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121. Treat Your Own Neck
by Robin A. McKenzie
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Asin: 0473002094
Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Product
Sales Rank: 11517
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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Help yourself to a pain-free neck. The simple and effective self-help exercises in Robin McKenzie's Treat Your Own Neck have helped thousands find relief from common neck pain. This easy-to-follow book helps you understand the causes, treatments and exercises to help relieve pain and prevent recurrence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read this book 20 years ago!
This book is an easy read, with easy to follow pictures of how to do the exercises, some of which are so simple that I can do them in my car while sitting at a stoplight. The book shows how to do about 5 exercises that not only relieve neck pain - they ward off future occurences of it. Also helpful was the photos of postures to avoid while sitting, driving, and sleeping - I didn't know how important that was. I also recommend "Treat Your Own Back", also by Robin A. McKenzie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get New Updated version instead!
This book totally saved my life. I picked it up on the way to a Christmas craft fair I was working...and during the afternoon I did a few of the exercizes along with some in Treat Your Own Back. The relief was instant. I couldn't believe it! The only thing about these books is that Robin McKenzie has updated his method and combined both books into "7-Steps to a Pain Free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain" by Craig Kubey and Robin McKenzie. So...get the updated version instead!

5-0 out of 5 stars No more pain!!!
After suffering about two weeks with severe disorienting neck pain a friend lent me this book and that same evening I began to experience relief and since then I have been able to ward off headaches and other neck pain just by doing the simple exercises in this book. It is time to return my friends book, so now I am buying my own copy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cured!!!!!!!!
I have suffered from neck pain since elementary school, cracking of joints led to pain, led to mobility problems, led to sever pain, led to extreme pain in shoulder blades, lower back etc - it has interfered with training - even led to a rib dislocation. I have done physio, chiro, for over a year at a high cost in time and money - then I found this book. It is not about strengthening but about doing stretches in the right way to increase flexibility and automatically realign yourself when you feel the need. I am now grappling and training with none of the previous pain, UFC here I come

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life (really!)
I'm a software developer and sit in front of a computer at least 8-10 hours per day. Literally for the last decade I have not had a day without some kind of pain, discomfort, or stiffness in my neck. I've just grown accustomed to the pain. After reading this short but sweet book (in less than 1/2 hour) and performing the simple excercises at least a few times per day, my neck feels 500% better. It's almost a miracle. If you have neck troubles, buy this book! ... Read more

122. Raising Cain : Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
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Catlog: Book (2000-04-04)
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4-0 out of 5 stars An informative and insightful book
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a book that captures the emotional struggles of adolescent boys in this day and age. It was fascinating in many regards to learn of the issues that boys deal with throughout the second decade of their lives, and how they deal with them. Raising Cain describes how boys desperately need a "clan" throughout their adolescence to help them grow and mature into emotionally healthy men. The book greatly emphasizes the importance of both a boy's father and mother, why these relationships are so extremely significant, and how parents can and should go about maintaining the strongest possible relationships with their sons. The book also explains boys' tendencies to keep things bottled up inside instead of talking about them, this being due to a lack of emotional vocabulary and the inability to express feelings. Boys, therefore, tend to suffer in silence or release negative feelings through anger or violence. Raising Cain does a great job of explaining how and why such behaviors exist in adolescent boys and how parents, educators, and mentors can help them through these challenging times in their lives. Although the book is very insightful, Raising Cain tends to over-emphasize the differences between the struggles and obstacles of adolescent boys and girls, and at many times, seems to pit them against one another in terms of which gender has it harder. This implicit competition makes the book frustrating to read at times. Overall, though, Raising Cain is a tremendously educational book, both from a professional perspective and a personal perspective.

4-0 out of 5 stars Raising Cain is one tough, enlightening read!
Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys co-authored by Teresa Barker. Two of the country's leading child psychologists share their experiences of working with boys & their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting - sad, afraid, angry & silent. Statistics point to an alarming number of boys at risk for suicide, alcohol & drug abuse, violence & loneliness.

Kindlon & Thompson set out to answer this crucial question: What do boys need that they're not getting? Through moving case studies & up-to-date research, Raising Cain portrays generations of boys systematically herded away from their emotional life by adults & the peer "culture of cruelty"; receiving little encouragement to examine their emotions & develop qualities like compassion, sensitivity & affection.

In Fathers and Sons: A Legacy of Desire and Distance, Kindlon & Thompson open up the sad, sad wound of unrequited love. When a grown man cries in therapy, it is almost always about his father & his yearning for his father's love. Into that yearning has been fed decades of anger, sadness & shame.

Why is it that fathers describe their sons as never listening, not understanding while their sons describe their fathers in similar terms of discontent? Why do sons rub their fathers the wrong way? Can fathers & sons have a close, loving relationship? How can they close the emotional gulf? Kindlon & Thompson have some good ideas, read'em & weep!

Kindlon & Thompson identify the social & emotional challenges boys must encounter in school & the streets & show us how we can help boys cultivate emotional awareness, empathy & health. They offer us seven foundations of parenting, teaching & creating communities that respect & cultivate the inner life of boys. Read'em & weep, then practise them!

Raising Cain is aptly titled for it is one tough book to read! There were portions I dreaded! I do, however, recommend it heartily even if you have no boys in your life - you must have brothers, husbands, co-workers, employees & bosses & this book goes a long, long way to explaining why modern people of the male gender behave the way they do. Do check out our Boy's Week of reviews & others on the inner life of boys & men.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Important Book About Boys ... who become Men
As I read this book about boys, much of it became more about the boy who becomes the man that he is today. This IS an amazing book, well written, and better yet, written by the very professional people who deal with boys and their troubles as counsellors, and in their practices. Each man can read about his own childhood in any one of the case studies.

My favourites are:
The Culture of Cruelty or as another book said it, our Toxic Culture; We live in a modern culture where our heroes and role models are vague and fleeting. Our sports figures commit drug abuse, or adultery. The Media confronts us with disturbing images of war, sex, and banality. The Media drives us to consume all material goods. Against this backdrop, we must raise our sons. This is where a parents guidance throughout a boys life is necessary.

Seeking the Big Impossible; Boys are groomed early to seek the perfect car, the perfect job, the perfect family, the Big Impossible. And when they fall short, the result is often withdrawal or depression. Boys are trained to seek and accumulate the impossible dream.

Fathers and Sons, A Legacy of Distance and Desire; this chapter alone is worth it. Sons are always seeking an emotional connection with their fathers. Unfortunately, most fathers were and still are raised by fathers whom themselves are emotionally illiterate. Thus the great gulf of distance between fathers and sons.

Romancing the Stone, from heartfelt to heartless relations with girls; This chapter so clearly explains why some boys can't love, you know anyone like that? As the author suggests, it's because boys who are raised emotionally illiterate, have trouble learning to love when they become men, thus moving from a heartfelt boy to heartless relationships with women. Give your son a break, teach him to be emotional literate, so when he grows up, he can have heartfelt relationships with other people.

Read this book and you gain a better understanding about boys ... better yet, read this book and you'll gain a better understanding of the boy who became a man.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
An absolute must-read for ALL parents of both boys AND girls. Being a feminist, I had to keep reminding myself that when we take care of our boys we also take care of our girls. It has transformed the ways I look at my son and also my husband and other men in my life.
Along with Reviving Ophelia it should be mandatory reading for all parents!(...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable insight about boys (and subsequently men)
Raising Cain is a powerful and enlightening book co-authored by two prominent child psychologists who set out to comprehensively explore the way boys suffer and what causes them emotional pain. Not surprisingly, the book is written for parents of boys as well as teachers, but it also has overwhelming relevance for anyone who desires to understand why many boys act the way they do-and what we can do to help them with their emotional struggles.

The salient issue interlaced throughout the book is the need for boys to obtain an emotional vocabulary and emotional literacy that affords them the capability to read and understand their own emotions, as well as others. Thompson and Kindlon repeatedly point out that not only are many boys never encouraged to be emotional, but also, they are taught to suppress such feelings by a culture that expects them to be "manly". It is difficult to argue with that observation. The "emotional miseducation" of boys begins early, at home and in the classroom, and there is a need to provide the proper "emotional steering" for boys so that they understand that expressing emotion is indeed normal and okay to do.

Among the various solutions Thompson and Kindlon suggest to help boys develop strong, flexible, emotional lives is to give them permission to have an internal life, full of unbridled emotion. We need to help them to develop and to obtain an emotional vocabulary to better understand themselves and to communicate more effectively with others. Ultimately, we need to let boys know that there are numerous ways to "be a man".

Raising Cain is an extremely rich work, full of poignant case studies and examples of boys today that evoked memories-some sad and regretful-of my own adolescence. As a parent of two young boys and an aspiring middle school teacher, this book will be referred to again and again as various developmental issues surface in the boys that I encounter. It is an invaluable reminder of the importance of cultivating emotional awareness in boys and what we can do as adults to help foster that growth. I would even suggest that it be required reading for any educator who has even one boy in his or her classroom. The insight presented within Raising Cain as well as the intervention suggestions posed by Thompson and Kindlon offers the reader with the tools to make a positive difference in a boy's life. ... Read more

123. 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child's Learning Style
by Cathy Duffy
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Asin: 0805431381
Catlog: Book (2005-02)
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
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124. Baby Play (Gymboree)
by Wendy S., Dr. Masi, Roni Cohen, Dr. Leiderman, Dr. Wendy S. Masi, Dr. Roni Cohen Leiderman
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Asin: 0865734348
Catlog: Book (2001-04)
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
Sales Rank: 5507
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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All new parents are eager to help their baby discover the world around them, and BABY PLAY was designed to help parents engage their infant in activities that will encourage developmental skills. From the first month home through the twelfth, BABY PLAY offers doctor-approved, age-appropriate activities that stimulate discovery, begin communication, and nurture parental bonding. Developed in close consultation with the play experts at Gymboree Play & Music, the book contains an introduction that explains the value of "play with a purpose," information on how babies learn, and tips outlining what a parent can do to help their little on get off to a good start.

The book also includes a glossary of key terms in child development, beneficial to any new parent, as well as detailed information on how parents can identify development skills as they emerge in their baby.From stretching exercises to puppet games, BABY PLAY encourages learning during that first critical year of life.

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** Includes over 100 activities for babies 0-12 months.
** Organized by appropriateness for each month of life.
** Includes wide variety of play activities, from ball rolling to imitative play.
** Developed in consultation with the play experts at Gymboree.
** Contains a useful glossary of key terms in child development. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Colorful Book with lots of ideas for games with babies
This book is very nice and has lots of ideas for stuff to do with babies. A lot of the stuff are things most people do with babies anyway (Peek-a-boo, stretching and cycling) but it does have some ideas for songs you can sing while doing them and lots of great stuff to encourage babies development. Everything is categorized in age-appropriateness and skills. The index can be used to find activities using the skill you want to encourage in your baby (grasp and hold, coordination etc) If you have a new baby or are a caregiver or grandparent get this book of fun things to do with baby. This book also includes inexpensive toys you can make at home using stuff around the house.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book to use through baby's first year
I got this as a gift when my son was almost 5 months old. I wish I had gotten it sooner because it has so many great ideas. The book is laid out according to age and the games you can play at those ages. Each page describes an activity you and your baby can do together and then explains what motor skills are used and developed. What I really like about this book is that it uses items that you already have around the house to make interactive "toys" for your baby. It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to occupy their time. Oh, I almost forgot about the songs. The authors include lyrics to songs that you may have long forgotton since your youth. I had run out of songs to sing until I read this book. Now we have a whole new library!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!
This book gives you lots of ideas for playing with your infant right from the beginning. It is fabulous for first time parents and makes a great baby shower gift. I used it in conjunction with the Wee Exercise DVD (by LeBlanc and Barnes) and found the two together to be a great combination!! Either one alone is fabulous as well! Enjoy!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Creative Ideas for Maximum Loving, Minimal Equipment
I am always on the look out for books that can help busy parents come up with creative ways to engage their babies in simple ways that may make a lasting contribution both in their loving relationship as well as help the baby's development over time.

This title does both nicely with colorful, inspiring illustrations as well.

Especially valued as well is the authors intentionally chose activities that are loosely structured, don't require purchase of special stuff and create the context for a lot of loving interaction between the baby and parrent.

Even as a creative parent, I run out of new ideas and love finding new techniques in one place, as Gymboree lays out here.

5-0 out of 5 stars a good book for first time parents
I was first time parent and never really been around with other kids before. I didn't know what to do or how to interact with my baby. Playing with your baby is such important thing and will help them develop physically and mentally. This book helps a lot and is very easy to read. I would recommend to new parents that are not very experience with kids. ... Read more

125. Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-15)
Publisher: Knopf
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Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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From one of the world’s leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help us understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels—and for their parents, teachers, and tutors—this book can make a difference.
Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs—many of them in her own laboratory—Dr. Shaywitz demystifies the subject of reading difficulties and explains how a child can be helped to become a good reader. She discusses early diagnosis in young children as well as the diagnosing of older children, young adults, and adults. Dr. Shaywitz explains why some bright adults can read only very slowly, and what they can do about it. Her book makes clear how the latest research, including new brain imaging studies, is uncovering the mechanisms underlying dyslexia and has led to effective treatments for each age group.

Dr. Shaywitz instructs parents in what they can do year-by-year, grade-by-grade, step-by-step for a dyslexic child. She lays out a home program for enhanced reading; guides parents in choosing the best school for their child and in working with teachers; and suggests ways of raising and preserving the child’s self-esteem. She provides exercises, teaching aids, information on computer programs, and many other invaluable resources.
In addition, her book corrects such popular (and harmful) myths as the belief that dyslexia is primarily a male problem, that children with dyslexia see words backward, that dyslexia is linked to intelligence. She shows us how, although dyslexia cannot be outgrown, its effects can, with careful planning and hard work, be overcome.
Dr. Shaywitz lifts the barrier of ignorance surrounding dyslexia and replaces it with the comfort of knowledge. Here is a trusted source to which you can turn for information, advice, guidance, and explanation. In sum, here is cutting-edge research translated into an easy-to-follow plan of action offering help—and hope—to all who have reading problems, and their families.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of good stuff here, but watch out for...
This book contains large amounts of interesting and important information about dyslexia, much of which is not readily available elsewhere. It will be of interest to dyslexics, the friends and family of dyslexics, teachers, education administrators, and indeed to anyone who wonders about how people learn and how people think.

One particularly attractive feature of the book is that it covers many areas of concern: not just the science of dyslexia, but also the techniques of testing for dyslexia and teaching to dyslexics, the social and personal implications of dyslexia, policy and administrative implications of dyslexia, effective advocacy for a dyslexic child, misconceptions about dyslexia, and so forth. A special treat is the epilogue, which provides the life stories of seven dyslexics who have been extraordinarily successful as authors, physicians, businesspersons, or politicians. I particularly note that many of these successful people regard dyslexia not as a burden to overcome, but as a gift that forces them to think where others rely on rote memorization.

I bought this book because my son is dyslexic. After reading it, I am also nearly convinced that I am dyslexic. (Before you read too much into genetics, let me tell you that my son is adopted.) Other apparent dyslexics I know are my father (a self-made multimillionaire who has difficulty spelling words of four or five letters) and my Ph.D. thesis advisor (a highly creative theoretical physicist, winner of the Wolf Prize and the Boltzmann Metal, who told me not to fret overly about my poor spelling, because "the ability to spell anticorrelates with intelligence").

The book does not deserve five stars, however, because it is seriously schizophrenic. Most of the book, particularly parts I, II, and IV, takes the position that there are many different kinds of students, who enter school with a variety of backgrounds and a variety of objectives, and that this variety demands a variety of teaching approaches. For example:

"Every child is different." (page 193)

"There is no one perfect school environment that will suit every child." (page 302)

"Good readers and dyslexic readers follow very different pathways to adult reading." (page 314)

They are poor schools that "pride themselves on uniformity." (page 297)

My observations, both as a parent and as a teacher, support the soundness of these conclusions. After all, every shirt manufacturer knows that it's *not* true that "one size fits all". If we need variety in such a simple thing as shirt sizing, isn't it clear that we also need variety in something as complex as thinking, teaching, and learning?

Yet part of Shaywitz's book (much of part III) flatly rejects this need for variety and replaces it with a doctrinaire insistence that there is only one way to learn reading, namely phonics:

"A young child *must* develop phonemic awareness if he is to become a reader." (page 51)

The child "must understand that spoken words come apart" into short sounds. (page 176)

"All children must master the same elements." (page 262)

Fluency training "invariably works." (page 273)

"It is only by reading aloud...that real gains are noted." (page 235)

"There is no other way." (page 263)

It is abundantly clear that such statements are dead false: deaf children do not -- cannot -- learn to read by associating letters with sounds, as phonics demands. Furthermore, I assure you that I do not read this way. I simply do not understand the complex rules about vowels on pages 200 and 201 -- rules that Shaywitz claims *must* be understood by second graders to enable them to read. (While reading these rules, I could only think that, in comparison, quantum mechanics is utterly trivial.) Perhaps this is related to the fact that I've never been able to play a musical instrument, or to sing, or even to hum. But surely I am a counterexample to this arrogant insistence that "there is no other way".

Shaywitz claims that her insistence on phonics as the only way to learn is supported by the report of National Reading Panel. In fact, that panel draws exactly the opposite conclusion, namely that "Not all children learn in the same way and one strategy does not work for all children."

It may well be that deaf people and I don't read as efficiently as other people do. It may well be that phonics is the most efficient place to start when attempting to teach a child to read. But to insist, as Shaywitz does, that it's the place to start *and* the place to stop is contrary to both common sense and the evidence.

The book's dual-headed character is sometimes frightening in its contradictions. On page 358 Shaywitz recounts vividly how awful it is for dyslexics to be forced to read aloud in class. (The same can be said for those with speech impediments, for those with non-standard accents, for poor readers who are not dyslexic, and for those who are just plain shy.) And on page 235 she writes with pride that, due to her contributions to the "No Child Left Behind Act", soon all children will be forced to read aloud in class.

The tragedy is that due to the adoption of the "No Child Left Behind Act", and due to impending changes in the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act", our country is moving away from the sound practice of "one strategy does not work for all children" and towards the one-size-fits-all doctrine of "there is no other way."

5-0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Dyslexia
This is the book you've been looking for!!! This is "the Bible" for those of us who are, (or who are working with) dyslexic people. This book is written so naturally that you feel like you are part of a dialogue at this very moment. Dr. Shaywitz knows what our questions are and she answers them! Better, she anwsers with Scientific backup! She offers directions on specific places to go for more help; help that works. I have bumbled along as a parent advocate on my own for five years I wish that I had had the benefit of this book from the very beginning. You can! BUY IT! Buy multiples. SHARE IT...especially with the people at school . I have given copies to my school's Kindergarten teacher, and Special Education department first, because that is where I think it will help the most children immediately. Every educator should read this book, every parent should read this book and certainly anyone with a concern about reading should read this book. I won't go on about the entire content; for that read one of the editorial reviews. This one comes from the heart!

1-0 out of 5 stars Read Gift of Dyslexia
My friend, who's dyslexic, learned to sound out words in grade school, but she had never read a book until the age of 38, after finding the book, "The Gift Of Dyslexia". The way her brain works may have been described well in the book, "Overcoming Dyslexia", but Ron Davis' book is much more helpful overall. Also, the book "Right-brained Children in a Left-Brained World" by Jeffrey Freed was helpful and sometimes contradicts what Dr. Shaywitz suggests in her book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, and Now More
This is a wonderful first step to demystifying dyslexia and to empower parents and older children to find the answers they need. If you are worried because your first grader looking at picture of a little dog and the word "puppy" underneath and says "dog" you need this book. If your 4th grader is crying over her homework every night, you need this book. If your 7th grader, who did well in grammar school is suddenly tanking, you need this book.

There is a HUGE amount of disinformation out there--most school districts know little about learning disabilites and dyslexia, and don't want to change--you need to be armed with the facts, not your fears or emotions. This book has facts.

If somebody tells you modelling in clay will make your child's reading all better, you need this book. If somebody tells you the answer is eye exercises, you need this book. If somebody promises you that reading through colored plastic will be much easier and cheaper than anything else, you need this book.

The "now more" parts of the review is that now there needs to be a shorter, easier-to-read, suitable-for-busy-people version or new book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful Education
I was required to read this book for an educational training in using the Slingerland approach. I teach first grade students who have been pre-screened for the possibility of dyslexia. Teachers and staff do not make that medical diagnosis. However, it was extremely important to realize that students with dyslexia process language using a different part of their brain. Most importantly it emphasized that direct, systemaic teaching may pattern the brain and "rewire" it. A great book for educators and parents alike. ... Read more

126. The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-To-Be
by Armin A. Brott, Armin A. Brott
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Asin: 0789205386
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Sales Rank: 415
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, entertaining, informative
My husband and I have a pile of books on pregnancy. Most of the books written for women dwell on the many problems that can arise (both serious and mundane) during pregnancy. Dreary. Not a single one of the others contains word one about planning for college or any financial issue. In fact, one of my books advises me not to worry about finances because "that's the father's department." Pretty ridiculous since he will be staying at home and I (the mother) will be working full time.

This book, unlike those, does address this issue very competently. It is, I think, one of the best pregnancy books we have (i.e. I can't stand the supremely pedantic "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and think "Your Pregnancy Week by Week," while not pedantic, has no information the other does not.)

This book contains many useful facts for the father to be and is written in such a way as to be helpful to mother and father. My husband has absorbed more dos and don't during pregnancy from this one book than I have in reading 5 other books. It contains an excellent list of questions to ask your obstetrician. Things everyone needs to know but may never think to ask.

Bottom line - we love this book and would recommend it to anyone expecting a baby. It is easy reading while being informative and doesn't overdo the medical lingo (or the whole medical issue).

5-0 out of 5 stars The best dad book out there
There are a million books out there for moms to be, but the dearth of books for dads is downright depressing. This book was like a ray of light for me as our child's due date approached. So much common sense information that you're wondering about but don't know where to look for answers. He gives you a great idea of what your wife is going through and what's happening with the baby. And, most importantly, he talks about what YOU are likely to be feeling and thinking. I found myself nodding along so many times as I read this book. It was invaluable and I can't recommend it highly enough. We are expecting kid number two and I am re-reading it. It's been a great way to get me back in the mindset of having a new kid in the family. Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reading for first time Fathers
I found this book interesting for new fathers like me. Some things may be obvious and repetitive, but learning that many of the feelings experienced for the first time during pregnancy are actually quite common helps you better to deal with them.
The book is well organized so you can quickly skip sections that you don't need to read about (for example, twins, second birth, etc.). Overall, I like and do not consider it to be offensive for women at all.

1-0 out of 5 stars I found this book offensive
I am an expectant father. In my opinion, this book has an offensive tone, and makes terrible assumptions throughout. Here is a sample what the book suggests a woman might be feeling during pregnancy (literal quotes): "afraid you won't love her after the baby is born (after all, she's not the same woman you married);" "may be afraid she won't have enough love to go around (what with loving you, and all);" "feelings of jealousy (after all, it was her private pregnancy until now);" "increasingly dependent---needs to know that you'll be there for her, that you still love her;" "she might be afraid that you don't love her anymore, and you might leave her." And so on. What kind of weak, spineless, self-loathing creature do the authors take the average woman to be? There are plenty of books with on-the-money, fact-filled advice for fathers; this isn't one of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for fathers (and mothers)!!
I was given this book by two different people during my wife's pregnancy. Of all the books stacked on our shelves, I found this one by far the most helpful. It provides both fantastic logistical information - everything from financial to-dos to checklists for the hospital - and emotional/psychological guidance... what to expect for your wife and for yourself. I was relieved to know that I wasn't the first father ever to be experiencing an unbelievable swirl of emotions... We have a wonderful, healthy baby, and we have this book to thank for it. ... Read more

127. The Twelve Gifts of Birth
by Charlene Costanzo
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
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There is no more magical moment than when a newborn baby is laid in a mother's arms. What was for many months a dream and a mystery is now a miraculous new person at the threshold of a life filled with possibilities.

Through a tender, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts of Birth reveals the birthright inheritance that all children receive at this moment. Wise women, otherwise known as fairy godmothers, announce the twelve gifts in the form of blessings and show how to use them to enrich one's life.

This keepsake book encourages new parents to nurture and protect the wondrous qualities that have been bestowed on their tiny miracles. When shared with young children, this message helps form within them a strong foundation of self-respect and values. For teens and adults, this story offers healing and hope during times of diminished self-esteem and uncertain transition. It reminds all readers to see the dignity that is inherent in themselves and others.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Gift - Inspirational Message
Everytime I read this book to my children I am reminded myself of the "Royal dignity" within everyone. An important message of worth, hope and wisdom.

I will be giving this book to everyone I know who is having a child now and in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photography illustrating our unique human gifts.
I bought this book as a baby shower gift for a close friend, but I loved it so much I bought several more copies for other gifts and myself. The book is simply beautiful and portrays an important inspirational message to children and adults.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for everyone
I bought this book as a sign-in book for my daughter's first birthday party... and everyone loved it! It has a very positive message, which is exactly what I want to express to my daughter. And now that it has messages from all her relatives, I hope she will cherish it forever.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Twelve Gifts
The perfect gift for a newborn, or even someone who is a little older. It's never too late to receive the very special message contained within the pages of this beautiful book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Precious Reminder ...
Wow - this is such a simple, yet powerful book that allows parents to impart positive values to their children! I can't imagine my children ever outgrowing this book. ... Read more

128. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
by Ina May Gaskin
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What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.

Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play

• What really happens during labor
• Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
• Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
• Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
• Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
• How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
• The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesn’t necessarily tell you
• The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
• How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
• And much more

Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.
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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad I read this book
I'm 5 months pregnant and have been growing more and more fearful about giving birth, influenced by the media and by doctors. But this book helped me see that if I go into labor primed for a terrifying and excrutiating experience, that is exactly what I'll get. It's not that Ina May claims that labor doesn't hurt, but she points out the role that fear can play in our perceptions and expectations of pain. I've found that to be true even during a dreaded trip to the dentist! Now I feel that my body was indeed designed to give birth--women do it every day, all over the world and in many different care settings. Even if you don't plan to use a midwife or have a home birth, and I still may go to a hospital birthing center myself, I highly recommend this book for the way it can help change your perception that labor is a disease to be operated on or medicated away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Changed How I Viewed Giving Birth
I'm 17 weeks pregnant, and while I'm overjoyed to be pregnant...I've always been afraid of the pain I'll experience during childbirth. Reading Ina May's book, and the birth stories of the women in it, has changed all of that. I feel that I can handle labor now...and am even toying with the idea of not using drugs. (Prior to this, I used to say that I'd like an epidural plus any other drug they'd give me.) Even if I end up using some pain meds, I know I'll be entering the labor process without the level of fear I had before. That is priceless. This is a must-read for any pregnant woman and her husband...whether or not she wants to have a medicated or non-medicated birth. Bravo Ina May! Just wish I lived closer to TN so that I could use her services.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Childbirth is in this Book
Strip away all of the medical speak, fear, and the horror stories and you will have Ina May's honest guide to Childbirth.

I found this book more than just informative, which it really is. This book tells you things that no one--not even your best friend will tell you. In these pages you learn about birthing babies and will be able to look critically at what having a hospital birth means. I found this book to be empowering because it armed me with the birth stories of all the women in the first half of the book as well as all the information I needed about the birth process.

I can honestly recommend, without reservation, this book to all expecting mothers, father, and anyone involved in the birth of babies. This book will give you much needed balance when becoming educated about childbirth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Courageous and Empowering Book!
The warmth, intelligence and humor of Ina May Gaskin really come through in this book, as does her concern with safe and supportive surroundings for all women during birthing. Ina May and her fellow midwives at The Farm are responsible for major research demonstrating the safety of home birth and birthing-center births.

I value this book primarily for giving me a first-person perspective of labor and delivery, in the words of both midwives and birthing women (and their partners). I also felt that the exploration of aspects of birth not usually talked about was great--orgasmic birth, use of nipple and clitoral stimulation to help with labor and delivery, careful pushing and breathing and laboring positions to prevent perineal tears, the pelvic press to help with shoulder distocia, etc. These are topics you won't find in any depth in "What to Expect," etc!

The underlying assumption in this book is that women can give birth naturally if they are prepared, supported and surrounded by fearless and knowledgable labor attendants. Ina May tells us that our bodies can do this, that we have reserves of body and mind that our indutrialized Western culture has discounted, and that we can each reclaim the feminine power of birth.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most encouraging pregnancy book I've read.
Since I became pregnant I have been a book hound and I've read several different titles (especially books on Natural Birth). I have found Ina May's book to be the most honest and inspiring! She is not afraid to offend and really tells it like it is! I reference it often and I feel lucky to have read this before labor and delivery. I am very satisfied with this book! ... Read more

129. 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-22)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 10711
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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It's simple: If children don't understand what they read, they will never embrace reading.And that limits what they can learn while in school.This fact frightens parents, worries teachers, and ultimately hurts children.

7 Keys to Comprehension is the result of cutting-edge research.It gives parents and teachers—those who aren't already using this valuable program—practical, thoughtful advice about the seven simple thinking strategies that proficient readers use:

• Connecting reading to their background knowledge
• Creating sensory images
• Asking questions
• Drawing inferences
• Determining what's important
• Synthesizing ideas
• Solving problems

Easily understood, easily applied, and proven successful, this essential educational tool helps parents and teachers to turn reading into a fun and rewarding adventure.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Parents and Teachers
I devoured this book!! As a parent and a teacher, I know that this book is valuable for both groups. If children have the benefit of knowing how to think while they read, there can be no stopping them. All of us who love to read may not even realize what we are doing during this process but something wonderful happens when we are engaged with a book: To name and model the "7 Keys" for children is so important for their futures as good readers.

If kids don't "see" what they are reading; (visualize) how can they possibly find meaning? Don't assume that these keys happen naturally all of the time. It is so crucial that we as parents and educators guide our kids through this wonderful discovery process in order to help them "get it" and love it!!

I strongly recommend this book for anyone who cares about literacy and for those helping to develop a generation of life-long readers. If you care about children loving reading: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children doing well in school: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children doing well in life: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children passing standardized tests: BUY THIS BOOK. If you care about children at all, BUY THIS BOOK. ... Read more

130. Special Diets for Special Kids
by Lisa Lewis
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Future Horizons
Sales Rank: 8807
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Understanding and implementing special diets to aid in the treatment of autism and related developmental disorders. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Important Autism Resource
My eight year old son went on the gluten-free/casein free diet a little over a year ago. A member of my support group had highly recommended _Special Diets for Special Kids_ by Dr. Lisa Lewis. I'll always be grateful that she did! My little boy immediatley showed more awareness. Before going on the diet, we were unable to get him potty-trained; within two weeks of starting the diet, he achieved toileting control on his own. He increased some in expressive language, but in receptive language he improved tremendously. Dr. Lewis clearly explains the testing options available to help parents make an informed decision about whether the diet might benefit their child. She emphasizes that this diet is not a guarantee or cure but could possibly improve a child's life. Reading her book is like talking to another mother of a special-needs child who is offering the experience of what worked for her. After going on the diet, learning definitely become easier for my son. Dr. Lewis also lists every imaginable resource to help in the appendices. After reading the book and trying to properly implement the diet, we continue to receive support from ANDI, the group co-founded by Dr. Lewis. This group offers the latest information and new recipes to help with dietary intervention. The procedure has not always been easy, but seeing my son emerge as he has, has made it worth the extra effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource To Implement A Gluten- & Casein-Free Diet
I disagree tremendously with the negative review listed for this book. The author never implies the diet will work for everyone and is the sole therapeutic answer. In my opinion, if you are even THINKING of implementing a gluten-free, casein-free diet for your child, this book is a must. Not only does the author provide a thorough review of the literature & studies done on relevant treatments for autism, & defines many of the terms so readily used, she offers a ton of GREAT, KID-FRIENDLY recipes (great for ANY kids that need to be dairy- and gluten-free, regardless of the reason). The author presents the information without bias, allowing the reader to form their own conclusions whether the diet would be helpful. And while, yes, the diet may be difficult to implement (since casein and gluten are so pervasive in our foods), it offers a SAFE, alternative approach that we have seen work for MANY, MANY people in conjuction with other therapies. And as a medical professional, I was more skeptical than most that there could be any link with food & behavior before I heard and saw it for myself over and over and over first hand. If I had a child with autism I would CERTAINLY TRY this. I would have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

5-0 out of 5 stars OK peoples ! If you have a child on the spectrum - its time!
Parents of autistic children, ADD or ADHD kids - you have to do the GFCF Diet thing! IT IS TIME.
This book by Ms Lewis is a great how to get on this diet with excellent practical advice and good tested/yummy recipes for all the favorites including: CHICKEN NUGGETS, breads and food planning.
This GFCF Diet is not a fad and it is not a gimic but an excellent way to you help spectrum child feel, do, be the best they can be.
It all starts with proper nutrition and certain ingredient avoidances. Give it a shot! I highly recommend it and have seen enormous changes in my autistic son so much so that his ATEC went from 89 to 9 and he is now in kindergarten! I highly recommend this book (and Special Diets for Special Kids II!)

What are you waiting for????

4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource for starting the gluten/casein free diet
This was an excellent start to understand the gluten/casein free diet for children with autism and other special needs. The background information was a little complicated for people who are not in the medical field. However, the basic steps were concise and easy to follow. I especially like the recipes in the back of the book and use them often. There is also excellent resources and contact information in the book. These dietary interventions should be tried by every autistic person. It has changed my son (and my)life! Thank you Lisa Lewis!

5-0 out of 5 stars the must-have book for the gf/cf diet
There is so much information in this book I studied it for a year before my boys started the diet. I use it daily for all of the recipes. This book makes the diet more do-able than it sounds and much less scary. ... Read more

131. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
by Sherrie Eldridge
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-12)
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"Birthdays may be difficult for me."

"I want you to take the initiative in opening conversations about my birth family."

"When I act out my fears in obnoxious ways, please hang in there with me."

"I am afraid you will abandon me."

The voices of adopted children are poignant, questioning. And they tell a familiar story of loss, fear, and hope. This extraordinary book, written by a woman who was adopted herself, gives voice to children's unspoken concerns, and shows adoptive parents how to free their kids from feelings of fear, abandonment, and shame.

With warmth and candor, Sherrie Eldridge reveals the twenty complex emotional issues you must understand to nurture the child you love--that he must grieve his loss now if he is to receive love fully in the future--that she needs honest information about her birth family no matter how painful the details may be--and that although he may choose to search for his birth family, he will always rely on you to be his parents.

Filled with powerful insights from children, parents, and experts in the field, plus practical strategies and case histories that will ring true for every adoptive family, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew is an invaluable guide to the complex emotions that take up residence within the heart of the adopted child--and within the adoptive home.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Too Angst Oriented
As an adopted person and a full-time stepmom, I found this book to focus way too much on the negative and on angst. I certainly had my share of issues as a teen, but I really don't think they are all traced back to my adoption and the six months I spent in a home prior to being placed in a family. Also, even though I am in contact with my biological family, my adoptive parents are my parents. That is how all involved think of the situation. In naming a book about adoption, I would never think to use the term adoptive parents. In fact, I had never considered the term before recently doing research for an assigned class topic in grad school. There is a sever lack of positive and empowering books about adoption, particularly for teens, and this book does not fulfill that need either, much to my disappointment. When my daughter begins questioning what the situation is with her Mom and discussing whether I will adopt her, I really want one for her to read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Adoptive Parents
As an adoptive parent of three children adopted from state foster care, I found this book to be honest and helpful.

We adoptive parents don't always want to hear that our children will experience pain and loss. We wish we could make it all better. But Eldridge helps us understand that to help our children move beyond their losses, we must acknowledge them. The first step in doing this is realizing our children have different issues than biological children. They have lost their first parents, and often lost foster parents and other loved ones as well. This inescapable fact may affect them for a lifetime.

Eldridge writes eloquently about the feelings of abandonment, loss and grief that adopted children often feel. She demystifies the common beliefs that adopted children will simply "forget" their losses, or that good parenting means adoptees won't want to search for birth parents (or, conversely, that only unhappy adoptees want to search).

With so many books on adoption today written by adoptive parents, it is nice to see a book written by an adoptee. The perspective of Eldridge is welcome and necessary in adoption literature. She deserves kudos for the courage to write so openly about her private feelings and fears.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT make this your first or only adoption read
Frankly, after reading this book I nearly pulled the plug on our adoption process. It certainly gave me food for thought, but her notions of the Primal Wound left me reeling, and she put such a negative spin on adoption that I wondered why on earth anyone would want to do it. Fortunately our adoption agency offers some terrific pre-adoption workshops and I have regained a much more optomistic outlook about the whole process. I wish the author had acknowledged in a meaningful way that adoption is treated much differently today than it was when she was a child. We'd all be foolish not to think that our children will not have some emotional and/or developmental issues related to their adoption, but I felt this book took an extreme and damaging approach.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All within the Triangle
I am neither adoptee,adoptive parent or birth parent.I am outside of the triangle. However I have a huge awareness of adoption issues as a result of personal experience. A relation of mine asked would I find her son, (who was adoped to the USA at the age of 4 from Ireland, before she died.) I spent the next four months searching for this relation of mine, only to find he had died in very sad circumstances, three years earlier.I spent the next three years helping adoptees, birtmothers find each other.
I discovered very quickly that it was an "emotional minefield". The ammount of hurt I encountered caused a lot of stress in my own life. I started reading anything I could find on the whole area of adoption(thanks to I read all Liftons books, Verniers Primal Wound, Brodinskys and a host more. Between them and my experience in the field, I got an insite into the whole area of adoption.
Two years ago, I purchased Twenty Things adopted kids....... Knew.
I felt it summed up very well from a practical point of view, my experience to date.
I would appeal especially to adoptive parents to read this book. You might not like what you read, but further on down the road if you take on board the feeling and emotions expressed by adoptees, you are the "real parents" of these little understood children.

4-0 out of 5 stars A bit one-sided
As a 35-yr.-old adoptee who was adopted as a toddler, I could relate to practically everything in this book. I found myself saying yes, yes, yes---somebody understands, finally.

But adoption is not a one-size-fits-all subject, and this book implies that everyone who is adopted experiences the same feelings of rejection and loss. And that is simply not true.

If you're adopting a newborn, this book is probably not for you, but I believe that it is a must-read for all other adoptive parents. And if you are an adolescent or adult adoptee who is struggling to come to terms with your adoption, as this author obviously did, this book might help you to understand why you feel the way you do. ... Read more

132. Fit for Life
by Harvey Diamond, Marilyn Diamond
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Catlog: Book (1987-02-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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"It is not only what you eat that makes the difference, but also of extreme importance is when you eat it and in what combinations," say Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, authors of this classic bestseller. Their program results in eating balanced, nutritious, high-fiber foods, making dieting "unnecessary and as obsolete as sealing wax."

The Diamonds explain that body functions have a daily cycle: noon to 8 p.m.-- appropriation (eating and digestion); 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.--assimilation (absorption and use); 4 a.m. to noon--elimination (of body wastes and food debris). Fit for Life aims to return you to a lifestyle based on your natural body cycles. That means 70 percent of your diet should be "high-water-content foods"--fruits and vegetables--which facilitate all body functions. Consume nothing but fruit or fruit juice until noon, then eat salad and vegetables with every meal for the rest of the day.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Previous to purchasing "Fit For life", I had read a number of negative reviews concerning the principles outlined within its pages. Much of the bad press came from noteworthy fitness buffs and mags, so I naturally assumed that Fit for life was indeed another trendy get -rich- fast diet book. That is, until I finally read it and began to apply the principles vigorously to my daily life. What a difference six months have made! My complexion is radiant, I am more shapely, and I have much more energy. Even my hair and nails are shinier and more beautiful. I now eat a mainly raw food diet high in fruit, vegetables,whole grains, nuts and seeds. Although I do not always combine them properly- sometimes my fave breakfast is a hot bowl of steel cut oats, raisins, walnuts and flaxseed with skimmed milk- I enjoy a greatly enhanced quality of life thanks to the principles first discovered in the wonderful book. I have to admit that a few of their scientfic observations are a bit askew, but please do not let that cloud your heart on what is essentially, a terrific little book on improving your life and health.

5-0 out of 5 stars a common sense diet that works
I have only had this book a few weeks and I have already lost several pounds even with a little cheating. The diet works because it is based on common sense. The authors have you eating almost no processed, packaged foods. Instead you eat (in generous portions if you wish) fruits, veggies, breads, even some meat and fish (and, in my version of the diet, a few cookies here and there). There are some rules you need to follow for success which are based on the body's metabolic cycle. For instance, you take only fruits or fruit juices before noon, and you do not eat within three hours of bedtime. The authors give detailed explanations for the theory behind the practices they advocate. Many of the explanations made sense to me, but others sounded rather off-the-wall. No matter--the diet works, no matter what the explanations. This is healthy eating meant for the rest of your life, not just until you drop your excess weight. It will get you looking slimmer and having a lot more energy--without being hungry all the time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
This books main premise is that we should eat lots of fruit and raw watery foods, and that we should avoid certain food combinations. The authors give specific recommendations as to what food group comninations should be avoided, or how long you should wait between eating one food group and eating another.

So the question is this: Is this plan effective? Well, in my opinion, it is certainly a good idea to increase fruit and vegetable intake. But on the other hand, do you really need to read a 350 page book to know that? And why do they emphasizze fruit so much over vegetables?

And as for the food combination guidelines, it is really a tough call to say whether or not they are effective. But I'll tell you this: they definitely create some kind of limits on what you can eat, and that is probably what some practitioners of Fit For Life have found effective. Its not necessarily the specific guideleines in the book; it is probably just thte fact that if you follow there guideleines, you cannot eat anything you want anymore, and thus you will proabbly loose weihgt and have some kind of result.

Nevertheless, I feel that the FIt for Life eating guideleines are unbalanced and excessive, and I would not recommend that anyone strictly follows the diet.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book that changed my life
I started on this diet 18 months ago and boy, what a difference.

I am sharper, brighter, more alive, better at my work, more energetic, can eat as much as I like, suffer no ill health or pain and discomfort...I could go on all day but I think you get the idea. This book is not a diet fad, it is a life changer.

You may think that a book talking about fresh fruit and vegetables, air, water, sunshine and exercise is just common sense. Well you would be right, it is. Unfortunately with all the different opinions we receive from doctors, health advisers and food companies it is easy to get confused about what we should eat.

I would suggest trying this diet for 10 days and see how you feel. I suspect you will notice an improvement in well being very quickly and any way the money you spend on the book will be paid back by a lower grocery bill (fresh produce is cheaper than cooked or processed). What have you got to lose?

Well done Harvey and Marilyn Diamond for having the courage to speak the truth, and thank you.

Another book I would recommend that speaks the truth is The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

4-0 out of 5 stars RUGBY PLAYER

133. Reviving Ophelia : Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Mary Pipher
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Catlog: Book (1995-02-14)
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Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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At adolescence, says Mary Pipher, "girls become 'female impersonators' who fit their whole selves into small, crowded spaces." Many lose spark, interest, and even IQ points as a "girl-poisoning" society forces a choice between being shunned for staying true to oneself and struggling to stay within a narrow definition of female. Pipher's alarming tales of a generation swamped by pain may be partly informed by her role as a therapist who sees troubled children and teens, but her sketch of a tougher, more menacing world for girls often hits the mark. She offers some prescriptions for changing society and helping girls resist. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading for parents of adolescent girls
Why are more and more American girls falling prey to eating disorders, depression, addictions and suicide attempts? Mary Pipher PhD, a clinical psychologist and part-time teacher at the University of Nebraska, gives us the answers to questions we'd rather be in denial about, but can't afford to ignore. According to Pipher, we live in a "look-obsessed, media-saturated, 'girl poisoning' culture". In the younger years, girls and boys for the most part behave the same. Yet when puberty and/or junior high hits, girls are all of the sudden encouraged to be pretty and look good rather than use their brains. This book was originally written in 1995, and I think more parents want to see their kids, both boys and girls, succeed academically. However, our adolescent girls are bombarded with glossy fashion magazines, all of which have one model more skeletal than the next, and are filled with articles on how to improve your appearance (rather than how to improve your mind). In "Reviving Ophelia", Mary Pipher has published case studies of her clients, all of whom come from completely different backgrounds: from Jessica, a 14 year old with an absentee Father and social worker Mom, to 15 year old Ellie, the daughter of hard-working parents devoted to their children. It was interesting to read how a girls family background doesn't always matter- society as a whole has shaped the minds of our girls into thinking looks and social acceptance are the height of female importance. If you have a teenage daughter, or even if your girls are younger, you really ought to do yourselves a favor and read through this book. It's an unbelieveable eye-opener.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reviving Ophelia
Revivng Ophelia, a book written by Mary Pipher, presents an honest and open look at adolescence. For the first time young girls' voices are allowed to be heard, unmuted, --the front lines of adolescence. She presents each girl's story in a strikingly candid way that inspires the reader. Throughout her book, Pipher often discusses the effects of the silent war that is raging in America. She believes that every day young girls are forced to fight to maintain their true selves in the face of societal pressures. Pipher offers herself up as an example of what may happen if one loses this daily battle. This brings a feeling of maturity and empathy to the information and guidance that she imparts in her book. The book's limited view-point on issues can be viewed as its flaw. Pipher's book presents clearly the negative issues teenage girls are forced to deal with, yet it leaves out the many positive aspects of an adolescent girl's life. This makes the book difficult to read because of the depressing and other painfully honest flow the book assumes. Mary Pipher has a point to make and she does it very well. She brings to the attention of a nation the burden of injustice and violence that its young women bear. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to sit down and read a good book, full of insights and advice. This book is among my favorites because it helps me find different ways to view the world around me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Points
As the title says, Reviving Ophelia does make some very good points (such as how the media feeds girls false images of beauty), but my biggest problem was how the book acted as if all girls become total headcases once they hit 13. I'll admit that my teen years were far from pretty, but you got to give girls a little more credit than that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still relevant a decade later
When I first read this book five years ago, my daughter was only eleven, on the brink of the age that author Pipher addresses here. At the time, the book was recommended in a circle of mothers as a must-read. Now I am revisiting it as the mother of a sixteen-year old daughter, and I find it just as relevant than I did on first reading. Sure life has changed from its first publication a decade ago, but the stresses of growing up and dealing with the cattiness of adolescent girls is both timeless and universal. Girls hurt - and hurt themselves - in different ways than boys.

Pipher does an excellent job demonstrating her points through case studies she has personally encountered during her career as a professional psychologist. By seeing how Pipher helped these troubled girls overcome with their lack of self-esteem and coping mechanisms, parents are given the tools to help their own daughters, hopefully before the problems become too large to be dealt with at home. The warning signs of depression, drug use, sexual activity, eating disorders, and more are outlined within the text, exposing the varied symptoms that take into account the individuality of each girl. The biggest lesson parents should take away from this book is this: these disorders and behaviors can happen to any family, to any child, even the most seemingly obedient and happy. Every girl, no matter how successful socially or academically, suffers during this transition period between childhood and womanhood. The question is always this: How much?

I advise parents to read this book before your child enters adolescence so you will be better prepared for this turbulent time. However, if you already have a troubled teen, it's not too late. This book is not a substitute for much needed therapy for the most extreme cases, but it offers parents the comfort of knowing that both they and their daughter are not alone in their struggles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Girls Are Having More Trouble Now
With the pressures to be like their pop idols, girls are more focused now on measuring up to external images, rather than going inside themselves, and honoring who they are meant to be.

Girls also struggle more now with opposing messages such as, "Be beautiful," versus, "Beauty is only skin-deep."

Other messages include, "Be smart, but not so smart;" and, "Be honest, but don't hurt anyone's feelings."

And they are taught "Not pleasing others is social suicide."

So, with more opportunities available to girls, today, thanks to our foremothers, many teen girls reject their authentic selves, and choose instead to play a role that keeps them lost in the images of their icons.

This is a great book, because dr. Pipher includes society input, mother/daughter dynamics, and other elements into explaining what is going on with today's "Ophelias."

And with the lessons in this book, we have the chance to influence girls to own their authentic selves, allowing others to be responsible for their own needs.

This book deserves to be read alongside "My Mother/Myself," by Nancy Friday, "Fear of Flying, by Erica Jong, and "Don't Play in the Sun," by Marita Golden. ... Read more

134. The First Year Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
by Gretchen Becker
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-15)
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If you read only one book after you are diagnosed with diabetes, make it The First Year--Type 2 Diabetes

Gretchen Becker was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996. Since then she has educated herself on every aspect of this chronic condition--by reading medical and scientific books and journals, talking with doctors, using the Internet to communicate daily with other people who have diabetes, and by listening to her own body. Now, as a "patient-expert," she guides all those newly diagnosed step-by-step through their first year with diabetes. In a unique format, The First Year--Type 2 Diabetes walks you through everything you need to learn and do each day of your first week after diagnosis, each subsequent week of the first month, and each subsequent month of The First Year. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you can only buy 1 book on Type 2 Diabetes - THIS IS IT!
As a long standing DMer (Type 2 going on weird) who has done lots of research and reading on this disease in both clinical and popular health books and the web, I am very impressed with this book. I got a copy on my recent visit to the USA from the UK.

Gretchen Becker's Book has brought together so much solid information and has achieved the near impossible, of presenting it in a very readable style.

The book is well laid out so that if still reeling from the shock of the diagnosis, (and who doesn't react like that?), the basics are there right from the start. At your own pace you can add in and read more depth and scientific facts to help you live and manage the disease. This is important as we, the people with diabetes, are the ones who live with it rather than the doctors, nurses and dietitians who help us. We need to be as informed as possible to manage a disease which can have devastating complications if uncontrolled.

Thankfully, Gretchen also leavens this mixture with her dry sense of humour - vital to coping with any chronic disease. She shows us that there is life after diagnosis and it can be fun. As a scientist, sheep farmer and science editor Gretchen knows the disease from the inside as she has type 2.

A major plus for this book is that it also addresses the psychological consequences of living with a chronic disease. Rick Mendosa's chapter on Web resources to research DM (Diabetes Mellitus)is an excellent introduction to some of the best reliable sites online.

I would strongly recommend this to any person with DM whether Type 1 or 2, Diabetologist,CDE, family practitioner, nurse or family member... After 23 years of living with disease, I learned much by reading this book. Thank you, Gretchen.

I will certainly be recommending it to my local Diabetes Clinic and GP practice back in the UK and will be giving it as Christmas presents to a couple of friends.

Go buy it and get a better handle on your DM!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not JUST for the NEWLY diagnosed!
I have been dealing with my Type 2 diabetes for about 5 years and I recently ordered this book ..and I learned more from it than from anywhere since I was diagnosed. This is a clear, accurate, and extremely informative book. I go back and re read parts of it often and it has really made a big difference for me.. This is a disease that is difficult to understand correctly, even if you have had it a while, like I have. The up-to-date research behind this book is obvious and it is presented in a truly intelligent and articulate manner. Ms. Becker totally understands type 2 diabetes, and has been extremely helpful in my understanding of it too. How I wish I had had this book when I was first diagnosed - even just the title of the first chapter "It's not your fault" is so important - it allowed me to let go of some of the guilt and self reproach I had. No one ever told me that before! This book is *essential* for all newly diagnosed Type 2's and for the NOT SO NEWLY diagnosed too! You will have a whole new understanding of type 2 diabetes as well as empathetic support and clear information about how to help manage your diabetes. A great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book for any newly diagnosed person!
Luckily my husband ordered this book for me just after I was diagnosed in December. Using the information in this book, I decided to ignore my GP's wait and see attitude, do frequent testing, and demanded anti-GAD testing when my BG initially went down, then began to climb after 3 months of an extremely strict diet (I'm thin to start with). Based on this test my diagnosis has been switched to LADA - something that might not have happened until my BG went thru the roof if I hadn't read this book. (I'd give it 20 stars if that were possible)

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book for a new diabetic
I bought this book the day I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic, along with two other texts. This one was far more comprehensive and better indexed. Even now that my diagnosis has changed to Type 1 (LADA), I still turn to it daily as a reference. It has detailed information about the various tests that are being done in the early stages that was invaluable to me when my pcp said I was too old to be type 1, but I didn't have any of the known risk factors for type 2.

I'd strongly recommend this book for any adult newly diagnosed with diabetes. I haven't found anything comprable for Type 1, as yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Need more than 5 stars for this book.
I cannot praise this book highly enough. Thank the Good Lord that I found it right after my doctor informed me that I was a type 2 diabetic. When he informed me I kind of went into a state of shock and really didn't hear very much of what he was telling me. All I knew was that my life, as I had known it, was over and that I didn't have very much to look forward to. He, my doctor, had me enroll in a class for diabetics, prescribed some medications, gave me a prescription for a test meter and strips, and told me to come back in two weeks to see how my glucose levels were doing. He did't tell me why he giving me the prescriptions or how they acted on my glucose levels. He didn't tell me how to test or when. I guess he was leaving that up to the class and the pharmacy when I got my meter. By reading this book I now know what he is doing and why. I am also able to take a more active part in my treatment and tailor my medications to achieve a better control. I'm no longer looking at diabetes as a death sentence but as just something to be aware of and to control in order to continue living a full life. Applying what I have learned from this book and working with my doctor, I have achieved good control and my last 2 A1c blood tests were 5.3 and 5.8, well within the normal range even with someone not being diabetic. Outstanding book!!!! ... Read more

135. The What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Organizer
by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
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Marrying the friendly authority of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" with the ease-of-use of a daily planner, here is a companion for every stage of pregnancy. It's a complete planner that includes forms to track medical expenses, checklists to help achieve a healthy diet, easy-to-fill-in personal and family medical history pages, and suggested shopping lists for pregnancy wardrobe and layettes. Plus plenty of room to record important questions for the doctor, list favorite names, keep a labor and birth diary, and more. Divided into five convenient sections, "The What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Organizer" helps the busy mother-to-be to prepare for baby's arrival from the beginning through labor and delivery. Wire-O binding. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pregnant with #4 and got to have this book
I had this book with my second and third pregnancy. The best book to get you organized for baby, but especially has the information pages you will need for the doctor and hospital. I thought that I would try another pregnancy organizer with my fourth pregnancy, but found myself buying this special book by my 3 month of being pregnant. Not only the information will get you ready for each doctor visit,and questions you may ask doctor, but there are pages to get you ready for baby with all the supplies, thank you reminders and after the baby is born record sheets to fill out with later. I have saved this book for my children in there keepsake boxes and I am sure they will enjoy them when they are grown!

5-0 out of 5 stars What to expect when your expecting pregnancy organizer
This was the best place to keep ALL of my pregnancy information. It's a small & easy to carry book that is easy to use. It has a place to write questions for my next OB appt, as well as lab results, baby registration planning, and even the phone list of people to call after baby's born. I loved having everything in one place. It was not bulky at all, and is quite durable (didn't get ruined being tossed in my work bag etc)

5-0 out of 5 stars Must HAVE! For any Pregnancy!
I was very impressed when I received this item. I bought it online with out having a full idea of what it really was, but it sounded like it would be beneficial, plus with the book it is based from is a highly rated & recommended book.. I am extremely impressed. This book is worth twice the price!

Starts off with an organized area to record all your medical info that you WILL need through this 9 month adventure! Has some entry areas for personal thoughts on what you felt when you discovered, etc.. very sweet.

Records for your visits, between visit calls etc.. excellent and organized! financial record for medical services.

Each section is divided by a cardstock page seperating sections: Prenatal care, pregnancy journal, getting ready for baby, getting ready for childbirth, and baby's arrival!

This is a sensational book! ENJOY!

the cover is laminated paper, and a spiral binding.. lightweight and small and convenient to take everywhere! I LOVE IT!!

4-0 out of 5 stars One for Each Pregnancy!
I have used this pregnancy organizer for my first two children and will use it again with my upcoming 3rd. This journal to me has soo much more to it than other journals I've seen around. They have actually become a keepsake for the children later!

3-0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed
I was looking for this kind of journal. I guess I got exactly what I wanted but I am still a little disappointed. I just feel that this book is a little unorganized. It doesn't have any way of quickly accessing the pages you might need in a hurry. It would be much better if each chapter had tabs on it or something. I am actually going to add tabs of my own to it. It doesn't have a calendar in it either. It does have lots of space to record just about everything! I am defiently going to use it throughout my pregnancy but I just need to improve it a bit. It is small so it will fit into your purse easily but if your like me my purse already feels like its loaded with bricks so even this will be a burden to me. If it had a calendar in it I could dump my old one and replace it with this but like I said it doesn't. I guess its worth the money to have a place to record everything but this isn't a date book or an organizer. Just so your aware. ... Read more

136. Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up's Guide to Getting over Narcissistic Parents
by Nina W. Brown
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Resource
As a therapist, this is a book I would recommend to appropriate clients. Of particular help, Dr. Brown confirms that the narcissist is not likely to change because they are incapable of seeing anything is wrong with their behavior. Therefore, it is not the child's responsibility to help the parent change; the child has to focus on what they can control, i.e. themselves. Among the helpful strategies, I also appreciated her candid descriptions of anticipated responses by parents and how to handle them. While there are a few typos and it is not the best edited text, these concerns reflect the editor, and not Dr. Brown's content. There are relatively few resources on this subject and this is one of the better ones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't let your perfectionism keep you from reading it!
Some of the other reviewers have pointed out that this book has grammatical errors. While this is true, please don't let the perfectionism that is an inherant part of growing up with a narcissistic parent prevent you from reading and benfitting from this book.

This book goes through a relatively quick but thorough diagnostic process to help you determine whether your parent was a narcissist, and then makes its single most important point:

THEY ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE. Nothing you can do, or could have done, would make a difference.

The remaining 2/3rds of the book is about coping, protecting yourself, and recovering from narcissistic abuse. This is what you CAN DO to make the rest of your life happier and healthier. Get the book, silence the critic inside your head, and get going on getting better!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hit every nerve and is so helpful
This book is amazing. I did not know what was wrong and thought it was me. I did a checklist and checked every box except one. This has helped me understand and I am on my way to feeling good about myself and not always thinking of others first. I am finally taking care of me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
My mother has narcisstistic-histrionic personality disorder, an intensely pathological condition far more destructive than the type of narcissists this book addresses. I already knew much of what was in the book, in terms of identifying a narcissist (no doubt in her case, as she had been diagnosed by multiple therpists). The impacts of having a parent with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are similar to what is described in the book (again, no news for me) but the suggestions for recovery are too basic and simplistic for someone with a parent with NPD. I did not find at all the relief I hoped for in reading about others who had experienced what I had gone through.

5-0 out of 5 stars worth a read if you're affected...
Given the talent that narcissists have for making you feel that (1) it's all your fault or (2) it's your imagination, this is a very nice read that will make you feel that you aren't crazy. It also will help you realize that your needs are legitimate.
The book fleshes out the dimensions of a narcissistic personality, not in a coldly clinical way but in a matter-of-fact way that uses ordinary language. As for the typos that another reviewer commented on, I didn't notice them. I'm a journalist, and I thought the author succeeded in using concise and easily understood words. She also succeeded in giving some very useful tips for dealing with a narcissist. Most of us have been taught that it's best to be truthful, to say so if we've been hurt by someone else; we've learned that this is the healthy and responsible way to behave. Not so, if you're around a narcissist, as this book will explain; it's better if you DON'T let on that the narcissist has affected you, because you'll likely be criticized for being too sensitive. If you KNOW a narcissist, you ALREADY know that it's best not to let your feelings show, and you already know that the standard advice that well-meaning friends might give, won't work. This book will give you some advice that DOES work, and it will also validate your perceptions of what it's like to be around a narcissist. At 180 pages, this book is not the be-all and end-all, but it's quite helpful, and I wouldn't miss it. If your parent is a narcissist, you might also benefit by looking at the book "Stop Walking on Eggshells," a book that deals with those who have borderline personality disorder. Not all narcissists have the disorder, but a good number do, and it's worth checking out if you're in a relationship that's "all about them," and where you are discounted. Particularly check out this additional title if the narcissist in your life is emotionally volatile, given to rages and emotional abuse, and has their own view of reality that doesn't match how you recall things. Both titles will help you treat the narcissist in your life as decently as possible, while also helping you preserve your own mental health, too. ... Read more

137. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
by Anne Lamott
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Catlog: Book (1994-04-12)
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The most honest, wildly enjoyable book written about motherhood is surely Anne Lamott's account of her son Sam's first year. A gifted writer and teacher, Lamott (Crooked Little Heart) is a single mother and ex-alcoholic with a pleasingly warped social circle and a remarkably tolerant religion to lean on. She responds to the changes, exhaustion, and love Sam brings with aplomb or outright insanity. The book rocks from hilarious to unbearably poignant when Sam's burgeoning life is played out against a very close friend's illness. No saccharine paean to becoming a parent, this touches on the rage and befuddlement that dog sweeter emotions during this sea change in one's life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book!
My partner bought this book for me just days before our son was born. I read it during the idyllic yet anxious days following his birth. I admit that although I had heard of Anne Lamott, I had never read any of her work. I soon found that I'd been missing out! I am totally in awe of her writing ability and her unflinching honesty about the joys and difficulties of being a new parent. Another reviewer called her writing "self absorbed," but I would strongly disagree with that judgment. I believe it is a gift to know yourself as well as Anne Lamott obviously knows herself. It takes a great deal of courage to bare your soul to the world without fear or embarrassment as Ms. Lamott does in this book. If more people approached life with this kind of self-knowledge and honesty, I think we would all be a lot happier with each other and ourselves. This is a beautiful book, not just for new parents but for all parents. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than all my girlfriends put together
My mother and my best friend each gave me a copy of this book a week after my daughter was born. I read it as I nursed, savoring each section and not wanting it to end. Since none of my girlfriends were mothers, I felt entirely alone in the world except for Anne Lamott; I depended on her to voice my rage, joy, fear, and love. I wished to God that I'd had a support system like she had. I'll never forget driving to the store a week after my daughter was born; in about 20 minutes, the "jungle drums" that Anne wrote about began pounding in my brain -- gotta get home!!! It was so fresh and real and clear, and helped get me through the most difficult period of my life. Thank you, Anne, from the bottom of my heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written -- a fun quick read
I enjoyed this book much more than the "Girlfriend's Guide". It's funnier and more intelligently written. The book is a journal of the author's first year as a single parent. The book focuses on the insanity and joy of that year and includes some of the best descriptions ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Mother
I absolutely loved this book!! It was so sweet, and yet so honest that you almost felt like you were going through the first year of motherhood with the author. Sam is a lucky little boy to have Anne for a mommy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For New Moms
A friend sent me this book when I was pregnant, but I didn't get around to reading it until after my son was born. I have savored each and every little bit of reading I've been able to fit in between feedings and sleeping. I am sad that I've finished it, so I've started reading it again! Like most new moms, it's nice to get reassurance that you're not the only one feeling like you're losing your marbles. It's also nice to know we are having the same thoughts. I pray every night that the universe takes care of my son. I'm frightened to death some stupid teenager is going to run him over, I'm frightened of all of the things I have no control over. Anne has a way of taking all of the fears and spinning them with such wit and humor, I found myself laughing at the absurdity of it all! This book has helped me cope with those dark fears. ... Read more

138. The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs
by Stephen Pavuk, Pamela Pavuk
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5-0 out of 5 stars A True Heirloom
After receiving this book from my adult daughter, I began filling in the pages. So many wonderul memories were relived with each question that I answered. I began thinking, this book would make a true heirloom if given as college graduation gifts. The graduates are at a turning point in their lives. They have lived most of their youth and they have experienced a great many trials and tribulations. What better time then now to enscribe them in this wonderful thought provoking book. Yet, they have so many good years ahead of them that they can record not only yesterday's memories, but today's and then tomorrows. In essence this is a running account of their lives.

What a fantastic gift to pass on to one's children.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best gift I've ever given (from my mother-in-law!).
I got this book for my mother-in-law and she loves it. The first day she had it, she spent almost the entire day writing. She's told all of her friends and they are now wanting the book for themselves and their parents who may still be living. What better way to tell someone you care than to let them know you want to know all about their lives and want your children to know as well, so it will never be forgotten how wonderful they are. Now the only problem is, which grandchild gets the book when she's done!

2-0 out of 5 stars I believed all the reviews here
I bought this as a gift, directly from Amazon, without having seen the book. The recipient, an avid scrapbooker and saver of poems and all things written, photographic, and sentimental (she uses large books herself, and is a devoted mom and teacher), didn't respond in the favorable way I'd anticipated based on the reviews here, combined with her personality and interests. I don't think she'll be using this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a list of what to ask.
I received this book for Christmas - my friend knows I have kept a journal since I was 12 - so it was a "just perfect" gift for me. What I like about it is that it lists all the questions you would like to ask, but have never got around to asking of anyone precious in your life. I am going to send a copy to my 89-year old godmother - because there is so much I would like for her to tell us. We're also going to use it as a tool for the video we are making of her - the questions and segments are perfect for a project like that. In a future edition, I would recommend more questions or segments for those with non-traditional lives - multiple marriages, foster families, gay relationships, etc. But this is definitely a start in the right direction and there are plenty of blank pages to fill in your own unique events, life experiences, and thoughts.

3-0 out of 5 stars Capacious, exhaustive, but badly organized
I was impressed by the thickness of this volume; I wasn't expecting anything quite this big. And each page has lots of lines on it. But each question is given a relatively small space for the answer to fit in, and there is absolutely no way to find a particular question, or a particular topic, without reading the entire book and putting post-it notes in as bookmarks. I would have loved an index at the end, or a table of contents to the sections. Also, parts of it are really excessively sentimental - not everyone who's filling out one of these reads Simple Abundance compulsively, and the authors don't seem to realize that. ... Read more

139. Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
by Temple Grandin, Kate Duffy, Tony Attwood
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Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
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This career planning guide is written specifically for high-functioning adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, their families, teachers, and counselors. The two authors weave together a unique blend of information and advice based on personal experiences. Temple Grandin draws from her own experience with autism spectrum disorders and her professional career, and Kate Duffy uses her expertise on employment issues and the mother of two teenagers with autistic-like behaviors. The result is an extremely useful and practical book that introduces step-by-step processes for the job search with a major section on the impact ASD has in the workplace, including managing sensory problems, how to nurture and turn talents and special interests into paid work, jobs that are particularly suited to individuals on the spectrum, and much more. First-hand accounts of job experiences and advice from individuals representing a broad range of careers particularly suited for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum round off this exciting new resource. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Ways to use special interests for people with ASD/AS!
I have read all three of Temple Grandin's books. Each offers a different look at what it is like to experience Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In "Developing Talents" Grandin provides the readers with insight into how parents and educators can assist people with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome (HFA/AS)achieve success.

Presented in an easy to read format,this book focuses on using one's strengths, natural talents, and special interests to gain
employment and lead successful lives. This book offers helpful strategies to promote such things as addressing sensory needs in the workplace as well as creating a portfolio to showcase one's talents.

In today's society, having marketable job skills is a must. This book gives a proactive look at some of the challenges faced by people with HFA/AS. It is important for parents and educators to introduce the concepts of the book early in the educational careers of these students as the skills are life skills in addition to career skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fills a much needed void!
As a parent of an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome, I found this book easy to read and understand, with practical how-to instructions and guidelines for preparing my son to enter the work force. I really liked the emphasis on developing social and communication skills that are found throughout the book. This is one I will recommend to friends and relatives as well as my son's educators. ... Read more

140. Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle
by William Campbell Douglass
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Asin: 1885236077
Catlog: Book (1992-02-01)
Publisher: Second Opinion Publishing
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3-0 out of 5 stars Effective periodontal treatment
Recently I developed periodontal disease around my rear molars in an area where previously impacted wisdom teeth that had been removed caused damage to the molars below the gum line. This left pockets that collected food particles and eventually led to a periodontal infection that was painful at times. My dentist referred me to a periodontist who recommended packing antibiotics below my gum line. Unfortunately, the periodontist was not sure that the treatment would succeed and he thought the affected teeth would likely have to be extracted.

Before reading his book I had read some of Dr. Douglass' claims for hydrogen peroxide. I was familiar with hydrogen peroxide from the pulp and paper industry, where as a chemical engineer I have used it in bleaching pulp as an environmentally friendly alternate to chlorine bleach. Fearing that I had little to loose, I decided to try hydrogen peroxide. Thinking about how to get it below the gum line into the infected area, I decided to try a water-pic (which I later read about in Dr. Douglasses' book). I performed the treatment twice daily for the first two weeks, then nightly for three weeks, thereafter intermittently.

My dentist was amazed that I was able to cure such a bad infection.

I would be interested in hearing from anyone else who has tried this method, whether your results were successful or not.

Alternative medicine is risky and I urge anyone experimenting with it to do enough research to determine if what you are considering is safe and if better conventional treatments exist.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an important health resource book for the home.
This book cites frequent research statistics for the use of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) going back over a hundred years. The efficacy of H2O2 to fight bacterial infections is well documented. The author also explains how the human body requires more oxygen than is now available in our atmosphere.

The author also gave many case examples of how H2O2 was used to help patients with a variety of illnesses.

This reader suffered from acid reflux for years, and tried everything from OTC antiacids to the latest and most expensive prescription antiacids, none of which helped much.

After reading elsewhere that acid reflux was believed to be caused by bacteria, I drew my own conclusions, and started taking 10 drops of H2O2 three times a day in a glass of water. After three weeks I realized I wasn't bothered by the acid reflux anymore. That was four years ago and I thank Dr. Douglas for writing this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have Tried it !
I am a retired veterinarian that caught Bangs Disease Or Undulant Fever while doing a C-section on a cow in Oklahoma during my internship in 1973. Fifteen years later I developed a bone abscess in my right humerus below a site where that bone was broken as a child. The bone had a hole in it about the size of a dime and became very weak when attempting any kind of manual work.

Diagnosis was very elusive and required much travel. Finally a Regional Referral Center determined it was not cancer but I had to resort to the local salebarn veterinarian for a card test to make the diagnosis. Specialty Labs in California confirmed the diagnosis. They said I had the highest antibody levers ever tested on a human.

Information in Dr. Douglas's Book allowed me to cure the infection and the radiologist said that the case should be written up in the medical literature but I would have to do it if it ever got done.

Thank you, Dr. Douglas, for your book that will help so many people if they search long enough to find it.
William H. Hall, DVM

3-0 out of 5 stars I Liked it
I liked it and for those interested in the subject. Go get a copy of Ed McCabe's book, Flood Your Body with Oxygen. This is another book for the health library. I could not put it down.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pseudoscience
This is yet another example of pseudoscience presenting as fact things that just can't be shown. Hydrogen peroxide, or free oxygen radicals, are intracellular poisons. If you possess a mutation preventing its enzymatic degredation, you DIE. Free radicals have been linked to all sorts of things, from aging, to the DNA damage that causes cancer.

If you want to try H2O2 therapy, be my guest, but other than its usage as a cleaning agent for cuts and abrasians (for which I've used it often myself), it's magical medicinal properties are somewhat nonexistent. Unless, of course, you're considering the often documented placebo affect, which can be quite significant. I know this review is gonna get lots of negative votes, but so be it. Dr. Douglass is laughing all the way to the bank, and it's your money he's holding. ... Read more

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