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THE MIND-GUT CONNECTION: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health ~Emeran Mayer, MD

Friday, July 8th, 2016

I love to eat raspberries and it is my love of raspberries that made me want to read this book.  To me raspberries are nearly perfect food from the delight they pose to my tongue all the way as they travel through the GI track, bringing usable fiber and seeds of joy to my brain.  My pro-biotic and my raspberries just make my system work well and I feel well and thus happy.

In the MIND -GUT CONNECTION Dr. Mayer decodes the GI track and introduces a whole range of microbes that keep our systems healthy and strong.  New studies and research are revealed, which have been found to heal and soothe and bring happiness.  There is mention of lots of new medications and lots of studies about the rising incidence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and even autism relationships but this book is not primarily about how to cure the problems, rather it is suggesting the cause for the problems and how neglecting gut health produces severe problem.

Dr. Mayer is defining glowing Overall Health and how to understand and heal when a bump distracts from you progress.  He is very concerned about our environments, our lifestyles, and our self-care.  I am sure he would stress organic foods and simple foods first.   I heard a famous chef once say one should eat organic veggies and fruit 5 days a week, then one day of anything you want and one day to modify back into the 5 day routine.   I think this was what Dr. Mayer was describing only through using a Mediterranean Diet.

What stress does to our GI track is quite alarming and scary.  We truly need to take time to eat and not mix eating with other activities.  We need not sit down to eat when we are angry and we need to take time to calm our insides and ourselves before we begin eating.  Even better is to eat with friends or relatives and feel a sense of contentment and happiness.

The microbes in our GI track are crucial to our staving off Alzheimer’s, Obesity, and Parkinson’s Disease and his recommendations for pre-natal care and eating are very good.   We know that now the Gut is considered the Second Brain for our bodies and I think Dr. Mayer would say it is the first as it has a profound role in our brain activities, and thinking skills, not  to mention our emotional health.

This book is full of myth busters and really has the straight skinny.  It is ease to read and gentle with explanations.  When I was in the hospital recently for test, every nurse and OT and PT who came to see me picked up and looked at the book.  I said it was good and as one nurse said: “I think this is vital information and better than thinking a cup of pro-biotic yogurt will bring all back to health.”

TLC Book Tours sent me an uncorrected proof copy of this book to review.  It is well worth it to get to the truth and find a healthy balance to achieve optimal health.  It is all the health knowledge along with all the directives that my daughter just paid $200 for a Dr. appointment prescription for the exact same information.  Very worthwhile investment.

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Dr. Emeran Mayer previously served as the founding chair of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, as the executive director of the UCLA Center for Neuro-biology of Stress, and as the codirector of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center.  He has joint appointments in the departments of Medicine, Physiology, and Psychiatry.  His work has appeared in the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE and has been featured in PSHYCHOLOGY TODAY, NEW YORK TIMES, THE SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON) and on NPR and PBS.  He lives in Los Angeles, California

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THE ORGAN TAKERS: A Novel of Surgical Suspense ~Richard Van Anderson

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

“”Richard Van Anderson’s experience as a surgeon at the UW Medical Center gives him the ability to write a convincing debut thriller. The Organ Takers focuses on the moral failings and sociopathic behavior of corrupted medical practitioners. The verdict: Read if you like surgery and a standard thriller, but do not expect to trust your doctor after reading this.” –The Daily at the University of Washington”

THE ORGAN TAKERS was a very interesting read and I could not put the PDF/ Kindle book down.  I read the book in the hospital while undergoing a series of tests. I was glad my copy was in my Kindle (as the cover and the title might have worried the others in the waiting area) and I would not recommend one read this thriller in the hospital – the surgery details were very intense and I was worried about what my medical team was not telling me.  I think it raised my blood pressure a point or two.

There is a very exciting part to the story in that several surgeons have figured out how to grow cloned organs for transplant patients.  Now that was exciting to think about, how they were going about the research was terrible and their lab’s fundraising techniques were horrendous.  So many lost everything, and others were driven to the limit of their capacity.  The greed factor certainly destroyed the happy factors of life.    It was a fast read, and I learned a number of things I did not know or understand before.  Although I would not have picked this book, I was very pleased to be asked to review this book and I contemplated the ethical implications  and what corrupts some folks and not others. Fascinating.

Larissa Ackerman | Claire McKinneyPR, LLC
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Larissa sent me a PDF copy of this book which I translated to my KINDLE FIRE and I was able to read the book early.  This was a bonus to have my copy ahead of the schedule so that I could squeeze it into the schedule when I had more time to read. Writing is intelligent and the author’s surgical skill plays out well in his story telling.  My only problem was I could not underline or book mark pages on the translation and I have become a bit lazy in my note taking – get out those 3×5 cards !

I highly recommend this suspenseful book to those who love medical reads and good writing.  If you have a queasy stomach about surgeries and medical ethics, I would probably not put it on the list.  The writing is very top notch and will not leave scar tissue and side effects for years to come.

About Richard Van Anderson from the book cover:

“Richard Van Anderson is a former heart surgeon turned fiction writer.  His surgery training took him from the ‘knife and gun club’ of LSU Medical center in Shreveport, Louisiana, to the famed Bellevue Hospital in Midtown Manhattan.  His education as a writer includes an MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College in Boston, Massachusetts.  He currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two sons.

Website: www.rvananderson.com

“And finally, the best way for a book to find its audience has always been, and still is, word of mouth recommendations.  So, if you liked the story, please consider telling others about it, either person to person, using social media, or (and this is the most effective way) posting online reviews at your favorite review site.  Thank you.”

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