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The American Academy of Neurology's (AAN) Neurology Now Books series answer the questions and concerns of patients and caregivers with specific neurologic diseases who are navigating a host of issues related to living-often long-term-with a neurologic illness. Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor is a guide for anyone affected by brain tumors and their associated conditions-patients, family members, friends, and caregivers. Providing readily accessible information and real-world encouragement to people living with primary and metastatic brain tumors and their caregivers, this book discusses the basics of brain tumors, types of tumors, management of different tumors, related symptoms, treatments and side effects, the role of medical team members, and coping strategies from initial diagnosis throughout the course of the illness. At the same time, it also offers practical suggestions on symptom management and lifestyle modification, as well as real-life anecdotes and advice from both patients and family members and friends who are experiencing this diagnosis. Balancing the uncertainties of prognosis with hope, Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor is an authoritative, realistic, yet compassionate guide to living with brain cancer.
Positive life changes lead to positive brain changes. Drawing on the huge success of his groundbreaking book, The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb offers actionable, step-by-step skills to help you reshape your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life. Depression is defined by a collection of symptoms. You feel crappy most of the time. Nothing seems interesting, and everything seems overwhelming. You have trouble with sleep. You feel guilty and anxious and have thoughts that life isn't worth living. Each symptom reinforces and inspires new symptoms, and this is a sign that your brain circuits are caught in the downward spiral of depression. So, how can you reverse it? In his first book, The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystified the intricate brain processes that cause depression and outlined a practical and effective approach for getting better. Based on the latest research, this evidence-based workbook takes the theory behind Korb's breakthrough book and distills it into concrete, actionable exercises and skills. Just as one small trigger can drag you down, an effective intervention can start enough momentum to carry you back up. Exercise, attention to breathing, gratitude, sleep hygiene, and positive social interactions are just some of the offerings in this workbook that can help alter activity in specific neural circuits, setting you on the path toward an upward spiral to happiness and well-being.
Classic Pacing for a Better Life with ME is a self-help book which explains pacing and how it can be applied to daily life. Although aimed at patients, the book can also be of interest to professionals. Pacing is a coping strategy used in illnesses that cause low energy levels. It consists of splitting activities into small chunks so that symptoms are not worsened, as well as alternating activity and rest to maintain energy levels throughout the day. Pacing can be done in a variety of ways, and there are several different tools which can be of help. Classic Pacing for a Better Life with ME presents a full range of strategies to enable the reader to find the ones that suit their situation. It covers all degrees of illness severity and there is a special chapter on how to pace education, making the book useful to young readers. The first part of the book covers basic pacing, and is well suited to beginners, whereas the second part covers advanced pacing, which is relevant to patients who have been ill for a long time and have tried many ways to improve their situation. The third part of the book consists of chapters on different themes, such as how to pace social activities and big events. Great care has been taken to ensure that the book is as easy to read as possible. All the chapters begin with a summary. This means that even people who can only read very small amounts of text can still benefit from the book. In addition, all the basics are covered in Chapter One, which means that the reader can get going straight away without having to read the entire book first. Each chapter can be read on its own like an article. The detailed table of contents makes it easy to find the sections that are most relevant to the reader's needs. The language of the book is reader friendly with everyday words and short sentences. Although the book is geared particularly towards people with ME, much of the content is general enough to also be relevant to people with other illnesses that cause low levels of energy.
Close-up and personal, this book brings readers into the day-to-day, even minute-by-minute, experience of preparing for, undergoing, and recovering from life-threatening spine surgery. Written in the form of a journal, the brief entries offer both the immediacy of a realistic drama and a transcendent peek into the transformational power that this surgery represented for the writer.
"People faced with cancer take life seriously - very seriously. They want answers; they need to know what works. I know the feeling. For over twenty years now I have sat in groups with thousands of others going through cancer. Between us we have tried many things. We have worked out what works. My job has been to collect these experiences." A revolutionary book when first published in 1984, You Can Conquer Cancer has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and it's earlier editions have been translated into numerous languages including German, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Korean and Hebrew. A must-read classic on the topic of cancer it has become one of the most widely read books on the subject emphasising the importance of nutrition, the power of the mind, meditation, family, social support and the spiritual dimension of life. This new edition contains important additional material, as well as whole new sections of updated information. The book highlights the difference between "positive thinking" and "wishful thinking", shares stories of remarkable survivors of cancer along with an extensive chapter on the theme of "good death" and dedicates whole chapters to the subject of nutrition, explaining how it can affect - for the better - entire families. Remarkable for it's clarity and conciseness, this new edition of You Can Conquer Cancer enlarges upon what is a truly integrated, holistic approach to cancer.
'This is a wonderful, rather special book: funny, warm and loving but also thought-provoking and deeply moving. Absolutely unforgettable - ironically.' ADAM KAY, Sunday Times bestselling author of This Is Going To Hurt Inadvertent cross-dressing. Attempted murder. Jail break. A waltz at a funeral. A hernia the size of Guernsey. Heartbreaking and darkly comic, these are the moments that litter the messy road from cared-for to carer, a journey that Robyn Hollingworth finds herself on when she's only twenty-five years old. Leaving London to return home to rural South Wales, Robyn finds that it's her old life - same teddy bears resting on her pillow, their bodies tucked under the duvet; same view of the garages behind which she'd had her first cigarette and first kiss - but so much has changed. Her dad, the proud, charmingly intelligent, self-made man who made people laugh, is in the grip of early onset Alzheimer's. His brilliant mind, which saw him building power stations and literally bringing light into the lives of others, has succumbed to darkness. As Robyn settles back in the rhythms of life in the rain-soaked vast Welsh valleys, she keeps a diary charting her journey as the dad she knew disappears before her eyes. Lyrical, poignant and with flashes of brilliant humour, The Man He Used To Be explores how in helping others we can heal ourselves. Previously published in hardback as My Mad Dad.
An updated edition for 2011 including all the latest medical research and up-to-date studies. An approachable, empowering guide to staying healthy and fighting disease. Would it surprise you to hear that one in four people are affected by cancer? If you knew that simple lifestyle changes could significantly reduce your chances of developing the disease, would you take advantage of your natural defences? 'I had cancer. I was diagnosed for the first time 15 years ago. I received conventional treatment and the cancer went into remission, but I relapsed after that. Then I decided to learn everything I could to help my body defend itself against the illness. I've lived cancer free now for seven years. In this book, I'd like to tell you the stories - scientific and personal - behind what I learned.' Author David-Servan Schreiber is an academic physician with a wealth of experience in the field of integrative medicine. He will show you how, through simple alterations in diet, lifestyle and attitude, you can tackle cancer alongside conventional treatments, or even avoid it altogether. This is not a biology textbook, but a practical, insightful and individual guide that will allow you to make the best choices for your own health and well-being.
This essential self-help guide is for anyone suffering with chronic pain and struggling to understand why standard medical approaches have failed them. Taking a mind-body approach, this book clearly and simply explains how chronic pain develops, and why an understanding of fascia, the main connective tissue in the body, is the key to restoring pain-free movement and health. This book informs readers about the role of fascia in chronic pain and empowers them to help themselves through simple and effective self-care techniques, stretches and exercises. Living Pain Free is an essential read for anyone experiencing chronic pain from conditions including migraines and headaches, repetitive strain injury (RSI), jaw (TMJ) pain, frozen shoulder, neck and back pain, chronic pelvic pain, scar tissue, and systemic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and myofascial pain syndrome. This book will also benefit anyone interested in understanding chronic pain from a myofascial perspective. This includes family, friends and healthcare professionals.
Introduces an easy to follow formula which can help people improve their lifestyle. Includes deliciously healthy and simple recipes. Contains easy and effective workouts & inspirational quotes and tips to lead a healthier, happier life. The purpose of The Mindset Triangle Book is to share knowledge about mental illness, and to help people live their lives by the triangle to reduce the stigma of mental health in the UK. Stu and Henriette have collaborated to write a book to demonstrate how easy it is to live a healthy lifestyle to give you a healthy mindset. This book is full of healthy easy recipes, easy workouts and tips for sleeping better. It also helps to set goals and includes positive quotes and interviews from people who have experience in mental illness. The formula within the book provides an ideal framework for reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and gives people the guidance to really improve their lifestyle and mind.
Maintain effective long-term back self-management with Robin McKenzie's completely revised and formatted 9th edition landmark patient book. This informative, easy-to-read book contains updated content from Robin McKenzie.
The diaries of a remarkable young woman who was determined to live a meaningful and happy life despite her struggle with cystic fibrosis and a rare superbug - from age 15 to her death at the age of 25. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three, Mallory Smith grew up to be a determined, talented young woman who inspired others even as she privately raged against her illness. Despite the daily challenges of endless medical treatments and a deep understanding that she'd never lead a normal life, Mallory was determined to 'Live Happy', a mantra she followed until her death. She worked hard to make the most out of the limited time she had, becoming a well-known cystic fibrosis advocate and embarking on a career as a professional writer. For more than 10 years, Mallory recorded her thoughts and observations about struggles and feelings too personal to share during her life, leaving instructions for her mother to publish her work posthumously. She hoped that her writing would offer insight to those living with, or loving someone with, chronic illness. What emerges is a powerful and inspiring portrait of a brave young woman and blossoming writer who did not allow herself to be defined by disease. Her words offer comfort and hope to readers, even as she herself was facing death. Salt in My Soul is a beautifully crafted, intimate and poignant tribute to a short life well lived - and a call for all of us to embrace our own lives as fully as possible.
'I deeply respect and honour the work of Ann Louise Gittleman, whom I consider as a teacher, as well as what she has done to bring intelligence to the world of nutrition.' Dr Mark Hyman Eat your way to a faster metabolism, easier weight loss and better health - from New York Times bestselling author and health pioneer Ann Louise Gittleman. One reason many diets fail is that they don't correct the shutdown of key fat-burning tissues in the body: brown fat, muscle and the microbiome. Each of these prefers a specific type of food for optimal function and this expert book tells you exactly how to fuel them. Radical Metabolism will shake up your long-held beliefs and assumptions about what is healthy, especially when it comes to diet. However, this isn't just about weight loss - this is about putting the brakes on ageing, gaining the tools necessary to dodge age-related illness and staying energised for life. The book is divided into three sections: The first section lays out the scientific basis for the Radical Metabolism plan so that you can understand the rationale behind the programme. Discover the five radical rules for rescuing your metabolism, the forgotten but powerful role bile plays in the body's slimming systems and the hero ingredients that are key to lasting weight loss. The second section is the eating diet plan. It starts off with the 4-Day Radical Intensive Cleanse, a simple juicing-and-souping detox plan designed to give your liver and gallbladder a rest before the main programme. The 21-Day Radical Reboot will teach you how to reawaken and retrain your metabolism to build a lasting and lean body. The third section expands the menu with a collection of 49 recipes (anglicised for UK readers) and provides a maintenance plan and additional guidance for staying on track for life. An easy-to-follow programme with the nutritional and scientific research to back it up, this book offers simple strategies that produce radical results. REAP THE BENEFITS OF A RADICAL METABOLISM: - Lasting weight loss - Greater energy - Balanced mood - Healthier skin - Protection against health problems, such as type II diabetes and gallbladder issues
Debra Meyerson, a Stanford University professor, shares her emotionally powerful journey to rebuild her identity and redefine herself after suffering a debilitating stroke. She effectively blends her expertise about personal identity with her own journey and that of other survivors into a story that can help and inspire anyone robbed of capabilities that challenge their sense of self following injury. In 2010, Debra Meyerson suffered a severe stroke in which she lost all speech and was paralyzed on her right side. Identity Theft centers on Debra's experience: her stroke, her extraordinary efforts to recover, and her journey to redefine herself. She draws on her skills as a social scientist and conversations with dozens of fellow survivors-, family members, friends, colleagues, therapists and doctors to paint a new picture of the emotional journey through the identity-based challenges born from stroke and other accidents and illnesses that rob people of important capabilities. She shares amazing personal stories and uses them to illustrate lessons we can all learn from. Who are you after a stroke? How do you grieve the loss of you? Who do you become during your recovery? This is not a how-to book for recovery, nor will it tell you what you'll experience or how you should deal with the loss of ability, but it's a book full of hope for stroke survivors. It gives them and their support network a broad picture of what might lie ahead. And it explores some critical questions that, in the more prevalent focus on physical recovery, are all too often overlooked in the effort to help people who have lost capabilities from stroke or otherwise: What is really important to me? How do I fit in? Who am I now? How do I define myself in the face of my more limited abilities?
Many new pieces of technology can be beneficial to individuals living with dementia, including both hardware and software. This straightforward guide summarises the current research on this growing topic, and gives practical advice on how available technology can be used to improve the everyday lives of people with dementia. Looking at a range of available products, such as off-the-shelf computers and smartphones, to dementia specific applications and programs, it also addresses some common obstacles and barriers faced when introducing technology in dementia care. The past twenty years have seen an array of technologies developed to improve the day-to-day lives of people with dementia; this guide shows how they can be effectively used.
Breast Cancer: Taking Control ia a unique, easy-to-read, three-part book for patients with breast cancer. Written by an international expert who has treated thousands of patients, the book empowers women and their families who are faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer. In full color and plain English, and using the familiar image of a garden, renowned Australian breast cancer specialist Professor John Boyages, MD, PhD, walks you slowly through the stress and confusion of diagnosis, treatment, and life after breast cancer. In Breast Cancer: Taking Control, John Boyages provides you with the right tools, directions, and equipment to let you take control, maximize your survival, and find your path to recovery.
Do you suffer from severe headaches, sometimes with nausea and visual impairment? Can these headaches last for up to a day or longer at a time? If so, you could be experiencing migraines. In this easy-to-follow book, Wendy Green explains how dietary, psychological and environmental factors can cause migraines, and offers practical advice and a holistic approach to help you manage them. Find out 50 things you can do today to help you cope with migraines, including: * Identify your migraine triggers and learn how to manage them * Choose beneficial foods and supplements * Learn how to adapt your home and work environments * Discover how to treat children and teenagers with the condition * Find helpful organisations and products
Lower your blood pressure in just two weeks with the #1 rated diet When high blood pressure becomes chronic, it's called hypertension a condition that affects 970 million people worldwide, and is classified by the World Health Organization as a leading cause of premature death. While medications can help, nothing beats dietary and lifestyle modifications in the fight against high blood pressure, and the DASH diet is a powerful tool in your arsenal. Focusing on lowering sodium intake and increasing fiber, vitamins, and minerals can help lower your blood pressure in as little as two weeks. It's no wonder that the DASH Diet is ranked as the number 1 diet for three years in a row and is endorsed by the American Heart Association, The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, and The Mayo Clinic. DASH Diet for Dummies is your ultimate guide to taking control of your body once and for all. Originally conceived to alleviate hypertension, the DASH Diet has been proven effective against a number of conditions including Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, PCOS, weight loss, and more. DASH Diet for Dummies contains all the information you need to put the diet into practice, including: * Over 40 DASH-approved recipes, including meals, snacks, and desserts *100+ DASH-approved foods, including meats, seafood, sweets, and more * Tips for navigating the grocery store and choosing healthier fare * A 14-day Menu Planner to help you get started today The DASH Diet is built upon the principles of healthy eating and getting the most nutritional bang for your buck. Doctors even recommend DASH to their healthy patients as an easy, stress-free way to adopt the food habits that will serve them for life. DASH Diet for Dummies is your roadmap on the journey to good health, so get ready to start feeling better every day.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and is estimated to affect around 15% of people at some point during their life. For many people depression is a life-long disorder which starts during the teenage years -around 10% of teenagers are estimated to have an episode of depression and many more experience persistent low mood. This accessible, engaging and age-appropriate self-help guide based on current research and best practice (NICE, IAPT treatment pathways, Books on Prescription, all of which promote CBT) for young people aged 13 to 17 who experience low mood and depression, and their friends, family and health professionals. The book adopts a narrative approach with graphic elements, incorporating case studies and including some interactive exercises. It provides an essential bridge for young people who have not yet asked for professional help as well as support for those who are waiting for treatment.
Has your child received a medical diagnosis for a long term illness or health condition? If so, this can be a stressful time for you both. You may have noticed changes in your relationship and behaviour towards your child. For example many parents feel that their child needs more understanding, is more fragile or is struggling to cope physically or emotionally. Your discipline parenting style may change if you feel that they 'suffer enough' already. Parents often find their confidence and judgement gets knocked off track in the early stages following a diagnosis, but given time and support, they do adapt and develop resilience in themselves and in their child. This book can help you with: * Emotional support for managing difference and dealing with difficult behaviour * Practical suggestions for easing hospital anxiety or navigating feeding problems * Advice on what to say and when to your child about their illness * How to ensure you don't neglect yourself or the rest of your family Written by experts in childhood illness, this step-by-step guide is for any parent who feels isolated or lacking in support. Helping Your Child is a series for parents and caregivers to support children through developmental difficulties, both psychological and physical. Each guide uses clinically proven techniques. Series editors: Professor Peter Cooper and Dr Polly Waite
'Molly Case reminds us that humanity and moments of true care are as healing as the medicine modern science can deliver' Julia Samuel, author of Grief Works 'Beautifully written and passionate tales from the nurse you would choose for yourself' Stephen Westsaby, author of Fragile Lives _______________________________ The hand of a stranger offered in solace. A flower placed on a dead body as a mark of respect. A gentle word in response to fear and anger. It is these moments of empathy, in the extremis of human experience, which define us as people. Nobody knows this better than a nurse and Molly Case has witnessed countless such moments. In How to Treat People, she documents these extraordinary points, when two people truly connect. In rich, lyrical prose, she introduces us to patients with whom we share the pain, but also the experience of illness when life is at its most vivid. And when her father is admitted to the high dependency unit on which she works, Molly confronts care in a whole new way, when two worlds - the professional and the personal - suddenly collide. Weaving together medical history, art, memoir and science, How to Treat People beautifully illustrates the intricacies of the human condition and the oscillating rhythms of life and death. Most of all, it is a heart-stopping reminder that we can all find meaning in being part, even for a moment, of the lives of others. __________________________________ 'A profound reflection on the way we live and die' Bookseller 'How to Treat People gets to the heart of who we are' Nina Stibbe 'Intense, powerful, moving and very enlightening' Gerard Woodward 'Fascinating and erudite' Jo Brand
This practical, easy to read book tells you everything you need to know to take good care of your diabetes. Having diabetes means that you need to make yourself better informaed about this condition than the average doctor. In this remarkable book, Dr Ragnar Hanas shows you step-by-step how to become an expert in your own diabetes. Medical research has conclusively proved that looking after your diabetes- and keeping your blood glucose level down- is the key to avoiding the pitfalls and long term risks. This book gives you all the strategies, tips and tricks to get your blood glucose down and keep it in control. By understanding your Type 1 Diabetes and how to manage it, you can live a full, happy and healthy life. Remember: you have diabetes - it doesn't 'have' you! This practical handbook gives you: A step-by-step guide to achieving optimal health with diabetes for young people with Type 1 Diabetes and their parents, as well as health care professionals, teachers, schools, councellors and many others. Straightforward guidance on blood glucose, hypos, healthy eating, exercise, illness, smoking, travel and many other topics. Practical checklists and stories of other people with diabetes. Details of support groups and organisations to go to for further help & support. An extensive glossary defining 178 medical terms. Over 400 illustrations and cartoons. Over 1000 references to articles and journals.
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