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20. The South Beach Diet Quick and

1. The South Beach Diet : The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss (Random House Large Print)
by Arthur Agatston
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Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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For years, cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D., urged his patients to loose weight for the sake of their hearts, but every diet was too hard to follow or its restrictions were too harsh. Some were downright dangerous. Nobody seemed to be able to stick with low-fat regiments for any length of time. And a diet is useless if you can't stick with it.

So Dr. Agatston developed his own. The South Beach Diet isn't complicated and doesn't require that you go hungry. You'll enjoy normal size helpings of meat, poultry, and fish. You'll also eat eggs, cheese, nuts, and vegetables. Snacks are required. You'll learn to avoid the bad carbs, like white flour, white sugar, and baked potatoes. Best of all, as you loose weight, you'll loose that stubborn belly fat first!

Dr. Agatston's diet has produced consistently dramatic results (8 to 13 pounds lost in the first 2 weeks!) and has become a media sensation in South Florida. Now you, too, can join the ranks of the fit and fabulous with The South Beach Diet.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow and I saw results immediately
I've always been intimidated or annoyed with diet books -they are sort of like reading manuals, which I also hate. But this book is concise and really easy to follow, and the fact that the diet is so restrictive and unambiguous in the first two weeks makes it easy to stay on track. They key is that you are allowed to each as much as you want as long as you stay away from the sugars and the refined-foods carbs. But, you still end up eating a lot less than you used to because you aren't hungry. I can't say that at first I wasn't finding it hard to resist a huge pile of pancakes, but I was losing about a pound a day and that is an amazing motivator. Also I found that my energy level for my cardio workouts was down at first. I'm a victim of the high tech world and I've gained 25 pounds in the last six years. I'm going to South Beach in a few months, which was a great motivator to loose weight, and I'm achieving amazing results with this book. All my pants were loose on my after the first four days - it's like after all this time my body is saying "thank you!" for eating right and is rewarding me with rapid weight loss. This is a healthy diet that encourages the consumption of food in a satisfying quantity in its most natural state - not overly processed or refined or sugary. It's the type of food we are meant to be eating.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just Finished Book - My Two Cents
I just finished this book last night, and wanted to share some of my thoughts. I have yet to start the diet (I'm waiting until after my birthday - who in their right mind starts a diet on their birthday?), but I am hopeful. As an extremely hypoglycemic individual, I've long held that fats and proteins go a long way towards preventing hunger - Dr. Agatston merely validates what I believe to be true about blood suger, carbs and hunger. Being a female over 40, I have found shedding excess pounds extremely difficult (I need to lose about 15+ lbs. - which is a lot when you are only 5' tall). I have read a slew of books about weight loss in women over 40, and they noted that women in perimenopause and menopause stages tend to store carbs as fat, and process proteins differently. Finally, my own Dr. reccomended the diet, as research has shown that perimenopausal and menopausal women have the best long term success on low carb diets (he had just returned from a conference when he told me this, and had just recieved the latest and greatest info on obesity and diets).

Yes, half the book is recipies and yes, the principles of the diet could have been stated in a much shorter book (in the early days, apparently the diet was explained on a sheet of paper or two). But don't let that sway you. I was impressed with the variety of the recipies, and feel that I got a good 2 for 1 deal: a diet book AND a decent cookbook. Many recipies are from the top chefs in South Beach. I don't understand the people that found this book confusing - I found it clear and easy to understand. I enjoyed the antedotes; I suspect those who did not were men. As a general rule, I think women enjoy "chit chat" and stories more than men, thus would appreciate that part of the book.


4-0 out of 5 stars SBD Working Well for Me. . .
Since I have a LOT of weight to lose, I found the quick start very encouraging. I probably lost close to a lb. a day. I do agree that the transition from week two to week three is misleading. I'm going to try and take a middle ground.

Another reviewer commented that they lost energy after about 4 days. That is common on Atkins too, since that is when the body starts having to burn fat because of the low carbohydrates.

The biggest problem with the book is that all the recipies are for four. That's great if you are putting your whole family on a diet, but not very practical for someone who lives alone. For example, if you make the Oven Roasted Vegetables, you have to eat it for four days. It doesn't appear back in the diet for several days, so do you let it go bad? No, you work it in. That eliminates a lot of the variety.

But, I am going to stick with it because I am seeing really good results. . .I have also learned that I can go out to dinner and order Salmon or Steak and Steamed or Grilled Vegetables and not go off the diet and still lose weight.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Friends Have Had Luck, as for me....
My friends recommended the diet so I've been giving it a go for a couple of days and so far like what I'm eating and feel good. I also purchased the Amazon recommended title the "Emotional Intelligence Quickbook" and I read it in the last couple of nights. It's really great and I can absolutely see the connection between my emotions and my eating. Good recommendation Amazon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great diet, easy-to-read book
The reason why low-carb diets are so popular is that you get to lose weight without feeling hungry. And the South Beach diet seems a lot healthier and just more reasonable than the Atkins diet. My partner and I have both lost weight, and it fells like this diet has been a "secret weapon," because it has been so easy. This is definitely a diet that you can stay on indefinitely - especially since it starts out strict for the first two weeks, but then becomes a lot more "liveable."

The book is really easy to read and easy to understand. And the menus in the second half of the book, even if you don't follow them exactly (you don't have to) are really good for giving you an idea of how to eat, especially for the first two weeks. ... Read more

2. The South Beach Diet Cookbook (Random House Large Print)
by Arthur S. Agatston
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Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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The long-awaited cookbook is here!

Great food that's good for you--that's the foundation of the South Beach Diet and the reason millions of people around the world have adopted it as their lifelong eating plan, shedding unwanted pounds in the process. Created by leading Miami cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D., the diet emphasizes good fats and good carbohydrates, the kind that stave off cravings for unhealthy sugary food and promote long-term weight loss. It's not "diet" food--it's satisfying, flavorful dishes that are good for your health and your waistline.

Whether you're already a South Beach Diet success story or brand-new to the program, you'll find a wealth of inspiration in The South Beach Diet Cookbook to keep you on track without feeling deprived. The recipes are simple enough to make every day but delicious enough to serve on any occasion: Oatmeal Pancakes, Buttermilk Salmon Chowder, Caribbean Baked Chicken with Mango, Grilled Filet Mignon with Roasted Garlic Chipotle Pepper Chimichurri, Mexican Lasagna, Sage and Rosemary Pork, Red Snapper with Avocado Salsa, Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry, and Chocolate Pie with Crispy Peanut Butter Crust. Each recipe is marked "Phase 1," "Phase 2," or "Phase 3," so you'll know immediately where it falls in the diet; there are also 25 all-new recipes from the top chefs and restaurants in Miami. Illustrated with 50 full-color photographs and packed with extras like shopping lists and a pantry guide, The South Beach Diet Cookbook is an essential addition to your kitchen shelf.
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Reviews (35)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Pictures
Okay, having read the basic bible to the South Beach Diet (ISBN: 1579546463), which I would recommend to you if you are interested in this cookbook, I wanted to try some of the meals Agatston referred to in his book.

The author divides the cookbook into the following sections: breakfast, snacks, soups, salads, side dishes, fish and poultry, meats, vegetarian, and desserts. Each section has approximately 20 recipes, that appear easy enough to prepare and follow the 40% protein, 30% carb, and 30% fat you would expect on a diet plan like this. Also, most of the recipes included carb counts, protein grams, etc. I noticed in the dessert section (my personal favorite of any cookbook) that the recipes employ yogurt, almonds, and fresh fruit extensively. Some sugar substitutes were noted, but not a lot.

The author also dedicates 8 pages of the book to summarizing the diet plan, a long chapter on shopping in accordance with the diet plan, and 5 pages of question and answer type stuff that addresses general questions relevant to the diet. Color photos were available for about 50% of the recipes, which is why I titled this review "Pretty Pictures." I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoyed and plans to use the SouthBeach Diet.

3-0 out of 5 stars Another Cookbook Suggestion
I really like South Beach by design. I have lost 40 pounds and love the fact it is a "healthy" low-carb alternative. It was great to see them (though not a suprise considering book sales) to come out with the cookbook. Overall the recipes I have made were good BUT

1) They use a lot of ingredients I don't - aspaagus for breakfast, expensive seafood like seabass, sole and lobster and interesting but umcommon vegetables like choyote squash and fava beans
2) They take a long time to make - and I am an accomplished cook
3) The desserts are too limited and so-so

The point is they worked hard to make pretty, chef like food so you feel you can eat well, but forgot how many of us love the basics - easy to follow recipes with easy to find ingredients for "regular" food.

I highly suggest Fantastic Food with Splenda - 160 Recipes Low in Sugar, Carbs, Fat and Calories. It is compatible with SB and I love the Chai Tea, the Breakfast Cheesecake Cups (high in protein), the Three Bean and Spinach Salads, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Barbequed Pork Tenderloin. Better yet the Frozen Peach Yogurt and Key Lime Pie will truly make you forget you are on a diet. I have suggested it to many friends and they are also hooked. Delicious everyday recipes that are healthy - that's dieting made easy.

4-0 out of 5 stars diet is more difficult than expected, so cookbook helps alot
I just completed day 2 of Phase 1 - it has been more difficult in some ways than expected and easier in others. The difficulties are somewhat related to my not being able to clear out my house of foods that might tempt me. My 2 year old daughter who is a picky eater will only eat things such as Macaroni and Cheese, Pizza, Grilled Cheese, PBJ, Hotdogs... So every meal I make for her is done with envy that I am not the one about to consume that meal.

I was thin before I had my daughter, all of the eating off of her plate has gotten me into the position I find myself now: 15 to 20 pounds overweight, so despite my yearnings for her food I am committed to making changes that will help me look and feel better.

Anyway, about the cookbook, I like it (don't love it because of organization problems mentioned by other reviewers). The recipes I have tried so far have all been delicious. Our favorite so far is the Steak Kabobs with Peanut Dipping Sauce. It does not taste like diet food AT ALL. The cauliflower mashed potatoes were just okay -- I personally do not like the flavor of trans free margarine and could taste that with every bite. Rosemary Chicken was excellent.

I do feel fortunate to be a stay at home mother, otherwise I am not sure I would have the time to effectively follow this diet. I have had to run the dishwasher three times per day with all the pots, pans, cutting boards, and bowls I have had to wash. Also my initial grocery bill for stocking up for the first several days (and purchasing other pantry items that will last a while) was close to $250.

I think the premise of the diet is a good and healthy one so I will stick with it -- for that reason I am glad I purchased the cookbook as it gives more direction and recipes that will help to stave off boredom.

Good luck to anyone interested in trying the diet or the cookbook -- I hope I didn't turn you off. Hopefully the days to come will be easier - I expect they will given the feedback I have heard from others further ahead in the diet than I.

4-0 out of 5 stars Has anyone but me had problems with these recipes?
I thank Dr. Agatston for an alternative to a low fat diet. My husband and I have both lost weight. I have tried several of these recipes and some of these are a disaster. The Zesty Crab Cakes fell all apart and the cooking time was much more than stated. I have made the Peachy Walnut Torte twice with bad results both times. The instructions aren't clear whether it is to be stored in the freeze or what. The Sesame Baked Chicken is wonderful but it takes 3 times the amount of coating for the amount of chicken called for. Some of these recipes use every bowl in the kitchen. The amounts of ingredients called for are split up when you read the instructions. It seems to me, this was put together way to fast and the recipes not tested well. I also don't understand how they divided the Class 2 and 3 recipes. There is one class 2 recipe, Aruglua and Basil Pesto Linguine, that is a class 2 with 520 calories, 21 g. fat and 65 g. carbs. Should this one even be in the book? Recipes I have tried with good results are the Chicken Salad, Mexican Lasagna, Pizza Meat Pie, Chocolate Swirled Cheescake, (With FF cream cheese, not Ricotta that never gets smooth),Flourless Chocolate Cake, Breakfast Cups and the Oven Fried Chicken with Almonds.
This is not a cookbook for beginers. Recipes have to be read carefully. I was curious if anyone had had the same problems?

3-0 out of 5 stars Diverse ingredients, poor organization, some bad advices
I do not know how a cardiologist turns out to become a cook that can write a Cookbook. As a physician cooking was not part of any medical education, I know. However, the book has many delicious recipes, each list its contents in grams and milligrams without giving a reference on how such measurements were calculated. The recipes start with phase 2, then phase 3, then go on haphazardly, alternating among the three phases that the author suggests for his "South Beach Diet". More frustrating, is the scattered letters from others throughout the book without reasonable relationship to the sequence of issues. In addition, the book contains many advertisements to local restaurants while it is meager on photographs of many described recipes. After browsing through the chapters you get a feeling that the author is very sloppy in organizing the book materials, no proper chapter titling, no proper theme for choosing fonts, no proper sequence for listing recipes.

The author does not explain the rationale of choosing two weeks for the starch-free phase One. Although, the book claims to reverse the epidemic of obesity, it contains meals that have over 500 mg cholesterol per servings (the U.S. recommended daily allowance suggests no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol), completely overlooks caloric counting, and condones drinking wine (one or two cups of red or white wine per day in phase Two).

The author expresses his apology for banning alcohol in phase One, then condones drinking wine in phase Two. This is a serious flaw on the part of a physician who claims to reverse the epidemic of obesity. Wine drinking will interfere with the ability to exercise actively and vigorously in a matter that promotes health rather than barely maintains minimal strength. The author seems to limit his scope of dealing with obesity to the quality of dieting alone without serious consideration to exercise planning for healthy lifestyle.

Since the author bases his approach to healthy dieting on stabilizing the blood sugar level, then why limit that to merely two weeks? If that is meant to appease readers by offering delicious and fattening recipes then the book defeats its purpose of reversing the epidemic of obesity. ... Read more

3. Slim and Sexy Forever : The Hormone Solution for Permanent Weight Loss and Optimal Living (Random House Large Print)
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4. Younger Next Year : A Man's Guide to living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond (Random House Large Print)
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YOUNGER NEXT YEAR draws on the very latest science of aging to show how men 50 or older can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live like fifty-year-olds until well into their eighties.To enjoy life and be stronger, healthier, and more alert.To stave off 70% of the normal decay associated with aging (weakness, sore joints, apathy). and to eliminate over 50% of all illness and potential injuries.This is the real thing, a program that will work for anyone who decides to apply himself to "Harry's Rules."

Harry is Henry S. Lodge, M.D., a specialist in internal medicine and preventive healthcare.Chris Crowley is Harry's 70-year-old patient who's stronger today (and skiing better) than when he was 40.Together, in alternating chapters that are lively, sometimes outspoken, and always utterly convincing, they spell out Harry's Rules and the science behind them.The rules are deceptively simple: Exercise Six Days a Week, Eat What You Know You Should, Connect to Other People and Commit to Feeling Passionate About Something.The science, simplified and demystified, ranges from molecular biology of growth and decay to how our bodies and minds evolved (and why they fare so poorly in our sedentary, all-feast, no-famine culture).The result is nothing less than a paradigm shift in our view of aging.
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5. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life (Large Print)
by Nancy L. Mace, Peter V., M.D., M.P.H. Rabins, Nancy L., M.A. Mace
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Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Updated with the newest information on Alzheimer's Disease and dementia, this bestselling book has remained the "bible" for families who are giving care toafflicted loved ones. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is for your Entire Family; it is a survival guide.
When our family first learned that our Mother had Alzheimer disease, we were devastated. After we all read "The 36-Hour Day", there was a great deal of relief. Although Alzhemier and other dementing illnesses can seem catastrophic, this book reads like a freindly family doctor givng you straight forward, no-nonsense advice. It covers all aspects of dealing with the family member, from explaining just what dementia is and how it can appear, to how you can deal with it appropriately without losing your patience or embarrasing your family member. Medical help, daily care, medical problems, behavior, mood, legal issues, common compassion and basic 'rules of thumb' are thoroughly covered. Several "examples" of previous family incidents are mentioned with thoughts on how to address each and every one. Great care has been crafted into this book and I highly recommend it. You will feel better, thus making the family member you are helping feel better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Provides direction and help for caretakers and loved ones
A truly remarkable book. It is well written, and very easy to read and follow, providing a background in this disease and what can/will happen to those afflicted. Providing extremely helpful insights and strategies for those of us who are caregivers, spouses, sons, daughters, and other family and friends. Personally, this book helped me to understand what was happening to my mother, helped me to be more understanding and less frustrated and annoyed with her. This book provides a great deal of insight and allows the reader to get a "feel" for the current situation and possible future situations. I have recommended this book to my personal physician to pass along to her other patients who may be in the same position as I am.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Answers I Have Been Searching For
It doesn't give medical advice, it doesn't give technical advice, although it provides resources for seeking such advice. What it does give are explanations and insights into the thinking of brain impaired persons, explanations for their behaviors, and advice on how to manage and cope with being their caregiver.

These are exactly the answers I have been searching for. So many of my father's actions, reactions and behaviors are profiled in this book, and it's becoming clear that his decline had started many years ago with smaller incidents that we as his family had dismissed. The path of progression can be tracked, and even predicted. It will be helpful to know what's coming next and be prepared. But most important to me is the understanding of why. Being able to understand the why of his behavior helps me a great deal in being able to let go of the anger and to cope better with the situation that has recently escalated to horrific.

In trying to manage the situation I have started taking anti-anxiety meds, as well as antidepressants and high blood pressure med. I have done all that I can to make changes within myself, yet things have gotten progressively worse. I am beginning to understand that these changes have been part of the problem in a sense in that I have become "unpredictable" to him in not reacting the way he expects me to.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Fairly Clinical Approach to Alzheimer's Caregiving
More than 3 million Americans are currently over 80 years old, and their numbers are expected to double by 2025. As the number of very old expands, the incidence of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia will increase proportionately. Already at least 1 in 4 Americans cares for an elderly relative; in just a few years, a greater proportion will assume the mantle of caregiver to a dementia patient.

I do not find this thought comfortable, nor did I find The 36-Hour Day comfortable reading. As the caregiver of an elderly person with Alzheimer's, I found this volume helpful with specific problems that often accompany Alzheimer's disease but much in need of updating in other areas, such as caring for the caregiver. Going to a counselor or buying a new dress may have been reasonable options in 1999. For many caregivers in 2004, they are too expensive to be considered.

Recommended primarily as an overview of what to expect with specific dementia-related problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Caregiving
Highly recommended, an excellent resource, a must-have when beginning the caregiving journey with a loved one with dementia. This book has been out for many years, is updated often, and continues to be one of the very best. It was one of the books that helped me when I had to care for my parents, both with dementia, and inspired me to write my own book, Elder Rage. ... Read more

6. The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection--The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
by Suzanne Somers
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2-0 out of 5 stars Agree with Suzanne, bot only on some things......
I believe Suzanne made a great point about about bioidentical hormones for symptom relief. Premarin may work for them, but by its very nature it just "sounds" like a bad idea....Now as for using bioidentical HRT for disease prevention, I think it is not a good idea to jump on that bandwagon until conclusive research says that it fulfills what synthetic HRT (Premarin) failed to do....

One point Suzanne makes in this book that I find a little worrisome is manipulating the hormone formulation to make sure that you're having periods, or rather periodic monthly bleeding in order to mimic the natural hormonal cycle of your premenopausal years. I guess that's accurate to want to do that rather than taking continuous HRT but I find it a little disturbing the thought of having a period into my 70s or 80s.

I'm also concerned about the recent research that has cast a dark shadow over HRT. Prempro carried risks of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, and dementia. Premarin carried the same risks for stroke and dementia. Putting these facts aside, I believe it is not the best idea to be touting yet another type of hormone therapy for prevention when the research to support its safety and efficacy is not comparable whatsoever. Bioidentical seems better, but there have been no randomzied controlled trials to prove it works for all of these diseases...

Also I think it's not good for women to believe that having premenopausal levels of hormones our entire lives will insure our longevity. I think the evidence is actually to the contrary: high estrogen levels seem good only as far as keeping our bones strong. Lifetime estrogen levels (ie age of menopause) seem unrelated to one's risk of heart disease. But women with naturally high levels of estrogen, even after menopause (yes the ovaries don't completely "quit" - they continue to produce small amounts of hormones), run higher lifetime risks of breast and uterine cancer. Also (and I read this is the Journals of Neurology and Neuroscience), some research is actually indicating that high levels of estrogen throughout life are associated with more cognitive deficits and Alzheimer's. One study showed that women with the highest natural levels of estrogen, whether postmenopausally or those who had the most menstruating years, had higher risks of dementia. Even more disturbing, hysterectomized rats given estradiol lost their abilities completely to learn new tasks. This information is line with the recent evidence showing that estrogen or estrogen/progestin ups the risk for dementia. So to say it's good for the brain is probably wrong. I realize Suzanne touts testosterone for healthy brain function, but it's far from proven; the same goes for estrogen. Again, I think we need to wait for the proof.....

I also am not buying into the idea that menopause takes away our beauty, vitality, and sexuality. I personally found sex better after the change - my kids were grown, I didn't have to worry about unplanned pregnancy. Also, and I think this is important - there IS good reason to believe that menopause is necessary for the survival of the species. If you think about it, there's good reason why 70-something-year-old women can't reporduce any longer. At that age, your health is more likly to be compromised due to aging(though not necessarily!) so the thought of having another baby would be bad for the baby, especially if the mother isn't well enough to care for it!! And since our children naturally spend the first 20+ years of life in or around the nest, it makes sense to me that menstruation ceases at an early enough age so that the mother would have enough healthy years remaining to raise the very last child she was capable of having (although most of us don't want any new babies at 50!! :)). But all in all, this seems the most plausible explanation as far as the life cycle goes and the posibble benefit of having menopause prgrammed in.

But back to the book, bioidentical HRT is a viable option for combating the symptoms of menopause and is more likely to agree with a woman's system as compared to the synthetics. But I don't believe there is any conclusive evidence whatsoever to show that they're better for us over the long haul. They might be, but it's imperative we wait for the proof, lest we repeat the mistakes of the last 30 years by giving women hormones preventively for life only to learn that they're dangerous.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice, Recommendations, and Solutions
There are many doctors in my family who have witnessed firsthand the disastrous effects of synthetic hormones, compared to the natural bioidentical hormones that are helping both men and women regain their youth, with a dramatic decrease in the symptoms of aging, along with the risks involved directly associated with synthetic hormone replacement.
I can only tell you that the research that went into this book brings outstanding recommendations to some of the country's best doctors who are leaders in this field, as well as places to contact if you are looking for further information to do more research on your own so you can make the most intelligent choice that will be best for you.
This is another review where I give 5 stars because it clearly brings solutions that will help people make the most informed choices, once they know about different options that are available. An excellent read, and HIGHLY recommended!

1-0 out of 5 stars L I A R
Let's be truthful.
Why would I waste my time on this self-obsessed, soulless, & dishonest huckster? It's because of something she tried to get away with a few years ago. Do you know the prime ingredient in a successful magician's act? It's called misdirection. Ms. Somers was caught exiting the office of a plastic surgeon. Rather than being up-front & admitting to her desire to use "any means necessary" to beat nature's & gravity's affects upon the body, she concocts a story about breast cancer.
Yep, that's right. A "story". Pure fiction. Never was.
And to compound this folly, she said that she was treating herself with "natural remedies." Of course, she couldn't risk exposure by reputable physicians. And she had fellow huckster Larry King to help shovel this mess around.
Those in the know wondered how she would get out of this one.
It must be great having a team of writers in your employ (plus the ever-present doting/drooling Larry King), but she did it. It took a year or two, but very quietly, almost off-handedly, the story was out there that the "cancer" was gone.
Folks, this is a woman who will do anything to keep her face & name right at the top of everyone's B-list. Why be a party to it?

PS: Larry King need not reply.

1-0 out of 5 stars Moviestar hocus-pocus
Bio-identical hormones! If I hear that one more time, I'm gonna scream.
Why do people believe this ex-moviestar but distrust their doctors?

4-0 out of 5 stars Wow - You go Suzanne
I think this book is one of Suzanne's most helpful, recent contributions to society. My husband has been using thor-plex for a year or so now, and it has helped him tremendous with male issues. Boy did it help! Now, Suzanne has offered us ladies some help... I was given this book as a gift from one of my girlfriends who is an avid Amazon shopper. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. You'll learn all about the hormones that control every activity in your body. Though I've started thor-plex along with my hubby, I plan to start on some of the ideas expressed in this wonderful work that Suzanne has given us. Thanks Suzanne and thanks Amazon! ... Read more

7. The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys To Weight Loss Freedom
by Dr. Phil McGraw
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8. Peace, Love and Healing: Bodymind Communication and the Path to Self-Healing : An Exploration
by Bernie S. Siegel
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Originally published nearly ten years ago, Peace, Love & Healing offered the revolutionary message that we have an innate ability to heal ourselves. Now proven by numerous scientific studies, the connection between our minds and our bodies has been increasingly accepted as fact throughout the mainstream medical community. In a new introduction, Dr. Bernie Siegel highligths current research on the relationships among consciousness, psychosocial factors, attitude and immune function.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for everyone's health
Bernie Siegel writes in a very conversational-easy-to-read style in a book packed with information, facts, and understanding which is helpful for everyone regarding the connection between mind-body healing. Bernie Siegel helps us to take responsibility for our own health and to work as a team member with medical professionals in a co-operative style of relating.
Having fairly recently been diagnosed with an advanced cancer this book helped me to see cancer in a new light.
Everyone would bemnefit from reading this book for their health in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in their health! You will learn about true healing, from the inside out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highest Praise to Dr Bernie Siegel
I have been blessed to attend several of his workshops & have met & talked with him in person & frequently email back & forth, He is a very very special person & he helped me successfully control a life threatening rare illness so I could use the illness as a gift & catalyst for living well & being able to achieve my dreams -Marsha Lampert MBA MS Wantagh NY

5-0 out of 5 stars Love, Medicine & Miracles
Bernie is a legend! He has totally changed my life with this book. I couldn't put it down. I have put some of his theories into practice and THEY WORK! He has shown me that my mind is a very powerful tool and that I can achieve ANYTHING I put my mind to. It also had a whole lot more significance with me when I read a case study of a man who had the same disease that I do. When Bernie said he cured himself, I felt a huge weight life off my shoulders. There should be more doctors who practice his theories - then there'd be less sick people! Even though this book was written in the early eighties, time was no barrier for this amazing reading. I will make a point of reading everything he's written.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book definitely leaves you with peace and love.
The first time I read this book, I needed emotional help because I was recently separated and later divorced. When I finished this book, I felt so much love and peace; peace that I had not felt before. Since when I'm in need of the feelings of love, I return to this book and read it. I also read his book Love, Medicine and Miracles at the same time. Both of these books helps you realize there are different ways to handle crisis situations; instead of anxiety you can have peace. You can live in the moment, survive your experience, and have courage to face each day. I recommend his books and tapes to everyone. ... Read more

9. Perfect Balance : Dr. Robert Greene's Breakthrough Program for Finding the Lifelong HormonalHealth You Deserve (Random House Large Print)
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10. Strength Training for Beginners
by Susie Dinan, Joan Bassey
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Strength Training for Beginners gives women of 35 and up a chance to look and feel younger, tone up, reverse symptoms of osteoporosis, and increase energy, all through a simple, scientifically sound, strength-training program that can be easily incorporated into even the busiest lifestyle. Whether you're a bona-fide couch potato or a more active fitness buff, you'll find it easy to follow these exercises, which are cleverly laid out in large print and in full color, step-by-step photographs, in a unique spiral-bound, stand-up package that can be conveniently placed on the exercise mat or a table top.

Starting with simple warm-up stretches, the program includes a series of shaping, toning, and flattening exercises, with and without simple weights, all of which can be performed at home and easily modified for beginners and older women. Each exercise is accompanied by important information on the exercise's purpose, the correct technique, and how to customize the movement if you suffer from weak or swollen joints. With just two sessions per week, research has proven that you'll be on your way to looking and feeling as much as 20 years younger!

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11. The New Sugar Busters! : Revised and Updated Edition
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When SUGAR BUSTERS! hit the shelves almost five years ago, it quickly became a diet and lifestyle phenomenon. The millions of people across the country on the SUGAR BUSTERS! plan discovered that by simply choosing the correct carbohydrates and lowering their sugar intake, they could shed the pounds they failed to lose with other diets. Now the weight-loss program that swept the nation has been completely revised and updated–incorporating all the newest nutritional findings, health statistics, and scientific studies, and featuring all-new, easy-to-follow recipes and meal plans.

Among the wealth of new material in this edition, you’ll find amazing testimonials from men and women who are losing weight and feeling fit the SUGAR BUSTERS! way; frequently asked questions and helpful answers; the latest on diabetes–and how SUGAR BUSTERS! can help prevent it; essential facts on women, weight loss, and nutrition; and new tips, updated charts, and practical exercise suggestions.

So arm yourself with the facts and get the figure you’ve always wanted. When it comes to optimal wellness on the SUGAR BUSTERS! program, it’s survival of the fittest–a way of life in which everybody wins!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sugar Busters Explains it all to you!
The New Sugar Busters! is more than an expansion of the original book. The authors take what was, five years ago, a radical approcach to weight loss, and back it up with more thorough explanations of how and why a low glycemic diet is best for weight loss. The new book does nothing to change the basic approach to a low-sugar, correct carbohydrate lifestyle, but it does offer additional information based on the scientific evidence that now supports the basic premise of Sugar Busters!

I have been following Sugar Busters for 2 1/2 years and have lost over 50 lbs. I believe that the new edition makes a convincing argument for why Sugar Busters is not a low-carb diet and should not be lumped in with Atkins, Protein Power, and other low-carb diets. If you are looking for a nutritional plan to help bring in a healthier and leaner new year, then the New Sugar Busters may be just what you need!

4-0 out of 5 stars At last, a diet that works....
I tried Sugar Busters because I have seen others lose weight on Atkins but I knew I couldn't stick with a plan that had so many restrictions. I heard that Sugar Busters was similiar to Atkins in a lot of ways but less restrictive. I have found it to be highly successful for me. At first, living without white potatoes, white rice, white bread, corn, and other forbidden foods was difficult. The first week I was hungry and shakey and having my doubts---but I lost 4 1/2 lbs! Week 2 I was feeling much better and actually feeling full after meals--and I lost 3 1/2 lbs. I have continued to lose between 3-4 lbs per week since then. My craving for sugar has significantly decreased, and I am eating more fruits and vegetables that I ever have. I feel like I'm eating healthier. Can I stick to this plan religiously for the rest of my life? Yes and No. I think occassionly I might have some of the forbidden foods but for the most part, I see the benefits of NOT eating the forbidden foods and will never go back to eating them in the same quantities I used to. I would highly recommend getting the book, Sugar Bust For Life: A Cookbook and Companion Guide by the Brennan's in addition to this book. I refer to it on a daily basis. It opened my eyes to what I CAN eat and includes some fantastic recipes and a Brand Name Guide of allowed foods. If you are serious about not only losing weight, but eating healthier, I highly recommend Sugar Busters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not low carb
Those that are reading this as a low carb diet are missing the multiple sections of the book emphasizing 40% carbs. Just be sure the carbs are whole grain. <br /> <br /> I have never succeeded on a diet before. This diet is simple and will be easy to maintain aftr the weight comes off. I have lost 23 lbs in two months with excercise. Just exercise never dropped the lbs before. The diet is definatly helping and I would reccomend it. It is especialy good for anyone that is hypoglycymic or has type 2 diabetes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lost 5 pounds in 3 days!
This diet rocks. I never realized how much sugar I ate, and how it was causing me to gain weight. After being on the diet for three days, I have lost five pounds! This book is excellent for any women who have PCOS as well.
Some of the chpaters were a little to scientific for me, but I was able to read the book in one sitting. I highly recommend the cook book as well as the shopper's guide. You will never feel deprived!

4-0 out of 5 stars Of Value, But Atkins is Much More Systematic
This book focuses on the problems caused by excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates, especially sugar. A graph shows the steep increase in the western consumption of refined sugar in recent decades. There are other helpful graphs and data also included. The Pima Indians are cited. Their rate of diabetes increased by some 50% when they switched from the native fiber-rich corn to the modern refined fiber-free corn.

Unlike Atkins, the authors suggest that a large-scale reduction in carbohydrate intake is not necessary to cause weight loss, so long as the carbohydrates have a low glycemic impact. In my case, this was true. I lost 56 pounds on the Atkins diet without ever formally going into Atkin's Induction Phase (less than 20 grams of ANY type of metabolizeable carbohydrate intake per day). My addiction to sugary junk foods broke relatively easily. I found that, in my case, I could usually lose 1-3 pounds per week just by eliminating all refined carb products and cutting down on metabolizeable carb products to below about 40 grams per day. But the Atkins approach may be necessary for some people. Their metabolism may not switch from glycolysis to lipolysis without cutting back on metabolizeable carb products to below 20 grams daily, or even less. In addition, some people may not be able to break their cravings for sugary products without going into Induction for at least a while. Therefore, one can conclude that this Sugar Busters book may work for some people but not others. Atkins is clearly more detailed and systematic in his approach than this book.

After the initial weight loss, the Atkins approach and the Sugar Busters approach agree. Whatever carbohydrates consumed should be of the low-glycemic, high-fiber type. Emphasis should be placed on low-glycemic vegetables, nuts, and whole-grain products. ... Read more

12. Successful Aging : The MacArthur Foundation Study shows you how the lifestyle choices you make now--more than heredity--determine your health
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This groundbreaking book should definitely help further the movement ofwhat the authors call "a new gerontology." John Rowe, M.D., and RobertKahn, Ph.D., both members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network,thoroughly debunk the myth that aging has to be a painful process ofdebilitation. Their research has shown that the influence of genetics shrinksproportionately as you get older, while social and physical habits becomeincreasingly integral to your state of health--both mental and physical. The 10years' worth of research cited in Successful Aging reveal someflabbergasting facts about health in later life. For example, an inactive personis worse off, health-wise, than a smoker who exercises regularly. And yourlifestyle and attitude are significantly more important than your genes indetermining whether or not your golden years are healthy ones--even if you havea genetic predisposition for developing Alzheimer's, arthritis, cancer, or otherserious health problems.

Rowe and Kahn start with a thorough breakdown of nutritional advice, including arundown of the many vitamins and other nutrients that those older than 60 are inparticular need of. They also detail the most important exercises for optimalfunctioning of body and mind, and analyze the benefits and risks of DHEA,melatonin, and tretinoin, while warning about snake-oil formulations that arenow being marketed to the AARP set. There's also a thorough explanation of theimportance of creativity and social connections--the research shows that, forthe aging, strong social ties are even more important in preventing illness thangenetic background. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Successful Aging
I stumbled upon the book strictly by accident and ended up paying full list price at Barnes and Noble. After seeing the really great prices on Amazon, I reluctently sat down to read a few chapters to try and get my monies worth. Wow. To say the book was enlightening would be to offer a dis-service to the multi-year McArthur Foundation Study. I picked up a few things from the book that most readers will not and that is basic assumptions that Private Foundations and Private Research gathers far more information about a subject than Government sponsored projects. It occured to me that Government has pretty muched screwed up Social Security as well as providing for long term health care in America. Successful Aging gives an alternative to spending your final years in a Nursing Home. The book is very well thought through, well researched and backed up with countless citations that give credit where credit is due. I found the book an enjoyable read, almost a primer. After reading this book, I ordered out about three hundred dollars worth of additional books on aging. That should tell you something. By the way, I ordered another copy of the book in out of print library edition to add to my collection. Great Book! Great Read! Don't get old without it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be a classic
The research findings reported in Successful Aging have been supported in a new 20-year study by an independent group of researchers. The study by Becca Levy of Yale Univerisity, et al, was reported in 2002. Simply stated, we can decide now to live longer and better. Having a positive attitude about aging is alone responsible for extending life by 7.5 years, and years of activity and involvment, not suffering. This is a very worthwhile read, despite what some stupid old fools have written before.

1-0 out of 5 stars would have made a nice article
The idea behind this book is great, but its information could easily fit into a 3-page article in Woman's Day or a similar popular magazine. I expected to learn much more than I did from this very repetitive book. (It almost made me feel like I was aging on the spot: "Hey, didn't I just read that a few pages ago? Am I forgetting or imagining things?")

5-0 out of 5 stars DARN GOOD BOOK
While some may object to these "counterintuitive" findings, this book is in line with the vast majority of recent research in the field of gerontology. The notes at the back of the book give plenty of evidence to back up the claims here, too! In other words, it's accurate -- maybe not obvious, or what people want to hear, but accurate. That's what I wanted, and I think it's what most people can use. The extent to which one's own actions are responsible for how one ages is kind of scary, but also a powerful piece of knowledge. Also, it's great to know how *late* you can start doing a lot of things to improve your later life.

This book is also clear, consise and helpful. It's available in large print too - because just because your eyesight is going doesn't mean it's too late to improve your health by gaining and applying knowledge! If you find that you are aging or know someone who is, read this book!

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is very biased
While hiding behind the mantle of saying that the book is based on a many-million dollar study by the MacArthur Foundation, in fact, it is little more than a feel-good book. To so disproportionately minimize the role of genetics in the aging process, while relying only fuzzy, methodologically weak studies to support its contraintuitive notions, renders this book just a step above pop-psych "You can be anything you want" books. ... Read more

13. Strength Training for Strong Bones: A Step-By-Step Program to Prevent Osteoporosis and Stay Fit and Active for Life (Harperresource Books)
by Susie Dinan, Joan Bassey
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14. The Guide to Living With Bladder Cancer (Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
by Mark P., Md. Schoenberg, Johns Hopkins Genitourinary Oncology Group
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers–and one of the least discussed.But bladder cancer, like other kinds of cancer, will greatly change the life of anyone who has the disease. Learning to live with the challenge of bladder cancer means getting good medical care, building a support group, and gathering as much information as you can.

In The Guide to Living with Bladder Cancer, Dr. Mark Schoenberg and the faculty and staff of the Johns Hopkins Genitourinary Oncology Group provide this much-needed information, telling you what you need to know about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. The book also includes valuable insights into patients' experiences and ways of coping, with statements from patients providing a personal perspective. Fully illustrated, The Guide to Living with Bladder Cancer helps make medical information accessible.

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4-0 out of 5 stars It's good to know you're not alone!
Bladder cancer is a very common form of cancer. It is a messy disease and painful. Despite its frequent occurrence, there is little public discussion of its symptoms or treatments. So until I became a bladder cancer patient, I knew essentially nothing about this disease.

But bladder cancer patients need good information fast. There are critical treatment decisions to be made right after the initial diagnosis, and the choices one makes will affect one's future quality of life to a major degree. Discussions with one's urologist are helpful, but there is much to learn if one wishes to make informed decisions.

Mark Schoenberg's book provides the essential facts to help bladder cancer patients make those critical decisions. I know: it helped me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremly well written
Written in plain English, so you can understand everything that's necessary about bladder cancer. No need to sit with a medical dictionairy to explain terms, since everything is put in plain words. I have bladder cancer and this book has put the disease in perspective for me. I would advise anyone that wants to understand this form of cancer to read it now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tells what is needed to know about symptoms
Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the least discussed: Dr. Mark Schoenberg's Guide To Living With Bladder Cancer tells what is needed to know about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Chapters move from the basic initial signs of such cancer to treatment options and bladder preservation therapy. A quite comprehensive portrait evolves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This is the only book about bladder cancer that I found for the general public. It's very informative and well written with a general optimistic tone. It was very helpful to understand the diagnosis and treatment options.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bladder Cancer Information
An excellent well-written,illustrated book on bladder cancer, the disease, the therapy, the treatment, the medical viewpoint as well as patient experiences. The information is top-notch and told in an easily understood format, yet medically correct. Not only is this book great for the bladder cancer patient but also for family members.It helps to cut through all the unknowns and the fears. I highly recommend it. Years ago, I looked for such a book to help understand my father's condition, but none was available. Five stars plus to the author who took the time away from a busy medical practice to help educate the general public. ... Read more

15. The Wrinkle Cure: Unlock the Power of Cosmeceuticals for Supple, Youthful Skin (Thorndike Press Large Print Senior Lifestyles Series)
by Nicholas, Md. Perricone
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Skin Care's Leading Voice

Nicholas Perricone, M.D., has done what no other health or beauty expert has done: create the antidote to aging skin.

A Yale-affiliated dermatologist and anti-aging expert, Dr. Perricone has spent nearly 2 decades researching the causes and cures of aging skin. The result is an all-natural antioxidant program for skin rejuvenation that goes far beyond surface fixes and produces startling, long-lasting results in every layer and every cell of your skin. Dr. Perricone's breakthrough science has the attention and respect of the medical community, and his skin program is already used widely by world-famous newscasters and entertainers. Now, it is your turn to apply Dr. Perricone's groundbreaking methods to attain beautiful, supple skin!

Dr. Perricone's program has been touted in Elle, Glamour, In Style, Town & Country, Mirabella, and Newsday, among other publications.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy read, easy to do, and a noticable difference.
This is the first time I've ever been persuaded to alter my diet or to try such costly skin care products. Lack of persistence and consistency is a weakness of mine and the claims sound like implausible hyperbole, until you actually try it.

I breezed through the book the first night I bought it, bought two of his products soon thereafter (one product to firm around the eyes and another to firm the face), and didn't bother with the nutritional supplements (I thought the list was too long and there was no way I was going to figure out which ones were more helpful and the right amount of each to take, and when to take them throughout the day). Instead of rigorously following the diet, I just loosely tried to take his advice, drinking more water so I don't dry up and look like a prune, eating more fruit and veggies, eating more fish (especially salmon), and less red meat (though still stopping in McDonalds every now and then).

Two weeks later I was out with a fellow I had dated a few times and he said I looked particularly attractive that evening. I told him I had had my teeth whitened. He said, no, it's not that, it's my skin, something is beautiful and different about it, he didn't know what. Then I told him I had been trying something new and that it must work, though he was the first person to say anything. The following weekend, my mother told me I looked nice, contented - perhaps it was something else? Last week I took two days off from work and the first day a guy flirted with me in the bookstore and gave me his business card, then the next day I was hanging out in the park and a guy introduced himself to me and kept hanging around me 'til I made it clear I was going my own way, without him. That kind of attention in two days hadn't happened in a long time.

I'm not sure that I see a difference as quickly as 10 minutes, but I would lean toward saying yes, it works quickly. And even if it didn't, it's well worth reading the book and trying some of the recommendations.

P.S. Saw the author on public television tonight and he said which 4 supplements are more important to take, so I'll try those soon (vitamins C and E, DMAE, and alpha lipoic acid), though I won't take them on a schedule as he suggested, but will instead be more random, maybe I'll take them all before work.

5-0 out of 5 stars I saw this Doctor on Good Morning America!
I saw Dr. Perricone on Good Morning America. Several volunteers agreed to go on his "three day skin diet." They were instructed on which foods were best for healthy skin. They used no special products, just followed the food plan. In three days they returned to the show and their skin was AMAZING. Diminished lines, smoother texture, just younger looking in general. Diane Sawyer said he was a dermatologist from Yale University. With those credentials and the really stunning results I bought the book. I've been following the program and taking some of the nutritional supplements he suggests, and I love the difference in my skin. I highly recommend The Wrinkle Cure.

1-0 out of 5 stars If the author really wants to be convincing......
I bet many readers were excited to be told by a dermatology professor that by eating certain supplements and applying certain creams, plus a genearl good diet etc., they can actually reduce the sags and wrinkles on their skin--I'm no exception. But after visiting Dr. Perricone's web site to see the prices of the products, it made me think twice. I can afford them, but I will not buy them because I'm just not convinced of the worth. If Dr. Perricone really wants us to believe his theory and the effects of the treatments he claims, he should not make the products so ridiculously expensive, at least he can offer, say, 1-3 month of Low Cost Trials for each customer. In that case, if anyone has seen real positive effect during the trial, then she/he would be willing to spend more on the products at non-trial prices. Since the treatment must continue indefinitely, Dr. Perricone will still make $$$$$$$ that he wants, and he will have gained many loyal customers. Unfortunately this is not the case. The book may have presented a nice theory, but there is no testimony, only quotations he cited from God-knows-where. Given the psychology of the aging people, and the income of those who are most conscious of their appearances (such as television anchors, actresses--these people will probably not care if their money was wasted on something with no acclaimed effects), this is a smart business. Poor, ordinary people will have gone bankruptcy. Of course, the important issue is not money, but whether the effects are real: if real, then a poor woman will be gladly giving her hard-earned $$$ for even a few weeks of youthful-looking skin. So, my word to Dr. Perricone: show us some real thing by offering a trial price so we can enjoy the effects on ourselves, rather than hearing you quote some "patients" whose skin we will never see. If we see any improvement of our skin during the trial period, you bet we will come back to you without hesitation. Besides, I have learned that the actual cost of the products is far, far lower.

4-0 out of 5 stars Look for less expensive alternatives - at the drug store
I borrowed this book from the library (sorry Amazon). It was a fast read and by luck I had already tried one of the supplements he recommends; Alpha Lipoic Acid (I grabbed the wrong bottle when intending to purchase Acidolphilus). Periodically I would take some trying to use it up. I never made the connection between taking Alpha Lipoic Acid and better looking skin until I read the book. Once I put the two together I thought there may be something to what he said.

I started taking the Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements I already had and purchased vitamin C Esther and Coenzyme Q10. Since Perricone advocated using moisturizers that contained these vitamins I popped a coenzyme Q10 capsule and smoothed the contents over my face at night (it makes you look jaundiced). Later I purchased a cream containing these vitamins from the Vitamin Shoppe via Amazon (it cost $14) and I use it at night. During the day I use Nivea's Q10 Plus moisturizer with sunscreen.

Have I noticed a difference? A small one, yes. The wrinkles are less deep and less noticeable, though still there. My skin has a healthier appearance - brighter (my skin was looking dull and haggard for awhile). I will keep taking the supplements because I think they make a difference. However, I will purchase them from the drug store where they are affordable and I take one each a day.

(I've noticed that putting coenzyme Q10 on a cut makes it heal faster.)

2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Here
Mr. Perricone is obviously a very bright man...with a very advanced knowledge of dermatology and I respect his positions in the medical field.

Although he's likely a brilliant doctor...all of his skin care products lack the one (and only) thing that can actually assist in the war against wrinkles. It's puzzling that somebody with his background would set out to produce a line of skin care that discludes any kind of sunscreen...even an SPF 5 ....

I have 5 of his products....the alpha lipoic lip cream dried up so quick I had to throw it out...even though it was tightly sealed and in a dark place. His moisturizer is very average...and so is the 'eye area therapy'. What works very nicely is the 'face firming activator'....I bought it because my mother who is 70 had such wonderful results... No it didn't remove any wrinkles...(come on people...there is no such creme anywhere in the world) but her skin had a healthy glow and her skin tone looked very even. The Amine complex face lift is not too bad either...but again...these products DO NOT REMOVE WRINKLES. Obviously if such a product beauty conscious woman would ever wrinkle

So...the title of the book is somewhat misleading in that his diet recommendations and products can/are able to ...cure wrinkles. This just isn't so.

What is the most truthful and helpful aspect of this book is Mr. Perricone's references of the ZONE diet.

I did go on the Zone program for 1 yr..not to lose weight...purely to see if it would give me more energy and if I'd feel 100% better. The results were notably amazing...had the recipes not been so hard to put together ...I'd still be on it today.... My hat's off to you Dr. Sears for your Zone diet. I'm not a doctor...but my energy increased...I had a sense of well being...and if you accompany this way of eating by some'll likely improve your health overall..

The book is not going to help cure wrinkles. If that's what your're looking for...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...don't smoke and keep alcohol consumption to an absolute minimum. That's what any good dermatologist will tell you.

My mother-in law has stayed out of the sun almost her entire life and her 59 yr old face looks like she's 35. ... Read more

16. Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families (Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
by William J., Md. Weiner, Lisa M., Md. Shulman, Anthony E., MD Lang
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The large print edition of the comprehensive guide to the progressive neurological disorder.

In recent years, new treatments have vastly improved the lives of people with Parkinson's disease by substantially reducing the occurrence of symptoms and significantly delaying the onset of disabilities. Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families offers ways to help maintain a good quality of life while living with Parkinson's disease. The book helps readers to understand the disorder and offers guidelines for how to work in partnership with a physician to develop effective coping skills and make educated choices when considering the array of treatment options.

Written by leading authorities on movement and neurological disorders, this comprehensive book provides up-to-date information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management of Parkinson's disease to help people cope with medical, emotional, and practical challenges. Texts, illustrations, and tables offer detailed information on the use of medications as well as on diet, exercise, complementary therapies, and surgery.

Topics include:
• Symptoms of Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders
• Q&A section addressing the most commonly asked questions
• Drug treatments
• Diet, exercise, and complementary therapies
• New surgical therapies
• Practical issues of insurance, employment, health care choices, and coping
• Information on medications and side effects ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Parkinson's Disease
The author of this book did a great job in explaining what Parkinson's Disease is and giving information for the patient and the caregiver. I am a dental hygienist and I learned just an overview of the disease in school. After having my first patient with the disease I decided to learn more about it. I learned alot from this book that I should of already known for my patient. The book tells you the symptoms and the side effects of the disease and advice on drug therapy, diet, and exercise. Some people don't even know that they have the disease for a couple of months or even years. They think it is just old age or arthritis. The book also states what kind of medical advice to seek.
I have never met a patient with Parkinson's Disease until a couple of months ago. I didn't know what to expect. When the patient walked in I was shocked. She looked normal and wasn't shaking. She was the sweetest patient I had met. She explained to me her life and how she lives with the disease. She said that she sometimes gets embarrased to be seen in public when she has her tremors because she thinks that everyone is staring at her. But she said she is the same person as all of us. She just has to take medication and she gets tired alot more than you and me. When I was cleaning her teeth she only had mild tremors so it wasn't that difficult to work on her. But one day I will probably get a patient who has severe tremors but I am ready thanks to this book in guiding me with the knowledge of what I needed to know. I think that if you know someone who has Parkinson's disease or if you would like to learn more about the disease buy this book and you will be filled with all the information you need to know about Parkinson's disease.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Information
Never having had any experience or knowledge on the basis of this disease, I got the book to help me understand my father's disease. I have gotten a fuller understanding of the causes of the disease, the symptoms, the treatments (and making decisions regarding the selections of the treatments), and the progression of the disease. I feel much better informed and feel I can support my father better because of it. It was definitely written to help support the patient and family supporting that patient.

5-0 out of 5 stars One who knows what Parkinsons Disease is like.
Very informative. This books explains in PLAIN ENGLISH what the Dr's look for when making a diagnosis. Also it explains what the average PD. patient goes through in stages. I give it 5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive, detailed guide
Parkinson's Disease is a resource for coping with and understanding the medical and psychological implications of Parkinson's Disease. Dr. William Weiner provides a fine, comprehensive overview of the disease's progression and symptoms. Leading authorities provide a comprehensive, detailed guide for any who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's, along with the latest research and prognosis for changes. ... Read more

17. The Thin Commandments Diet : The Ten No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 037543450X
Catlog: Book (2005-01-04)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 2031941
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Bestselling author of Thin Tastes Better, Dr. Stephen Gullo lets you in on his unique program which has a success rate almost 15 times higher than the national average and has helped patients lose more than 100 pounds and maintain the weight loss for more than five years.At Dr. Gullo's Institute for Health and Weight Sciences in New York City patients wait up to six months for an appointment and pay over $1,000 an hour for the secrets he imparts in this book.

Dr. Gullo's program, incorporating his more than 25 years of clinical experience, features The Ten Thin Commandments that govern all eating habits, and his easy-to-follow ABC Diet plan.

In Part One, Dr. Gullo shares his Thin Commandments, including:

• Think historically, not just calorically--identify trigger foods that can undermine weight loss

• Slips should teach you, not defeatyou--uncover the "24 hour secret" and never gain weight from binging again

• Success is about substitution, not denial--discover the 10 most common diet-busting foods and their satisfying substitutes

In Part Two, Dr. Gullo outlines his simple ABC Diet plan.He takes the guesswork out of dieting and offers a three-step program, which begins with a ten-day turbocharged plan that helps melt away pounds quickly and easily.The ABC Diet is complete with menu plans and shopping lists.
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18. Eat Well, Stay Well With Parkinson's disease
by R.D.), Kathrynne Holden (M.S., MS, RD Kathrynne Holden
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Asin: 0966437004
Catlog: Book (1998-02)
Publisher: American Book Company
Sales Rank: 160767
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Eat well, stay well with Parkinson's disease is designed for people with Parkinson's, caregivers, and health professionals. Written by a registered dietitian who specializes in the nutrition needs unique to Parkinson's, this book features large type, lie-flat binding, and spaces for notes. Also included are recipes and menus designed to provide a 7:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, for better absorption of levodopa (Sinemet).

Information includes:Timing of medications and dealing with nausea Controlling constipation safely, preventing bowel impaction Fluid needs and dehydration Parkinson's and bone health B vitamin needs, B6 and levodopa Dealing with heartburn / reflux / ulcers / hiatal hernia Why unplanned weight loss can be a problem Chewing & swallowing difficulties Protein and levodopa Menus and recipes in the 7:1 ratio ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A GODSEND
This book has proven a godsend for my mom (who suffers from Parkinsons) and myself. The information is sound, easy to follow, and presented with ample background. I like the writer's approach to nutrition (i.e., good flavor is essential). Her knowledge of Parkinsons is impressive. I can't begin to tell you how many questions it answers. I consider this book an essential part of my mom's medical "team."

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money...
As an early-onset Parkinson's person, I read as much as I can about good nutrition. I believe Ms. Holden's title that to eat well means to live well with Parkinson's. So I was pleased to have the opportunity to learn more when I discovered Holden's book, Eat Well, Stay Well with Parkinson's Disease. I bought it. However, I was disappointed with a salad bowl of worn-out nutrition theories.

She dishes out page after page of junk food advice. Let me give just one example. Why would a nutritionist recommend recipes (p. 111) that include a quarter cup of vegetable oil, which food professionals know oxidizes into compounds that damage the cardiovascular system and promote cancer? Most vegetable oils people buy are extracted from hard seeds with heat, pressure and chemical solvents. They're dangerous, especially to Parkinson's patients.

But it gets worse. She's even got recipes that call for margarine! (pages 112 - 113) in spite of well-recognized research on the danger of trans-fatty acids.

And of the 161 pages in this book, about one-third are general references on Parkinson's: appendices which include pages of product outlets, with such helpful products as "Lighthouse" for the blind (p.141), and lists of national Parkinson's groups which anyone associated with the disease has already.

Plus there are lots of pages of blank paper for "notes". And just in case anyone has a good idea on nutrition they can send it to her on the one of the four order forms provided for more copies of her book. The final insult is the inclusion of just awful poetry, like a 28-word stinker that takes up a whole page (74).

Don't buy the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on nutrition and the PD patient.
One of the most enlightening books I've read regarding Parkinson's Disease. Focusing on nutrition and what your body is going through with PD, it is a primer for what to watch out for, how to deal with dietary challenges, and what to expect. This book will help you make a nutritional game plan, and prepare a pre-emptive strike against most of the common surprises PD throws at you. I don't suffer from PD - I'm a family member. It was great for me and great for my family PD-er. I recommend this book to everyone interested in living better with Parkinson's. ... Read more

19. Perceiving the Elephant : Living Creatively With Loss of Vision
by Frances Lief Neer
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Asin: 0887391222
Catlog: Book (1998-05)
Publisher: Creative Arts Book Company
Sales Rank: 512600
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20. The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook : 200 Delicious Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0739325612
Catlog: Book (2005-09-06)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 164839
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