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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry - in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people - consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can't, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, a simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care.
Say Good Night to Insomnia (Updated Edition)
Jacobs, Gregg D.
Dr. Jacobs describes the drug-free, scientifically proven program for conquering insomnia in six weeks--a program that succeeds by helping insomniacs change the way they think about sleep.
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
The "New York Times" bestseller - with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports. The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
Reid, T. R.
How is it that all other industrialized democracies provide health care for their citizens as a reasonable cost - something the United States has never managed to do? In The Healing of America, New York Times bestselling author T.S. Reid shows how they do it, bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way. In his global quest to find a prescription for American health care, Reid finds that it's not all "socialized medicine" out there. Instead, many industrialized democracies rely on free-market models the U.S. could use to cure a health system that has failed us.
How to Create a Mind
The bestselling author of The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential futurist. In How to Create a Mind, he presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in the human-machine civilization: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it functions and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain works, how the mind emerges, brain-computer interfaces, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence to address the world’s problems. Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil’s previous classics.
The Diet Cure (Revised and Updated)
More than 100,000 copies later, this breakthrough program is more effective than ever—substantially revised and updated to include the author's latest clinical research. For the more than 160 million overweight Americans, dieting is a failure. Based on more than twenty years of proven clinical results,The Diet Cure's revolutionary approach curbs food cravings and restores the brain's mood and appetite chemistry in twenty-four hours. Beginning with her 8-Step Quick Symptom Questionnaire, celebrated nutritional psychotherapist Julia Ross helps readers identify their unique underlying biochemical imbalances and provides targeted strategies to correct those imbalances using nutritional supplements to jump-start the dietary overhaul. Readers then create their own safe, easy-to-follow plan to end low-calorie dieting and food obsessions for good.
Cutting-edge, user-friendly, and comprehensive: the revolutionary guide to the brain, now fully revised and updated At birth each of us is given the most powerful and complex tool of all time: the human brain. And yet, as we well know, it doesn't come with an owner's manual - until now. In this unsurpassed resource, Dr. Pierce J. Howard and his team distill the very latest research and clearly explain the practical, real-world applications to our daily lives. Drawing from the frontiers of psychology, neurobiology, and cognitive science, yet organized and written for maximum usability, The Owner's Manual for the Brain, Fourth Edition, is your comprehensive guide to optimum mental performance and well-being. It should be on every thinking person's bookshelf. What are the ingredients of happiness? Which are the best remedies for headaches and migraines? How can we master creativity, focus, decision making, and willpower? What are the best brain foods? How is it possible to boost memory and intelligence? What is the secret to getting a good night's sleep? How can you positively manage depression, anxiety, addiction, and other disorders? What is the impact of nutrition, stress, and exercise on the brain? Is personality hard-wired or fluid? What are the best strategies when recovering from trauma and loss? How do moods and emotions interact? What is the ideal learning environment for children? How do love, humor, music, friendship, and nature contribute to well-being? Are there ways of reducing negative traits such as aggression, short-temperedness, or irritability? What is the recommended treatment for concussions? Can you delay or prevent Alzheimer's and dementia? What are the most important ingredients to a successful marriage and family? What do the world's most effective managers know about leadership, motivation, and persuasion? Plus 1,000s more topics!
Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2018-2019
Griffith, H. Winter
The classic guide to all major prescription and nonprescription drugs, featuring revised, up-to-date FDA information and an A–Z list of illnesses for easy reference. Includes coverage of dosage and length of time before a drug takes effect; side effects; special precautions; interactions with other food and drugs; standards for use by different age groups; and more.
The Portable Pediatrician
Encyclopedic in scope, "The Portable Pediatrician" features timely and practical information on every childhood illness and emergency, including when to call the doctor, how to treat a child at home, and much more--all in a convenient A-to-Z format.
Farmacology: Total Health From the Ground Up
In Farmacology, practicing family physician and renowned nutrition explorer Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of "food as medicine" and introduces us to the critical idea that it's the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine.By venturing out of her clinic and spending time on seven family farms, Miller uncovers all the aspects of farming - from seed choice to soil management - that have a direct and powerful impact on our health. Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller shares lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers and artfully weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative. The result is a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives.
The Better Brain Book: The Best Tools for Improving Memory and Sharpness and Preventing Aging of the Brain
Celebrated neurologist Dr. Perlmutter shows readers how easy it is to regain and maintain clarity by offering the best tools for improving memory and preventing the aging of the brain.
Trauma Junkie: Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse
In Trauma Junkie, readers accompany veteran flight nurse Janice Hudson as she races in response to emergency calls in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her workplace is a cramped CALSTAR helicopter in which medical personnel try to fix the human carnage wrought by shootings, accidents and natural disasters. In this new and expanded edition, Hudson updates readers on how she and her colleagues have fared since moving on to different medical roles - including her own battle with multiple sclerosis, which ultimately forced her to give up the job she loved. The new Trauma Junkie also contains several previously unpublished stories, including a new addition to the line-up of stupid human tricks" Hudson witnessed and an all-new chapter describing a call involving the most heartbreaking of patients: a child who didn't make it. Janice Hudson is a natural storyteller who conveys the excitement of her days with CALSTAR - heroic rescues, tragic deaths and the hilarious incidents that made the tension bearable - and the deep commitment of her team to keep patients alive in the most perilous situations.
Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades the most hostile of the world’s environments had all been conquered. Likewise, in the twentieth century, medicine transformed human life. Doctors took what was routinely fatal and made it survivable. As modernity brought us ever more into different kinds of extremis, doctors pushed the bounds of medical advances and human endurance. Extreme exploration challenged the body in ways that only the vanguard of science could answer. Doctors, scientists, and explorers all share a defining trait: they push on in the face of grim odds. Because of their extreme exploration we not only understand our physiology better; we have also made enormous strides in the science of healing. Drawing on his own experience as an anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser, Dr. Kevin Fong examines how cutting edge medicine pushes the envelope of human survival by studying the human body’s response when tested by physical extremes. Extreme Medicine explores different limits of endurance and the lens each offers on one of the systems of the body. The challenges of Arctic exploration created opportunities for breakthroughs in open heart surgery; battlefield doctors pioneered techniques for skin grafts, heart surgery, and trauma care; underwater and outer space exploration have revolutionized our understanding of breathing, gravity, and much more. Avant-garde medicine is fundamentally changing our ideas about the nature of life and death. Through astonishing accounts of extraordinary events and pioneering medicine, Fong illustrates the sheer audacity of medical practice at extreme limits, where human life is balanced on a knife’s edge. Extreme Medicine is a gripping debut about the science of healing, but also about exploration in its broadest sense—and about how, by probing the very limits of our biology, we may ultimately return with a better appreciation of how our bodies work, of what life is, and what it means to be human.
The Supercharged Hormone Diet
In this busy world, we want to lose weight sooner and faster. The Hormone Diet taught readers the ins and outs of how and why their hormones play the biggest part in their weight-loss woes. Now, in The Supercharged Hormone Diet, Dr. Natasha Turner gives readers the information they need to get their hormones back on track-in 30 days flat. This highly praised plan addresses readers' most popular concerns in a fabulous, easy-to-follow program that includes: - The Best Body Assessment for setting your goals - The Hormonal Health Profile to identify fat-packing hormonal imbalances - Recommended blood tests to take to your doctor - Suggested supplements to aid fat burning and restore optimal health - Hormone Diet-friendly food lists, weekly meal plans, and a handy grocery guide
The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis
A beguiling real-life medical detective story that explores the birth of modern medicine and the creation of Sherlock Holmes. Imagine a time when science could offer no hope for human disease, when cholera, smallpox, and - most of all - tuberculosis killed millions unimpeded. This was reality a mere 130 years ago. In 1882, through a series of simple but bold experiments, scientist Robert Koch discovered the germ that caused TB, creating a worldwide sensation. Eager for greater glory, he abandoned his principles and prematurely announced a cure - a remedy. As Europe's consumptives descended upon Berlin, so too did Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town doctor and sometime writer. Investigating Koch's remedy, he was aghast to discover its true nature. The Remedy explores this pivotal moment for both men, as Conan Doyle would create a new character, the scientific detective Sherlock Holmes, and Koch would be forced to defend his remedy - and his reputation - to a skeptical world.
Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine (P.S.)
Using the examples of Vioxx, Celebrex, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and antidepressants, Overdosed America shows that at the heart of the current crisis in American medicine lies the commercialization of medical knowledge itself. Drawing on his background in statistics, epidemiology, and health policy, John Abramson, M.D., reveals the ways in which the drug companies have misrepresented statistical evidence, misled doctors, and compromised our health. The good news is that the best scientific evidence shows that reclaiming responsibility for your own health is often far more effective than taking the latest blockbuster drug. You - and your doctor - will be stunned by this unflinching exposé of American medicine.
The 8-Week Healthy Skin Diet
How to unlock the secrets of beautiful skin. Whatever the skin type, whatever the skin condition, the reader will find all the help needed to ensure healthy skin in this new book. Every skin condition -- whether minimal or out of control -- can be improved and look fantastic within 8 weeks simply by following this holistic, natural approach. Everyone can gain health benefits from being on the Healthy Skin Diet because it is a commonsense program for lifestyle change, designed to fit into anyone's life. The plan is based on an anti-inflammatory eating program that was originally designed for dealing with eczema. Along the way it was also discovered to be highly effective in helping the following skin conditions: psoriasis, rosacea, dandruff, acne, cellulite, hives, premature aging and wrinkles, dull /sallow complexion, bags under the eyes, pigmentation, dark circles under the eyes, and dermatitis/contact dermatitis. There is a specific program to target each skin condition as well as more than 100 delicious, nutritious recipes in menu plans that provide all the tools needed for healthy, beautiful skin. Fischer's guidelines include: Think Green and Friendly Eat Moisturizing Foods Eat Less! Be a Sleeping Beauty Sweat for 15 minutes Each Day Have a Good Skin-Care Routine Become a Hat Person Relax and Make Peace With Your Body. These programs and good nutrition develop beautiful skin from the inside out.
Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives--and Our Lives Change Our Genes
Award-winning physician and New York Times bestselling author Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, reveals how genetic breakthroughs are completely transforming our understanding of both the world and our lives. Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. But Dr. Moalem's groundbreaking book shows us that the human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than your ninth grade biology teacher ever imagined. By bringing us to the bedside of his unique and complex patients, he masterfully demonstrates what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being. In the brave new world we're rapidly rocketing into, genetic knowledge has become absolutely crucial. INHERITANCE provides an indispensable roadmap for this journey by teaching you: - Why you may have recovered from the psychological trauma caused by childhood bullying - but your genes may remain scarred for life. - How fructose is the sugar that makes fruits sweet - but if you have certain genes, consuming it can buy you a one-way trip to the coroner's office. - Why ingesting common painkillers is like dosing yourself repeatedly with morphine - if you have a certain set of genes. - How insurance companies legally use your genetic data to predict the risk of disability for you and your children - and how that impacts the coverage decisions they make for your family. - How to have the single most important conversation with your doctor - one that can save your life. And finally: -Why people with rare genetic conditions hold the keys to medical problems affecting millions. In this trailblazing book, Dr. Moalem employs his wide-ranging and entertaining interdisciplinary approach to science and medicine - explaining how art, history, superheroes, sex workers, and sports stars all help us understand the impact of our lives on our genes, and our genes on our lives. INHERITANCE will profoundly alter how you view your genes, your health - and your life.
Before and After
Leach, Susan Maria
After years on the dieting rollercoaster, Susan Leach, who tipped the scales at 278 pounds, underwent WLS (weight loss surgery) and lost 143 pounds. Determined not to give up her love of good food. Susan developed recipes that fulfilled her love nutritional requirements, yet also appealed to her family and friends.
The Ultimate PH Solution: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Prevent Disease and Lose Weight
Cook, Michelle Schoffro
Beginning a healthier lifestyle can be as easy as starting your day sipping a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drinking this simple drink is only one of the many ways, all outlined in The Ultimate pH Solution, that you can change your body's pH and ward off disease. Too much acid in your blood can cause a host of health problems, but with cutting-edge, medically sound research, this indispensable guide offers an easy-to-follow plan and simple lifestyle changes that will help you kick acid and stay healthy. The Ultimate pH Solution also includes real-life success stories of people who have overcome disease and lost weight by balancing their pH levels, along with 50 recipes for delicious pH-powerful dishes. Learn why high-protein diets may be harmful to your health, why eating dairy may not help you avoid osteoporosis, and how to lower the acid levels in your body for optimal health.
The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book
Hartmann, Lynn C. (Edt)
The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book is the trusted resource for anyone wanting reliable information about this dreaded disease. Mayo Clinic set out to provide comprehensive and up-to-date facts in easy-to-understand language. They've succeeded in this handbook for those who've been diagnosed, or for those who want to give sensitive and helpful support to someone with breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book stands out for its tone of companionship, as well as for the many patient stories that appear throughout the book. This straightforward, yet approachable resource will empower all who are affected by breast cancer. Here are facts about the disease, but also suggestions and inspiration for working effectively with one's doctors and caregivers. This volume offers solid tools for coping with the many uncertainties and decisions that need to be made when one is diagnosed.
Worst Pills, Best Pills
Wolfe, Sidney M.
This expanded, up-to-the-minute, fully-revised edition of the bestselling guide to prescription pills offers charts, lists, diagrams, an extensive cross-referencing index, and lifesaving information on all the latest medication available today.
Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do
In print for 20 years, the most trusted guide to holistic cancer carefully revised and updated. The new edition contains compelling new facts about how nutrition and activity levels affect cancer cells, cautionary information about the risks of overtreatment, the benefits of Vitamin D consumption, and more updated resources.
When Doctors Don't Listen
In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor's visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can't afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more: - How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you - The "8 Pillars to a Better Diagnosis" - How to tell the whole story of your illness - Learning test risks and evaluating whether they're worth it - How to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visitBy empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, this essential guide enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.
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