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THE OLDEST CURE IN THE WORLD de Steve Hendricks

A journalist takes readers into the science and history of intermittent fasting, an ancient practice in the middle of a red-hot resurgence, exploring the body’s power to heal itself.

THE OLDEST CURE IN THE WORLD:
Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting
by Steve Hendricks
Abrams Press, September 2022

One in ten American adults tried intermittent fasting last year, and they may be on to something. The latest research shows that fasting repairs cellular damage, improves the outcomes for chemotherapy patients, and helps with keeping a healthy weight—leading to fasting’s resurgence in recent years.
Journalist Steve Hendricks’s THE OLDEST CURE IN THE WORLD
tells the history of fasting—from the ancient world (Jesus treated an epileptic with fasting) to its rediscovery centuries later, thanks in part to a heartbroken doctor who resolved to starve himself to death only to find renewed vigor and become a media celebrity in the process. Hendricks introduces us to the people who are reviving this long-lost remedy, including open-minded doctors who have explored and practiced fasting despite the medical establishment’s resistance over the centuries and everyday people eager for a cure to what ails them.
THE OLDEST CURE IN THE WORLD is a smart, narrative look at a very hot topic, offering a fascinating look at the science behind the counterintuitive concept of going without food for our health, and chronicling the author’s own illuminating and entertaining forays into fasting.

Steve Hendricks is a freelance reporter and the author of two previous books, A Kidnapping in Milan and The Unquiet Grave. He has written for Harpers, Slate, Salon, Outside, the Columbia Journalism Review, and The New Republic, among others. He was raised in Arkansas and Texas, educated at Yale, and lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, a law professor, and a teenage son.

HEALTHY, NO MATTER WHAT de Alex Jadad & Tamen Jadad Garcia

A provocative and accessible manifesto that upends our understanding of modern medicine and teaches us how to take control of our health, from an innovative doctor and his philosopher daughter.

HEALTHY, NO MATTER WHAT:
How Humans Are Hardwired to Adapt
by Alex Jadad & Tamen Jadad Garcia
‎ Crown, January 2023

Alex Jadad is the creator of the Jadad scale, a methodology to assess the quality of clinical trials that has become the most widely used in the world, and Tamen Jadad-Garcia is an author and philosopher—together, the father and daughter combine their expertise to uncover the shaky foundations on which the medical system is built; one that condemns you to be ill rather than prioritizing prevention. The Jadads begin this exploration with a simple question: “What is health?”
Through engaging stories and case studies, the Jadads expand our understanding of good health beyond the medical industrial complex: you’ll learn about trees that heal, pills that tell you they are fake and still work, how big cities are the places for longevity, and why comparisons between you and your peers can kill. They reconceptualize terms such as health, well-being, love, happiness, and a full life, as a means to allow people, even those living with complex chronic conditions or even terminal illnesses, to consider themselves to be fulfilled and thriving until the end. Based on more than thirty years of research and fieldwork, the Jadads explain why feeling unhealthy is fatal, how you can monitor your true health, and boost good health in practically any context, regardless of your cultural background or socioeconomic circumstances.
The meaning of health is being redefined, putting you in the driver’s seat and recognizing you as the most effective evaluator. With authoritative wisdom and a deep well of empathy, HEALTHY, NO MATTER WHAT teaches us how and when to use the medical system and how to get the best possible results whenever you or your loved ones need it, so that you can live the longest possible life, no matter the twists and turns your life may take.

Alex Jadad is a Colombian-Canadian physician, philosopher, educator, researcher, entrepreneur, and innovator. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from Balliol College at the University of Oxford. Jadad is one of the pioneers of evidence-based medicine, and the creator of the Jadad scale, the most widely used tool to assess clinical trial quality worldwide. He is also an advisor to heads of states and leaders of multinational corporations and the author of eleven books.
Tamen Jadad-Garcia is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and author who has built several companies and led large-scale projects across diverse sectors, such as healthcare, consumer goods, and entertainment. She received a degree in business management from King’s College in London and is currently based out of Los Angeles. Tamen is the author of several scientific articles and books on themes spanning end-of-life care, the meaning of love, and the future of healthcare.

THE SEVEN CIRCLES de Chelsey Luger & Thosh Collins

In this revolutionary self-help guide, two beloved Native American wellness activists offer wisdom for achieving spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing rooted in Indigenous ancestral knowledge.

THE SEVEN CIRCLES:
Indigenous Teachings for Living Well
by Chelsey Luger & Thosh Collins
HarperOne, October 2022
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)

When wellness teachers and husband-wife duo Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins founded their Indigenous wellness initiative, Well for Culture, they extended an invitation to all to honor their whole self through Native wellness philosophies and practices. In reclaiming this ancient wisdom for health and wellbeing—drawing from traditions spanning multiple tribes—they developed a holistic model for modern living rooted in timeless teachings from their ancestors. Luger and Collins have introduced this universally adaptable template for living well to Ivy League universities and corporations like Nike, Adidas, and Google, and now make it available to everyone in this wise guide.
Their model comprises interconnected circles that keep all aspects of our lives in balance, functioning in harmony with one another. They are: Food, Movement, Sleep, Ceremony, Sacred Space, Land, Community.
In THE SEVEN CIRCLES, Luger and Collins share intimate stories from their life journeys growing up in tribal communities, from the Indigenous tradition of staying active and spiritually centered through running and dance, to the universal Indigenous emphasis on a light-filled, minimalist home to create sacred space.
With warmth and generosity—and 75 atmospheric photographs by Collins throughout—THE SEVEN CIRCLES
teaches us how to connect with nature, with our community, and with ourselves, and to integrate ancient Indigenous philosophies of health and wellbeing into our own lives to find healing and balance.

Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins are cofounders of the Indigenous wellness organization Well for Culture, for which they conduct workshops and keynote speaking engagements around the world with universities, non-profit organizations, and corporations such as Nike, Adidas, Google, and Equinox. Their work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, BBC World News, Shape, Bon Appetit, Well + Good, and the Nike N7 campaign, among other outlets. They live in Arizona with their two daughters.

THE GALVESTON DIET de Mary Claire Haver

Why do women, especially around mid-life, have so much trouble losing belly fat and managing their weight?

THE GALVESTON DIET
by Mary Claire Haver
Rodale, February 2023
(via Kaplan/Defiore Rights)

Dieting methods vary, but most fail to consider the impact a woman’s metabolism and hormones has on weight control. Our bodies, for example, are designed to store energy for activities like pregnancy and breastfeeding, which means we naturally store fat easily and have a tougher time converting calories to muscle. Also, we need fewer calories than men do, but we have higher vitamin and mineral requirements at various life stages. So our food choices matter and are vitally important.
Once Dr. Haver began her own study of the nutrition and weight-loss literature, she discovered that with certain unique dietary shifts, a woman’s body begins to burn fat more easily, and it stops laying down fat in undesirable places like the waist, butt, and thighs. Using these shifts, she created a female-focused protocol that allows women to not only lose unwanted fat, but also gain health benefits that last a lifetime.

Phase One—intermittent fasting, a strategy that has enormous benefits for women in terms of hormone balance, metabolism, and weight loss.
Phase Two—anti-inflammatory nutrition. Chronic inflammation underlies many diseases, as well as being overweight, and gets worse in women as they age and experience natural hormone fluctuations.
Phase Three—Fuel Refocus. For consistent, lasting weight loss in women, the body must shift its energy usage to rely more on fat as fuel, rather than on glucose.

Here’s the real secret behind why The Galveston Diet is so effective: All three phases work together synergistically. You can’t just fast, but eat the standard American diet of inflammatory foods, then expect to burn fat and keep it off. You have to refocus your fuel, and you have to nourish your body with a great variety of anti-inflammatory foods.
This is an important book. Dr. Haver is uniquely qualified to address overweight and obesity in women, particularly as they approach midlife and live well far beyond it. Research in the journal Menopause points out that obesity and metabolic syndrome (a precursor to type 2 diabetes) are found in women three times more often in menopause than before menopause.
Weight is far more than a cosmetic issue; it can be a life-or-death problem. Around menopause, weight gain and inflammation greatly increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. The Galveston Diet works. Period. No caveats, no exceptions. And it will work for you when other diets have not.

Dr. Mary Claire Haver is a wife, mother, physician, and entrepreneur who has devoted her adult life to women’s health. As a Board Certified ob/gyn in the Houston, Texas area, Dr. Haver has delivered thousands of babies, completed thousands of well-woman exams, counseled patients, taught residents, and did everything an academic professor and ob/gyn can do. She is also a Certified Medical Specialist, focusing on medical nutrition.

THE MYTH OF NORMAL de Gabor Maté & Daniel Maté

By the acclaimed author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.

THE MYTH OF NORMAL:
Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture
by Dr. Gabor Maté & Daniel Maté
Knopf Canada (Canada) / Avery (US), May 2022
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)

In this revolutionary book, renowned physician Gabor Maté eloquently dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth person has high blood pressure. In Europe, hypertension is diagnosed in more than 30 percent of the population. And everywhere, adolescent mental illness is on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to health?
Over four decades of clinical experience, Maté has come to recognize the prevailing understanding of “normal” as false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all our expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. Now Maté brings his perspective to the great untangling of common myths about what makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and the declining soundness of society—and offers a compassionate guide for health and healing. Cowritten with his son Daniel,
THE MYTH OF NORMAL is Maté’s most ambitious and urgent book yet.

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has coauthored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in nearly thirty languages.
Daniel Maté is a musical theater lyricist and composer whose work has been honored with the Edward Kleban Prize, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant, and the Cole Porter Award for Music and Lyrics. He is the producer and host of the YouTube program Lyrics to Go. With his father, Gabor, Daniel regularly co-leads the popular workshop Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult Children. He also runs a “mental chiropractic” service called Take a Walk with Daniel (walkwithdaniel.com).