Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Menopause For Dummies or Essential ABS

Menopause For Dummies

Author: Marcia L Jones PhD

Although menopause is a natural and inevitable stage in every woman’s life, its physical, mental, and emotional manifestations can vary greatly from one person to the next. Add to this all of the conflicting “expert” information about the benefits, risks, and side effects to which women are exposed on a daily basis, and it’s easy to see why most find it difficult to make informed choices about how to deal with their menopausal symptoms.

Authored by a team of acknowledged experts in treating menopausal symptoms, Menopause For Dummies arms you with all the information you need to stay in control every step of the way. In plain English, it explains the role menopause plays in a variety of common health problems, such as osteoporosis, stroke, and heart disease. It walks you through proven measures for minimizing your risk of developing complications through including diet and exercise, stress management, hormone replacement, and other techniques. And it arms you with authoritative, up-to-the-minute coverage of:

• Premenopause how to identify it and what it means

• The stages of menopause

• How menopause can affect your body, emotions, and libido

• The latest facts about hormone replacement therapy

• The pros and cons of various alternative treatments

• The best ways of handling hot flashes

• Easing symptoms with diet and exercise

• Preventing bone loss

• Helpful lifestyle changes

With Menopause For Dummies in your corner you’ll have a kinder, gentler “change of life.”

Table of Contents:
Introduction     1
About This Book     2
Foolish Assumptions     2
How This Book Is Organized     3
The Main Facts about Menopause     3
The Effects of Menopause on Your Body and Mind     4
Treating the Effects     4
Lifestyle Issues for Menopause and Beyond     4
The Part of Tens     5
The Appendixes     5
Conventions Used in This Book     5
Icons Used in This Book     6
Where to Go from Here     6
The Main Facts about Menopause     7
Mapping Out Menopause     9
Defining Menopause     9
Getting the terminology right     10
Approaching the change: Perimenopause     11
Menstruating no more: Menopause     12
Getting past menopause: Postmenopause     12
Anticipating Menopause     13
Transitioning to Menopause     13
Starting out     14
Identifying symptoms     14
Calling in the professionals     15
Seeing it through to the end     15
Treating Menopause     15
Promoting Longevity     16
Talking Biology and Psychology: YourMind and Body on Menopause     17
Setting the Stage     18
Making the Menstrual Cycle and Hormone Connection     19
Surveying the Role of Hormones     21
Linking your brain and body     22
Explaining estrogen     23
Promoting progesterone     24
Investigating androgens     25
Understanding the Stages of Menopause     26
Previewing perimenopause     26
Meeting menopause     28
Seeking Out Support     29
Fooling Mother Nature: Early Menopause     31
Understanding the Lingo     32
Induced menopause     32
Premature ovarian failure     33
Coping with Sudden Change     34
Knowing when you hit menopause     34
Getting the help you need for your body and mind     35
Prepping for Surgical Menopause     36
Taking Advantage of Assisted Living     37
Estrogen alone     37
Combination therapy     38
Alternatives to HT     39
Finding Support: Birds of a Feather     40
Getting In Sync with the Symptoms     41
Kicking Things Off with Perimenopausal Symptoms     42
Getting physical     42
Playing head games     46
Visiting the Menopausal Symptoms     48
Figuring out the physical facts     48
Discovering that it's more than skin deep     50
Understanding That It's Not Your Imagination     51
The Effects of Menopause on Your Body and Mind     53
The Business of Your Bones     55
Homing In on Bone Health     56
Growing big bones and strong bones     56
Understanding peak bone density     56
Keeping Pace with Bone Reconstruction     57
Making the calcium connection     58
Recognizing the role of sex hormones     60
Boning Up on Osteoporosis     60
Linking osteoporosis and women     61
Defining and diagnosing osteoporosis     61
Looking at causes     63
Avoiding the effects     63
Preventing Osteoporosis by Managing Your Risk Factors     66
Blaming your genes: Genetic factors and family background     67
Reviewing your personal health history     67
Looking to your lifestyle     69
Finding Out Whether You Have Osteoporosis     73
Doing the DEXA     74
Opting for another type of test     75
Treating Osteoporosis     76
Battling bone loss with medication     76
Using hormones     77
Getting a Handle on Heart Health     79
Keeping Up with All Things Cardio     80
Revealing estradiol's role in heart health     80
Linking cardiovascular disease and the menopausal woman     80
Considering Cholesterol     82
Breaking down the types of cholesterol     82
Decoding your numbers     83
Looking at the factors     84
Regulating estrogen's role     84
Connecting the dots between cholesterol and cardiovascular disease     85
Understanding Cardiovascular Diseases     87
Containing coronary artery disease     87
Avoiding angina     87
Holding off heart attacks     89
Fending off hypertension     89
Staving off stroke     90
Checking Out Your Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease     91
Being Smart about Your Heart     93
Weighing an ounce of prevention     93
Treating what ails you     94
Dealing with Vaginal and Urinary Changes     95
Understanding the Normalcy of Vaginal and Urinary Changes      95
Talking Shop with Your Doc     96
Overcoming Vaginal Changes     97
Understanding what vaginal atrophy is and what it isn't     97
Looking at what less estrogen means for your vagina     98
Doing something about vaginal atrophy     98
Talking about Urinary Problems     99
Getting a grip on types of urinary problems     100
Tracking urinary-tract infections     101
Covering interstitial cystitis     102
Encountering incontinence     104
Examining Your Skin and Hair on Menopause     107
Getting the Skinny on Skin     108
Making the skin and hormone connection     108
Shining a light on the sun's dangers     109
Preventing premature skin aging     112
Handling Hairy Issues     112
Losing it - your hair, that is     113
Taking care of your hair     113
Maintaining Your Sex Life Through Menopause     115
Looking at Menopause and Your Libido     116
Letting your feelings be your guide     116
Turning up the heat     117
Dealing with a lowered libido     118
Talking Turkey about Testosterone     121
Keeping Sex Sexy     121
Flirting with Fertility     124
Staying fertile after all these years     124
Taking one more chance on the stork     125
Taking the good with the bad     127
Mental and Emotional Issues     129
Understanding the Mental and Emotional Stresses of Menopause     130
Finding the link to menopause     130
Separating menopausal symptoms from psychological disorders     131
Deciding Whether You're Depressed     131
Understanding the differences     131
Knowing the signs     133
Dealing with the Head Games     133
Knowing the symptoms     133
Looking at the research     134
Beating the memory game     135
Straightening Out the Commotions with Your Emotions     136
Feeling your way through the symptoms     137
Understanding the physiology and getting relief     138
Managing life changes     139
Treating the Effects     141
The Basics of Hormone Therapy     143
Defining Hormone Therapy     143
Slaying the symptoms     145
Preventing serious health problems with hormone therapy     145
Ticking Through the Therapies     146
Unopposed estrogen therapy     147
Combination therapy     149
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs)     151
Prescribing Pills, Patches, and Pomades     153
Popping pills     153
Pasting on a patch     153
Applying creams     154
Slipping on a ring     155
Searching for Sources     156
Synthetic versus natural hormones     156
Estrogen     156
Progestin     158
Combinations of estrogen and progestin     158
Androgens     159
Doing the Dosing     159
Understanding Hormone Therapy and Your Heart     161
Meeting the Players: Hormones and Your Heart     162
The star: Estrogen     162
The supporting actor: Progesterone     163
The assistant: Testosterone     163
Understanding the Difference Between Hormones and Hormone Therapy     163
Using estrogen plus progestin     164
Taking unopposed estrogen     165
Identifying the Heart Disease Culprit     165
Considering the age of menopause     165
Factoring in other factors     166
Skimming the Fat: Hormone Therapy and Your Blood     167
Combating hypertension     167
Cleaning out clots and clogs     168
Oiling the Pump: HT and Your Heart     170
Slowing the pace     170
Keeping angina away     170
Avoiding the big one     171
Checking Out Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer     173
Beginning with Breast Basics     173
Defining Breast Cancer     174
Taking Care of Your Breasts     175
Examining your breasts every month     175
Making time for mammograms     176
Determining Estrogen's Role     176
Checking the Link between HT and Breast Cancer     177
Assessing Your Risks     178
Recognizing risks you can't control     179
Recognizing risks you can control     180
Using Hormones as Therapy     181
Counting the ways     182
Reviewing the risks and benefits     182
Choosing Your HT Regimen     183
Reviewing Reproductive Cancers and Hormone Therapy     185
Colorectal Cancer     185
Recognizing the signs     187
Finding out for sure: Screenings and tests     187
Determining the role of hormone therapy     189
Assessing your risks     189
Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer     189
Recognizing the signs     191
Finding out for sure: Tests     191
Determining the role of hormone therapy     192
Assessing your risks     192
Ovarian Cancer     193
Cancers Unaffected by Hormone Therapy     195
Vaginal and vulvar cancers     195
Cervical cancer     196
Considering Hormone Therapy and Other Health Conditions     197
Dealing with Deep Vein Thrombosis     197
Recognizing the signs     198
Determining the role of hormones     198
Dissecting Diabetes     199
Recognizing the signs     200
Determining the role of hormones     200
Facing the Facts about Fibromyalgia     201
Recognizing the signs     201
Determining the role of hormones     202
Getting the Goods on Gallbladder Disease     202
Recognizing the signs     202
Determining the role of hormones     203
Thinking about Your Thyroid     203
Recognizing the signs     203
Determining the role of hormones      204
Looking at Lupus     204
Recognizing the signs     205
Determining the role of hormones     205
Monitoring Migraines     206
Recognizing the signs     206
Determining the role of hormones     206
Considering Cognition     207
Recognizing the signs     207
Determining the role of hormones     207
Making the Decision about Hormone Therapy     209
Outlining Attitudes about HT     209
Taking Everything into Consideration     210
Weighing the Benefits and Risks of HT     212
Rounding up the benefits     212
Corralling the risks     214
Getting to the Heart of Cardiac Health     214
Going along on estrogen alone     215
Assessing Your Personal Risk     217
Summing Up the Studies     218
Presenting the Options for Perimenopause     219
The lifestyle solution     219
The herbal solution     220
The HT solution     220
Quitting HT     220
Recognizing Whether HT Is for You     221
Deciding that HT may not be for you     221
Thinking you may be ready for HT      222
Taking an Alternate Route: Non-Hormone Therapies     225
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Herbs     226
Considering conventional concerns     227
Seeking safety in herbal therapy     227
Relieving Your Symptoms with Plants     228
Cataloging herbal therapies by symptom     228
Getting the scoop on individual herbs     229
Getting Touchy about Acupuncture     233
Soothing Symptoms with Mind-Body Therapies     234
Tuning in to biofeedback     234
Getting your yoga groove on     234
Slip Sliding Away with Topical Treatments     235
Offering Options for Bone and Heart Health     235
Battling bone loss with medication     235
Controlling cardiovascular disease     236
Lifestyle Issues for Menopause and Beyond     239
Eating for the Change     241
Eating to Promote Good Health     242
Getting the right mix of nutrients     244
Rethinking how you eat     248
Eating to Prevent or Contain Problems     249
Strengthening your bones     251
Pumping up your cardiovascular system     253
Weighing in on the Weight Issue     254
How much weight is too much?     254
Eating to control body weight     256
Focusing on Fitness     261
Recognizing the Benefits of Exercise     261
Tweaking your attitude     262
Flashing less - sleeping more     262
Shedding pounds     263
Keeping your heart healthy     263
Shoring up your bones     264
Doing without diabetes     265
Steering clear of colon cancer     265
Sharpening your memory     265
Living long and prospering     265
Focusing on Fitness Fundamentals     266
Getting started     266
Fitting in fitness     267
Planning your program     267
Scheduling fitness fun time     268
Flexing through stretching     270
Warming up and cooling down     271
Exercises for Women with Osteoporosis     274
Strengthening bones and toning muscle     275
Adding balance to your routine     280
Exercises to Protect Your Heart     281
Working on and working up to heart health     281
Walking for fun and fitness     282
Enjoying a New Lease on Life     285
Going from Menopause to Infinity     286
Working and Playing Well with Others     287
Managing a family     287
You and your partner     288
Caring for aging parents     289
Retiring Gracefully (or Not)     290
Taking care of your body on the job     290
Looking before you leap     291
Finding Your Spirit in Whatever You Do     292
Appreciating the upside     292
Seeing things in a new light     293
Living Happily Ever After     295
The Part of Tens     297
Ten Menopause Myths Exposed     299
You're Too Young to Be Menopausal in Your 30s and 40s     299
Menopause Is a Medical Condition That Must Be Treated with Medicine     300
Menopause Isn't a Disease, So There's No Need to See a Doctor     301
You Lose the Urge to Have Sex after the Change     302
Irregular Vaginal Bleeding Always Means Cancer     303
Humps Accompany Old Age - End of Story     303
Only HRT Can Relieve the Symptoms     304
Women Don't Need to Worry about Heart Attacks     304
Most Women Get Really Depressed During Menopause     305
You'll Break a Bone If You Exercise Too Hard      305
A Blood Test Can Determine Whether You're Going Through Menopause     306
Ten Medical Tests for Menopausal Women     307
Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear     307
Rectal Exam     308
Colonoscopy     308
Bone-Density Screening     309
Mammogram     309
Cholesterol Screening     309
Fasting Blood-Glucose Test     310
Thyroid Screening     310
Ovarian Hormone Screening     310
Stress Test     311
Ten Terrific Fitness Programs for Menopausal Women     313
Core Strength Training     313
Walking     314
Elliptical Training     315
Running     315
Swimming     315
Cycling     316
Yoga     316
T'ai Chi     317
Pilates     317
Water Aerobics     317
Ten Powerhouse Foods for Menopausal Women     319
Soy Joy     319
Nuts to You     320
Catch of the Day     320
I Yam What I Yam     321
The Berry Blues     321
Flax Flying     322
Orange You Glad...     322
Tea for You     323
It's Easy Eating Greens     323
Yo! Yogurt!     323
Appendixes     325
Glossary     327
Resources     335
Fabulous Books about Menopause, Health, Fitness, and Related Issues     335
Wonderful Web Sites for Women     337
American Herbalist Guild     337     338
Dietary Guidelines for Americans     338     338
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse     338
National Osteoporosis Foundation     339
National Women's Health Information Center     339
North American Menopause Society     339
Third Age     339
WebMD     340
Women and Cardiovascular Disease     340
Women's Cancer Network     340
The Study Sites     340
Women's Health Initiative     341
The Nurses' Health Study     341
Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study     341
The Framingham Heart Study     341
Index     343

See also: Service Oriented Architecture or Skype For Dummies

Essential Abs: An Intense 6-Week Program

Author: Kurt Brungardt

A six-pack of muscles or a six-pack of beer?

For the average guy, wasting money on an impossible workout book for abs just isn't worth it. But in Essential Abs, ab master Kurt Brungardt has created a simple routine that will bring maximum results-- fast. His step-by-step, 6-week program shows you how to make ab exercises more effective by integrating them into a quick total-body workout. Whether you're a couch potato or a fitness fanatic, Brungardt helps you fine-tune your techniques for rock-hard abs in no time.


* The 11 commandments of self-improvement
* How much water you really need
* How to drop those lame excuses and get motivated
* The best ab exercises for sports
* Modifications that eliminate neck strain

In the Flesh or Bipolar Kids

In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification

Author: Victoria L Pitts

". . . a fascinating and sensitive look at body modification subcultures and the political debates surrounding them."-Patricia Clough, author of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology "The book refreshingly moves the arresting figure of the extreme body modifier out of the realm of the pathological and the masochistic and reveals how these practices and their disturbing embodiments challenge the tyrannical concept of normalcy that keeps the rest of us narrowly in check."--Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University

Library Journal

Drawing on 20 in-depth interviews and other extensive research, Pitts (sociology, Queens Coll., CUNY) examines several segments of the body modification community and theorizes about the broader cultural and societal implications. The body modifications considered are extreme-scarification, branding, and implants (with some subjects performing their own surgery)-but Pitts argues against depicting these practices as self-mutilation, placing them instead on a spectrum of body modification that includes cosmetic surgery and BotoxR injections. The groups considered are women who see body modification as a way of reclaiming their bodies, usually after an experience of abuse; radical gays and lesbians fighting oppression and assimilation; "modern primitives" who adopt tribal practices from other cultures; and "cyberpunks" who seek to move beyond the limits of the natural body through technology. All these groups seek a meaningful experience beyond simply altering their appearance. Much of the material made this reviewer cringe, and the theoretical sections were very slow going, but this work provides insight into a relatively understudied segment of the population. Recommended for academic libraries.-Debra Moore, Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

New interesting book: Womens Labor in the Global Economy or The Literary Book of Economics

Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm

Author: Rosalie Greenberg

Once considered an adult illness, bipolar disorder (manic depression) is one of the fastest growing categories in child psychiatry since ADHD, touching the lives of an estimated one million children. But often it goes misdiagnosed, and children can be prescribed medication that only worsens their condition. Parents are desperate for someone to guide the way through this difficult time. With her twenty-five years of clinical experience, child psychiatrist Rosalie Greenberg offers families a lifeline--a book filled with sage, practical, and reassuring advice for anyone struggling to help a child locate that elusive inner calm.With a revolutionary approach that sees the brilliance, the sweetness, the creativity in bipolar kids, Dr. Greenberg gathers their stories and their parents’ stories to open a window onto these children who have for so long gone misunderstood. She walks readers through the different scenarios that may occur with bipolar kids, from daring manic phases to sudden periods of overwhelming sadness. She shows parents how best to navigate the peaks and valleys of bipolar disorder and provides them with the assurance that they need not tackle this illness alone. Most important, she encourages adults to listen to what children say through the maze of their mania and depression, for this can make all the difference in diagnosing and successfully managing bipolar disorder. Bipolar Kids offers parents welcome understanding, guidance, and most of all hope that their child, with the proper interventions, can lead a productive and successful life.

A thoughtful, comprehensive, and caring book, and even poetic at times.

Tampa Bay Tribune

[An] important invaluable resource for parents, family practitioners, and teachers.

Publishers Weekly

A child psychiatrist with 25 years of clinical experience, Greenberg specializes in juvenile bipolar disorder, a condition that affects an estimated half million children in the U.S. Greenberg explains that bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed in children as such other disorders as ADHD or OCD; the "diagnostic morass" is further complicated by the fact that many bipolar kids also suffer from these very conditions or others such as autism or Asperger's syndrome. When bipolar disorder "rides sidesaddle" with other disorders, the wrong diagnosis can result. Fortunately, scientists are learning more about the disorder, and with this book in hand parents will also become more aware of the intricacies of this complex condition. Greenberg walks parents through a multitude of "hidden symptoms," including impulsivity, difficulty waking up, nightmares, anxiety, hypersexuality, carb cravings and sinus infections. Although in and of themselves these clues don't herald the condition, they are among the many fascinating links to pediatric bipolar disorder that Greenberg explores through current research and her own clinical experience. Along with examining the challenges, the author celebrates the bipolar child's creativity, sensitivity, and ability to "think outside the box." She also stresses the importance of listening to bipolar children, revealing that their self-observations can often be key in proper treatment. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal

Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, with its alternating highs and lows, is one of the most frequently diagnosed mental health illnesses in children and adolescents. It can be harder to diagnose in children than adults and can often be misdiagnosed. While many books and resources exist for bipolar disorder, fewer deal with pediatric bipolar disorder specifically, though this year has seen an increase in titles (e.g., Demitri Papolos and Janice Papolos's The Bipolar Child, 3d ed., and Gianni Faedda and Nancy Austin's Parenting a Bipolar Child). The authors of these books, both child psychiatrists, approach their topic differently. Greenberg assumes the first-person perspective and writes in a conversational style, sharing many stories from her practice, which makes the disorder seem less scary. She describes not only the experiences of her patients but also those of her patients' parents, as well as touches on medication, related illnesses, and therapy. Drawing on his experiences as both a child psychiatrist and a bipolar sufferer, Lombardo divides his work into three sections: "Diagnosis," "Development," and "Treatment." He addresses various age groups, from infants to late adolescents, and explores broader topics such as family relations. The two appendixes and the glossary do a good job of explaining potentially confusing topics, e.g., common medications taken by bipolar children. Bipolar Kids is recommended for public libraries. Understanding would be better suited for academic or health science libraries.-Leigh Mihlrad, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine Lib., Yeshiva Univ., Bronx, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

What People Are Saying

Mary A. Fristad
This book will be a lifesaver for families struggling with the difficulties inherent to the diagnosis of childhood onset bipolar disorder. (Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D., co-author of Raising A Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder)

Mary A. Fristad
"This book will be a lifesaver for families struggling with the difficulties inherent to the diagnosis of childhood onset bipolar disorder." -- (Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D., co-author of Raising A Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder)

[A] masterful book. . . [Dr. Greenberg] offers a way of understanding such children by 'listening to the words, not just the music." -- (Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, and Past-President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Clarice J. Kestenbaum
[A] masterful book. . . [Dr. Greenberg] offers a way of understanding such children by 'listening to the words, not just the music. (Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, and Past-President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments     xi
Foreword     xiii
Introduction     xvii
Listen to the Words, Not Just the Music     1
Depression and Mania: Riding the Mood Pendulum     19
The Hidden Aspects of Bipolar Disorder     41
How Bipolar Kids Shine     67
The Psychiatric Evaluation: Finding a Doctor and Examining Your Child's Symptoms     85
Comorbidity: Is This Bipolar Disorder or Something Else?     113
Medication: The Art and Science of Treatment     143
Why Therapy Matters     175
Hospitalization: When Therapy and Medication Aren't Enough     199
Going to School: Easier Said Than Done     211
Real Life, Real Answers     243
Epilogue     265
Notes     267
References     275
Resources     281
Index     287

The Body Sculpting Bible for Chest and Arms or Ayurveda

The Body Sculpting Bible for Chest and Arms: Men's Edition

Author: James Villepigu

Join the Body Sculpting revolution with this companion book specially designed to target men's upper bodies.

Using ground-breaking research in exercise science, The Body Sculpting Bible for Chest and Arms—Men's Edition will give you the chiseled chest, broad shoulders, and bulging biceps you've always wanted.

From break-in routines for the novice to advanced training for the expert—this book has something for everyone. The 14-day body sculpting workout for men is a program that drives the body hard in two-week increments. The workout never stays the same for long and the results just keep on coming.

The Body Sculpting Bible for Chest and Arms will:
• teach you the most up-to-date exercises and fitness techniques to gain lasting results
• provide an easy-to-follow diet plan that provides essential nutrition just for men
• give detailed progress charts, workout schedules and resistance training guidelines to help you stay on track.

Hundreds of thousands of men have used The Body Sculpting Bibles for stunning results. Now thousands more will have the upper body of their dreams with The Body Sculpting Bible for Chest and Arms.

Book about: Head First or Stop Prediabetes Now

Ayurveda: A Life of Balance: The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition and Body Types with Recipes

Author: Maya Tiwari

This book is a profound but practical testament to the healing power of balanced living and shows how Ayurveda's ancient principles of health can help you achieve the highest levels of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Tiwari provides a thorough profile of the seven body types and the foods best suited to each. Her book is the first to include a complete discussion of the personality or psychospiritual attributes of the Ayurvedic body types, as well as food charts, seasonal menus, and recommended daily routines for each type. A chapter on sadhanas focuses on activities of the hearth, home, garden, and community that activate our "cognitive memory" of right living. An extensive section of uncomplicated recipes, keyed to the body types, and another on home remedies help provide a painless transition to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Jan/Mar 1999 - Yoga World

The author writes knowledgeably and compassionately about the practicalities of an integrate Ayurvedic lifestyle.

What People Are Saying

Deepak Chopra
Ayurveda: A Life of Balance is a very complete and authoritative manual on the Vedic principles of health and nutrition, written by a well-respected expert in the field. It will be of great benefit to the layman and professional alike. - Author of Quantum Healing and Perfect Health

Lindsay Wagner
In her book, Maya introduces the Ayurvedic diet with a universal flavor and shows how to awaken Ahamkara (the memory of who we really are) through the proper use of wholesome foods. By understanding our individual body types, and using foods that best support and enhance each one, we are employing a powerful and essential method of attunement. I am truly grateful to Maya and a handful of other Vedic scholars who continue to devote their lives to sharing this knowledge with the rest of the world. A world that is in great need and which, hopeful, may finally be ready to receive it. - Actress and author

Barbara Y.E. Pyle
Bri. Maya is indeed the shining Yogi. Her book will benefit everyone who is conscious of personal health and global environment. -Vice President Turner Broadcasting System

Scott Gerson, M.D.
Maya Tiwari's gift to us is that her life of study, reflection, healing and becoming is a perpetual unfolding act. She has through personal experience and example acquired rich insight into an elusive ancient subject. Her book is faithful to the original precepts of Ayurveda which reveals the immortal principles of health and, ultimately, Self-realization. -Ayurvedic Medicine of New York President, Foundation for Holistic Medical Research

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sacred Woman or Caffeine Blues

Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit

Author: Queen Afua

Queen Afua is a nationally renowned herbalist, natural health expert, and dedicated healer of women’s bodies and women’s souls who practices a uniquely Afrocentric spirituality. Her classic bestseller, Heal Thyself, forever changed the way African Americans practice holistic health. Now, with Sacred Woman, she takes us on a transforming journey of physical and ancestral healing that will restore the magnificence of our spirits through sacred initiation.

Queen Afua begins by helping us to discover our unique “womb-an-ness”–and to honor the womb as the center of our consciousness and creativity, giving us a twenty-one-day program for womb purification and spirit rejuvenation. Then Queen Afua summons us to enter the Nine Gateways of Initiation, where she blesses us with the exact tools we need to bring our beings into true harmony with the earth and the cosmos. Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, and rituals rooted in ncient Egyptian temple teachings, Queen Afua teaches us how to love and rejoice in our bodies by spiritualizing the words we speak; the foods we eat; the spaces we live and work in; the beauty we create in our lives; the healing energy we transmit to self and others; the relationships we nurture; the service we offer; and the transcendent woman spirit we manifest.

With love, wisdom, and passion, Queen Afua guides us to accept our mission and our mantle as Sacred Women–to heal ourselves, the generations of women in our families, our communities, and our world.

Publishers Weekly

parenting Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Library Journal

Priestess of Neb-Het, an ancient Afrakan order, and a holistic healer, Queen Afua here guides women to spiritual and physical health. Librarians heard her speak at BookExpo America at the joint LJ/Random House breakfast. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

See also: Information Systems Management in Practice or Hidden Treasures

Caffeine Blues: Wake up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug

Author: Stephen A Chernisk

An accomplished nutritional biochemist and medical writer exposes the harmful side effects of caffeine and gives readers a step-by-step program to reduce intake, boost energy, create a new vibrant life and recognize the dangers.

Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook or The Stranger in the Mirror

Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook: Recipes for Weight Loss Freedom

Author: Dr Phil McGraw

Dr. Phil is on a mission: to help as many Americans as possible lose pounds and never, ever regain them. And it's working: literally millions of people have lost weight steadily and successfully by changing their self-defeating behavior. Dr. Phil's bestselling books The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom and The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide were the first steps toward accomplishing this vital mission. The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook is another essential tool to get results and free yourself from your problems with weight -- forever.

Here are more than 100 fantastic recipes that abound with flavor and are exceptionally nutritious. Your whole family can benefit from a new, healthier way of eating. Enjoy delicious dishes like Banana Cream Pie, Southern Oven-Fried Chicken, Enchiladas with Barbecued Greens, Pot Roast Southern Style, Mocha Fudge Pudding, Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Mushroom-Tomato Frittata, and Sweet Potato Pie. You're going to love shedding pounds while still enjoying your favorite foods. That's because great taste is actually one of the secrets to losing weight and keeping it off.

The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook also includes Dr. Phil's Rapid Start Plan, providing 14 days of preplanned menus designed to give you a jump-start on losing weight. Each day on the Rapid Start Plan includes one or more of the many great-tasting dishes in this cookbook.

Gaining real control over your weight, as opposed to yo-yo dieting, is in your hands. Dr. Phil shows you how to make changes in your life that are healthy, easy to maintain, and result in a slimmer, fitter you. When it comes to genuineweight control, Dr. Phil says, "You have a decision to make." Using this book is an important way to show that you have made the right decision.

Table of Contents:



Part I: Getting Started

1. Cooking the Ultimate Weight Solution Way

2. Setting Up a No-Fail Kitchen

Part II: The Recipes

3. Breakfasts

4. Lunches

5. Entrées and Side Dishes

6. Snacks

7. Desserts

8. Holidays and Special Occasions


Metric Conversion Charts


Look this: Choices or The PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs 9th Edition

The Stranger in the Mirror

Author: Maxine Schnall

Discover groundbreaking findings on a hidden epidemic -- and why it so often is misdiagnosed.

You peer into the mirror and have trouble recognizing yourself. You feel as if you're going through the motions of life or you're watching a movie of yourself.

These are all symptoms of dissociation -- a debilitating psychological condition involving feelings of disconnection that affects 30 million people in North America and often goes untreated. The Stranger in the Mirror offers unique guidelines for identifying and recovering from dissociative symptoms based on Dr. Marlene Steinberg's breakthrough diagnostic test. Filled with fascinating case histories of people with multiple personalities, this book provides enlightening insights into how all of us respond to trauma and overcome it. Her innovative method of treatment will benefit anyone in search of a healthier sense of self and a heightened capacity for joy.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Complete Idiots Guide to Total Nutrition or Moving Toward Balance

Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition

Author: Joy S Bauer

Good health starts with good nutrition.

With all the constant debate over diet fads, proper nutrition is slipping through the cracks. This revised and updated guide places the emphasis on good health by informing families of everything they need to know to get the best nutrition-from daily vitamin and mineral intake and facts about fats and cholesterol, to advice on shopping for healthy foods, and much more.

Go to: Bush Tragedy or The Conscience of a Conservative

Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee

Author: Rodney Ye

Internationally renowned yoga instructor Rodney Yee is the instructor of more than 26 best-selling yoga videos. In Moving toward Balance, he outlines an eight-week program of yoga postures, meditation, and breath awareness designed to lead us toward the emotional and physical balance we all crave in life. Each week introduces a new category of poses--forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions shown with variations to accommodate different levels of strength and flexibility. Along with the instruction, the text explains the significance of each pose and how it contributes on physiological and psychological levels to a complete sense of balance.

At the core of Moving toward Balance is its emphasis on a home practice, enabling you to focus on what works best for your own body. Suitable for yoga students of any level, each lesson is illustrated with full-color photography and is laid out in sequential order, so there is no need to flip back and forth to follow along. There are also chapters on customizing your basic practice to address specific concerns such as lower back pain or PMS, as well as ideas to help keep your newfound practice thriving. Filled with years of Rodney's teaching expertise and more than 300 photographs, Moving toward Balance is the link that you've been searching for between the classroom and the home.

Table of Contents:
An Offeringvi
On Taking a Chancevii
About Yoga and Balanceix
Part 1Before You Practice1
Part 28 Weeks of Yoga19
About the 8-Week Program21
Week 1Being Present31
Week 2Awakening Connection75
Week 3Opening into Vulnerability123
Week 4Allowing Receptivity167
Week 5Facing the Unknown211
Week 6Listening Inward253
Week 7Changing Orientation291
Week 8Moving toward Balance325
Part 3Customizing Your Practice347
Part 4Keeping Your Practice Thriving369

Gluten Free Baking Classics or Living Cuisine

Gluten-Free Baking Classics

Author: Annalise G Roberts

For celiacs and others unable to eat wheat, it's not just the dessert tray that's forbidden: hearty staples like bread and pizza are also off limits. Now, this exciting cookbook allows allergy sufferers to indulge in a wide variety of baked goods, all delicious and all gluten-free. Featured are more than 100 recipes, including homey treats like biscuits and blueberry muffins; chocolate chip and other cookie jar classics; old-fashioned favorites such as cream puffs, йclairs, and bread pudding; festive holiday breads; and more than 20 cakes, from a simple vanilla layer cake to a decadent German chocolate cake. A thorough grounding in classic baking techniques, as well as detailed instructions in how to buy, mix, and measure gluten-free flours, ensure success for even novice gluten-free bakers. Rounding out the book is a pertinent discussion on how readers can incorporate baking into busy schedules, and why it is so important for emotional, as well as physical, well-being.

Go to: Betty Crockers Indian Home Cooking or Everything Indian Cookbook

Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods

Author: Renee Underkoffler

Eating raw isn't just for naturalists and hippies anymore. Today, everyone's setting their tables with the foods nature has already prepared. And these foods go well beyond the sprouts, carrots, and celery that so many associate with this type of diet. Raw foods have gone gourmet! In Living Cuisine, celebrated raw-foods chef Renee Underkoffler will show you just how varied, exciting, healthy, and delectable raw-foods cuisine can be. She provides easy-to-follow guidelines for incorporating this healthier way of eating into your lifestyle. Whether you are completely dedicated to the raw-foods diet or are simply raw-curious, you will discover how easy it is to transform the raw foods in your kitchen into a sumptuous gourmet feast. With such delicious and diverse recipes as Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms, Sweet Corn Bisque with Spicy and Sweet Pepper Relish, Indonesian Vegetable Pad Thai, and Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Raspberry and Vanilla Creme Frosting, Underkoffler makes it clear that eating raw is anything but boring! Let Living Cuisine be your guide into the world of raw-foods eating and living. But be warned: Once you go raw, you may never go back.

Table of Contents:
Preface: The Integration of Science and Spirit1
Part 1The Basics
1.Food for Life9
2.Modern Farm to Modern Table15
3.Enzymes: The Spark of Life28
4.Transitioning to Health34
Part 2The Raw Foods Pantry
5.The Essentials: Fresh Produce47
6.Algae and Seaweed101
7.Legumes and Beans108
8.Grains and Grasses113
9.Nuts and Seeds121
10.Herbs, Edible Flowers, and Spices128
12.The Prime Raw Foods Kitchen Equipment and Tools174
Part 3Raw Foods Preparation Techniques
13.Balancing and Developing Flavors189
14.Chopping and Cutting Techniques192
16.Sprouting: Amplified Nutrition in a Simplified Form209
17.Culturing and Fermenting232
18.Dehydrated and Sun-Fired Food from a Low-Temperature Bakery242
19.Blanching and Steaming250
20.Garnishing and Presentation254
Part 4The Recipes
23.Salads and Salad Dressings287
24.Appetizers: Great Beginnings302
25.New Sushi324
26.Vegetable Sides and Accompaniments346
27.Classic and New Entrees356
28.Burgers and Patties390
29.Cakes and Frostings400
30.Pies, Tortes, and Crusts414
31.Cookies and Biscotti430
32.Parfaits, Custards, and Frozen Treats440
33.Crackers, Crisps, and Flat Breads447
34.Dehydrated Extras463
Resource Guide479

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Talking to Alzheimers or Everything Parents Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes

Talking to Alzheimer's

Author: Claudia Strauss

All too often family members and friends of people with Alzheimer's feel so uncomfortable that they dread visits or simply give up contact. Claudia Strauss rescues these relationships by showing readers how to stay connected with the Alzheimer's patient in their lives. Practical suggestions address everything from dealing with the inevitable repetition in conversations to saying no to unrealistic demands. Included are guidelines for handling one's own feelings and helping children cope.

New interesting book: Worldwide Destinations or Development and Management of Visitor Attractions

Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes: Reassuring Advice for Managing Symptoms and Raising a Healthy, Happy Child

Author: Moira McCarthy

As a parent of a child diagnosed with diabetes, you are faced with overwhelming, and sometimes frightening, questions like: Will my child be able to eat sweets again? How will I ever be able to let them go out on their own? What is the newest technology and how can it help my child? Is a cure really on the horizon? The Everything[Registered] Parent's Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes helps you cope with the challenges of helping your children live happy, healthy lives while controlling the disease.

This reassuring, easy-to-use guide features advice on: Adjusting to life with diabetes, Helping your children take control of their health, Monitoring diet and insulin levels, Handling emergencies, Finding support for you and your children. The Everything[Registered] Parent's Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes helps parents deal with the challenges you and your child face when living with diabetes-one day at a time.

Table of Contents:
Introduction     XIII
What Is Type I Diabetes?     1
The Physiology of Type 1 Diabetes     1
Signs and Symptoms     3
Type 1 Versus Type 2     5
Statistics and Type 1     7
Common Misperceptions and Truths     9
Treatment Options     11
Type 2 Diabetes and Children     13
The Physiology of Type 2 Diabetes     13
Why Type 2 Is Hard for a Kid     15
Taking Control of Type 2     16
Statistics     18
Treatment Options     19
Support for Type 2     21
Diagnosis Day     23
How It Happens     23
Where to Go and What to Expect     26
What Happens at the Hospital?     29
The Emotional Toll     31
How and What to Tell Your Friends     34
The Guts to Go Home     35
Bonding with Your Diabetes Team     37
The Pediatric Endocrinologist     37
The Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)     40
The Nutritionist     42
The Social Worker     44
How to Find a Good Match     45
Building a Positive Relationship     47
Letters, Numbers, and Other Diabetes Codes     51
DKA     51
Alc-It's Not as Easy as ABC     53
Breaking Down Daily Averages     55
Realistic Goals at All Ages     58
Good Numbers Versus Bad Numbers     59
The Numbers in Your Child's Future     61
Tools of the Trade     63
The Way It Used to Be     63
Today's Insulin Choices     65
How to Know What's Best for Your Child     67
Meters 101     69
Glucagon 101     71
New Devices: Today and on the Horizon     73
All about Pumps     77
What Is an Insulin Pump?     77
The Pros and Cons of Pumping     79
Ages and Pump Issues     82
Where to Begin     85
Cool Pump Tricks for Everyone     87
Saying No to Pumping     88
The First Weeks     89
Settling In     89
Organizing, Storing, and Toting the Supplies     90
How to Use Your Medical Team During the First Weeks     95
That First High Blood Sugar     97
That First Low Blood Sugar     99
Nighttime Checks: How Many and How Often?      100
Family Dynamics     103
Sibling Matters     103
Extended Family     107
Spouses and Sharing the Disease     110
Divorced Parents and Diabetes Planning     114
When Diabetes Strikes More Than One Child     116
School Time     119
The First Day Back     119
How, When, and What to Tell Other Students     122
Making the School Nurse Your Partner     124
504s and Other Long-Term Plans     126
When Your School Doesn't Have a Nurse     127
The Rest of the Team     129
When a School Won't Cooperate     130
Playtime     133
Around the Block Feels Like Around the World     133
Adjusting for Outside Days     136
Youth Sports and Diabetes     139
Safe Playgroups and Play Dates     141
Birthday Parties     143
The Beach, the Mountains, and the Wilderness     145
Support for Parents and Caregivers     149
Why Parents Need Support     149
Finding Support     151
Online Support     153
In-Person Support     155
Using Your Support     156
Becoming the Support Person     158
Support for Your Child     161
Kids Need Support Even More Than You     161
Where to Find Help     164
Diabetes Camps     166
Online Support     169
Publications     170
When Basic Support Isn't Enough     172
The Honeymoon Period     175
What Is the Honeymoon Period?     175
How to Cope     177
Hope and Denial     180
A Time to Learn and Explore     181
Can the Honeymoon Be Extended?     183
When It's Over     184
Independence and What It Means     187
Age-Appropriate Independence     187
The Slumber Party     190
High School Freedom     192
When to Say Goodbye to the School Nurse     194
Checking Meters, Asking Questions     196
Setting Your Child Free     197
Hitting the Wall: Kids and Burnout     199
Signs and Symptoms     199
Battling Burnout     202
When Nothing Works     205
Counseling: Finding the Best     205
Other Places Your Child Can Heal     207
The Age Question      208
Hitting the Wall: Parent / Caregiver Burnout     211
Signs and Symptoms     211
Avoiding Burnout     213
Battling Burnout     215
When Nothing Works     218
Counseling: When and Where?     219
How to Escape     221
Teen Issues     223
Attitude Changes     223
The "Cool" Factor     226
Driving     229
Alcohol     231
Sex and Other Traps     232
Recognizing a Cry for Help     234
Sick Day Management     237
Common Ailments and Diabetes     237
Cuts, Scrapes, and Breaks     239
Stomach Bugs and Treatment     241
Emergency Room Visits     243
Stocking Your Sick Day Cabinet     245
Other Long-Term Health Issues     247
Advocacy and Fundraising: Are They Right for You?     249
The Advocacy and Fundraising World     249
The American Diabetes Association (ADA)     251
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)     253
Other Big Names     255
Is Volunteering Right for You?     256
When It's Wrong     259
The Path to a Bright Future     261
Twenty-five Years Ago     261
Better Treatment Options Are Here     263
Cures on the Horizon     267
Complications     269
What You Can Do     271
Glossary     273
Top Diabetes Centers in Major Cities     276
Sample Log Sheet     280
Index     283

Disorganized Mind or Pregnancy Sucks

Disorganized Mind

Author: Nancy A Ratey

For the millions of adults diagnosed with ADHD The Disorganized Mind will provide expert guidance on what they can do to make the most of their lives. The inattention, time-mismanagement, procrastination, impulsivity, distractibility, and difficulty with transitions that often go hand-in-hand with ADHD can be overcome with the unique approach that Nancy Ratey brings to turning these behaviors around. 

The Disorganized Mind addresses the common issues confronted by the ADHD adult:
“Where did the time go?”
“I’ll do it later, I always work better under pressure anyway.”
“I’ll just check my e-mail one more time before the meeting…”
“I’ll pay the bills tomorrow – that will give me time to find them.”

Professional ADHD coach and expert Nancy Ratey helps readers better understand why their ADHD is getting in their way and what they can do about it.   Nancy Ratey understands the challenges faced by adults with ADHD from both a personal and professional perspective and is able to help anyone move forward to achieve greater success.  Many individuals with ADHD live in turmoil.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  You can make choices and imagine how things can change – this book will teach you how.  By using ADHD strategies that have worked for others and will work for you, as well as learning how to organize, plan, and prioritize, you’ll clear the hurdles of daily living with a confidence and success you may never before have dreamed possible. 

Nancy Ratey has the proven strategies that will help anyone with ADHD get focused, stay ontrack, and get things done - and finally get what they want from their work and their life.

For information and resources, please visit

Interesting book: Survival of the Sickest or 3 Hour Diet Cookbook

Pregnancy Sucks: What To Do When Your Miracle Makes You Miserable

Author: Joanne Kimes

Pregnancy Sucks, by Joanne Kimes and Sanford A. Tisherman, M.D., gives you real solutions to all the annoying and somewhat awkward situations that can unexpectedly arise during your pregnancy. Full of insight, hilarity, and practical solutions on every page, Pregnancy Sucksshows how, through it all, you can survive-with your health, dignity, and sanity intact!

Joanne Kimes has written for a number of children's and comedy television shows. A resident of Studio City, CA, she has one daughter.

Sanford A. Tisherman, M.D., has been a practicing OB/GYN since 1966. He is the Senior Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles.

Library Journal

As the title indicates, Kimes wanted a child, but she did not enjoy pregnancy. Using the month-by-month format common to pregnancy books, she emphasizes the discomforts associated with impending motherhood rather than fetal development and newborn care. Morning sickness, gas, mood swings, and back pain are among the "joys" awaiting pregnant women. The author offers a few hints for dealing with these along with advice about choosing a physician: find one with good magazines in the waiting room and a liberal attitude about using medications. She does provide a resource list that is current. Women will learn more and get better advice from two classics: Heidi Murkoff and others' What To Expect When You're Expecting or Dr. Miriam Stoppard's Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth. This is an optional purchase unless your collection needs a book about whining.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: A Book Is Bornxv
Chapter 1The First Month1
Choosing an O.B.2
The No-No List5
Sore Boobs8
Morning, Noon, and Night Sickness10
Resentment Toward Your Hubby17
Tests, Tests, and More Tests19
Dreams and Other Nightmares21
To Tell or Not to Tell22
Pregnancy Math25
How to Eat for Two27
Chapter 2The Second Month29
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman with Child30
Your Superhero Nose32
Pregnancy Junkie33
I Need to Lie Down37
Oh My Achin' Head37
"Urine" for Fun39
Sex During the First Trimester43
Chapter 3The Third Month45
I Can't Breathe!46
Is My Baby Okay in There?48
Here I Grow Again49
A New Wardrobe51
The Name Game53
Your Newfound Celebrity56
My Bloody Nose58
Beware of Your Nipples60
Chapter 4The Fourth Month63
Sex During the Second Trimester66
The Ultrasound68
I'm Scared!71
Vaginal Discharge73
Toilet Troubles75
Bloody Gums77
Genetic Testing78
Boy or Girl?80
Chapter 5The Fifth Month83
Pains Under Your Uterus84
Your Cheesy Belly86
You're So Vein88
Who Asked You?90
Third Nipples and Other Gross Things92
That's a Hormone of a Different Color94
Chapter 6The Sixth Month101
Dark Back Hair and Other Icky Things102
Leg Cramps104
Belly Touching105
An Itchy Stomach106
Incompetent Cervix107
What, Me Exercise?108
Oops, There She Goes!110
Pains in the Tucchus114
Chapter 7The Seventh Month117
Swelling Ain't Swell118
Temporary Insanity120
Sex During the Third Trimester121
Toxemia: The Pressure Is On123
Third-Trimester Bleeding125
Braxton Hicks128
I Can't Sleep129
Gestational Diabetes131
Bed Rest133
Chapter 8The Eighth Month137
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot138
Yeast Infections140
Stretched to Extremes141
"Urine" For Even More Fun145
Incontinence: A Condition That's Sure to Piss You Off146
Numb and Number149
Stop That Kicking!150
How the Hell Is This Thing Coming Out?152
Don't Breech to Me155
Chapter 9The Ninth Month157
Baby Shower 101158
Nesting Instinct164
Lamaze Class166
Nursing Bras169
Decorating the Baby's Room171
Taking a Tour of the Hospital173
Am I in Labor?175
False Labor177
How to Start Labor178
Chapter 10Let the Bloody Show Begin183
"Lookie Loos"188
How to Breathe Through a Contraction190
Gimme Drugs193
How to Push with a Passion196
Episiotomy: Let 'er Rip199
The "C" Word200
What to Do When Nature Calls203
Lochia: Who Knew?207
Got Milk?208
Chapter 11Home, Bittersweet Home211
Baby Blues213
How to Deal with Visitors215
Better Sleep for You and Your Baby218
Baby Hygiene219
Sex after the Last Trimester221
Sleep Deprivation224
Muscle Soreness227
Reconcilable Differences229
How to Deal with a Crying Baby231
The Basics233
About the Third Month235
AppendixResources List237

From Chocolate to Morphine or Move Yourself

From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know about Mind-Altering Drugs

Author: Andrew Weil

From Chocolate to Morphine is the definitive guide to drugs and drug use from one of America's most respected and best-known doctors. This enormously popular book — the best and most authoritative resource for unbiased information about how drugs affect the mind and the body — covers a wide range of available substances, from coffee to marijuana, antihistamines to psychedelics, steroids to smart drugs, and discusses likely effects, precautions, and alternatives. Now expanded and updated to cover such drugs as oxycontin, Ecstasy, Prozac, and ephedra and to address numerous ongoing issues, including the United States'
war on drugs, marijuana for therapeutic use, the overuse of drugs for children diagnosed with ADHD, and more, From Chocolate to Morphine is an invaluable resource.

Library Journal

Since drug use has occurred throughout history and within most cultures, the authors in this updated edition of their original work ( LJ 3/15/83) believe that ``education based on truthful information is the only solution to the drug problem.'' In straightforward language, Weil and Rosen distinguish between drug use and drug abuse and stress the importance of developing a ``good relationship'' with drugs. Because the authors do not condemn drug use (legal or illegal), their volume may be considered unorthodox by some. Each chapter deals with a specific class of drugs, such as stimulants, depressants, and psychedelics, and describes the different effects of drugs in each category. At the end of each chapter are some precautions for using those drugs and also suggested readings for more information. Aimed at young people and their parents and teachers, this book offers an alternative way of looking at drug use. Recommended for public libraries.-- Kathleen McQuiston, Philadelphia Coll. of Pharmacy & Science

Table of Contents:
1Straight talk at the start1
2What is a drug?10
3Why people use drugs15
4Relationships with drugs24
5Types of drugs30
8Psychedelics, or hallucinogens111
10Solvents and inhalants; deliriants; PCP and ketamine150
11Medical drugs; herbal remedies; smart drugs170
12Problems with drugs193
13Alternatives to taking drugs210
14Final words216

Book about: Troublesome Young Men or The Family

Move Yourself: The Cooper Clinic Guide to All the Healing Benefits of Exercise (Even a Little!)

Author: Martin Zucker

Praise for Move Yourself

"Move Yourself is a timely and user-friendly guide to better health. I could go on, but it's time for me to get up and get moving!"

—Tom Brokaw

"The science is clear: staying healthy means moving our bodies more, choosing more of the right foods in the proper portions, and avoiding unsafe behaviors like smoking. In Move Yourself, you'll find the kind of sound advice and strong motivation you'd expect from an expert personal coach."

—Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., 17th Surgeon General of the United States and Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch

"Being fit has always been important in my career, both as a martial artist and as an actor. But what I learned long ago is that a physically active lifestyle also improves every aspect of living. The good news is that you don't have to train like an athlete to receive these tremendous benefits; you just have to make it a priority. In Move Yourself, Drs. Mitchell and Church explain just how easy it can be. With just a little commitment and a little know-how, you too can make yourself feel like a champ!"

—Chuck Norris

"As a former couch potato, I can attest to the incredible health benefits that come from physical activity. Move Yourself shows that you don't have to become a gym rat—here's everything you need to get moving at your own reasonable pace."

—Jack Challem, author of Stop Prediabetes Now and The Food-Mood Solution

Think you don't have the time—or the energy—to do what it takes to look and feel better? Now you can take control of your health and be happier and stronger—and you don't needto join a gym to do it!

Move Yourself is the breakthrough program you've been waiting for. Based on cutting-edge research from the medical director of the world-renowned Cooper Clinic, this practical, easy-to-follow guide gives you the strategies and advice you need to improve your strength, flexibility, mood, weight, and overall health. All it takes is a few minutes of low-dose physical activity each day to start seeing results.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Awakenings or Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding


Author: Oliver Sacks

"One of the most beautifully composed and moving works of our time."  --The Washington Post

"Compulsively readable. . . . Dr. Sacks writes beautifully and with exceptional subtlety and penetration into both the state of mind of his patients and the nature of illness generally. . . . A brilliant and humane book."  --A. Alvarez, The Observer

Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.

"[Sacks] opens to the reader doors of perception generally passed through only by those at the far borders of human experience."        --The Boston Globe

"A masterpiece."  --W. H. Auden

What People Are Saying

Harold Pinter
A remarkable book.

Harold Pinter
"A remarkable book."

Book review: When a Family Member Has Dementia or Hot Flashes from Heaven

Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding

Author: Fugen A Neziroglu

Although the much-satirized image of a house overflowing with National Geographics and infested with cats may make us chuckle, the reality of compulsive hoarding is no laughing matter. The most common reason for evictions in the US and a significant risk factor for fatal house fires, compulsive hoarding is treatable condition related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is characterized by the acquisition of possessions that have little or no value, which the sufferer-often refers to as the "saver"- has great difficulty discarding.

This book, the first ever written for savers and their families, provides an overview of compulsive hoarding and how it relates to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It discusses hoarding broadly, offering readers perspectives on the physical, behavioral, and value-oriented aspects of the condition. Readers can use its assessment tools to help decide why they or their loved one hoards. Skill-building exercises help readers determine how to beat the hoarding problem by addressing issues that often underlie compulsive saving. Even though this is fundamentally a self-help book, it contains a frank discussion about the need for professional help in some hoarding cases, how to find it, and what medications have been proven effective for savers.

Three compulsive hoarding experts team up to provide the first research-based cognitive behavioral treatment plan to help compulsive hoarders learn to recognize the problem, understand the treatment options, and learn gentle techniques to free themselves of this life-threatening disorder.

  • Differentiate between hoarding and collecting
  • Recognize what type of hoarder you are
  • Overcome the fear that makes you hoard
  • Stop the clutter from taking over your life
About the Authors:
Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., ABBP is a board certified cognitive and behavior psychologist, involved in the research and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, trichotillomania, hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder and hypochondriasis at the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY.

Jerome Bubrick. Ph.D., is a behavior and cognitive psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and hoarding in children and adults at Bio-Behavioral Institute, Great Neck, NY.

Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, Ph.D., is a biological psychiatrist and an internist with over 40 years experience. He has pioneered research in the dopamine theory of schizophrenia and the serotonin theory of obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is the author of eight books, seven of which he co-authored with Dr. Fugen Neziroglu

I Cant Get Over It 2d or AyurVeda

I Can't Get Over It 2d

Author: Aphrodite Matsakis

I Can't Get Over It directly addresses survivors of trauma. It explains the nature of SD and describes the healing process. This book will help you find out whether you have PTSD; cope with post-traumatic anger, grief, and survivor guilt; recognize related problems such as depression, substance abuse, compulsive behavior, and low self-esteem; identify "triggers" that set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other symptoms; relieve wounding caused by others' blaming and insensitivity; and gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future.

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AyurVeda: The Science of Self-Healing

Author: Vasant Lad

For the first time a book is available which clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world. This beautifully illustrated text thoroughly explains history & philosophy, basic principles, diagnostic techniques, treatment, diet, medicinal usage of kitchen herbs & spices, first aid, food aid, food antidotes, and much more.