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4.0 out of 5 stars What a great concept!, July 14, 2013
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Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy
Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy
by David Sheff
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched with some startling facts ... and solutions, July 12, 2013
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This book is a sport of comprehensive guide to the modern world of recovery. Before reading it I was skeptical about addiction being a disease. Wasn't that just a way to get health insurance to pay for treatment centers? The author himself confesses to such skepticism, that is, until he did the research. He explains in depth how the brain of an addict reacts differently to drugs than that of the normal person who may experiment with drugs, but will easily stop using. Since drugs can permanently alter the brain in some cases, it is obvious that the best solution is to prevent young people from every experimenting in the first place. (After all, one doesn't know if one will be prone to addiction until using.)

Part one is about how drugs affect our brains and our country; part two is why we use; part three is about drug use escalation; part four is about getting clean; part five discusses how to stay clean; part six is about treating the chronic illness of addiction; and part seven is about ending addiction. The appendix is cleverly titled "Just Say KNOW," a play of words on Nancy Reagan's "just say no" campaign. This appendix tells the gory and brutal details of what all sorts of drugs (alcohol, pot, LSD, ecstasy, ketamine, GHB, cocaine, meth, and more) do to your brain. If you think marijuana is innocent just because of all the medical marijuana studies, read this. It turns your brain to mush! It can be addictive. And he blasts the "but it's natural; it's a plant" concept with "so are death cup mushrooms."

The book is loaded with statistics, facts, studies, anecdotes (some that are sure bring tears to your eyes unless you are dead), and example cases. It includes a synopsis of the story of the author's own son's addiction for those who haven't read his previous book (or son's books).

One of the most startling points of the books is how a teenager who uses can permanently damage his developing brain: "... early use may cause a permanent deficit of naturally circulating dopamine ..." All the signs to know if your kid is using are provided in this book. Sadly, the media and certain sub cultures often glamorizes drug use. ("Many of the most revered writers of every age were drinkers and drug users, and you'd be hard pressed to name a jazz, rock-and-roll, or hip-hop great who abstained.")

Another startling point: "Like many schizophrenics (an estimated 40% of them), many addicts (an unknown number) can't understand that they're ill because the part of the brain that's damaged by the disease is the same part that's responsible for self-awareness and self-analysis." Hence the denial commonly seen in addicts.

The author discusses a variety of treatment methods and blasts any that employ tough love. You wouldn't treat someone with cancer harshly or blame them, yet the same is done with addicts. This is why many of them bail the center. He lists many points to consider when selecting a treatment center.

The author has a complete chapter on AA. Chills ran down my spine as I read the events that led to Bill Wilson's founding of this treatment modality. AA has certain huge advantages in that it is everywhere, costs nothing (hence available to all), provides a sober social life, gives positive reinforcement in the form of chips and ensuing applause, and has no leadership. Nonetheless, aspects of it are criticized. For one thing, adolescents going there will hear stories of harder drugs than what they've tried, and sometimes get curious enough to try them! Also, the anonymity of it, while once imperative due to the stigma, is now viewed as a hindrance. "It would be far more useful to many if people in the Program said, `I'm in AA, and I'm proud of it.'" He had interviewed celebrities who were in AA. If they could "come out," think of the role models they could be for our youth! Also discussed is how demoralizing it can be when one slips and has to go back to day one, as in "I have one day sober" as opposed to the hundreds they may have had before. In addition, some branches of AA don't allow their people to use psychiatric drugs such as anti-depressants, though their well being and even lives may depend on it.

The author provides tons of information for parents or families of addicts to understand this disease, not enable it, recognize it, and work with helping the addicted.

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight
by Haylie Pomroy
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new twist from former aggie that knew how to make animals lean, July 12, 2013
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This diet shakes things up by having you go high glycemic/low fat/moderate protein a couple of days, followed by high protein/high vegetable/low carb a couple of days, and finally high healthful fat/moderate carb/moderate protein/low glycemic fruit for three days. Generally it's better to start on a Monday so that the last three days (which tend to be easier to follow in social situations) fall on the weekend. This "cross-training the metabolism" is what the author calls a "confuse to lose" method. Every day you eat three meals and two snacks, the types which are specified. Each phase also includes a type of exercise to do one of the days.

The author, a wellness consultant with a history of multiple clinics, also has the unique background of agriculture. When she employed the science of fattening and making lean various animals, she thought, Why not apply these principles to humans?

The book includes four "metabolic myths" including the concept that desserts make you fat. (Who wouldn't like this diet?) Following are two metabolic truths. The author ridicules counting calories, and we learn that the burn rate includes all sorts of things--such as how well you slept last night, if you have a broken leg, if you're constipated, and much more.

Banned foods include sugar, wheat, corn, dairy, and soy. I am wondering how much of the weight loss is because the diet eliminates these common allergens that cause bloating and weight gain. Also excluded are alcohol and caffeine. The author warns that drinking caffeine before eating breakfast will cause the body to burn muscle!

The diet accommodates vegetarian, gluten-free, and even vegan diets.
I have read literally hundreds of diet/nutrition books (even wrote a couple myself) but still learned some new things. The American Medical Society has coined a term for industrial chemicals in food: obesogens, meaning things that make you fat! (This is why "diet foods" are also eliminated, as they tend to have these chemicals.) The relationship between the liver and the mitochondria can influence up to 90% of your fat burn. Eating fat after not eating it a few days will make you start burning fat like crazy. Nitrates slow down the breakdown of fat in the meat, but also in your body! Fat-free dairy aggressively slows fat metabolism. Soy increases belly fat.

The author addresses portion sizes and increases them the more weight you want to lose! This is anything but a starvation diet, and the author uses the word DIET as any acronym Did I Eat Today?

The book includes fast metabolism rules, a week-by-week guide, lists of foods you can eat for each phase, fast metabolism tools for life, and recipes.

The author's style is an easy read, full of chit-chat style such as, "The idea that 200 calories for you is the same thing as 200 calories for me is ridiculous. So why bother to even think about it that way? It's misleading and depressing, and it pisses me off." She also discusses fat-melting enzymes from the gallbladder that "go postal on your own fat stores."

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


Sex With a Married Woman
Sex With a Married Woman
by Robert Mark Alter
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for ALL men who want sex, married or not!, July 2, 2013
The author of this book is very qualified. Not only has he spent 36 years as a therapist and marriage counselor, but he is also still passionately in love with a woman he's been married to for 42 years.

Every man who wants sex should read this book, even if not married.

Everything the author discusses applies to relationships and will help ANY man get more sex. Required reading should be especially chapter 7, "Understanding Female Sexuality: Everything is Foreplay." Women get turned on by connection, which can be eyes meeting eyes for a long pause, working together in the kitchen, deep conversation about feelings, etc. Later in the book the author adds, "In a close marriage, the whole relationship is a long rolling wave of human connection that frequently rises into spectacular erotic connection. In such a marriage, everything you do with each other, everything you say to each other is a form of your sexual love."

The author also stresses that you should find out what a woman wants by simply asking her questions. Then give it to her! Women are great givers, and what you give to her will come back... and yes, in lots of passionate sex!

The author defines bad sex. I like that he does that, because really, so many men are clueless. He also provides ground rules for a sexual marriage which include getting rid of the porn. He tells why it is so destructive to a relationship. The rules also include how to talk to a woman. Silly adolescent dirty talk does NOT turn the vast majority of us on.

The book discusses how to deal with women who've been sexually abused, "penis pointers," masturbation, the importance of making yourself sexy for your woman, and much more. There is chapter devoted to the importance of fidelity and how you can really blow your marriage and your image to your children by being unfaithful. There is also a chapter called "The Myth of the Younger Woman" in which he gives men a reality check about this issue. Among much other advice, he tells men to get naked and look at themselves in a full length mirror to see that they are not young themselves.

Most of all, the author busts the myth that great sex and a long marriage don't go together.

This is a one-day read, full of humor and a very conversational style. Recommended reading for not only men, but also their wives. Isn't it worth a few hours to change your sex life forever?

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and (coming soon!)
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


You Know Your Way Home
You Know Your Way Home
by Suzanne Jauchius
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment in this memoir of recovery of a misunderstood psychic, July 2, 2013
This review is from: You Know Your Way Home (Paperback)
This very engaging book is not only about a psychic's struggle during the decades before being psychic was in vogue, but also a story of recovery from codependency. The memoir begins in her childhood and we learn that the mother, embarrassed by her abilities, warns her, "Don't bring home all the prizes." She is so adept that, for example, she can see where to pin the tail of the donkey even when blindfolded! As an adolescent, her psychic energy is so intense that poltergeist energy makes her family think the house is haunted.

The first part of her memoir takes us back to the `60s. One startling event includes her sister bringing home a handsome man named Ted (she met by hitchhiking) who has a VW bug with no passenger seat or back seat--only years later to realize it was Ted Bundy, the serial killer! She also has an affair with a former lover of Janis Joplin who refused to sell all the love letters from this famous singer.

The story includes a series of dysfunctional husbands (some who drink too much, and none who support her psychic abilities), suicide in her family, and a quest for healing that includes no dating nor drinking. She struggles financially till she finds her way to supporting herself with readings, including working with the police in missing person cases.

The book includes some shocking facts I was unaware of--for example, being committed to a mental institution used to be a way of getting a divorce; in ancient times psychic children were raised in a cloistered environment where they could learn to use their gift; and the difference between a mystic-psychic and a schizophrenic is that the former knows how to turn the faucet on and off.

The author also poses some very intriguing questions in the book. What if the voices we strongly hear in our heads are ourselves, in the future? What if the world we go to after death just picks up where this one left off?

Though the author includes a lot of details, it's not to the point of boring the reader. I found there was never a dull moment in this book. I felt like I was right there, in her world of confusion, and later, a

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and (coming soon!)
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


The New Green Smoothie Diet Solution: Nature's Fast Lane To Peak Health
The New Green Smoothie Diet Solution: Nature's Fast Lane To Peak Health
by Liz Swann Miller
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for your kitchen bookshelf, especially for the recipe categories, June 27, 2013
This wonderfully informative book can be read in one sitting, yet it's jam-packed with information that will no doubt inspire or re-inspire you toward superb health via green smoothies.

Your goal should be 3 cups of chopped greens per day, rotating seven types of greens per week. This is because most plant foods contain minute amounts of toxins as well as nutrients, and it's best to have a variety for that reason. The author discusses individual greens and their contents. We are given "eight steps toward the perfect green smoothie," a wide variety of liquids to use with them, as well as superfoods and spices for us to customize our green smoothies. The book includes trouble shooting questions as well as frequently asked questions and their answers. There's also a section entitled, "10 tips for getting the most out of your green smoothie."

The author stresses how green smoothies boost one's energy level. I have to say: there is no other food on the planet that gives me immediate energy and even an IMMEDIATE boost in mood!

The author explains why the greens energize us, but did omit one crucial element: Greens also give you immediate energy due to their high oxygen content! Surprisingly she also omits probably the most important gem found in greens: alkalinity, which is so needed in our toxic acidic diets. That would be my only criticism. Alkalinity is probably the most important element to consider in disease prevention. Cancer, viruses, and bacteria cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.

I would also argue her on the point of using a cheap blender: making smoothies with them will eventually burn out the motor!

The biggest gem of the book and what makes it definitely worth having in your kitchen shelf are the recipes. I just can't wait to experiment with them and use some in my raw food classes. What I love most is that the recipes are broken down into what the particular smoothie is best for, so you have recipes in the following sections: detoxification, weight loss, de-stress, energizing, mood enhancing, immune boosting, and skin and hair enhancing. I love that the author even includes the calories found in each smoothie! Yes, though calories are not everything, they do count.

A must-have for people seeking not just ordinary, but rather OPTIMAL health.

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and (coming soon!)
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


Too Much Gold to Flush: The Gift of Infidelity
Too Much Gold to Flush: The Gift of Infidelity
by Pat Grissom
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight for women about certain kinds of men, June 25, 2013
In this riveting memoir, Pat Grissom details her story of falling in love with a charming man that swept her off her feet. She even shares the emails he wrote her, and frankly, who wouldn't have fallen in love with this man?

Nonetheless, she teases us with "red flag" observations that she realized in retrospect that she should have noticed. These tidbits of wisdom are something all single women--dysfunctional or not--should heed. An example was a subtle clue of narcissism she should have noticed, but she was too busy pleasing him. (She calls herself a "Stepford Wife" at one point.) She also tells us early in the book that she ended up marrying this man, and he not only was unfaithful to her, but also landed in prison after just three months of marriage!

At the end of each chapter is a section called "Family Reflections" in which Pat shares a snapshot of her childhood that led to her dysfunctional choices with men. Her father was a child molester, so some of the scenes are a bit shocking. Following that is a section called "Nuggets of Gold" in which she details what she learned from the events of that chapter. On the side are inspirational quotes from famous people or movies, quotes related to the chapter.

One of the insights I got from this book is that when a relationship with someone like this ends, it's not the man we miss, but his attention and approval. Some men just know how to manipulate and charm women! We need to be on the lookout for whether they are sincere, genuine, and capable of real intimacy. The book is filled with great insights for women who lack boundaries.

In the end, she chooses to make something good out of all this and decides to open a shelter for abused women. She also shares another romantic encounter, and you are thinking, "Oh, good, a chance for real love!" Instead, she uses the wisdom she gained from all that drama to realize that the man is not emotionally available.
It's a very easy, fast, and fun read.

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and (coming soon!)
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


Manuscript Found in Accra
Manuscript Found in Accra
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of universal wisdom, June 25, 2013
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In 1954 two men found some papyruses in a cave in Egypt. Though they were not allowed to leave the country, one of them was, as there were 155 copies of it. I was written as late as the year 1307 and in a city near Egypt named Accra. This book is a translation of that manuscript.

The book consists of a wise man answering villagers' questions. He discusses topics such as the value of having been defeated, beauty, following your heart, living every day as if it were your first, sex, war, elegance, work, success, anxiety, the future, loyalty, enemies, and more.

Some great quotes from the book include the following:
"In the cycle of nature there is no such things as victory or defeat; there is only movement."

"For those who feel oppressed by solitude, it's important to remember that in life's most significant moments we are always alone."

"Don't try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference."

"And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly."

"The most terrible of all weapons is the word, which can ruin a life without leaving a trace of blood, and whose wounds never heal."

The book is a very quick and easy read. It makes a great gift to anyone, since the themes are universal.

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
and (coming soon!)
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation
Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation
by Eva Illouz
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this down---filled with so many answers to why being dumped hurts so much, June 25, 2013
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If you've ever been dumped, even by someone who seems like an ideal match (and who hasn't?) you will agonize over WHY. I found many of the reasons in this book! The author states, "If there is a non-academic ambition to this book, it is to `ease aching' of love through an understanding of its social underpinnings." This book definitely lessened the pain of a break-up in my life and should be read by all women feeling such agony and bewilderment. The bottom line: after reading this book you will stop blaming yourself and find it easier to move on.

Perhaps the main issue is that men today have more options than ever (especially with online dating) which makes them less likely than ever to commit. Women have two biological clocks: having babies and beauty/youth (which the media have conditioned us to desire). Once women get past their mid 30s, men have emotional power over them since men don't share their intense need to settle down. The author states, "...men control women's emotionality through women's readiness to commit. While [the best seller book] The Rules is a very misguided attempt to correct the structural emotional imbalance between men and women, it hits at the core of the emotional imbalance in heterosexual relationships."

One fascinating aspect of this book is that it compares the history of love (especially nineteenth century) with modern love. I was intrigued to learn that the men got their status in the past through land, children and servants. Now that status is mainly from careers and the women they partner with.

Also, "Nineteenth century middle-class masculinity was defined in terms of the capacity to feel and express strong feelings, make and keep promises, and to commit to another with determination and resolution." The author's research indicates that men are not "hard-wired" to be commitment phobes; rather, society has changed men in less than 100 years!

Another biggie is that in the past, if a woman was abandoned by a man, it was the man who was thought to be at fault. The woman kept her dignity and anger was directed at the immoral man who was unable to pull through with commitment. "Jane Austen's heroines are not only uncannily self-possessed but also strangely detached from the need to be, as we would say in modern parlance, `validated' by their suitors." Nowadays, however, women blame themselves and feel low self esteem after being dumped. They may even grasp at any kind of compliment or validation from the man who left them. This feeling of being rejected is probably the biggest reason that love hurts, and the author implies that it is like blaming the victim when authors come out with ideas that "women love to much." We are social creatures. Aren't we supposed to love?

In the past, people looked for moral character and financial stability in a mate. Nowadays, sexiness is found to be high on the list of criteria. The author blames the media for making us feel that whoever has the most sex appeal is going to make us happiest. People now are judged by how much "erotic capital" they have, which is "conceived of as the quality and quantity of attributes that ... elicit an erotic response in another." This had leveled the playing field economically, since a middle class or even poor person can be sexy and thus marry someone of higher economic status.

There is an entire section, in fact, nearly a chapter, on how online dating has changed things. We are now using a more rational checklist to pick a mate, and are overwhelmed with options our ancestors didn't have. This often makes it harder than ever to commit!

Though most of the book is an easy read, there were times I felt like I was back in college and I had to read the paragraph a couple of times to get it. No doubt this is used as a university text in sociology. But frankly, I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover within a week! I found the entire discussion fascinating, and got many "aha!"s from it.

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet

and
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work

and (coming soon!)
Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness


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