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| William Evans, PhD and Irwin H. Rosenberg. Biomarkers
Fireside, 1992. 297 pages, 6 x 9-1/4"
Here's a book that shows you how to slow down the aging
process, that is, how to keep from being physiologically
as old as you are chronologically. No big deal, if you're
18. If you're over 40 (or feel that way), pay attention.
The biomarkers are the factors associated with physiological
aging. They are: lean body mass, strength, metabolism, body
fat, aerobic capacity, blood pressure, insulin sensitivity,
cholesterol, bone density, and body temperature regulation.
This tells you what to do to positively affect those factors.
Here's a hint: it has a lot to do with exercise. Bill Evans
is one of the top researchers on the physiology of aging
and sports performance. His suggestions are easy to understand
and not that hard to implement. This is an important book
that hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves. Do yourself
a favor and read it. Staying young is cool.
| Ken Sprague. More
Muscle Human Kinetics, 1996. 238 pages, 8-1/2 x 11"
Ken Sprague has 35 years of weight training experience,
and is a writer, coach, and founder of the first Gold's
Gym. He knows weight training. Here he starts with basic
physiology, and covers motivation, genetic and aging factors,
and nutrition. There are programs aimed toward increasing
strength and power, gaining muscular endurance, and building
mass, plus sports-specific programs. Exercise technique
is explained and well-illustrated. This is an attractive
book, illustrated with many photos and tables, that gives
you everything you need to start or improve your program.
This is a how-to book from one of the big names in weight
training, who knows not only what works for him, but what
will work for you.
| Bob Glover et al.. The
Runner's Handbook Penguin, 1996. 641 pages, 5 x 7-3/4"
Here's a new edition of a classic running book that was
first printed in 1975, so we can say that generations of
runners have used it to get started running, improve their
running, and become racers and marathoners. Running style,
schedules, diet, stress management, and advice for young
and older runners are all here. Even if you have been running
for years, you can always learn something new. Runners like
to read about running. Read this one.
Runner's Handbook: The Bestselling Classic Fitness Guide for
Beginner & Intermediate Runners
| James A. Duke, PhD. The
Green Pharmacy St. Martin's, 1997. 617 pages, 4-1/4 x
The cover of this book calls Dr. Duke the "world's foremost
authority on healing herbs," and that is probably true.
You can't spend much time reading about medicinal herbs
without seeing his name. Dr. Duke spent 30 years as a researcher
with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and has traveled the
world over to study herbs. This is one book that you will
be glad was written in the first person, because his experiences
really are interesting. It is organized by medical condition,
so it is easy to use as a reference to see what to use for
what ails you, but you may also want to just read it for
enjoyment as you sip your peppermint tea after a big meal.
| Dean Ornish, MD. Dr.
Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease Ballantine,
1990. 631 pages, 6 x 9-1/4"
Dean Ornish rocked the medical world by demonstrating
that a program of diet, exercise, social support, and stress
control, that is lifestyle changes, could actually reverse
heart disease. After publishing his findings in medical
journals, he wrote this book for the general public, and
it is a best seller. This is a detailed description of Ornish's
program, and how it can be used. He tells you how heart
disease happens, and how it can be reversed. It has been
said that Ornish's very low fat diet (10%) is too restrictive
for most people, and it may be, but a heart attack changes
a person's viewpoint. Menus and recipes for 21 days are
included to try to convince you that a 10% fat diet sounds
good. Even if you don't want to go to this extreme, this
is an important book for anyone who wants to understand
the subtle changes away from dependence on drugs and surgery
that are taking place even in mainstream medicine.
Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease without
Drugs or Surgery
| Also by Dean Ornish: Eat
More, Weigh Less Ornish specifically addresses the problems
of obesity and weight loss by showing you how you can fill
up on nutritious, low-calorie foods, and do your heart a favor
as well. Good recipes.
Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish's Life Choice Program
for Losing Weight Safely
| Jane Brody. Jane
Brody's Nutrition Book Bantam,1988. 552 pages, 6 x 9"
This book, by the noted New York Times health writer,
is comprehensive enough to qualify as a reference. Besides
explaining the macronutrients and discussing weight control,
Brody deals with food additives, safe water, nutrition for
athletes, pregnant women, kids, and the elderly. If you've
been so inundated with (sometimes conflicting, sometimes
bogus) information you don't know where to start to learn
about good nutrition, start by reading this book.
Brody's Nutrition Book: A Lifetime Guide to Good Eating for
Better Health and Weight Control