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Mind and Body Fitness February 2014
"I think if I weren't so squeamish, I would have been some sort of forensic analyst. And I can't do anything with a microscope, because then I start thinking about the world of germs around us."
~ Octavia Spencer, American actress
New and Recently Released!
The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are - by Matthew J. Hertenstein
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/12/2013
Share The Tell%3a The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are ISBN-13: 9780465031658
ISBN-10: 046503165X
The "tell" is a poker term for subtle body language that indicates whether a player has a good hand. Reading such cues and interpreting environmental conditions (such as a parked car that could contain a bomb) are important skills that support not only winning game strategies but also successful entrepreneurship, safe behavior in war zones, and choosing a mate. In The Tell, psychology professor Matthew Hertenstein, who is also a television and radio commentator, offers entertaining information on how awareness of physical clues works to improve intuitive judgments. For an illustrated guide on the elements of body language, try Body Language 101 by David Lambert.
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind - by Scott Stossel
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/31/2013
Share My Age of Anxiety%3a Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind ISBN-13: 9780307269874
ISBN-10: 0307269876
"To be anxious is to be human," says Kirkus Reviews in summing up author Scott Stossel's memoir, My Age of Anxiety. Relating his life-long struggles with anxiety through often hilarious personal anecdotes and a historical review of the anxiety disorder, journalist Stossel presents an engaging, informative, and touching portrait of the frequently debilitating and generally incurable condition. The editor of Atlantic magazine, Stossel skillfully weaves together his personal experiences with inquiries into possible causes (unclear and numerous) and treatments (only moderately successful) in vivid and well-crafted prose, offering both understanding and a ray of hope for both those afflicted by anxiety and people close to them.
When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping With Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and Other Issues - by Joel L. Young with Christine A. Adamec
Publisher: Lyons Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/03/2013
Share When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart%3a Coping With Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and Other Issues ISBN-13: 9780762792979
ISBN-10: 0762792973
When adult children stray into abnormal behavior -- such as substance abuse, criminal activities, and out-of-control mental illness -- their parents are often the worst affected. In this practical, informative, and ultimately reassuring book, authors Joel Young, medical director of the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine, and medical writer Christine Adamec explore many underlying causes of adult antisocial behavior, relate the experiences of parents of addicted, mentally ill, or criminal adult children, and discuss strategies for coping. Those who have had to confront these kinds of destructive and self-destructive behavior will find much helpful advice here, and those who have seen its effects on other families will gain understanding from this valuable resource.
Focus on: Germs
Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold - by Jennifer Ackerman
Publisher: Twelve
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/02/2010
Share Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold ISBN-13: 9780446541152
ISBN-10: 044654115X
Everything you ever wanted to know about colds but never thought to ask -- in one entertaining and educational book! Drawing on cutting-edge research (as well as old folk remedies), science writer Jennifer Ackerman dispels myths and explains what colds are, how they work, and how best to prevent them -- or, at the very least, alleviate their symptoms -- "with the thoroughness of a scientist, the doggedness of a journalist, and the verve of a thriller writer" (Publishers Weekly). In addition, she includes recipes for homemade remedies from chicken soup to hot toddies to...banana pudding? Read Ah-Choo! to find out why!
The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History - by Katherine Ashenburg
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/28/2008
Share The Dirt on Clean%3a An Unsanitized History ISBN-13: 9780676976649
ISBN-10: 0676976646
In some eras, including the present, cleanliness has been next to godliness; in others, dirt on the skin was viewed as healthy. Author Katherine Ashenburg engagingly gives us The Dirt on Clean, describing how the Greeks bathed in order to be worthy of the gods' regard; how the 17th-century French avoided water to protect themselves against disease; and how the 19th-century development of mass-produced soap made it easy for even the less affluent to stay squeaky-clean. From dirt-loving fleas that carried the plague to the idea that dirt is a sign of moral turpitude, Ashenburg digs up heaps of entertaining and informative detail, enhanced with helpful illustrations. For another witty survey of the history of cleanliness, read Virginia Smith's Clean.
Germ Proof Your Kids: The Complete Guide to Protecting (Without Overprotecting) Your Family from Infections - by Harley A. Rotbart
Publisher: ASM Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/07/2007
Share Germ Proof Your Kids%3a The Complete Guide to Protecting (Without Overprotecting) Your Family from Infections ISBN-13: 9781555814274
ISBN-10: 1555814271
Parents and adults who work with children (such as school nurses) need solid information for guidance in how to guard against or treat diseases from the common cold to superbugs such as MRSA. Author Harley Rotbart accessibly describes the causes of infection as well as appropriate precautions and how to use them; he also supplies information about the effects of illness, such as the need for rest when one is sick. This well-organized, thorough guide to preventing and treating infectious diseases answers questions raised by news reports and reassures parents that grandma's old-fashioned advice is often the best. Germ Proof Your Kids offers an essential resource that parents will want to keep handy.
Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World - by Jessica Snyder Sachs
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/16/2008
Share Good Germs, Bad Germs%3a Health and Survival in a Bacterial World ISBN-13: 9780809016426
ISBN-10: 0809016427
In Good Germs, Bad Germs, science writer Jessica Sachs describes how improvements in sanitation and the development of antibiotic drugs have had an unexpected and potentially dangerous impact on human health: these advances have disrupted the balance between human bodies and the microorganisms that inhabit them. In addition to explaining the problems that this imbalance can cause (more allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other health crises), Sachs explores promising research on ways to restore internal microflora balance, such as using probiotic cultures and vaccines to prevent diseases that are usually treated with antibiotics. For more on the topic, try Michael Shnayerson and Mark Plotkin's The Killers Within.
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