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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
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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.
The Start Here Diet: Three Simple Steps That Helped Me Transition from Fat to Slim for Life - by Tosca Reno with Billie Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/31/2013
Share The Start Here Diet%3a Three Simple Steps That Helped Me Transition from Fat to Slim for Life ISBN-13: 9780345548016
ISBN-10: 0345548019
Here's welcome advice for those who have already broken their New Year's resolutions to eat less and exercise more! In The Start Here Diet, Canadian fitness expert and columnist for Oxygen Tosca Reno explains various factors that lead us to sabotage our best intentions; she also provides a manageable plan for improving our food choices. To accompany these psychological tips and practical dietary strategies, she gives exercise advice that doesn't require an all-out commitment to working out at the gym (do leg lifts while watching TV, for example). Meal plans round out her comprehensive approach, appropriate for those who want to lose anything from ten to 100 pounds -- or just maintain a healthy weight.
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.
The Prediabetes Diet Plan: How to Reverse Prediabetes and Prevent Diabetes Through Healthy Eating and Exercise - by Hillary Wright
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/05/2013
Share The Prediabetes Diet Plan%3a How to Reverse Prediabetes and Prevent Diabetes Through Healthy Eating and Exercise ISBN-13: 9781607744627
ISBN-10: 1607744627
The Prediabetes Diet Plan offers thorough, well-documented advice about controlling blood sugar levels through diet. Author Hillary Wright, a registered dietician, explains how to manage the consumption of carbohydrates through either balanced menus or counting the carbohydrate content in foods. Despite the title's emphasis on prediabetes, this comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide, complete with sample meal plans and a template for food journals, offers support for any adult aiming for healthier eating habits -- not just those who have been diagnosed as prediabetic.
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!
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.
Naturally clean : the Seventh Generation guide to safe & healthy, non-toxic cleaning - Jeffrey Hollender, Geoff Davis, Meika Hollender and Reed Doyle
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/31/2006
Share Naturally clean %3a  the Seventh Generation guide to safe & healthy, non-toxic cleaning ISBN-13: 9780865715486
ISBN-10: 0865715483

Compelling evidence links the chemicals in household products to cancer, asthma, allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome--also known as environmental illness--hormonal disruption, reproductive and developmental disorders, and other conditions. Yet cleaning products are exempt from the full ingredient disclosure on product labels as required for food and personal care products and enter the marketplace with little or no testing for potential health risks.  Naturally Clean explains the dangers of traditional cleaners and provides illuminating statistics that illustrate how the chemicals found in almost every home are known or likely to cause a host of serious health problems. The book's easy-to-understand introduction discusses basic household chemistry, concepts of toxicity and types of toxic exposure, and the difference between natural, organic, and synthetic chemicals.

The germ freak's guide to outwitting colds and flu : guerilla tactics to keep yourself healthy at home, at work, and in the world - Allison Janse and Charles P. Gerba
Publisher: Health Communications
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/22/2005
Share The germ freak ISBN-13: 9780757303272
ISBN-10: 0757303277

Just in time for cold and flu season comes this fun, funny and imminently practical guide to the fine art of germ avoidance.  Admit it, you either are one or you know one: a person who prefers the scent of Purell to perfume, hates public restroom toilets and pushes elevator buttons with their elbow. In a word (well, two), a "Germ Freak." Well guess what--they're right!  Allison Janse--a committed Germ Freak--gives readers the lowdown on how to avoid the common cold and survive flu season with your health and sanity intact. This is the practical information your doctor won't give you

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