Saturday, December 5, 2009

Quien Dijo Que No Se Puede or Environmental Illness

Quien Dijo Que No Se Puede?

Author: Maria Antonieta Collins

Although her struggle and final victory over obesity along with the recipes that helped her conquer it dominated Dietas y Recetas de Maria Antonieta, this new blend of anecdotes, tips, and more recipes focuses on those who, inspired by Collins, are waging their own battle against obesity. As was her own daughter Adriana.

Patricia Arancibia, "Criticas" Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information. - Criticas

After the success of her first title, Dietas y recetas de Maria Antonieta (Maria Antonieta's Diets and Recipes, Criticas, Jan./Feb. 2002), Mexico's Univision anchor Collins has published a follow-up. Although her struggle and final victory over obesity along with the recipes that helped her conquer it dominated Dietas, this new blend of anecdotes, tips, and more recipes focuses on those who, inspired by Collins, are waging their own battle against obesity. A year after appearing on Cristina Salaregui's popular TV show where she vowed to overcome her weight problems, Collins's obese daughter, Adrianna, has become an even more striking success story than her mother. Adrianna accompanies Collins on tours to promote Dietas, and has written a couple of chapters for the new book. The testimonials, along with frank confessions of setbacks, are the book's greatest strengths. Encouraging as this is, though, the rest of the book repeats information from Dietas. Once again, such Univision stars as Saralegui, who wrote the prolog, Jorge Santos, and Lily Estefan reveal their dieting secrets, and Collins recycles Dietas's tips and advice. Moreover, the book seems to have been written and released too quickly, before it could be revised and reorganized. But despite these drawbacks, Collins's kindness, directness, and sympathy make this a worthwhile read. The new book, at least, gives measurement units in pounds and feet, with their metric equivalents in parentheses-a big improvement over Dietas. Bookstores and public libraries will find many of Collins's fans among their patrons.

Go to: Press On or System Analysis Design and Development

Environmental Illness: Myth and Reality

Author: Herman Staudenmayer

Environmental illness: certain health professionals and clinical ecologists claim it impacts and inhibits 15 percent of the population. Its afflicted are led to believe environmental illness (EI) originates with food, chemicals, and other stimuli in their surroundings -as advocates call for drastic measures to remedy the situation. What if relief proves elusive-and the patient is sent on a course of ongoing, costly and ineffective "treatment"? Several hundred individuals who believed they were suffering from EI have been evaluated or treated by Herman Staudenmayer since the 1970s. Staudenmayer believed the symptoms harming his patients actually had psychophysiological origins-based more in fear of a hostile world than any suspected toxins contained in the environment. Staudenmayer's years of research, clinical work-and successful care-are now summarized in Environmental Illness: Myth & Reality. Dismissing much of the information that has attempted to defend EI and its culture of victimization, Staudenmayer details the alternative diagnoses and treatments that have helped patients recognize their true conditions-and finally overcome them, often after years of prolonged suffering.

New England Journal of Medicine

When all is said and done, Staudenmayer concludes that environmental illness is iatrogenic, induced in vulnerable patients by unscrupulous physicians and advocates. For him, the phenomenon represents nothing short of medical cultism, with the expected moral superiority, rigidity of thought, and contempt for scientific laws, in which much time is spent on rituals, confessions, and group testimonials. His is a courageous hypothesis and one whose testing merits our support.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Soma or The Cox 2 Connection

Soma: The Divine Hallucinogen

Author: David L Spess

The definitive work on the ancient Hindu soma rituals mentioned in the Vedas and debated by scholars for decades.

• The first book to identify the mysterious soma plant.

• A breakthrough book that reenvisions the role of psychoactive plants in religion.

Soma has been shrouded in mystery for centuries. It is simultaneously a sacred hallucinogenic plant used in secret rituals, a personified God, and an important cosmological principle. Summarizing all previous research on the subject, David Spess goes far beyond his predecessors and shows that soma provides an important key to the understanding of the earliest systemized methods of medicine, psychology, magic, rejuvenation, longevity, and alchemy. Most significant is that his intensive research provides the most compelling case yet for actual identification of the plants that served as the basis for the divine hallucinogen Nelumbo nucifera, the sacred lotus of India, as well as some members of the Nymphaea genus. 

With the renewed interest in the ritual use of psychoactive substances, shamanism, psychic phenomena, and alternative modalities of healing, Soma provides a much needed bridge between Eastern and Western esoteric traditions. Contained within the enigmatic verses about soma in the Rig Veda is a secret about ourselves and the nature of our relationship to the world and cosmos. Soma makes this knowledge available to us once again.

American Herb Association

This book comes highly recommended by Dr. Willard Johnson-my college professor of religious studies-and I second the vote for anyone interested in history, plant drugs, and the origins of Eastern Religion.

What People Are Saying

Joan Halifax
A noteworthy addition to the research on hallucinogens. (Joan Halifax, author of The Fruitful Darkness and Shamanic Voices)

Wendy Doniger
By far the most thorough survey of both the botanical and the psycho-spiritual aspects of the soma plant that I've ever seen. All I can do is congratulate the author. (Wendy Doniger, coauthor of Soma: The Divine Mushroom of Immortality)

Oscar Ichazo
Soma brilliantly completes the enquiry on the scientific and botanical aspects, as well as the anthropological and cultural development, of this very important subject. A magnificent book destined to become a classic. (Oscar Ichazo, author of Psychocalisthenics and Between Metaphysica and Protoanalysis)

See also: Synchronization Algorithms and Concurrent Programming or Mining the Web

The Cox-2 Connection: Natural Breakthrough Treatment for Arthritis, Alzheimer's and Cancer

Author: James B LaVall

All of us have experienced, at one time or another, the temporary inflammation and pain of a minor injury. But those who suffer from chronic inflammation—whether the result of an injury or a biological disorder--and its coincidental pain are all too aware of the frequently crippling and debilitating effects of these conditions.

In The Cox-2 Connection, pharmacist and naturalist James B. LaValle shares a thorough overview of treatment options for a variety of disorders for which inflammation is a primary symptom—from osteoarthritis, bursitis, and fibromyalgia to rheumatoid arthritis, gout and dysbiosis. He clearly explains the physiological mechanism that leads to inflammation and pain and includes an in-depth section on pain-management strategies useful for anyone who is experiencing this discomfort, whether temporary or chronic.

Cox-2—or cyclooxygenase-2—is the key enzyme responsible for the body's inflammation and pain response in conditions such as arthritis and bursitis, and it is also linked to the inflammation that may play a significant role in the progression of Alzheimer's and cancer. The Cox-2 Connection, however, goes further than other pain management books by dealing with not only the synthetic, anti-inflammatory Cox-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex and Vioxx, but also with their natural counterparts that have been used for thousands of years by people all over the world. The author thoughtfully evaluates the effectiveness of these inhibitors as well as their side effects and presents exciting new studies that indicate their possible role in preventing Alzheimer's and cancer.

The Cox-2 Connection is an essential and timely reference for anyone trying to understand and manage inflammation and pain and make sense of the exploding availability and potential of ways to deal with them.

Table of Contents:

The Cox-2 Connection
Natural Breakthrough Treatment for Arthritis, Alzheimer's, & Cancer 

Part 1: The Problem and Treatment
1. An Overview of Inflammation 
2. Understanding Your Anatomy: Muscles, Joints, and Bones 
3. Common Inflammatory Disorders and Causes 
4. Cox-2 Inhibitors: A Revolution in the Treatment of Inflammation 
5. The Cox-2 Connection in Alzheimer's and Cancer 
Part 2: What You Can Do
6. Natural Cox-2 Inhibitors and Other Natural Remedies 
7. Current Treatment Options 
8. A Smorgasbord of Ways to Manage Your Pain 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety or Sun Protection for Life

Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety

Author: Kenneth W Merrell

"Depression, anxiety, and other internalizing disorders can have severe and lasting consequences for children and adolescents. This book provides clear-cut strategies for addressing these problems creatively and effectively with students in grades K-12. A concise overview of the nature, development, and course of childhood depression and anxiety is delineated, and a comprehensive assessment model is outlined. Chapters then present a wide range of empirically supported interventions that are easy to implement and readily adaptable to diverse settings. Cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational techniques are described in jargon-free language, and numerous reproducible worksheets are included to facilitate the practitioner's day-to-day work. Other topics covered include currently available psychiatric medications for depression and anxiety, and when and how a psychiatric referral should be made."--BOOK JACKET.


Merrell (psychology, U. of Iowa) presents strategies for helping students in grades K-12 to overcome depression and anxiety. Aimed at support service professionals who work with at-risk students in school settings, the text describes a variety of intervention techniques. Coverage includes, for example, the development of internalizing problems, linking assessment to intervention, cognitive therapy techniques for depression, behavioral treatments for anxiety, social skills training, and referral guidelines. The volume also includes a section of reproducible worksheets. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents:
About This Series
About This Book
Index of Intervention Programs and General Intervention Strategies, with Descriptions of Purpose and Developmental Level
List of Specific Treatment Techniques for Depression and Anxiety, Grouped by Program Component
1Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents1
What Are Internalizing Disorders?1
Four Types of Internalizing Disorders3
Overlap of Internalizing Problems11
Students with Internalizing Problems: Three Case Studies12
2How Depression and Anxiety Develop and Are Maintained17
Development of Internalizing Problems18
Do Specific Influence Require Specific Interventions?22
The Course of Internalizing Problems: Stability and Persistence23
Consequences of Internalizing Problems24
Complications: Sorting Out Related Problems31
3Guidelines for Assessment and Intervention Planning40
What Are the Purposes of Assessment?41
A Model for Designing Assessments42
Recommended Assessment Methods45
Linking Assessment to Intervention55
From Assessment to Treatment Planning60
4Comprehensive Intervention Program for Depression64
Four Comprehensive Intervention Programs65
Which Program Is Best?75
Modifying or Designing Your Own Comprehensive Treatment Program for Depression75
5Changing Thoughts and Beliefs: Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Depression82
Cognitive Therapy for Depression: An Introduction83
Step 1: Developing Awareness of Emotional Variability85
Step 2: Detecting Automatic Thoughts and Identifying Beliefs86
Step 3: Evaluating Automatic Thoughts and Beliefs90
Step 4: Changing Negative Automatic Thoughts and Maladaptive Beliefs96
6Changing Thoughts and Beliefs: Rational-Emotive Therapy, Attribution Retraining, Learned Optimism, and Journal-Writing Strategies for Depression102
Disputing Irrational Thoughts: The RET Approach103
Self-Monitoring and Self-Control Training106
Attribution Retraining and Learning to Be Optimistic107
Writing It Down: Journal Writing as an Intervention Tool112
7Behavior Change, Emotional Education, Interpersonal Problem Solving, and Conflict Resolution Strategies for Depression117
Behavioral Interventions for Depression118
Emotional Education124
Interpersonal Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution Training132
Social Skills Training137
8Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety: Systematic Desensitization139
Overview of Systematic Desensitization140
Other Behavioral Interventions151
9Social Skills Training and Other Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety157
Self-Control Training for Anxiety158
Self-Instructional Training159
The "Coping Cat" Program for Anxious Youth: An Innovative, Comprehensive Treatment Approach160
The Transfer of Control Approach162
Social Skills Training164
10Finding More Help: Referral Guidelines for Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatric Medications, and Alternative Treatments171
Making Referrals for Mental Health Counseling and Psychiatric Medications172
Using Medications to Treat Children's Social-Emotional Problems: Some Basic Issues and Concerns177
Medications for Treatment of Depression180
Medications for Anxiety-Related Problems184
Alternative Interventions186
App.: Reproducible Worksheets193

Book review: The Return of Depression Economics or Scam Proof Your Life

Sun Protection for Life

Author: Mary Mills Barrow

Includes information on the best sunscreens, sunglasses, and protective clothing.

From the founders of Coolibar, the only providers of sun protective products officially endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation, this book offers the latest information on detecting, preventing, and protecting yourself from damaging sun rays that cause cancer.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Poder Curatico de la Orina or Autism

Poder Curatico de la Orina

Author: May Ana

El uso de la orina para curación existe hace más de cinco mil años. Es una especie de panacea para aliviar muchas de las enfermedades que ha aquejado a la humanidad desde siempre. En la orina se reflejan muchas enfermdades y conociendo las propiedades de la orina y sus diferentes aplicaciones habra dado un gran paso en la prevención definitiva.

(Urine therapy has been around for more than 5000 years. Many uses and many cures can be attributed to urine therapy. Knowing the applications and proper uses is the key of this book.)

Book review: Breakaway Laughter or Heartburn

Autism: The Facts

Author: Simon Baron Cohen

Coping with a diagnosis of autism can be a troubling and confusing experience for parents. Ignorance of this bewildering disorder can provoke difficult decision-making for parents and physicians alike. What causes autism? What happens to children with autism when they grow up? Does autism run in families? What kind of educational setting is best? In this accessible, comprehensive book, the authors have discovered the questions on the minds of parents and professionals, and have attempted to answer them. Autism is a puzzling disorder. It begins in early childhood, and disrupts many aspects of development, leaving the child unable to form social relationships or communicate in the usual way. This fascinating book explains in a clear, straightforward manner what is known about the condition. Helpful appendices identify organizations and resource providers concerned with autism. Written first and foremost as a guide for parents, but required reading for interested professionals, it covers the recognition and diagnosis of autism, its biological and physiological causes, and the various treatments and educational techniques available.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

101 Tips for Staying Healthy with Diabetes or Leaving It at the Office

101 Tips for Staying Healthy with Diabetes (and Avoiding Complications)

Author: University of New Mexico Diabetes Care Team

For those with diabetes, developing complications such as kidney disease, heart disease, and eye disease is a constant threat without proper self-care. This completely revised second edition offers the inside track on the latest tips, techniques, and strategies for preventing and treating complications.

Book review: Obamanomics or The Smartest Investment Book Youll Ever Read

Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care

Author: John C Norcross

Wise, warm, and authoritative, this straight-talking guide addresses the real-world struggles that psychotherapists face in balancing their professional and personal lives. It demonstrates that recognizing and tending to your one's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs not only feels good—it also leads to more effective and ethical practice as a clinician. The book describes and illustrates 12 self-care strategies that are grounded in the authors' extensive research and clinical experience. Interwoven throughout are insights and recommendations from other master therapists, "self-care checklists," and suggestions for further reading. Lively and engaging, this is an ideal resource for a broad range of professionals and students.

Table of Contents:
Valuing the Person of the Psychotherapist     1
Refocusing on the Rewards     18
Recognizing the Hazards   Joan Laidig     35
Minding the Body     64
Nurturing Relationships     72
Setting Boundaries     93
Restructuring Cognitions   Maria A. Turkson     114
Sustaining Healthy Escapes   Rhonda S. Karg     131
Creating a Flourishing Environment     153
Undergoing Personal Therapy     167
Cultivating Spirituality and Mission     183
Fostering Creativity and Growth     197
References     207
Index     229