8 Non-Fiction Health Books worth checking out in August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yoga, walking, body image and a balanced life – July Health Picks

Could this month’s multiple titles on eating disorders, addictions and depression be an indicator of our modern struggles as human being? Can mediation, yoga and walking be part of a holistic, gentle and sustainable solution? Delve into our new health collection and find out what you think.

Syndetics book coverModern yoga
“Modern Yoga is a complete program of personal transformation. The book shows a path through the traditions of yoga, meditation, personal development and physical yoga practice. It is the work of one of Australia’s leading yogis, Duncan Peak, founder of Power Living Yoga Australia.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe depths : the evolutionary origins of the depression epidemic
“Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight? In this humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire.  The Depths offers a bold new account of why depression endures–and makes a strong case for de-stigmatizing this increasingly common condition, offering hope in the form of his own and other patients’ recovery, and points the way towards new paths for treatment.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIf you work it, it works! : the science behind 12 step recovery
“Since the publication of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, the Twelve Steps have been central to staying sober for millions of people around the world. Countless recovery and treatment organizations have adopted the Steps as their program for abstaining from addictive behaviors. But recently a growing chorus of critics has questioned the science behind this model. In this book, Nowinski calls upon the latest research, as well as his own seminal Project MATCH study, to show why systematically working a Twelve Step program yields predictable and successful outcomes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe time in between : a memoir of hunger and hope
“When Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life. She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn’t know why, she wrote: ‘I want to be thin.’Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia nervosa, was hospitalised, and finally swung the other way towards bulimia nervosa. She left school, rejoined school; went in and out of therapy; ebbed in and out of life. From the bleak reality of a body breaking down to the electric mental highs of starvation, hers has been a life held in thrall by food. Told with remarkable insight, dark humour and acute intelligence, The Time in Between is a profound, important window into the workings of an unquiet mind.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBody of truth : how science, history, and culture drive our obsession with weight and what we can do about it
“Over the last 25 years, our longing for thinness has morphed into a relentless cultural obsession with weight and body image. Even the most confident people have to find a way through a daily gauntlet of voices and images talking, admonishing, warning us about what size we should be, how much we should weigh, what we should eat and what we shouldn’t. Obsessing about weight has become a ritual and a refrain, punctuating our every relationship, including the ones with ourselves. Harriet Brown has explored the conundrums of weight and body image for more than a decade, as a science journalist, as a woman who has struggled with weight, as a mother, wife, and professor. In this book, she describes how biology, psychology, metabolism, media, and culture come together to shape our ongoing obsession with our bodies, and what we can learn from them to help us shift the way we think.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFat planet : the obesity trap and how we can escape it
“Our planet is in the grip of an obesity pandemic. More than a billion people worldwide are overweight and over 600 million are obese. We live in an obesogenic environment in which it is much easier to get fat than to stay fit. How has this come to be? Who is to blame? What can we do? In Fat Planet , Dr David Lewis and Dr Margaret Leitch examine the social and psychological causes of the obesity pandemic in order to answer these questions. They use ground-breaking research to highlight the behaviour of corporations that relentlessly promote foods high in sugar, fat and salt, and show that these ‘junk’ foods have shockingly similar neurological effects to hard drugs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Blue Zones solution : eating and living like the world’s healthiest people
“Dan Buettner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones, lays out a proven plan to maximize your health based on the practices of the world’s healthiest people. For the first time, Buettner reveals how to transform your health using smart eating and lifestyle habits gleaned from new research on the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities he’s identified as “Blue Zones”—those places with the world’s longest-lived, and thus healthiest, people. Filled with moving personal stories, delicious recipes, checklists, and useful tips that will transform any home into a miniature blue zone, The Blue Zones Solution is the ultimate blueprint for a healthy, happy life.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverDoctors dissected
“This is a ‘story’ book about medicine, body, mind, doctors and caprices of human nature written by an experienced doctor (Martin Scurr), who has seen every untidy vagary of disease, and a psychotherapist (Jane Haynes), who has listened to personal narratives that rival the visceral emotions of King Lear. Doctors – who at their most profound are mercurial messengers between life and death, and who at a more comedic level must suffer our jiggling body parts – are also vulnerable men and women struggling to make sense of their existence. They are the only people other than our lovers to whom as adults we grant voluntary access to our naked bodies. The degree of such intimacy is emphasised by the concern of all medical ethics which promises that we will not be taken advantage of should we fall ill and become infantilised.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverWalking the weight off for dummies
“Walking is the number one form of exercise in America, and studies show that it is highly effective in achieving multiple health goals from losing weight and decreasing body fat to improving overall health and mental well being. Best of all, walking is very inexpensive and can be done anywhere. With this complete and easy-to-use guide, you′ll find that creating and sticking to a walking program to lose weight and feel great has never been easier. If you′ve always wanted to incorporate walking into your routine to boost your health and effectively lose weight, Walking the Weight Off For Dummies will show you how.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIs Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything? : how the famous sell us elixirs of health, beauty & happiness
“An exploration of the effect our celebrity-dominated culture has on our ideas of living the good life Our perceptions of beauty, health, success, and happiness are framed by a popular culture that is increasingly disconnected from reality. Research tells us that our health decisions and goals are influenced by both celebrity culture and celebrity endorsements, that our children’s ambitions are now overwhelmingly governed by the fantasy of fame, and that our ideals of beauty and success are mediated through a celebrity-dominated worldview. Health law and policy researcher Timothy.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe good story : exchanges on truth, fiction and psychotherapy
“A fascinating dialogue on the human inclination to make up stories between a Nobel Prize-winning writer and a psychotherapist. Arabella Kurtz and J. M. Coetzee consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a concern with stories. Working alone, the writer is in sole charge of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in telling the story of their life. The authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group: the school classroom, the gang, the settler nation where the brutal deeds of the ancestors have to be accommodated into a national story. Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and on psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein, they offer illuminating insights into the stories we tell of our lives.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMadness in civilization : a cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the madhouse to modern medicine
“Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane. From the Bible to Sigmund Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humors to modern pharmacology, the book explores the manifestations and meanings of madness, its challenges and consequences, and our varied responses to it. Written by one of the world’s preeminent historians of psychiatry, Madness in Civilization is a panoramic history of the human encounter with unreason.” (Syndetics)

January Health – Reflections on hormones and the brain

In this season of new resolutions and warm weather, you will find in our selection books on fitness programmes for the whole family, yoga practice for cancer survivors, aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health and yogic cooking, to help you start the year with a healthy mindset. We also explore the world of hormones and the complexities of our brain.

Syndetics book coverThe little book of big workouts
“Why do so many people slog away at the gym getting nowhere? It’s simple, they’re not doing effective workouts! Damien Kelly, one of the top fitness programmers, gives you 31 bespoke workouts to maximise your fitness fast. His unique fitness programs are challenging but achievable for ALL levels of fitness. The book contains 31 workouts for the gym, outdoors or in your own home, the latest expert fat loss and diet advice, speciality workouts for pregnancy, families, 50+ and more.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverIn the kingdom of the sick : a social history of chronic illness in America
“In this book, Laurie Edwards (Life Disrupted) surveys the battle of patients with intractable diseases against disparagement and misunderstanding, including AIDS patients deemed morally unworthy, diabetics blamed for unhealthy lifestyles, and breast cancer survivors who are lionized but also expected to remain cheerful and feisty. But she focuses on people who suffer from poorly defined maladies-chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and other kinds of persistent pain that are often ascribed to stress, malingering, or feminine hysteria instead of biological causes. Edwards…regales readers with her own and others’ stories of dismissive doctors and unsympathetic jibes, and situates their struggle for credibility within the patients’ rights movement and the Internet’s burgeoning ethos of do-it-yourself medical research and advocacy.” (adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYogic cooking : nutritious vegetarian food
“Yogic cooking is nutritious, easy to digest and free of toxins, allowing you to improve your health, keep your body strong and facilitate spiritual revolution. The aim of yoga is to cultivate a physicial, mental and psychic balance so that higher states of being can be experienced. With 56 delicious easy-to-follow recipes, this book introduces the principles and practice of yogic cooking.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverMenopause breakthroughs
“Menopause can be a challenging time, not just for women but for their partners and families. But menopause is a natural part of ageing and one of life’s major times of transition. A large number of women simply pass through it with few symptoms but for those who don’t there are many options. Menopause Breakthroughs looks at both traditional Western medicine and complementary therapies, providing a wide-ranging overview of available treatments to ease the symptoms of menopause and ensure a smoother transition.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe future of the brain : essays by the world’s leading neuroscientists
“Technology has allowed important advancements in neuroscience research. Here editors Marcus and Freeman compile essays from leading neuroscientists who discuss the future of the brain. The essays, some of which contain references and a list for further reading, are organized by thematic chapters: mapping the brain, computation, simulating the brain, language, skeptics, and implications, to name a few. The editors also devote a section to what the field might be like in 2064. The narratives attempt thought-provoking arguments for the future of the brain and the implications on ethics and human behavior.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDo no harm : stories of life, death and brain surgery
“In this gripping memoir, one of Britain’s top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in the face of the life-and-death decisions he encounters daily. The stories give us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre, the chaos and confusion of a modern hospital, the exquisite complexity of the human brain – and the blunt instrument that is surgeon’s knife in comparison. But above all this is a book about the moving personal dilemmas that lie behind every operation he performs, and his encounters with patients whose lives are balanced on a knife’s edge.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health
“This is the essential guide for any fitness professional working with pregnant clients. Exercise in water classes are extremely popular with pregnant women, but there are obvious health and safety considerations. The authors take you through the underpinning knowledge, and outline the many benefits of water based exercise for pregnant clients. Includes: – how to motivate and support clients – practical skills to teach a successful and useful pool session – putting together an effective session – the safety considerations when working with pregnant women in a pool environment – working safely with clients with additional health concerns such as obesity/overweight or diabetes.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAdrenal fatigue for dummies
“If you feel tired all the time, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, a condition that affects many aspects of your health and leaves you unable to function properly. This guide provides a complete overview of adrenal fatigue and shows you how to recognize symptoms, seek treatment, discover which medications help, and much more.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKids in the syndrome mix of ADHD, LD, autism spectrum, Tourette’s, anxiety and more! : the one stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals
“In this updated edition, Kutscher has provided a thorough guide for parents, teachers, and professionals working with children affected by one or more neurobehaviorial disorders in the mix discussed. The author concentrates on the role that parents, teachers, and professionals play, first in recognizing the signs and then in appropriately identifying and treating the syndromes, specifically by being aware of the occurrence of more than one syndrome.  Kutscher also creates an awareness and empathy for the difficulty children face when dealing with their own symptoms. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe trouble with testosterone : and other essays on the biology of the human predicament
“In 17 wide-ranging and witty essays, Stanford biologist Sapolsky (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers) provides extraordinary insights into the topic of biological determination. How much of our personalities, our behaviors, our quirks, he asks, are a direct outcome of our genes, or the biochemical processes they control, and how much can be attributed to free will? His specific topics include the timing of the onset of menstruation, whether religious rituals stem from obsessive-compulsive behaviors, the parallels between our fascination with the O.J. trial and voyeurism in baboon societies, grave-robbing in the 19th century, as well as many others. They are all fascinating, and Sapolsky packs his treatments of them with wisdom and delightful surprises. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverYoga for cancer : a guide to managing side effects, boosting immunity, and improving recovery for cancer survivors
“Prinster, a breast cancer survivor and certified yoga teacher, presents an innovative plan to help readers diagnosed with cancer reap the benefits of yoga practice, from diagnosis through recovery. Admitting she was initially skeptical of yoga’s “healing powers,” Prinster takes readers through the scientific research, concluding that yoga can function as the “organ muscle” of the lymphatic system: helping with lymphatic drainage, venous return, bone building, relaxation, and immune function. Prinster also persuasively demonstrates how yoga can cleanse and strengthen the body, increase range of motion and flexibility, strengthen the spine, alleviate weight gain, and help patients deal with pain, fear, and anxiety. To meet the particular needs of cancer patients, the book presents 53 different poses, appropriate for different diagnoses or stages of treatment.” (Syndetics)

Health in December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November Health

Aspiring and working towards better health is a life-long quest full of obstacles and contradictions. Thankfully there is help, advice, and information from our well-stocked collection. This month’s selection delves into those various topics to help you uncover the latest secrets to your wellbeing. Happy and healthy reading!

syndetics-lcGrain Brain
“Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, Grain Brain teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.”  (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe Shift How I finally lost weight and discovered a happier life
“Weight was always an issue for Johnson. When a network executive warned her that if she didn’t lose weight her television career could be in jeopardy, she knew she didn’t just want to change, she needed to change. We follow Johnson on her weight-loss journey, and share in the process as she becomes not just healthier but happier– a shift that impacts every facet of her life.” (Syndetics)

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Food allergies
“Posing the questions that anyone with food allergies will think to ask, this book provides practical, emotional, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life. Allergy expert Scott H. Sicherer addresses the full spectrum of food allergies, from mild to life threatening, from single foods to food families, clearing up misconceptions along the way. He explains how exposure to foods can bring about an allergic response, describes the symptoms of food allergy, and illuminates how food allergies develop. He also recommends tests for diagnosing both food allergies and chronic health problems caused by food allergies, such as eczema, hives, and respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms. Food Allergies thoroughly explains how to prevent exposure to a known allergen at home, at school, in restaurants, and elsewhere and what to do if exposure occurs, including how to handle an anaphylactic emergency. Dr. Sicherer also reviews food reactions that are not allergic (such as lactose intolerance), advises how to get adequate nutrition when you must avoid dietary staples, and discusses whether allergies ever go away.Posing the questions that anyone with food allergies will think to ask, this book provides practical, emotional, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcOvercoming binge eating
“This book has already offered tremendous help to more than 100,000 readers struggling with out-of-control eating. Christopher G. Fairburn presents a scientifically based blueprint for breaking free of unhealthy eating patterns and finding new ways to deal with the emotional triggers that lead to binges. Packed with step-by-step instructions and straight-talking advice (for example, strict dieting does more harm than good), the book cuts through the stigma and shame surrounding binge eating. The fully updated second edition incorporates important advances in eating disorders treatment. It features a new module on body image issues and enhanced strategies for achieving–and maintaining–a transformed relationship with food.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lc Health &Wellbeing Yoga
“This accessible book focuses on a series of exercises, body motions and self-disciplines that offer the benefits of yoga to everyone. It features specially commissioned practical photography, step-by-step instruction, and an introduction to the entire scope of the system of yoga.” (Syndetics)

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The Sports gene
“We all knew a star athlete in high school. The one who made it look so easy. He was the starting quarterback and shortstop; she was the all-state point guard and high-jumper. Naturals. Or were they? The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? The truth is far messier than a simple dichotomy between nature and nurture. In the decade since the sequencing of the human genome, researchers have slowly begun to uncover how the relationship between biological endowments and a competitor’s training environment affects athleticism. Sports scientists have gradually entered the era of modern genetic research. In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle. He investigates the so-called 10,000-hour rule to uncover whether rigorous and consistent practice from a young age is the only route to athletic excellence. Along the way, Epstein dispels many of our perceptions about why top athletes excel. He shows why some skills that we assume are innate, like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball or cricket batter, are not, and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like an athlete’s will to train, might in fact have important genetic components. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.”(Syndetics)

syndetics-lcBreathing better : to beat ailments, combat allergies and boost energy
“Breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis are a common part of modern life, and air pollution, stress and allergies all affect our ability to breathe well. This book gives instant tips and advice on how to breathe freely without relying on prescription or over-the-counter drugs.” (Syndetics)

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“Breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis are a common part of modern life, and air pollution, stress and allergies all affect our ability to breathe well. This book gives instant tips and advice on how to breathe freely without relying on prescription or over-the-counter drugs.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcExpecting better
“When Oster was expecting her first child, she felt powerless to make the right decisions for her pregnancy so she drew on her own experience and went in search of the real facts – by using an economist’s tools. In Expecting Better, Oster shows that the information given to pregnant women is sometimes wrong and almost always oversimplified. She overturns standard recommendations for alcohol, caffeine, sushi, bed rest and induction, while putting into context the blanket guidelines for antenatal testing, weight gain, risks of pregnancy over the age of thirty-five, and nausea, among others. Oster offers the real-world advice one would never get at the doctor’s office. Knowing that the health of your baby is paramount, readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is a tremendous relief – and so is the occasional glass of wine.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcMothers cry too
“Postnatal depression (PND) affects 10 to 20 per cent of new mothers in New Zealand and can persist for months – even years – if not detected and treated. Yet many women suffer in silence. In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal health, describes the many conditions that can affect new mothers – from the ‘baby blues’ to more serious issues.Practical and supportive, Mothers Cry Too offers guidance for new mothers, and their partners and families, on how to cope with the demands of a new baby and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other postnatal psychiatric conditions.Dr Weeks demystifies one of the most common complications of childbirth, while sharing case studies based on real stories and helpful hints on everything from exercise and diet to managing stress.’Being aware of signs and symptoms means that help can be obtained promptly, without weeks, months or even years of needless distress.” (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcThe secret world of sleep
“Neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research into the nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep, showing how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts.” (Syndetics)

The Pursuit of health and happiness

From understanding what actually happens before we are born to unravelling the causes and finding cures to our ailments, we are on a lifelong quest for answers in the hope that we can make our lives and our childrens’ better, healthier, happier and more fullfilled.
This month’s selection is a mine of advice and knowledge on this path.

syndetics-lcNatural Solutions to IBS
“How to relieve the symptoms of IBS and heal your digestive system.
One in five people are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you are one of them, then you know that the medical profession can do little to relieve this distressing condition. Luckily, help is at hand. Leading nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville, PhD, has applied her many years of clinical experience to bring you a lasting solution. Full of practical nutritional advice, as well as suggestions for ways to help tackle emotional wellbeing, this brilliant book offers the vital support that you need.” (From publisher)

syndetics-lcThe Aging Cure
“You can drop the most amount of belly fat ever, 80 pounds or more, and instantly reverse aging with Jorge Cruise’s, ‘The Belly Fat Cure’. This powerful tool for your ultimate success unveils the three proven scientific secrets to effortlessly reach your goal weight fast, plus reduce visible aging and add vibrant years to your life with increased longevity. Your journey to maximum health begins in the kitchen with tasty, anti-oxidant rich meals. If you’re ready to look, feel and be younger starting today, then dig in”. (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcThe rough guide to men’s health
“Spiralling work stress, junk food overload, and makeover madness all make staying healthy seem a taller order than ever before. The Rough Guide to Men’s Health provides you with everything you need to know to ensure your lifestyle isn’t at war with your health. Avoiding flabby waffle and well being puritanism, features include:
– Wherever, whenever – down-to-earth health advice whether you are in the kitchen, the bedroom, the gym, out on the town or simply looking in the mirror;
– How to improve performance – life coach strategies aimed at optimizing your outlook so you can feel your best every day;
– Wear and tear – identifying the causes of health problems and what to do about them, with “how it works” features on key problem areas like the back and gut and how to cope with sport’s injuries, and;
– Tooling up: getting back into shape, sex and relationships, returning to work, and staying sane plus the low down on supplements.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcLight on Prāṇāyāma
“The definitive guide to yogic breathing from B.K.S. Iyengar, the world’s most respected yoga teacher.
B.K.S. Iyengar has devoted his life to the practice and study of yoga. It was B.K.S. Iyengar’s unique teaching style, bringing precision and clarity to the practice, as well as a mindset of ‘yoga for all’, which has made it into a worldwide phenomenon.
His seminal book, ‘Light on Yoga’, is widely called ‘the bible of yoga’ and has served as the source book for generations of yoga students around they world. In ‘Light on Pranayama’, he establishes the same definitive level of authority on the art of breathing.
For the serious yoga practitioner, the study of Pranayama is an essential. This work, from the most respected yoga teacher in the world, B.K.S. Iyengar, offers the most comprehensive and instructive work available in the world. With 190 photos of B.K.S. Iyengar himself, the book highlights a progressive 200-week practice, highlighting the best techniques and the common errors in them.” (From amazon.co.uk)

syndetics-lcThe Beauty detox foods
“In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery.– Enjoy avocados and sweet potatoes for youthful, glowing skin
– Snack on pumpkin seeds for lustrous hair
– Eat bananas and celery to diminish under-eye circles
With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.” (From amazon.com)

syndetics-lcDo chocolate lovers have sweeter babies
“Jena Pincott writes about the quirky, under-the-radar side of science and, while pregnant, found herself wondering how her baby’s gestation might tinker with her body and how her body was shaping the future development of her unborn child. She started to ask questions that her doctors couldn t always answer and uncovered unexpected answers in scientific journals. Why do thinner women have more daughters? What do foetuses actually learn when they eavesdrop? How does Grandma’s diet affect her unborn grandchild? Drawing on her scientific background Jena Pincott writes about the hidden science of pregnancy. Here is a fascinating supplement to the typical maternity guide, delving into biology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and epigenetics, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies gives a deeper understanding to what is physically, and psychologically, happening to a woman during pregnancy. Where does the maternal instinct come from? Does stress sharpen your baby’s mind or dull it? What mind control chemicals are in breast milk, sweat and tears? It will satisfy every pregnant woman s curiosity about life’s most mysterious process through the newest, most interesting and, sometimes, controversial discoveries being made by science.
Jena Pincott explores topics including: How does pregnancy change the behaviour of mothers and fathers? What factors influence a baby’s gender? Are bossy women more likely to have boys? As well as science the author draws on humour and her own experience, answering the many questions that trouble all mothers”. (Syndetics)

syndetics-lcMigraine
“Migraine disease affects over 30 million people in the U.S. alone. Murray, a nurse and former college professor, shows readers how to develop their own wellness plan and regain control of their lives.
Migraine explains how to:

  • Identify headache types and triggers
  • Break the cycle of medication dependence
  • Create a self-care plan that combines eastern therapies (yoga, meditation, biofeedback, and reflexology) with conventional western medical approaches (physical therapy, chiropractic) to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks and achieve wellness
  • Murray explains the cause of the disease, where it comes from, and the difference between primary and secondary headache types, along with the impact of injuries and diseases which may occur alongside migraine disease. She looks closely at both Eastern and Western medicine to help readers understand their unique headache patterns and minimize, or abort, migraine attacks. Tables and charts provide at-a-glance reference points.” (From amazon.co.uk)

    syndetics-lcSarah Vaughan is not my mother
    “In the tradition of The Bell Jar and Girl, Interrupted comes a stunning autobiographical account from a 29-year-old New Zealander. A creative, intelligent young woman with a loving family, in her first year of university MaryJane starts to experience nightmarish delusions and hallucinations. Her journey into madness has begun. She drops out, turns to drugs, and spends eight years in and out of psych wards, police cells, drug hangouts and on the streets. In this book she vividly describes what it is like to live with voices in your head, to lose your freedom, and to despair of ever being well again.” (From publisher).

    syndetics-lcOCD – Help for families and friends
    “Are you living or working with someone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Perhaps it’s your partner or child; a parent, close friend or work colleague? Diagnosed as often as diabetes, the condition can lead both sufferers and those around them to feel isolated. However, you are not alone. This practical guide enables families, carers and friends to provide invaluable support for those with OCD. It aims to inform those living alongside OCD about the condition and to provide clear and compassionate strategies for them. With this new understanding, readers will feel better able to cope better with OCD manifestations. Commonly-experienced emotions such as bewilderment, frustration and sadness will gradually subside. The Essential guide to OCD includes interviews with those at the rock-face: relatives, friends and colleagues of those with OCD. The latest medical advances and effective treatments, such as CBT, are also explored with insight from mental health professionals. Helen Poskitt has written a chapter for Taking Control of OCD on the subject. Her novel, Rising to the Surface (Chipmunka), featured a heroine with OCD and is currently being re-issued. The author has spoken at two OCD Action Conferences; she has also written several blogs for the OCD Action website.” (From publisher)

    syndetics-lcDyslexia and ADHD
    “One man’s quest to help his daughter led to the start of a whole new way of treating learning and attention difficulties, and this is his astounding story. When she was only nine years old, Susie Dore was diagnosed as dyslexic and told that nothing could be done to help her. Her increasing depression eventually led to three suicide attempts. Wynford set about finding a way to help her, selling his multimillion-dollar business and pouring his fortune into researching dyslexia and learning difficulties. His team of researchers showed that, almost invariably, these problems are caused by an incomplete physiological development and that an answer to them might be found in a specialized exercise program. This revolutionary book captures the findings that Dore proponents believe will change the way dyslexia and ADHD are approached forever. It explains the theory behind the ideas and, through a series of case studies, demonstrates the success stories and how these ideas have changed the lives of so many for good.” (Syndetics)

    Yoga in style

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    Just whipped that up at the weekend. Carrying a rolled up yoga mat under the arm had become a bit of a nuisance. I can now carry the mat + the keys+ the phone all in one. No need for any more luggage.

    Check out those books for some further inspiration to make yoga mat bags:

    Last minute knitted gifts

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    The owner of Purl, Manhattan’s hip knitting supply store, presents more than 30 fun, beautiful patterns for knitted gifts that can be made in less than ten hours. Includes instructions and easy tips on how to incorporate knitting and other yarn embellishments into the gift wrap. Full color.

    One-yard wonders

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    From the novice sewing enthusiast to the lifelong seamstress, readers will find a delightful array of simple, stylish projects that can be made with just a single yard of fabric. For each of the 101 projects, the book provides a full-color photograph, easy, step-by-step instructions, and simple illustrations