Summary: What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than....+
What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine.
Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn’t nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences--and that’s just from an apple.
Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional gold standard of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or prepackaged dinners that is “good” for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.
In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.
Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.
Summary: On the surface, Victoria Jackson is the American Dream personified: from a....+
On the surface, Victoria Jackson is the American Dream personified: from a troubled childhood and unfinished high school education, she overcame immeasurable odds to create a cosmetics empire valued at more than half a billion dollars. Married to Bill Guthy -- self-made principal of infomercial marketing giant Guthy-Renker -- Victoria’s most treasured role is mother to three beautiful, beloved children, Evan, Ali, and Jackson. Suddenly, Victoria’s dream life is broken as she begins to battle a mother’s greatest fear. In 2008, her daughter, Ali, began experiencing unusual symptoms of blurred vision and an ache in her eye. Ali’s test results led to the diagnosis of Neuromyelitis Optica. NMO is a little understood, incurable, and often fatal autoimmune disease that can cause blindness, paralysis, and life-threatening seizures, and afflicts as few as 20,000 people in the world. At the age of 14, Ali was given a terrifying prognosis of four to six years to live. Saving Each Other begins just as Victoria and Bill learn of Ali’s disease, starting them on a powerful journey to save their only daughter. They even brought together a team of more than 50 of the world’s leading experts in autoimmune and NMO-related diseases to create the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation. Told in alternating viewpoints, Victoria and Ali narrate their very different journeys of coming to terms with the lack of control that neither mother nor daughter have over NMO, and their pioneering efforts and courage to take their fight to a global level. Bringing their story to light with raw emotion, humor, warmth, and refreshing candor, Saving Each Other is the extraordinary journey of a mother and daughter who demonstrate how the power of love can transcend our greatest fears, while at the same time battling to find a cure for the incurable.
Summary: The good news is Jennifer Traig does not have lupus, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s....+
The good news is Jennifer Traig does not have lupus, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, or muscular dystrophy. She discovers that she does not have SUDS, the mysterious disorder that claims healthy young Asian men in their sleep, nor does she have Foreign Accent Syndrome, the bizarre but real neurological condition that transforms native West Virginians into Eliza Doolittle overnight. What she does have is hypochondria. Jenny Traig’s inquiry into her ailment is not only an uproariously funny account but also a literary tour of hypochondria, past and present: the implied hypochondria of the Talmud, the flatulence-obsessed eighteenth century, and the malady’s current unfortunate lack of a celebrity spokesperson. At the same time, Traig provides an intimate look at the complement of minor conditions that have concealed her essential health and driven her persistent self-diagnosis: the eczema, the shaky hands, and, worst of all, the bad hair. To her surprise, she ends her journey more knowledgeable than she was when she started out, a little less neurotic, and--one might say--healthier. Well Enough Alone is the definitive book on being worried well, in all of its gruesome and hysterical detail, from one of our funniest and most distinctive literary voices. About the Author: Jennifer Traig is the author of Devil In The Details: Scenes From An Obsessive Girlhood and has written for Forward, The Believer and The New York Times, among other publications. She holds a PhD in lterature and lives in Berkeley, CA. About the Narrator: Meg Savlov is an actress and singer based in Seattle. She has worked with bilingual theater ensembles in New York, Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Portland for over twenty years.
Summary: You're probably thinking: There's no way I'm going to live to 100. I'm not....+
You're probably thinking: There's no way I'm going to live to 100. I'm not sure I want to live that long, even if I could. But odds are, you will. And, while your parents and grandparents may have been blindsided by their longevity--and suffered for it--that doesn't have to happen to you. Aging can be a good thing--the opportunity to realize all of your dreams and establish a remarkable legacy--if you prepare for it. Based on Dr. Plasker's bestselling wellness system, The 100-Year Lifestyle(tm) reveals the secret to making the most of your extended lifespan. It gives you all you need to enjoy the highest quality of life as you age in years--without aging in body and mind. Your centennial is in reach with Dr. Plasker's ideas and methods for diet, nutrition, exercise, mental agility, creativity, finances, friends and family, work, community, and achieving a sense of purpose. Dr. Plasker's unique program for optimum health and happiness offers you the opportunity to customize your new 100-Year Lifestyle with: * Your 100-Year Lifestyle Assessment. * Your Prime Time, Prep Time, Play Time Calendar. * Your Personal Renewal Recipe. * Your Personal Energy Inventory. * Your Action Plan for Lifelong Change. * Your 100-Year Balance Sheet and Income Statement. With Dr. Plasker as your guide, you can make the 100-Year Lifestyle leap into the healthiest, happiest time of your life--every day for the rest of your life! About the Author: Eric Plasker, D.C., inspires his patients and the public alike to realize "a long life, well-lived." A graduate of Life Chiropractic College and former owner of two highly successful family practices, Dr. Plasker is the founder of the Council on Family Wellness for the World Chiropractic Alliance. Featured on the Discovery Channel's Forever Young and Connecting With Kids television network, he's shared the stage with such luminaries as Dr. Barbara De Angelis, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Dr. Andrew Weil. He's sold more than half a million copies of his health and wellness guides, audiotapes, CDs, DVDs, and related materials, which have been translated and distributed in more than fourteen countries. In just five years, Dr. Plasker's wellness messages and products have reached nearly one million people around the world. He lives in Atlanta, GA.
Summary: In 1989, Robert B. Oxnam, the successful China scholar and president of the....+
In 1989, Robert B. Oxnam, the successful China scholar and president of the Asia Society, faced up to what he thought was his biggest personal challenge: alcoholism. But this dependency masked a problem far more serious: Multiple Personality Disorder. At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn’t until 1990 during a session with Dr. Smith that the first of Oxnam’s eleven alternate personalities - an angry young boy named Tommy - suddenly emerged. With Dr. Smith’s help, Oxnam began the exhausting and fascinating process of uncovering his many personalities and the childhood trauma that caused his condition. A Fractured Mind is the powerful and moving story of one person’s struggle with this terrifying illness. The audiobook includes an epilogue by Dr. Smith in which he describes Oxnam’s case, the treatment, and the nature of multiple personality disorder. Oxnam’s courage in facing his situation and overcoming his painful past makes for a dramatic and inspiring book. About the Author: Robert B. Oxnam is internationally recognized as an outstanding Asia specialist and dynamic speaker. He often accompanies prominent Americans such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, former President George H. W. Bush, and Barbara Bush as they seek in-depth, firsthand knowledge of China. He was president of the Asia Society for over a decade, which has headquarters in New York, across the U.S., and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has hosted MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour specials on Asia. He lives in New York with his wife, Vishakha Desai. About the Narrator: William Dufris began his audio career in London narrating for radio plays, film, animation and audiobooks. In addition, Dufris has acted on stage and television in the US, UK and Germany. His work has been nominated for three AUDIE Awards and has garnered thirteen Earphones Awards. He lives in Maine with his wife and three children.
Summary: From the pink ribbons to the chat rooms to the Web sites that sell related....+
From the pink ribbons to the chat rooms to the Web sites that sell related accessories and stuffed animals, breast cancer has morphed from a disease to an experience. And at every step of the way, society tells women that this experience can teach them profound lessons, transform them into wiser, more insightful people, and maybe even give them a peek at the meaning of life. But what if it doesn't? Five Lessons I Didn't Learn From Breast Cancer is Shelley Lewis's thoroughly modern, slightly contrarian take on "doing" breast cancer in an epiphany-free zone, where the goal is simply to get through it and get the hell back to your life. Proving that chemotherapy can eradicate everything except a sense of humor. Lewis shares her five strategies for coping, and then reveals the real, not-so-meaningful insights learned from breast cancer, including "If you honestly think breast cancer is a gift, you can't come to my birthday" and "Lie to yourself (it's sooo helpful)." A wonderful interweaving of the author's personal story, interviews with breast cancer survivors, and a sharp-eyed journalist's look at the breast cancer "community." Five Lessons is full of unconventional wisdom, unexpected advice, and hilarious observations about life inside the pink bubble. About the Author: Lewis was a senior vice president of programming at Air America Radio from 2003-2005. Before that she spent 25 years in the mainstream media, executive producing news and information programs ranging from Real Life with Jane Pauley at NBC, to World News Now with Aaron Brown and Lisa McRee, and Good Morning America at ABC News. At CNN she was executive producer of Greenfield at Large, and American Morning with Paula Zahn. Lewis, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, received her BFA in film and television from NYU. About the Narrator: Judith West, a resident of Chicago, has collaborated on audiobooks ranging from stylish mystery to parenting, high-tech sci-fi to popular biography and history. She received her BA and MA in Speech and Literary Performance/Oral Interpretation from the University of Texas. Active with numerous Chicago theatres, she created the role of Aunt Dahlia in City Lit’s Bertie and Jeeves adaptations, performed in Craig Figtree’s Noël Coward cabaret, and originated several roles in Christopher Cartmill’s acclaimed “Light” play series.
Summary: More than half of all Americans suffer from one or more phobias at some time....+
More than half of all Americans suffer from one or more phobias at some time during their lives. This book draws upon the extraordinary wealth of current scientific and clinical research on phobias, including Dr. Gardner's own experiences with patients, to answer six pressing questions for anyone who suffers from phobias and for the friends and relatives of such sufferers:* What is a phobia? What are its typical symptoms? How do I know if I have a phobia? * What causes phobias? Are they inherited or learned? * Who is vulnerable to phobias? Do phobias indicate mental illness? * How can phobias be diagnosed, managed, and overcome? What therapies have proven most successful in treating phobias? * What can I learn about my specific phobia? Does it have a name? Do others suffer from it? * What resources are available to help me overcome my phobias or help a friend with phobias? This audiobook is a hands-on guide to recovery from the bondage of phobias. The material contained within will guide listeners toward the help they need in understanding and overcoming phobias. About the Author: James Gardner, M.D., heads a large medical practice in Marin County, California. He holds degrees from Stanford University and UCLA. Arthur H. Bell. Ph.D., is a professor of management communication and director of communication programs at the Masagung. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the author of more than 30 books. About the Narrator: Ron Hippe, a native of Seattle, has spent the last twenty years as a stage, screen and commercial actor. His film and TV credits include Northern Exposure, Arrest and Trial and I'll Take Romance, and his voice has been used in many video games including Halo 3, The Sims 2, Dungeon Seige 2, Godzilla, SWAT, and Midtown Madness 3. In addition, Ron is an accomplished musician and songwriter.
Summary: When bestselling author Jean Carper discovered she had the Alzheimer's gene,....+
When bestselling author Jean Carper discovered she had the Alzheimer's gene, she was determined to find out if there was anything she could do to help herself. As it turns out, there was quite a lot. In 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's, Jean Carper teaches readers how to take simple and effective steps to battle age-related memory loss and prevent Alzheimer's Disease. Based on the latest scientific findings and distilled into 100 short-form essays, 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's includes such surprising strategies as drinking apple juice; taking care of your gums; powering up with Acetyl-L-Carnitine, reading; and even simply trying new things. Carper discusses the major theories of Alzheimer's as well as the newest interventions. She provides the scientific rationale behind the tools in the book and details instructions on how readers can apply particular steps to their lives. A fresh, science-based approach on how to save your brain from damage caused by age-related dementia and Alzheimer's. About the Author: Jean Carper is the author of 23 books, including three New York Times bestsellers: Food--Your Miracle Medicine, Stop Aging Now! and Miracle Cures. She is a contributing editor to USA Weekend Magazine, and until recently, wrote the "Eat Smart" column for USA Today. About the Narrator: Susanna Burney is an actress, voice over artist and director who makes her home in Seattle. For almost 20 years, she has performed in theaters all across the US, as well as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. She is the founding Artistic Director of Our American Theater Company.
Summary: Imagine being able to consume 250,000 calories daily without gaining weight.....+
Imagine being able to consume 250,000 calories daily without gaining weight. If you had the metabolism of a shrew you could. And while most of us can't hold our breath for more than a few minutes, the Weddell seal can remain under water for a full 75 minutes! Through many amazing examples, Why Geese Don't Get Obese discusses the mechanisms humans and other creatures have evolved to gauge their need for food; gather water and oxygen; circulate blood; regulate body temperature; respond to stressful situations; and maintain other survival needs. Peppy prose and just the right amount of detail make this audiobook a delight and a fitting ode to the remarkable resilience of nature! About the Author: Eric P. Widmaier, producer, director and host of an educational television program "Widmaier's World of Animals" aired in Boston, is Associate Professor of Biology at Boston University where he teaches physiology. A former postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, Widmaier has written numerous articles for scientific and lay publications. About the Narrator: Rick Adamson is a Grammy nominee and an American Library Association award-winning narrator of audiobooks for all ages. He has appeared on television and videos, as well as dozens of audiobook productions. Rick lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Summary: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff offers a little direction to help you make it through....+
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff offers a little direction to help you make it through the day! This collection represents some of the very best columns from Dr. Michael Mantell, a popular television, radio and print personality, who discusses friendship, sex, marriage, divorce, children, aging, health, drugs, stress and anxiety and just about every other topic that's important. Dr. Mantell has thoughtful and practical advice for all of us who take life too seriously. His wit and wisdom leave no stone unturned. So, listen up and enjoy life! Awarded the "Listen Up Award" by Publishers Weekly Magazine. About the Author: Dr. Mantell earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Bridgeport and subsequently enrolled in Hahnemann Medical College where he received his masters degree in clinical psychology before finishing his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. About the Narrator: Wendy Hall, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, is a veteran of Los Angeles stage and theatre productions. An accomplished alto-sprano, she has performed in dozens of musicals and operas, and has studied at the La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory.
Summary: Sir Alexander Fleming (August 6, 1881 - March 11, 1955) was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist.....+
Sir Alexander Fleming (August 6, 1881 - March 11, 1955) was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. He wrote many articles on bacteriology, immunology, and chemotherapy. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the antibiotic substance penicillin from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. The following is from a 1950 talk he gave on the development of antibiotics.
Summary: Daniel Defoe’s ‘The History of the Plague in London’ (1722) is a fictionalized....+
Daniel Defoe’s ‘The History of the Plague in London’ (1722) is a fictionalized account of the bubonic plague epidemic that struck London in 1665 which Defoe witnessed as a five-year old, the year before the Great Fire of London. This work is among the first English novels. Like ‘Robinson Crusoe’, ‘Moll Flanders’ and several other of his novels, Defoe published this work as though it were based on primary sources and was not, so he pretended, a novel at all. This was Defoe’s way of developing an audience among the reading public for fiction writing.
The work is remarkable in its abundant use of “telling detail” to create an impression of verisimilitude, and for nearly two hundred years it was widely considered a pioneering work of journalism rather than a novel. Indeed, it is still assigned as required reading in journalism courses.
(Summary by Dennis Sayers)