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!
- Any Given Monday by JR Andrews, MD (Scribner, 2013). Three and a half million young people under the age of 14 are treated for sports injuries each year. Dr. Andrews, surgeon to many star athletes, profiles 26 youth sports, injuries and treatments available. ACL knee damage, football concussions and overuse injuries are among the top issues. Girls have a 3-6 times greater chance of an ACL injury than boys. Studies show that repeated concussions in athletes can affect mental health later in life. Overuse injuries can be helped by cutting back on time spent on the activity to allow the body to heal.
- Fat Chance by RH Lustig, MD (Plume, 2013) During the past 30 years, the food industry has replaced fat with sugar resulting in the excess consumption of sugar. In the U.S, 55% of the population is overweight with 18 million obese children. We consume an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar each day. High-fructose corn syrup is the most plentiful and toxic. It is metabolized only by the liver. When there is too much of it, the excess gets stored as liver fat leading to the collection of chronic conditions known as metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome risk factors include obesity, diabetes, high triglycerides and low HDL, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
- Missing Microbes MJ Blazer, MD (Holt , 2014). Each of us has about 100 trillion microbes that live in and on us. These little organisms include fungi, bacteria and protozoa and the name for all of them together is the human microbiome. They protect us from disease, make vitamins for us, and help us digest our food. Dr. Blaser sounds a major warning that the routine overuse of broad spectrum antibiotics, for minor illnesses, is killing our good microbes as well as the bad ones. His research shows a strong correlation between antibiotic use and modern diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and food allergies. Tests that target just the offending microbes and antibiotics to treat them need to be developed. Let your doctor decide if an antibiotic is needed. Be willing to wait a day or two to see if the illness goes away on its own.
- Whole by T. Colin Campbell, PhD (Ben Bella Books, 2014). Dr. Campbell, a leading U.S. nutrition researcher, tells us that modern science has a reductionist point of view that breaks processes down into ever smaller pieces to understand them. We think of nutrition in the same way, as separate nutrients that are more important than the food itself. The outlook for nutrition needs to be holistic. The complex interactions of all the nutrients in a natural food diet act synergistically to promote health. His recommendation is to eat whole plant-based foods, with little or no added oil, salt, or refined carbohydrates like sugar or white flour for optimal well-being.
- The Owner's Manual for the Brain by PJ Howard, PhD. (William Morrow, 2014) In this fascinating look at how the brain works , we learn that neurotrophins ,which are like fertilizer for the brain, are produced when we do aerobic exercise. We learn by doing the unfamiliar. New knowledge builds neural connections and our brains grow. When we do what we already know, we reinforce, practice, and remember existing knowledge. Multitasking is actually alternate tasking. Brains concentrate on one thing at a time. At gatherings where you want people to be alert and analytical, serve protein first and carbohydrates later. Serve carbohydrates and fats if you want people to be relaxed and easy to please. Give your brain a challenge and find out what it can do!