The Acid Watcher Diet: A 28-Day Reflux Prevention and Healing Program by Jonathan AvivAccording to author Jonathan Aviv, an acclaimed ear, nose, and throat specialist, patients can have symptoms of acid reflux without recognizing them -- and may go for years without being diagnosed. In The Acid Watcher Diet, Aviv explains how to identify these signs (including not only heartburn, but such things as abdominal bloating, post-nasal drip, and allergies) and how to relieve the problem through diet. His solution is a 28-day diet plan, followed by a maintenance phase. Lists of foods to avoid and recipes are included.
Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life... by Nora GedgaudasIf you've been hearing about Paleo diets but weren't sure what they were, Primal Fat Burner offers the information and guidance you need. In accessible, engaging chapters on dietary aspects of human evolution, how fat works in the body, and the effects of modern, carbohydrate-heavy diets, author Nora Gedgaudas details the metabolic issues (carbs vs. fat) and how to manage them. This follow-up to her Primal Body, Primal Mind includes more specific, structured information on eating plans and recipes. Her "able, funny writing" (Booklist) makes this a winner.
The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat by Stephan J. Guyenet; illustrated by Shizuka N. AokiIn The Hungry Brain, author Stephan Guyenet poses a conundrum: why are obesity rates soaring despite increased education about the dangers of overweight? The answer, he says, is that our brains are hardwired to overeat -- the remnant of a now-irrelevant survival mechanism from millions of years in the past. He also summarizes research on the functions of insulin, how appetite works, and the importance of sleep. The last chapter, "Outsmarting the Hungry Brain," brings together all the factors, explaining in six easy guidelines how to resist when the brain calls out for overconsumption. Publishers Weekly calls this book "fun, insightful, and important."
Why Won't You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Harriet LernerAccording to acclaimed psychologist Harriet Lerner, the most important words in English are "I'm sorry." In Why Won't You Apologize?, Lerner explains why apologies are so important, why it's hard for some people to apologize, and how to avoid causing harm while apologizing. A bad apology can inflict as much hurt as not apologizing at all, and she offers numerous examples. She includes a discussion of effective listening and addresses ways to move on when there's no hope of an apology. This accessible book offers concrete and sympathetic advice to those who have been hurt, as well as those who need to apologize.
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence WilliamsScience journalist Florence Williams, a contributor to Outside magazine, traveled the world to confirm that nature is good for us. Though she found that the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of spending time outdoors are hard to measure scientifically, she discovered reports of some studies that found specific positive results. She also learned about national programs in several countries that aim to reduce health care costs by making nature therapy more available. This engaging, informative report will inspire even couch potatoes to take their recommended dose: be outside for five hours per month.
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Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss by Kenneth J. DokaIn Grief Is a Journey, Kenneth Doka, a gerontologist and consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, explains that each person grieves in their own manner: grief is an individual journey, even when other people share the same loss. Grief also arises from all kinds of loss -- not just the death of a loved one, but, for example, the end of a relationship. A "grief inventory" at the end of the first section helps readers find guidance for their situations to profit most effectively from the book's reassuring and down-to-earth advice.
Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins with Boe WorkmanJo Ann Jenkins, the CEO of AARP, wants people to change the dominant conversation on aging. Arguing that age 50 isn't "over the hill" and that slogans such as "50 is the new 30" are misleading, she presents evidence that Baby Boomers drive the economy and that aging isn't a problem -- just a part of life. To help you "disrupt" your own aging, Jenkins provides information on financial security, health, and asserting your own needs. Whether you're 20-something, 50-something, or older, be sure to take a look at this well-researched and user-friendly guide.
The Fibromanual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor by Ginevra LiptanPeople who suffer from fibromyalgia experience pain, fatigue, brain fog -- and frustration that it's so difficult to find a health care provider who can help. In The Fibromanual, Dr. Ginevra Liptan relates her struggles as a fibromyalgia patient, explains the combination of treatments (both conventional and alternative medicine) that have helped her, and outlines a step-by-step plan for recovery based on four Rs (rest, repair, rebalance, and reduce). There's medical information on fibromyalgia you can review with your doctor, as well as a directory of fibromyalgia health care providers. This encouraging manual offers hope to those who are suffering from this baffling condition.
The New Generation Breast Cancer Book: How to Navigate Your Diagnosis and Treatment... by Elisa PortThe availability of medical information proliferates as fast as the Internet grows, but the wide range of resources can also be confusing. This up-to-date book by Elisa Port, a leading breast surgeon, tames the wilderness of information and provides a well documented guide covering topics from screening to moving forward after treatment. Tips and debunked myths appear in boxes throughout; discussions of treatment options help with decision-making. Port includes information on heredity, men's breast cancer, and what friends and family need to know. Her tone in this all-in-one guide is both encouraging and practical.
Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting by Amy TuteurHarvard-trained obstetrician-gynecologist Amy Tuteur, who writes the blog The Skeptical OB, takes aim at the natural childbirth and parenting movement in Push Back. Advocating for the acceptance of medical intervention during labor when warranted, she also says that breast-feeding may not be the best for all infants, and that attachment parenting has no scientific basis. She goes on to critique the "natural parenting industry" (as she calls it). Proponents of the natural childbirth movement vehemently disagree, but she backs up her assertions with statistics. Whether you're simply curious about the controversy or have a strong opinion either way, you'll find this a thought-provoking discussion.
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