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On Mother's Day 2001 Henny Beaumont gave birth to her third child. For the first four hours, her baby seemed no different from her two other little girls. When the registrar told Henny and her husband that their daughter might have Down's Syndrome, she knew that her life was over. How would she be able to look after this baby, who might die, and manage her other two children at the same time? How did this weak little baby, who needed so much more from Henny than her other two children, provoke such feelings of hatred and resentment? How can she learn to love her? And if she can't trust her own reactions to Beth, how can she expect other people to overcome their prejudices and ignorance about her condition?Hole in the Heart shares Henny's journey in an accessible and entertaining way, not only with those who have had a similar experience, or the medical professionals involved, but with a wider public - people who may have wondered how to behave towards families with disabled children, or who may be struggling with the idea of being an inadequate parent.Henny's experience may be very particular and extreme, but we are all competitive and anxious about our children, wondering where they fit in on a scale of achievement, whether we do enough for them, and whether we love them enough.
A complete guide to the side-effects and treatments - both conventional and alternative - for endometriosis, from a respected name in the field who also suffers from endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a debilitating reproductive and immunological disease that affects 7-10 million American women each year. The disease occurs when the same kind of tissue that lines the walls of the uterus grows outside the uterus in the pelvic cavity or some other area of the body, usually significantly affecting the woman's fertility and often causing pelvic pain. And as with any condition that affects fertility, the results are often emotional and psychological as well as physical.
As someone who suffers from endometriosis, and who has connections to a wide network of healthcare professionals, Morris is the perfect person to guide sufferers through diagnosis, treatment and living well with the condition. Like the previous titles in our successful Living Well series, this book will offer a holistic approach to living with the disease. The author will offer strategies for coping with the psychological aspects of endometriosis, including how best to tell others about the condition; treatment options including alternative and complementary treatment plans; dealing with infertility; and weighing the hysterectomy option. The author will draw on her relationship with fellow sufferers as well as medical professionals to help readers, making this the most comprehensive guide to endometriosis available.
Kerry-Ann Morris was diagnosed with endometriosis in 1999. Since then she has become one of the most active members of the endometriosis community, and has started an outreach website for the disease.She has relationships with many fellow sufferers and experts in the medical community, making her the perfect author for a book on holistic treatment.
Diabetes is a serious illness that can be managed If you're one of the 17 million Americans stricken with diabetes, it's time to strike back. The pH Miracle for Diabetes offers an easy-to-follow program that will help you take control of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Showing you how you can maintain the proper alkaline environment your body needs, this all-natural plan can help you slow, stop, or even reverse the disease and the damage it causes-without the high doses of medication most diabetics use. In just twelve weeks, this groundbreaking program will revitalize your health and renew your spirit. Discover: * Which foods you should eat, which to avoid, and which are best for normalizing blood sugar levels * Dozens of delicious recipes to balance your body's pH * How to replace low-blood sugar quick fixes with healthy, effective alternatives * Guidelines for managing stress and exercising safely * How the "no pain, no gain" approach to fitness leads to overacidity and a rise in blood sugar * Why a cleanse-or "liquid feast"-is the most effective start to the pH eating plan and renewing your energy ...and much more.
The day after losing his job in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Ricky suffers a catastrophic haemorrhagic stroke. Fortunately, his girlfriend Beth is nearby. A few minutes later, the unconscious Ricky is wheeled into Brooklyn's Methodist Hospital with a 5% chance of survival, and worse odds of any type of good outcome. Beth begins an eight-week vigil, grabbing an occasional nap on a waiting room floor. Then Hurricane Sandy does to New York what the haemorrhage did to Ricky's brain. Amid the rubble of a battered city, brain injury, and lost jobs, Beth and Ricky start planning for a future together. After all, this is a love story.
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is widely recommended nowadays in the NHS for the treatment of emotional and psychological problems, such as depression, low self-esteem, low mood, chronic anxiety, stress or out-of-control anger. This thorough yet easy-to-read general self-help guide is a must-have for anyone experiencing these common problems. Based on the popular and proven therapy CBT, it is written by two of the UK's leading experts in the field of CBT. It contains: Case studies and step-by-step CBT-based exercises. Based on the very latest research into CBT. Addresses problems associated with depression, anxiety, stress, anger and low self-esteem in individual chapters. Both for those suffering from these issues and clinicians.
Coronary heart disease is now the leading cause of death worldwide.* The effects of coronary heart disease include angina, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, and most importantly, heart attacks. Heart disease has a serious effect on the lives of not only its sufferers, but also those who care for them, their family and friends. This book gives the basic information needed to understand coronary artery disease and, most essentially, how to deal with it, including details on: How the heart works Problems caused by coronary heart disease Recovering from a heart attack and dealing with angina or heart failure Lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health. *Source: World Health Organization
Rise above depression and build a positive future using mindfulness If you suffer from depression, you know that it's not something you can simply snap yourself out of. Depression is a potentially debilitating condition that must be treated and managed with care, but not knowing where to turn for help can make an already difficult time feel even more harrowing. Thankfully, Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies offers authoritative and sensitive guidance on using evidence based and NHS approved Mindfulness Based Interventions similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help empower you to rise above depression and discover a renewed sense of emotional wellbeing and happiness. The book offers cutting edge self-management mindfulness techniques which will help you make sense of your condition and teach you how to relate differently to negative thought patterns which so often contribute to low mood and depression. The World Health Organization predicts that more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem by the year 2030. While the statistics are staggering, they offer a small glimmer of hope: you aren't alone. As we continue to learn more about how depression works and how it can be treated, the practice of mindfulness proves to be an effective tool for alleviating stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and insomnia. With the tips and guidance offered inside, you'll learn how to apply the practice of mindfulness to ease your symptoms of depression and get your life back. Heal and recover from depression mindfully Understand the relationship between thinking, feeling, mood, and depression Reduce your depression with effective mindfulness practices Implement positive changes and prevent relapse Whether you are struggling with low mood or simply wish to learn mindfulness as a way of enriching your life, Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies serves as a beacon of light and hope on your journey to rediscovering your sense of wellbeing, joy and happiness.
Are you constantly exhausted? Does sleep not refresh you? Is your balance not what it was? Do you have tingling or even burning in your fingers and toes? Then your problem may be vitamin B12 deficiency. Your doctor may test you for this but your blood levels look OK so what should you do then? Or you may receive treatment but not feel any better? This book is a guide to the complexities of this deceptively simple problem - how it can be diagnosed, how it can be treated, and how those who have it can cope with the lifelong repercussions. Incorporating the latest research, and the input of the thousands of members of the Pernicious Anaemia Society, this book is both practical and engaging, illustrated with many personal stories that will resonate with sufferers and their friends and families.
Written in a highly-accessible question and answer format, this comprehensive and compassionate guide draws on the latest research, a broad range of expert opinion, numerous real-life voices and personal experiences from people with bipolar. With a list of useful resources, it is both the perfect first port of call and a reference bible you can refer to time and time again.
From how to recognize the symptoms to how to explain to a child that their parent has been diagnosed, first cousins Amanda and Sarah – who have four close family members diagnosed with the condition – explore and explain absolutely everything that someone with bipolar disorder (and those who live with and love them) needs to know.
101 Ways to Climb out of the Slough of Despondency - a literary guide (part memoir, part companion) to coming through depression. 'Depression is internal snow. Black snow. The flakes whirl around like motes in the water around your personal shipwreck. The quicker you dive down to see your sorry state, the better for you in life. For above you, if only you can reach it without getting the bends, are sunshine, laughter on a yacht, the clink of plates as a lunch of steaming fish is handed round.' Whilst the overall structure of `Sunbathing in the Rain' moves from dark to light, telling the story of Lewis's recovery, its different strands allow a variety of tones and subjects to be explored, from the profound to the frivolous. Alongside a paragraph about the proper relationship between the ego, the mind and the emotions nestles a passage on the therapeutic value of nail varnish. Practical hints on how to get better (diet, read Hello!, helpful pieces of music) are alongside striking quotations, ranging from sentences on crisp packets, to prayers, from Russian orthodox writings on silence to collections of slang. Part memoir - drawing on her own experiences, both adverse and encouraging, as a depressive and an alcoholic - and part guide or companion, this book brings Burton's `Anatomy of Melancholy' into the twenty-first century. For it will have two voices, one calling from the valley of despair, the other from a safer, calmer new place. The suffering depressive needs help from outside his or her own consciousness, a radical new perspective that makes life possible again. This unique book offers it.
Let Me Not Be Mad is an immersive, virtuosic and provocative investigation of madness, love and self-destruction that defies categorisation. A consulting room with two people in it. One of them is talking, the other is listening. Both of them need help. Throughout his life, A K Benjamin has found himself drawn to extreme behaviour - as a screenwriter, a contemplative monk, a counsellor for addicts, a support-worker for gang-members and ultimately as a clinical neuropsychologist. His book begins as a series of superbly realised clinical encounters with anonymised patients, some recently traumatised, some on the brink of mental collapse, others already in freefall. But with each encounter, it becomes increasingly and disturbingly apparent that what we are reading is not really about the patients at all: it is about the author's own fevered descent into mental illness and mania as he confronts his traumatic past. Layered with twists and revelations, Let Me Not Be Mad challenges the boundary between fact and fiction to provide a thrilling drama of self-diagnosis: a hall of mirrors blazing with energy, intensity, humour and emotion. And though shockingly personal, it also reveals something deep and dark in western culture that is driving millions of us to distraction and collapse.
EXTRAORDINARY MEMOIR OF A LIFE AND LOVE TORN APART BY DEMENTIA When her husband Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004, Steph Booth had to say goodbye to life as she knew it. The disease encroached into their lives, taking away Tony day by day. Open and honest, but with heart and warmth, Steph reveals and the hardship of caring for Tony and losing herself in the midst of it. Along the way we learn of the people they were, the dynamics of their relationship - Tony's theatrics, Steph's stubbornness - effortlessly captured with lightness and humour. Borne out of her much-loved Irish Times column, Married to Alzheimer's is a poignant account of a life and love torn apart by dementia and a bond that was unshakeable. Tony was never a conformist. An actor, rebel, raconteur. The frustration, the grief, the laughter, the anger, the joy meant life with him was anything but ordinary.
Diagnosed with type-2 diabetes in 1996, Gretchen Becker educated herself on every aspect of this chronic condition - by reading medical books, talking with doctors, listening to her own body and using the Internet to communicate daily with other people with diabetes. Now, as a patient-expert, she guides all those newly diagnosed through everything they need to learn and do in the crucial first year after diagnosis. Hers is a step-by-step approach, first a day at a time - each day of the first week - then a week at a time - each week of the first month - and then a month at a time - each month for the 11 months of year one.;This guide, a full and in-depth look at all aspects of the condition that untangles and clarifies, simplifies but never patronizes, offers a wider approach than any so far adhered to by doctors. It answers all the myriad questions that assail the newly diagnosed: how best to adjust your social life to cope with daily maintenance? How to make sense of the complicated terminology about measurement of blood-glucose levels? How to build self-knowledge and confidence? How, crucially, best to adjust to life with diabetes. This reliable, empathetic, up-to-date handbook
The first proven plan to reverse Alzheimer's Disease. In The End of Alzheimer's Dr Dale Bredesen offers real hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's Disease and the cognitive decline of dementia. Revealing that AD is not one condition but in fact three, he outlines 36 metabolic factors, including micronutrients, hormone levels and sleep, which together can trigger downsizing in the brain. Dr Bredesen then outlines a proven, step-by-step protocol to rebalance these factors, which patients can follow with the help of a healthcare professional (note: blood tests are required in order to tailor individual plans). There are also general lifestyle and dietary changes all readers can adopt to improve cognitive health. - Rewrites the science of Alzheimer's Disease - Proven step-by-step advice to follow with your doctor - Offers real hope to patients, carers and health professionals - The first major breakthrough to stop Alzheimer's in its tracks Survival rates in many life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, have been steadily improving for years. But until now nobody had ever survived Alzheimer's Disease. The results, however, of Dr Bredesen's protocol are impressive: of the first ten patients on the protocol, nine displayed significant improvement within three to six months; since then the protocol has yielded similar results with hundreds more. Dr Bredesen is also focusing on training UK healthcare professionals in his protocol with a further 200 professionals set to receive training this coming spring.
This first book in the Emerald health Series, The Ultimate Nutrition Guides, is a comprehensive practical guide equipping cancer sufferers, their family and friends with a solid and sound foundation of nutritional advice and support, addressing aspects bo
A groundbreaking plan for improving eye health and for slowing and preventing eye disease, from a highly respected optometrist who is the founder of Eye Wellness. The RNIB reports that 4.1 million people will be affected by sight loss in the UK by 2050. Currently, more than two million British people are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives and there are over 25,000 visually impaired children aged 16 years and under. Every day in Britain 250 people start to lose their sight owing to including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Thankfully, new research demonstrates that certain diet choices can help to support optimal eye health. In Eyefoods (R): The Complete Eye Health and Nutrition Guide, optometrist Dr. Laurie Capogna offers a groundbreaking plan for improving eye health and slowing or preventing common eye disorders. This comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide includes in-depth research based on 20+ years of clinical experience from a pioneer in the field, supported by recent scientific findings. With expert advice and 100+ companion recipes highlighting the power of nutrient-rich foods, Eyefoods (R): The Complete Eye Health and Nutrition Guide will help you keep your eyes happy and healthy, while improving your overall health and well-being.
From bestselling author Dr. Steven Gundry, a quick and easy guide to The Plant Paradox program that gives readers the tools to enjoy the benefits of lectin-free eating in just 30 days. In Dr. Steven Gundry's breakout bestseller The Plant Paradox, readers learned the surprising truth about foods that have long been regarded as healthy. Lectins-a type of protein found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, and grains-wreak havoc on the gut, creating systemic inflammation and laying the groundwork for disease and weight gain. Avoiding lectins offers incredible health benefits but requires a significant lifestyle change-one that, for many people, can feel overwhelming. Now, in The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy, Dr. Gundry makes it simpler than ever to go lectin free. His 30-day challenge offers incentives, support, and results along with a toolkit for success. With grocery lists, meal plans, time-saving cooking strategies, all-new recipes, and guidance for families and those following specialized diets (including ketogenic and vegan), The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy is the all-in-one resource Plant Paradox fans and newcomers alike need to jumpstart results reap the health benefits of living lectin-free.
At the age of 35 and following the death of her mother from ovarian cancer, Clarissa Foster was found to carry a harmful mutation in the BRCA2 gene which drastically increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. She searched for a book that would help her to understand the full extent of what it meant to carry a harmful mutation, the options available to her to lower her risk and, most importantly, how it would feel to undergo risk-reducing surgery. Finding nothing that answered her needs, she set about reading all the available medical literature and liaising with relevant medical professionals to answer her questions. This book is the result of that research and of the decision she took based on it - to have a bilateral mastectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy. Within the context of her own painful experience of family cancer and of elective surgery, Clarissa explains what the BRCA mutation is, what it signifies, what the individual's choices are and what the fall out can be in terms of a woman's body image, identity and sexual functioning.
Back pain manifests itself in many different forms, attacks without warning, and damages its victims' physical and emotional health. Everyone suggests a different cure for the effects of a weak core: surgeons want to cut, chiropractors want to adjust, physical therapists want to perform physical therapy. In The End of Back Pain, neurosurgeon Patrick Roth, M.D., reveals that, more often than not, back pain is caused by a set of underdeveloped core muscles that control the stability and alignment of the spine that are not being used. He details a specialized exercise program to strengthen and develop those muscles to relieve, control, and even prevent chronic pain. The End of Back Pain helps patients view the body from a totally different perspective, and inspires readers to push their bodies in order to cure its maladies. After years of treating back pain, Dr. Roth has seen time and time again that a back that is not used to its full capacity is a back that is unhealthy. When we don't use our backs, we are not utilizing the core set of muscles designed to help us stay strong, increase stamina, and look our very best.
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