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: Includes a bonus with recipes and more! A provocative look at how eliminating....+
Includes a bonus with recipes and more! A provocative look at how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse a broad spectrum of health problems--from acne to diabetes and serious digestive disorders. Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting over two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, sugar, or our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic--it is wheat. How this once-benign grain--now genetically modified almost beyond recognition and found in almost every meal--has come to have such a profound and harmful effect on our collective well-being is one of the great untold health stories of our generation. Here, Dr. Davis exposes the truth about modern-day wheat, deconstructing its historical role in the human diet and the agricultural evolutions that have created a hybrid grain that has a greater impact on blood sugar levels than pure cane sugar and many of the addictive characteristics of a narcotic. He sheds light on wheat’s connection to weight gain as well as to a host of other adverse effects from diabetes to heart disease to immunologic and neurologic disorders like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia. Finally, to help listeners dependent on wheat products make the move to a wheat-free diet, he presents a clear-cut action plan packed with food and lifestyle tips, meal plans, and recipes. Informed by decades of clinical research and backed by case studies of men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving good-bye to wheat, this is an illuminating look at a familiar food and an affirmative life plan for regaining health and losing unwanted pounds. To access the bonus PDF follow this link: http://www.blackstoneaudio.com/docs/WheatBelly_AppendixA_B_andmore.pdf
Summary: Answers to the most common--and controversial--questions about creation. How....+
Answers to the most common--and controversial--questions about creation. How you view your origins will ultimately determine how you live your life. If you believe you are a function of undirected, purposeless processes, you will live by a different standard than if you know you are created in the image of God. In The Creation Answer Book, Hank Hanegraaff, renowned host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, provides clear and concise answers to questions that stumble seekers and solidify skeptics in opposition to a biblical worldview. Includes answers to frequently asked questions such as: Can the big bang theory be harmonized with Genesis? Is there evidence that humans and dinosaurs walked on the earth together? Can we be certain that naturalistic evolution is a myth?
Summary: The Bible teaches us that when our earthly journey ends, our eternal journey....+
The Bible teaches us that when our earthly journey ends, our eternal journey is only beginning. But what will life be like after death? Are there clues that tell us more about the unseen worlds of departed souls? In Secrets From Beyond the Grave, Perry Stone brings his unique blend of Bible knowledge, prophecy, and spiritual insight to the topic of heaven and hell. In this comprehensive look at the afterlife, he answers important questions such as: Where do the soul and spirit go after death? Who will be in heaven? Will our pets be there? Where is hell located? Are there “gateways” to hell within the geography of our earth? What about purgatory, aborted infants, cremation, and suicide? Death is not the end but only the beginning. Journey with Pastor Stone into the mysteries of life after death, the underworld, and the wonder of paradise.
Summary: With her ability to deliver cutting-edge information in a lighthearted style,....+
With her ability to deliver cutting-edge information in a lighthearted style, bestselling author Leil Lowndes has made a career of teaching the secrets of successful interaction. In How to Re-Spark and Keep Chemistry In Your Relationship Forever, based on the latest findings in cognitive science, Leil teaches listeners with easy communication strategies and techniques for how to re-spark that elusive feeling of chemistry--and sustain it when the relationship moves to the next level, from marriage to parenthood and beyond! About the Author: Motivated by a debilitating shyness in her youth, Leil Lowndes has devoted her professional life to helping her audiences become more effective communicators in business, social, and romantic relationships. Previous to her ground-breaking personal development work, she was an elementary school teacher, flight attendant, television spokeswoman for two national products, substitute host on New York's #1 radio talk show, cruise director, and Broadway actress. Today, Leil is the author of ten best-selling books, including, "How to Talk to Anyone," "How to Instantly Connect with Anyone," Good-bye to Shy," "How to Be a People Magnet," and "How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You."
Summary: Why do you feel an instant attraction to one person and not another? And how....+
Why do you feel an instant attraction to one person and not another? And how can you help ensure that a connection lasts? Although chemistry affects nearly every relationship, few people understand it--what initiates it, what destroys it, and what makes it last forever. In How to Create Chemistry With Anyone, communications expert and bestselling author Leil Lowndes turns complex neurological science into easy strategies and unusual techniques for what to do--and what not to do--to spark that elusive feeling of chemistry with almost anyone! About the Author: Motivated by a debilitating shyness in her youth, Leil Lowndes has devoted her professional life to helping her audiences become more effective communicators in business, social, and romantic relationships. Previous to her ground-breaking personal development work, she was an elementary school teacher, flight attendant, television spokeswoman for two national products, substitute host on New York's #1 radio talk show, cruise director, and Broadway actress. Today, Leil is the author of ten best-selling books, including, "How to Talk to Anyone," "How to Instantly Connect with Anyone," Good-bye to Shy," "How to Be a People Magnet," and "How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You."
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: 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: Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers,....+
Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers, he often reads the ingredients label--without a clue as to what most of it means. So when his young daughter asked, “Daddy, what’s polysorbate 60?” he was at a loss--and determined to find out. From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to the vanilla harvest in Madagascar, Twinkie, Deconstructed is a fascinating, thoroughly researched romp of a narrative that demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients--where they come from, how they are made, how they are used--and why. Beginning at the source (hint: they’re often more closely linked to rock and petroleum than any of the four food groups), we follow each Twinkie ingredient through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder with a strange name--all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake. An insightful exploration into the food industry, if you’ve ever wondered what you’re eating when you consume foods containing mono- and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter, a food-grade equivalent of Plaster of Paris) this book is for you. About the Author: Steve Ettlinger is the author of numerous consumer products books, including "Beer For Dummies," "The Hardware Cyclopedia," "Kitchenware Book," and "The Restaurant Lover's Companion." About the Narrator: Based in Seattle, Mark Lund has appeared on-stage at the Taproot Theatre, including as part of the Garland Award-nominated ensemble of “Terra Nova.” In addition, Mark has done radio and tv voiceover work for companies such as FedEx, Eddie Bauer, T-Mobile, Microsoft and Qwest, and has performed on a number of video games including F.E.A.R, SWAT 4 and the “Backyard Sports” series.
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: 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: Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, born on March 23, 1929, is an English former....+
Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, born on March 23, 1929, is an English former athlete best known for being the first to run the mile in less than 4 minutes, remarkably while practicing as a junior doctor. This was finally achieved on May 6, 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, with Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher providing the pacing. The resulting time was 3 min 59.4 sec. Retiring from running shortly after, Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and an important contributor to research into the human nervous system. The audio is Bannister's perspective on the famous race.
Summary: Thomas H. Huxley, an English biologist and essayist, was an advocate of the....+
Thomas H. Huxley, an English biologist and essayist, was an advocate of the theory of evolution and a self-proclaimed agnostic. A talented writer, his essays helped to popularize science in the 19th century, and he is credited with the quote, “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” In The Advance of Science in the Last Half Century, he presents a summary of the major developments in Physics, Chemistry and Biology during the period 1839-1889 and their impact on society, within the historical context of philosophical thought and scientific inquiry going back to Aristotle. Huxley’s clear and readable prose makes this subject equally enjoyable for both the student of scientific history and the casual listener alike. (Summary by J.M. Smallheer.)
Summary: The Autobiography of Charles Darwin is the autobiography of the British naturalist....+
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin is the autobiography of the British naturalist Charles Darwin which was published in 1887, five years after his death.
Darwin wrote the book, which he entitled Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character, for his family. He states that he started writing it on about May 28, 1876 and had finished it by August 3.
The book was edited by Charles Darwin's son Francis Darwin, who removed several passages about Darwin's critical views of God and Christianity. It was published in London by John Murray as part of The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter.
The omitted passages were later restored by Darwin's granddaughter Nora Barlow in a 1958 edition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Origin. This edition was published in London by Collins under the title of The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882, with the original omissions restored, edited and with appendix and notes by his granddaughter Nora Barlow.
The original is in the public domain as its copyright has expired, but the later version remains under copyright. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Summary: The book, also known as Darwin's Journal of Researches, is a vivid and exciting....+
The book, also known as Darwin's Journal of Researches, is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin's keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were still discovering and exploring much of the rest of the world. Although Darwin revisited some areas during the expedition, for clarity the chapters of the book are ordered by reference to places and locations rather than chronologically. With hindsight, ideas which Darwin would later develop into his theory of evolution by natural selection are hinted at in his notes and in the book (Summary from Wikipedia).
Summary: Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (publ. 1859) is a pivotal work in scientific....+
Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (publ. 1859) is a pivotal work in scientific literature and arguably the pivotal work in evolutionary biology. The book’s full title is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. It introduced the theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It was controversial because it contradicted religious beliefs which underlay the then current theories of biology. Darwin’s book was the culmination of evidence he had accumulated on the voyage of the Beagle in the 1830s and added to through continuing investigations and experiments since his return.
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