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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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PRIVATE CITIZENS: A Novel ~Tony Tulathimutte

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

  • An Amazon “Best Book” of Month
  • A Buzzfeed “Most Exciting” Book of 2016
  • A Flavorwire “Most Anticipated” Book 2016

I was so lucky to be sent PRIVATE CITIZENS for review for TLC BOOK TOURS.  We started off by getting the tour dates mixed up and this book arrived before May.  This was okay and we rallied around to find a new spot for it.

Here’s what it said on the book cover:
“ From a brilliant new literary talent comes a sweeping comic portrait of privilege, ambition, and friendship in millennial San Francisco.  With the Social Acuity of Adelle Waldman and the murderous wit of Martin Amis, Tony Tulathimutte’s PRIVATE CITIZENS is a brainy, irreverent debut “ – This Side of Paradise for a new era.

“Private Citizens is a freak of literature – a novel so authentic, hilarious, elegantly plotted, and heartbreaking that I’d follow it anywhere.  Tony Tulathimutte is a singular intellect with an uncanny 40/20 vision on the world.”  – Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel and A Partial History of Lost Causes

Tony Tulathimutte is a very smart fellow
“Tulathimutte has contributed to AGNI, The Three Penny Review, The American reader, Salon, The New Yorker on line, and other publications.  A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Stanford University, he has received an O. Henry prize, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and the Michener- Copernicus Society of America Award.  He lives in New York.”

Hilarious, authentic, intelligent were the words that truly captivated me and to learn about the privileged young people who graduated from Stanford University, I was totally ready to read this book.  Four friends reconnecting, yes!  This sounds very good indeed.  I set aside a whole afternoon to start the read.   After 4 hours at it, I realized I had slept 90 minutes of my time away instead of reading.  I am too old to find bowel track humor very funny any more, I could not find humor at all instead I found the style very distracting and the 4 friends pathetic.

On the second session of reading, I engaged a bit with Cory the social activist as she connected with a cultish self-help seminar,  I could identify as my wishes and hopes were not being met early after graduation either and I fell pray to something like this situation.  When I had 75 pages left to read, I jumped to the last chapter and finished PRIVATE CITIZEN’s. I have no idea why one character needed eye surgery.  I did not care.  I felt rather hopeless about recent graduates and a kind of despair sticks with me as I begin reading the next book on the list.

I did not like this book and thought the drug usage, sex, and alcohol consumption were too big a focus for these whiney characters.  Wow not funny, not smart, and I find it sad that PRIVATE CITIZENS is so anticipated and folks are so excited about it – worrisome to me. All that privilege and such weak outcomes.  I am concerned for our future.

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