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24 01, 2013

Review: This Is How I Save My Life by Amy Scher

By | January 24th, 2013|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


This-Is-How-I-Save-My-Life-Amy-B-ScherReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, Amy Scher suffered from a barrage of debilitating symptoms that made her feel like her body was quickly spiraling out of control. After years of antibiotic treatments and other forms of traditional medicine that failed to make a difference, Amy made the decision to travel to a small clinic in India to undergo stem cell treatment.

With her parents in tow, Amy arrived in Delhi ready to tackle her disease. She stayed focused on curing herself – both physically and spiritually – through daily stem cell injections, grueling physical therapy, and the daunting challenges of navigating a strange country. In addition to the treatments she received at the clinic, Amy wanted to expose herself to spiritual practices like yoga and Ayurvedic massage (which sounded terrifying!) and to heal in the mind as much as

7 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right? by Catherine Doughty

By | October 7th, 2012|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , |5 Comments


Please welcome Catherine Doughty, author of Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right?, who is touring the blogosphere with Pump Up Your Book.

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

In 2007, Catherine Doughty, author of Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right? was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, despite the separation from her husband, Catherine was leading a successful and happy life. She adored her two young children and had a fulfilling job in healthcare as a Director of of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.

After the initial shock of her diagnosis, Catherine rallied and decided to use her designation as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – Six Sigma is a business management strategy used to address and eliminate the causes of defects – to approach the cancer in the same way she approached problems at work. Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right?

8 05, 2012

Review: Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock

By | May 8th, 2012|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

When Lucy and Mickey met, he was in the hospital during one of his episodes and she was there visiting her sister. They knew their relationship would always be difficult because he had bipolar disorder, but Lucy was determined not to walk away from Mickey. She knew instantly that she was meant for him.

Mickey’s doctor told Lucy once that her marriage to Mickey would be like dancing on broken glass…there would be pain, but she would either flee that pain or hold tighter to him until the next smooth place. The women in Lucy’s family have been plagued with cancer, so when Lucy has her own bout with cancer a few years into their marriage, she and Mickey decide they will not have children and take the necessary medical steps to ensure that fact.

During their marriage, Mickey

3 03, 2012

Review: After the Diagnosis by Julian Seifter, MD with Betsy Seifter, PhD

By | March 3rd, 2012|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Krista Castner

My mother has been struggling with a chronic illness, and I thought that this book might provide some tips or tools to help her focus on something other than her diagnosis. Dr. Julian Seifter writes from experience since he has had diabetes for years, and works with patients struggling with renal disease. I thought that After the Diagnosis gave some practical insights for moving beyond the diagnosis of a chronic illness and back into the mainstream of life. It’s not about ignoring the diagnosis, or becoming excessively focused on it; the key is to acknowledge where you are and move forward with the things that are in your power to change or affect.

Dr. Seifter observes, “In the course of my long career, I’ve seen many people battle their illnesses, and I’ve come to see that each person

22 09, 2011

Review: Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.

By | September 22nd, 2011|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

For a little over a year now, our family has been shifting our eating habits in order to deal with various health issues including digestion problems, ADHD, and allergies/ food sensitivities. It has already been quite a journey, and we are still just beginning! There is so much to learn and it can be hard to figure out, “Okay! So what CAN we all eat and enjoy?” Thankfully, there are authors like Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. who have “Been there! Done that! Wrote the book!”

This version of Special Diets for Special Kids is actually a compilation of the previous volumes 1 and 2 with updated information and recipes from more recent research. It is an informational book and cookbook in one, and also includes a CD of over 200 Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GF/CF) printable recipes!

What is “Gluten-Free/Casein-Free” any way? Lewis

21 08, 2011

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman

By | August 21st, 2011|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Personal Health|Tags: , , |82 Comments


Please join Ned Zeman, author of The Rules of the Tunnel, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jill Arent

The Rules of the Tunnel is author Ned Zeman’s story about his “brief period of madness” – otherwise known as his lifelong experience with depression and anxiety disorders seasoned with his stint with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

By all appearances, Ned had it all – a writer for Vanity Fair who divided his time between book/magazine parties and celebrity interviews, lived in New York City and Los Angeles-adjacent Canyons, and experienced more than his share of the so-called endless party lifestyle. But inside, he was a veritable ocean of insecurity and anxiety. He spent many a day self-medicating and self-therapying – on top of many a year of professional medicating and therapying. What did he have

2 08, 2011

Review: Gluten Free Cookies by Luane Kohnke

By | August 2nd, 2011|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Shannon Hopkins

Anybody who is gluten-free or who knows someone with a gluten-free diet has likely thought or heard, “the thing I miss is dessert.” Even the healthiest diet includes the occasional sweet indulgence, and as more people are diagnosed with Celiac or choose to lead a gluten-free lifestyle it becomes more necessary to help them find new recipes to enjoy life’s little desserts. Luane Kohnke has put her baking expertise to the task, and in Gluten Free Cookies gives us “50 Recipes for Cookies You Crave”.

Kohnke starts with a short introduction and a comprehensive guide to gluten-free baking that not only highlights ingredients to use and avoid, but explains their purpose; discusses how to create a gluten-free baking environment; and functions as a how-to guide for even the most novice baker. Kohnke even relates the results of a

12 07, 2011

Review: Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley

By | July 12th, 2011|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda Allalunis

I remember when I was little girl I had a close friend who had allergies. In those days, the word “allergic” was synonymous with “wuss”, or even worse. As much as I hate to admit it, I didn’t make much of an effort to emphasize with, or even to understand, my poor allergic friend.

In her memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl, Sandra Beasley chronicles her life as a person suffering from severe allergies trying to survive in a world with little to no understanding of just what allergies mean to those suffering from them. Readers get an inside view of the author’s struggles at birthday parties, weddings, restaurants, and even hotel lobbies as she tries to negotiate a decidedly hostile and unforgiving world. Just as my friend lived with the erroneous label of “wuss” throughout most