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    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Smart
    Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Smart . Alpha Books, 1996. 326 pages, 7 x 9 inches

    In this age of food obsession and questionable fad diets, you owe it to yourself to learn about basic nutrition. This book will give you an inexpensive and comprehensive, quick and easy reference, as well as a guide to healthful eating and staying fit. You can read about macronutrients or fiber or anything else on which you feel your knowledge is shaky, then skim through the tips, tables, and cartoons and put the book on your shelf. It will be there when you need to know about one of its special topics, like sports nutrition, losing or gaining weight, eating while pregnant, or what to feed your kids--or even something like what nutrients are in eggplant.


    Varro E. Tyler, PhD, ScD: Herbs of Choice, The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1994. 209 pages, 6 x 8-3/8"

    Dr. Tyler, one of the best known authorities on the subject, presents a scientific approach to herbal medicine. Recommended for health care practitioners as well as the general public, this book tells what is known to be true about medicinal herbs, not just what we would like to be true. Easy to read and interesting. If you're a serious student of herbs, or someone who is interested in alternative medicine in general, you should have a copy of this book.


    The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals


    Galloway's Book on Running
    Jeff Galloway: Galloway's Book on Running Shelter Publications, 1984. 286 pages, 7-1/4 x 9"

    Perhaps the most popular and accessible of the running books, this one has been around since 1984, but is as good as ever. Former Olympian Galloway gives common sense instructions to the beginner, solid training advice to experienced runners, and inspiration to everybody. This is the book that shows how you can safely train for and complete a marathon without devoting your entire life to it. If you'd like to start or improve your running, read this book. If you're already a dedicated runner, get it for your running bookshelf


    Sidney M. Wolfe, MD, et al. Worst Pills, Best Pills Simon&Schuster, 1999. 772 pages, 8 x 9-1/4"

    Protect yourself. There are many ways prescription drugs can cause trouble--getting the wrong drug because it's similar to another one, drug-drug or drug-food interactions, sensitivity to that drug, taking the wrong dose--and they all happen a lot, sometimes with catastrophic results. Everyone should have a reference book that tells them what to expect from a given drug. This is one of the best because not only is it comprehensive and easy to read, it gives you tips for using drugs, and warnings on what to watch out for, as well as lists of drugs you should not take if an alternative is available. Doctors and pharmacists do a good job but some things slip through and you need to know what to ask. This book is an inexpensive tool for those who believe their health is their own responsibility.


    Worst Pills, Best Pills


    Losing It: America's Obsession with Weight & the Industry That Feeds on It
    Laura Fraser. Losing It Plume, 1997. 335 pages, 5-1/4 x 8

    The subtitle of this book is False Hopes and Fat Profits in the Diet Industry. Yes, this is a good, old-fashioned expose of an industry that promises what it cannot deliver. Well-written and entertaining, it will enlighten you about some of those things you've wondered about those diet gurus and programs. Read it before you get taken in by the next weight-loss infomercial.


    Isadore Rosenfeld, MD. Dr. Rosenfeld's Guide to Alternative Medicine Fawcett, 1996. 342 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4"

    Here is a book on alternative medicine by a doctor with immpecable mainstream medical credentials who is willing to keep an open mind about non-mainstream approaches to health. Learn what science knows about what works and what doesn't in the alternative realm, including some that works when we think it shouldn't. The therapies covered range from acupuncture through aromatherapy and iridology, and lots more. Dr. Rosenfeld writes with humor and compassion and tells some good stories. You'll wish you could call him next time your energies are feeling out of balance.


    Dr. Rosenfeld's Guide to Alternative Medicine
    Also by Dr. Rosenfeld: Symptoms Tells you what may be wrong with you and what you should do about it.


    Symptoms
    And: Live Now, Age Later Dr. Rosenfeld's anti-aging "secrets." His latest book, and already a best seller.

    Live Now, Age Later

    Thomas R. Baechle and Barney R. Groves. Weight Training, Steps to Success 2nd edition. Human Kinetics, 1998. 197 pages, 8-1/2 x 11"

    Two well-known coaches explain basics such as choosing an exercise for various muscle groups, adjusting the load, changing your routine, arranging exercises, and using program design variables. Illustrated instructions show the correct way to perform popular machine and free weight exercises, and a number of charts and checklists help keep you on course. Anyone serious about starting a lifelong weight training program for enjoyment as well as health and appearance benefits can get a good start with this book. If you've been training for a while but learned by watching the guys in the gym, it's a good time for you to learn some solid principles so you can keep making gains and avoid injury.


    Weight Training: Steps to Success


    Foods That Fight Pain
    Neal Barnard, MD. Foods That Fight Pain Harmony Books, 1998. 348 pages, 6-1/2 x 9-1/2.

    Your food choices may not do much for the pain you feel when you stub your toe, but they may have a big effect on chronic pain from arthritis, back problems, headaches, and many other conditions. This book is divided into 6 sections: conditions related to poor circulation; food sensitivities and inflammatory pain; hormone-related conditions; metabolic and immune problems; activity, rest, and food; and menus and recipes. Dr. Barnard is not against using drugs for pain when necessary, but wouldn't you like to try changing your diet first? Scientific references are given and you are urged to work with your doctor, so this is not another "secret discovery" or "magic bullet" approach. If you suffer from chronic pain, you may find something here that can make a big difference in your life. If you don't, it's still fascinating reading.



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