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    1. YOU: The Owner's Manual : An Insider's
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    2. French Women Don't Get Fat
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    1. YOU: The Owner's Manual : An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger
    by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet Oz
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    Asin: 0060765313
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 3
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    If there ever was a pair of docs who can make the small intestine seem truly intriguing, here they are. Dr. Mehmet Oz is an alternative-medicine maverick and a cardiologist known to implement acupuncture during open-heart surgery. Dr. Michael Roizen developed the RealAge concept of calculating one's biological, as opposed to chronological, age. Here they've whipped up a witty guide to the workings of the entire body, appropriate not just for those who can't tell their pancreas from their pituitary. Even Cheers’ Cliff Claven types who think they know it all will likely be humbled by the 50-question "body-quotient" quiz that starts off the book.

    With much sassy humor (they describe the adrenals as similar in shape to Mr. Potato Head's hat), they give a guided tour of the body's anatomy and major systems (hormonal, nervous, digestive, sensory, etc.) including plenty of fascinating trivia along the way. How often should you get your thyroid level checked? How much gas does the average person produce in a day? And, most importantly, how many times a year do most people have sex??Drs. Oz and Roizen know. They also reveal plenty of bizarre (and potentially life-saving) facts such as this: If your earlobe has a prominent vertical wrinkle, it's likely that your arteries are aging faster than they ought to be. If only 8th-grade health class had been this fun.

    The docs' main goal in presenting all this info is twofold: firstly, it's your body, so shouldn't you finally learn how it works? And, secondly, they want to help teach ways of preserving the body's health and youthfulness. To that end, they've included an "Owner's Manual Diet," a 10-day menu plan designed not for weight loss, but to make you feel "years younger." Its simple recipes are each meant to benefit a certain body system, such as Tomato Bruschetta, packed with the antioxidant lycopene, which has been proven to boost immunity. --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars We Need This Info!
    This book is in large print, has relevant information, dispels myths and gives us real, no-nonsense advice about our bodies. Very well written and put together.

    I found it to be an easy read and after skipping around I decided I'd learn more by reading it cover-to-cover. I've never had a book like this that I really read every chapter fully.

    I recommend it for everyone. The info sticks with you and I find myself making better decisions on what I eat every day AND how my body works and reacts to the food and I'm fueling it with.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank Heaven!

    I always thank my lucky stars when I come across an item as excellent and impactful as YOU: The Owner's Manual.It takes a subject you thought you knew everything about, and turns it all on its head!I really did think I knew my body, and WOW, did this show me new things and gave me a whole new perspective.

    A few other purchases I made on amazon which were revelations like this was include:

    NEW SEX NOW dvd

    GIANT STEPS book

    THE ARTIST'S WAY book

    RICH DAD, POOR DAD audio cd

    1-0 out of 5 stars Who Needs Owner's Manuals?
    Listen to your friends, parents and cousins tips! You don't need this manual! Save your money to buy vegetables!

    5-0 out of 5 stars So great to be in the know!
    I loved getting taken through a tour of all the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of my body. I feel better able to make decisions regarding my healthcare and that of my family after having read this book. It was also fun to take the quiz that tests your body of knowledge.

    I also purchased "The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book" and had a great time getting taken through the mind, how I think and how the brain works. A good pairing, I guess!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Goodbye To Fad Diets - Say Hello To Your Own Body
    This is a great book that will explain to you how your body works. You may know how a DVD player works, but do you know how your own body works? Sadly, the answer is most likely that you do not know how your own body works. Of course, it is far more complex than a DVD player. Yet, it is far more important that you know how you body works than it is that you know how that DVD player works.

    This book is your own owners manual for your own body. To be healthy you have to understand all of the various bodily functions, how they work, and what you need to do to keep everything running smoothly and in a healthy state. ... Read more


    2. French Women Don't Get Fat
    by MIREILLE GUILIANO
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    Asin: 1400042127
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-28)
    Publisher: Knopf
    Sales Rank: 1496
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    3. The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet: Boost metabolism, get rid of fattening toxins, safely lose up to 8 pounds overnight and keep them off for good
    by Ann Louise Gittleman
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    Asin: 0767920457
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-08)
    Publisher: Morgan Road Books
    Sales Rank: 69
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Results Driven
    Well I have to say that I was shocked at the results I received even without exercise and a little cheating while on the detox track, I lost 5 pounds. Now imagine if you keep to the 11 day plan for the detox and do some mild-moderate exercise? The results can be endless!! I also noticed how much clearer my skin has been since on being on the Fast Track detox diet. I am definitely going to continue on the Fast Track!
    Christina Rose~*

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, but too much hype
    There is one thing that I absolutely agree with Ann Luise - the amount of chemicals that we are exposed to in our daily lives is overwhelming. I think that cleansing our bodies from them ("unchemicalizing ourselves") from time to time is a very good idea. There are several other authors that pointed to this problem in the past. There are also a few who suggested better or worse cleansing solutions. My favorite to date was Mikhail Tombak who offers total body cleansing solutions (starting with the liver, via kidney, intestines, bones and joints, and ending with blood) in one of the chapters of his book Can We Live 150 Years. The other author dealing extensively with this topic in her few books is Hulda Clark. Gittleman's Detox Diet is only a good addition to the anthology. I do, however, have a problem with the "eight pounds weight loss in a day" idea. Isn't this just a little over-promising?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Always interesting
    Even if it's not quite an overnight diet, there's always something helpful, tips, ideas, tactics, that you can take away from one of Ann Louise Gittleman's books and incorporate into your weight loss approach.

    Definitely one for my weight loss library!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great "non-diet" way to lose weight AND regain energy!
    This is yet another of Ann Louise Gittleman's sound nutritional plans to safely and effectively lose weight AND regain health and energy. Yesterday was my last day of the 11-day Fast Track and I lost a total of 13.5 pounds!! I lost 10 lbs on the prequel, 3.5 lbs on the one-day fast, and maintained during the sequel. I'm thrilled!! I'll be Fast Tracking it every 6-8 weeks because I FEEL GREAT!!

    Even during the one-day fast I wasn't really that hungry and I slept great that night and woke up the next morning feeling more rested and energetic than ever...AND 3.5 lbs lighter!! I'm totally amazed at how great I feel and how much weight I lost in 11 days because, honestly, I didn't feel like I went hungry or really did without.

    I did give up my beverage of choice, coffee, and did really miss it for a few days. But now I find myself craving cranwater even more than coffee...lol!

    I'm going into Gittleman's Fat Flush plan now to continue to lose the remaining 50 lbs I have to lose. I'll combine it with another Fast Track Detox session every few weeks to jumpstart my metabolism and add some variety. This is a very "non-diet" way to lose weight, especially when you have 50+ lbs like I do. As an added bonus is all the energy I have and the fact that I feel healthier than ever at 44!

    Thanks for a great plan, once again, Ann Louise!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Plateau Buster
    What a great experience!I lost 4.5 lbs in the prequel and 3 lbs on the fast day for a total of 7.5 lbs in all.The best news is that was last week and the weight is still off.Thanks Ann Louise!This has helped kick start my weight loss again after being on a stubborn plateau.I plan on doing the fast again next month. ... Read more


    4. Sly Moves : My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, Gain Will Power, and Live your Dream
    by Sylvester Stallone
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    Asin: 0060737875
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 534
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Movie fans can argue the merits of Rocky vs. Rambo, but no one can accuse Sylvester Stallone of being a couch potato. In Sly Moves, Stallone recounts the training methods that turned him into one of the true Hollywood hard-bodies of all time, tailoring the best and worst of what he’s learned from forty years in the gym and testing trendy diets into a simple (3-hour-a-week) workout/eating program anyone can follow.

    Stallone mixes in plenty of personal tales from his storied career along with practical advice, including a three-day look inside the life of an action hero approaching age 60: what he eats, when he works out, what famous people he bumps into at his private Beverly Hills gym and the L.A. hot spots where he does dinner. Sly might help you tighten up those abs with three kinds of crunches, but odds are the new six pack won’t get you a table next to him at Spago. Still, all the trappings of celebrity aside, you only have to check out the photos of him demonstrating his "Rambo pulldowns," "Rocky chins," or other exercises ("moves") he recommends to see he knows a thing or two about staying fit. As for how to "gain will power" and "live your dream," you could do a lot worse than listen to a guy of humble beginnings who willed himself into everything he ever dreamed of becoming—one hammer curl at a time. --Patrick Jennings ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sly Moves is worthwhile!
    A practical, motivational and well thought out book with exercise plans that anyone can use, whether you are wanting to get fit and have never exercised regularly, or you simply want to take it to the next level... Stallone's book is a real winner here!
    Plus, Sly shares some of his past experiences on how he got in shape for various acting roles.Very interesting read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Surprised? No, I'd say "Shocked!"
    I've gotta be honest. I wasn't expecting all that much from the book. I've read tons of fitness articles and books, and the prospect of learning anything new or better from a guy that I've always thought of as just an Italian-American actor with a decent physique wasn't uppermost in my mind. I bought the book, though, because I've been pleasantly surprised and impressed by his other product lines.

    The thing that impressed me most from the outset was Sly's utter honesty about all the mistakes he made in the past, and his keen desire to make sure we didn't make the same ones ourselves. He really presents his old experiences and failures in a humorous, entertaining and memorable way--usually in the context of making one of his films.

    There are some great exercises, unique ones, that I've never tried before. They are well-illustrated with clear photos and explanations. The diet section is good, and has a particularly Stallone flavor to it. Make no mistake--this isn't a cookbook, or a guide to good eating, but Sly gives enough good and reliable information in it to allow anyone--novice or experienced--to put together a real food program that will help them succeed.

    And the last great feature--a section especially for women, by Jennifer and Sly, something that many of the current fitness books lack.Again, it's basic, but well done and clearly written.

    Pick it up. It's worth keeping.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational
    Truly Inspirational

    I grew up watching this man change his body for each type of role he was going to play in one of his movies and it was always amazing the transformation that took place.
    Stallone is truly discipline person to achieve such level of change throughout his entire body without resulting to chemical enhancement drugs that many others have use over the years.
    No suction work needed here folks, his story is one of triumph over the odds that were presented before this actor and the physical changes further changed how you look at him on the screen and this book tells you all about it.
    For the exercises they are basic, very old school basic, hard work went into building his body, nothing fancy here of course you will need to go to the gym to do many of his workouts in this book. The female model while fit truly did not build that body in the gym and again very basic exercise presented and easy to follow.
    The cons of this book are just a few being a big fan and all. But there is more to abs work then just crunches and hanging leg raises! Of course there lies the secret many people go to the gym and never achieve such great results as Stallon has. (Wonder if genetics has anything to do with it?)
    The twisting setup with a bar across the back (ouch for anyone with back issues) on an incline sit-up board is wicked to say the least; you must be in shape to try this one.
    And finally were are the stretches? Functional exercises like the Swiss ball or medicine ball moves? I think I saw more cross training in RockyII, which any fan can watch over and over again for inspiration.
    Over all very good book to read for the enjoyment of reliving his body changes but no hidden secrets revealed. H
    appy training!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for a celebrity fitness book
    I remember hearing somebody once say that relying on a celebrity for fitness advice is like taking your car to a celebrity with a well-maintained car for repairs.
    There's probably some truth in that statement, but that doesn't mean that Stallone's fitness advice is worthless. The man has spent the better part of his life working out an attaining a level of fitness that most of us will never know. He obviously knows something about training and eating.
    The workouts are good, basic ones, but unless you have a very well-equiped home gym, you'll need a health club membership for the workouts. I found it a little odd in the "classic" workout that he recommends working biceps before the back and I would have liked to have heard the reasoning behind that since it's not what most people would recommend. There were some questions that he left unanswered, such as rest between sets, but the workouts are safe and can be adapted to almost any fitness level. There's nothing about anything he recommends that could get you hurt (assuming you have no previous injuries). The workouts also take a reasonable amount of time, typically one hour or less.
    The nutrition advice is good, giving people a blueprint for a solid lifetime eating plan that doesn't force you to count calories or exclude entire food groups.
    The best part of the book, however, is Sly's own story of how he went from a down-and-outer to an American icon and the role a fitness lifestyle played in achieving his success. Even if you decide there are better workouts or nutrition plans out there for you, his story is still an interesting one.
    I wouldn't say I was a huge fan of Stallone. I could take or leave most of his movies, but I developed a greater respect and admiration for what he has done after reading the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners/Great for Advanced/Great for Sly Buffs..
    This is such a well-done book, I can't begin to express how simple, entertaining and thoughtful it is. Stallone gives a lot of insight on his life, his movie career and fitness in general, clearly explaining why diets don't work and basically taking the reader by the hand and setting them up, step by step with a great fitness and nutrition system.This really cuts through the BS.I was very surprised, I honestly didn't expect book to be this good, but just like Rocky, Stallone has scored a knockout here! ... Read more


    5. The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life
    by Michael F. Roizen
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    Asin: 0060196823
    Catlog: Book (2004-04)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 6594
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Dr. Michael Roizen hopes to discover a cure for the common birthday. The author of the bestselling book RealAge and Oprah guru, Roizen translates groundbreaking medical research into a series of calculations and choices that promise to reduce age-linked symptoms and diseases. The RealAge Makeover begins with a self-test of 132 health factor questions that compare your calendar age with your "real age"--based on healthy habits plus heredity, he rounds up the usual suspects (sun exposure, sleep patterns, good fats) as well as the unusual (the kind of chocolate you eat, the number of nagging unfinished tasks, your catsup consumption). Although Roizen flags heredity, he focuses on the three key factors of aging: arteries (heart attack, stroke, memory loss), immune systems (prostrate and breast cancer), and environmental stresses (lung cancer, STDs). He offers a sliding scale of difficulty in his "younger every day suggestions." Whether talking about stress,diet, or disease, Roizen offers case examples and subtle and engaging strategies such as describing the role of living beyond your means in aging or the difference between "four-legged" and "no-leg fats."Readers looking for a quick fix will benefit less than those who follow the recommendations that require focus and commitment. As Baby Boomers age and books about turning back time increase, Roizen's will remain a standout. --Barbara Mackoff ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    As a new mom, I have more of a desire to live longer! And younger. This is what this book has allowed me to do. I actually took the test on www.realage.com since that seemed easiest and found myself to be 7 years older. Between the book and my personal recomendations from the Realage website I am getting younger every day. This is a MUST if you value your life and your family.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Feeling More Energetic
    I have been following the RealAge recommendations for several years and have felt more energetic and healthier with each year. This new book has increased my awareness of what I need to do and of what I need to continue to do to live a healthier life, both now and for the long term. It's up-to-date information is very, very helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    My girlfriend read this book and it has really transformed her. I always liked older women, and she was very beautiful to start with, but after using this book's techniques she has become much younger looking and feels more healthy and alive to boot. The effects were as much as those that I gained after watching the "New Sex Now" dvd transformed our lovemaking. Go for these both!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The technique in the book got me to quit smoking!!!
    RealAge Makeover is a wonderful book. It has made my RealAge younger. It makes sense. It is a great book. Best one yet. ... Read more


    6. Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
    by Brooke Shields
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    Asin: 1401301894
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 612967
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    In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery.

    When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed-a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

    In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, America's sweetheart Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

    Exhibiting an informed voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, this first memoir from a woman who has grown up before the eyes of the world is certain to attract the attention and empathy of many new mothers and fans alike. ... Read more


    7. Change Your Life in Seven Days : The World's Leading Hypnotist Shows You How
    by Paul McKenna
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    Asin: 1400082870
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
    Publisher: Harmony
    Sales Rank: 1277
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book that will really make you think!
    So many of us were lied to as we grew up.Victims of childhood abuse may have been told they are worthless or unworthy of love and success.Change Your Life in Seven Days will help those people become reconditioned and understand that we are all born to lead happy, successful lives.

    Hypnosis, meditation, reconditioning...it doesn't matter what we call it.The information in this book will give the reader a new way of thinking and the ability to see herself as worthy, lovable, and unmask one's true potential.

    Suzannah L Crowder
    Author, Damaged Goods: Adults Can Heal from Childhood Trauma
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book
    This book is filled with really useful checklists, exercises and good stories which helped me to actually use what I learned. The book did change my life. Nothing unrealistic but I've made a clear change for the better based upon his encouraging advice and amazing mind-control techniques presented in the book. I would say it could help anyone who follows the information presented to make at least a small, significant shift that is a bargain for $15.

    Another new book I recommend that helped me a great deal recently is "The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Many will find this book helpful and enlightening
    I am always a bit leery of self-help books especially ones that make wild claims. However this is not your typical self help book.
    Although many of the techniques elucidated in this book have long been known the presentation of how to employ these techniques is quite good. It is a book that I believe anyone can follow and use.
    McKenna has been employed by the rich and famous to help them. Let him help you.
    Speakingfrom my own scientific background as a psychology major who did his graduate work in neuroscience (Princeton) and animal behavior (Max Planck Institute in Germany)I see nothing in this book that runs contrary to what science knows about how the mind works.
    This is not a "new age fad" and the author explains this by giving a brief history of hypnosis in both its use and misuse.
    One of the great living Tibetan Buddhist lamas would continue to ask his pupils "where is your mind?" It is a question that is not as simple to answer as you might think if you reflect on it. I will rephrase by asking "are you driving your mind or is your mind driving you?
    McKenna's techniques are sound and should help the reader get out of negativebehavioral loops into which we all often fall.
    There is nothing sinister about self-hypnosis. It is one of the ways our mind works. Whether or not we are aware of it we are haphazardlyself-hypnotizing everyday. This book shows you how to take control of the process.
    Those still in doubt after reading this review should check out other books on hypnosis by McKenna. This man is no "flash in the pan".
    Read it and be helpless no more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even Small Changes Can Make A Huge Difference
    Over the next 7 days you can make small changes that will make a huge difference in your life improving your happiness, success, and your well-being for years to come. The author has helped millions of people to quit smoking, lose weight, increase their self-confidence, cure phobias, and greatly improve their self-image.

    Paul McKenna has studied many highly successful and effective people and discovered that their success and happiness are not just accidents of good luck that happen to some people and not to others. Their success and happiness are created by deliberate ways of thinking and acting - such ways that are available to you, the reader, to follow. The author presents to you the core strategies and techniques of the most successful persons into a life makeover that you can use to think and act more positively and confidently. You will noticeably improve your life, amazingly so, in as little as one week.

    We are all "brainwashed" by our negative life experiences which affect our lives in terrible ways. For many of us our self-confidence has been broken down and damaged. We need new loops and new thoughts in our brains. Our self-images can be repaired and improved as is necessary. I strongly recommend this book. It can change your life.

    ... Read more


    8. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
    by SuzeOrman
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    Asin: 1573222976
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-03)
    Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
    Sales Rank: 72
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    If you are tired of struggling to make ends meet but don't know a 401(k) from Special K, this book is for you. Aimed specifically at "Generation Broke"--those in their twenties and thirties who are working yet buried in credit card debt and student loans--this user-friendly guide offers a clear introduction to practical investing and money management techniques that can turn even a dismal financial situation around. Bestselling author Suze Orman has a knack for taking the fear out of money matters, and in The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous &amp: Broke, she shows readers how to set priorities and achieve goals, whether it is to buy a house or save for retirement or pay for a child's education. She also offers inspiration to readers to face their financial problems and get started on a solution. After all, there is good news: young people still have the time to correct problems so that they will never be broke again. Readers who find terms such as diversification and IRA rollover scary--or worse, unimportant--will learn much from this book.

    In these pages, Orman clearly and succinctly explains what a FICO score is and why it's so important, offers the lowdown on stocks and mutual funds, provides career advice, and offers lots of tips on dealing with student loan debt, saving money even when times are tight, debt consolidation strategies, and the safest way for newlyweds to merge their finances. She also offers information on credit cards, including why canceling cards is not a good idea, when it makes sense to use them, and the best strategies for paying them off. It may not be the only money book you'll ever need, but it's an excellent place to start. --Shawn Carkonen

    All About Suze Orman

    The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. An Emmy-award winner, Orman is the author of four consecutive New York Times® bestsellers, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Courage to Be Rich, The Road to Wealth, and The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life. The Money Book was written to address the specific financial reality that young people face today, and it offers a set of real, not impossible, solutions to the problems at hand and the problems ahead.

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    Reviews (51)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beginners book- but thats what I needed !
    I read this book along with 'The Idiots Guide to personal finance in your 20s'. Both books were actually very helpful in getting my head together. I graduated 3 ago (hello scary loans), working (poor), and living (tiny space) in New York City. So this book was perfect for a person like me.

    It really got me thinking about HOW to take advantage of a 401K and Roth IRA. I am having a great time being young, but when Suzy illustrates how a person who started saving in a 401K at 25 compared to 35 will have hundreds of thousands dollars more by retirement you realise that being responsible is not only smart, but necessary given this recent retirement social security fiasco.

    She also gives great motivation to clean up your credit (via your FICO score). As a young person who wants to buy a car and apartment in a few years, you begin to understand how your credit numbers will affect you. Most important- your interest rates on these purchases. She also gives tips on these purchases. Additionally, moving in with someone, getting married, and basics of investing options.

    Whats great about the book though is that Suzy motivates you, but also details HOW to get things moving. She offers websites or agencies to further gain financial information.

    Buying both Suzy and the Idiots guide may have been a bit redundant. They offer around the same advice, but Idiots guide is a bit easier formatted to read. Its easier for me to reference my Idiots guide. That is the only reason why Suzy gets 4 and not 5 stars.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average
    The advice given can be found in many, many books.Except for a new formating and a slightly easier way to search, there is nothing new here.Read Clark Howard or Dave Ramsey, people I can trust.My trust in this writer took a huge hit when she accepted an endorcement to sell new automobiles. This is at best a check out from the local library book, do not waste your money on it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes you CAN be broke AND fabulous.
    I live in Manhattan where it's hard to think of those two words in the same sentence.My parents have given me financial guidance books before but there is something about this that validates who you are and who you want to be- just in the title, that made me respond to it.I am clueless about money and I hate thinking about it. But you have to.This book, along with the online component,was kind of like a financial Mary Poppins.She tells you what to do and how to do it- in a non-condescending way.I wish I had had it 10 years ago.If you are a young woman with money problems like I am, don't question- just buy it and do what she says.

    5-0 out of 5 stars And it's ADD friendly too!
    After reading several sections from a friend's copy, I know for a fact that this is the book on finances I've been waiting for.If you have trouble focusing and end up drifting into space before making it through a sentance in any book- let alone one about dreary finances- I think you'll be wanting your own copy of this title as well.As if she had the ADD personality in mind, Susie is direct and to the point without being crass.The book is also highlighted with coloring which is another ADD friendly technique, along with short summeries to sum up the already to the point chapters.She also gives very simplistic examples behind her reasonings to make sure even the most clueless college co-ed or financing novice can understand it, but she breaks things down in a way that doesn't make you feel like a dumb-ass for not understanding it earlier.The PERFECT gift for a highschool graduate who's about to embark on to the world of college loans and credit! And great for anyone who wishes there was such a thing as financing 101 in H.S. or College.Highly Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book especially for new college grads
    This should be your first financial book in your twenties. I could find so many answers to the questions that I had as I will be graduating soon and start my own career along with investments. Although I am not in huge debt, this book has helped me so much in terms of finding out what I have to do in order to save and what I need to do in order to succeed financially in life. Highly recommended for anyone who's broke or not broke but wants to stay financially stable and happy. ... Read more


    9. 2005 Physicians' Desk Reference with PDR Electronic Library on CD-Rom
    by Medical Economics, Physicians
    list price: $92.95
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    Asin: 1563634988
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-31)
    Publisher: Thomson Healthcare
    Sales Rank: 19477
    Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Authoritative Source of FDA-Approved Information on Prescription Drugs.

    Physicians have turned to PDR® for the latest word on prescription drugs for 59 years! Today, PDR is considered the standard prescription drug reference and can be found in virtually every physician's office, hospital and pharmacy in the United States. In fact, nine out of ten doctors consider PDR their most important reference source. The 59th edition is more than 3,000 pages—our most comprehensive edition ever!

    These critical new drugs are included in the 2005 edition:

    Cialis (tadalafil), a new selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

    Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium), a new HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor indicated as an adjunct to diet in the treatment of primary hypercholesterolemia, mixed dyslipidemia, and elevated triglyceride levels, or as an adjunct to other lipid-lowering therapies (or if these are unavailable) for treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

    Levitra (vardenafil HCl), a new selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

    Lexiva (fosamprenavir calcium), a new protease inhibitor indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV infection in adults.

    Namenda (memantine HCl), the first NMDA receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type.

    Raptiva (efalizumab), a new recombinant humanized IgG1 kappa isotype monoclonal antibody indicated for the treatment of adults with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

    Symbyax (olanzapine and fluoxetine HCI), a new combination of 2 psychotropic agents for the treatment of depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

    You'll find the most complete data on over 4,000 drugs by brand and generic name (both in the same convenient index), manufacturer, and product category. Your 2005 PDR provides usage information and warnings, drug interactions, plus more than 2,000 full-size, full-color photos cross-referenced to the product information.

    You will also find:

    >Phonetic spelling for most listings
    >A key to controlled substances
    >FDA use-in-pregnancy ratings
    >Contraindications
    >All other FDA-required information
    >Clinical pharmacology
    >Adverse reactions
    >Pediatric use
    >Dosages

    On average, over 70% of the drugs found in PDR have prescribing information that has been updated from that found in the previous years' edition. This means that each year thousands of changes are made to drugs. Among these changes are:

    >Interactions with other drugs
    >Side Effects
    >Recommended Dosages
    >Contraindications
    >Black box warnings
    >How supplied methods

    FREE PDR ELECTRONIC LIBRARY ON CD-ROM INCLUDED WITH THE 2005 PDR*!

    The retail edition of the 2005 PDR includes a free PDR Electronic Library on CD-ROM. This valuable CD-ROM includes the full-text information of the 2005 Physicians Desk Reference, PDR For Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements and the PDR For Ophthalmic Medicines. As an added bonus, the PDR on CD-ROM also includes a Drug Interactions module that allows the user to check multi-drug regimens for potentially dangerous interactions. That’s over $280 worth of print information on one CD-ROM.

    The 2005 PDR also includes important information on how authorized prescribers (including U.S.-based MDs, DOs, Dentists, NPs, PAs, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists in full-time patient practice and medical students and residents) can access:

    >mobilePDR, PDR's abbreviated drug information database for PDR applications
    >drug information on PDR.net

    *Due to the importance of having current drug information, the PDR Electronic Library has a two year useful life. The software and data on this CD will expire on 12/31/06.

    For absolutely accurate information, you need the 2005 PDR! ... Read more

    Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Standard
    There are a lot of drug reference books. Many, if not most, are quite good. It depends more on how you like your information organized than anything else. The PDR is not designed to be carried in your pocket, it designed to be...well, exhaustive and filled with virtually all the data about the given drug. But regardless of what you think about the PDR, one thing is certain: The PDR has become a gold standard among practioners and is relied upon heavily by physicians.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A better alternative
    I am a clinical psychologist and need some drug info.
    The PDR is a perfect example of the difference between data and information and its publisher's high handedness is to be expected when it teams with M$.
    I just bought and love the Mosby 2004 Drug Guide. Better paper, easier to read, more usable info, and only $30. It is not completely 2004 (none are really current) and the index to brand names has a few omissions but these are minor problems.

    3-0 out of 5 stars CD Terrible
    Without question the PDR is a mandatory reference guide for physicians. It does contain all the required prescription drug monographs mandated by the FDA and has a reasonably useful indexing system for searching by Name, Generic, or Disorder/Treatment. The pill identification section is far from comprehensive and considering the decades this has been in publication I would expect slightly more. The lack of a Macintosh installer with the different versions of the cd (you can get this from being in different medical associations, as a medical student, or personally) is ridiculous. Stedmans is included completely in the 'individual' install, it's just not accessable from the PDR interface. The expiration date is ludicrous. Why? Because you own the physical volume (I own 2 shelves of a bookcase of the physical volumes). I have often had to reference back 8 or 9 years to see what formats a current medication was available in as people seem to take it for granted that if they are still taking the same medication, it is available in the same dosage and format. Some serious mistakes can and have been made because this information isn't available in a comprehensive archival system. There is no legitimate argument for an electronic licensing agreement which prevents you from accessing the same documents (less in fact) that you have in hardcopy format. The DRM is probably the only reason this isn't completely mac/other/pda's compatible and it is completely negligent of the publisher to not produce a full non-expiring library. I hope that at some point in time the PDR electronic version is treated correctly and made available as HTML with a Java/javascript search system. This could easily have been done, but wasn't in the name of money and it's harmful to the healthcare system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended pick for medical library holdings
    This Thomson Healthcare edition of Physicians' Desk Reference 2004 is a specifically designed professional reference for physicians and the medical community, and is updated yearly. Private practice, hospital, pharmacy, clinic, medical training centers and academic health libraries and health reference collections will find it an indispensable reference. This 58th edition lists all pharmaceutical manufacturers with address, phones and emergency contacts, includes products by category, and provides a diagnostic product information section which includes dosing instructions in Spanish, special notations on controlled substances, and FDA contacts. The extensive reference does require an in-depth knowledge of medicine for best access, making it a highly recommended pick for medical library holdings who will consider it a standard acquisition; but plenty of public and college-level libraries will find their patrons referring to it as well. Highly recommended.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Kind of like paying for one volume of the LA phone book...
    The PDR is basically a bloated collection of current-patent drug inserts printed on cheap newsprint. It weighs a ton, and contains virtually no information that one can't download from the relevant drug company's website for free.

    If you are a doctor, you probably get this book for free. That's about what it's worth, considering that its scope is limited to expensive non-generic drugs.

    If you have fifty bucks to spend on a drug reference, get something complete and useable like the "Physician's Drug Handbook." If you want full prescribing info for a current drug, you can get it off the internet without worrying about out-of-date info or expired CD's. ... Read more


    10. How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life
    by Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 1595620036
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
    Publisher: Gallup Press
    Sales Rank: 427
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    How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person-your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger -fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before? The number one New York Times and number one Business Week bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life-while reducing the negative. Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting changes and has all the makings of a timeless classic. ... Read more


    11. Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    by Malcolm Gladwell
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    Asin: 0316172324
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 1709
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    How do we make decisions--good and bad--and why are some people so much better at it than others? Thats the question Malcolm Gladwell asks and answers in the follow-up to his huge bestseller, The Tipping Point. Utilizing case studies as diverse as speed dating, pop music, and the shooting of Amadou Diallo, Gladwell reveals that what we think of as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how the difference between good decision-making and bad has nothing to do with how much information we can process quickly, but on the few particular details on which we focus. Leaping boldly from example to example, displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Gladwell reveals how we can become better decision makers--in our homes, our offices, and in everyday life. The result is a book that is surprising and transforming. Never again will you think about thinking the same way. ... Read more


    12. Body for Life for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation
    by Pam Peeke
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    Asin: 1579546013
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-16)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 193
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    It's not all about the jeans; flattening the tummy helps fight "Toxic Fat"--the disease-inducing weight Dr. Pamela Peeke teaches women how to conquer in Body-for-LIFE for Women. Her firm belief is, most women already know what they're supposed to do: eat a balanced diet, ditch junk food, exercise, think positively. Peeke strives to show her "girlfriends" how to accomplish these tasks, customizing plans for young and old. Clients' stories (including a 95-year-old who worked herself out of a wheelchair and into a martial arts class, and a 14-year old who replaced 90 lbs. of fat with a healthy load of self-confidence) lend credence to Peeke's 12-week weight reduction plan; so do the wowsie before-and-after pictures. Gender-specific scientific evidence supports Peeke's premise that women's bodies require different care than men's. But she doesn't stop there.

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    Peeke digs deeper for her audience, defining four hormonal milestones of a woman's life (menarche to beyond menopause) and customizing a physical and mental transformation plan to suit each. Easing off on strict calorie and weight guidelines, she focuses instead on serious fat reduction, muscle improvement, and practical suggestions for self-care. A handful of charts and formulae help readers assess their progress; sample exercises and fitness logs help, too. But for Peeke, weight reduction pales to bolstering a woman's self-worth through nurturing healthier habits. The only rough pill to swallow is Peeke's two-page list of smart foods: it lacks suggestions for turning acceptable proteins, carbohydrates and fats into palatable daily meals.--Liane Thomas

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Whew!! I ALMOST wasted my money!!!
    I was going to purchase this book until I began looking at the reviews!
    Time and time again, I have strayed away from Bill Phillips Body-for-life approach looking for a different way to lose weight.Whatever new research had been done or "the fastest way to burn fat", or the so called latest and greatest in supplements, I always failed miserably at any attempt to change my body and mind.
    As I popped around on Bill's site, I saw this book.I thought, WOW!!I gotta have this.Anything to make my attempts at a new body that much easier!So I came here and read the reviews.I have to say THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to put your honest view about this book out there!
    I noticed that all of you who were familiar to the original Body For Life way of life....Well, just plain hated this one.The LAST thing I needed was another book to make things more complicated than they need to be.I have struggled for a while with my unintentionally, having to make things harder than necessary.My husband always told me to go "back to the basics."Stop the calorie counting, don't worry about the GI of carbs, and not to believe that all supplements work!So needless to say, I didn't need the extra confusion that this book may have caused me.
    So, we have hormonal issues???OK...so did all of the other successful women who transformed their bodies and minds and won Bill's Challenges.KUDO'S to all who helped me see that I didn't need this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I can't say enough good things about this book.
    I recently picked up the book, "Fighting Fat after 40", by Dr. Peeke, and was mesmerized the whole way through it.All the while I was nodding to myself, thinking "that's me, that's me".Everything I read just made so much sense, and explained a lot of things that were confusing me.

    When I had finished the book, I was pleased to find out that Dr. Peeke had just released "Body for Life for Women", so I bought that the very next day.Again, I was struck by how much sense everything made to me - being 49 and 30 pounds overweight.

    I began the program immediately - three weeks ago.I've lost 8 pounds in that time.I love the way Dr. Peeke gives her readers credit for the intelligence to put together appropriate meals and snacks based on her guidelines. This makes her program very flexible and doesn't pin us down to rigid meal plans.

    Dr. Peeke's exercise program is tough, but good.I do the strength training 3 evenings a week, and the cardio (walking & biking) the other three.

    In my opinion, the results speak for themselves.I feel great, I'm looking better every day, and I'm never hungry.Best of all, I really think that for the first time I've found a program that I can stick to for life.

    Thanks Dr. Peeke.Your book came to me at a time in my life when I was at an all-time low.Thanks for making so much sense.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Peeke's Got the Answer with Body for Life for Women
    I just want to share my happiness and joy with finding Dr. Peeke's book Body for Life for Women.As a 40 yr old woman, I've had the same problems everyone else has had with trying tokeep in shape despite my 24/7 life.But, I have always had problems with PMS and tend toward anxiety and stress eating.Also, I'm noticing the onset of that Menopot Dr. Peeke talks about in the book and I knew I needed help from someone who could help me as a woman fighting these issues.I bought Body for Life for Women when it came out a month ago right after I saw her launch it on the Today Show.I trust her as an expert in women's health and fitness.And, now I have bought a copy for each of my closest friends.She totally gets it.The program is so simple to follow and she's patient with people like me who were never athletes, have about 40 pounds to shed and don't aspire to look great in a bikini.That's not what this is about to me.It's about being the best I can be, mentally and physically.I love the fact that she is patient and doesn't do a "guy's program" of going hard in a gym where I don't feel comfortable.I'm following her exercise program with a friend who I work out with at my home and it's making all the difference in the world.In 4 weeks I have removed 9 founds of body fat, and dropped a whole dress size.I'm continuing on for my first 12 weeks, and will keep it up until I reach that body composition Dr. Peeke recommends for my health and wellness.I'm telling you if I can do it, so can all of you.Start her program today and you'll thank me for writing this review.Good Luck to you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally someone who understands!
    This book is different from all the workout/eating/self-help books you will ever read.Dr. Peeke is funny and witty but more importantly compassionate and caring in the way she writes.She truly understands the real challenges women face today.She focusses on a woman's body (hormonal changes and all) and our constant struggle to put ourselves on the never-ending "To Do" list.

    I have been active my entire life and at 29 years old I found out I was in premature menopause.I turned to Dr. Peeke's book for help with my aging female body.She discusses the mind, mouth and muscle elements of taking care of yourself.She includes helpful guides like a list of nutrition bars and how they stack up against each other.She is realistic, funny and informative.You owe it to yourself to buy this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I'll stick to the "Body for Life" Program
    When I bought this book, I was expecting the Body for Life program with some added information for women and more photos of transformations to inspire me. The transformations in the book appear to be women who actually did the original "Body for Life" program -- not this one. The diet plan lacked the simplicity of the original Body for Life plan. The book overall was also less inspiring than the original. If you're looking for a diet program that really works (I've lost 25 lbs and am still losing) I would recommend sticking with the original Body for Life book written by Bill Phillips. If you want more information, there is also Eating for Life and the Body for Life Success Journal which are much better sources for continued reading. ... Read more


    13. The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life
    by David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 1579549985
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-19)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 268
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health-for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Or you could spend just six weeks with David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health magazine, on THE ABS DIET-an easy and effective program for everyone that is helping thousands of people lose weight, flatten their guts, banish post-pregnancy bellies, and become healthier than they ever thought possible.
    What's more, once on this revolutionary new diet you'll look and feel better than ever without deprivation dieting, counting calories, measuring foods, worrying about confusing phases-or ever feeling hungry!
    Sound impossible? Let David Zinczenko prove it to you. As editor-in-chief of the world's most important men's magazine, Zinczenko has devoted his career to helping people improve their lives through the latest and most well-researched health, nutrition, and exercise information available.
    Now, in the national bestseller THE ABS DIET, Zinczenko reveals his infallible formula that works for both men and women:
    >>The ABS DIET POWER foods: the 12 best foods (all part of an easy-to-remember acronym) that will naturally boost your metabolism so that you can strip away fat, build muscle, and look and feel great for life. (Bonus: Many of the Abs Diet Powerfoods are even-gasp-carbs!)
    >>SIMPLICITY: This low-maintenance program is easy to follow because there are no scales, no phases, no calculus-like formulas to compute, and no recipes that take a culinary degree to make. (One of the secret weapons: Satiating smoothies.) In fact, many of the dozens and dozens of delicious meals you can make take no more than a few minutes to prepare!
    INCENTIVE: The plan never leaves you hungry. Instead, it encourages you to eat (a whopping six times a day!), stokes your metabolism, and even lets you cheat now and then.
    ENERGY: Designed to help you build the lean muscle that and melt away that pesky belly fat, this full-body exercise program can be done at home in only 20 minutes, 3 times a week, with nothing more than a set of dumbbells!
    LONGEVITY: An easy-to-remember maintenance plan will help you maintain your flat stomach forever.
    Thousands of people are on THE ABS DIET, which can help you lose up to 20 pounds in six weeks-all while gaining pounds of muscle!-because it's easy to follow and even easier to stick to. THE ABS DIET also describes some of the stories of people who went on the program and had amazing successes. In those cases, these people ended up changing their waistlines-and their lives.
    THE ABS DIET is the best, last and only diet and nutrition plan that you will ever need.

    Read about how low-carb diets are making you fat, about how the food industry is putting secret fat bombs in your favorite foods, and about how you can fight back. You'll find out why 95 percent of all diets fail, and why THE ABS DIET is different.

    So how about joining on for a six-pack? Yours.



    - 12 "superfoods" that will change your life.

    - A simple maintenance plan to keep your abs from disappearing

    Six weeks to superior strength and sexy symmetry every man-and woman! -lusts after. Men's Health can show you how.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced, Helpful Information - But Not For Abs
    Ninety percent of this book is about adopting and maintaining a diet and exercise plan that will reduce body fat percentage, increase LBM, and lead to a more healthy body. The information in the "Abs Diet" can be beneficial to beginners to nutrition, weight training, and cardio, but for those with the basics down, it likely contain information already known. Here is a reiteration for the umpteenth time of the following: The Glycemic Index (GI). Avoid the starvation mode by eating small, balanced, and nutritious meals throughout the day to keep the metabolism up and running by eating approximately every 3 to 3.5 hours. Keep your body adequately hydrated. Avoid sugars, fructose and corn syrups. Really? The basic theme of feed the muscle burn the fat, that has been regurgitated for years now.

    The only portion of this book that focuses on defining the abdominals and obliques is the last chapter. So why the title?

    This book is put forth by two authors with backgrounds in health and nutrition. David Zinczenko is editor and chief of "Men's Health" magazine, which gives advice to the perrenially out-of-shape and uneducated, according to its own statistics on it market base readership. The title "Abs Diet: The Six Week Plan to flatten your stomach," is another attempt to ride the recent health wave of out-of-shape Americans who are spending billions to obtain any information they can get their hands on regarding anything that is 1. "healthy" and 2. will make them look better.

    For someone to shed the fat that covers their abdominals they need to very knowledgeable about their diet to a "T" This takes lots of time, trial and error, and consideration, while simultaneously living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a properly executed exercise regimen. All these things mentioned, can NOT be done in a mere 6 weeks. The title alone insinuates and perpetuates the myth of "spot reduction" when it comes to reducing body fat percentage.

    Those who seek instant gratification with little effort or long-term foresight will be the buyers of this book. Check out Tom Venuto.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable information, truly effective.
    First off: I'm in my fourth week of the plan and I've lost over 15 pounds, more than one size down in my waist, feeling great, and not even thinking I'm on a "diet".

    Second: If you bought this book and you're already a fit person like some of the reviewers, you need to pay better attention. This isn't "an abs workout book", it's a diet.

    Bottom line: Intelligently presented, logical explanation of how (and why) you can change your lifestyle to make drastic and effective changes for life. Just by my undertaking this program, my better half has lost 8 pounds as well (and the extent of her participation is that we eat the same meals pretty regularly).

    I'd never tried a diet before this one because, frankly, they never made any sense to me. After reading about the plan on the web site, I had to read the book. Once you read it, you'll believe. It's fact, not fads.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A healthier approach to weightloss!
    I have long sought a weightloss plan which allowed you to take a sensible approach to eating, while incorporating all of the food groups. The Abs Diet is it. I began the diet a couple of weeks ago and have begun to see results in the loss of belly-fat. As a middle age woman whose genes have suggested a predisposition to a "thick middle," I have found that the diet alone has left me totally satisfied, while eating the foods that I like, in sensible nutritious amounts. I have lost my craving for sugary foods through the fruit that I eat everyday, and I have found that the small amount of pasta and bread that I eat has overcome the craving for carbs. South Beach and Atkins watch out! I expect that when I begin to work out again(I am recovering from shoulder surgery) I will experience major results, while living a healthier lifestyle! I am a vegetarian, so I must carefully monitor my protein intake. The inclusion of 3 snacks a day has allowed me to ingest a healthier level of nutrients.

    While this book was written with men in mind, my only criticism is that it should have included a feminine side as well!

    3-0 out of 5 stars I thought we weren't supposed to count calories...
    Let me start off by saying, I'm not condemning this book. I didn't buy it to educate myself on how to eat right and exercise - I already knew that from the half-dozen or so other books I have read on the subject. I was curious to see Mr. Zinczenko's take on the 12 power foods and exercise regimen. In short, my conclusion is that the rate of weight you are expected to drop following the plan to the letter is unhealthy.

    By that I mean that his book specifies the 6 meals you are to eat a day and the simple exercises that go with it. Even though the book tells you time and time again not to count calories - for curiosity's sake I did anyway for the first week just to see what Zinczenko's power foods and portions came to. My conclusion is that I averaged 1600 calories a day. Couple that meager amount with my exercise routine and I have a net effect of about 1000-1100 calories for my body not burned off by exercise.

    Based on my 6' 2" frame and basal metabolic rate, I'm likely to have a calorie deficit of about 1500 calories a day. Simple math tells me I would lose a minimum of about a pound every two days. In fact I lost 4 ½ lbs the first week. Sounds good doesn't it? Well the problem is most nutritionists (and I have talked to several) will tell you not to lose more than 2 pounds per week on any plan. You risk cannibalizing your own muscle for energy and therefore set yourself up to gain it all back in the future. In other words the average man should probably take the slow and steady approach and feed themselves about 2000-2200 calories a day of healthy food.

    I guess my point is, that while the science is good and Zinczenko's motivation seems rational - when you really look at what he has you eat and how much, it is a starvation plan whether he admits it or not. Breaking it up into six meals is helpful, but at the end of the day I find myself craving more food. The portions suggested in the book are not realistic for long-term maintenance.

    2-0 out of 5 stars silly, silly, silly!
    Abs diet?

    come on. Does fat know where to go?

    Oh, Mr. Oreo, please don't go to my abs, go to my calf?

    If you think fat has intelligence and won't go to your abs, then you need a shrink, not a diet book. ... Read more


    14. How To Win Friends And Influence People
    by Dale Carnegie
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    Catlog: Book (1990-02-15)
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    This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to "the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people." He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person's point of view and "arousing in the other person an eager want." You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment. For instance, "let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers," and "talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person." Carnegie illustrates his points with anecdotes of historical figures, leaders of the business world, and everyday folks. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars principles stand the test of time
    First published in 1937, this book is the result of 15 years of Dale Carnegie's research in human relations. When learned and applied, these 30 timeless principles will help you become more likable and influential in others' lives.

    Millions of copies of this book have sold because the principles are basic and proven. Sure, some of the language is dated. Many of the characters and companies mentioned in these pages are no longer household names. Look beyond those quirks and you will find some of the most memorable and applicable people skills material ever produced.

    With simple presentation and vivid examples, Carnegie deftly walks us through Fundamental Techniques in Handling People, Six Ways to Make People Like You, How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking, and How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment.

    When material is this old and this good, it could sometimes be considered trite and nothing more than common knowledge. Don't fall into that trap. Until its principles become common practice in our lives, this book is just as necessary and effective today as it was more than six decades ago.

    Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory

    5-0 out of 5 stars The very best in self-help books!
    What can't I say about this book?! I first read How to Win Friends and Influence People five years ago. I have made it practice to read it at least once a year now in the hopes that some day I may actually assimilate the incredible wealth of material included in the pages. Listen, there are a ton of self-help and motivational books out there, but this one isn't like all the rest: it is the forefather to all of them! I have to be honest when I say that this book has had a profound impact on my life and my way of thinking. It is timeless, priceless, and seems to get better with age. I hold no reservation or hesitation in recommending that you not only put one of these on your shelf, but that you read it over, and over, and over again.

    Reviewed by: James L. Clark, MBA, MSc., PhD Candidate (Leadership) is a serial entrepreneur, lecturer, and consultant. He is the author of the book Wading Through the Crap: How to Start Living the Successful Life You Have Always Wanted (ISBN 0972697551) that has received rave review.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 10 stars for this one!
    When it comes to social skills, this book says it all. No need to look any further than this classic. To learn emotional and mental mastery and making the most of any situation, then Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self is your best choice. To learn how to deal with change, read Who Moved My Cheese. These resources give you all you need to be your best, get along with others and bring out the best from them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling book on developing social skills
    If youwere to buy just 1 book of how to acquire people skills, How To Win Friends and Influence People should be that 1 book. This book is great. Written over 70 years ago, all of the principles still apply. Definitely add this one to your library, but more importantly, use it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Advice
    His advice is so obvious and so easy, so how come it's so difficult to do yourself and so rarely found in others? Is it cynicism or manipulation? No, it's human nature: Do Unto Others ...

    THE FUNDAMENTALS

    • "Speak ill of no man and speak all the good you know of everyone."
    People react very badly to criticism; don't do it, not to their face nor behind their back ... especially not behind their back.

    • Say "Thank You".
    Express appreciation. People yearn, yearn to be appreciated.

    • Talk about what people want and help them get it.
    "Arouse in others an eager want."
    Corollary: let others take credit for your ideas; they'll like your ideas a lot more if they believe them to be their own.

    WAYS TO MAKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU

    • Be happy to see people.
    Greet everyone you meet and show an interest in them. Remember the things that are important to them.

    • Smile!

    • Remembers peoples' names!!
    Remember it, use it when talking to them. A person's name sounds beautiful to them.

    • Draw people out.
    Encourage them to talk about themselves and their interests.

    • Actively research the other person's interests.

    • Every person you meet feels themselves superior to you in some way.
    Strain to find out what that is and recognize their importance. Talk to people about themselves and they will listen to you for hours.

    WIN PEOPLE TO YOUR WAY OF THINKING

    • Don't argue!
    Give in! Agree that the other person is right; often they are and if they aren't, you'll never convince them of it by arguing.

    • Don't ever tell a person they're wrong.
    They may be but telling them so is always counterproductive. It is difficult for a person to admit to themselves that they are wrong; harder still to admit it to others.

    • If you know you're wrong, admit it.
    Openly and freely admit whenever you're wrong. And always leave open the possibility that you're wrong even of you think you aren't.

    • Friendliness begets friendliness.
    Always begin that way. Don't accuse.

    • Never neglect a kindness.
    Look for ways to do or say something nice.

    • Start out by emphasizing areas of agreement.
    When a person has said "no" it's hard to get them to change even if they know they're wrong.

    • Let the other person do most of the talking.
    Listen patiently and don't interrupt. Let your friends be better than you.

    • Let people come to your conclusions.
    First, tell me what you expect of me; then tell me what I can expect of you. People will generally live up to the commitments they make to you as long as they came up with them on their own.

    • Think always in terms of the other person's point of view.
    Where they stand depends on where they sit; figure out where they're sitting.

    • ¾ of the people you will ever meet are dying for sympathy.
    Give it to them and they will love you.

    • A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

    • Dramatize your ideas.
    "Don't use logic; tell stories." Make your ideas visible, concrete. Bear in mind that people don't know until you show them what you mean.

    • Stimulate in others their innate desire to excel (perhaps through a friendly challenge or through competition).

    BE A LEADER

    • Don't go sailing into difficult interpersonal situations with guns blazing. You'll always get a negative reaction.

    • Change "but" into "and".
    Be indirect in your criticism. Praise before you condemn.

    • Ask questions rather than giving orders.

    • Be very careful to help others preserve their dignity.

    • People crave recognition: praise the smallest improvement and praise every improvement.

    • Treat people as though they had the virtues you wished they possessed.
    Give them a reputation to live up to and they will work like crazy to live up to it.

    • Praise the good; minimize the bad: encourage.
    Make achievement seem possible. Take and encourage little baby steps. Seek out even the most insignificant of successes.

    • Napoleon: I could conquer the world if only I had enough ribbon. ... Read more


    15. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition
    by Heidi E. Murkoff, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
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    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
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    Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You're Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be's reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month's prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from "Should I be taking vitamins?" to "What if I forget everything I learn in childbirth education class?" to "Will I be able to breastfeed?" The answers are generally reassuring and provide enough information to soothe a worried mom between prenatal visits. Despite the reassuring answers, however, the sheer volume of worries discussed may alarm an otherwise calm mom-to-be.

    The book also features a complete nutrition plan (though many women may find it difficult to follow), a special chapter just for expectant dads, and extensive information about dealing with minor illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy complications. What to Expect has guided countless women through their pregnancies and makes an informative addition to the mainstream pregnancy and childbirth bookshelf. --Jennifer Lindsay ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Pregnancy Book By Far
    When we got pregnant, we bought and read something like 15 books. This one was the best by far.

    I can think of at least three reasons this book has sold so many copies.

    1> It's professional. A lot of books try too hard to be funny or cute. WTE is not humorless, but it deals with subject matter in a refreshingly straightforward way. The advice and help given echoes what our doctors have said and, in fact, answered most of our questions before we even saw our Obstetritian (no, it's not a substitute). It is quite astounding how many pregnancy books are written by fashion magazine editors or talk show writers; they sound exactly like they were written for a fashion magazine or talk show.

    2> It's complete. Got a question about diet, medication, flu shots, cat ownership, false labor, vitamin supplements, cramps, ultrasound, breastfeeding or how to judge your OB/GYN? It's in here, along with tons of other stuff we didn't think about until we came across it here.

    Just about every pregnancy book and magazine uses the "What Nobody Will Tell You" tagline. Once you've read this book, there will be very few surprises left. There isn't a topic that isn't touched on and most are covered in depth. That's not to say this is the only book you need, but it goes a long, long way.

    3> It isn't judgemental. There are a ton of books out there that are weight obsessed, make assumptions about single parents, and/or skirt some issues that some consider controversal. This book assumes you can make up your own mind once you're presented with all the information. I'm thinking specifically about the decision to have amniocentesis our geneticist said it was "a good idea but not necessary" and OB/GYN said "there were risks but it is not a bad idea". This book wasn't a replacement for our doctors, but it gave us a lot of really useful information without taking a side.

    ---

    Like I said, there are a ton of pregnancy books out there. Just about all of the ones we read were redundant when we held it up next to WTE. And it's pretty shocking how many pregnancy books we found to be completly WORTHLESS! I don't want to name names, and I've already written a couple of negative reviews, but I'm thinking particularly of the ones full of Erma Bombeck-esque anecdotes about La Maz classes, the "staying chic while you're pregnant" fashion mag type, the old-fashioned preachy church lady books, or--worst of all--the "nutrition" books that focused almost entirely on weight. Some of these books are written by people with no medical qualifications at all!

    My advice is to feel free to pick up one of those books if you're looking for some comic relief or if your specific pregnancy may need a supplement (I'm thinking specifically of things like fertility problems, or problem pregnancies; WTE gives a lot of good information on this stuff, but might not be enough).

    Either way, BUY THIS BOOK!! Even if you're not pregnant yet, you're missing out on an excellent reference if you don't.

    - - -

    As an aside, I was pretty shocked to read the reviews that complained about WTE containing a lot of information on rare pregnancy situations, saying that such information was "scary" and "unnecessary". WTE gives plenty of information on what is serious as opposed to what is a false alarm. Nobody PLANS on having a troubled pregnancy, aren't you better off knowing what's involved and how to detect and prevent such things?

    I suppose for some people ignorance is bliss, but I'm MUCH happier being prepared.

    What To Expect While You're Expecting isn't the only useful pregnancy book out there, but it is the best and it will be the standard for years to come.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, but better guides are out there
    Like many people, I bought this book at the beginning of my pregnancy because I had vaguely remembered seeing the book before and assuming it must be pretty good.
    Unfortunately, even though this book has gone through multiple editions, the information and tone of the book has changed little. I figured this out by reading other books, and while the information in the book was fairly progressive in the early 80's when it was originally written, many changes have taken place in ob/gyn practice and pregnancy care since then so many things are outdated.
    The diet and weigth gain information in particular is unrealistic (the most recent edition has revised this info. so it may be more realistic than it was in the past.) There is no need to eat solely whole grains - folic acid supplements are commonplace in cereals and white grains and have been used since 1998. Also there is no correlation between many pregnancy complications and eating habits/weight gain (with gestational diabetes being one major exception), which the book implies in some of the question and answer sections. The hormones of pregnancy play a MUCH bigger factor in the development of pregnancy complications, which makes sense when you think about how dramatically the levels are changing in your body. Most of this information is either in the medical literature or inferred through it so it is troubling that the authors are ignoring the facts and resorting to finger-wagging and scare tactics for mothers-to-be.

    Also the delivery section seems outdated but since I haven't delivered yet I don't have any first-hand experience. There is little to no mention of doulas or other "alternative" birthing procedures which are available and offered at the hospital where I'm due to deliver!
    I would recommend a more recently updated pregnancy guide which has more information on alternative birthing methods and de-emphasizes diet and weight gain issues. The book supplied by my OB/GYN's office which is put out by the Association of OB/GYNs (it has a pink background cover) was the best overall source I read. There was MUCH more balanced and non-judgemental information presented, and gave more realistic information I have used throughout my pregnancy so far.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners
    This is a great all-around baby book for first-time Moms and Dads, from month-by-month developmental charts to when to call the doctor and when to relax and wait. Best alternatives are Sears and Leach, or you can pick from conservative to liberal books on child behavior or books on Dads or single parenting. My favorite recent book on parenting is "I Sleep At Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets," by Bruce Stockler, which captures the incredible chaos, joy, anxiety and humor in being a parent--and making priorities. Also loved Annie Lamott's "Operating Instructions" (although some women I know object to her bizarre background.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Even "thinking" parents need reassurance sometimes
    We are halfway through our first pregnancy. Four months ago, we bought this book, along with Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin) and Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week book (Curtis). Of the three, we like Simkin's book best, and Curtis's book the least. The What to Expect book, while not as informative as the Simkin's book, is in our opinion very good.

    Many of the things the other reviewers said about this book are true: the authors' diet suggestions border on the fanatical (it seems as if they are writing for obese parents-to-be), and the tone of the book is definitely patronizing. The amount of knowledge about the biological aspects of pregnancy is also minimal---the book is very light on technical terms and diagrams.

    However, if you click on the image of the book at the top of the screen, you will notice a sentence that highlights the strongest point of the book: "...reassuringly answers the concerns of mothers- and father-to-be." We couldn't agree more.

    Several times throughout the pregnancy, my wife has had various symptoms that, while quite normal, were alarming for a first-time pregnant couple. Neither of the other two books said very much about these symptoms, but the What to Expect book reassuringly and accurately helped us evaluate whether the symptoms were anything to worry about. Examples are: Is extreme fatigue a sign of danger? Are nosebleeds anything to worry about? What about abdominal cramps during the second trimester? In most cases, the What to Expect was the best book of the three, allowing us to quickly find these concerns in the index, and read about them at length.

    Most importantly, the What to Expect book described the symptoms in sufficient detail to allow us to distinguish them from the truly serious.

    In short: there are many problems with this book. The month-by-month organization is not very useful, and there just isn't very much information about the biological aspects of pregnancy (Simkin's books provide that information very well). Sometimes, though, some of us just need to put that little bit of worry in our heads to rest. And this book helped us do just that.

    On a side note, I noticed that many reviewers accused this book of being alarmist. I found that the Curtis book was much more alarmist than the What to Expect book. Curtis's book might as well be named "What Could Be Wrong with Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week." The What to Expect book at least groups the most fear-inspiring stuff towards the end, in a separate chapter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, couldn't have done it without it!
    I'm not too sure what all the negative comments are about regarding this book because I think it is wonderful. If you're a first-time mom, this book explains absolutely everything you're experiencing. If you have difficulties, before you run and call your ob, check out this book first. Plus, it really tells you when and when not to worry, and when to call the doctor if there's a problem. I really could not have been without this book. I used it throughout my entire pregnancy and was extremely grateful that I had purchased it. It makes a great shower gift or just a new announcement of someone who is expecting. It offers guidelines on nutrition but it's best to follow your doctor's advice. You don't want to gain too much weight but you have to be sure to eat things that are healthy and not potato chips. Ginger snaps are awesome in helping getting rid of morning sickness. No herbal tea though! There's tons of helpful advice in this book and it really is a great resource especially for new moms. I just loved it! ... Read more


    16. The pH Miracle for Weight Loss : Balance Your Body Chemistry, Achieve Your Ideal Weight
    by Robert O. Young, Shelley Redford Young
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    Asin: 0446577227
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-12)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 776
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Weight loss is not about fat; it’s all about acid. So forget about fat grams, cholesterol, carbs, and calories: reaching your ideal weight is simply a matter of maintaining the delicate pH balance of the blood. And in his new book, Dr. Young offers a simple 7-step diet and exercise plan to help you change your shape and shed those pounds once and for all. How ever many pounds you need to lose before you reach your ideal, healthy weight--10, 30, 100--multiply it by two. That’s the maximum number of days it will take to reach your goal with the plan. This revolutionary program explains which foods will help you obtain the best results and how the right type of water can make a big difference. Also including a specific exercise plan and menus with delicious recipes, THE pH MIRACLE FOR WEIGHT LOSS will help readers balance their body chemisty and lose those extra pounds for good. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Yet Another pH Miracle Book - **YAWN**
    Alkalizing did not produce results for me. Weight loss is still about diet, calories and metabolic rate, no matter how you disguise those factors with supplements or theories designed to sell them.

    As I've said elsewhere, if fat is an acid problem, why doesn't vinegar make you fat? Perhaps because there are no calories in vinegar? The products behind the ph Miracle can only be sold by word of mouth and in your home on a table or shelf, sort of a shrine. Why? Why can't you sell it on eBay or in your own health food store? Maybe because that would mean price competition, and at $80 a pound for some powdered veggies you can understand why competition is unwelcome.

    Beware when manipulative marketing organizations, no matter how many scholarly credentials they have, ask you to open your wallet for products or tests designed to confirm the need for the products. They're trying to help you while helping themselves to your wallet. There are plenty of watchdog sites to explain the aggressive marketing tactics used by some MLM charlatans. Books such as "Combating Cult Mind Control" by Hassan, or "Dangerous Persuaders" by Samways, or Butterfield's book on Amway ... With any MLM, you should first ask HOW will I recover my initial sales kit investment? WHO will buy these products at these prices? Take it from a Long Distance Marketing vet who took a bath ... MLM is set up for and by the people at the top of the pyramid who milk the profits. And if you encounter any alternative marketing strategies, like some warmly seductive member of the opposite sex who comes on to you in a major but false way - but won't give you the time of day when you're not BUYING something - report it to the company, the MLM marketing association, and any appropriate authorities. The public is not required to tolerate any form of harassment in sales, marketing, or employment situations. Complaining long and loud is the only way to put manipulative people where they belong. If you don't, you too could end up feeling USED and PLAYED by the GREEDY motivations of manipulative people. And there is nothing moral about pulling people's heartstrings to line your own pockets. It is un-Christian and it should be stopped.

    I lost weight when I boosted my metabolic rate to burn calories through exercise. In America we eat heavily all year round. In the summer we store fat when the heat reduces our metabolic rate and we hibernate in air conditioning, and in the winter we're supposed to burn the stored fat to stay warm, but instead we keep eating and live in warm homes. Then we complain we're fat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scientific Health is Yours!
    For the first time in my 47 years of life, I decided to go on a program after reading Dr Young's book.

    I must say I was impressed, and at the same time understood that not taking any incentive would mean poor health for the rest of my life. So I took up the challenge.

    I followed religiously all of your recommendations and tips and succeeded finally, oh btw I forgot to mention that my lower back used to hurt all the time and also my liver used to bother me. But now all the pain is gone thanks to this system. Here are just a few of the benefits I received: my blood pressure now is 117/84 (still can't believe it),

    I lost 19 pounds in 2 weeks, although I wasn't overweight, my skin is firm and silky and everybody is giving me compliments wherever I go, they just can't believe I'm 47.

    The only drawback is that I had to go and get my lenses replaced in my reading glasses because my vision has improved so much I couldn't use them anymore they became too strong.

    I now feel very light and even enlightened, and feel at least 12 years younger, my sleep has improved tremendously, and I go to the bathroom at night only once compared to 2 or 3 before.


    Thank you very much I will recommend your book to all of my friends, boy are they unhealthy and overweight!

    This is not some fad diet though; it WILL influence your decisions to the better. Dr Young explains that it's not the fat that is making you fat but rather the acid.

    Well, I don't want to give the whole book away you will have to find out for yourself.

    Scientific Health is Yours! Go get it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly a Miracle
    THis is the only diet book I have read that promotes true health and a sustainable life-long diet.I lost my entire goal of 30 pounds in 6 weeks!!I feel great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book, Amazing Insights
    This is a book that will save your health and your life.

    It is easy to see why some say Dr. Young is the Martin Luther King of health.

    The recipes are delicious.Results came for me within days.

    If you don't have time to follow this approach, at least read the book.There are many tips and facts that will change the way you think about food.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for anyone wishing to reclaim their health!
    I have read all of Dr. Young's books and this one is his best yet!Dr. Young has brought the reader straight to the heart of his new biology...simply and with the gentleness he shows every person who is blessed to meet him.This book allows the reader to learn about the new biology with clear instructions on how to follow his protocol, while giving them a true feel for the man behind the science.Dr. Young brings it all home...in order to be successful in achieving your goals you MUST be willing to change the way you think, live and eat.It is a true mind-body connection and he took the time to give examples on how to begin reconnecting to yourself to live the life you dared to dream possible.You don't have to suffer, be ashamed of what you eat, how you look or depend on drugs to get the results you want.You have a choice and reading this book will be one of the best choices you can make for yourself and loved ones. No matter what your situation is...Dr. Young's book will help you to achieve your ideal life!I am personally grateful for his work and energy he has put into each book.Because of them I have been living a life without chronic diarrhea, pain, high blood pressure, and GERD. Together my husband and I have lost over 42 pounds and are in the best shape of our lives.Thank you Dr. Young...buy this book--it is the answer for anyone truly ready to live again.Any parent out there wanting to save your child from a life of depression, being an outcast, developing diabetes, heart disease and all the things associated with being over weight will benefit from reading this book.It is never too late to help our children! ... Read more


    17. 6-Day Body Makeover : Drop One Whole Dress or Pant Size in Just 6 Days--and Keep It Off
    by Michael Thurmond
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    Asin: 0446577855
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-11)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 288
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Lightning fast weight loss is now a reality with THE 6-DAY BODY MAKEOVER. The secret to Thurmond’s rapid fat-loss formula is customization. By customizing a diet regimen to an individual’s unique body type and metabolism, the program delivers dramatic results, making it easy for virtually anyone to lose a whole dress or pant size in just six days. Thurmond’s exclusive "blueprinting system" helps you identify your individual body type so that you can select just the right foods in the right combination to trigger rapid fat loss. With customized meal plans, menus and recipes, fat burning exercise secrets, a maintenance plan, and more, readers will be amazed at the difference six days can make. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It Works!
    I'm writing this on day 6 of the 6 day body makeover.I lost 5 pounds! I didn't expect to loose so much because I'm not that much over weight, in fact five pounds was my goal!I'm going to Hawaii in two weeks and wanted to be swim suit ready.This way of eating is very foreign to me because two servings of meat a day is my usual max.I stuck to it though and now jeans that were too tight last week fit again.My stomach is flatter than it has been in a long time.This diet rocks! p.s I'm over 40 and loosing weight wasn't easy anymore, until now!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars it works, but it requires consistency
    I'm rating this a 3 bec I haven't bought his book, but I did buy the plan after watching an infomercial, and with consistency, it worked for me for a while.This was about 3 years ago.I lost 27 lbs in about 10 weeks.Then I stalled for about 6 weeks, got discouraged and gave up.

    I did the bands 4x per week, day 1 on Mondays and Thursdays, and day 2 on Tuesdays and Fridays.I also walked btw 40 and 60 minutes on my treadmill Mon - Fri.I took the weekends off to give my body rest.

    I drank 15 cups of water per day, because I had about 100 lbs. to lose.

    I joined an online support group that had challenges to keep me going.My husband was also a big support.

    The hardest part was eating so much fish!!!For my body type, I needed to forego red meat (my fave!) and stick to mostly fish, but also poultry.I ate fish for every meal, trying to lose and it worked, but I grew to hate the fish.I love salmon, but it wasn't allowed for my body type.

    I don't know why I stalled.I was following the plan to a "T".Maybe I needed to do some diff exercise to shake things up a bit, or maybe I just needed to wait it out longer.After losing 27 lbs in 10 weeks, and then stalling for 6 weeks...I had mixed feelings walking away from the plan.It worked...but, you have to be consistent to stick to it...like anything, I guess.

    I ended up getting pregnant a few months after giving up his plan, and stopped trying to lose weight altogether.(and of course, I gained it back, and then some...sigh)

    I should mention, I also have fibromyalgia and the exercise turned out to be a great benefit to my overall energy levels and reducing stiffness and muscle pain.

    I am looking at Ann Louise Gittleman these days, bec I'm getting into those pre-menopause years, but I may buy Michael's book to see what new things he's suggesting.I have read a lot of plans and pick and choose what seems to be consistent in most of them, and what makes the most sense to me personally.

    I'm really sick of the whole yo-yo thing, and am after a healthy plan I can live with as a lifestyle...not so much a diet to lose, but a way to eat and exercise that is healthy and doable for me.I like the divided plate concept that is touted in other eating plans...half veggies, 1/3 starches, 1/3 protein...using your hand to measure: palm = meat portion, fist = starch, cupped hand = veggies, thumb = fats. Walking each day.Seems simple & liveable.

    Best wishes to us all to living a healthier lifestyle!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
    I've admired Michael Thurmond's work since I first saw him appear on Extreme Makeover. I purchased this book soon after it was published, excited to try out his plan for myself. The book is well written and well organized, offering a personal body type test in order to identify the correct six day meal plan for each individual.

    I didn't expect to lose an entire dress size at the end of the six day period (I'm not overweight, but I'm trying to lose about 10 pounds and tone up for the summer).As I expected, I had not lost a whole dress size at the end of the six days, though I did lose 4 pounds, and more importantly, I learned some excellent eating habits and workout tips. For the past two or three years, I've consumed more frozen meals than I can remember. I always find myself starving about two hours after consuming one, however. Michael's book promotes a very "whole foods" approach to eating, offering recipes with virtually no sugar or salt. I can honestly say I was not hungry one time during the 6 day period (I did tire of chicken breast and turkey breast from time to time, but I did not follow all of the recommended recipes).

    All in all, I believe that this is a great read for anyone that wants to learn more about health and finess, metabolism, and a healthy approach to eating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Weight loss and increased energy
    This is a great book.I have seen Michael Thurmond on Extreme Makeover and his infomercial for the Six Week Body Makeover.I thought this book would be a great way to sample his ideas.In the six days since the book arrived, I am down a size, and more importantly, I'm not hungry and have more energy.The book has you take a quiz to determine if your body type is A, B, C, D or E.Then it recommends an eating plan for your body type.The eating plans have you eating five or six small meals a day, combining measured portions of protein with certain vegetables, fruits or carbohydrates.The book also recommends daily long slow distance exercise, like walking for 45 to 60 minutes.Then he tells you how to modify the eating plan after the six days by adding additional fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates. He also includes modifications to his plan for certain health problems.I have been doing Weight Watchers, but without much recent success. I find that this works well with Weight Watchers.This past week I lost several pounds, and more importantly, gained energy.I just feel so good when I follow this plan. ... Read more


    18. Rachael Ray's Get Real Meals for the Carb-Frustrated
    by RACHAEL RAY
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    Asin: 1400082536
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 93550
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    19. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
    by Robert B. Cialdini
    list price: $15.00
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    Asin: 0688128165
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-07)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 1766
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Arguably the best book ever on what is increasingly becoming the science of persuasion. Whether you're a mere consumer or someone weaving the web of persuasion to urge others to buy or vote for your product, this is an essential book for understanding the psychological foundations of marketing. Recommended. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Text About Influence
    As I sit here and write, I wonder why I did not draft this review long before now. I read Cialdini's book about five years ago and have been hooked ever since. It is simply a superb book about influence.

    Cialdini believes that influence is a science. This idea attracted me. As a rhetorician, I have always thought of persuasion as more of an art. Cialdini, however, makes a first-rate case for the science point of view. But maybe most importantly, he makes his case in a well-written, intelligent, and entertaining manner. Not only is this an important book to read, it is a fun book to read too.

    He introduces you to six principles of ethical persuasion: reciprocity, scarcity, liking, authority, social proof, and commitment/consistency. A chapter is devoted to each and you quickly see why Cialdini looks at influence as a science. Each principle is backed by social scientific testing and restesting. Each chapter is also filled with interesting examples that help you see how each principle can be applied. By the end of the book, I had little doubt that these are six important dimensions of human interaction.

    I highly recommend this book to all professionals. It does not matter if you are a manager, sales person, pastor, or non-profit volunteer. The ideas in this book, once applied, will make it easier for you to accomplish your goals. In a video featuring the author, Professor Cialdini even goes so far as to promise that these principles can help you influence the most resistant of all audiences--your children.

    With a claim like that, who wouldn't be intrigued?

    My advice is to read this sooner rather than later. You will be quite glad you did.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening!
    This book is fun to read. It is basically a study on certain peculiar human traits that when triggered would automatically elicit an almost subconcious automated response. The 6 traits that are presented here are as follows:

    (1) Reciprocation
    (2) Commitment and Consistency
    (3) Social Proof
    (4) Liking
    (5) Authority
    (6) Scarcity

    What is amazing about these 6 traits is not that they are unusual (all these traits can be treated as common sense), but the scale of influence they are able to exert from a sales deal to human torture and destruction. This book really explains and reaffirms why these traits work and the power they have by providing numerous interesting examples of different form and scale. It goes to show why we are affected by them. It is a powerful book especially if you want to use them as what the author called 'weapons of influence'. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I used to be a people pleaser
    I used to agree with other people to avoid making waves. Because of this book, I understand why I was compliant and I am more truthful in my responses to others. This book really made me understand why I was persuaded to do things I didn't want to do. A book called Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self also made a huge impact on me. Optimal Thinking helped me to let go of what is out of my control, make the most of what is in my control and get the best results in every situation. So I recommend each of these books. Read them side by side and you will be your best when noone is around and with other people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book which can help you a lot
    What I can say in simple words... Ono of the best books I have ever read. Cialdini is highly seasoned professional.

    Shiloh
    also fan of motivational book you can view at amazon.com
    The Rainbow Butterfly
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I picked this book up because somebody online recommended it, and the topic interested me. This has been one of the best books I've ever bought. Dr. Cialdini told me things I already knew, just had never put any actual thought into. After having read most of the book I was able to apply the material into my life and I think it helped me from making a bad decision related to my higher education. I highly recommend everyone read this! ... Read more


    20. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
    by Don Miguel Ruiz
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    Asin: 1878424319
    Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
    Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing
    Sales Rank: 196
    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering. --P. Randall Cohan ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No Hocus Pocus.
    So many "self-help" books are pure rhetorical tripe. Common sense, good manners, and sensible actions regurgitated. In "The Four Agreements," Ruiz does not break new ground but the simplistic and thoughtful nature of his message make this book a winner.

    Let's face it, experience and iteration (practice) will propel one toward their stated goals with certainty. To point, the four agreements, as simple as they may be, are tantamount to successful achievement of personal and/or professional goals:

    1) Be impeccable with your word - keep your word or your reputation will fail.
    2) Don't take anything personally - tough act to muster at times but possible (besides, its good for the soul).
    3) Don't make assumptions - those who assume will lose the benefit of fact and learning; check your facts--learn what is necessary.
    4) Always do your best - this is the most simplistic of the agreements but one that we all have a tendency, at one time or another, to allow to lapse; if you decide to undertake something, make it YOURS!

    So many people who read books such as this or "Who Moved My Cheese" (self-help genre) attempt to pick apart the conceptual nature of the message whether simple or complex. Certainly, many books of this ilk are not worth the paper they're written on but when you find a message that speaks to your intellectual being as well as your soul, you'd better listen. Riuz's message is poignant; follow these simple rules and create your own happiness.

    This isn't a "cure-all" book. If you read it without concurrent introspection, then you've done nothing more than read a short book espousing basic vitues. However, if one reads this book with an open mind and the congruous search for excellence, this will be a truly powerful experience. If one does not, then one has lost the message behind the words. Don't read the WORDS, absorb the MESSAGE!

    Jump in, both feet. You'll not be sorry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient wisdom for modern days.
    What a great book! "The Four Agreements" flows with a simplicity and honesty that caught my attention. I came away from this book feeling more at ease in myself. Perhaps the most powerful passage in the book for me was "Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive -- the risk to be alive and express what we really are." I hadn't looked at this idea before, and when I checked with myself I found it to be true. Miguel Ruiz's book does a great job of describing the process through which we lose sight of our true selves. After that, Ruiz outlines the four agreements you can make with yourself to have a fulfilling life. They are simple and powerful and they can make a a great difference in the quality of your life.

    Gladly enough, when I found this book on Amazon and read the reviews to check it out, I saw a review for another book which I bought as well. It is Ariel and Shya Kane's "Working of Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation." This book is about having a magnificent life and nothing less. And while it seems too good to be true, I found that the three principles of transformation the Kanes talk about touched me so profoundly that I HAVE discovered my own magnificence. No kidding! Just by being in the moment, life becomes magical. By becoming aware of the mechanical behaviors that keep us out of the moment, we regain our original freedom. My work is easier and I feel more connected to the people in my life. Read this book and the presence of the Kanes will seep through and you'll feel how true and powerful their words are, and how deeply they care about people and about the often-missed possibility of living with immeasurable joy, wellness, relationship, and satisfaction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Agreements for Life
    This is a beautifully written book coming from the sincere and simple yet profound wisdom that will help many people if applied. I found this to be among the few books I have purchased where the solutions for humanity are filled with compassion, inspiration and expansive wisdom as well as compassion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good ideas..remedial delivery...
    I enjoyed the book, but it was very repetitive and a little simplistic. Lots nifty ideas with a few interesting metaphors and insights... The book doesn't provide many revelations (if any). It mostly serves to re-enforce what we already know is right and true. We've all heard a million versions of the ideas delivered in this book. Stuff like:

    "Say what you mean. Mean what you say"
    "Assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME"

    You get the idea... Read this book as a reminder. Read it to gain an alternate perspective. I would recommend it to anyone who is on a path to self-discovery. Remedial or not, the toltec perspective referenced in this book is a valuable one...

    One thing I've noticed about most of the negative reviews. They all seem a little bit angry. Perhaps too angry to be receptive to a book with such a positive spin...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Making Assumptions
    By implementing the four agreements into my daily life I have been transformed. I took back my power by being able to 'see' other peoples parasite when it was exposed to me. I have been handling every situation in my life now with one of the agreements. I also recommend reading Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey. ... Read more


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