Ellen’s November Recommendation

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do by Wallace J. Nichols

Ellen says: “This book is an intriguing mix of science and stories about how we connect to water and its effect on our physical and mental health.  It covers a lot of ground, using ecopsychology and scientific studies to expound on the benefits of water.  I found the sections on the use of water activities in the treatment of addiction, autism, and PTSD particularly interesting.  The impact of water on our health and happiness is objectively explored and I appreciated  Nichols’ explanations of “Blue Mind” as it relates to neuroplasticity. ”

Similar Reads:

Bouncing Back : Rewiring Your Brain For Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham

Hardwiring Happiness : The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas G. Carr

Pat’s November Recommendation

Unaccountable by Dr. Marty Makary

“I watched an interview with Dr. Marty Makary and was then very interested to read his book Unaccountable.  It’s a book about what hospitals won’t tell you and how transparency can revolutionize health care.  Here are some things that are discussed: Medical mistakes are the fifth leading causes of death in the United States.  The number of patients killed by preventable medical errors every year is equivalent to four jumbo jets crashing each week! Wow! I didn’t like reading that statistic!”

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3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital by David Ansell

2) The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

3) Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) So Much For That by Lionel Shriver

2) Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

3) Contagion by Robin Cook

Stephanie’s June Recommendation

Cook This, Not That: Kitchen Survival Guide by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

“This is the latest in the great series of “Eat This, Not That” books by David Zinczenko. This book has it all in a compact little volume that is worth the space on your kitchen counter. Recipes are short, to the point, fix in about 30 minutes and give you both a picture of the finished dish, a comparison restaurant version–and the startling savings you get by making your own: in calories and $$. Other cool features packed into this chunky little book:mini-lessons on cooking techniques (I’m a long-time cook, and I’ve learned things!), special tips on great brands to buy, strategies for saving $$ by making simple alterations in recipes, ratings of foods on healthiness: find out which common foods are the good,the bad, and just plain food porn!  This book will get you back in the kitchen cooking, and getting slim, while your wallet gets chubby. I really recommend it!”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 613.2 ZIN, in with the new books.

Victoria’s June Recommendation

The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises

“I highly recomend this title for women who want to start/continue working out.  Includes helpful pictures.  There is also a version for Men.”

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Hadley’s April Recommendation

The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler, M.D.

“This is a scientific, but extremely readable take on overeating. It really covers the spectrum of analyzing the food industry as well as personal stories of struggling with food addiction. I’m sure I will read it again since I think there are powerful lessons here. Highly recommended!”

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Sophia’s January Recommendation

eattoliveEat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman

This is a book based on years of research and medical practice by a physician who has had enormous success in restoring health to diabetics, heart patients, and other people with the usual chronic diseases that our American eating habits are setting us up for. Many of medications that we take, to decrease dangerous levels of cholesterol, and to control diabetes and asthma can be cut back and or stopped entirely as the medical conditions that require medication spontaneously resolve. This  book is supported by an incredibly deep and wide research. The China Project by T. Colin Campbell, for example, a groundbreaking long term study,  has shown conclusively that humans are healthiest on a plant-based diet and that the more meat they eat, the worse off they are. It’s just a biological fact. Yet again, Dr. Fuhrman is not pushing vegetarianism. He let’s the facts and the studies and his results with patients speak for themselves.   It especially heartening ( and I find that this makes me trust him all the more), that he isn’t trying to sell us a miracle pill, or machine or item. Just an easily implemented common sense approach to long term good health. As the years pile on and our sedentary life style starts to take it’s toll I look forward to implementing his ideas in my own life.”

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Ellen’s January Recommendation

jacket1The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D.

Review from Choice: “Doidge (Columbia Univ.) skillfully brings challenging neuroscience research to the lay reader through presentations of interesting case studies supported by research evidence. The common theme throughout the book is brain plasticity, i.e., ability of the brain to change and adapt. Doidge interviewed many leading neuroscientists in preparing this work. He shows links between basic animal research, clinical research, and practical treatment programs developed as a result of the basic research. Areas of neuroscience research discussed range from rehabilitation of paralyzed limbs to treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder to mental agility exercises for aging adults. The author also addresses learning disorders, autism, pornography addiction, grieving, and mental practice. Forty years ago, most scientists thought that the brain could not generate new cells, and that people with brain injuries and disorders had to compensate for the neural loss. In every chapter Doidge presents new cases that illustrate the tremendous plasticity of the brain, and the reader is continually wowed with just how plastic and adaptable the human brain really is. Special educators, rehabilitation practitioners, psychologists, gerontologists, and neuroscientists will value this book.”

You can find this title in the library under 612.8 DOI.

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