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At the Library: Library offers many books on taking care of oneself

By Staff | Jul 29, 2015

New books at the Captiva Memorial Library give you tips on taking care of yourself:

“The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out,”

by Mathilde Thomas

“Cofounder of the international beauty company Caudale shares the simple, natural, time-tested beauty secrets she learned growing up in France that any woman can use to look younger, healthier, and more radiant without harsh products or drastic procedures. When Mathilde Thomas moved from her native France to the United States to expand her skin-care company, Caudale, she wanted to find out what American women wanted from their beauty routines. She interviewed thousands of women and was struck by how different the French and American approaches to beauty were. American women are all about the quick fix-the elusive product or procedure that will instantly solve a nagging beauty problem, even if it hurts, is wildly expensive, or is damaging in the long term. The French, by contrast, approach beauty as an essential and pleasurable part of the day, a lifelong and active investment that makes you look and feel good. Mathilde used these insights to turn Caudale into one of America’s top beauty brands. Drawing on her company’s 20 years of scientific skin-care expertise backed by the research of doctors and dermatologists-as well as the beauty secrets she learned growing up on a vineyard in Bordeaux-‘The French Beauty Solution’ covers everything from how to use natural ingredients, such as oil and honey to wash your face; what foods to eat for healthier hair, skin, and nails; and the amazing properties of grapes and grapeseed oil. She also introduces an easy three-day grape cleanse that European aristocrats have been using to detox for hundreds of years. Blending stories, science, DIY recipes, and tons of savoir fairethe last beauty regimen you’ll ever need.” *

“Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – for Life”

by David Perlmutter M.D.

“The bestselling author of ‘Grain Brain’ uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells 10 to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.” *

“The Diabetes Solution: How to Control Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes Using Simple Diet and Lifestyle Changes–with 100 Recipes”

by Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and Susan Wyler

“Proper management of diabetes from the earliest stages is essential. If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, this authoritative guide to preventing, reversing, and managing the disease provides the help you need right now Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and dietitian nutritionist Susan Wyler tell you everything you need to know about this increasingly common disease-from diagnosis to treatment-including the difference between prediabetes and diabetes, ways to prevent serious complications, and the most effective medications and when to start taking them. Many studies prove that a minor weight loss of 5 to 7 percent can make a huge difference in blood sugar levels and diabetic status-an easily achievable goal with ‘The Diabetes Solution’s’ simple diet plan based on the latest scientifically validated information. The Blood Sugar Budget, a point-based program developed specifically for controlling blood sugar, tells you exactly what to eat and when, and features recipes for 100 tasty dishes that control carb consumption, limit calories, and encourage weight loss. This comprehensive yet accessible guide will show you how to diminish stress, exercise smart, and eat surprisingly well while reducing permanent damage and eliminating future complications.” *

“The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage As Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul”

by Lissa Rankin M.D.

“Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick, but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Now Lissa Rankin, M.D., explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy-and shows us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives. Drawing on peer-reviewed studies and powerful true stories, ‘The Fear Cure,’ presents a breakthrough understanding of fear’s effects and charts a path back to wellness and wholeness on every level. We learn:

  • How a fearful thought translates into physiological changes that predispose us to illness
  • How to tell true fear (the kind that arises from a genuine threat) from false fear (which triggers stress responses that undermine health)
  • How to tune in to the voice of courage inside-our ‘Inner Pilot Light’
  • How to reshape our relationship to uncertainty so that it’s no longer something to dread, but a doorway to new possibilities
  • What our fears can teach us about who we really are

At the intersection of science and spirituality, ‘The Fear Cure’ identifies the Four Fearful Assuemptions that lie at the root of all fears-from the sense that we’re alone in the universe to the belief that we can’t handle losing what we love-and shifts them into Four Courage-Cultivating Truths that pave our way to not only physical well-being, but profound awakening. Using exercises from a wide range of mind-body practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Rankin teaches us how to map our own courage-cultivating journey, write a personalized Prescription for Courage, and step into a more authentic life.” *

“On Your Case: A Comprehensive, Compassionate (And Only Slightly Bossy) Legal Guide for Every Stage of a Woman’s Life”

by Lisa Green

“Television legal analyst and attorney Lisa Green offers something new: a witty, direct and empowering legal guide for women, filled with accessible information they can employ to understand and respond to common legal issues throughout their lives, from dating, marriage, and kids to jobs, retirement, aging parents, and wills. Lisa Green has an urgent message for women of all ages, especially those who consider themselves fully briefed on nutrition, personal finance, good schools, and great bargains: What about the law? Whether or not you invite it into your life, the law will find you. When it does, will you be ready to respond? In ‘On Your Case,’ Lisa fills a long-standing gap in women’s bookshelves with a thorough, compelling and occasionally hilarious guide to the range of legal issues women can expect to confront throughout their busy lives. Leveraging her professional training as a lawyer and her personal experience as a wife, ex-wife, mother, and daughter, Lisa explains common, even complicated, legal issues in practical, easy to understand terms. Sharing true stories, from jaw-dropping court cases to her own personal challenges, Lisa explains how readers can make the best possible decisions when problems arise. And legal problems will arise, Lisa counsels, so women need to get smart, and get ready. As Suze Orman demystified personal finance and put women in the driver’s seat of their own financial future, Lisa Green now does for the law. With ‘On Your Case,’ Lisa empowers you by equipping you with the tools you need to take care of yourself, your assets, your family, and your career.” *

“Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself”

by Dr. Joseph Mercola

“Do you have to tell your leg to heal from a scrape? Your lungs to take in air? Your body that it’s hungry? No. Your body does these things automatically, effortlessly. Vibrant health is your birthright and within your grasp; you just have to step out of the way. In Effortless Healing, online health pioneer, natural medicine advocate, and bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals the nine simple secrets to a healthier, thinner you. Effortless Healing is the distillation of decades of Dr. Mercola’s experience and cutting-edge medical knowledge. With his wisdom and that of your body, you can optimize your health, your weight, and your lifeeffortlessly.” *

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library.