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How to Build a Girl
How to Build a Girl
by Caitlin Moran
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.00

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Johanna Morrigan, Fly Me!, 13 July 2014
This review is from: How to Build a Girl (Hardcover)
Heard the author Caitlin Moran on the radio a few weeks back. She's a laugh and a most entertaining interviewee who is clearly a media- savvy woman. A varied and talked about history. She is not averse to upset. She talked without a breath about her new book which is written in a stream of consciousness, what-comes-into-your-head-you-say sort of way. She writes well. The first pages start with her introducing the principal antagonist, a 14yrs old girl in a novel manner. Presumably just to get potential readers interested from the first pages. Say no more.

The interviewer on the radio liked the author and her book, and I do too. She has a notable voice and tells her stories well. Lots of laugh out loud material and you quickly get to like her central character (who she tells you isn't herself, in case you're thinking autographically). I don't believe her on this. Some of this must have happened around her..... it's just that she doesn't want somebody spotting themselves then calling their lawyer.

Moran has big hair and very dark eyebrows and is probably an Aries. She tells us anecdotally. "I once went into a meeting, and every woman put her a million-pound bag on the table. Then I'm there with my tote bag and anorak. And I'm like, well, I'm still the most important person in the room right now."

I haven't come across her before this novel but intend to read her earlier work now. This is a great read and I can recommend you give it a go.

Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures
Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures
by John Urry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars There Will be Blood, 28 Jun 2014
The referendum in Scotland made me read Urry's book. Oil revenue has always been a bone of contention for nationalists in the debate on whether Alba can go it alone financially. Oil producers are sites of huge wealth, huge inequalities, massive autocratic governments, militarization, corruption and much potential protest and resistance–perhaps excluding Norway?

Irrespective of the referendum's outcome, clearly oil and what it provides to a nation's wealth and stability is as much reliant on the multi-nationals who make the resource available as much as the country that owns the oil. Urry's book is an academic examination of both the political and societal implications of creating energy through oil.

Both corporations and politicians consistently exaggerate the size of their reserves. The official global estimates depend on this to plan ahead. In 2004 Shell over-estimated its reserves by 24 per cent. Can you ever trust a corporations accuracy when they regulate themselves and invest heavily in lobby groups to protect their own interests? Of course you cannot as history tells us time and again.

Maybe the estimates of oil reserves in the North Sea are wildly inaccurate. Were this to be the case Scotland's–and the UK's fiscal policy to a lesser extent–would be adversely skewed. We rely on science to provide accuracy to all these aspects but scientists have salaries paid for by those who benefit from their opinions. Join the dots.

The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success
The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success
by Andy McNab
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.00

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Wire up Your Brain without Blowing a Fuse, 4 Jun 2014
Read the book and then coincidently listened to Andy McNab plugging it on BBC Scotland. He has been told his brain has the 'empathy bit' missing so that it's easier to dispatch someone if you need to.....handy if you''re in the SAS. Boxers presumably are missing this 'empathy bit' too, alone with other professions where getting into someone's head is more of a liability than an asset. Kevin Dutton told Andy about the wiring components and neural links making up the brain. Kevin is a research neurobiologist who is an expert on compartmentalising brains and extrapolating insights into human behaviour.

Are you following this so far? Good. So Andy armed with this wiring map, goes off and interviews CEO's of corporations, mostly in the States. Seemingly most of these guys (any women?) have bits of the empathy regions missing too. So psychopaths are not found just with those who are locked up, in the Marines, boxers etc. You get them in the rank and file higher echelons of business, where it helps to be able to dismember somebody (or give then their P45 without a flicker of regret) and then go out to lunch and clinch the next contract.

The book examines lots of things about human behaviour from the fragmented perspective of a psychopath. Are there more vegetarian (Hitler) than carnivorous (Hannibal Lecter) psychopaths? Has he grasped another idea that the left brain is the practical, pragmatic, male, logical, linear, rational side, whereas the right provides the wiring for abstract, creative, feminine values (in the general sense), and significantly the 'wholistic' picture that life provides. Right brain is responsible for surveying the whole scene and channeling incoming data, bring it more directly in touch with the world. Paradoxically given the brain is a single entity, the Right usually knows what Left is doing, but the Left may know nothing about concerns outside its own spheres of interest. It may even refuse to admit their existence. Sounds promising so far?

When you're about to shoot someone it's the left brain that sees the target and considers wind velocity, distance and trajectory data. The left brain conversely is whispering in his ear. "What about your target's'll they feel when the body bag comes home?" How irritating to consider abstract implications.

Can you build in rapport and empathy in the brain of someone who is missing these at foetal development stage? The answers affirmative, according to Andy and Kevin. Some think left brain dominance is expressed as autism when taken as an extreme. Scary to think that a high % of corporate managers are autistic. But it does make sense in a sort of right brain way? Is Derek autistic...probably not.

Reading this book may blow your mind. Be warned!

Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter about Almost Everything
Think Like a Freak: How to Think Smarter about Almost Everything
by Steven D. Levitt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Laterally v2.0, 28 May 2014
Edward De Bono managed to churn out over 30 books based around a couple of central ideas based on 'Lateral Thinking'. The authors are doing 'Thinking Laterally v2.0.'

The book provides an endless supply of interesting questions based on data, then asks us to re-interpret the deductions made by the majority. Do you want to run with the herd or do you want to take the lateral thinking route? Examples on this? The pros and cons of breast-feeding; Fracking, and virtual currencies; Are married people happy or do happy people marry?; Get famous by thinking just once or twice a week; Our disastrous meeting with the future prime minister (aka David Cameron).

If you liked Freakonomics you'll most likely enjoy this latest offering. Hope they know when to stop flogging a dead horse though, unlike De Bono. Also if you want to use the stats in the most effective place to convert a penalty kick (football) then seemingly aim at the centre of the goal, which the goalkeeper will hopefully vacate in all but 17% of penalties taken.

Unless of course he's read 'Think like a Freak'.

The Art of HVT [DVD]
The Art of HVT [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Lintonbon DO
Price: 33.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HVT Technique is a Unique Skill, 27 April 2014
This review is from: The Art of HVT [DVD] (DVD)
Some of the most effective results a practitioner can get come from applying high velocity low amplitude thrust technique (HVT). The physiology behind this form of manual therapy doesn't get covered by Mr Lintonbon, there are several excellent texts that explore the relationship between joint dysfunction and its functional effects (see below).

This DVD is aimed at student level individuals and will be a useful addition to osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors who are learning the importance of developing 'tissue sensibility' and what is going on below the learner's fingertips. Only when a student has learnt the appropriate level of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology will the importance of palpation make sense.

This DVD can be recommended to those at the early stages of their learning curve and also to those who want to view an experienced teacher at work. Mr Lintonbon describes each technique carefully and uses a regional approach. All synovial joints are covered including the limbs, with the exception of the TMJ.

A master of osteopathy once told me that experienced practitioners should practice their art regularly to refine it. But it is knowing when to leave well alone that distinguishes the excellent from the average osteopath. I would guess this adage applies to all other therapists likewise.

This product is designed to compliment the E-books written by the same author, and I like the design of the project. It's important that the next generation of therapists continue to be adept with these skills. I hope this DVD will help to promote and maintain the use of HVT manual therapy as an effective and safe method to treat mechanical pain problems. This is an art that cannot be lost for those who will need it in the future.

Clinical Biomechanics of Spinal Manipulation by Herzog
Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists by Jones & Rivett
Functional Neurology for Practitoners of Manual Therapy by Beck
Somatovisceral Aspects of Chiropractic by Masarsky & Todres-Masarsky

Seeds of Deception & Gmo Trilogy (Book & DVD Bundle) [With CD/DVD]
Seeds of Deception & Gmo Trilogy (Book & DVD Bundle) [With CD/DVD]
by Jeffrey M. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who will Control Food Production?, 12 April 2014
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Jeffrey Smith is an expert on this subject (I’ve watched his video which over views his written work) and he is the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. He authored the world’s bestselling book on the health dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The author has counseled leaders from every continent, campaigned to end the use of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST), and influenced the first state laws in the United States regulating GMOs. Former US National Institutes of Health scientist Candace Pert (whose own work I like) describes the author as “the leading world expert in the understanding and communication of the health issues surrounding genetically modified foods.”

So I reckon when he says something, we need to listen and equally importantly, trust what he says is true.

His first book Seeds of Deception combines storytelling and investigative reporting. This second book on the subject, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods adds more information and fleshes out his argument for getting involved at grass roots level in our food production. It is a big book in terms of both its size and the technical info it offers the reader. Sure, its a technical book in parts, but it should be accessible to anyone who wants to grasp the biology of how we are trying to improve the natural cycle of foods we need to grow to live well.

Eating GMO foods has risks, lots of them. Smith includes 65 health dangers. These link GMOs in our food to toxic, allergic reactions, and infertility. How do we know this? Science uses animal studies to test ideas, so damage to virtually every internal organ studied in lab animals has been reported. Smith summarizes why GM foods need to become a food safety priority and we need to challenge some misinformation from GMO lobby groups.

The topic of how we develop and sustain our food sources is going to be an on-going issue for everyone. The material in Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods helps inform us on what the future may hold, and how best to feed our next generations.

The 10 Secrets Of 100% Healthy People: Some people never get sick and are always full of energy - find out how!
The 10 Secrets Of 100% Healthy People: Some people never get sick and are always full of energy - find out how!
by Patrick Holford BSc DipION FBANT NTCRP
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aiming for the Best of Health, 29 Mar 2014
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I have a heavy bias towards Patrick Holford's work as an expert in Nutrition. I like his approach to the subject which cuts through the technical stuff and gives current views on subjects like anti-oxididants, homocysteine and optimum nutrition. This sort of material is largely disregarded as invalid by mainstream nutritionists for reasons best known to themselves. This book looks intelligently at the subject of optimising not just our lifespan, but its quality.

Most of us don't want to live till 90 years of age if it comes with the price tag of Alzheimer's Disease or an extensive list of medications to maintain chronic ill health.

Anyone wanting to get some background into the subject of functional medicine can rely on Holford's books, including this one. You'll most certainly find his references up to date and comprehensive. His material is clearly outlined and makes the case for individualising what each person's optimal diet should be. Nutrition is part art and part science. That's probably why there is so much disagreement between authorities of equal status.

Reading some of the critics of this book suggests they may have had an agenda that coloured their subsequent review.

Three Magic Words: The Key to Power, Peace and Plenty
Three Magic Words: The Key to Power, Peace and Plenty
by Uell Stanley Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essays on a Deep and Ancient Wisdom, 26 Mar 2014
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Whether young or old this book will probably profoundly affect your sensibilities and introduce you to other ways of seeing the world and understanding your place in it. Comprising a series of 12 meditations on the essences that make us human, the author explores philosophy, religious experience, psychology and many less easy to define parts of consciousness. Reading the book for me evoked some of my favourite spiritual guides including Alan Watts, Kahlil Gibran, Krishnamurthi, and Waldo Emerson amongst others.

If you read the contents of this book and you aren't ready to fully absorb what Andersen is saying, then you will not have wasted your time. One day you will return to its pages and it will be ready for you, and you for it.

Nutritional Biochemistry
Nutritional Biochemistry
by Tom Brody
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 79.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is superb and 5 stars doesn't do it justice!, 17 Feb 2014
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If i knew someone who wanted an all-encompassing text that would take them from early stage nutrition to post-graduate level, then I would have no hesitation but to recommend this book. There are several texts that cover this subject but none do it with style and insight that this author possesses. It is a weighty tome but then again what do you expect if you want an A-Z on a subject as important as nutrition?

I just loved reading through this book. I've been interested in the subject for 30 years plus the rest, but I have rarely found a book as clear in its direction as Brody's. The author is a very knowledgeable writer and asks the reader to think about the subject from the inside out.

Biochemistry knowledge is probably a key to health and understanding all the nutritional headlines as promoted by the media. So few individuals realise this, or perhaps shy away from the subject because of its complex mix of chemistry, physics and biology. Not in everyone's comfort zone....

Nutritional Biochemistry is a comprehensive guide to the territory that Nutritional Science covers. You can safely invest in this exceptional book and start or continue your journey to understanding what health and 'optimal' health is all about.

My science book of 2014 has just been reviewed!

Cholesterol Clarity: What the Hdl is Wrong with My Numbers
Cholesterol Clarity: What the Hdl is Wrong with My Numbers
by Jimmy Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 24.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth!, 15 Feb 2014
There are already a number of books on the emotive subject of cholesterol and its role in heart disease and chronic illness. The interpretations that arise from the way we look at nutrition on health are central to the confusion. It's no surprise that those who (quite reasonably) ask their doctors the question "Is cholesterol bad for me, and do I really need to take a statin to ensure my blood levels of cholesterol stay as low as possible?" remain in the dark. Patients are becoming customers and need to take a level of responsibility for making decisions for themselves. This means getting educated on the subject.

This really fine book addresses all of the reasons why GP's, nutritionists and others in healthcare look at the subject differently, and come up with conflicting responses. I think that mainstream medicine needs to entirely re-think the way it educates doctors to prevent them from simply being drugs reps, promoting only the pharmacological option when someone presents with an illness.

One of the main reasons why the current diagnostic and treatment process needs to change is because it fails to address the underlying causes of illness. That needs lifestyle change and patient education skills to deliver better outcomes in the long term. The other reason for changing the system is that drugs are becoming more and more expensive and the NHS pharma bill is now out of control, escalating 3-4 times the rate of inflation (2013). We simply cannot afford the cost with such poor results.

The authors have some of the best authorities in the business contributing to their book. This makes for a concise and up to date cover of the subject for anyone wanting to get up to speed and get educated on nutrition in general, and cholesterol in particular.

Highly recommended.

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