10 new Health books to check out this September

This month we have a variety of new Health books for your reading pleasure. Perhaps start with the mysteries of the mind and explore new research on behavior, mental illness, anxiety and the power of mind over matter. If memoirs are your thing, check out the unbelievable stories of a veteran New Zealand pathologist, a former model turned health & fitness writer and a critically ill musician turned musical healer.

Syndetics book coverBehave : the biology of humans at our best and worst / Robert M. Sapolsky.
“From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do? Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA beginner’s guide to losing your mind / Emily Reynolds.
“Living with mental illness is isolating, infuriating and painful – but also very boring and, sometimes, kind of gross. A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind is a companion to make the journey feel a little less lonely. A blackly funny, deeply compassionate and extremely practical book. A candid exploration of mental illness that is both a personal account of what it’s like to live with mental illness and a guide to dealing with and understanding it.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCure : a journey into the science of mind over body / Jo Marchant.
“A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind’s extraordinary ability to heal the body. While we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of ‘healing thoughts’ was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. Drawing on the very latest research, Marchant explores the vast potential of the mind’s ability to heal, acknowledges its limitations, and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeautiful bodies : a memoir / Kimberly Rae Miller.
“What is the ideal body? Knowing she’s far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body…in other words, just about everyone.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWild Mediterranean : the age-old, science-new plan for a healthy gut, with food you can trust / Stella Metsovas.
“The key to great digestive health lies in rewilding the gut and keeping the diverse microbes that inhabit it happy and thriving. In Wild Mediterranean Stella Metsovas breaks down the complex science behind digestive health and shares a deceptively simple and down-to-earth plan for ending the digestive issues that can have far-reaching effects on our everyday lives.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cause of death / Dr Cynric Temple-Camp.
“Strange and shocking stories of death and murder in provincial New Zealand. You won’t believe these stories happened in New Zealand… Forensic and coronial pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp lifts the lid on some of the most fascinating cases he’s worked on during his 30-year career as a pathologist.  This book will shock and entertain, make you squirm but also occasionally pull at the heartstrings.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNatural defense : enlisting bugs and germs to protect our food and health / Emily Monosson.
“For more than a century, we have relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides.  Fortunately, scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnxiety for beginners : a personal investigation / Eleanor Morgan.
“Combining her own experiences, with extensive research, experts (neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and fellow sufferers), Morgan explores not just the roots of her own anxiety, but also investigates what might be contributing to so many of us suffering around the world. Anxiety for Beginners is a book about acceptance, as Morgan discovers the ways in which people can live a life that is not just manageable but enjoyable, learning to accept anxiety, rather than spending a life fighting and being ashamed of it.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou are getting sleepy : lifestyle-based solutions for insomnia / Paul Glovinsky PhD & Arthur Spielman PhD.
“Good sleep is an elusive goal: the harder you try, the less likely you are to be successful. Insomnia is stoked by different habits, schedules, stresses, beliefs, and even personality types, but there is no single pill or therapy to reverse it. While insomnia treatments can set the stage, the best thing a person can do to ready themselves for sleep is “getting sleepy.”  True sleepiness is the only reliable portal to sleep and You Are Getting Sleepy will guide you there.” ( Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWaking the spirit : a musician’s journey healing body, mind, and soul / Andrew Schulman ; with an afterword by Marvin A. McMillen, M.D., FACS, MACP.
“The astounding story of a critically ill musician who is saved by music and returns to the same hospital to help heal others. Schulman expertly weaves cutting-edge research on neuroscience and medicine, as well as what he’s learned as a professional musician, to explore the power of music to heal the body and awaken the spirit. ” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Miracle cures, compulsion and talking bodies – New Health Books in June

This month, explore areas of medical science that are often overlooked, such as sense of taste and the science of flavour, and research into compulsive behaviour. Take a look at the groundbreaking research of a Nobel Prize Winner, and at the history of antibiotics and how it changed humanity’s relationship with nature. Books on menopause, anxiety and  postpartum depression are also showcased this month, so make sure you have a browse!

Syndetics book coverMiracle cure : the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine / William Rosen.
“As late as the 1930s, virtually no drug intended for sickness worked; doctors could set bones, deliver babies, and offer palliative care. That all changed in less than a generation with the discovery and development of a new category of medicine known as antibiotics. William Rosen captures this scientific revolution with all its false starts, lucky surprises, and eccentric characters. Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, this is a must-read science narrative combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity’s relationship with nature in history!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverFlavor : the science of our most neglected sense / Bob Holmes.
“Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from that of red snapper? How the taste of a Fuji apple differs from a Spartan? For most of us, this is a difficult task: flavor remains a vague concept that we don’t know enough about to describe, or appreciate fully. Journey into the surprising science of the sense of flavor with veteran New Scientist correspondent Bob Holmes as he outlines narrative principles in neurobiology and modern food production to reveal the broad range of factors that can affect one’s appreciation of what we consume.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverOn edge : a journey through anxiety / Andrea Petersen.
“A wry, sympathetic, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety, coupled with deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, and began a journey that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail. Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments.  Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverCan’t just stop : an investigation of compulsions / Sharon Begley
“Do you check your smartphone continuously for messages? Or perhaps do the weekly shop with military precision? Maybe you always ensure the cutlery is perfectly lined up on the table? Compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life. Sharon Begley’s meticulously researched book is the first of its kind to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behaviour; using fascinating case studies to understand their deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion.” (Adapted Amazon Review)

Syndetics book coverThe telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer / Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD ; Elissa Epel, PhD.
“The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn who discovered telomerase and telomeres’ role in the aging process and health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel, who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life. The Telomere Effect explains this groundbreaking research and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverSod sitting, get moving! : getting active in your 60s, 70s and beyond / Diana Moran and Muir Gray.
Sod Sitting, Get Moving! is the must-have guide to keeping fit and healthy in your sixties, seventies and beyond. As we get older too many of us spend our time sitting and not exercising. This is a call to arms, a bonfire of the slippers! With easy exercise ideas created by Green Goddess and health and fitness expert Diana Moran, with text from Sir Muir Gray, author of the bestselling Sod Seventy!, this is the perfect present for yourself, or for anybody turning sixty, seventy or eighty!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverIf our bodies could talk : a guide to operating and maintaining a human body / James Hamblin, M.D
“In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” Now Hamblin explores the stories behind health questions that never seem to go away such as: Can I “boost” my immune system? Does caffeine make me live longer? Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer? How much sleep do I actually need?  In considering these questions, he draws from his own medical training and from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverThings that helped : essays / Jessica Friedmann.
“In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confronting, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts Jessica’s return into the world: a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured, and sometimes broke.”(Adapted Syndetics Review)

Syndetics book coverMenopause : the answers / Rosemary Leonard.
“Every woman experiences menopause, but with an abundance of advice on your body’s changes, how do you know what to believe? In this definitive guide, Dr Rosemary Leonard debunks some of the myths surrounding menopause, including why ‘perimenopause’ is a layman’s term, and the pros and cons of HRT. Covering everything from hot flushes, changes to your menstrual bleeding pattern, how to tackle sex after menopause, and advice on alternative remedies, this book is the comprehensive bible on how to navigate your body’s changes.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

Learn about local services at the Health & Wellbeing Expo

Health & Wellbeing Expo with white frame“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life…”

Pencil Saturday 21 February in your calendar for a visit to our Central Library Expo on Health & Wellbeing, where local, not for profit organisations will be presenting their services and answering your questions on the valuable help & advice they provide. Young or old, suffering from mental illness or the friend, relative or colleague of a person struggling with an addiction or dealing with abuse, these organisations can offer you some support.
Come and find out how they can help.

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Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley provides community legal services for unmet legal needs. Drop-in free legal advice sessions are available for initial legal information and advice. CLW are committed to informing and educating our community about legal rights and responsibilities by producing a range of plain-English legal publications. They provide legal education on different topics and in different formats as well as restorative justice services throughout the Wellington region.

Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa Wellington  exists to support adult learners to improve their numeracy, literacy and computer skills, but it’s also about increasing confidence. By providing a whanau style learning environment, with a particular focus on Pasifika and Maori adults, those who may have previously struggled at school feel comfortable and safe to learn and make mistakes. We run a variety of learning programme, here are some examples of what you could learn:

  • Reading and understanding
  • Writing, spelling, grammar
  • Numbers
  • Financial literacy/budgeting
  • Communication skills
  • Vocabulary/New words
  • Speaking and listening
  • Road code
  • Using computers
  • Job hunting, CV writing and interview skills
  • Workplace writing skills

All of our courses are provided at no cost to the learner.

Youthline

Youthline Wellington provide an accessible and relevant counselling and educational service to young people and the community, with a particular emphasis on well being and stress management. Youthline aims to deliver telephone and text counselling daily and education programmes primarily to youth in the Wellington region, but also to others in need.

Wellington HELP

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation offer services for those effected by sexual abuse, rape and all forms of sexual violence including:
24/7 crisis support service following sexual assault,
Counselling for those effected by sexual violence and those recovering from family violence,
Information and support for families, professionals and others helping those recovering from abuse,
Consultation service about preventing and responding well to child sexual abuse.

Atareira

Atareira is a Wellington based organisation providing mental health support for families and whanau of people with mental health or addiction issues:
One in five new Zealanders will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives. People do not become unwell in isolation and this means that the people who love and care for them will also be affected.
Free services include:
Face to face and telephone support, information about mental illness, addictions and treatment options, advocacy and liaison with mental health and community services, specialist support for children and counselling.
Easy Access Housing:
Supportive landlord service that offers temporary/transitional housing for those who are experiencing housing difficulties in relation to their mental illness or addiction issues
Community Activity and Participation Service:
A range of community based activities are organised for people with mental health or addiction problems.

PGF

The Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF) is the largest single treatment provider for problem gambling in Australasia with over 60 locations throughout New Zealand.
PGF’s mission is building healthy communities together, free from gambling harm.
PGF has both a clinical component whereby qualified counsellors provide free, professional and confidential counselling for gamblers and others affected by gambling and a dedicated public health team that works in the community to raise awareness about problem gambling and minimise gambling-related harm.

Age concern

Dedicated to older New Zealanders, Age Concern promotes dignity and respect for all older people as well as providing expert information and support services in response to older people’s needs including:
Support Services, Information, Advice and Personal Advocacy: Responding in person/phone to a range of queries from older people and their carers eg. Advising where to obtain a service, what is available. Providing confidential support and empowerment to older people.
Information Resources: Providing pamphlets and other written resources.
Visiting Services: Providing visitors who make regular visits to socially isolated older people in their homes via Age Concern Accredited Visiting Service.
Education: Holding education seminars for the public and Rest Homes, e.g. Positive Ageing, Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Enduring Power of Attorney.
Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service: Providing confidential support, advocacy and information for people facing elder abuse and neglect.
Representation: Providing representation and advice on older peoples’ issues to local influential groups eg. City Councils.
Other services: Staying Safe Driving Courses.

Women's refuge

Women’s Refuge is New Zealand’s most significant domestic violence organisation helping women who are living in fear in their relationship or family and those who know someone who is.
All women of New Zealand and their children are welcome to free advice, emergency accommodation and confidential advocacy services provided by women.
Women’s Refuge can:
Talk to you if you’re worried about your safety in your relationship and help you make a Safety Plan
Provide a safe place to go to if you need help urgently
Help you stand up for your needs whether or not you are thinking about leaving.

sorted

Sorted.org.nz offers New Zealanders free, impartial information and calculators to help manage their money throughout life.

The range of tools offered include:
Budget planner
Debt calculators that show you how long it will take to pay off your debt.
Apps such as money personality profilers, which discover how your personality affects the way you manage your money.
Goal worksheets, to plan and track your financial goals.
Advice to plan for those life-changing moments such as going flatting for the first time, buying a home or having a baby as well as planning for retirement.

 

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