Discipline, Science and Humour – New Health and Wellbeing books

This month, explore different resources to transform your health and wellbeing. Take a page out of the book of a ballerina, a comedian, a spartan athlete and various scientists. Whether you are preparing for a race or implementing a training regime or wanting to map out a plan for weight loss that is tailored specifically to you, we have some new books for you! Finally, remember the importance of fun and laughter and find ways to make sure you do something that makes you laugh every day.

Syndetics book coverBig fat myths / Ruben Meerman
“This book lifts the veil on weight loss by tracing every atom you eat into and out of your body. Diet myths and wellness nonsense topple like dominoes along the way, restoring your confidence in common sense and the age-old wisdom that to lose weight, you simply need to eat less and move more. Meerman begins this diet myth-busting book by reminding us what we already know- that human beings are carbon-based, oxygen-dependent life forms.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBallerina body : dancing and eating your way to a leaner, stronger, and more graceful you / Misty Copeland
“Misty Copeland believes “There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.” In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration. ” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe metabolism plan : discover the foods and exercises that work for your body to reduce inflammation and lose weight fast / Lyn-Genet Recitas.
“Are you gaining weight despite spending hours at the gym? Are you eating health food and still seeing no results? Discover why your thyroid is the unsung hero of your metabolism and create a unique plan designed specifically for your unique body! Nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas shares her ground-breaking new 30-day program that helps readers create a customized diet and exercise plan to boost their metabolism and burn more fat.”(adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpartan fit! : 30 days. Transform your mind, transform your body, commit to grit / Joe De Sena with John Durant
“From the best-selling author of Spartan Up! Try out a complete 30-day workout and diet plan to help you reach peak performance for whatever your goal! Joe De Sena with his signature take-no-prisoners approach, has taken the endurance world by storm and inspired millions. Now in Spartan Fit!, De Sena breaks down that approach and gives readers a complete Spartan training guide that will arm them with the strength, knowledge, and grit to never question their potential again.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMidlife : look younger, live longer & feel better / Dr. Muir Gray.
“Written in support of the ‘One You’ programme – a major Public Health England initiative – Midlife has everything you need to make simple, effective, lifestyle changes that will have a real impact on your health and wellbeing. From reducing your stress to getting better sleep, from eating healthier to quitting smoking, Midlife is full of practical, actionable, and uplifting advice on how to survive your middle years.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow not to die : discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease / Dr Michael Greger with Gene Stone.
“Based on the latest scientific research, How Not To Die examines each of the most common diseases, to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease.With emphasis on individual family health history and acknowledging that everyone needs something different, Dr Michael Greger offers practical dietary advice to help you make valuable decisions about your diet in order to live a longer, healthier lives.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMiranda’s daily dose of such fun / Miranda Hart.
“Doing something jolly every day that you can look back on with a smile and be grateful for, knowing it has also brought kindness to others, can gently help replace old negative thought patterns with more positive ones. The tasks included in this little book are designed to be universal and free (or as cheap as possible). And all the ideas here, however silly they may seem, offer genuine and healthy ways to change the way we feel for the better!” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat doesn’t kill us : how freezing water, extreme altitude, and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength / Scott Carney ; foreword by Wim Hof
“Each year millions of ordinary people train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders, and challenge themselves in Spartan races, connecting with their environment and, attempting to unlock their hidden evolutionary potential. Award-winning journalist Scott Carney investigates the astonishing and sometimes dangerous world of body transformation through his own journey, a 28-hour climb to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro – wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and running shoes.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

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)

    Our body, our mind, our health

    This month, we’ll explore some fascinating facts about our bodies from a historical, scientific, artistic and sociological angles, look at our relationship with our face and its appearance, find solutions to almost every back problem and take advice  on nutrition, health and exercise. Finally, we reflect on how we can change our approach towards gender stereotypes by understanding the neuroscience behind it.

    syndetics-lc Anatomies : the human body, its parts and the stories they tell
    “It is the most fraught and fascinating, talked-about and taboo, unique yet universal aspect of our lives. Until we fall ill, most of us take this extraordinarily complicated collection of flesh, bones and fluids entirely for granted. But from ancient body art to plastic surgery, from early anatomists to conceptual artists, grave-robbers to bionic athletes, our changing attitudes to the human body – how it works, what it should look like, how to live with it, what it means – tell us more about ourselves than almost any other subject in human history. Blending history, science, art, literature and the everyday, one of our finest science writers investigates this most marvellous and mysterious of creations. The result is a treasure trove of surprising facts, remarkable stories and startling information that encompasses everything from the first finger-printing to the physiology of angels, from synaesthesia to the clown-egg register, from the death-mask of Isaac Newton to the afterlife of Einstein’s brain.” Publisher’s description (courtesy of Syndetics)

    syndetics-lcIn your face : the hidden history of plastic surgery and why looks matter
    “We humans have been modifying our faces for centuries-from medieval face-pulling competitions (often fatal) and criminal punishment in ancient India (rhinokopia), to post-war reconstructive surgery and contemporary cosmetic surgery. But what is it that compels us to go “under the knife”? Is it simply the pursuit of beauty, or is it a deeper drive for survival? And why, with all our advances in medical science, does some plastic surgery look so bad? You can open any women’s magazine and find at least one article showing some celebrity’s cosmetic surgery gone wrong, often resulting in that familiar and laughable but tragic “wind tunnel” face. The truth is that kind of look is not really plastic surgery at all-it’s cosmetic surgery done by underqualified practitioners using outdated techniques. It shouldn’t happen. This book shows you why and how. In the tradition of The Brain that Changes Itself; Guns, Germs & Steel; Salt; and Orchid Fever, this lively exploration of the history and science of plastic surgery looks at 500 years of the face-what we do to it, what it means for us, and what the future holds.” (Syndetics summary)

    syndetics-lcThe back bible
    “A must-have family reference packed with proven, practical approaches to caring for your back throughout your life. With a full anatomy of the spine and back, a breakdown of different types of pain, when to see the doctor and at-a-glance diagnostic advice, The Back Bible offers a physiological run down of the problems that can affect you back, neck, and shoulders.
    Dozens of self-help measures are covered, including general back care, exercise routines, ways of improving sleeping posture and the benefits of heat/hydro therapy and self-massage. There is also extensive advice on managing back pain, from analgesics to visualisation and meditation. The book then guides you through what to expect from conventional medical care, covering diagnosis, drug treatments, surgery, physiotherapy and a directory of complementary therapies and specialist treatments.” (From Amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcThe honest life : living naturally and true to you
    “Actress, activist, and entrepreneur Jessica Alba inspires moms to make affordably healthy choices for themselves and their families without sacrificing style. As a new mom, Jessica Alba wanted to create the safest, healthiest environment for her family. But she was frustrated by the lack of trustworthy information on how to live healthier and cleaner–delivered in a way that a busy mom could act on without going to extremes. In 2012, with serial entrepreneur Brian Lee and environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable. The Honest Life shares the insights and strategies she gathered along the way. The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes) and embracing nontoxic choices at home; she also provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget. Alba discusses cultivating a daily eco beauty routine, finding one’s personal style without resorting to yoga pants, and engaging in fun, hands-on activities with kids. Her solutions are easy, chic, and down-to-earth: They’re honest. And discovering everyday ways to live naturally and authentically–true to you–could be honestly life-changing” (Syndetics summary)

    syndetics-lcThe unapologetic fat girl’s guide to exercise and other incendiary acts
    “An empowering guide for plus-size women shares non-judgmental, practical information and motivational strategies for incorporating exercise into an everyday lifestyle, profiling a range of options from WiiFit to extreme sports while covering such topics as common sports injuries, nutritional guidelines and working with a trainer. This guide is big on attitude, giving plus-size women the motivation, support, and information to improve their health.” (Syndetics summary)

    syndetics-lcBe your own nutritionist : rethink your relationship with food
    “A radical new approach to healthy eating…
    Bombarded by fad diets and scary slogans telling you how to eat healthily and lose weight? Confused as to which of the hundreds of diet books out there is telling the truth? Be Your Own Nutritionist has the answers. Forget low-carb diets, superfoods, your five-a-day there are no hard and fast rules about what to eat, when. A healthy diet varies from person to person and, most importantly, from place to place.
    This is an exciting new take on nutrition showing how factors such as climate, time, environment and emotional wellbeing should all affect the way we eat. Combining age-old traditions of healthy eating (did you know that the mid-Victorians had the best diet of any Britons before or since?) with modern scientific research, clinician George Cooper shows you how to ignore the fads and eat right for yourself. He explains in clear, easy terms exactly how your digestive system works (and why you need to know). He explains why raw food is sometimes bad for you; and how hot, spicy foods can mitigate against damp and cold. Packed with easily-adaptable recipes and useful tips, this book is your indispensible guide to eating well, wherever you are.”(from Amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcGulp
    “Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.” (Syndetics summary)

    syndetics-lcAll is well : heal your body with medicine, affirmations and intuition
    “This new book by celebrated authors Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz, not only explores the medical science behind the affirmations in Louise Hay’s international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, but also offers stories and practical advice for personal healing.
    Structured around seven emotional centres, which mirror our chakra system, Louise and Mona Lisa examine the connections between these centres and the body. Drawing on years of research, they explore probable mental causes for the physical manifestation of illness associated with each centre, and then lay out how to address these health concerns. Combining two complementary systems, Louise discusses new thought patterns and offers new affirmations to counteract specific emotional weaknesses, and Mona Lisa, who has worked for many years as a medical intuitive and physician, helps readers listen to their own bodies’ intuition and prescribes medical solutions that are based in Western science. They provide real-world examples of people who faced illness and outline the specific emotional and physical prescriptions that helped them heal.” (from Amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcPink brain, blue brain : how small differences grow into troublesome gaps–and what we can do about it
    “Turning conventional thinking about gender differences on its head, Lise Eliot issues a startling call to close the troubling gaps between boys and girls and help all children reach their fullest potential. Drawing on years of exhaustive research and her own work in the field of neuroplasticity, Eliot argues that infant brains are so malleable that small differences at birth become amplified over time as parents, teachers, and the culture at large unwittingly reinforce gender stereotypes. By focussing on the ways in which differences emerge such prescriptive behaviours can be eradicated, and the boundaries that prevent boys and girls from achieving can be destroyed.” (From Amazon.co.uk)