We’ve all heard the term “pocket book,” most of us have them. I know I buy pocket books all the time, murder mysteries, romance, diets, etc. I carry the book around with me reading it every day till I have finished it. Then, like everyone else, I put it on the shelf, lend it to a friend, donate it to the bookstore or library, sell it at a flea market... I very much enjoyed the book, but now it’s no longer needed.

Well, that being said, my most recent “pocket book” is still in my pocket, I’ve read it, reread it, referenced it, and shared the information. I carry it with me every day; its contents continue to be valuable to me and to my family and friends! The book, “Health in Your Pocket” by Charles K. Bens, PhD, provides very valuable information on natural treatments for common illnesses, nutrition, supplements, exercise, etc.

This book focuses on functional or holistic medicine as opposed to conventional medicine, two very different approaches. Dr. Bens’ book was originally designed to improve health in the workplace but the information is valuable for everyone having health concerns. Dr. Bens is the CEO of his company, Healthy at Work, in Sarasota, Florida, providing health webinars and workshops to progressive companies that want to improve employee health and thus improve productivity and their bottom line.

Health in Your Pocket” captured my attention immediately with some very interesting and informative health factoids. For example, did you know?

  1. About 80 percent of disease is preventable, yet the U.S. spends less than 5 percent of healthcare dollars on prevention.
  2. Children born after the year 2000 have a 40+ percent chance of having diabetes in their lifetime, and will be the first generation that will not live as long as their parents. (CDC statistics)
  3. The medical profession only has scientific evidence to support 20 percent of what they do. (Business Week, May 29, 2006)
  4. Studies at the University of California Medical School and Creighton University Medical School found that women who took 4000—8000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, with calcium, reduced their risk of breast cancer by as much as 77 percent. (Feb. 2011)
  5. Eating less red meat and processed foods while increasing fiber consumption can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 40 percent.

As a registered nurse, I am constantly asked for my opinion and advice on health related topics. I have added Dr. Bens’ book to my resource library as nutritional supplementation was not a part of my nursing training nor is it included in medical training of the doctors I know. The chapter, Natural Remedies for Common Illnesses, is the most interesting to me. It was truly amazing to learn that only thirty illnesses are responsible for over 80 percent of the cost of health care, and this little book has a fairly complete "protocol" for each and every one of them. There are about two pages for each illness with information on which foods to eat, which foods not to eat, which supplements are scientifically proven to help, and finally, a list of other treatment strategies used by Holistic Medical Doctors. The 29 illnesses covered in this section include:

  • allergies
  • anemia
  • atherosclerosis
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • backache
  • bladder infection
  • breast cancer
  • bronchitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • cirrhosis of the liver
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • hepatitis
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • hyperglycemia
  • hypothyroidism
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • migraine
  • osteoporosis
  • peptic ulcer
  • pneumonia
  • PMS
  • prostatitis
  • sinusitis
  • sprains and strains
  • ulcerative colitis

According to Dr. Bens, the stories about how employees have used this valuable little health resource could fill a thousand pages. Employees have reversed their type 2 diabetes, cured their sinusitis after 15 years of trying conventional treatments, been able to get off their depression and cholesterol medication and lost up to 100 pounds. This may be anecdotal evidence but Dr. Bens assures me there are thousands of clinical studies that validate the benefits of Functional Medicine.

I forgot to mention, I'm also an exercise nut; yes, I confess! Although retired, I have told my entire family and all my friends that I have a part-time job; that job is going to the gym every morning. For me, looking at my workouts as my part-time job ensures that I will work out every day. If I actually had a job I couldn't just randomly miss, right? Well there is another great section in Dr. Bens' book, The Importance of Exercise. This section highlights the health benefits of exercise with complete descriptions of some essential exercises and how to properly perform them, tips on staying motivated, and information on exercise and disease. If you are new to exercise, he has highlighted workout programs with different levels to ease you into being more physically fit.

Another section I found very beneficial, Stress Reduction as a Key Factor in Good Health. This section highlights the effects of stress on your immune system and your body in general outlining the symptoms of stress, several strategies, i.e. relaxation techniques, foods and supplements for stress management.

The last pages of the book concentrate on safety, science and how to make better decisions on becoming and staying healthy. The best examples are as follows:

  • how to use nutritional supplements intelligently and what each supplement does to promote good health.
  • a survey, "Are Your Vitamin Deficiencies Showing" identifying symptoms that can tell you whether your body is calling out for more of a specific nutrient.
  • a very important section describing, in detail, which herbs and other natural products can be used safely and effectively, in place of common prescription medications. These natural remedies are not only safer, with fewer side effects; they are also proven to be effective and cost much less than their pharmaceutical counterparts.

The book concludes with a complete list of the best websites as a resource for you to do more research on natural medicine. Dr. Bens has also included a list of all of the scientific references used in the writing of this book.

Author's note: In my limited conversations with Dr. Bens, I found him to be very dedicated to his profession, extremely resourceful and willing to share his knowledge. I encourage you to check out his website at www.behealthyatwork.com. If you do not have the opportunity to receive this book by participating in one of Dr. Bens' workshops, I highly recommend you purchase it. In my humble opinion, his book, "Health in Your Pocket," might be "pocket sized" but it is anything but small! Dr. Bens has joined forces with Kathleen Barnes, a very well known distributor of health books, and she has created a special site just for Dr. Bens' books, http://kathleenbarnes.com/wellness-bookstore/

Over 100 Delicious Gluten-Free Ancient Grain and Superblend Recipes

GRAIN POWER
Authors: Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming
Publisher: Pintail Paperback

In Grain Power over 100 delicious gluten-free ancient grain and superblend recipes are presented by sisters, Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming, also authors of the popular, Quinoa Revolution.

In Grain Power, Patricia and Carolyn share how simple it is to include a variety of gluten-free superblends. Quinoa, millet, buckwheat, oats, and chia grains; and lesser known supergrains like amaranth, kaniwa, sorghum, and teff and more can be used in everyday meals.

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First-of-its-kind guide unites worlds of Yoga and modern medicine to relieve, improve health challenges. Yoga is one of the fastest growing health and wellness markets in the world, yet it’s rare to find something that has never been done before. But, that’s exactly what’s occurred in the new groundbreaking book, Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine. Authors Larry Payne, PhD, Terra Gold, LAc. and Eden Goldman, DC have united the worlds of Yoga and modern medicine at the highest level. For the first time ever, more than 30 Yoga-oriented doctors, healthcare professionals, scholars and world-class Yoga therapists have joined forces to share the treasures of how these two worlds can serve humanity.

Their combined specialization is known as Yoga Therapy. In this complementary treatment approach, the practice of yoga is applied toward relieving and healing specific health challenges. And, with its remarkable results, this revolutionary approach to an ancient practice is rapidly gaining tremendous respect among medical doctors and health practitioners, as well as global recognition with wellness giant Gaiam. In addition, Amazon recently named it the #1 Hot New Release in Holistic Medicine.

Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine is a user-friendly reference guide that brings together the most credible collective of yoga-oriented health professionals and therapists ever assembled in one place. Handpicked for their professionalism and knowledge, this esteemed group of contributing authors represents numerous highly acclaimed and Ivy League universities in the United States, as well as the leading Yoga Therapy institutions around the globe. Their combined efforts reflect Yoga not only as a physical or spiritual discipline, but also as a medical science, a modern therapy and a specialty within the healthcare system.

Incorporating the teachings of multiple Yoga Therapy traditions and various fields and topics within 21st century healthcare and Yoga master and Yoga therapists Payne, Gold, and Goldman and their world-renowned contributors share their combined expertise and knowledge culminating in more than 1,000 years of collective Yoga practice as practitioners, teachers and therapists. Detailing a wide range of approaches, the book is designed to educate medical professionals, students, yoga teachers, academia and the general public on alternative treatment methods and the game-changing therapeutic framework for Yoga Therapy’s application as a complementary treatment approach.

The wealth of information, techniques, and wisdom presented in this book is intended to serve as an enlightening guide that will help educate the general public, medical professionals, students, Yoga teachers and academia on alternative treatment methods, and Yoga Therapy’s application as a complementary therapeutic treatment approach.

Among many other techniques and benefits, readers and audiences will learn how to:

  • Improve posture and breathing to alleviate stress
  • Overcome chronic insomnia
  • Decrease depression
  • Improve sports performance
  • Balance hormones
  • Feel better at work and avoid sitting too long, which has been referred to as the “smoking of our generation”

To see these talented Yoga Therapy specialists and their tips in action, check out https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpOckAzRe3WzS9ZXyqc-vqA/videos.

Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine
Authors: Larry Payne, PhD, Terra Gold, LAc. and Eden Goldman, DC
Publisher: Basic Health Publications
Paperback: 646 pages, $24.95
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59120-366-7

Larry Payne, PhD, is a founding father of Yoga Therapy in America, and is the founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He is an internationally respected yoga teacher and leader in the field of Yoga Therapy. He is currently the director of the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University, the first such training program in the country to be offered at an accredited four-year university. Payne is the co-author of international bestseller “Yoga for Dummies,” which was one of the first books to introduce Yoga Therapy to a mainstream audience.

Terra Gold, MA, LAc., is a licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Yoga Therapy, and clinical nutrition. A yoga instructor for 20 years in the Los Angeles area, she has been on the cover of LA Yoga Magazine and has been featured in “Yoga for Dummies” and “Shakti: The Feminine Power of Yoga.” Gold is owner of Terra Wellness, a company promoting Integrative Medicine Strategies, Holistic Health based solutions and Inspiration. She is also the co-creator and co-director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences: Teacher Training Program at Loyola Marymount University.

Eden Goldman, DC, is a wellness-based chiropractor, certified yoga therapist, physical rehabilitation specialist, co-founder of Yoga Doctors, Inc. and owner of The Yoga Doctors Institute of Integrative Medicine in West Los Angeles. He is the Director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200-Hour Teacher Training Program at Loyola Marymount University, one of the only university-based Yoga teacher training programs in the country.

Author: Gloria Gilbere, CDP, PhD, DSC, CWR
Available at: www.gloriagilbere.com
Publisher: IWR Press, Sandpoint, ID
Available in: Paperback and eBook

"It continually amazes me how few people know so little about their eyes and eye health. As a profession, we eye care providers have not done enough to educate our patients on what they can do and should do to keep their eyes healthy—often, time just doesn't allow for nutrition and supplementation education. Dr. Gloria brings many of these very common eye health issues to light in her new book; it should be read by everyone, especially those over age 40. Her book provides "tools" to educate ourselves so we can take charge of our own eye health."

—Dr. Evie Lawson, OD

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