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)