Featured Library Materials
Our featured library materials also appear on our Facebook page and may be available for check out at your local Aurora library. Many of our libraries have a large selection of consumer health resources that may be checked out when you visit. Stop in and browse!
- Emotional First-Aid by G Winch, Ph.D. (Hudson Street Pr. 2013). Everyone experiences emotional injuries like rejection, loneliness, guilt, loss, failure and low-self-esteem. When things feel like they are falling apart, Dr. Winch offers comfort and healing with compassionate tools to help reset your emotional bones. If you are feeling rejected, it is helpful to list attributes you value highly in yourself and recall why they are important to you. When you fear failure because you are under pressure to perform, whistle or read your work softly to prevent overthinking.
- The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds (Plume 2012). The first 20 minutes of activity provides the most health benefits including a decreased risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Stand up for 2 minutes every 20 minutes when sitting for long periods. Using the leg and back muscles releases enzymes that dissolve fat in your blood. Standing also burns several hundred more calories a day. Walking an accumulated 30 minutes 4-5 days a week maintains a fitness level that keeps you healthy.
- Boost Your Brain by M. Fotuhi, MD, PhD (2013). Science has discovered that you can increase the size of the hippocampus, the memory center of the brain, in just a few weeks no matter what your age! New paths are created in your brain whenever you learn something new and you strengthen them every time you use them. The brain fertilizer protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) is one of the critical components responsible for developing new synapses, connections and blood vessels. The omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA increase oxygen flow in the brain and also benefit the eyes and heart.
- The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, written by Peter Wayne, a professor of medicine and tai chi trainer, with 35 years of experience. The book describes the philosophy and latest medical studies that tout the many health benefits of this practice. Learn how to gain more energy, while balancing your yin and yang.
- The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS and Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC (Fair Winds Pr., 2012). The big news is that high cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Inflammation, oxidative damage, stress and sugar are much greater contributors. The fructose in table sugar causes changes in the liver that raises triglycerides. Metabolic Syndrome, which is a collection of symptoms including abdominal fat, hypertension, insulin resistance and high triglycerides, greatly increases heart disease risk.