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22 12, 2016

Review: Die Young With Me by Rob Rufus

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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die young with me book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I’m not the one to read memoirs, especially not ones with heavy topics like cancer, but Rob Rufus’ Die Young With Me turned out to be the perfect exception to my rule. Mixed with teen angst and underground punk culture, this book enticed me until the end.

Rob and Nat Rufus live in a typical little town in West Virginia where punk is nothing but noise. It’s not until the twins visit a relative that they find out how punk truly can be a way of life. After that, the brothers and a few friends start a band and never look back. When Rob, young, angry, and full of potential, is diagnosed with cancer, the dreams the Rob had fought so hard to achieve turn into a life or death battle.

10 10, 2016

Review: Pound for Pound by Shannon Kopp

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Animals, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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pound for pound book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Body image problems are not new. I’m sure that bulimia and anorexia existed when I was a teenager, but in those years, any kind of addiction was never brought out into the sunlight for a closer examination and possible treatment. I’ve lived with body image difficulties all my life, having inherited my height from my very tall father, and thus towering over my petite mother, who always seemed confused by my size. I’ve finally adjusted to being who I am, but in the years since I was a girl, these two horrendous diseases have become insidious and ever-present social nemesis.

Because our society allows for such a pressure-filled ‘demand’ to be made of those who may have a weak area, it is all too easy to be tweaked into a seriously addictive life-style. Shannon Kopp presents her struggles with bulimia in an open and forthright manner, making this book an invaluable resource for every young person anywhere.

30 09, 2016

Review: The Human Superorganism by Rodney Dietert

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Biological Sciences, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Science & Math|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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human superorganism book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Rodney Dietert, author of The Human Superorganism, focuses on explaining significant developments around chronic diseases, also called non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as allergies, cancer, heart disease, and obesity, as well as psychological disorders like depression. He is right–these diseases rule how we live and die, determine the quality of our lives and our limits, and measure our challenges. The author feels these NCDs are an epidemic in our modern society. He’s right again, but what can we do?

In The Human Superorganism, we get the long answer to this question. The book is broken down into three main sections: Part I – A shift in how we think about biology and understanding the mighty microbe; Part II – A revolution in medicine; and, Part III – Caring for yourself. Within those sections, Dietert discusses the new regard for biology, the importance of human superorganisms and genes, immune system malfunctions, the nature of epidemics, making over superorganisms and finally, understanding microbes.

17 07, 2016

Blog Tour: The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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the mind gut connection book coverPlease join Emeran Mayer, MD, author of The Mind-Gut Connection, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you are interested in learning more about your gut, this book was written with you in mind. According to Dr. Mayer, the gut communicates with the brain, and when there is a miscommunication, it can lead to psychiatric issues, chronic diseases, and other physical problems–all of which can be prevented.

Today, there is a never ending supply of books telling us how to change what we eat, lose weight, balance our bodies, and so on and so on. I found The Mind-Gut Connection to be different. It focuses specifically on the gut in its role on a variety of things that happen in our bodies. Dr. Mayer does try to explain everything carefully, and I mean in precise detail. This is a book that is best read with a notebook on hand because you will want to take copious notes if you want to understand and remember the topics covered. And you will want to know what’s being said since scientific studies show that your gut and your brain are pretty much running the show in your body and control its various bodily functions each and every day.

20 04, 2016

Blog Tour: Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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eat dirt book coverPlease join Dr. Josh Axe, author of Eat Dirt, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Everywhere we go we see hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps claiming to kill off 99.9% of the germs we could potentially come in contact with and stating that they will help keep us safe. But have we as a society gotten so obsessed with being anti-germ that we’ve gone too far? Dr. Josh Axe has written Eat Dirt to help show us that instead of running away from germs and dirt we need to be embracing the dirt and getting it back into our lives. By exposing ourselves to small amounts of local dirt and micro-organisms, we allow our body to build up the good bacteria which then helps it to naturally fight off the

7 02, 2015

Review: Integral Healing by Lynne Feldman

By | February 7th, 2015|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help, Women's Health|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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integral healing book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Some people seem to have lives full of tragedy. One thing after another occurs leaving them on edge waiting for the next shoe to drop. All the while, other people may go about their lives relatively unscathed. In Integral Healing, Lynne Feldman shares her health crisis as one of many trials she has faced in life. When she was diagnosed with breast and lung cancers in 2010, the baggage of her past returned to the forefront.

Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Lynne had already studied a form of treatment called Integral Healing. In essence, its general goal is to combine various theories of healing (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental) in a way that uniquely suits each person. As Lynne struggled to come to terms with her diagnosis and her own mortality, she began to rely more heavily on

19 06, 2014

Review: The Disease Delusion by Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland

By | June 19th, 2014|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , |3 Comments

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disease-delusion-book-coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Does your doctor truly know best? Or are you your best advocate when it comes to curing yourself of a chronic disease? The Disease Delusion gives readers confidence to – if not cure their most common diseases – understand the nature of their disease for better treatment outcomes. Chronic diseases are those nagging long-lasting ailments that we just wish would go away, but won’t anytime soon: heart disease, AD, depression, cancer and so on. Doctors treat acute (temporary types) of ailments with antibiotics, but our chronic diseases have paralyzed our country into a health crisis. Symptoms are often treated first with little concern about the actual root cause of the problem. Well, treating symptoms only will only get you so far…

According to Dr. Bland, if doctors practice a new model of functional medicine and strive to focus on causes of

5 08, 2013

Review: Hope Conquers All by Sona Mehring

By | August 5th, 2013|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Self-Help|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Krista Castner

Paula Coulter’s day started like most of her days in Minneapolis, but it certainly didn’t end normally. Paula and her family were driving over the I-35 West Bridge on August 1, 2007 when the bridge collapsed, dropping their car 65 feet to the riverbed below. The fall left Paula with devastating injuries.

Paula writes the story of her accident and recovery. She tells how her family used the website, CaringBridge to have a centralized point of information to update family and friends about her day-to-day condition, struggles and victories. In turn she and her family received words of encouragement and prayers from friends and family via the updates they posted on Paula’s CaringBridge page.

Hope Conquers All by Sona Mehring, the founder of CaringBridge, is a collection of stories like Paula’s written by people who have faced serious

1 07, 2013

Review: You Don’t Look Sick! by Joy Selak and Steven S. Overman M.D.

By | July 1st, 2013|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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9781936303427_pReviewed by Lindsay Satmary

In their book, You Don’t Look Sick! (second edition), Joy and Dr. Overman tell the story of the four different phases of living with a chronic illness from the unique and experienced perspectives of patient and physician. The four phases are: Getting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance, and Living Well. Living with a chronic (and invisible) illness, for many patients, often means that in addition to living with their illness, patients also have to go through the daunting task of convincing people that their experiences are, in fact, real. Sometimes this process involves seeking advice from many different doctors. Dr. Overman explains that it is necessary for the health care team to work together with a Team Captain or a Coach to facilitate treatment and care plans for the best interest of the patient. It is also

2 03, 2013

Review: When Cancer Strikes a Friend by Bonnie E. Draeger

By | March 2nd, 2013|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , |2 Comments

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9781620872147_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Darin Godby

When Cancer Strikes a Friend is a very well written and insightful book by Bonnie E. Draeger. She helps readers understand some of the things that an individual who is experiencing the turmoil of cancer is going through. She also gives examples of how to best be their friend and offer true help that will make a real difference. Draeger offers clear directions, such as not making open ended statements -along the lines of just let me know what you need and I’ll be there – to the cancer patient. While that may sound good to the giver, it isn’t a lot of help to the cancer patient. They would be better off knowing what specific times you can help as well as what specifically you are willing to do. Draeger also suggests setting boundaries for