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November 2016

INFLAMED

INFLAMED

Review by Marlene Eisner

by Shelly Malone, RDN Augustin Publishing 2016

Arthritis – it’s a term used to describe any disorder that causes inflammation of the joints, and it comes in many forms. In fact, there are over 100 different types of arthritis, although the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

For the millions of people (more than 4.2 million Canadians and more than 52 million Americans)... Read more »

October 2016

INJURY REHAB WITH RESISTANCE BANDS

INJURY REHAB WITH RESISTANCE BANDS

Review by Susannah Kent

by Dr. Karl Knopf, EdD Ulysses Press 2015

We all know that exercise is key to both feeling good and preventing a host of health conditions: diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and obesity to name a few. However, when exercise is overdone, or done incorrectly, injury and pain can result. This adversely affects not only our regular exercise routine but daily functions as well. The... Read more »

September 2016

HOW THE BODY KNOWS ITS MIND

HOW THE BODY KNOWS ITS MIND

Review by Susannah Kent

By Sian Beilock Atria Books 2015

A growing movement in neuroscience, called embodied cognition, adheres to the belief that the body plays a central role in shaping the mind. In her book, How the Body Knows Its Mind, brain scientist Sian Beilock shares research, insights, and inspiring anecdotes to explain how our bodies, along with our physical surroundings, have the power to... Read more »

THE FIVE ELEMENTS

THE FIVE ELEMENTS

Review by Marlene Eisner

Dondi Dahlin Penguin Random House 2016

Sometimes it’s impossible to figure people out. What makes them tick? Why are they so fussy all the time? Or carefree? Perhaps if we could figure it out, crack the code so to speak, we’d all get along much better, or a least just get along.

In her book, The Five Elements, Dondi Dahlin tries to open the window into personality traits a bit wider... Read more »

July/August 2016

A Mind of Your Own:Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives

A Mind of Your Own:Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives

Review by Mary Maciel Pearson

by Kelly Brogan, M.D. with Kristin Loberg HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 2016

For several years now, I have been inspired by the work of Dr. Kelly Brogan MD, a brilliant, passionate, and visionary advocate for women’s health, who is well poised to help revolutionize the way medicine is practiced today.

With a science degree from MIT, a medical degree from Cornell, and psychiatric clinical training from NYU, she has the... Read more »

Food Forensics: Hidden Toxins Lurking in your Food and How you can Avoid them for Lifelong Health

Food Forensics: Hidden Toxins Lurking in your Food and How you can Avoid them for Lifelong Health

By Mike Adams BenBella Books, Inc. 2016

Award-winning investigative journalist and activist Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger,” is the founder and editor of NaturalNews.com, the number one most visited natural health website in the world. With more than five million unique visitors a month, NaturalNews.com is the trusted source for health information for countless readers. Now, in an... Read more »

June 2016

HERBAL GODDESS: Discover the amazing spirit of 12 healing herbs

HERBAL GODDESS: Discover the amazing spirit of 12 healing herbs

Review by Suzanne Hartmann

by Amy Jirsa Storey Publishing 2015

Now that the warmer weather is here, our access to fresh herbs plucked from our own gardens or the local farmer’s market increases dramatically. Those who are looking for guidance about which herbs to grow or bring into their kitchens will find Herbal Goddess of interest. In this book, we learn from the experiences of master herbalist and yoga... Read more »

THE ALLERGY-FIGHTING GARDEN: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping

THE ALLERGY-FIGHTING GARDEN: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping

Review by Marlene Eisner

by Thomas Leo Ogren Ten Speed Press 2015

Spring and summer are here at last – warm weather, blue skies, and the beauty of blooming trees and flowers. But for those suffering from allergies, the change of seasons can be a miserable affair filled with pollen-inducing itchy eyes, a stuffed nose, and breathing problems. There’s not much one can do to ease the discomfort except stay indoors... Read more »

April 2016

HAVING THE LAST SAY: Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story

HAVING THE LAST SAY: Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story

Review by Bonnie Black

Alan Gelb Tarcher/Penguin 2015

Writing coach and author Alan Gelb first came to the attention of publishers with his nonfiction work, Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps (a book that helps students grab the attention of admissions counselors). In Having the Last Say: Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story, Gelb turned his attention to the challenge facing... Read more »

March 2016

THE MANNER OF ACTION: Understanding and Practising the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method®

THE MANNER OF ACTION: Understanding and Practising the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method®

Review by Susannah Kent

Graeme Lynn St. Cajetan Press 2015

With The Manner of Action, Graeme Lynn, one of Canada’s most widely trained and gifted somatic educators, provides clarification of the complex and often misunderstood theories and methods of somatic learning (conscious learning through attention and sensitive exploration) as embodied in the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method, and Hatha... Read more »

February 2016

THE CROSSROADS OF SHOULD AND MUST – Find and Follow Your Passion

THE CROSSROADS OF SHOULD AND MUST – Find and Follow Your Passion

Review by Bonnie Black

Elle Luna Workman Publishing 2015

Bloggers – and lovers of blogs – may be surprised, even inspired, to learn that The Crossroads of Should and Must – Find and Follow Your Passion had its humble beginnings as just another essay posted by author Elle Luna. Within a few weeks of clicking ‘publish’, her article had been tweeted to more than five million people, and read by more than a... Read more »

December 2015 / January 2016

MIND YOUR BODY: 10 Core Concepts for an Optimally Balanced You

MIND YOUR BODY: 10 Core Concepts for an Optimally Balanced You

Review by Susannah Kent

Joel Harper Harper Collins 2015

Joel Harper is a celebrity personal trainer, author, and contributor to the Dr. Oz Show. From studying his clients’ experiences and struggles over his 20 year career, and reviewing the latest research in neuroscience and neuropsychology, Harper has come to believe that the secret to adopting and maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit is the... Read more »

INVINCIBLE: The 10 Lies You Learned Growing Up With Domestic Violence, & the Truths to Set You Free

INVINCIBLE: The 10 Lies You Learned Growing Up With Domestic Violence, & the Truths to Set You Free

Review by Bonnie Black

Brian F. Martin Penguin Group 2014

“Over the past three decades, I have trained more than four million people, sharing with them many intimate details about my life. However, I have never shared the fact that I was a child of domestic violence. And, if I had not met Brian Martin, I don’t know if I would have.” – Tony Robbins

Even more shocking than the quote above from a renowned... Read more »

November 2015

DO YOUR OM THING: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Modern Life

DO YOUR OM THING: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Modern Life

Review by Susannah Kent

Rebecca Pacheco HarperCollins 2015

There is much to learn from yoga beyond the poses, or asanas. If you have been reluctant to delve into yoga’s more meditative and spiritual side, yoga teacher and blogger Rebecca Pacheco’s wonderfully entertaining and instructive Do Your Om Thing will help alter your perspective. Her book also provides new ideas on how yoga can have a deeper, more... Read more »

PROSTITUTING SCIENCE: The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain

PROSTITUTING SCIENCE: The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain

Review by Bonnie Black

Diana Crumpler Inkling Australia 2014

Diana Crumpler, whose first book, Chemical Crisis, received widespread critical acclaim, wrote Prostituting Science – The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain in memory of a friend and fellow sufferer of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). They shared “a wonderful 25 year long,... Read more »

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