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September 10, 2012

Strong Women, Strong Bones

By Dr. Miriam Nelson

Every morning my mother repeated the mantra of mom’s everywhere: “Drink your milk! The calcium is good for your bones.” But drinking milk, and even taking calcium supplements, isn’t enough to prevent osteoporosis. Each year 1.5 million people suffer bone fracture related to osteoporosis.

In her book, Strong Women, Strong Bones, Dr. Miriam Nelson outlines a plan for not only osteoporosis prevention, but also for regaining bone density. (The front cover declares “you’re never too young or too old to start” taking care of your bones.)

The book weaves exercise and diet plans together in an easy-to-read format. I was impressed by how easily the modifications Dr. Nelson recommends fit into my current lifestyle – no lingering guilt about what I am or am not doing. Strong Women, Strong Bones, gave me the peace of mind that good bone health is achievable.

Reviewed by Adie Smith


The Blood Sugar Solution

By Mark Hyman, M.D.

The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD, touts itself as “the ultra-healthy program for losing weight, preventing disease, and feeling great now!” In the beginning of the book, Dr. Hyman introduces the term “diabesity,” which he explains is the combination of “our current global epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.” If you are at risk for “diabesity” or just want to get your blood sugar under control (even if you are not overweight or feel like a reasonably healthy individual, your blood sugar levels may be much higher than you think), this is the book for you.

I especially enjoyed and could relate to the chapter “How Big Food, Big Farming, and Big Pharma Are Killing Us.” Processed foods are a body’s number one enemy when it comes to health and weight. Because junk or processed foods are cheap and widely available, they contribute significantly to Americans’ unhealthy lifestyles.

“It’s not a coincidence that the poorest states in our country, such as Mississippi, are also the fattest. Poverty makes it impossible to make the best food choices, and poverty rates are higher than they have been in a generation. Not only are healthier foods almost always more expensive, they are often not available in poorer neighborhoods. This combination of factors is a direct link to obesity and diabetes.” – Dr. Mark Hyman

The Blood Sugar Solution has been on USA Today’s Best Selling Books list since its debut in March for good reason. Hyman presents a sensible and manageable plan for lowering your blood sugar and getting back your health.

Reviewed by Anna Clay


My Stroke of Insight

By Dr. Jill Taylor

In 1996, Dr. Jill Taylor, a 37 year old neuroanatomist, experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. What follows is a gripping first hand account of her recovery and unique understanding of what exactly happened inside her head as the stroke was in progress. She uses her knowledge to formulate a plan for her complete recovery. I’m a sucker for books like this and was fascinated from start to finish. I was amazed at her level of awareness and cognizance to what was occurring medically and emotionally inside her body. I’ve always wondered how much people realize in the moment when something catastrophic is occurring. Taylor calmly watched as her speech, mobility, ability to process and think faded away. Since the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her right side took over rapidly and she felt an immediate sense of wellbeing, completely absent of fear.

Though not the same person now that she was before her stroke, she claims to like herself better! This book would be a godsend for anyone with a friend or family member who has experienced traumatic brain injury due to illness or accident. Taylor outlines very clearly what a patient needs and doesn’t need in order to regain as much brain function as possible. She went on to be named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008.” Somewhat surprisingly, this book has flown off the shelves everywhere and is well worth your time.

Reviewed by Norma Cox


Vegetables: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, with More Than 300 Recipes

By James Peterson

James Peterson, winner of seven James Beard Awards, has come out with a revised version of Vegetables: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, with More Than 300 Recipes. Let me just say, authoritative is an understatement.

Gardeners and those who frequent farmer’s markets will find this guide fascinating. Peterson goes through an entire alphabet of vegetables and lays out each vegetable’s properties and several ways to prepare each one with an abundance of rich photos to help illustrate his techniques. From the tomato to the truffle, you’ll either find new techniques in preparation or get a better understanding of an old favorite. I now understand that a tomato is really a fruit and that a truffle is really a subterranean mushroom!

Peterson’s Vegetables is a celebration of all the wonderful things we can grow or buy, if gardening is not our thing. Between the produce departments of our supermarkets and the growing number of farmers markets offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, we have easy access to an abundance of fruits and vegetables from apples to zucchini. Read this book, take it to heart and be inspired!

Reviewed by Anna Clay

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