September Health

Inspiring stories of healing and positive lifestyle advice will set you on the road to good health as the season turns brighter & warmer. Spring is a time of new shoots and with them, hope, stamina and a renewed sense of purpose seem to emerge. Nothing better to adopt healthier food habits, spruce up the bike or the walking shoes and get out in the brisk, refreshing, rejuvenating spring air.

A dog walks into a nursing home
“A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life. At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new, leash-, lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what virtue is and does – how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to. Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt – showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)–taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcDo you believe in magic? The sense and nonsense of alternative medicine
“Medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.
Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine, an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks, can actually be harmful to our health.
Using dramatic real-life stories, Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy – alternative or traditional – should be scrutinized. He also shows how some nontraditional methods can do a great deal of good, in some cases exceeding therapies offered by conventional practitioners.
An outspoken advocate for science-based health advocacy who is not afraid to take on media celebrities who promote alternative practices, Dr. Offit advises, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcWhat to eat when you are pregnant and vegetarian
“As a vegetarian you already know how important it is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. But being pregnant aswell can make it seem even harder to eat and drink in a way that will keep you healthy, your baby safe and provide the ideal fuel for growth and development. What to Eat When You’re Pregnant and Vegetarian is your no-nonsense companion. This handy, compact book is the definitive healthy-eating guide for vegetarians who are expecting and provides expert guidance on what foods are safe and what you should steer clear of.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe Reason I jump
“You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights — into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory — are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcTouching a nerve, the self as brain
“What happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? In this thought-provoking narrative, drawn from professional expertise as well as personal life experiences, trailblazing neurophilosopher Patricia S. Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology. She reflects with humor on how she came to harmonize science and philosophy, the mind and the brain, abstract ideals and daily life.
Offering lucid explanations of the neural workings that underlie identity, she reveals how the latest research into consciousness, memory, and free will can help us reexamine enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions: What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And why do we feel empathy for others? Recent scientific discoveries also provide insights into a fascinating range of real-world dilemmas — for example, whether an adolescent can be held responsible for his actions and whether a patient in a coma can be considered a self.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcEveryday Cycling in Aotearoa
“If you want to use a bike in your daily life, to get to work, play, school and the shops, this is the book you have been waiting for, an informative, comprehensive and inspiring guide that helps beginners get started and experienced cyclists ride more confidently, safely and enjoyably” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcPain-free sitting, standing and walking
“Most of us take the acts of sitting, standing, and walking for granted, but for those suffering from back, muscle, and joint pain, even these seemingly simple actions can be extremely uncomfortable. Poor body alignment or habitual movement patterns that crop up when we compensate for a bad back or painful neck can only further exacerbate existing issues—and create new problems.
In this accessible workbook, Craig Williamson demonstrates how by just doing these three basic actions with optimal body alignment and attention, you can help free yourself from existing pain and prevent further injury. The protocol is simple but extremely effective, and step-by-step photos guide you through every exercise. Williamson’s approach has been praised by physicians, physical therapists, coaches and sports trainers, yoga instructors, and patients. “(from amazon.com)

syndetics-lcMusical Encounters with dying
“Music therapy can be a profound physical, emotional and spiritual support at the end of life. This book looks at a wide variety of cases, explaining how music therapy can be used effectively. It highlights particular components of working with this group, such as creating a therapeutic relationship, helping patients to reach final goals, working within cultural contexts and dealing with difficult emotions, all within the parameters of the musical experience. It also explores the unique needs of people with disabilities or mental illness, and how to support the families of the dying. Therapeutic and philosophical insights related to the dying process are included. This will be a supportive and insightful guide for anyone working with people who are at the end of life, especially music therapists and other complementary therapists, caregivers, hospice workers and medical professionals.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcInner weather
“A lucid, honest and deeply searching account of the author’s struggle to come to terms with anxiety and depression. Jenny Stewart shows how, over many years, with considerable help from others, she was able gradually to take control of her depression, not by focusing on its causes, but by understanding how best to fight it.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcSecond Suns
“From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors—one from the United States, the other from Nepal—united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness.
In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, gifted ophthalmologists who have dedicated their lives to restoring sight to some of the world’s most isolated, impoverished people through the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization they founded in 1995. Tabin was the high-achieving bad boy of Harvard Medical School, an accomplished mountain climber and adrenaline junkie as brilliant as he was unconventional. Ruit grew up in a remote Nepalese village, where he became intimately acquainted with the human costs of inadequate access to health care. Together they found their life’s calling: tending to the afflicted people of the Himalayas, a vast mountainous region with an alarmingly high incidence of cataract blindness.
Second Suns is the moving, unforgettable story of how two men with a shared dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time.” (from amazon.com)

Another French diet – Health Recent Picks for July

This month, we are getting advice on weight loss and management from French doctors, the paradoxically food-obsessed yet slim nation, read the poignant and inspiring account of a mother’s journey to raising an autistic  genius, learn about the secrets of the criminal mind and ponder about the emergence of pandemics. These are only a few of the fascinating if sometimes frightening topics and titles in store at the library this month which also include female health, cancer healing, reiki, core strength training and more.

syndetics-lcThe Parisian diet
“Frances leading nutritionist Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen pinpoints why you struggle with other weight-loss diets and shows how to achieve your ideal weight while embracing lifes pleasures. The Parisian Diet is a progressive weight-loss plan that keeps you motivated through the Café, Bistro, and Gourmet phases until you reach your ideal weight. Strongly opposed to extreme diets and the inevitable weight gain that ensues, Dr. Cohen proposes a sensible and holistic approach that addresses the physical, psychological, and cultural factors that impact our ability to control our relationship with food. His method encourages a global change in attitude towards what we eat. Based on habits and food choices typical of the Parisian lifestyle, the simple, delicious, and satisfying menus emphasize the use of fresh ingredients and a balanced intake throughout the day. The Parisian Diet is not a flash-in-the-pan fad, its a new approach to food and a way to celebrate life, helping you look and feel your best. Having helped a half a million people lose weight and stabilize long term, Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen now introduces The Parisian Diet, which is based on the concept of enjoying your meal and includes 325 quick and easy recipes, helpful hints, and practical checklists to get the weight off and keep it off. With Dr. Cohens foolproof supermarket tactics and the diets inherent flexibility offering numerous choices to ensure you dont give up, youll find it easy to continue until you reach your goal weight, losing up to 30 pounds in three months. His clear guidelines for how to integrate the diet into your active lifeincluding tips for how to make diet-friendly choices when shopping and eating outprovide winning strategies to ensure that you will lose weight while enjoying life to the fullest.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcDukan, the oat bran miracle
“Discover the first and only food in the world that can be considered a natural weight loss ingredient.
In this book, Dr Dukan reveals the secrets behind his magic ingredient: oat bran. Oat bran is a key component of The Dukan Diet, the unique 4-step programme which combines two steps to lose your unwanted weight and two steps to keep it off for good.
Not only does it reduce hunger, it also helps to reduce cholesterol, prevent diabetes and cancer, as well as aiding digestion. By eating oat bran as part of The Dukan Diet weight-loss programme you can lose the weight you want like millions of others have around the world.
Devised by Dr Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight permanently, The Dukan Diet is the culmination of thirty-five years’ clinical experience. Beyond its immense success in France, The Dukan Diet has been adopted by more than 50 countries and translated into 25 languages. Many international observers agree that this is the method most likely to put a stop to the world’s weight problems.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcThe Spark
“Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes.
Dramatic, inspiring, and transformative, The Spark is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we learn how to tap the true potential that lies within every child, and in all of us.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcSpillover
“This work examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called “spillover” where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic. The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia; but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, penetrating ever deeper into the furthest reaches of the planet, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but can be transmitted to humans. It is reckoned that at least 60% of our infections diseases derive from animals. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic. The author tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field, netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo, with the world’s leading disease scientists. He takes the reader along on this quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?” (Syndetics).

syndetics-lcThe Anatomy of violence
“Provocative and timely: a pioneering neurocriminologist introduces the latest biological research into the causes of–and potential cures for–criminal behavior. A leading criminologist who specializes in the neuroscience behind criminal behavior, Adrian Raine introduces a wide range of new scientific research into the origins and nature of violence and criminal behavior. He explains how impairments to areas of the brain that control our ability to experience fear, make decisions, and feel empathy can make us more likely to engage in criminal behavior. He applies this new understanding of the criminal mind to some of the most well-known criminals in history. And he clearly delineates the pressing considerations this research demands: What are its implications for our criminal justice system? Should we condemn and punish individuals who have little to no control over their behavior? Should we act preemptively with people who exhibit strong biological predispositions to becoming dangerous criminals? These are among the thorny issues we can no longer ignore as our understanding of criminal behavior grows” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcHow everyone became depressed
“In this provocative book, Edward Shorter describes how in the 19th century patients with anxiety, fatigue and unable to sleep and obsess about the whole thing were considered “nervous,” and when they lost control it was a “nervous breakdown.” Then psychiatry turned its back on the whole concept of nerves, and–first under the influence of Freud’s psychoanalysis and then the influence of the pharmaceutical industry–the diagnosis of depression took center stage. The result has been a scientific disaster, leading to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment (with “antidepressants”) of millions of patients. And with the new 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the trend of inappropriate treatment is sure to continue. Urging that the diagnosis of depression be re-thought, this book turns a dramatic page in the understanding of psychiatric symptoms that are as common as the common cold. A gripping historical argument on psychiatric diagnosis and its flawed heritage and future.” (Book jacket)

syndetics-lcYou can conquer cancer
You can conquer cancer was a revolutionary book when first published in 1984. It has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into fourteen languages. It has become a classic and one of the most widely read books on the subject of cancer management and survival.
This edition is completely updated. It contains whole sections which provide important new information and self-help techniques. The book, remarkable for its clarity, enlarges upon what is truly integrated, holistic approach to cancer – emphasising nutrition, the power of the mind, meditation, family and social support and the spiritual dimension of life.
Dr. Ian Gawler, as a young veterinarian and decathlon athlete, had his right leg amputated because ofbone cancer in 1975. The cancer returned later that year. Against almost impossible odds, he recovered and went on to found Australia’s first life-style based, cancer self-help and support programme in 1981.
What Ian Gawler discovered through experience, science is now proving. There is hope for people with life-threatening cancer, and this book is where to find it. “(From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcWoman code: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive and Become a Power Source
“Alisa Vitti found herself suffering through the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and was able to heal herself through food and lifestyle changes. Relieved and reborn, she made it her mission to empower other women to be able to do the same.
As she says, ‘Hormones affect everything. Have you ever struggled with acne, oily hair, dandruff, dry skin, cramps, headaches, irritability, exhaustion, constipation, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, clotting, shedding hair, weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, infertility, lowered sex drive, or bizarre food cravings and felt like your body was just irrational?’
With this breadth of symptoms, improving hormonal health is a goal for women at every stage of their lives Alisa Vitti says that medication and anti-depressants aren’t the only solutions. The thousands of women she has treated in her Manhattan clinic know the power of her process that focuses on uncovering your unique biological make up. Groundbreaking and informative, WomanCode educates women about hormone health in a way that’s relevant and easy to understand.
Bestselling author and women’s health expert Christiane Northrup, who has called WomanCode the ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves of this generation’, provides an insightful foreword.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcThe everything guide to pregnancy, nutrition & health
“As a mom-to-be, you want the best for your baby and yourself. You need sensible, up-to-date advice on maintaining a healthy diet and a robust fitness level. The Everything Guide to Pregnancy Health and Nutrition is your ultimate mother’s helper for diet, exercise, nutrition, and more–at every stage. Inside, you’ll find information on:

  • Determining your caloric needs
  • When (and when not!) to exercise
  • The best and worst foods for pregnancy
  • Exercises for all your major muscle groups
  • Vegetarian or vegan pregnancies
  • Getting back into exercise after your baby is born”
  • (From amazon.co.uk

    syndetics-lcPrinciples of Reiki: What It Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do for You

    “Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing system based on channelling spiritual energy through the hands. Taught through initiation, it is extremely effective for treating many health and emotional problems, and brings a profound sense of relaxation and peace. This concise introduction covers the history and spiritual principles of Reiki, how it is taught and practiced and what to expect from a Reiki treatment. The author explains how Reiki can be used in healing in everyday life and how to find a Reiki teacher. Interesting and informative case vignettes are included throughout. Written in an engaging style, this book is ideal for anyone considering Reiki treatment, or simply interested in finding out more about this healing system. Students and practitioners of Reiki will also find it to be a useful reference, and a perfect introduction to recommend to clients.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcClinical Massage
    “A practical guide to a burgeoning specialist area for fitness professionals and physiotherapists. A comprehensive guide to clinical massage techniques, tackled in Chris Norris’s clear and accessible style. Packed with photographs and clear descriptions. From the tools of the trade to how to use techniques most effectively on patients this is a must have guide for all trainee and practising masseuses, physiotherapists, sports therapists and fitness professionals.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcCore strength training
    “This is the step-by-step guide to building a stronger body. Improve your physique, posture and power with this book, a practical, no-nonsense guide suitable for everyone from complete beginners to fitness fanatics. 150 step-by-step exercises are demonstrated with clear diagrams and artworks showing you exactly what to do and which muscle groups you are using. Plus hints and tips help you perfect your technique and perform each movement correctly and safely. Pick the exercise routine that works for you from a wide range of specially designed programmes so whether you’re looking to improve core-strength for your golf swing, increase your power in combat sports or improve your posture post-pregnancy, you’ll find the programme for you. Variations are also included so exercises can be adapted to suit your ability and experience. This gives you everything you need to build a stronger body and get the very best results from your work-out.” (Syndetics)

    New SPORT & FITNESS books for December

    Arm-chair sports lovers – recline and enjoy reading about your favourite sports, be it sailing, tennis, cycling, game design, mountain climbing, kung fu, “glamping”, chess, walking. And the sports enthusiasts can find tips and tactics to improve their fitness and their game.

    Syndetics book coverRamble On : The Story of Our Love for Walking Britain / Sinclair McKay.
    “…Ramble On, published to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Ramblers ” Association, tells the story of how country walks and rambling were transformed from a small and often illegal pastime to the most popular recreational activity in the country. But the story of rambling is not so much about parliamentary acts as it is about the remarkable people who campaigned for (and in some cases against) the pastime….” (Global Books)

    Syndetics book coverCan We Have Our Balls Back, Please? / Julian Norridge.
    “How the British invented sport (and then almost forgot how to play it)”–Cover.
    “From the beginnings of ‘the beautiful game’ – raucous matches of folk football with hundreds of players – to the original bowls (a thin excuse for drunken gambling), here is everything you need to know about the very British love of sports and all the great games it’s produced.” (Global Books)

    Syndetics book coverTennis Skills & Drills / Joey Rive, Scott C. Williams.
    Over 110 Proven Drills in “Tennis Skills & Drills “demonstrate appropriate technique with descriptions for players to master a skill and then use that targeted skill during competition. From singles and doubles coverage to movement and tactical drills, the comprehensive coverage and full-color photos will lead you to more victories on the court. -(Library Catalogue)

    Syndetics book coverGame Design Essentials / Briar Lee Mitchell.
    A guide to designing games for all platforms covers game types, components, playback systems, visual and sound elements, the game design document, marketing, and other details, and offers suggestions on how to get started in the field.” (Library Catalogue)

    Syndetics book coverThe Wild Within : Climbing the World’s Most Remote Mountains / [Simon Yates].
    “‘The Wild Within’ is the third book from Simon Yates, one of Britain’s most accomplished and daring mountaineers. Laced with dry humour, he relates his own experience of the rapid commercialisation of mountain wilderness, while grappling with his new-found commitments as a family man.” (Global Books)

    Syndetics book coverWheels of Change : How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a few flat tires along the way) / Sue Macy.
    “Take a lively look at women’s history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women’s liberation.” (Syndetics summary)

    Syndetics book coverSugong : The Life of a Shaolin Grandmaster / Nick Hurst.
    “Nick Hurst was working in London when he threw in his job in advertising to train for four years in Malaysia and China with a kung fu grandmaster, Sugong. This book is a mix of Nick’s experiences in South-East Asia and the story of Sugong’s extraordinary life.” (Global Books)

    Syndetics book coverGlamping with MaryJane : Glamour + Camping / MaryJane Butters.
    “Join the ranks of happy glampers – women who add glamour to camping while traipsing “outside” the norm. Whether you want to glam up a backyard retreat, porch, or rooftop; gussy up a vintage travel trailer (parked permanently in your back 40); or hit the road with your glampin’ girlfriends, MaryJane is THE guide for all things glamping.”–Cover.

    Syndetics book coverChess Tactics from Scratch : Understanding Chess Tactics / by Martin Weteschnik.
    “‘Chess is 99 per cent tactics’ is an old saying. This may be an exaggeration, but even the remaining 1 per cent still depends on tactics. When Martin Weteschnik started working as a trainer in his local chess club, he quickly realized that even the stronger club players had great weaknesses in their tactical play…. These players clearly needed a good book, but when Weteschnik looked for it he found nothing suitable, so he decided to write it himself…The first edition of this book, Understanding Chess Tactics, was hailed as a modern classic. This expanded and improved second edition offers more puzzles to test the tactical chess skill that Weteschnik helps the reader develop.” (global Books)

    Syndetics book coverSailing : A Beginner’s Guide / written and designed by David Seidman ; illustrated by Kelly Mulford, with Jan Adkins.
    Updated and expanded for its second edition, this guide takes the reader step-by-step from his or her first tenuous steps aboard, and then beyond to navigation, safety, seamanship and even trailering, conveying the magic as well as the nuts and bolts of sailing. (Library Catalogue)