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Winter health and Wellbeing
Articles and WebsitesTips from the NZ Healthy Food Guide to boost your immunity for winter and increase your fruit and vegetable intake in a period of the year when we have a tendency to reach out for not so healthy options.
NZ Asthma Foundation Tips and info on keeping our homes healthy and dry in the colder months.
BooksWinter blues survival guide : a workbook for overcoming SAD, by Norman E. Rosenthal, Christine M. Benton.
This is in the style of a practical workbook with simple checklists, forms, and nuggets of information help readers monitor their symptoms at any time of the year, and help readers keep track of what interventions have worked. Test out his strategies for overcoming low moods, fatigue, sleep problems, and food cravings.
Boosting your immunity for dummies, by Wendy Warner and Kellyann Petrucci.
Provides practical techniques for supercharging your immune system to resist illness and prevent disease using diet, exercise, reducing stress, and nutritional supplements. Help your body resist antibiotic-resistant bacteria, allergies, Hepatitis C, pre-menopause, menopause, cancer, Rheumatoid arthritis, dental, and autoimmune diseases. Includes more than 40 recipes along with shopping lists and tips for stretching grocery dollars while still eating healthy.
Super immunity : the essential nutrition guide for boosting your body's defenses to live longer, stronger, and disease free, by Joel Fuhrman.
Why do some of us sick more often than others? Nutritional science has made great strides and discoveries in recent years, and this new research enables us to take control of our health in new ways. Dr. Fuhrman explains this new science, providing everything you need to know to put this knowledge into action in your kitchen and in your life. What we eat has everything to do with our health, and, unfortunately, too many of us are living with a severely depleted immune function. More medical care is not the answer. Rather, he explains the solution is to change the way we eat.
Herbal antivirals : natural remedies for emerging resistant and epidemic viral infections, by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
As viruses are becoming more virile and aggressive, traditional medications are becoming less effective against them. Author Stephen Harrod Buhner offers in-depth instructions on how to prepare and use herbal formulations to strengthen the immune system and treat viral infections such as influenza. (drawn from Syndetics summary)
The international traveler's guide to avoiding infections, by Charles E. Davis.
"The last thing a world traveler wants is to get sick. To stay healthy, travelers need to protect themselves from viruses, bacteria, and parasites, including many they have seldom, if ever, encountered. With precise, simple explanations, this indispensable guide helps international travelers avoid common-and uncommon-infections wherever they go. ...The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections is organized by disease, with highly accessible discussions and detailed illustrations of all the major travelers' infections. ... Tourists and professionals such as military personnel, journalists, aid workers, and businesspeople need the tools provided here to stay healthy during their trip and after they return home." (Syndetics summary)
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|Sexually Transmitted Diseases||616.95|
Other Medical Conditions:
Search the catalogue for information on other medical conditions, or browse our lending and reference shelves from 610 for medical dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Our online databases & resources
Visit Oxford Reference Online, the databases listed below and more.
You can access these databases with your library card number from any computer with an internet connection. All of our libraries offer access on free internet PCs, and staff can provide assistance.
Below you'll find just a few of our online databases that demonstrate the range of information available via these sources:
Health and Wellness Resource Center
This database contains information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Prescription Drugs, Herbal Remedies, and Alternative or Complementary treatments, and more.
& Alternative Health Module:
The information comes from health encyclopedias, health dictionaries, and health journal and newspaper articles which are mostly full text.
EBSCO gives access to: health articles and abstracts including Lancet, Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Harvard Health Letter (from Harvard Medical School), plus many more publications.
(If you haven't used EBSCO in the past 30 days, these links will prompt you to log in with your library card details.)
The library allows free access to MedlinePlus from any of the free internet pcs in our libraries and at each enquiry desk. MedlinePlus is a medical database available online and run by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
The New Zealand Medical Journal
A database of the New Zealand Medical Journal is also available on the free Internet PCs in Science and Humanities, 1st floor, Central Library.
This is a database that can only be accessed in person at the Central Library - there is no remote access to this database, although there is free access on the New Zealand Medical Journal's website to articles older than 6 months.
This page is written and maintained by library staff. The aim of this page is to keep you informed about the health resources available at the library and to highlight parts of the collection that may interest you.
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