8 Non-Fiction Health Books worth checking out in August

From analyzing the science and looking at the evidence to listening to memoirs and personal experiences we recommend that you check out this list of 8 non-fiction health books new to the collection!

Syndetics book coverDirt is good : the advantage of germs for your child’s developing immune system / Jack Gilbert, Ph.D., and Rob Knight, Ph.D. with Sandra Blakeslee.
“From two of the world’s top scientists and one of the world’s top science writers comes a Q&A-based guide to everything you need to know about kids & germs. “Is it OK for my child to eat dirt?” is just one of the many questions authors Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight are bombarded with every week. The internet is rife with speculation and misinformation about the risks and benefits of what most parents think of as simply germs. Dirt Is Good is a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible guide you’ve been searching for to answer these questions.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Harvard Medical School guide to yoga : 8 weeks to strength, awareness, and flexibility / by Marlynn Wei, MD, JD and James E. Groves, MD.
“While there are many yoga books available, most are based on an individual yogis expertise. This book relies on modern medical science to illustrate the benefits of yoga;and offers a practical, easy-to-implement plan. This 8-week program features step-by-step sequences that are easy to learn and practice at home with minimal equipment. The book also offers poses and sequences targeted to improve arthritis, cardiovascular health, type 2 diabetes, weight loss, sleep issues, chronic pain, neurological disorders, as well as depression, anxiety, stress, and more.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe boy in 7 billion : a true story of love, courage and hope / Callie Blackwell and Karen Hockney.
“True story,  Deryn Blackwell is a walking, talking miracle. At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Then 18 months later he developed another rare form of cancer called Langerhan’s cell syndrome. Only five other people in the world have it, he is the youngest of them all and the only person in the world known to be fighting it alongside another cancer, making him one in seven billion. This is the true story of the extraordinary lengths that a mother went to, to help her dying son.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverLifted : 28 days to strengthen your body, focus your mind + elevate your spirit / Holly Rilinger with Myatt Murphy.
“There’s a secret to a successful fitness program: you won’t feel truly satisfied with your results until your mind and spirit are as strong as your body. That’s why Holly Rilinger created LIFTED , the first program to combine the mental and emotional benefits of meditation with the amazingly fast results of HIIT (high-intensity interval training ).  This 28-day program will show you how to focus on your goals and commit to daily movement and meditation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBoys don’t cry / Tim Grayburn.
“Meet Tim. For nearly a decade he kept his depression secret. It made him feel so weak and shameful he thought it would destroy his whole life if anyone found out. And Tim is not alone. After finally opening up he realised that mental illness was affecting many men around the globe, and he knew that wasn’t ok. A brutally honest, wickedly warming and heart-breaking tale about what it really takes to be a ‘real man’, written by one who decided that he wanted to change the world by no longer being silent. This is Tim’s story, but it could be yours too.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe wellness project : how I learned to do right by my body, without giving up my life / Phoebe Lapine
“After she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her early twenties, Phoebe Lapine bounced among every fat diet and new health program on the bestseller list in her attempt to get well, only to experience mixed results and a life of deprivation that seemed unsustainable at best. The Wellness Project is the insightful and hilarious result of a 12 year exploration. Part memoir and part health and wellness primer, it’s a must-read not just for those suffering from autoimmune disease, but for anyone looking for simple ways to improve their health without sacrificing life’s pleasures.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy lovely wife : a memoir of madness and hope / Mark Lukach.
“With compassion and candour, in My Lovely Wife, Mark takes us through years with his wife and her battle with mental illnesses. A story of the fragility of the mind, and the tenacity of the human spirit, this is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we best care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breath-taking in its honesty, radiant with compassion, written with dazzling lyricism, this intensely personal odyssey offers much-needed insight into the caregiving side of mental illness, and affirms the power of love.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRigor mortis : how sloppy science creates worthless cures, crushes hope, and wastes billions / Richard Harris.
“Bad science doesn’t just hold back medical progress, it can sign the equivalent of a death sentence. Often, research institutes and academia emphasize publishing results over getting the right answers, incentivizing poor experimental design, improper methods, and sloppy statistics. In Rigor Mortis, award-winning science journalist Richard F. Harris reveals these urgent issues with vivid anecdotes, personal stories, and interviews with the nation’s top biomedical researchers. We need to fix our dysfunctional biomedical system-now.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Health in December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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