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    1. 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


    2. 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


    3. 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
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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


    4. 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


    5. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition
    by Heidi E. Murkoff, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
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    Asin: 0761121323
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
    Sales Rank: 231
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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.

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    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.

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    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


    6. 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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    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


    7. Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover : An Accelerated Program of Exercise and Nutrition for Maximum Results in Minimum Time
    by Bob Greene
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    Catlog: Book (2005-01-03)
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    Fitness is a lifetime commitment, but you can accelerate results and transform your body in 12 weeks, says Bob Greene, best known as Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer. Not for the "move a little" crowd, this program is intense and challenging, whatever your starting level. "It's a bit like boot camp," Greene acknowledges. You'll do vigorous aerobic exercise 15 (beginning level), 30 (intermediates), or 45 (advanced) minutes 6 days a week, and increase 2 minutes each week--and double your usual minutes for one workout a week. You'll also strength train with dumbbells or machines and do functional training (strengthening stabilizing muscles).

    The eating plan is not a diet--rather Greene describes 5 eating rules to help you eat fewer and burn more calories: curb emotional eating, eat breakfast, establish an eating cut-off time, drink lots of water, and limit alcohol. You'll get enough calories to sustain your intense exercise routine, but cut out the calories otherwise stored as fat.

    Greene, author of Get With the Program and Make the Connection, also analyzes popular diets, and fills the book with motivational stories of his successful clients. Recommended for those who are ready to commit to an intense program to burn fat, increase metabolism, and change habits for the long haul. --Joan Price ... Read more


    8. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens
    by Sean Covey
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    Asin: 0684856093
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-09)
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    Based on his father's bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly EffectivePeople, Sean Covey applies the same principles to teens, using avivacious, entertaining style. To keep it fun, Covey writes, he "stuffed it fullof cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teensfrom all over the world... along with a few other surprises." Did he ever! Flipopen to any page and become instantly absorbed in real-life stories of teens whohave overcome obstacles to succeed, and step-by-step guides to shiftingparadigms, building equity in "relationship bank accounts," creating actionplans, and much more.

    As a self-acknowledged guinea pig for many of his dad's theories, Sean Covey isa living example of someone who has taken each of the seven habits to heart: beproactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win;seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw.He includes a comical section titled "The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teens,"which includes some, shall we say, counterproductive practices: put first thingslast; don't cooperate; seek first to talk, then pretend to listen; wear yourselfout... Covey's humorous and up-front style is just light enough to be acceptableto wary teenagers, and down-and-dirty enough to really make a difference. (Ages13 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is it...a must read!
    We all know what the meaning of teenage means. Late-night parties, cheating on tests, and sneaking into movie theatres. It's a golden age in our life when we can just wild out and simply have fun! I have to admit the person I am now, is quite a different character from what I was before I read the book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens". A bit like a mentor who taught me to see the light, I've learned to appreciate so much more in life. The book really reaches out and touches each person individually, and helps them find the best in themselves. Sean Covey has created 7 "habits" to help teenagers make the most out of their teenage life. Illustrated with funny cartoons, easy to read fonts, and simple language, not once was I ever bored when I read the book. Speakin from the heart, Covey brings back memories of his own personal past and shows us how we can change things before they actually happen. For example, he spends a chapter talking about the importance of being a good friend. After reading that chapter, I tried using some of the tips he mentioned into my real life senerio. And guess what? It really works! I've learned to become a much better listener, a better advice giver, and better at keeping secrets. All that was deprived from one chapter. I was just surprised to find out that a lot of the things he said related directly to me, therefore it made it really personal. If Covey was able to make a personal connection with me, I'm sure he can do so with everyone else. I speak as a teen to a teen; read it. This'll be the most memorable peice of writing you'll remember throughout your teenage career.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Book review for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
    As a sophomore in high school, there have been a lot of ups and downs in my life. So, during the winter break, just when I started caring about my grades and life, I saw this book and thought it might be helpful.

    This book is written by Sean Covey, the son of Stephen R. Covey. Stephen R. Covey wrote a book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is about 7 habits, be proactive; being with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw. His son, Sean Covey, built his book around the same 7 habits, yet with ¡§teen language¡¨. Usually when books are about habits for teens or how to improve your life, they're usually dull and readers dread for the ending. This book is absolutely not like that. There's a comic illustration on nearly every single page, lots of great quotes from well-known people, along with real-life stories from teens around the world.

    At the end of each one of these chapters, there's a section called ¡§Baby Steps¡¨. Here Sean Covey gives step-by-step directions on how to improve yourself using what you had just read in that chapter.

    Some things to keep in mind while reading this book is that, in order to really learn something from this book and use it as a helpful tool, you really need to read it with an open mind and a heart willing to learn. Also, in order to move on to the next habit, you really need to thoroughly understand the previous one.

    Unquestionably, this is a fascinating book and it will definitely help you in one way or the other. So go purchase this excellent book, read it and live by the 7 habits for a while and see how it works!

    1-0 out of 5 stars expensive toilet paper
    I hate this book! I truly can't see why this book is so popular.
    Heres why i hate it: First off I can't stand covey's writing style. Its just so unsophisticated, so annoying, and very dry.
    Second the messages that covey presents are blatant. He says that we should perform random acts of kindness (Really? i don't think my grandmother ever told me to do that) he also says that we should not let our fears make our decisions (wow!!!! what a great motivator). so if you already wiped your ass today you haven't any use for this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book to steer teens in the right direction
    Sean Covey is a great role model for teens! He uses the principles from his father's best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, to show teens how they too, can use them. The Covey model encourages solid character formation, and provides essential strategies for success in all areas of life. You start by mastering yourself and then you learn how to interact correctly with other people. The book is logical and the cartoons add fun.

    I must also recommend "Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self" endorsed by Dr. Steven Covey. The author of Optimal Thinking, a former teacher, interacted with teens in the classroom for a decade and truly understands them. Optimal Thinking shows all of us how to bring our best self to every situation, deal most effectively with our feelings, bring out the best from others, and make the most of every situation. Optimal Thinking should be taught in every school, and these books should be in every home.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An effective book for effective people
    I bought this book last year.What attracted me was not just the content,but the fun and interesting English language teenagers will find reading enjoyable (Note: it's not the type of super English with bombastic words and terms that'll probably send you poring through the dictionary).There are also interesting and cute little quotations that get you start laughing and giggling.

    But what is really great about this book is that it is hardly a book.It's so well-written,it's like a essential manual for all teenagers to possess! There are true-account experiences as well as well as well as accounts of scenarios which you may find familiar...like struggling to do well in an exam,coping with relationships problems and stuff.

    Frankly speaking,Sean Covey did make a point.I was quick to point out that i'm a procastinator (something i learnt over here),and is now able to control my emotions and get the better of myself.Though this book is like the one of the many thousands "self-improvement" source i've read,i think it is one over at my top ten list.Pointers,comics strips,useful hotlines,true accounts...and a really cool author,what more can you expect?

    Need help? This is the book for you! ... Read more


    9. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
    by Jenny McCarthy
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    Asin: 073820949X
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 727
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Brimming with the author's signature frankness and humor, a no-holds-barred account of what you can really expect when you're expecting.

    Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gasiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion; the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared these discomforts and humiliations, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy!

    In Belly Laughs, the actress and new mother reveals the naked truth about the tremendous mood swings, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. With tips and hilarious musings on morning sickness and hormonal rage, hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant or indeed, has ever been born! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The the truth about pregnancy - a funny must read!
    Jenny, you rock! I have always been a big fan of yours. A friend (who is not even pregnant and has no kids, but loved the book)sent this book to me and my hubby read through it in no time, laughing so hard together at the truth and frankness. We are 7 months pregnant and find that from family and friend you just hear the cleaned up cutesy version of what pregnancy is all about. But Jenny gives it to you real, with the funniest book on pregnancy I have ever read. It is nice to get away from the technical guides with all the negative chapters, and just have a good laugh at the crazy stuff you are going through. The chapter titles alone are worth reading because she sums each symptom up with 2 or 3 word titles. My favorite chapter titles were "The Blue Twinkies" and "Niagra Falls" - but you will have to read it to know what these are about. I highly reccommend this book, what a great shower gift too. Thank you Jenny!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book For Any Pregnant Woman
    I heard about this book from the Sharon Osborne show, searched everywhere,looking for a Jenny Mc Carthy website to find out how I could get the book, but found nothing. I even e-mailed Sharon Osborne! But no response:( Finally I found out the release date and counted down the days to get it on opening day. Let me tell you, I was the first to get this book in my town. I have read all the pregnancy books there is, but this one is the best. Being a young mother-to-be, it is helping to show me "how it really is going to be." Everything that she went through, I went through and am going through to a "T." I absolutely love this book and HIGHLY recomend it to people who aren't afraid to hear it how it is, not some technical terms. Hey, we're all not doctors, so why read all the other books that have technical terms and sugar-coat pregnancy? I can't express through words how this book has helped me along the way so far, and I guarentee it will help you; by making you literally laugh out loud crying because your cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. It will bring laughter to your stressed-out, mood-swinging, grumpy all the time self. I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible, and I am so glad it came out before I'm due to have my son (May 18th!) So, GO GET THIS BOOK! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY! And thankyou Jenny Mc Carthy for writing the best pregnancy book EVER! Oh, and to the people who find this book offensive or disrespectful: It is the 21st century, and if your not comfortable with your body and are too afraid to talk about it, then yeah your right this book isn't for you. But I must add that she wrote this to tell you how it is, being very blunt, and not beating around the bush. This is how she is and if you can't handle the truth, then you're right, don't buy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but nothing special.
    Let me begin this by saying that I've always found Jenny McCarthy funny.

    That aside, this book could have been so much better. Yes, it's refreshing to see a pregnancy book that discusses topics conveniently left out of most others. It just seemed like she threw the entire thing together in an afternoon. Or less. As I read each chapter, I kept hoping she would have written more or expanded on her experience.

    Overall, it was very disappointing. I expected much more from her. Maybe the next one will be better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Belly Laughs if Full of Laughs
    I would start by saying the only negative thing is that the book isn't that long. I read it in one sitting at the park. McCarthy does an excellent job of telling it like it is and not holding back. If you're pregnant, considering it, a parent and are looking to laugh out loud this book is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few pregnancy books I could stomach (literally)
    Belly Laughs is one of the few pregnancy books I could stomach -- literally. Most will either scare you to death or bore you to death. Thank you for saving me from those two fates, Jenny! ... Read more


    10. Slim and Sexy Forever
    by SUZANNE SOMERS
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    11. Slim and Sexy Forever
    by SUZANNE SOMERS
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    12. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
    by Spencer Johnson
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    Asin: 0399144463
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
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    Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice--nonanalytical and nonjudgmental, they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw are "littlepeople," mouse-size humans who have an entirely different relationship with cheese. It's not just sustenance to them; it's their self-image. Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they've found. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods--our jobs, our career paths, the industries we work in--although it can stand for anything, from health to relationships. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.

    Dr. Johnson, coauthor ofThe One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable to business, church groups, schools, military organizations--anyplace where you find people who may fear or resist change. And although more analytical and skeptical readers may find the tale a little too simplistic, its beauty is that it sums up all natural history in just 94 pages: Things change. They always have changed and always will change. And while there's no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won't happen is always the same: The cheese runs out. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth your time
    This little book is right up there on the New York Times best-seller list. A short read (one hour at most) on how to deal with change in your life.

    Four mice named Sniff Scurry, Hem and Haw live in a Maze and look for cheese to nourish them to stay happy. The Maze is a metaphorical place where you look for what you want in life. The mice, it turns out, act like people and the cheese is a metaphor for whatever it is you want out of life.

    In this charming story, the mice are faced with unexpected change because their cheese disappears. Some of the characters are able to deal successfully with this change and some are not. One of them (the successful one) writes about what he learns from this disaster on the walls of the Maze and thereby hangs the gist of this short, sweet tale. Among the "writings on the wall" are:

    "If you do not change. you can become extinct." "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" "The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese." "Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese." "Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to bigger changes that arc to come."

    Well worth your time. Give a copy to your kids or grandkids. Promise (them money if thev read it, but make them write you a book report to prove they really read it...

    4-0 out of 5 stars gourmet cheese between two slices of moldy bread
    Who Moved My Cheese? is divided into three sections: A Gathering, The Story, and A Discussion.

    The Story is about Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, four unique characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to survive. When their familiar source of cheese dries up, each character handles the situation differently.

    The Story on its own is brilliant -- a simple illustration that allows the reader to assess their own reaction to change in their life. It could almost be considered (alongside Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go!) as a classic primer for recent graduates, displaced employees or budding entrepreneurs who know that today there is no such thing as "job security".

    Where this book falls apart is in A Gathering and A Discussion. These two sections assume that the reader is not smart enough to figure out The Story's metaphor on their own, and are jammed with shameless infomercial-type dialogue.

    This book has great content if you stick to the middle section. Five stars for The Story, less one star each for A Gathering and A Discussion.

    Larry Hehn...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day Parable
    Some people just don't get "Who Moved My Cheese?" This is prefectly acceptable, because it will not work for everybody. Just like biblical parables, it is often interpreted in different ways. If you have not read it, I suggest that you give it a chance.

    I first encountered the book in graduate school and enjoyed it a great deal. Only recently, has my cheese been moved. Although prepared for my cheese to be moved, I find myself looking for my new cheese. The theme of the book deals with the adjustments or adaptations we must make in our lives periodically. All facets of life are really based in social darwinism, or survival of the fittest. While you may not like the book, you must agree that adaptation is the key to success and satisfaction in life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best parable for dealing with change
    I have read lots of books on change management. Most of them are dry and boring. This book shows you various reactions to change and how one arrives at the right response. How mice deal with supplies of cheese provides an entertaining and educational context for this topic. The book is well worth the investment. I would recommend reading it in conjunction with Optimal Thinking--How To be Your Best Self. Optimal Thinking is the "mental software" to make the most of any situation and will help you deal with all the emotions and thoughts that stop you from making the most of change.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding selection
    This is a ourstanding book. The story or parable is set up to give the reader the information they can use to come up with a lesson for themselves. A story that we can all understand. You can almost let your children read it as a childrens book. That is how universal this book is. I've given away several copies of this book and everyone has found some value in it. I consider this to be one of the best Self help books out there. You might to. read and heed it. ... Read more


    13. What to Expect the First Year, Second Edition
    by Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisnberg
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    Asin: 0761129588
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-16)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 274
    Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars
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    America's bestselling guide to caring for a baby is now better than ever: announcing a two-years-in-the-making, cover-to-cover, line-by-line revision and update of the 6.9-million-copy What to Expect the First Year, the bible for taking care of a newborn through the milestone of his or her first birthday.

    The Second Edition incorporates the most recent developments in pediatric medicine. Every question and answer have been revisited, and in response to letters from readers, dozens of new Q&As have been added. The book is more reader-friendly than ever, with updated cultural references, and the new material brings more in-depth coverage to issues such as newborn screening, home births and the resulting at-home newborn care, vitamins and vaccines, milk allergies, causes of colic, sleep problems, SIDS, returning to work, dealing with siblings, weaning, sippy cups, the expanded role of the father, and much more. An updated cover and all-new black-and-white line illustrations complement the fresher book with a fresher look.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing and sloppy
    I bought What to Expect When You're Expecting and loved it, so I got this book when my daughter was born, but it has not lived up to its predecessor. I find things are not consistent throughout the book -- what on one page they say the kid will be doing at 7 months, later they say they will be doing it at 8 months. This happens often, more so toward the latter half of the first year. They seem to change the ages halfway through -- in the beginning, "the first month" means from birth up to one month; later "the seventh month" seems to mean from the seventh up to the eighth month. They also use the ability to pay attention to or pick up a raisin as a benchmark of your child's development, but later the book explicitly advises against feeding your infant raisins (choking hazard)! The book is almost militant about diet -- whole grains only, absolutely no salt or sugar (this would rule out the number-one baby food, Cheerios!). Not practical for the real mother. However I was most upset by their treatment of homosexuality (in a footnote): "Boys who display feminine traits early in childhood, like to play with dolls, and avoid rough sports are more likely to become homosexual ... These boys become estranged from their fathers, and, it is speculated, may ever hunger for male love ... professional consultation may be a good idea." I was flipping to the copyright page after this, expecting to see a date from the 1950s, but this book was copyrighted most recently in 1996. Bottom line: While some of the information here is useful, you can get it elsewhere. Pick another book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars good reference but major flaws
    This is a good parenting book to have in your library but it should definitely not be the only one. All parenting books have their own bias about co-sleeping and breastfeeding and this one was definitely biased against co-sleeping at all and breastfeeding after the 9th month or so. When I first brought my baby home from the hospital, the only way she would get a decent night's sleep is to sleep with us. Otherwise she cried and fussed the entire night. After two months she was ready to sleep in a cradle but initially we had to adjust our parenting style to include co-sleeping because it was the only thing that would comfort our daughter. If this was the only parenting book I owned I probably would've felt incredibly guilty about having done this--the section of this book that addresses co-sleeping has nothing but negative things to say about it. I found "Good Nights" and "Gentle Baby Care" (perhaps because they were written by attachment parenting advocates) to be very thorough about the topic, with plenty of practical advice.

    As noted by other reviewers the book also contains some misleading information about breastfeeding and seems to assume that you'll begin weaning sooner than currently recommended by the govt.

    I also found this book to be very poorly organized. Because all babies develop according to their own schedule, it doesn't really make sense to have much of the information organized chronologically. I read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" when I was pregnant and they advised you in the beginning not to "read ahead" so I was doing the same with this book until I realized that it wasn't answering most of my questions! I needed a babysitter when my daughter was two months but for some reason that section was stashed in the third month section! Why? So now I have read into the 10-month section even though my daughter is only 3.5 months because I'm wondering if there are other tidbits of information hidden away in there. And I expect I'll have to reread it all again when she's actually 10 months.

    Finally, there was some conflicting information. I'm thinking of the alcohol and breastfeeding references in particular. At various points in the book it says to (a) have a single drink rarely if at all and then to wait two hours before nursing if you do have a drink, (b) have a drink just before nursing to "relax", (c) consult a doctor if you find yourself unable to stop at two drinks a day (what happened to the "rare" drink?!). And finally, it referenced no actual studies about the effects of alcohol on a nursing baby. For such a serious topic, it seemed amazing to me that they could have included so much conflicting information and no scientific backup.

    And finally, as someone who is using cloth diapers, I was put off by the offhand remark that (to paraphrase) "in your mother's day, diapers were cleaned and boiled and reused and now people simply throw their diapers away." There is a significant percentage of people who actually use cloth diapers but to read this section you would never know it! This was just one of many cases of the authors assuming that everyone does or should do things their way.

    All that said, the book did include good information about safety issues and child development and for these reasons I'm glad to have it on hand. The authors must seriously revise this book, however, for future editions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars you get what you expect!
    This is THE book you want to read if you're a first time parent and don't have much experience with babies. You're given very practical explanations on how to deal with your newborn and it helps to solve all the simple troubles you go through everyday, from treating fever and skin rashes to deciding which toy to buy.
    It is very helpful up to 7/8 months of age of your child, then it becomes less accurate.

    2-0 out of 5 stars There are much better books out there!
    I bought this book as a resource for my first child. Although it has some useful information, it is very "middle of the road" and I felt it didn't go in depth enough with research and information I felt to be important. One *huge* area that is lacking is the breastfeeding information. They do not adequately explain the differences between breastfeeding and formula, and recommend weaning a child at 9mo. The AAP recomments nursing for *at least* a year, and the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends at least 2 years. In WTE, the authors indicate that if you don't wean by 9mo, a child will almost assuredly not wean at all or until much much later. This simply is inaccurate at best. Throughtout the book, the book is obviously biased towards a "doctor knows all" point of view. I suppose it's a good book for anyone who would like to know what the average doctor would tell her to do, but it's not a good book for anyone who likes to have a little more information and make her OWN informed choices. No one is perfect, and doctors certainly don't have *all* the information that makes them experts on childrearing in general. This book to me seemed like doctor propaganda.

    Although there is definitely some good info in there, I feel that the biases (especially with regard to nursing) outweight the good that is in this book. I'd save your money on this one and look into other books for specific areas you are interested-- a nursing book for nursing, a child development book for child development, a medical guide for medical issues.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much reading for new mom
    I prefer the week by week book instead of the q and a format of this book. I find myself using it as a reference tool sometimes, but have barely used it! The week by week book Dr. Curtis was much more informational. See rating on that book. ... Read more


    14. Our Bodies, Ourselves : A New Edition for a New Era
    by Boston Women's Health Book Collective
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0743256115
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Touchstone
    Sales Rank: 948
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    America's best-selling book on all aspects of women's health

    With more than four million copies sold, Our Bodies, Ourselves is the classic resource that women of all ages can turn to for information about every aspect of their well-being. Completely revised for the first time in a decade, these pages give women everything they need for making key decisions about their health -- from definitive information from today's leading experts to personal stories from other women just like them. This updated edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves includes the latest on:

    • Nutrition and exercise

    • Relationships, sexuality, and sexual health

    • Complementary health practices

    • Reproductive choices, pregnancy, and childbearing

    • Growing older

    • Medical testing and procedures

    Together with its companion website (www.ourbodiesourselves.org), Our Bodies, Ourselves is a one-stop resource for women of all generations.

    Plus: The rearranged food pyramid, a chapter about sexual orientation and gender identity, advice for making safer sex more fun, the latest on breast-feeding, support for women experiencing pregnancy loss, and a section devoted to getting the best care in today's complicated health care system. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Your Body's Best Companion
    This is the book you want at your fingertips for accurate, helpful, proactive advice about your body. I had an earlier edition as a teenager, and I plan to have a copy on my bookshelf, for when my children have questions and need thoughtful, medically based, accessible answers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars expansion and improvement
    I was thrilled to see a new edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," and picked one of the first editions up immediately.This 2005 edition is truly an expansion and an improvement of past publications.The new "Our Bodies, Ourselves," addressed the international perspective of violence against women, which has long been a under-served issue and touched more on the profoundly political nature of women's issues, most particularly on race, health care, lesbian and gay and violence against women.This book should be required reading for ALL women. ... Read more


    15. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
    by Marc Weissbluth
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    Asin: 0449004023
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-12)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 330
    Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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    One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems

    Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that

    - Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
    - Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
    - Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
    - Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
    - Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
    - Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule
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    Rest is vital to your child's health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Works with twins too
    My 15-month-old twins still weren't sleeping through the night, wouldn't go back to sleep unless in my arms, and were cranky all the time. I was desperate for rest and a full night in my own bed when a friend bought me this book. Imagine my surprise to discover it was written by their new pediatrician. I found the quick-read Action Plans helpful to start with in my sleep-deprived state and made immediate changes from the tips there. Once I read a few chapters, I found out I was doing everything wrong, from keeping them up until they passed out from exhaustion every night, to letting them fall asleep in my arms for every nap. All the statistics and data Dr. Weissbluth included from his research helped me realize how sleep-deprived my poor boys were. Plus the bold, boxed-in Practical Points, hints and warnings were great for quick reference later. I thought the book was a terrific teacher and learned more than just techniques. It educated me about the whole process of sleep, the different types of sleep, and problems surrounding them. Dr. Weissbluth kindly gives options for parents of problem babies who can't tolerate the seeming "cruelty" of his extinction method - but we tried it and I fully recommend it. After three horrible nights of crying (but no less actual sleep for me than usual), the boys settled into their new routine and one month later are sleeping together 10-11 hours through the night 90% of the time and napping together 2-3 hours every day. I've never had so much free time on my hands. They are put in their cribs awake 3 hours earlier every evening now that I've read this book and go to sleep with NO CRYING - I swear. They start the day at the same time as they always did, but now I wake to hear them giggling in the morning instead of crying. And as a bonus, the son I had labeled as colicky, difficult, and fussy is now suddenly eating better, is much less whinny and crabby, and is finally starting to try new things like walking now that he is getting the rest he needs. Thank you Dr. Weissbluth for giving me back my evenings with my husband, and helping me enjoy my wonderful boys during their waking hours. This book is a must have for every parent and I will give it as a baby shower gift from now on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Try it and see how your child responds!
    When my first child was 5.5 months, I happened upon this book. It is about learning to be an observant parent who understands your child's sleep clues. Yes, every child is different, but we are all human and this book focuses on the very natural human need for sleep and explains natural human sleep cycles (by age group) so it's easier to understand WHEN your child probably will want/need to nap or go down for the night

    This book explains and teaches in a non-dogmatic manner. It suggests questions to ask yourself that are insightful and thought-provoking. It stresses helping your children learn the skill of falling asleep by themselves, which is sometimes tough, but just as important as teaching them to eat by themselves. I learned that sleep is more biological than logical and that some sleep is more restful and restorative than other sleep.

    The two most important lessons I learned: 1) the earlier a child goes to bed at night, the longer she sleeps through the night, and 2) it is possible to put a child down awake and have her not cry before falling asleep on her own. I didn't believe any of this until I tried it! This book helped me understand that by the time my daughter "seemed tired", I had missed her cues, she was overtired, and overtired children have trouble getting to sleep.

    I am not a fan of "cry it out" but I did learn (and could hear) that there's a difference btw "I'm in pain/hurting" crying and "I'm tired" crying. Just as you wouldn't mind if your child cried because you wouldn't let him stick his finger in an electrical socket, I didn't mind when my tired child cried because she didn't want to sleep. A few minutes into her crying (and I mean less than 10 or 15 minutes) she fell fast asleep. Nowadays, she recognizes our "it's time to go to sleep routine" (bathing, reading, rocking) and generally cries less than 2 minutes, if at all.

    This book helped me remember that our kids will cry over many things in their lives . . . but if we parents are doing what's best for our child, some things are worth letting them cry over for a short period of time. Luckily, the crying ends within a day or two, because once you start to recognize the signals of "tired", you can beat the overtired state and put your child to sleep without any crying. It works!!!

    My daughter's personality blossomed when she got two consistent, restful, undisturbed naps a day and started sleeping 10 hours at night. She's happy, smiling and alert. That makes Mom and Dad happy too. There are wonderful lessons to be found in this book . . . happy reading (and sleeping)!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read !!! Start with these strategies right away !!
    I bought this book when my little one was 4 months old. It saved her and us. I only wish I had read the book while I was pregnant. I have since given this book to 3 friends when they had newborns (including twins) and they all followed Dr. Weissbluth's advice and we all have the BEST sleepers. My firends were lucky though to have avoided all the heartache we had after only 4 months of bad habits.

    Dr. Weissbluth is very respectful of parents having different theories and approaches to parenting. He helps you implement healthy sleep habits for children of all ages no matter what your parenting style is.

    The anecdotes are helpful in making you realise you are not alone and these are not just theories someone made up in someone's office.

    We have even avoided common pitfalls when babies go through teething, vaccines, colds etc.

    The book is written in a respectful caring way. You can trust this Dr.'s experience.

    This book is relevant for all familes with babies you and old.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not terribly useful
    I would have to agree with the reviewers who found this book largely baffling and filled with contradictory advice as well as all of the reviewers who noted how terribly written this book is. It does offer useful information on helping your child to nap but also offers contradictory advice in differing sections (sometimes it says checking on your child won't work, elsewhere it says that checking on your child can be fine) and buries key information in chapters that are not relevant (such as the tip that children under 4 months are getting enough sleep if left to their own devices and the even more key point that one should not try to let a 4 month old cry it out). It also repeats tedious, useless phrases far too frequently (it's not logical, but it is biological). I think this book is most useful if either your child already is an easy sleeper and so the suggestions are easy to implement, or if your child is older and its sleep is a disaster and you're desparate for help. Also, the book focuses far too much on disfunction and relies on far too many first person accounts that are not really relevant and are very repetitive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This has helped my son (and us) so much!
    My son was born 3 weeks early, and also was extremely fussy/colicky. The first 3.5 months were very rough, as he had so much trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep (which I now know is part of the colic) and cried for hours every night (so did I!). My pediatrician recommended this book to me and said "this is THE book on a child's sleep - don't pay attention to anything else". Well, I read the first section all about healthy sleep, and then turned to the section that is age specific. He explains so much about healthy sleep, and explains some different ways to get them to sleep through the night, and nap well. Two weeks before I started back to work again (he was 4 mo.) I began Dr. Weissbluth's program to get him to sleep through the night. It was tough, because I chose the extinction method (which is allowing him to cry and not respond) so emotionally I had a hard time with that for the first week. After 2 weeks, he was sleeping through the night, with minimal crying when I put him down. What he explains is that we are allowing some crying for the greater good, which is that your child must learn to go to sleep & stay asleep on his own. The end goal is good sleep and rest for the child AND the rest of the family. This is just the first of MANY times that I did what I knew was best for him, even if he didn't like it! (My child still didn't nap well until 7 mo., but that's common too with babies who've been colicky). Now he's 7.5 months, and a HAPPY, affectionate, responsive, inquisitive little guy, and we are ALL much more rested. BUY THIS BOOK! I've given it as gifts to 3 people already and am buying more. ... Read more


    16. Fitzpatrick''s Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology (1,000 Illustrations)
    by KlaussWolff, Richard. A. Johnson, RichardSuurmond
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    Asin: 0071440194
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-19)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 3892
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "...should serve as a standard against which all future atlases will be measured..."*
    -New England Journal of Medicine, review of third edition

    “...an excellent resource for all health care providers..."
    -Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practioners, review of third edition

    The best selling dermatology atlas in the medical market place! This unique combination of text, clinical reference, and color atlas features the best quality and most varied photographs of skin conditions important to any health care professional. Features consistent 2-page disease coverage format with description on left and photos on the right.

    NEW TO THIS EDITION
    *MORE photographs – more than 100 new illustrations, many focusing on conditions affecting people of color
    *MORE user friendly – color tabbing system for quick retrieval
    *NEW list of related web sites for physicians and patients at the end of diseases
    *NEW full-color schematic drawings of pathogenesis added to each section
    *NEW section on Bioterrorism ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Lots of full-color photographs
    This is an excellent, full-color photographic atlas of dermatology. The text is not complete enough to diagnose and treat, but if you are looking for an excellent collection of photographs with brief descriptions to peak your interest this is a wonderful resource. Lots of images of less common disorders and diseases of the skin (Lamellar ichthyosis, pemphigus vulgaris, EB's), and also common ailments (acne, rosacea, cancer, etc.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT REFERENCE BOOK
    I have used this book throughout 2 years of medical school and it is one of the best dermatology references I have come across.It has also been a quick review for the the path seen with derm since the pictures are so clear and give a good representation of the path. An easy book to skim through before boards as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great overview of Clinical Dermatology
    I enjoyed reading this book as a layperson, not having gone to medical school. I have a number of minor skin problems and this book allowed me to differentiate the insignificant ones from the ones I need to pay attention to. I think that this book should be in every household, because a person or parent should know what skin affliction(s) they have and how serious they are before they rush off to the doctor. One thing that should have been elaborated on more is the sub-section on The Nails as Clues to Multiorgan Disease. There are only a few pages of examples of this, yet there are dozens of correlations between abnormal fingernails and systemic disease. The book only gives blantant and graphic examples of serious nail problems and then gives the possible associated underlying disease. It should be expanded to include more "soft sign" nail problems to help doctors make educated guesses about what tests to run.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WELL-RESEARCHED, WELL-DOCUMENTED
    Shinning like a king's armour, the colours and synopses of this atlas made a thorough analysis of skin diseases.
    Any medical student or practioner who needs a dermatological companion would find a reliable one in this atlas. The uncountable pictures, which featured in this new edition are both illustrative and descriptive. Everything about the book indicates sound research and documentation, (on the part of its authors). It is a superlative tool for both doctors and students: the type of book many people would like to keep as CD-ROMs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Out Damned Spot!
    Was it, perhaps, the abundant clear color photos? Was it, by chance, the in-depth and easy to understand text? Or could it have been the complete indexing of every skin disease known to mankind, from Acne to Zoster sine zoster, that compelled me to snatch this wonderful red book from the shelf and declare, "Hey, this is one super-cool book!"

    If I were a dermatologist or a general practitioner, I'd want this atlas in my reference library. Ah...but alas, I'm but a simple lawyer trying to find out how to get rid of a case of... Dare I say more? Out damned spot! Out!

    Here's how I see it. If I, as layperson, might think this atlas worthy of your attention...then it must be! Cammy Diaz ... Read more


    17. Evidence of Harm : Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy
    by David Kirby
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    Asin: 0312326440
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Sales Rank: 210396
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    18. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition)
    by Toni Weschler
    list price: $23.95
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    Asin: 0060937645
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 804
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    THE GROUNDBREAKING BESTSELLER NOW UPDATED AND REVISED

    Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you also experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle, but are frustrated by a lack of simple explanations?

    This invaluable resource will help you find the answer to your questions while giving you amazing insights into your own body.

    Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and lives. This book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:

    • enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices


    • maximize your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement


    • increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of your baby


    • gain control of your sexual and gynecological health

    This expanded new edition includes:

    • a revolutionary new, fully intuitive charting system


    • numerous new master charts, including separate ones for birth control, pregnancy achievement, and menopause


    • the latest on fertility conditions and high-tech treatments


    • comprehensive tables that clearly summarize fertility-related drugs and procedures
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This needs to be read by all women everywhere!
    This is probably the most life changing book I've ever read. I wish in school as young girls we had known exactly what our body does at menstruation and ovulation. It's amazing.

    Not only can this be used for TTC - it can be used to learn how to better utilize birth control methods. Being aware of your basal body temp & cervical fluid you actually know when you are ovulating and when your period is due. Like clockwork!

    In addition, having your temps stay high instead of dipping down as your period approaches is indicative of pregnancy achievement. In my case this happened, (preg test to confirm) but unfortunately I wasn't able to hold the pregnancy and my temps started to go downwards -- making my period a couple of days late. If I hadn't have been charting, I would've never known I was pregnant, and just chalked it up to a late period.

    This book is good for all women - empowering them to learn more about their amazing bodies!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing book for EVERY woman
    After announcing to a close friend of mine who was eight months pregnant that I was about to begin to try to have a baby, I was given a weathered copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I direct a women's health program at a community hospital and was amazed at what I DIDN'T know about my body after reading this book. Toni Weschler is a gifted writer. A public health practitioner's dream, she is extremely clear, distilling scientific facts to manageable pieces of information. She dispels the myth that charting your fertility, traditionally referred to as "Natural Family Planning", is a method used only by a select few who choose natural methods of birth control because of religious beliefs. Moreover, she emphasizes the connection between women's empowerment and knowledge of normal biological processes that are often medicalized to the point of leaving many women mystified. I would go so far as to say this should be required reading for all young women entering high school! (NOTE: I am now in my first trimester as a result of the information provided in the pages of this book. I am very grateful!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Got Pregnant the Second Month Using This Method!!!!!
    I highly recommend this book and method for getting pregnant. I am 39 and had been trying to get pregnant for six months using an ovulation predictor kit. We already have a 2 year old daughter that was conceived the first month we tried, so I was very discouraged that we were not pregnant yet. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I thought it was worth a shot! I found the book a very easy read. I read the sections relevant to getting pregnant in one night (there are also sections on birth control, menopause, etc). I began charting immediately. I did not go crazy with charting-I just recorded my temp each day and checked the other 2 signs (cervical mucus and cervical position) starting about a week before I knew I was going to ovulate. I got pregnant the second month!! The book is super informative about all aspects of a woman's reproductive body. A great read even if you just want to get to know what's going on with your body every month. Hope this review helps!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
    Wow!! First of all - I was quite ignorant about my own body until I read this book. I will share this book with my children. I also purchased the software that goes along with it - and IT WORKED SUCCESSFULLY!! I am expecting my first child Dec. 04 !! I did "practice" charting for one month and then the first month that we tried for real - well it happened!! A friend of mine and my cousin both used this book and it helped them as well. I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants to conceive. It really helps you to understand your body. It has some medical terms - but explains them in detail. I also suggest the software - it made it MUCH easier for me!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to read this book
    I bought this book for two reasons, to get pregnant after 35 & due to everyone else's review of this book. Now, I'm a believer. If you're a woman and think you know about your body, you don't until you read this book. My whole life I thought there was something wrong with me, and now I know I was normal all along. I wish I would have had this guidance as a teenager and just discovering the intricacies of my body. Just knowing the basics of your body and what's normal & what's not, will give you a confidence you can't imagine. If you have teenage daughters, buy this book and read it together. It could save years of doubt, confusion and low-esteem. ... Read more


    19. Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy!
    by Bill Phillips
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 0972018417
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-24)
    Publisher: High Point Media
    Sales Rank: 649
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Did you truly enjoy the food you ate today? Do you really like the way you look and feel? Are you consistently enjoying great health and high energy?

    Bill Phillips, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Body-for-LIFE, believes your answer to all of the above questions should be, "Yes!" He feels that food should be a source of pure pleasure. A source of positive, abundant energy! A "sure thing" in a world of much uncertainty.

    Phillips, who's widely regarded as today's most successful fitness author, has firm beliefs which go against the grain of today's popular weight-loss methods. "Diets, all of them, are potentially dangerous, most always dumb and ultimately a dead-end street!" he insists. "Eventually, anyone and everyone who's at all concerned with their health must learn how to feed their body, not how to starve it."

    Instead, Phillips encourages a safe and sound solution which includes eating balanced, nutrient-rich meals, frequently throughout the day. "This is what works in the long run," he explains.

    Rich with common sense and science, Eating for Life has rhyme and reason. It is specific. There are very clear dos and don'ts which help people enjoy food and improve their overall fitness.

    Bill's approach, which he calls the "Eating for Lifestyle," has already helped thousands of people break free from the dieting dilemma and discover that, contrary to pop-culture belief, food is friend, not foe. Used intelligently, it nourishes the body and mind, satisfies the appetite, calms cravings, renews health and lifts energy.

    Like Bill Phillips' Body-for-LIFE, this is a tell-it-like-it-is book. There's no promise of a quick fix. No metabolic tricks or so-called miracles. Just straightforward, clear, concise, practical and appropriate principles for eating right... for life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeded all of my expectations!
    This book is absolutely wonderful! A detailed book based on the Body for Life eating concepts created by Bill Phillips. It is chalked FULL of meal recipes and examples, included with FULL color photographs every step of the way. Also includes shopping lists of items to make sure your fridge is always stocked with and lots of other bonues! My husband and I were both wowed by this book. Having purchased the Body for Life book and being very satisfied with it, we didn't expect this one to be as good, and certainly didn't expect it to be even better! It WAS. This book is WORTH THE MONEY! The team at EAS truely are just there with a deep desire to help people change their lives. Read the book! Give one to a friend! Check out their website www.bodyforlife.com! Enter the contest! You have NOTHING to loose! :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes Body-for-Life much more tolerable!
    When you love food, it's hard to look at the list of allowed foods in the Body-for-Life book and turn them into something that you will truly enjoy. For that reason, you often will find yourself living for the "free day" at the end of the week.

    This book has a collection of recipies that allow the reader to return to enjoying food during the week while also eating meals that are nutritionally balanced.

    My only qualm with this book is that Phillips spends a lot of time taking low-blow shots at the later Dr. Atkins. Atkins can work for a lot of people who only want to lose weight. Phillips has a program that stresses actually getting into great physical shape as well. He doesn't need to get defensive about it, because it simply works. It's not a scheme, not a new scientific revolution -- just the simple truth. You'll know it's true if you look at a lot of other nutritional programs that are very similar.

    Anyway, without further digression, the book is a great value for the cost, and the recipies all look great. You should never find yourself bored.

    5-0 out of 5 stars finally!
    Finally, a healthy way of eating that I can follow throughout my lifetime. I've been searching for a program that would allow me to eat nutritional, good tasting food and still lose weight. I've never had a serious weight problem but after a long-term illness I gained about 15 lbs and was really in bad shape physically. I have tried every diet imaginable and still after a whole lot of suffering still didn't lose all the weight or "feel" healthy at all. This diet provides a basic, easy to follow plan that will allow anyone to not only lose weight but start to feel good again. My energy level is skyrocketing! The book recipes are simple, with basic ingredients that you can find at most grocery stores (no special nutrition house trips for some odd form of home-grown barley). The recipes are also very good, my husband can't believe we are eating diet food and who can blame him when we are eating shrimp scampi, spaghetti and meatballs, turkey burgers, french toast, quesadillas, etc... There has been some criticizing of the brand names, but I think that the wonderful addition of actually showing pictures of brand items at the bottom of a lot of the recipes makes shopping for items easier. I just take my book to the store when I'm feeling too lazy to write a list and plan my menus right there.
    My husband is losing weight, 6 lbs the first week! I'm losing lbs. and gaining muscle. My daughter is even losing and she was a nutritional nut before starting this program with us. She was already slim but couldn't lose a small amount of fat around her middle and in one week she lost 3 lbs and that middle fat is gone. The best part is that she is eating so much more than she was before and she is feeling good about food again instead of reguarding it as her enemy.
    Try the shakes. I usually loathe protein shakes, but these are really good and make me feel full of energy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Right Recipe
    I did the challenge back in 2002 and lost 25 lbs, but I had no variety in my diet--all I ate was chicken breast, cottage cheese, brown rice, and salad. Eating for Life takes care of that problem. So far I've tried the following recipes: Baked Chicken Parmesan (pg. 113), Mom's Chicken Enchiladas (pg. 114), Strawberry Cheesecake (pg. 195), Berry Dessert Crepes (pg. 199), Enriched Double Chocolate Pudding (pg. 201), Walnut Brownies (pg. 202), Egg-Cellent Enchiladas (pg. 223), Ham and Egg Sandwich (pg. 224), Denver Omelet (pg. 227), Cool Taco Salad (pg. 257), and the Tuna Salad Wrap (pg. 272). With the exception of the pudding, all of the recipes were great. I made the chicken enchiladas and cheesecake to share with my boyfriend's family and they all raved about both dishes (one tip for the cheesecake, mix the sliced strawberries with lemon juice and Splenda). The only recipe that took me longer than half an hour to prepare was the chicken enchiladas (mainly because I had to poach the chicken and shred it, buying pre-cooked chicken would solve that). Some of the recipes are really silly, like the Breakfast Du Jour (pg. 221) and the Turkey Sandwich (pg. 256), but there are plenty of interesting dishes to try. There is also a section containing 14 different ways to jazz up your nutritional shakes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Puts Atkins to Bed
    In this wonderful book, Bill Philips presents an overview of exactly what your body needs to be perfectly balanced and healthy, and then provides the recipes and eating schedule to achieve that result.

    What I particularly love about this book is that it flies straight in the face of the Atkins craze, picking it apart point by point. The fact is that humans were designed to eat carbohydrates - lots of them in fact. If your end result is losing weight, then Atkins will work just fine. But if you want to lose fat, actually *look good*, feel good and keep your muscle mass, then forget Atkins and buy this book today. The problem with Atkins that most people don't realize is that the catch word of the month - ketosis - is flowery talk for "starvation." Ketosis is what happens when your body starts eating itself - fat, muscle, even DNA breakdown in extreme cases. I've known people who have lost forty pounds on Atkins but actually increased their body fat percentage in the process. The weight they lost was muscle. These people were also miserable, not thinking clearly and completely lacking in energy.

    Eating For Life will give you the opposite. In the short time I've been abiding by the eating program I've been eating more than I ever have, enjoying eating as much as I ever have, and have lost weight. The most impressive results are the increased energy and clarity of thought from eating a balanced diet. These latter results were really my goal in buying the book - I'm not after severe weight loss. But if weight loss *is* your goal, Phillips provides you with many inspiring personal experiences of readers who have had success with his books. There are many full-color before and after pictures of amazing transformations, folks who were over 250 lbs. who ended up exactly in their target weights and looking amazing. (You might lose that weight with Atkins, but you will be a ball of weak, muscle-less flab when all is said and done.) Along with the pictures are the stories of these individuals, including a sample menu of what they ate before Eating for Life and what they eat now. The point is you can find someone who seems similar to your age and build and then model your weight loss after them.

    For healthy eating, this is the book to have. This is not some weird recipe book of organic foods, soy-whatever nonsense. It simply a program for eating great food, showing you what to eat, how to cook it, when to eat it, and why you should. If you take nothing else from this review, take the fact that Atkins is a marketing ploy based on terrible science. Yes it does produce weight loss, but at great expense. On Atkins you'll lose more muscle than fat, you'll be weaker than you've ever been, and you'll have as much energy as a piece of wood. It's a marketing scheme that works for all the wrong reasons. Don't buy into it. ... Read more


    20. Against Depression
    by Peter D. Kramer
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    Asin: 0670034053
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-05)
    Publisher: Viking Adult
    Sales Rank: 105
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Written as an answer to the question, "What if van Gogh had been on anti-depressants," Against Depression manages to be more of an exploration than a polemic, regardless of its title. While author Peter Kramer (Listening to Prozac) expresses a definite opinion--that disease of any sort should be treated as effectively as possible--he manages to express sympathy along with frustration about the recurring idea that soulful creativity often goes hand-in-hand with depression. Without ever being dismissive or particularly angry, his writing makes his point abundantly clear after the first chapter: The pervasive idea of depression serving a creative purpose is preposterous, as well as highly damaging.

    While he draws from a number of recent studies on depression, the book is not meant to assist in the diagnosis or treatment of individuals, except in a very general sense. Instead, Kramer adds the findings of those studies into his thoughts on how patients modify medication doses for depression as they wouldn't for purely physical diseases, and looks into future possibilities of genetically modified stress hormone transmitters that could work to prevent a slide into chronic depression. In the arts, he examines the work of philosophers, painters and writers in relation to the reputation their personal lives have earned (critics and consumers alike believe that pain equals genius and lack of pain equals lack of depth). Adding Dineson, Bellow, Updike and Kierkegaard to the list headed by van Gogh, Kramer shows a variety of ways we live with the assumption that creative genius does not function without severe emotional strain.

    While he does include a few stories from a patient to illustrate specific treatments, most of the book is slow and thoughtful, without ever being dry or pedantic. Useful to families or individuals who have encountered depression, this book offers excellent support for anyone--creative genius or otherwise--who struggle to define their talents as existing separately from their illness. Jill Lightner ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Captures the true experience of depression.
    This is, hands down, the best book I have ever read about the multifocal and devastating effects of depression.It is extremely well researched, thoughtful, and is exactly the book that is needed to dispel the erroneous notions that persist regarding depression.There is nothing at all charming or intriguing about depression.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A 10 Star Direly Needed Book!
    Peter Kramer did an outstanding job in presenting the debilitating effects of depression, how vital it is that this chemical imbalance is properly treated, and how society can relate to the depths of despair suffered by those who have gifted us with their genius while they endured suffering.

    This book would do well to be required reading for anyone that either is depressed, or is in a close relationship with someone that has this treatable disease. The societal stigma about depression is addressed prolifically and how people of the creative arts seek to overcome depression by pouring their heart and soul into their work. Make no mistake, depression is NOT a prerequisite for artistic or genius expression. It IS "the most devastating disease known to mankind" as eloquently accounted for in the personal stories of the lives of those who have suffered, without treatment. Kramer brings sanity to this often misunderstood disease, and his insights are direly needed.
    Along with this book, I would also highly recommend "Shortcut to Spirituality: Mastering the Art of Inner Peace" by Bob Gottfried, Ph.D., as the two books together would be a tremendous help to anyone that seeks to be free from depression, and have inner peace. They are both 10 Star Books! Outstanding!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Information!
    Thank you for a well-written and informative book.Against Depression gave me a deeper understanding of this debilitating problem.

    Suzannah L Crowder
    Author, Damaged Goods: Adults Can Heal from Childhood Trauma
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Kramer does it again!
    In this new book, Kramer explores the findings from the latest important research on depression. From thoughts on how patients modify medication doses for depression as they wouldn't for purely physical diseases to future possibilities of genetically modified stress hormone transmitters that could work to prevent a slide into chronic depression, he takes the reader on an enlightening journey through what matters.

    Another new book I enjoyed immensely of late is called "The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book" ... Read more


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