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)

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)