Category Archives: Health

Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself
by Christopher E. Pelloski, MD

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Trauma, Shame and the Power of LoveAlthough sexual abuse and pornography of children is nothing new within this society, each time it is discovered and reported there is an accompanying knee jerk reaction of anger, disgust and distrust that follows so much so that it becomes hard to see the many facets of the whole truth about the situation such was the case with Christopher E. Pelloski M.D. In his book, Trauma, Shame and the Power of Love, which is a biographical work, he bares his soul and shares his experiences from arrest to trial as a non-productive participant of child pornography.

Not in the Pink by Tina Martel

Not in the Pink

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

Imagine being diagnosed with the frightening and life-threatening disease of breast cancer. Your entire world is turned upside down, and you are supposed to “patiently” wait until you meet with an oncologist to get information about your prognosis. This is exactly what happens to visual artist Tina Martel. She loses patience with the medical system and uses the Internet to read everything she can find about breast cancer.

Not in the Pink is a candid, heart-wrenching, and humor-laced account of Tina Martel’s personal ordeal with breast cancer. The memoir offers unique insight into a disease that strikes women without any prejudice or warning. Tina provides readers with a bird’s eye view of how a breast cancer journey is a roller-coaster ride with patients vacillating between periods of feeling upbeat about winning the battle and periods of feeling disbelief, panic, anger, anxiety, guilt, denial, frustration, and depression.

What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives by Bruce Grierson

What Makes Olga Run

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Olga Kotelko took up track and field at the age of 77. That’s right-when most people are slowing down, this dynamo of a woman ramped up her physical activity to an almost unheard of level. When What Makes Olga Run? was written, Olga was 93 years old and to the point in her track career that there were not always other competitors in her bracket so sometimes she competed in the men’s division. When competing, her times (or distances in the field events) were often so good that not only did she win and set records, she would have won and set records in two age brackets below hers. The author takes readers through a series of steps as scientists try to determine why. What makes this woman so special, so strong and so fast? What gives her the stamina and body of a person decades younger?

The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care by Martine Ehrenclou, M.A.

The Take-Charge Patient:  How You Can Get the Best Medical Care Reviewed by Teri Davis

Who is the one person who is most responsible for the quality of your health care? It’s not your doctor. It’s you.

When you’re sick, really sick, you call the doctor. Then the average person trusts that the doctor has the correct diagnosis and then prescribes proper treatment to get you back to normal. This sounds fairly simple but in reality can be a complete nightmare, especially if the diagnosis is wrong and the prescription does not heal the real problem. What do you do then?

While writing this book, the author, Martine Ehrenclou, had developed a pain which became worse. She went to a variety of doctors which prescribed many different treatments, including surgeries. Eventually, after many painful challenges that were literally debilitating, she was able to have a correct diagnosis and was able to have surgery to solve the initial problem. These experiences ended up being the perfect guideline for her utilizing her own recommendations to this excellent resource.

The suggestions and information in The Take-Charge Patient are practical and realistic. The writing style is easy to understand and keeps the reading interested as each chapter continues. From the medical aspect, if you actually follow through with the author’s suggestion, any doctor should be thrilled about
any patient being so involved with their care.

The 57 Physique Solution: The Groundbreaking 2-Week Plan for a Lean, Beautiful Body By Tanya Becker and Jennifer Maanavi

The 57 Physique SolutionReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Many people may recognize the title The 57 Physique Solution from a series of exercise DVDs that have been available for quite some time. Now the instructor featured in the DVDs and the CEO of The Physique Solution Company have teamed up to write a book expanding on the DVDs. The book is divided into four parts.

Part One of the book includes an introduction to the program giving readers the history and the science behind The 57 Physique Solution. Basically, the first two chapters tell readers what the system is all about, how and why it works and what readers can expect to gain from following the program.

The second and third sections really go together. Part Two gives readers a chapter each on moves for warm ups, thighs, seat, abs, back and cool downs. Part Three then puts it all together for readers with two complete 57 minute workouts.

Super Body, Super Brain: The Workout That Does It All By Michael Gonzalez-Wallace

Super Body, Super Brain by Michael Gonzalez-WallaceReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

There seems to be a new health, diet or fitness book published every week and so my first thought when I started browsing through this book was is this book really necessary? Is there anything left that hasn’t been said before? Well, after reading the book cover to cover and then going back and tagging specific areas for a closer look, my thoughts have changed to more like what a great addition to the “Health and Fitness” section of bookstores and libraries around the country this book is! The author has taken the subject of personal fitness and developed a plan that incorporates not only diet and exercise, but involves the mind as well. Though a performance trainer himself, the author used input from various health practitioners from neuroscientists to physicians to psychiatrists to develop his program.

The book is divided unto three parts. Each part is geared to people with varying stamina and differing goals. The program is very easy to follow with photographs and charts where helpful. Part One is titled The Basics Behind the Brain-Muscle Connection. There are four chapters that site various researches into the mind-body connection. While this was my least favorite part of the book, it sets up the philosophy behind the rest of the book. Part Two titled Exercises consists of eight chapters six of which deal with a different level of exercise based on the reader’s need. Not only is the workout explained in great detail, there are photographs showing the exercise being performed so that there is little room for error. Then there is a chapter devoted entirely to walking and lastly one for family mind-body health. Part Three is titled Eating Plan and is exactly what the title says it is. It is one chapter long and gives the reader an action plan to develop a healthy eating plan to support the exercises and create a healthy living lifestyle. While there is really not a lot of new material covered in this chapter that most people who read this sort of book has not heard before, the plan is set up in a logical systematic way.

Staying Fit After 60: Introducing the Exercise for Life Program by Calvin Hill

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Who would be the most likely person for writing a fitness book than someone who is a living example of a particular program?

Staying Fit After 60:  Introducing the Exercise for Live Program by Calvin HillCalvin Hill realized as he was approaching the age of sixty, that he was not living a healthy lifestyle. Determined to live life to the fullest, he developed his own fitness program for people who are not planning to spend immense amounts of money on equipment or a health club.

For the past seventeen years, Calvin Hill has been the walking billboard for his program. He is his best endorsement for this particular series of exercises for keeping fit mentally and physically.

As Hill approached the age of sixty, he began exercising and started to search for simple activities that would strengthen every muscle and bone group in his body. The results were the loss of thirty pounds, feeling more mentally alert, and discovering less stress on his joints resulting in less pain.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women’s Health: Bridging the Gap Between Western and Eastern Medicine by Dr. Kathleen Albertson, L. Ac., PhD, Holistic Nutrition

acupunctureReviewed by Julie Moderson

Kathleen Albertson, a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition, was compelled to write a book that integrates Western and Eastern medicine. She wants to advance the education and knowledge of women and the medical community. She says that TCM works! (TMC is Traditional Chinese medicine).

Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! by F. Batmanghelidj

You're Not Sick, You're ThirstyReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj wrote this book to show the importance that water has on the body. Dr. Batmanghelidj was a political prisoner. While incarcerated and facing death by execution, he found that drinking two glasses of water helped relieve his peptic ulcer pain. He also helped treat other prisoners with their pain by giving them water to drink.

In this book, Dr. Batmanghelidj lists 46 reasons why your body needs water every day. Some of the reasons listed are as follows:

*Water is necessary to help prevent clogging of arteries in the heart and brain

*Water helps the immune system to combat infections and cancer cells

*Water helps with depression

*Water is necessary to help with sleep disorders

*Water can give you more energy

*Water helps aid with strong bone formation

*Water helps prevent glaucoma

Dr. Batmanghelidj also lists 9 primary properties and functions of water in the body.

Ageing Well: A Guide to Rejuvenation and Longevity by Dr. George Cromack

ageingReviewed by Mary Z.

Dr. Cromack knows his subject well and clarifies some major points in order to maximize health at any age. He starts with a description of the basic support devices and how valuable a chiropractor can be. Exercises that anyone can do is also given as well as the proper use of acupuncture and herbs.

Most of the book is devoted to food and toxins in the body. Dr. Cromack urges the reader to supplement food intake with E3Live, a blue-green algae high in long chain omega three fatty acids and all eight essential amino acids. This liquid will provide more energy, decrease the signs of ageing, and stabilize blood sugar.

The author explains the use of Superfoods and how to release toxins through fasting and cleansings. He laces the book with recipes which will help metabolism and restore well-being.

It was interesting to read what has helped Dr. Cromack and his clients over the years and I would recommend this book to beginners who want a clear understanding of how the body works and what to do to make it function better. The information here is not new and can be found elsewhere so I don’t think anyone who is already “health-conscious” will learn anything new.