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Books, Audio and Movies of Interest

ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY



        Atlas of Human Anatomy, by Frank H. Netter

Atlas of Human Anatomy uses Frank H. Netter, MD's detailed illustrations to demystify this often intimidating subject, providing a coherent, lasting visual vocabulary for understanding anatomy and how it applies to medicine. This fifth edition features a stronger clinical focus-with new diagnostic imaging examples--making it easier to correlate anatomy with practice. Student Consult online access includes supplementary learning resources, from additional illustrations to an anatomy dissection guide and more. Netter. It's how you know.

      Job's Body, by Deane Juhan

Juhan examines the physiology and psychology of our response to touch, combining excellent illustrations with a detailed but readable technical discussion. Individual sections conclude with his position that through body work, "heightened self-awareness and improved control over conditioned responses" will improve our health and reduce our Job-like suffering. Although Juhan is a professional body worker at Esalen Institute, he does not describe the techniques used and readers will have to test his claims themselves. Recommended for comprehensive collections on human physiology.





      Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, by Travell and Simons

Travell and  Simons spent a lifetime studying the patterns and treatment of muscular and soft tissue pain in patients. It is a specialty in itself, and provides an amazingly detailed review of anatomy. These books are the bible on the subject .The more one knows of this field, the more revelations one gets into those difficult chronic pain patients.





     Craniosacral Therapy, by John Upledger

Craniosacral Therapy is the most practical, comprehensive textbook in this rapidly growing field of therapy involving the cranial bones, meningeal membranes, cerebrospinal fluids, and whole-body connective tissues.

Craniosacral Therapy defines the physiology and anatomy of the craniosacral system, its function in health, and relationship to disease processes. It provides practical instruction in developing and extending palpatory skills which will greatly benefit all forms of manipulation, as well as basic physical diagnosis.




  
Craniosacral Therapy Touchstone for Natural Healing, by John Upledger

This delightful and thoroughly readable book expands on concepts originally presented in "Your Inner Physician and You" to offer new insights into the promise of CranioSacral Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy: Touchstone for Natural Healing is packed with fresh information, and uses poignant case stories of restored health: a five-year old autistic boy, a man with Erb's palsy, a woman with a 15-year history of headaches, and many more.







ILLNESSES and  INJURIES


   Trauma, an Osteopathic Approach, by Jean Pierre Barral DO


This well-researched, richly illustrated book begins with an overview of the biomechanics of trauma and whiplash. The authors demonstrate how an osteopathic-based mechanical approach to trauma can be applied to the entire body, with a special focus on the phenomenon of whiplash. From here they move on to a functional-anatomical approach, focusing on the skull and other aspects of the central nervous system, as well as the structures that surround and protect it. Finally, they view trauma from the perspective of how it affects the different tissues and systems of the body, including the osteoarticular, visceral, and vascular systems, and the various sequelae that can occur in each of these systems.


Having presented an osteopathic interpretation of trauma, the authors apply some of their own unique methods of osteopathic diagnosis, particularly with regard to those structures that are often affected by trauma: the dural tube, cranial sutures, craniofacial membranous junction, mediastinum, and spleen. The book concludes with a description of manual techniques devised by the authors to treat some of the more recalcitrant sequela of trauma.





  Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrom, by Dr. James Wilson

Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome is a self-help lifesaver for everyone who regularly experiences any of the above or any of the many other signs of stress described in the book. Stress related adrenal fatigue often plays a role in many health conditions, such as frequent infections, chemical sensitivities, allergies, autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, menopause and PMS, thyroid function imbalances, chronic fatigue syndrome, low libido, chronic anxiety, and mild depression.



   The Arthritis Cure, by Jason Theodosakis MD

Since its original publication in 1996,
The Arthritis Cure has swept the nation, providing amazing relief for the millions who suffer chronic arthritis pain. By outlining a nine-point program that includes a new effective supplement, ASU, The Arthritis Cure Revised Edition describes a program that can halt, reverse, and possibly even cure degenerative osteoarthritis.

Based on the most recent and cutting-edge medical research, this invaluable resource promises readers:

--The latest research indicating that prescription arthritis drugs are not only expensive but can also be dangerous--they can raise blood pressure and damage the kidneys.
--New studies supporting the use of glucosamine and chondroitin to treat arthritic symptoms.
--Dr. Theodosaki's ratings of the current glucosamine products on the market, including which supplements are worth buying and which supplements are a waste of money.
--An all-new and improved exercise program for people with arthritis.
--The latest information on related conditions such as fibrmyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.





   Arthritis, Safe Alternatives Without Drugs, by Leon Chaitow

This guide examines the causes of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and outlines an effective self-help program based on natural treatments.






   The Thyroid Solution, by Ridha Arem

Arem, a clinical endocrinologist and researcher, says that 20 million Americans (one in ten) have a thyroid disorder. He argues that millions more suffer from undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction and the resulting mental and physical symptoms. Arem clearly and extensively examines the fundamentals of thyroid disease, including diagnosis and therapy, although his focus is on the significance of the thyroid in cognition and emotionAthe mind/body connection. Arem's thesis, derived from mainstream medicine but illustrated throughout by anecdotal reports, is that abnormal thyroid hormone production and dispersal can lead to health problems that range from the psychiatric to ophthalmologic. However, he may be overstating the case when he suggests that thyroid disturbances can underlie depression, anxiety, decreased motivation, and sexual difficulties even in those with normal blood tests. Further, he asserts that thyroid hormone is a bona fide antidepressant. Although thyroid hormone regulation can be important, it isn't the answer to all problems. This book should be of interest to those with thyroid disease; for others, it provides appropriate encouragement to remind their physicians to consider thyroid issues.




   Freedom From Fibromyalgia, by nancy Selfridge MD

Physician Selfridge and self-help author Peterson are former fibromyalgia (FMS) patients who credit their recovery to a program based on the work of Dr. John Sarno (The MindBody Prescription). The authors believe "rogue" brain chemicals are the culprits behind the all-over body pain of FMS. Since there are no pills to combat these chemicals, the authors have developed a five-week, self-directed recovery program based upon mind-body principles. The book is divided into three parts: "Understanding Fibromyalgia," "Tools To Battle Fibromyalgia," and "The Five-Week Plan To Battle Fibromyalgia." The structured program the authors have developed focuses on meditation, journal writing, and self-talk aimed at creating a psychological awareness of the emotions, thoughts, and feelings that produce pain in the body. The chapter on meditation is too brief, but the authors suggest additional resources to supplement their information. The writing style is positive and easy to understand, the charts and worksheets are helpful, and the information is based upon sound principles of behavioral change. A "Notes" section serves as the book's references; a list of resources suggests books, web sites and Internet groups; and a list of tools for initiating the five-week program is provided.






NUTRITION




   Know Your Fats, by Mary G. Enig, PhD

While this book is primarily for the layman, it provides a sufficient detailed overview of lipid biology, biochemistry and physiology that professional readers will find it very useful. Anyone seeking an understanding of the role that dietary fats play in human health and disease should give this a read. It is easy to understand , with many illustrations and useful tables that not only facilitate an understanding of the material covered, but serve as a source of information for future reference. It provides an in-depth discussion of the many facts and fantasies regarding dietary fats and oils.




   Sugar Blues, by William Duffy

This book was written many years ago but the information that it provides is still valid. Sugar is still causing sickness to many millions of people. The author starts with the history of sugar and its health and economical consequences on many nations and societies. The author cites many medical references about the sugar consumption and the health recovery that many people experienced when they eliminated this sugar addiction from their diet. This book is necessary for anyone interested in their health.




  Staying Healthy with Nutrition, by Dr. Elson Haas


This is a nutritional Bible. The 21st-century edition of this groundbreaking work by Dr. Elson Haas with Dr. Buck Levin presents the most current health and nutrition information available in an easy-to-use format with a friendly, engaging tone. Decades of practical experience and scientific research are compiled into one encyclopedic volume that features newly expanded chapters on special supplements, lifestage programs, and breakthrough medical treatment protocals for conditions including fatigue, viral illnesses, weight management, and mental and mood disorders such as anxiety, ADHD, and depression.PART ONE gives a detailed analysis of The Building Blocks of nutrition: water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and oils, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.PART TWO evaluates Foods and Diets, discussing every food group and most diets around the world. A special chapter on the environment and nutrition raises awareness and offers guidance about food additives, industrial chemicals, food irradiation, electropollution, and other health and ecological issues.PART THREE brings all of this nutritional information together, showing readers how to make wise and commonsense choices while Building a Healthy Diet. A personalized eating plan for the year, The Ideal Diet is both seasonally and naturally based, and a healthy lifelong diet.PART FOUR contains specific nutritional and lifestyle therapies for enhancing all stages of life and suggests treatments for common conditions and diseases such as aging, menopause, bone loss, weight loss, and cancer by focusing on Nutritional Applications: 32 Special Diet and Supplement Programs.Anyone interested in enhancing wellness, eating right, treating illness naturally, and living in harmony with nature will find Staying Healthy with Nutrition to be the ultimate handbook for optimal health and vitality.






PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT


   Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, by Karol Truman

Karol Truman has brought together in one book, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die...the best of the best. She not only tells you why you feel the way you feel, but how these feelings all started. She then goes on to tell you how YOU can easily transform these undesirable feelings so that they no longer hinder your growth.






    Aphrodite's Daughters, by Jalaja Bonheim

Join Jalaja Bonheim on a fascinating journey of exploration as she invites dozens of women from a wide range of spiritual traditions and backgrounds to tell the stories of their sexual experiences. By sharing our stories, and by contemplating them in the context of the spiritual journey, we begin to heal centuries of repression and shame and rediscover the innocence and beauty of sexual pleasure. The stories gathered in this extraordinary book open our eyes to the rarely acknowledged power of sexual experience to serve as spiritual teacher and guide.







    Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich
has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one.






   The Four Agreements, by Miguel Ruiz

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.







   The Law of Attraction, by Esther and Jerry Hicks


This book presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Within these pages, you'll learn how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe, thei Law of Attraction. /i(that which is like unto itself is drawn). You've most likely heard the saying "Like attracts like," "Birds of a feather flock together," or "It is done unto you as you believe" (a belief is only a thought you keep thinking); and although the iLaw of Attraction /ihas been alluded to by some of the greatest teachers in history, it has never before been explained in as clear and practical terms as in this latest book by iNew York Times /ibest-selling authors, Esther and Jerry Hicks.p Learn here about the omnipresent iLaws/i that govern this Universe and how to make them work to your advantage. The understanding that you'll achieve by reading this book will take all the guesswork out of daily living. You'll finally understand just about everything that's happening in your own life as well as in the lives of those you're interacting with. This book will help you to joyously be, do, or have anything that you desire!





   The Astonishing Power of Emotions, by Esther and Jerry Hicks

If it can be said that most men and women lead lives of quiet desperation, it should be said also that those quiet lives are punctuated by frequent, unpredictable eruptions of out-of-control emotions. Spiritual teachers Esther and Jerry Hicks, guided by the teachings of the Non-Physical entity Abraham, believe that can be changed by tranquil contemplation of what those emotions can tell us. A simple guide to opening your own doors of perception.






   
 
I don't want to talk about it, overcoming the secret legacy of male depression, by Terrence Real


Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men — that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression's "un-manliness." Problems that we think of as typically male — difficulty with intimacy, workaholism, alcoholism, abusive behavior, and rage-are really attempts to escape depression. And these escape attempts only hurt the people men love and pass their condition on to their children.

This groundbreaking book is the "pathway out of darkness" that these men and their families seek. Real reveals how men can unearth their pain, heal themselves, restore relationships, and break the legacy of abuse. He mixes penetrating analysis with compelling tales of his patients and even his own experiences with depression as the son of a violent, depressed father and the father of two young sons.





MEDITATION AND GROUNDING




  
Healing from the Core: A Journey Home to Ourselves,  7 CD audio set, by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana


This audio series is unequaled. It will teach you to feel and understand your energy flow, an how to rejuvenate and nourish yourself. It will also help you heal your mental and emotional blocks and help you to create healthy boundaries, allowing you to feel more deeply connected to the world without burning out. You will return to your center, even under stress and discover how to bring more joy into your daily life.







     Roadmap to Enlightenment, by Dr. Mihn Vo

What is the purpose of your life? Why have you come here? Is there a God, Buddha, Allah, or some higher power that exists to watch over you? Is there a force or karma that determines whether you are deserving of greatness of failure in this lifetime, and where you will go in the afterlife? The mysteries, secrets, and answers to these perplexing questions are found within the understanding of what you really are, beyond your physical body and your personal identity-they are found within the unfolding of your spirit. It is now possible to find out about the age-old questions that have remained a mystery since humans first gained conscious thought, and better yet, to know more about yourself and your incredible potential.






     Kundalini Risin, by Various experts

You have within you a latent energy waiting to transform your life. Known as "kundalini," this legendary power is believed to catalyze spiritual evolution. But is kundalini real? And if so, how can we engage this energy to awaken our consciousness? For centuries, the secrets of kundalini have been guarded by masters and buried in esoteric texts around the globe. Kundalini Rising brings together 24 illuminating essays by some of today's most prominent voices to demystify this mysterious phenomenon. From personal accounts and yogic practices, to brain research and historical perspectives, this compelling anthology weaves together both the mystical and practical perspectives on the rise of kundalini energy to help support your own spiritual discovery.

Contributors include:

Lawrence Edwards, PhD Bonnie Greenwell, PhD Bruce Greyson, MD Gene Keiffer Penny Kelly Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, PhD Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD Gopi Krishna Olga Louchakova David Lukoff, PhD Andrew B. Newberg, MD Stuart Perrin John Selby Stuart Sovatsky, PhD Swami Sivananda Radha Dorothy Walters, PhD John White Whitehawk Barbara Harris Whitfield Charles L. Whitfield, MD Ken Wilber





   Anatomy of Spirit, by Caroline Myss, PhD

Anatomy of the Spirit is the boldest presentation to date of energy medicine by one of its premier practitioners, internationally acclaimed medical intuitive Caroline Myss, one of the "hottest new voices in the alternative health/spirituality scene" (Publishers Weekly). Based on fifteen years of research into energy medicine, Dr. Myss's work shows how every illness corresponds to a pattern of emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and attitudes that have influenced corresponding areas of the human body.

Anatomy of the Spirit also presents Dr. Myss's breakthrough model of the body's seven centers of spiritual and physical power, in which she synthesizes the ancient wisdom of three spiritual traditions-the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments, and the Kabbalah's Tree of Life-to demonstrate the seven stages through which everyone must pass in the search for higher consciousness and spiritual maturity. With this model, Dr. Myss shows how you can develop your own latent powers of intuition as you simultaneously cultivate your personal power and spiritual growth.






ENERGY MEDICINE





   Full Body Presence, by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

This book provides the necessary “how to” skills for you to become a steady container in which your own, and other people’s healing processes can unfold. Knowing how to develop a strong, reliable therapeutic presence is a vital skill for those of us in care giving roles or in a health care practice.

The included audio has three new guided explorations for self-healing and developing full body presence – you’ll learn everything from how to take a baseline measure of where you are in any given moment; to how to fill and nourish yourself in a healthy manner; all the way to how to meet and disarm your own internal resistance to being fully present - so you can feel your freedom and fluidity to manifest more of what you want in your world.






    Wheels of Light, by Rosalyn Bruyere

Wheels of Light explores the seven chakras, or energy centers, of the body with particular focus on the first chakra, which has to do with our basic life force, our physical bodies, and our sexuality.

Drawing on scientific research, Native American culture, the ancient traditions of the Egyptians and Greeks, the philosophies of the Hindus, and the religions of the East, Rosalyn L. Bruyere presents a unique perspective on the value and healing potential of the chakra system.






   Infinite Mind, by Valerie Hunt

This is a thoroughly researched, beautifully written BIBLE on the current concept of energy, collective consciousness, etc. Interesting reasoning on our connectedness and the power therein if used. This is a must read,must ponder and must adjust our lives kind of text, and "text" it surely is. Read it, its a gift to yourself.


Valerie Hunt's book, INFINITE MIND, is a classic in the field of human energy fields, or bioenergetics. The research described in INFINITE MIND is on the cutting edge of exploring what we know about human energy fields. Hunt's descriptions of experiments she's conducted with aura readers and physicists make fascinating reading. For example, Hunt shares her amazing findings in the "Mu Room," in which human subjects burst into tears when the electromagnetism of the air was depleted, and regained a sense of clear thinking when the electromagnetism of the air was increased. The Mu Room is a seven foot square shielded room located in the Physics department at UCLA, where the electromagnetic energy of the air can be altered without reducing its breathability (oxygen content). Other studies examine the energy fields of healers and the people they are healing, and the energy fields emanating from our bodies independent from our internal organs.






DEATH AND DYING



   Advice on Dying, and Living a Better Life, by the Dalai Lama

"Everyone dies, but no one is dead," goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a seventeenth-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience in life when we go to sleep, faint, or reach orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death").








INSPIRATIONAL NOVELS




  Veronika Decides to Die, by Paulo Coelho

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for:  youth and beauty, plenty of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.

Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn't kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.

The story follows Veronika through the intense week of self-discovery that ensues. To her surprise, Veronika finds herself drawn to the confinement of Villete and its patients, who, each in his or her individual way, reflect the heart of human experience. In the heightened state of life's final moments, Veronika discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before: hatred, fear, curiosity, love, and sexual awakening. She finds that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying, and at the eleventh hour emerges more open to life than ever before.




      The Zahir, by Paulo Coelho

The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who, despite her professional success and freedom from the conventional constraints of marriage, is facing an existential crisis. When she disappears along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover, the authorities question the narrator. Was Esther kidnapped, killed, or did she simply abandon a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn't have any answers but he has plenty of questions of his own." Then one day Mikhail, the man with whom Esther was last seen, finds the narrator and promises to take him to his wife. In his attempt to recapture a love lost, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.







     The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's society.


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