Out of sync – New Health books in August

Most of us can describe ourselves as out of sync in one way or another, at some point in our lives, be it through chronic illness, allergies, depression, anxiety, alzheimer’s or autism (the list is not exhaustive). There may not be a miracle cure but we can all learn how to become “ordinarily well”. Here are some guides:

Syndetics book coverYoung, sick, and invisible : a skeptic’s journey with chronic illness
“Drawing on her own deeply personal experiences, Ania Bula explores what it is like to live with unseen chronic disabilities. She paints a vibrant picture of what it is like to be diagnosed with two life-long debilitating conditions as a young adult and relates the challenges and frustrations of dealing with predatory alternative medicine practitioners, arrogant doctors, indifferent bureaucracies, and well-meaning friends and family who always seem to say either the wrong thing–or nothing at all. With honesty and humor, she shares her journey of pain, suffering, and, ultimately, coping, both to help others gain some understanding about what it is like to live with chronic illness.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat complete : the 21 nutrients that fuel brainpower, boost weight loss, and transform your health
“From psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy. Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain properly fueled.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGluten exposed : the science behind the hype and how to navigate to a healthy, symptom-free life
“Green and Jones, authors of Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, cut through the misinformation, false claims, and widespread confusion over gluten. They examine the connections between the gut, brain, and what you ingest (not just gluten) to reveal what’s really going on in your body and your brain. While the diet is a lifesaver for those with celiac disease, for others it may injure health, rob the body of essential nutrients, and mask real problems. Gluten Exposed offers clear, welcome guidance and a practical road map that can help anyone achieve a healthier, symptom-free life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen someone you know has depression : words to say and things to do
“In When Someone You Know Has Depression, Dr. Susan Noonan draws on first-hand experience of the illness and evidence-based medical information. As a physician she has treated, supported, and educated those living with-and those caring for-a person who has a mood disorder. She also has lived through the depths of her own mood disorder. This compassionate book offers specific suggestions for what to say, how to encourage, and how to act around a loved one-as well as when to back off.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe out-of-sync child grows up : coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years 
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up will be the new bible for the vast audience of parents whose children, already diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, are entering the adolescent, tween, and teen years, as well as those who do not yet have a diagnosis and are struggling to meet the challenges of daily life. This book offers practical advice on living with SPD, covering everyday challenges as well as the social and emotional issues that many young people with SPD face. Carol Kranowitz’s insights are supplemented by first-person accounts of adolescents and teens with SPD, sharing their experiences and hard-won lessons with readers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOrdinarily well : the case for antidepressants
“In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about antidepressants. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients’ dilemmas with an eye-opening history of drug research to cast antidepressants in a new light. Crucially, he shows how antidepressants act in practice: less often as miracle cures than as useful, and welcome, tools for helping troubled people achieve an underrated goal–becoming ordinarily well.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen someone you love has dementia
“Worldwide, there are more than 44 million people with dementia today, the vast majority of whom are looked after by unpaid carers. Figures of those affected are predicted to rise to 135 million by 2050. This new edition considers practical and emotional issues of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen Fraser met Billy
“Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable ever since. Slowly but surely Billy has transformed Fraser’s life.  Fraser’s mother Louise has watched her son move from being a child prone to anxiety, tantrums and sudden emotional meltdowns to now a much calmer, less moody four-year-old whose future looks a lot brighter. Their profound bond has immeasurably improved their lives and the family’s. Like A Street Cat Named Bob, this story will touch the hearts of all.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCheer up love : adventures in depresssion with the crab of hate
“The reaction to stand up  comedian Susan Calman’s BBC Radio4 show about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on it and write a more detailed account of surviving when you’re the world’s most negative person. The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman’s depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. This is a very personal memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, she has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you’ll ever meet.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat to cheat dementia : what you eat helps you avoid it or live better with it
“As we live longer it’s essential we understand how best to maintain both body and brain so they can help us achieve all we wish for in life. This book is a companion to Ngaire’s ground-breaking book “Eat To Cheat Ageing”. It addresses the complexities of neuroscience and how what we eat can help or hinder our brains, whether you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s and looking ahead to your later years, currently in your 60s or beyond, wishing to make the most of life; whether you live with a dementia diagnosis or not, or care about someone who does.” (Syndetics)

Feed your heart and brain – New Health books

We now have knowledge to extend both our lifespan and our mindspan, by preventing and reversing cognitive decline and heart disease with the help from natural everyday ingredients. This month, we also explore medication based and natural approaches to managing autism and how to avoid malnutrition during chemotherapy.

Syndetics book coverThe human advantage : a new understanding of how our brain became remarkable
“Humans have developed cognitive abilities that outstrip those of all other animals. Herculano-Houzel shows that it is not the size of our brain that matters but the fact that we have more neurons in the cerebral cortex than any other animal, thanks to our ancestors’ invention, some 1.5 million years ago: cooking. Ingesting more calories in less time made possible the rapid acquisition of a huge number of neurons in the still fairly small cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for finding patterns, reasoning, developing technology, and passing it on through culture. The Human Advantage is an engaging and original look at how we became remarkable without ever being special.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe end of heart disease : the eat to live plan to prevent and reverse heart disease
“An expert in the science of food, Dr. Fuhrman speaks directly to readers who want to take control of their health and avoid taking medication or undergoing complicated, expensive surgery, the two standard treatments prescribed today. Following the model of his previous programs, Dr. Fuhrman’s plan begins with the food we eat. He focuses on a high nutrient per calorie ratio, with a range of options for different needs and conditions. He shows us what to remove and what to add to our diets for optimum heart health, provides menu plans and recipes for heart-healthy meals and snacks, and includes helpful questions for doctors and patients.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStay healthy during chemo : the five essential steps
“According to the National Cancer Institute, an astounding 20% – 40% of cancer patients die from causes related to malnutrition, not from the cancer itself, and 80% of cancer patients develop some form of clinical malnutrition. With Stay Healthy During Chemo , Mike Herbert and Joseph Dispenza are here to help change these alarming statistics. Chemotherapy kills cancer cells (and other fast-growing and weak cells in the body, like hair). It doesn’t make you healthy. Stay Healthy During Chemo offers nutritional and other therapeutic advice to help your body stay (or get) healthy while it undergoes aggressive chemo treatments.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStraight talk about psychiatric medications for kids
“Is medication the right choice for treating your child’s emotional or behavioral problems? From leading child psychiatrists Timothy Wilens and Paul Hammerness, this book has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to make tough decisions and become active, informed managers of their children’s care. With clarity and compassion, it explains how medications work; their impact on kids’ emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the pros and cons of specific treatment options; and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe un-prescription for Autism : a natural approach for a calmer, happier, and more focused child 
“As every autism parent knows, a diagnosis is just the beginning. Next step is to make sense of the bewildering array of challenges and conflicting opinions about what to do. ‘The un-prescription for autism’ is a parent’s lifeline. The detailed diagnostic tools, clear explanations, simple protocols, and Online Action Plan support vibrant health on the autism spectrum with safe, natural, over-the-counter supplements. Once the invisible health challenges are tamed, these kids can calm down and break out of their fog, get more out of school and therapy, and become the children you’ve always known they were meant to be.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAutism adulthood : strategies and insights for a fulfilling life
Autism Adulthood features thirty interviews with autistic adults, their parents, caregivers, researchers, and professionals. Each vignette reveals firsthand a family’s challenge, their circumstances, their thought processes, and their unique solutions, and plans of action. Sharing the wisdom that emerges from parents’ and self-advocates’ experiences, Senator adds her own observations and conclusions based on her long-term experience with autism. A unique book where real families share their stories and their creative solutions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeyond schizophrenia : living and working with a serious mental illness
“The experience of living and working with schizophrenia is often fraught with challenges and setbacks. This book is a comprehensive attempt to explain why, in spite of near-miraculous advances in medication and treatment, persons with mental illness fare worse than almost any other disadvantaged group in the labor market. As a researcher of economics and disability and the mother of a son with schizophrenia, the author speaks from both professional and personal experience. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThink and eat yourself smart : a neuroscientific approach to a sharper mind and healthier life 
“Our thoughts before, during, and after eating impact our food choices, our digestive health, our brain health, and more. Leaf gives to information to help you make decisions on changing your eating and thinking habits for the better. By eschewing fads and discovering your unique nutritional needs, you’ll put yourself on the path toward health.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe memory diet : more than 150 healthy recipes for the proper care and feeding of your brain
“Is there anything we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Do we have to accept that memory loss is just part of the natural progression of aging? The Memory Diet introduces a powerful, plant-based diet of leafy greens, vegetables, berries, nuts, beans, and whole grains that can slow down or even eliminate cognitive decline with more than 150 healthy recipes based on the Mediterranean Intervention Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) Diet, a diet plan that may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe mindspan diet : reduce Alzheimer’s risk, minimize memory loss, and keep your brain young
“All around the world people are living longer than ever, but record numbers of us are experiencing cognitive decline and other brain disorders later in life. New studies show that Alzheimer’s disease is the number three cause of death in developed countries, behind heart disease and cancer. Dr. Preston Estep explains how the recent slew of popular brains-and-aging books have steered us down the wrong dietary path. Shattering myths about which foods are (and are not) beneficial to our brains, The Mindspan Diet reveals a simple plan to slow cognitive decline.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

The state of our health – New Health books in June

We’ll start this month’s Health selection with reflections on the state of health care in the world, on the front line and in the cities of the world, gaining insight on the working conditions of emergency health workers but also, the inequalities between patients. We’ll continue with guides on gut health, explorations of the mind and conclude with yoga and reflexology manuals.

Syndetics book coverThe health gap : the challenge of an unequal world
“In a Baltimore inner-city neighbourhood, a man’s life expectancy is 63; in another neighbourhood not far away, it’s 83. Suicide, heart disease, lung disease, obesity, and diabetes are all linked to social disadvantage. In every country, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage and shorter lives. We have the tools and resources to improve levels of health for individuals and societies around the world, and not to do so would be a form of injustice. The Health Gap presents compelling evidence for a radical change in the way we think about health and society, and inspires us to address the societal imbalances in power, money, and resources that work against health equity.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe world’s emergency room : the growing threat to doctors, nurses, and humanitarian workers
“Twenty years ago, the most common cause of death for medical humanitarians and other aid workers was traffic accidents; today, it is violent attacks. In a 2005 report, the ICRC found that for every soldier killed in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 60 civilians died due to loss of immunizations and other basic health services. Drawing on VanRooyen’s personal experiences and those of his colleagues in international humanitarian medicine, he takes readers into clinics, wards, and field hospitals around the world where medical personnel work with inadequate resources under dangerous conditions to care for civilians imperiled by conflict.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete prebiotic & probiotic health guide : a vegetarian plan for balancing your gut flora + 175 recipes 
“Did you know that the gut contains over 100 trillion bacteria? In recent years, there has been a great deal of research exploring the relationship between maintaining an optimal balance of healthy bacteria in our gut, known as “healthy gut”, and the impact of a healthy gut on overall health and disease prevention and treatment.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWalk off the weight
“Lucy Wyndham-Read has used the Walk off the Weight 21-day plan with her clients for many years and she has seen amazing results. Walking is an amazing exercise that anyone can do and the results are incredible: weight loss, increased fitness, and toned legs, arms, bottom, and thighs. The book also contains a Healthy Anti-Aging Plan full of delicious meals and snacks that are easy to prepare and help promote collagen in the skin; you will look younger and more radiant.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSwitched on : a memoir of brain change and emotional awakening
“When John Elder Robison published Look Me in the Eye, his darkly funny bestselling memoir about growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome, he was launched into international prominence as an autism expert. But in spite of his success, he still struggled to decode the secret language of social interactions, and often felt like a misfit.  So when a group of Harvard neuroscientists told John about TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), an experimental brain therapy that promised to remediate the disabilities of autism, he jumped at the chance to join their study.  John became a guinea pig to the world’s top brain researchers in an effort to understand the social and emotional deficits that lie at the heart of autism, with electrifying results.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCapture : unraveling the mystery of mental suffering
“Why do we think, feel, and act in ways we wished we did not? For decades, Dr. David A Kessler has studied this question with regard to tobacco, food, and drugs. Over the course of these investigations, he identified one underlying mechanism common to a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon–capture–is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains commandeered by forces outside our control.  Analyzing an array of insights from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, literature, philosophy, and theology, Dr. Kessler deconstructs centuries of thinking, examining the central role of capture in mental illness and questioning traditional labels that have obscured our understanding of it.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe yogafit athlete : up your game with sport-specific poses to build strength, flexibility, and balance 
“Whether you’re a serious triathlete, a weekend tennis buff, or a pick-up basketball player, adding a short yoga sequence to your routine will help seriously up your game! Every athlete overuses discrete muscle groups and under-utilizes others in their sport of choice. The perfect cross training tool as well as an amazing stand-alone exercise, yoga is the perfect complement to any sport. With yoga poses and short routines tailored to specific sports (15 in all), Beth Shaw’s The YogaFitAthlete will help the “weekend warrior” and professional athlete alike, while also building strength and improving overall athletic energy. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMudras : yoga in your hands
“Mudras also playfully called “finger power points”are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing, or walking, at any time and place. Schooled in the traditional knowledge of this eastern art of healing, well-known Swiss yoga teacher, Gertrud Hirschi, shows how these easy techniques can recharge personal energy reserves and improve quality of life. These mysterious healing gestures can calm the stress, aggravations, and frustrations of everyday life.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe touch remedy : hands-on solutions to de-stress your life
“A fresh, contemporary approach to natural health, which draws on a unique combination of ancient wisdom and cutting edge research, The Touch Remedy is a collection of proven touch therapy solutions to calm and heal every member of the family, from babies to grandparents to pets. Demystifying time-tested touch therapy techniques such as Acupressure, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, among others, Ebbin shares her invaluable insight and provides clear, step-by-step remedies, accompanied by beautiful full-color photos, to relieve a range of physical and emotional stressors, from back pain and headache to anxiety.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHope for a cool pillow
“Margaret Overton’s Hope for a Cool Pillow is a passionate argument for planning end-of-life care. As physician, daughter and student of American health care, Overton pulls from all corners, showing us the emotional, financial and physical costs of not being prepared. Her daily rounds reveal harrowing consequences, her studies at Harvard highlight the industry’s limits, and her own aging parents make her case universal. Deeply felt, frankly told, this book will challenge and help you make your own choices about end-of-life care.” (Syndetics)

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)

Christmas gifts & meals – Home & Garden November Newsletter

Welcome! We have a selection of new library books featuring fabulous ideas on making Christmas cards and gifts, easy and healthy meals, as well as exploring gardening projects that can be fun. Read about ways to address children’s health problems by both medical and natural methods, and challenge preconceived ideas about meditation. Enjoy!

Cooking

This collection of cookbooks will inspire you to create wholesome, healthy meals easily and without stress.

Syndetics book cover Salads in a Jar / Courtney Roulston.
“In our busy lives, we are always looking for nutritious, delicious, satisfying meals that are fast and simple to prepare. Salads in a Jar will show you how you can take it to another level, layering jars with salads to create lunches or breakfasts on the go….the salads are portable, the packaging is environmentally friendly and the recipes are delicious. Because the salads can last for several days in the fridge, you can always have yummy breakfasts and lunches ready to go.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover From Venice to Istanbul / Rick Stein.
“From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavors to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond–the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character. This book includes more than 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels. this collection of inspiring recipes evokes the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Janella’s Super Natural Foods / Janella Purcell.
“With more than 150 fantastic recipes for healthy and delicious meals, desserts, snacks, drinks, and dressings,…Janella’s philosophy of using “food as medicine” is simple and easy to follow. Many of the recipes have been influenced by Janella’s travels to Italy, Japan, India, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Clearly marked with relevant codes–gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, raw, soy free, nut free, or grain free–each recipe also contains a few alternative ingredient suggestions to please all of the friends and family seated around your table. ” (Syndetics summary)
Overdrive cover 天天吃海魚, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“每菜一魚,標有其特徵、別名和烹調方法,還兼附魚相片,方便確認。作者是飲食世家出身,博學多聞,游走四方,全書挑選40多道魚菜,深入考究每種魚的資料,運用不同的烹調技巧,突顯菜式。篇末還附加海魚概說,增加閱讀興趣和常識。” (Overdrive description)

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Craft

There’s nothing more satisfying than making Christmas cards and gifts for your family and friends and you will find lots of new library books, packed with magical ideas and inspiration to help you make this season special.

Syndetics book cover Half yard Christmas : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“Are you craving a crafty, creative Christmas? Let Debbie Shore show you how to create all the accessories you’ll need in the latest addition to her best-selling Half Yard series. Featuring six themed chapters – rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids – there’s something for everyone: you can select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match throughout your home. With over 30 simple, stylish projects requiring only half yards of fabric, this book will have you feeling festive in no time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The artful year : celebrating the seasons and holidays with family arts and crafts / Jean Van’t Hul.
“Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It’s also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you’ll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you’ll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you’ll have lots of fun!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Sew many dresses, sew little time : the ultimate dressmaking guide : interchangeable patterns to create 200+ unique dresses / Tanya Whelan.
“Tanya Whelan believes that dressmaking is easier than most people realize but that most sewing books are more complicated than they need to be. With her “choose-your-own-adventure” approach to sewing, Tanya offers an invaluable collection of patterns that empowers sewers to become designers. The trick is a set of patterns for 6 skirts and 8 bodices that line up perfectly at the waist, plus an additional 4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. Tanya Whelan gives readers clear instructions and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including simple strapless designs, sheaths, and halter gowns. The book covers basic dress construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Sew fab : sewing and style for young fashionistas / Lesley Ware.
Sew Fab is a style and sewing workbook for any girl aged 8-13 who loves fashion. It will teach you not just to sew, but how to wear your creations with flair. Start by finding your style tribe, learning to accessorize, identifying the best colors for you, and more. Now get ready to sew. Make yourself a mini studio, stock your sewing basket, and try out some hand stitching. There’s a mix of easy step-by-step projects to sew by hand or using simple machining, from a hair bow to a little black dress (but in the color that suits you best!). Packed with gorgeous illustrations, step-by-step projects, tips, and fun activities, you will be creating unique clothes and accessories in no time.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Handmade interiors / project editor, Laura Palosuo.
Handmade Interiors is the most comprehensive guide to soft furnishings and home sewing projects on the market. Handmade Interiors leads you through sewing projects such as how to sew curtains, a cushion cover or a Roman blind using step-by-step instructions and images. Compiled by experts in home design who offer advice on fabrics and variations to tailor to your specific home decoration needs. The easy to follow format makes this the perfect guide for novices and experts alike, covering the whole process of creating professional looking furnishings, from measuring, all the way through to installing your finished project.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Gardening and DIY

Spring is slowly on its way. This month’s gardening books highlight inspirational ideas across the world and DIY projects that are fun and practical.

Image from Fishpond DIY garden projects : step-by-step activities for edible gardening and backyard fun / Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon.
“Practical projects for small-space edible gardening and backyard fun from the much-loved Little Veggie Patch co. The book has 6 chapters – Kids, Recycled/Upcyled, X-Factor, Vertical Gardening, Gardening basics and Kitchen. There are 38 projects, and each chapter includes a break-out patch favourite feature project.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Gardens in France / edited by Angelika Taschen.
“From stylized Zen gardens in Provence to cactus displays on the Cote d’Azur, from classical palace gardens to quaint domestic beds, travel round the most beautiful gardens in France, home to some of the most elegant, charming, and inspiring horticulture in the world. The typical plants of each climatic region are represented–delphiniums, roses and irises in the North, and Californian poppies, santolinas, and lavender in the Midi. With pictures through every season, celebrate the particular beauty of spring, summer, fall, and winter, and discover plenty of inspiring ideas for your own garden.” (Library catalogue)
Syndetics book cover Kyoto gardens : masterworks of the Japanese gardener’s art / text by Judith Clancy ; photography by Ben Simmons.
Kyoto Gardens is a labor of love from master photographer Ben Simmons and Kyoto-based writer Judith Clancy. Simmons’ photographs present a fresh and contemporary look at Kyoto’s most important gardens. Their beauty is enhanced and humanized by gardeners tending the grounds using the tools of their art. Clancy’s graceful text provides historic, aesthetic and cultural context to the gardens. Combining wonder and rigor, she describes how Kyoto’s most beloved gardens remain faithful to their founders’ creative spirit and conception.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Life spaces : 120 award-winning interiors from the 2014 IDEA Awards.
“Since its inception in 2003, IDEA (Interior Design of Excellence Awards) has been celebrating the very best of an industry full of remarkable people and projects. This year, for the first time, we are publishing a book to celebrate the high quality of projects of the past year, the ones that have continually risen above the crowd to surprise and delight us.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Gracious rooms / Barbara Westbrook ; written with Heather MacIsaac.
“In her first book, the South’s most inviting designer explores her principles for creating a beautiful home rich with comfort and warmth. Barbara Westbrook has been designing classically inspired homes full of Southern charm and a European touch for more than twenty years.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Health

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.

Syndetics book cover Children’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 cover Thriving 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 cover Can 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 cover Light 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 cover Attacking 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)

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Personal Development

This month we read books that challenge many preconceived ideas about the benefits of meditation, listening to our feelings and the trappings of the pursuit of happiness. Intrigued? Read on.

Syndetics book cover The outside edge : how outsiders can succeed in a world made by insiders.
“Our culture celebrates outsiders while in reality slamming the door in their face. The modern world encourages creativity while shutting-out all but a privileged few from individualistic expression. The Outside Edge is all about learning to harness the unique vantage point you possess in order to give yourself the edge required to succeed. It will show you when to embrace your outsider status and go against convention, and when to play the game, do as the insiders do and make sure you can get progress. Think of The Outside Edge as a manual for positively directing your insecurity, awkwardness and role-confusion towards a meaningful future, shaped and pursued on your own terms.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The Buddha pill : can meditation actually change you?
“In this new book, psychologists Dr. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm explore the human ambition for personal change and its possible illusions, with a focus on yoga and meditation. They examine the psychological and biological evidence, from early research on Transcendental Meditation to recent brain-imaging studies on mindfulness. Controversially, The Buddha Pill argues that personal change effected by these spiritual practices can vary widely from one individual to another, and that peace and compassion may not always be the end result. Combining insights from decades of scientific research with fascinating accounts from gurus and prisoners, The Buddha Pill weaves together a unique story about the science and the delusions of personal change.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The happiness trap : how to stop struggling and start living
“Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Whole body intelligence : get out of your head and into your body to achieve greater wisdom, confidence, and success
“Executive coach Steve Sisgold, knows that the body–not the mind–is the most reliable and effective pathway to realizing your innermost desires and achieving success. His unique, body-centric approach will show you how to get out of your head and take charge of every area of your life with increased awareness, clarity, and confidence. Whole Body Intelligence teaches you how to become aware of subtle body sensations–such as gripping the phone or clenching your jaw during a tense conversation–and how to interpret their meanings, linking them to negative thoughts and behaviors that are impeding your success and happiness.” (Syndetics)

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