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By: David Keeber, Library Director
For: Red Rock News
Date: February 27, 2009

Books on Health

Funny how you gravitate towards certain books based on conditions. I have a cold as I write this and went to the shelves to look at the books on health. The Sedona Public Library's collection of health-related materials is broad and up-to-date. Sadly, even reading about colds doesn't do much for the current problem I am facing! Let's look at an array of new titles on the shelves concerning health.

Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz have written You, Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty. It general thrust is why you age and how to stay young. To do this, the authors look at genetics, how we process our food for energy, stem cell slowdown, the decline of our internal defense systems, and much more involved in aging. Given an understanding of how we age, they then offer advice regarding what to do in forestall or simply slow the process. An easily readable book, it offers the most current information on aging. It's well worth the read.

Living with Coronary Heart Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families, by Jerome Granato, MD, also offers a solid background to educate those who experience this disease, the largest killer of people in the US. He provides an explanation of who is at risk, and how the disease is detected and diagnosed. Treatment options, and specific needs of various populations are also discussed. Thereafter, he describes how a healthy diet and regular exercise can help both before and after the disease is diagnosed for both prevention and recovery. This is a very useful book since our doctors have less and less time to spend with us to fully inform us. You can keep yourself fully informed with this book from the Johns Hopkins Press.

It is a fact that men live shorter lives than do women. The book Why Men Die First: How to Lenghten Your Lifespan, by Marianne Legato, MD, examines the innate factors such as genetics, stress and lifestyle, as well as the ways we guys can work to postpone that inevitable end. I know it is tough getting the old man off the couch, but this book hopefully will provide the sound medical reasons for doing so.

Sometimes, our environments and our habits are the enemy of our health. In The Body Toxic: How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health and Well-Being, by Nena Baker examines many of the things we take for granted in our lives, such as our diets and the homes in which we live, impact our health in ways previously not experienced by our ancestors. Each of us holds a chemical load as a result whose long-term effect is negative. Understanding this fact, and how to make the necessary changes to improve our health is the focus of this readable book.

Now, of course, since the dawn of time, no one has escaped from this life without dying. There is a lot of folks who write books and offer theories about how much healthier our ancestors were, but a careful examination of their lives suggests that each generation has its own health challenges. Robert Davis offers insights into what among the various theories and diets, cures and preventative schemes offered by today's health gurus is hype and which is valid. The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting Through the Hype About Your Health offers a sober examination of the who health scene offering practical information you can use.

Finally, Jeff May's Healthy Home Tips: A Workbook for Detecting, Diagnosing & Eliminating Pesky Pests, Stinky Stenches, Musty Mold, and Other Aggravating Home Problems looks at the many environmental problems at the most basic level that are impacting our health. By using this workbook, you can recognize symptoms of contamination, diagnose and monitor problems, determine whether professional help is needed, and get the problem fixed without getting ripped off. It's a handy, readable book that will help you get healthier in your home.

Many of the books on health, diets and cures quickly go out of date, but the Library has a "filter" by which we weed out the older, out of date materials and replace them with newer, up to date books containing the best and most current information. Nothing worse than out of date information on your health – we have, wisely, given up on leeching our illnesses away! Check out the shelves at the Library for book on your health concerns.

David Keeber
David Keeber, author of this week's article,
is Director of the Sedona Public Library.

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