This is a specialized, although comprehensive, guide to strengthening your arms, shoulders, back and abdominals over a seven week program focusing on pull-ups. The author guides you from the beginning in testing your level of fitness and enabling you to put together a progressive program over seven weeks towards the goal of 50 unassisted pull-ups. The book has many good tips and variations on how to perform the pull-ups as well as a handy log sheet for all three phases of the program.
This is a fascinating book about the plasticity of the human brain. The neurologists/neuroscientists explain how their recent studies/experiments have changed our view about the brain. They view the brain as quite plastic, even as we age. Barbara Arrowsmith Young stated that every child should have a brain based learning assessment to tackle educational weakness at a young age. Education increases the number of branches of neurons, which increase brain’s volume and thickness. The irony is that the educational philosophy is moving less and less to brain based learning. A scientist showed that any activity that requires highly focused attention, such as, learning a new language, Tai Chi, is good for the brain because it improves memory, shapes motor cortex, and other faculties. Taub demonstrated CI therapy improved patient’s functioning after suffering a stroke. Any training that is related to everyday life, done in short increments and concentrated in a short time improves brain functioning. Schwartz studied human obsessions and concluded if you can refocus on an activity for 30 minutes, you decrease the need for the obsession. Pascual-Leone proved one could change our brain anatomy by using our imagination. Karansky stated one could generate and sustain brain cells with exercise and mental activity. Keep learning to ward off age related memory loss. I would highly recommend this intriguing book on the plasticity of the human brain.
(Guest Reviewer: Sarah)
The Merck Manual has been the quintessential home health reference guide for over a century. This updated paperback version covers adult, pediatric, geriatric physical and mental health concerns in a comprehensive and easy to read format easily understood and utilized by average people outside of the medical community. It starts with an overview of the human body along with its’ care and prevention, including an overview of common pharmaceutical treatments and their effects. It goes on to discuss how to understand and get the most out of your health care and legal and ethical issues. The rest of the book can be broken down into various major components of the body such as heart and blood, lung and airway, etc. while including information on prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for any related condition.
It is an indispensible resource for those looking for more information on how to improve their health as well as referencing specific medical conditions. For those looking to get more medical information and don’t know where to start, this is especially useful for obtaining authoritative, trustworthy and comprehensive information on any medical condition.
This is a great resource for those dealing with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes by a well known and trustworthy source. It incorporates two phases starting with the two week diet, called “Lose It!” followed by the maintenance phase named “Love It!” The Mayo Clinic offers a plan to incorporate healthy eating, moderate exercise, all while adapting healthy behaviors in a very easy and doable way. The information is practical and cuts through a lot of the complicated information on regulating diabetes through diet and exercise. In addition to providing helpful ways to reduce and maintain proper blood sugar levels and make lasting changes, it also highlights the need for emotional support. The plan’s primary goal is to reduce insulin levels through weight loss weight and provides some recipes to follow. Because this may not be enough for some, there are Mayo Clinic cookbooks that can be used for additional reference.
New York Times best-selling author Tosca Reno offers a great pocket guide to her very popular Eat-Clean Diet series. In it she breaks it down to 51 basic ways to eat clean in a simple and quick way. With each new rule, you can make selective changes to enhance your diet or use it as a springboard to a whole new way of eating. Either way, if you like the guide and want more, we have several of her other comprehensive books to choose from, including her cookbook.
Overall, it is a fun read full of pictures in a handy portable guide.
Margaret Floyd, a leading nutritionist, takes you through the steps towards eating a more unprocessed and unrefined diet. It is a basic guide that breaks down the nutritional components of different food groups and provides insight into the impact they have on your body. It provides information on organic and sustainable foods in a simplified manner and offers options on how to incorporate them into your diet. She does include some recipes at the end.
If you are looking to make a healthy change in your diet but don’t know where to start or have found information confusing in the past, this is a great book to start with.
Kids on Meds: Up -to-Date Information About the Most Commonly Prescribed Psychiatric Medications by Kevin Kalikow
A straight forward guide to understanding the field of psychopharmacology and children’s psychiatry. This book centers on several main disorders such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and bipolar in children and adolescents and the medications used to treat them. It provides an overview of each disorder, what medications are recommended, the clinical research behind them, potential side-effects, drug interactions and more. It offers parents crucial and often complex information in an understandable format to help them work with their health care providers in deciding the best course of treatment for their children.
Written and thoroughly researched by Dr. Kalikow, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, this is an invaluable resource for parents, clinicians and school staff to understand the use and evaluation of commonly prescribed medications and their effects on children and adolescents.
This week the National Book Awards winners were announced in New York. Louise Erdrich, highly regarded and long time writer, won for The Round House, sotry about an Ojibwe boy and his quest to avenge his mother’s rape.
For non-fiction Katherine Boo won for herdebut work, Beyond the Beautiful Forevers. This book is set in a Mumbai slum and is also the story of a boy and his harsh education. Both of these stories illuminate our world in a vastly different locations.
Poetry, David Ferry
Young People literature, William Alexander
Honory prizes were given to novelist Elmore Leonard and New York Times publisher and chairman Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.