain going, and with a spot of good fortune you can be living a rewarding, active life into your nineties and beyond. This book – part exercise book, part manifesto for a happier, healthier life – tells you how.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeat depression to stay healthier and live longer : a guide for older adults and their families
“Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that not only can turn a happy retirement into a time of misery, but also leads to a wide range of health problems. Depression increases the rate of disease such as stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer s disease and worsens the course of others such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, and cancer. It also contributes to avoidable disability and premature death. Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer alerts readers to this untold story. The book encourages readers to seek treatment for depression, offering hope that older adults can get their lives back. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe mysterious world of the human genome
“How does the minuscule chemical cluster in each of our 100 trillion cells accomplish the amazing feat of creating and maintaining our bodies? Frank Ryan, a physician and an evolutionary biologist, describes the complex ways in which the genome operates as a holistic system and not solely through genes coding for proteins–the building blocks of life. Also involved are elaborate switching mechanisms that regulate and control portions of our DNA, as well as the interplay of retroviruses and bacteria. This groundbreaking book explains that we are on the cusp of an amazing era of disease treatment and eradication.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe noonday demon : an anatomy of depression
“Attempting to put depression and its treatments in a cross-cultural context, Solomon draws on medical studies, historical and sociological literature, and anecdotal evidence, analyzing studies of depression in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, Inuit life in Greenland, the use of electroshock therapy and the connections between depression and suicide in the U.S. and other cultures. In examining depression as a cultural phenomenon, he cites many literary melancholics Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, John Milton, Shakespeare, John Keats, and George Eliot as well as such thinkers as Freud and Hegel, to map out his “atlas” of the condition. Solomon has provided an enlightening and sobering window onto both the medical and imaginative worlds of depression.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe 8-week blood sugar diet : how to beat diabetes fast (and stay off medication)
“Our modern diet, high in low-quality carbohydrates, is damaging our bodies–producing a constant overload of sugar in our bloodstream that clogs up our arteries and piles hidden fat into our internal organs. The result has been a doubling in the number of type 2 diabetics, as well as a surge in those with a potentially hazardous condition–prediabetes. Scientists have recently demonstrated that you can prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes with a simple change in diet and lifestyle. Dr. Michael Mosley presents a groundbreaking, science-based, 8-week plan for diabetics who want to reverse their condition (and then stay off medication).” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBody into balance : an herbal guide to holistic self-care
“Headaches, indigestion, fatigue, allergies, anxiety, eczema, high blood pressure, and other conditions are clues to a deeper imbalance in your body, and learning to read those clues is a key step in maintaining optimal health. Herbalist Maria Noël Groves shows you how to read your body’s signals and support your own wellness with herbal remedies and other natural treatments. You’ll learn how each of your major body systems functions, and you’ll discover how to use natural remedies to nourish and repair problem areas, restore lost vitality, support your body as a whole, and prevent future problems.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSnowball in a blizzard : a physician’s notes on uncertainty in medicine
“Diagnoses are often just educated guesses, and prognoses less certain still. There is a significant amount of uncertainty in the daily practice of medicine, resulting in confusion and potentially deadly complications. Dr. Steven Hatch argues that instead of ignoring this uncertainty, we should embrace it. By digging deeply into a number of rancorous controversies, from breast cancer screening to blood pressure management, Hatch shows us how medicine can fail when patients and doctors alike place too much faith in modern medical technology.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe sleep revolution : transforming your life, one night at a time
“In Thrive, Arianna wrote about our need to redefine success through well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Her discussion of sleep as a gateway to this more fulfilling way of living struck such a powerful chord that she realized the mystery and transformative power of sleep called for a fuller investigation. The result is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal exploration of sleep from all angles, from the history of sleep, to the role of dreams in our lives, to the consequences of sleep deprivation, and the new golden age of sleep science that is revealing the vital role sleep plays in our every waking moment and every aspect of our health – from weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease to cancer and Alzheimer’s.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe longevity book : the science of aging, the biology of strength, and the privilege of time / Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark.
“A comprehensive overview of the female body over time, from those first gray hairs that crop up in our thirties to the menopause transition that can begin in our forties or fifties to the increased health risks … we face in our sixties and beyond. Cameron shares cutting-edge research on aging, synthesizing insights from top medical experts with her own thoughts, opinions, and experiences.” (Syndetics)

A better you through nutrients, movement and mindset – April Health picks

Health and happiness cannot be separated and influence one another deeply. A holistic approach to wellbeing is now widely accepted and this month’s health titles are a testament to this. Find out how increasing your flexibility and strength can  impact on mental health and how eating powerful nutrients can improve your guts and as a result your happiness.

Syndetics book coverHealthy food, healthy gut, happy child : the real dirt on raising healthy kids in a processed world
“Dr Maya Shetreat-Klein encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and began a backward slide in his development. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr Shetreat-Klein embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son’s illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain …and heal the child. Dr Shetreat-Klein shifted the focus of her practice and has since successfully helped chronically ill patients from around the world. The book explains how food is constantly changing kids’ bodies, brains and even genes.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe micronutrient miracle : the 28-day plan to lose weight, increase your energy, and reverse disease
“The Caltons fell in love, got married and embarked on a six-year tour of over 135 countries to learn more about micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids). They returned to the U.S. with a conclusion: one’s specific diet or country of residence is less important to one’s health than the amount of micronutrients in one’s food. According to the authors, there is a “silent global pandemic” of deficiency in these elements, the lack of which can contribute to such diseases as cancer and osteoporosis.The authors offer a 28-day strategy for restoring the body with a comprehensive plan for choosing locally grown, “rich” foods that provide a healthful “micronutrient bang for every delicious bite”.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBio-young : get younger at a cellular and hormonal level
“Common plants and foods contain compounds that are now scientifically proven to stimulate cellular and hormonal function, and actually reverse aging! Using ingredients that you can find at home, you can stimulate your hormone-producing glands into youthful activity again. Discover the bio-actives–foods, herbs, supplements, edibles, and essential oils–that you should be eating, or applying externally, and learn how their key compounds will plump your skin, reduce high blood pressure, and even fight cancer cells. From restoring thinning hair with rosemary and smoothing wrinkles with honey, to preventing grey hair with onion juice, there’s a natural solution for every problem. Get ready to look and feel years younger!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe telomerase revolution : the breakthrough that holds the key to slowing the aging process
“Dramatic life extension – even age reversal – has moved from science fiction to real possibility. The Telomerase Revolution reveals the latest research on human ageing and the enzyme telomerase which is starting to be used to slow the rate at which our cells and we age.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYoga gym : the revolutionary 28 day plan for strength, flexibility and fat loss
“If you want to start a fitness plan that will get you strong and flexible, then Yoga Gym is the choice for you. This effective 28-day yoga training program will build strength, improve mobility, and burn fat. Yoga Gym gives you 150 poses and exercises to mix and match, as well as a specific program with the training, nutrition, and motivational tools to sculpt a strong body. This book also blends together traditional yoga poses with dynamic body-weight strength training techniques that appeal to both men and women.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMindful walking : walk your way to mental and physical well-being
“Bringing together the concept of mindfulness in movement along with the three paths of change for a better life – talking, meditation and walking – Mindful Walking shows us how we can better manage the internal and external distractions that clog our path to mental happiness while also improving  our physical health.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverInto the magic shop : a neurosurgeon’s true story of the life-changing magic of compassion and mindfulness
“The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Sirt Food Diet
“Dark chocolate, coffee, kale – these are all foods that activate sirtuins and switch on the so-called ‘skinny gene’ pathways in the body. These are the same pathways more commonly activated by fasting and exercise – meaning they help the body to burn fat, increase muscle and improve health. The Sirtfood Diet gives you: – a simple, healthy way of eating for weight loss – inspirational case studies – delicious, easy-to-make recipes – a maintenance plan for prolonged success.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAcceptance and commitment therapy for dummies
“In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies, you’ll discover how to identify negative and unhealthy modes of thinking and apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles throughout your day-to-day life, creating a healthier, richer and more meaningful existence with yourself and others.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverChanging minds : the go-to guide to mental health for family and friends
“This compassionate and insightful guide will demystify mental health issues and help anyone concerned about themselves or loved ones. This empowering guide aims to cut through the myths and taboos about mental health and offer clear, practical help. It covers a wide range of common issues, from bipolar, anxiety, personality and eating disorders, to depression, post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia, and includes how to get help, what treatments are available and how to live successfully with a mental illness. Most importantly, it shows how carers and families can help a loved one through what can be a very challenging time.” (Syndetics)

Stretching, bacteria and madness – February health picks

We are more than the sum of our parts but we need to give each part the attention and care it deserves to ensure the smooth running of our being as a whole. Here are some books to help.

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to stretching
“The definitive practical handbook for those eager to achieve a level of flexibility that will enhance performance, sports coaches and fitness instructors who are seeking a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of this often neglected component of physical fitness and sport and exercise therapists who use stretching as an important part of a balanced rehabilitation programme. A reasonable level of flexibility is essential to the healthy functioning of joints and muscles, which in turn facilitates performance and reduces the risk of injury. An accessible overview of the scientific principles that underpin this form of training and offers more than 70 exercises designed to safely increase range of motion right across the body.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book cover10% human : how your body’s microbes hold the key to health and happiness
“You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual, but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. Even aspects that you think of entirely as ‘you’ turn out to be run by ‘them’ – like your immune system. In this riveting, shocking and beautifully-written book Alanna Collen explores the modern epidemics of ‘Western’ diseases – obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, auto-immunity, and even cancer – and argues that most have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets and our obsession with hygiene alter the microbe community we carry.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFinding your emotional balance : a guide for women
“Women are twice as likely as men to become depressed. While they seek help for mental disorders more often than men, they also seek to help others, trying to keep everyone happy while taking care of parents, spouses, and children. Sometimes, doing it all is doing too much. In Finding Your Emotional Balance , Dr. Merry Noel Miller offers women of all ages advice for coping with life’s challenges while increasing its joys. Drawing on her three decades of experience as a psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health-as well as her own personal struggles with depression and grief-she explains the special vulnerabilities and strengths of women during adolescence, the childbearing years, menopause, and late in life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe laws of medicine : field notes from an uncertain science
“Is medicine a “science”? Sciences must have laws–statements of truth based on repeated experiments that describe some universal attribute of nature. But does medicine have laws like other sciences?  In this important treatise, he investigates the most perplexing and illuminating cases of his career that ultimately led him to identify the three key principles that govern medicine. Written with Dr. Mukherjee’s signature eloquence and passionate prose, The Laws of Medicine is a critical read, not just for those in the medical profession, but for everyone who is moved to better understand how their health and well-being is being treated.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCultured food for health : a guide to healing yourself with probiotic foods
“Explores the science behind the benefits of cultured foods and shows how incorporating “The Trilogy”–kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables–into our diet creates more powerful healing effects than any one of these foods alone, as the different types of probiotic bacteria work together to create a healthy gut and a truly healthy life. Donna explains how cultured foods can be used to address specific ailments–from IBS and diabetes to allergies, colds, and flu–and teaches us, step by step, how to prepare these probiotic foods and easily incorporate them into a daily routine.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNine dimensions of madness : redefining mental health
“Gallon explains the history of psychiatry and how it came to develop a medical model that codifies mental disorders in the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), now in its fifth edition. He demonstrates how, in 1950s and 1960s when the miracle psychiatric drugs came on the market, it was to the great economic advantage of both pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists to describe people’s problems in the language of medicine. His alternative to this disease model suggests descriptive types that we can construct to discuss the kinds and severities of problems people experience.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeth Shaw’s yogafit
“Whether you are searching for a new physical challenge or a way to incorporate yoga into your exercise routine, “Beth Shaw’s YogaFit” will help you reach your physical potential. With “YogaFit” you’ll have not only increased overall health, energy, and vitality but also a stronger and leaner body, reduced stress, better posture, improved concentration, and a higher level of fitness. This book presents more than 100 YogaFit poses organized into workout routines that you can use every day. The text includes information on using YogaFit as a training tool for sports and creating personalized routines to meet your own needs. The full-color photo sequences and step-by-step instruction make it more accessible than ever.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe naked surgeon : the power and peril of transparency in medicine
“We are not meant to touch hearts. We all have one, but most of us will never see one. The heart surgeon now has that privilege but, for centuries, the heart was out of reach even for surgeons. So when a surgeon nowadays opens up a ribcage and mends a heart, it remains something of a miracle, even if, to some, it is merely plumbing. In The Naked Surgeon, Samer Nashef unclothes his own profession to demonstrate to his reader (and prospective patient) many revelations, such as the paradox at the heart of the cardiac surgeon’s craft: the more an operation is likely to kill you, the better it is for you. And he does so with absolute clarity, fluency and not a little wit.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOvercoming mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion symptoms : a self-help guide using evidence-based techniques
“Up to 10% of people will suffer a mild head injury (or ‘mild traumatic brain injury’) in their lifetime and up to 50% of those people will also find they have lingering post-concussion symptoms in the months or years afterwards. These symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance, reduced day-to-day memory, poor concentration, taking longer to think, ‘muzzy’ headedness, depression, anxiety, tinnitus, blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light or noise, frustration, nausea, restlessness and sensitivity to alcohol. In such circumstances the ‘mild’ head injury may feel anything but mild. This book clarifies some of the complex issues for those who suffer with prolonged problems and provides practical, science-based self-help guidance for managing TBI difficulties.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe happy vegan : a guide to living a long, healthy, and successful life
“Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and three-time New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons offers an inspiring guide to the benefits of conscious eating and veganism.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Cancer prevention manual : simple rules to reduce the risks / Ian Olver, Fred Stephens.
“Stories in the media about the cancer-causing risks present in everyday life can cause alarm and confusion, and make it difficult to know how to alter one’s lifestyle. The Cancer Prevention Manual is a handy guide to all key issues in cancer prevention, presenting medical and scientific information in a plain, accessible style. Written by authors with distinguished careers studying the illness, and based on a solid scientific grounding, this book provides the facts about how our lifestyles pose cancer risks, and what we can do to change them.” (Syndetics)

Meditation, neuroscience & 2100 asanas for 2016 – New Health books

We examine our relationship to technology, our bodies and our consciousness, towards a better understanding of our inner workings and the interconnectedness between all parts of our selves. Have a healthy New Year!

Syndetics book cover2,100 Asanas : the complete yoga poses
“This beautifully designed book is a must-have for yogis of all levels and every practice. 2,100 Asanas is an unprecedented, meticulously crafted catalog of yoga poses and modifications. The book is organized into eight major types of poses-standing, seated, core, quadruped, backbends, inversions, prone, and supine-and further broken down by families of poses that progress from easiest to more challenging. Every pose is accompanied by the name of the pose in English and Sanskrit, a description of the modification, the Drishti point (eye gaze), the chakras affected and its benefits.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe brain electric : the dramatic high-tech race to merge minds and machines
“Leading neuroscience researchers are racing to unlock the secrets of the mind. On the cusp of decoding brain signals that govern motor skills, they are developing miraculous technologies that will enable paraplegics and wounded soldiers to move prosthetic limbs and will give all of us the power to manipulate computers and other objects through thought alone. In The Brain Electric, Malcolm Gay follows the dramatic emergence of these technologies, taking us behind the scenes in operating rooms, startups, and research labs, where the future is unfolding.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNeurosculpting : a whole-brain approach to heal trauma, rewrite limiting beliefs, and find wholeness
“The synthesis of meditation and modern neuroscience has sparked a revolution – more than ever, we can use specific practices to create positive, lasting changes in our brains. When conventional medicine offered no answers for her deadly seizures, Lisa Wimberger created her own regimen of meditation and life practices to heal herself. Today, Lisa has successfully taught her Neurosculpting® method to veterans, first responders, and clients in the most stressful occupations. With Neurosculpting, she brings readers a complete guide to this life-changing process, featuring transformative insights and techniques.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMind over mood : change how you feel by changing the way you think
“This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,000,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems. Revised and expanded to reflect significant scientific developments of the past 20 years, the second edition contains numerous new features: expanded content on anxiety; chapters on setting personal goals and maintaining progress; gratitude journals; and much more.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThriving naturally
“Depression can bring the most active person grinding to a halt. Thriving Naturally is Graeme Cowan’s guide to overcoming depression, and getting you in a better mood. It contains Graeme’s own ’30 Day Mood Plan’ that provides a day-by-day guide to lifting yourself out of a rut and start enjoying life again. Across 30 days, Graeme offers different pieces of advice and encouragement, based on his own experiences, as well as the tried and true methods of getting you into a much better mindset. Thriving Naturally helps you get over the mindset that only medication can fix a low mood. Instead, a natural philosophy will get you on the way you to thinking and acting positively.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe brain fog fix : reclaim your focus, memory, and joy in just 3 weeks
“A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it “ADHD,” “scatter brain,” or “brain fog.”  People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, and inspired. Fortunately, there is a solution. The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. Rebalancing these three brain chemicals will, in turn, enable the rest of your brain’s chemistry to reach optimal levels. This is easier than you think.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen the sun bursts : the enigma of schizophrenia
“Many schizophrenics experience their condition as one of radical incarceration, mind-altering medications, isolation, and dehumanization. At a time when the treatment of choice is anti-psychotic medication, world-renowned psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas asserts that schizophrenics can be helped by much more humane treatments. In this sensitive and evocative narrative, he draws on his personal experiences working with schizophrenics since the 1960s. He offers his interpretation of how schizophrenia develops, typically in the teens, as an adaptation in the difficult transition to adulthood.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe heart healers : the misfits, mavericks and rebels who created the greatest medical breakthrough of our lives
“One Australian dies from heart disease every twelve minutes. But hundreds of thousands have lived thanks to the greatest medical breakthrough of our lives. Cardiologist Dr James Forrester tells the dramatic story of the misfits, mavericks and rebels who defied the accumulated scientific wisdom of the day to begin conquering heart disease. In The Heart Healers, he describes the risks these rebels took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverConquer chronic pain : an innovative mind-body approach
“Over the past ten years, Dr. Peter Przekop has developed a revolutionary alternative program to manage pain that goes well beyond the short-term relief of prescription painkillers. Przekop discovered that pain can become chronic, not just because of the trauma that caused it, but because the brain becomes programmed to recreate the experience of pain as a coping mechanism. Conquer Chronic Pain will help you return to pain-free functioning. Gain the same insights Dr. Przekop has brought to hundreds of chronic pain sufferers by learning how the brain can be reprogrammed to alleviate pain. You’ll also learn how chronic stress, adversity, and negative emotions influence how we experience and interpret pain and what to do to reverse the pattern.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDr Dawn’s guide to brain health
“Many conditions affect our brain and nervous system, and this book provides an in-depth guide to the anatomy of our nervous system. Dr Dawn unravels the mysteries of this complex system, looking at what the different parts of our brain do and what happens when they go wrong.” (Syndetics)

 

Mind vs body, an old fashioned dichotomy – Health picks for December

The old debate of mind vs body has been losing ground steadily as we realise their deep and complex interconnectedness. In this instalment of new Health titles, mind and body find equal importance in a holistic approach to wellbeing. Indeed, how can meditation prevent physical illness or how can our immune system affect our brain? We also look at the benefits of ancient Chinese healing therapies and finally, take inspiration from the story of Olympic athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton’s recovery from mental illness.

9781846044892Super genes : unlock the astonishing power of your DNA for optimum health and well-being
“For years it was accepted knowledge that genes were fixed components of our bodies, and that we as individuals were incapable of altering our genetic make-up. Yet groundbreaking research suggests that changes in lifestyle and diet can greatly influence our genetic predispositions to disease and certain physical and psychological behaviours. Super Genes includes meditation and breathing practical exercises, as well as information on how to manage risk factors for disease. Chopra and Tanzi show how we have the power to rewire our super genes for health and happiness.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe compassionate mind approach to postnatal depression
“It is very common for new mothers to experience a short period of distress following childbirth, often referred to as ‘baby blues’. Usually this passes quite quickly, however for more than 1 in 10 women, this distressing experience can be more prolonged. This practical self-help book based on Compassion Focused Therapy will help women to recognise some of the symptoms and, where appropriate, to normalise them, thereby alleviating their distress. It will also guide mothers-to-be and new mothers through the maze of confusing feelings that can arise.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverTeenage depression : a CBT Guide for parents
“Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and is estimated to affect around 15% of people at some point during their life. For many people depression is a life-long disorder which starts during the teenage years ?around 10% of teenagers are estimated to have an episode of depression and many more experience persistent low mood. This accessible book looks at the issues from the parents’ point of view, and incorporates strategies for parents. From `what to look out for?, through what the evidence says about different forms of treatment, to family communication and relapse prevention. Each section includes troubleshooting boxes.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe new generation breast cancer book : how to navigate your diagnosis and treatment options–and remain optimistic–in an age of information overload
“From an expert in the field comes the definitive guide to managing breast cancer in the information age. From innovations in breast cancer screening and evaluating results to post-treatment medications and living as a breast cancer survivor, Dr. Elisa Port describes every possible test and every type of doctor visit, providing a comprehensive, empathetic guide that every newly diagnosed woman (and her family) will want to have at her side.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNeuroimmunity : a new science that will revolutionize how we keep our brains healthy and young 
“In the past, the brain was considered an autonomous organ, self-contained and completely separate from the body’s immune system. In this book Schwartz describes her research journey, her experiments, and the triumphs and setbacks that led to the discovery of connections between immune system and brain. Michal Schwartz, with Anat London, also explains the significance of the findings for future treatments of brain disorders and injuries, spinal cord injuries, glaucoma, depression, and other conditions such as brain aging and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHow to conceive naturally : and have a healthy pregnancy after 30
“More and more women are choosing to have children later in life, but since fertility declines starting at age 30, many moms-to-be are forced to turn to invasive, expensive treatments to conceive. But there is a better way: it’s possible to have a healthy pregnancy in your 30s or early 40s. Orecchio and Buckley share their vast knowledge of holistic health, nutrition, and fertility in this powerful program that has helped thousands of women conceive naturally. From a 12-week fertility detox to a postpartum plan to rebalance hormones, this book empowers women to take charge of their fertility and pregnancies.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe new Chinese medicine handbook : an innovative guide to integrating eastern wisdom with western practice for modern healing
The New Chinese Medicine Handbook is an essential guide to achieving total health in body, mind,and spirit. Explore the powerful benefits of Chinese medicine–particularly acupuncture, massage, nutrition, meditation and herbs–along with other Eastern healing arts. This practical guide to traditional Chinese medicine can help you take control of your healing process and maintain or restore wholeness and harmony in all aspects of your life. Take the first steps to natural healing remedies and a longer, healthier life.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverInfectious madness : the surprising science of how we “catch” mental illness
“In Infectious Madness, Washington presents the new germ theory, which posits not only that many instances of Alzheimer’s, OCD, and schizophrenia are caused by viruses, prions, and bacteria, but also that with antibiotics, vaccinations, and other strategies, these cases can be easily prevented or treated. Packed with cutting-edge research and tantalizing mysteries, Infectious Madness is rich in science, characters, and practical advice on how to protect yourself and your children from exposure to infectious threats that could sabotage your mental and physical health.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNavigating life with multiple sclerosis
“The authors demystify MS and offer practical solutions and guidance based upon their extensive combined clinical and research experience. The book tackles many of the common symptoms experienced by the person with MS and looks into the future to explore where research is headed. If you are newly diagnosed or have been living with MS for years, this book is an invaluable guide.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMedicinal plants at home : more than 100 easy, practical, and efficient natural remedies 
“Discover how to grow medicinal plants and create natural remedies right in your own home. Although more and more people use medicinal plants, many are still unaware of those that are usually present in their own homes. Learn how to grow and use these medicinal plants, and discover what they can do to boost your family’s health. More than one hundred types of natural plants are presented in this book, grouped by the conditions that they most effectively treat.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverRestoring flexibility : a gentle yoga-based practice to increase mobility at any age
“Flexibility is vital for staying active and healthy at any age. For aging adults, good mobility drastically improves quality of life and the ability to live independently. Restoring Flexibility offers a safe, age-appropriate, and individually customizable program to help restore joint and muscle flexibility for readers at every level. Utilizing an easy-to-follow, twenty-minute, twice-weekly regime, this book presents basic poses and practice sequences that help readers improve agility, avoid the need for a walker, and reduce the chances of falling.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFast girl : a life spent running from madness
“During the 1990s, three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton was the darling of American track and field. An outstanding runner, a major sports apparel spokesperson, and a happily married wife, she was the model for an active, healthy, and wholesome life. But her perfect facade masked a dark truth: manic depression and bipolar disorder that drove her obsession to perform and win. In this startling frank memoir, she recounts the journey to outrun her demons, revealing how a woman used to physically controlling her body learned to come to terms with her unstable mind. Today, thanks to diagnosis and therapy, Kelly has stepped into the shadows, but Suzy is building a better life, one day at a time.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Diet myths & living well – November Health picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Health books in October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Managing illness – New Health books in September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From mental balance to gut balance – Health picks for August

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook

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

Also available as an ebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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