Under the Microscope: Heart

How the blood gets around the body

My kiddo has always been very interested in the human body and how it works, and now that she’s taking an anatomy class in our co-op she’s more into learning about body systems than ever. She found a book at the library yesterday that I think will help feed her constant interest as well as further her knowledge. It’s called Under the Microscope: Heart—How the Blood Gets Around the Body. Written by Richard Walker, it’s one of the most fully-illustrated, interesting books about the body I have ever seen and I think many children would enjoy it.

The book is only 48 pages long including its index, but between its illustrations and content, it is an absolutely fantastic, child-comprehensive guide to the heart and how it works. Topics covered within the book include blood vessels, the heartbeat cycle, immunization, white and red blood cells, clotting, healing and much, much more.

My child is only seven, so the text-heavy portions of the book aren’t going to interest her in their entirety yet; that said, the illustrations, their captions, and some of the text is perfect for her. For older children, the book might be a great resource for writing reports or learning more about the subject whenever it’s brought up at school or home.

I particularly like how the photos are labeled and explained for children. The blood vessels, for example, are depicted in huge magnifications and labeled so children can see arteries and valves. Many of these are cartoonish in nature, though there are photos as well—such as the inside of a vein or artery. There are also associations to show where these vessels are within the body itself.

So far, my daughter’s favorite photo is of the heart’s structure. It’s labeled in a very child-friendly way, depicting the most major elements such as the chambers of the heart. There is also a photo of the heartstrings that looks like it’s glowing rather than bloody, which is fascinating for my daughter. I really like that none of the photos are scary or gory; instead, they are really pretty and absorbing, depicting the beauty of the human body.

There are many other colorful photos and diagrams within the book that many children will find interesting as well. If you are explaining how the heart works to children or simply furthering what your child has already learned, this book would certainly be helpful.

Home Health Aides - Home Remedies Book

For those who are looking for a medical book to have in the home that provides simple proven ways to reduce pains and ailments from a natural standpoint, check out the book 1801 Home Remedies. The Editors of the Reader's Digest put together the book to include some of the best home remedies out there. It works as a bible of sorts when it comes to these theories. Readers of the book find it to be one of the best options for them because it is a comprehensive tool that is perfect to have on your shelf for virtually any need.

In "1801 Home Remedies”, individuals will learn, as the title states, hundreds of tips and tools for improving health problems at home through the use of trustworthy remedies and treatments. The book offers a number of different options for more than 100 of the most common ailments. It is written to provide all safe solutions and does provide some guidelines for individuals on using these tools.

What is good about "1801 Home Remedies" is that it is a comprehensive tool. you will find not only information about what to do if you have a cut or a burn but also medical doctor information that helps you to know why the solution works. All of the provided home remedies are checked by medical doctors to be safe to use. That makes them one of the best tools for managing every day ailments with confidence but without having to pay a small fortune at the doctor's office.


Medical Guide: Heal Yourself?

There are some that would argue that any book that has the title of Heal Yourself with Medical Hypnosis is not worth the investment. The problem is, this book has a great deal of information and resources to offer and, beyond a doubt, it is something that people are seeing real results from. For those frustrated with bad diagnosis and troublesome healing processes, this book may offer the type of treatment that has needed to move beyond where you are into a new opportunity to heal.

Is It Real?

The book, officially titled, Heal Yourself with Medical Hypnosis: The Most Immediate Way to Use Your Mind Body Connection, is a great resource. It was written by Andrew Weil and Steven Gurgevich and it is not your fly by night or ineffectual tool. In fact, many people who bought and reviewed the book have the same opinion. It does work.

The book provides a tool that allows individuals to battle problems such as chronic pain, anxiety, sleeping disorders and even reducing the pain that stems from cancer treatments through the use of highly specific hypnosis. Individuals will listen to the 2 cd session to learn how to do it. you will learn about the process and how it effects you. The book does a good job of helping individuals to avoid those gimmicks and false ideas about what hypnosis is and what it really has to offer.

For those who are looking for a way to begin feeling better by using your mind to make it happen, this book is a good option. You will need to put the time into learning the process, but it can work for you.

Medical Book Club Review: CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2011

There is nothing as good as visiting your doctor to learn about your health or about the symptoms you are feeling. The book, CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2011 helps to provide information to help you to understand your body and why it feels the way it does. This book does not replace a doctor's visit but it does provide you with a number of tools and resources to help answer some of your own questions. It can be the ideal medical book to have on your shelf.

CURRENT Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2011 is written by authors Stephen McPhee, Maxine Papadakis and Michael W. Rabow. This book provides a good deal of information and resources. It adds to previous additions by providing more insight and diagnosis tools than those books provided. The content of the book is quite clear and ideal for those who wish to read a great deal of information on various medical topics and even work to diagnosis some. The book does provide excellent explanations for the lay audience. It does offer a good deal of information that's useful to the student studying this type of treatment plan.

Who is this book right for? If you are super interested in medicine, get the book for your home library. If you are a medical provider of services, this book provides the latest information and updates you'll appreciate. It is also a good choice for those who are learning and in medical school. It can be a challenging read, but for many it has the information necessary.

Medical Book Club - Medical Terminology for Dummies Reviewed

In a medical book club like this, it may not be necessary to dumb things down. However, for everyday people, having access to information about their conditions or about the medical terminology they hear can help to debunk many myths. That's where the book Medical Terminology for Dummies comes into play. The book is the subject of this medical book review.

The Book Explained

The book, Medical Terminology for Dummies is written by Beverley Henderson and Jennifer Lee Dorsey. The book provides, as its title indicates, a simple and straightforward way of getting your questions answered. There are several key things about this book that help to make it a must have in every household.

The book is more than a dictionary. It provides a simple and fast way of getting information on what terms men. It also helps you to understand how to say words, where they apply and what they mean. You learn the basics of Greek and Latin and the prefixes, suffixes and root words so that you can easily understand terms that you hear in doctor's offices or anywhere else. You may not be able to use the language yet, but with this book, you will explore what it means and how it works.

What's the Bottom Line?

When reading this book, it becomes clear that you have to have a vested interest in the subject or it will become a tabletop reference book. The information is outstanding and it can work well for those studying medicine as a resource guide. However, for everyday users, it is something that they will need to be truly interested in to benefit from reading. 

Medical Book Club : The Insulin Resistance Diet Updated

With the growing number of people facing diabetes, the book "The Insulin-Resistance Diet" seems like a good choice for this column. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 18.8 million people have the condition and another 7.0 are undiagnosed. Each year 1.9 million new cases are diagnosed. In this book, the focus is on helping individuals to find ways to stop becoming insulin resistant, which leads to diabetes.

What's In The Book?

The book, Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat Making Machine," written by Cheryle R. Hart, provides an effective methods of losing weight or just improving health. It offers a health program that identifies the relationship between fat and insulin. Unlike other programs, this one aims to provide individuals with foods that fit their tastes but still offer low fat and insulin tolerance. The program is not meant to stop people from enjoying their food but to inform them about the foods they could be eating to avoid the onset of diabetes.

The book's focus is on losing weight and overcoming insulin resistance, a virtual step by step guide to reversing insulin intolerance in individuals. The revised addition does provide for some additional information and resources than the original did not. It also has guides that will aid individuals in improving their overall health. The book's revised edition also provides information regarding the latest developments in the insulin research being conducted. The book is a good choice for those who want to avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes or want to work to overcome it.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks": Absolutely Fascinating

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks": One of the best books I read in 2011.


I was assigned to read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot for my book club; I wasn’t sure about the choice and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to read it fast enough for the next book club meeting, but was told in no uncertain terms by the pregnant woman in my little book club that this was her choice and that it might be the last book she would have time to read for several years. 


And thus I started “The Immortal Life Henrietta Lacks” and fell in love with it instantly. For those who don’t know, the book is the true story of Henrietta Lacks who died of cervical cancer. Her cell tissues were taken from her and started spontaneously regenerating and became the subject of medical science testing for years afterwards. But the story doesn’t end with Henrietta, Rebecca Skloot describes the challenges that Henrietta’s family faced after her death and includes a detailed examination of bio-ethics and whether patients should be informed about what their cells are being used for or compensated for the sale of the cells. 

Rebecca Skloot does an extraordinary job of describing Henrietta’s family in ways that portray them as real people who were dealt extraordinarily tough hands in life; the story of her children’s life isn’t pretty. After Henrietta’s death, a woman jealous to Henrietta when Henrietta was alive moved into Henrietta’s house to take care of Henrietta’s children. As you might imagine, there were significant amounts of child abuse that took place, including child molestation by the woman’s boyfriend. 


As Henrietta Lacks’ children suffered, the HeLa cells thrived. What the medical community actually did with the HeLa cells was amazing in some cases and hugely unethical in others. HeLa has been used to create cures to grow corneas and to developing the polio vaccine; some believe that HeLa might just be used to find a cure for cancer. 


The cancerous HeLa cells were also injected into prisoner’s arms to see what would happen. The “volunteer prisoners” were asked why they had volunteered and most said they were repaying their debt to society or repenting for their sins. The same doctor who was responsible for injecting the prisoners with HeLa cells did the same thing to his unwitting gynecological patients years later. 


But Henrietta’s family received no compensation for any of this and knew very little of what was happening with their mother’s cells for years to come. 


As adults, the children were reluctant to talk about HeLa, the name for their mother’s cells; some family members believed that the lack of compensation they received was the result of racial discrimination against blacks and viewed the medical community as an Us versus Them, meaning Blacks versus Whites. 


Medical Book Review: Home Remedies?

Check out this book if you are looking for a simple and easy guide to home remedies.

Are you taking the new year as a great time to start improving your health? If so, why not consider alternative medicine as one of the best ways for you to improve your health. There are many books that can offer you guidance in terms of treating ailments, improving health and preventing illness. However, the book, "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II" is one of the best out there. This is the type of book you want on your shelf when you need a go to source for information.

What does "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II" have to offer? Written by the Prevention Magazine Editors, the book is a great choice for those who want a definitive source of information and guidance and they want it right away. Having this book (along with the previous version) on your shelf means you can look up any of the solutions possible for solving your medical concerns. The book has some great features, including a practical design and an easy to follow style.

What are others saying about the book? Not all doctors recommend using home remedies to cure ailments (and you probably should still follow your doctor's advice.) However, this book does have some great incentives to offer. Those who bought the book say it is concise, easy to read and does not have a lot of medical jargon in it. It offers a practical way of dealing with ailments in the most natural of methods possible.

Check out this book if you are looking for a simple and easy guide to home remedies. It is sure to be a medical book you want to have on hand.

Medical Book Club Review: The Hoarder In You

There has been a great deal of attention paid to those who are hoarders - those who take in items that have little to no value to most people and collect it in large amounts. What many people are seeing play out on reality television shows, is a reality for many people right now. The book, The Hoarder In You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier Uncluttered Life, written by Dr. Robin Zasio is a just released medical book you need to read.

Who Is It For?

The Hoarder In You provides a fulfilling look at what many people may know about themselves but may not want to admit: that they hoard items. The book is written by a psychologist who talks about not only what this debilitating condition is, but also where it comes from and how it can happen to almost anyone. It does more than just provide you with information, though. It offers a practical guide to overcoming the condition itself.

The book offers some great information including the following:

·         It teaches you how to improve emotional bonds you may have with the things you acquire.

·         It helps you to make sense of your chaos so you can live a healthier life.

·         It also helps you to create an organizational system that can help you to improve your quality of life while reducing your stress and anxiety as well.

You are not alone if you are dealing with this problem and The Hoarder In You documents some of Dr. Zasio's worst cases. If you are fascinated with the subject, living with a hoarder or are one yourself, this book will provide insight and aid.

Deep Meditation Takes You Away

This medical book club of sorts is all about providing you with the latest information and resources for improving your health. For many people, to get healthy in the physical form takes careful examination of the mental state. In many situations, it becomes incredibly important for individuals to work to build their ability to work through problems, but going to a professional does not seem like the right thing to do.

Listen to It

The book, in narrated form called Deep Meditation: Pathway to Personal Freedom may provide one of the best ways for individuals to truly kick out those negative mindsets and to improve their overall abilities. The book, narrated by Yogani, an author of two other spiritual practice guides called Advanced Yoga Practices: Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living and The Secrets of Wilder, takes charge in this guide.

The book itself is a guide that provides step by step instruction to the user. The goal is to use daily meditation to gain more power over your individual being. You will learn how to improve inner peace, enhance energy in daily life and to build on creativity that's naturally a part of who you are.

This book is a practical guide that does not expect the user to have a great deal of information in hand prior to getting started. It is a resource that can help you to explore your personal freedoms and to reduce the stress you feel daily. It is also a great program to follow if you need to work to improve relationships or boost your career.