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13 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , |2 Comments

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just the essentials book coverPlease join Adina Grigore, author of Just the Essentials, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Christen Krumm

My essential oil journey (obsession) began a few years ago and ever since that fateful day in my best friend’s living room, I have enjoyed soaking up all the information about these magical liquids in dark colored bottles. Adina Grigore, founder of S.W. Basics and author of Just the Essentials, fell into the world of essential oils based on a need. She had major skin issues and after visiting doctor after doctor and receiving multiple medicines, all with no relief, she gave up. “Who knew,” Grigore says, “that simple, natural ingredients could do more than smell pretty and taste nice—that they contained potent plant-based compounds that offered real benefits for your skin?” Thus began her essential oil journey.

10 03, 2017

Review: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Happiness, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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The Little Book of Hygge book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Happiness. That word brings forth millions upon millions of thoughts within seconds. When you ask people what the meaning of life may be to them, many say happiness. If you ask them for their personal goals, they say happiness. Everyone, to some degree, is pointing towards happiness. With that being said, every year, numerous reports deliver research on the happiest countries in the world. Each and every year, the Danes end up taking the cake. (If you read this book, you will get the pun).

The Little Book of Hygge is quite the fascinating book as it offers great insight into the cultural belief system of the Danish people.

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.

7 09, 2016

Review: The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout by Cherie Calbom

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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sugar knockout book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout is the perfect starting point for anyone that is looking to make a lifestyle change and take back control of their health. Many of us are unaware of the dangers of sugar, even sugar addiction, and all of the effects that can have lasting impacts on our body, mind and health. There are even times where sugar is hidden in every day foods and consumers are completely unaware of how much sugar they are really taking in. Author Cherie Calbom completely breaks down the dangers of sugars and also provides a path for eliminating the hold that sugar has in our lives.

29 07, 2016

Review: Keeping It Up by Cat Skinner

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Relationships|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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keeping it up book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Did you ever notice that most ‘relationship’ books (euphemism for improving your sex life) seem to be directed at only half the team? Just like in football, there’s two sides, and you need both of them to win the game. No, sex isn’t a game, but wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to have one sensible book that could be easily read by both sides? Separately – or together.

Keeping It Up is a slender (and very inexpensive!) book and is the closest I’ve ever found to being a complete guide. Granted it’s primarily aimed at the male half, but the author strongly encourages reading it together, or taking turns at reading it. Makes a lot of sense to me.

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 05, 2016

Review: Overload by Joyce Meyer

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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overload book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

For anyone who is not familiar with Joyce Meyer, let me introduce her to you right now. She is a survivor of an abusive childhood who is raising four children while also running her Christian ministry. She is a television and Internet minister through podcasts who regularly reaches millions with her positive messages of hope, peace and advice for living a Christ-filled life. But she also has a way with words, and is not afraid to share her life story with a reader to make a point. Now that you know the background on the author, you can better appreciate where her advice is coming from–from her experiences and her heart.

Overload is set in 15 chapters that are meant to define stress, help us identify who is in charge of our stressors, show what can be done to relieve

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

23 06, 2015

Review: 10% Human by Dr. Alanna Collen

By | June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Biological Sciences, Evolution, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Science & Math|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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10% human book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

In recent years we have learned that antibacterial soaps are bad for us and that hand sanitizers contain triclosan. So, we have found “natural” ways to kill these germs: cloths laced with silver, essential oils promising to kill bacteria and other microbes, but what if not all microbes are our enemies? What if our health and sanity are dependent on these microbes that we kill off every day? In her new book, 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness, evolutionary biologist Dr. Alanna Collen explores just that and explains that the cells that make up our bodies and help us to function are not 100% human cells. In fact, our bodies are merely 10% human.

By hitting on health concerns that seem new to those of us in 20th century

23 01, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn

By | January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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metabolism solution book coverPlease join Lisa Lynn, author of The Metabolism Solution, as she tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours!

Enter to win a a copy of the book below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In her book, The Metabolism Solution, Lisa Lynn compiles her extensive knowledge on the topic of weight loss to create a user friendly manual for anyone who needs to lose a lot or a little. Writing from her own personal experience, she shares her story of being overweight and what she did to move past it.

Knowing that weight loss can be a tricky topic for many people, Lisa addresses a wide variety of factors that affect whether one is ultimately successful. Initially she discusses supplements that boost metabolism and why they work. Specifically, she endorses her own personal LynFit brand and why she believes they