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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>鈥?lt;i>Why We Sleep</i> is an important and fascinating book鈥alker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.鈥?鈥擝ill Gates</b><br /> <br /><b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller and international sensation, this 鈥渟timulating and important book鈥?(<i>Financial Times</i>) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber.</b><br /><br />With two appearances on <i>CBS This Morning </i>and <i>Fresh Air</i>'s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life鈥攅ating, drinking, and reproducing鈥攖he purpose of sleep remains more elusive.<br /> <br /> Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.<br /> <br /> In this 鈥渃ompelling and utterly convincing鈥?(<i>The Sunday Times</i>) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer鈥檚 and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night鈥檚 sleep every night.<br /> <br /> Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, <i>Why We Sleep</i> is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is 鈥渞ecommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

Language

English

Pages

424

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br />NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY<i> THE WASHINGTON POST聽<br /></i><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD</b><i><br /></i><br />"Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design."聽<b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post聽</i></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson, bestselling author of <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.</b></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, <i>The Body</i> will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." <i>The Body</i> will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
by Dr. Jason Fung

Language

English

Pages

308

Publication Date

March 03, 2016

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Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones鈥攊n everyone鈥攁nd only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.<br /><br />In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight鈥攆or good.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of...
by Bessel van der Kolk MD

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 25, 2014

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<b>#1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller<br /><br />鈥淓ssential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.鈥?鈥擜lexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies<br /><br />A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this聽<b><b><b><i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller</b></b></b></b><br />聽<br />Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world鈥檚 foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In聽<i>The Body Keeps the Score</i>, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers鈥?capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments鈥攆rom neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga鈥攖hat offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain鈥檚 natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk鈥檚 own research and that of other leading specialists,聽<i>The Body Keeps the Score聽</i>exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal鈥攁nd offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining L...
by Louise Aronson

Language

English

Pages

451

Publication Date

June 11, 2019

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller </b><br /><b>Longlisted for the Carnegie<br /><br /></b><b>As revelatory as Atul Gawande's <i>Being Mortal</i>, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's <i>Elderhood</i> is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but </b><b>often disparaged</b><b> stage of life.</b><br /> <br /> For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. <br /> <br /> Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy--a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. <br /> <br /> <i>Elderhood</i> is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."
The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story
by Christie Watson

Language

English

Pages

323

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b><b>#1 International Bestseller</b><br /><br />A moving, lyrical, beautifully-written portrait of a nurse and the lives she has touched<br /><br /> </b>Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients.聽<br /> 聽<br /> In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, hovering at the very edge of survival, like tiny Emmanuel, wrapped up in a sandwich bag. On the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important--which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer. In the pediatric intensive care unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone. And the stories of the geriatric ward--Gladys and older patients like her--show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society.聽<br /><br /> Through the smallest of actions, nurses provide vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion.
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Tea...
by Michael Pollan

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English

Pages

474

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b><b><b><b><i>New York Times Book Review</i>聽10 Best Books of 2018</b></b><br /><br />A<i> New York Times </i>Notable Book聽<br /><br />The #1 <i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller.<br /><br />A brilliant and brave investigation聽into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences </b></b><br /><br />When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.<br /><br />A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, <i>How to Change Your Mind</i> is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Unde...
by Susannah Cahalan

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>"One of America's most courageous young journalists" and the author of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir <i>Brain on Fire</i> investigates the shocking mystery behind the dramatic experiment that revolutionized modern medicine (NPR<i>).</i></b><br /><br />Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity--how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what <i>it </i>is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, healthy, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. <br /><br /> But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows in this real-life detective story, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors?
This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happines...
by Annie Grace

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English

Pages

263

Publication Date

October 12, 2015

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<b><i>This Naked Mind </i>has ignited a movement across the country, helping thousands of people forever change their relationship with alcohol.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives, and worry that it may even be affecting their health. But, they resist change because they fear losing the pleasure and stress-relief associated with alcohol, and assume giving it up will involve deprivation and misery. 聽<br /> 聽<br /> <i>This Naked Mind</i> offers a new, positive solution. Here, Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science, and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us.聽 Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, this book will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture, and how the stigma of alcoholism and recovery keeps people from getting the help they need. With Annie鈥檚 own extraordinary and candid personal story at its heart, this book is a must-read for anyone who drinks.<br /><br /> <i>This Naked Mind</i> will give you freedom from alcohol. It removes the psychological dependence so that<i> you will not crave alcohol</i>, allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). With clarity, humor, and a unique blend of science and storytelling, <i>This Naked Mind</i> will open the door to the life you have been waiting for.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥?lt;b>You have given me my live back.鈥?鈥擪aty F., Albuquerque, New Mexico<br /></b><br /> <b>鈥淭his is an inspiring and groundbreaking must-read. I am forever inspired and changed.鈥?<b>鈥?lt;/b>Kate S., Los Angeles, California<br /></b><br /> <b>鈥淭he most selfless and amazing book that I have ever read.鈥?<b>鈥?lt;/b>Bernie M., Dublin, Ireland</b>
The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our B...
by Emeran Mayer

Language

English

Pages

299

Publication Date

July 05, 2016

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<p>Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of <em>Wheat Belly</em> and <em>Grain Brain</em> that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and body.</p><p>We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut鈥攖he decision we made because it 鈥渇elt right鈥? the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling when we鈥檙e stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the microbiome鈥攖he microorganisms that live inside us鈥攃ommunicate with one another. In <em>The Mind-Gut Connection</em>, Dr. Emeran Mayer, executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health.</p><p><em>The Mind-Gut Connection</em> shows how to keep the brain-gut communication clear and balanced to:</p><p>鈥?heal the gut by focusing on a plant-based diet</p><p>鈥?balance the microbiome by consuming fermented foods and probiotics, fasting, and cutting out sugar and processed foods</p><p>鈥?promote weight loss by detoxifying and creating healthy digestion and maximum nutrient absorption</p><p>鈥?boost immunity and prevent the onset of neurological diseases such as Parkinson鈥檚 and</p><p>Alzheimer鈥檚</p><p>鈥?generate a happier mindset and reduce fatigue, moodiness, anxiety, and depression</p><p>鈥?prevent and heal GI disorders such as leaky gut syndrome, food sensitivities and allergies, and IBS, as well as digestive discomfort such as heartburn and bloating</p><p>鈥?and much more.</p>

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