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The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!
In THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness-nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind-and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program. With advice on diet, green living, supplements and medication, exercise, and personalizing the plan for optimal results, the book also teaches readers how to maintain lifelong health. Groundbreaking and timely, THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION is the fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than ever.
Bringing up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play. Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There's no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy. Of course, French parenting wouldn't be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children. In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They're just far better behaved and more in command of themselves. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are- by design-toddling around and discovering the world at their own pace. With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman-a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal -sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don't just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is. While finding her own firm non , Druckerman discovers that children-including her own-are capable of feats she'd never imagined.
Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You'll Ever Need
The definitive guide to heart health from two of America's most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in the nation. Backed by decades of clinical experience and up-to-the-minute research, "Heart 411" cuts through the confusion to give readers the knowledge and tools they need to live a long and heart-healthy life.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Cain, whose work on introversion has appeared in newspapers and magazines, questions the modern American business culture that overlooks the positive characteristics of introverts such as persistence, reflection, and sensitivity to others' feelings. She explains the neurobiology and psychology of temperament in plain language and compares Western culture, where the individual is most important, to Eastern culture, where the group is valued more highly than the individual. She offers advice for introverts on small talk, networking, and communicating with extroverts, and even shows how to pretend to be an extrovert when necessary. She also tells how to help an introverted child. Cain teaches negotiation skills. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks about Being Sick in America
How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today - the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians' provide, insurance companies that don't demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm. Dr. Otis Brawley is the chief medical and scientific officer of The American Cancer Society, an oncologist with a dazzling clinical, research, and policy career. How We Do Harm pulls back the curtain on how medicine is really practiced in America. Brawley tells of doctors who select treatment based on payment they will receive, rather than on demonstrated scientific results; hospitals and pharmaceutical companies that seek out patients to treat even if they are not actually ill (but as long as their insurance will pay); a public primed to swallow the latest pill, no matter the cost; and rising healthcare costs for unnecessary - and often unproven - treatments that we all pay for.Brawley calls for rational healthcare, healthcare drawn from results-based, scientifically justifiable treatments, and not just the peddling of hot new drugs. Brawley's personal history - from a childhood in the gang-ridden streets of black Detroit, to the green hallways of Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in the U.S., to the boardrooms of The American Cancer Society - results in a passionate view of medicine and the politics of illness in America - and a deep understanding of healthcare today. How We Do Harm is his well-reasoned manifesto for change.
Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch in, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World a Better Place
Want to make a difference in your community, but don't know how -- or where -- to start? Here, volunteer organizer David Levinson offers a host of suggestions from volunteering time to donating money or items of value. He uses his personal experience to give advice on identifying what you have to offer, finding the best situation for you, and sticking to your commitment. Arguing that anyone can make worthwhile contributions regardless of time or circumstances, Levinson refers readers to volunteer resources while candidly addressing both the benefits and pitfalls of volunteering. "Thorough, engaging, and highly relevant" (Publishers Weekly), this guide will be invaluable if you're looking into volunteering.
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Despite the many good things in her life (a successful career, a loving family, good health), author Gretchen Rubin felt that, well...she could be (should be?) happier. Her solution: a happiness project, in which she researched both the nature of happiness and specific steps to creating more of it. Though her sister, in an early conversation about the project, labeled it weird (albeit in a good way), Rubin found success. Her book detailing the project displays both humility and wit and includes plenty of intriguing tips and quotations -- making it enjoyable as well as instructive. Even if you haven't really thought about whether you could be happier, you'll find inspiration in what Rubin has to say.
This Year I Will...: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True
It's February. How are those resolutions holding up? Hopefully you're still on top of them and making progress towards whatever your goals are, but if you find yourself falling off the wagon again (or can't quite remember if you made any resolutions), then perhaps you should check out This Year I Will... Introducing a clear, precise formula for planning, implementing, and maintaining change -- with inspirational stories, ingenious strategies, and motivational ideas to boot -- this book is designed to help you achieve success, regardless of what your goals might be. Whether they're New Year's goals or not, if you need help sticking with your resolutions, give this book a try.
Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life
Penitent packrats who don't know how to start ridding their lives of unnecessary things will find both motivation and a plan of attack in this helpful guide to clearing out both physical messes and emotional clutter. A professional life coach and a much sought-after motivational speaker, Gail Blanke opens Throw Out Fifty Things with a section titled "Fueling the Urge to Purge." Then, from advice for paring down the excess in every room in the house to help with identifying mental clutter (such as regrets and past mistakes) to suggestions for making the most of the extra space you clear, Blanke covers the de-cluttering process from crowded beginning to clear, refreshing end.
Easier Than You Think --Because Life Doesn't Have to Be So Hard: The Small Changes That Add up to a World of Difference
If you read and appreciated Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff as a way to minimize stress, the next logical step might be to work on making small changes to decrease the presence of annoyances in your life. Full of simple, practical advice for making small changes that add up to huge gains, this little book shows that it doesn't have to take a total overhaul to make a difference. Instead, Carlson reveals that little adjustments are often all that are necessary; choosing to adopt a happier attitude and learning how to say no are just two of the 39 recommendations he offers.
Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today
If Ann Landers and Dear Abby are too old-school for you but you'd still like to know how to navigate the modern world with a modicum of good behavior, these whimsical, briskly paced essays can help. Collected from the popular New York Times"Social Q's" column, they provide contemporary advice in chapters on public transportation, work, love, money, and social situations. Lighthearted and frequently witty, these essays will help you determine the proper response to bewildering situations, and allow you to move on without engaging in petty or time-wasting behaviors.
Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
Known for bestselling books on improving relationships between family members, Harriet Lerner here presents one for individuals in long-term relationships. Outlining more than 100 practices for navigating challenges in coupledom, Lerner provides coverage of such age-old problems as lack of communication and incompatible sexual desires. She also addresses issues common to today's world, such as an individual's relationship with technology (is your partner infrequently parted from her phone? Does he obsessively play video games?). With each "rule" two pages long or less, these solutions are easy to read and easy to dip into.
I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens Today
Anyone who's parented a teen (or been one themself) knows all too well how easily disagreements can get out of control -- and how hard it is for parents and teens to understand each other. That's where child psychologist Anthony Wolf comes in. The author of such entertainingly titled books as Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall? and Mom, Jason's Breathing On Me!, Wolf examines an array of specific situations that most parents will recognize. With patience and humor, he offers parents guidance on how to achieve satisfying outcomes, as well as suggested scripts to follow.
Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat
If like so many people you reach for a cookie over an apple, or choose fast food at a drive-through over a healthy meal at home -- and you want to change your unhealthy habits -- you might appreciate Diet Rehab. It's exactly what it sounds like: a four-week program for ending junk food cravings by incorporating healthy foods into your diet before removing the ones that are high in sugar, fat, and salt. In addition, Dr. Dow, the co-host of TLC's Freaky Eaters, explains the addictive properties of unhealthy foods, which directly contribute to diet failure.