Saturday Book Review: “Toxic Food Nation”

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Toxic Food Nation: Why the American Diet is Killing Us … and What We Can Do About It

by George M. Burnell, M.D.

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478775355

Synopsis*:

Toxic Food Nation; Why the American Diet Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It is a wake-up call to all Americans about the typical American diet, rich in processed foods, fat, sugar, salt, omega-6s, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and hundreds of untested chemicals. This diet triggers chronic inflammation in the body and brain, which leads to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, anxiety, mood and behavior disorders, and cancer. We are now faced with several questions about the safety and toxicity of the American diet. How harmful are these chemicals? Can we rely on the government and food industry to protect us from potential threats to our health? What can we do to protect ourselves?

Toxic Food Nation answers all these questions and tells you what the food and chemical industries don’t want you to know and why governmental agencies and elected officials remain silent on the subject. Our food supply is laced with dangerous toxic chemicals that will harm you and your loved ones for years to come unless you take action now. Toxic food is now the new tobacco. It took over two decades before the public accepted the fact that tobacco caused cancer. Meanwhile, plastics and pesticides in our food continue to stockpile in our issues for decades, eventually erupting into a full array of chronic diseases in midlife. In Toxic Food Nation Dr. Burnell shows you how to benefit from cutting-edge science, explaining how to protect and enhance your immune system, which is the key to overcome the devastating effects of chronic inflammation. Drawing from clinical and laboratory studies as well as the latest research around the world, Toxic Food Nation gives you a highly practical program of simple dietary recommendations to prevent disease and heal the symptoms that threaten you and your loved ones. In a clear and nontechnical language Dr. Burnell discusses the issues, choices and barriers to overcoming

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial to day-to-day well-being, as well as potentially saving a fortune in health care costs. Yet selecting healthy food is a challenge in the modern era of supermarkets filled with foods that are processed, high-calorie, high-fat, or low-nutrition! Toxic Food Nation discusses the chemicals commonly added to food, what to look for (or avoid!) in nutrition labels, the circumstances under which vitamin/mineral/dietary supplements can be toxic, and much more. Thoroughly accessible from first page to last, Toxic Food Nation is a “must-read”, highly recommended!

“…there are no studies supporting the use of colonics to enhance general health or provide cures for various ailments. In fact, potential side effects can be serious; they include nausea, diarrhea, life-threatening blood poisoning caused by contaminated equipment, […] inability to have bowel movements without colonic irrigation or enemas….”

reviewed on The Health Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

Dr. Burnell’s book, ‘Toxic Food Nation’, is an invaluable source of information about the toxic and medicinal properties of the food we consume.
Despite the book having an extensive amount of information, Dr. Burnell is able to explain complex subjects, backed up by the latest peer-reviewed research that a lay person can understand.
In today’s busy world where we may not have time to read ‘Toxic Food Nation’ cover-to-cover, in one sitting, the layout of the book allows me to open it to any area of interest, go to the grocery store, and change at least one food choice. By dinner time I am eating a meal that will be the first of many healthier dietary choices.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Burnell.

– Amazon Reviewer Craig H.

‘Toxic Food Nation’ is a comprehensive book on what’s bad and risky in the typical American diet today. Dr. Burnell has made this book very easy to read, and understand. He starts with a questionnaire that assesses whether your current diet puts your health at risk for future chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke and cancer) and compares it with a retake version of the same questionnaire after you finish the book.
At the end of each chapter you can follow a set of guidelines that will lead you to more healthy eating at your own pace. There is lots of invaluable information, well researched and backed by evidence peer reviewed studies up to 2016. You can always refer back to a given chapter or page you wish to tab for a revisit. Many of my pages are tabbed already. Our foods are becoming the good, the bad, and the ugly, due to so many toxins in processed and packaged foods, our water, and soil.
Organic is the way to go forward. Invest in good food now and save yourself the big extra bucks for medical care later on. Remember: It is never too late to start.

– Amazon Reviewer Elizabeth Ann Gomez


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Saturday Book Review: “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self”

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The Best Investment is Within One’s Self

by Carrie Register-Haley

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776871

Synopsis*:

My life coaching philosophy is grounded in the understanding that every individual is an innate expert in their own life realization. It is my fundamental belief that you possess the ability, expertise and knowledge to create and embody your own definition of success. Because happiness, self-defined success and peace are all at the core of your being; you just have to learn to invest time into tapping into it. Everyone that is willing to put energy into self-discovery has the capacity to obtain what you want. Since I value a holistic approach to coaching and believe the mind, spirit and body are the three pillars that ground us in our learning process. It is my responsibility as a coach to ask powerful questions to assist with identifying strategies for success, discovering self-empowering techniques, centering for self-discovery, and creating an environment for prosperity. I also believe in holding you accountable for moving towards your goals on the journey to success. So I urge you to contact me along your journey at drhaley@roi-coaching.com so together we can tap into your potential and bring forth a revelation of investment from this experience. This self-investment guide is designed to get you motivated in self-investment and potential realization. Being a Life Coach is who I am, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you. I believe that every person is perfectly imperfect and deserves the best me working to discover the best version of you.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

With her emphasis on self-empowerment being accessible to anyone and everyone, Carrie Register-Haley draws upon her years of experience and expertise as a mentor, a coach, a Human Resources Trainer, a Group Counseling Facilitator, a Victim Advocate, and a Back to School Event Coordinator to deftly write a self-help instructional guide that is impressively ‘reader friendly’ in tone, commentary, organization and presentation. Motivating, inspirational, practical, thoughtful and thought-provoking, “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self: Self-Investment Quick Tip Guide” is a potentially life-changing read that is very highly recommended for community library and counseling center Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self” is also available in a Kindle format ($8.99).

reviewed on The Self-Help Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what another reviewer is saying:

Superb! What an amazing step by step guide to investing in one’s self. The book is practical, easy to read, well thought out and written makes acheiveable points and references towards improving oneself. Dr. Registerhaley I can’t wait to see what you have in store next. Thank You for sharing your insight. Andrea L. Wingo

– Amazon Reviewer Amazon Customer


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Saturday Book Review: “No More Tears”

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No More Tears

by Joseph J. Sollish

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478779957

Synopsis*:

No More Tears tells the story of a young girl’s aspiration to be a movie star, and what her life becomes in the years after she first leaves her home in New Jersey to travel to Hollywood. Candace Donato lives in many places; Perth Amboy. New York, Century City, Los Angeles. Her “family” is all she lives for.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Written with a genuine flair for realism, “No More Tears” by novelist Joseph Sollish is a consistently compelling and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “No More Tears” is also available in a Kindle format ($3.99).

reviewed on The Fiction Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

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Enjoyed this book a lot! I really liked the main character Candace who is a loving person, often putting her own dreams aside to care for her family, forgiving them when they behave badly, and bouncing back after any setback. A good story!

– Amazon Reviewer Claudia Moore

A real page turner! The author writes with fantastic energy and pacing and will keep your attention from page one. I found myself rooting for Candace. A truly satisfying read.

– Amazon Reviewer Mrs R E Brierley


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Saturday Book Review: “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair”

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Untold Secrets About Auto Repair

by H. Odi

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478772040

Synopsis*:

Hezekiah Odi wants to save you from being ripped off on your next car repair! As an ASE automotive technician since 1993, he has been helping family, friends, and customers save big money with his trustworthy approach toward car repair. Some of his customers refuse to drop their car off for service if Hezekiah is off duty. He often receives cash tips from grateful customers, and one even gave him a car in appreciation for his hard work, honesty, and respect. Now Hezekiah wants to help even more people by exposing the secrets of automobile repair. In his easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide, he shares tips on what to look for in a repair shop; when to do it yourself and when to let an expert take over; and even how to teach teenage drivers to take good care of a car. He also covers the basics of preventive maintenance, simple repairs, and how to spot warning signs. With countless concrete tips and down-to-earth advice, all designed to save time and money, Untold Secrets About Auto Repair is a must-have for every car owner.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

 

Enhanced with the inclusion of numerous concrete tips and replete with down-to-earth advice, all of which is specifically designed to save time and money, “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair” is thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in tone, organization and presentation. “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair” will prove to be an enduringly popular and highly valued addition to personal and community library instructional reference collections

 

reviewed on The Automotive Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

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This book is an amazing book.It explained so many ways car owners has being exposing themselves in to unnecessary ripoffs. The book gives in details all signs to look for and way to correct it before it cost more money. The book further explain repair shop labor, how to find good repair shops, and other ways to save money on car repairs. This book in design for any body that has a driver license, or aspiring to get one.

– Amazon Reviewer olubunmi aina

This book has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge about cars. It is a MUST HAVE for anyone who owns an automobile. This book is especially helpful for women like me who tend to blindly seek out mechanics for repair work without knowing how simple or extensive the problem may be.

– Amazon Reviewer Lisa Johnson


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Saturday Book Review: “I Wonder: A Book for Children, Parents and other Grownups”

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I Wonder: A Book for Children, Parents and other Grownups by Jane Altman

I Wonder: A Book for Children, Parents and other Grownups

by Jane Altman

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478765820

Synopsis*:

This book is a treasure! It is unusual in its endearing and educational verses and illustrations for children and in its engaging and varied pieces for parents – and other grownups. The rhymes are appealing, the illustrations are wonderful and the writings range from heartfelt to very funny. All in all a must read.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

The author has written this book as if it were a poem. It will probably be recognized since it is similar to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Children will get into the swing of the book in no time. The beginning of each verse is a question about the different animals, such as, “How I wonder little bat, being blind in the dark, how you fly like that.” This allows the children to stop and think about it. The adults can talk about the bat and how it lives with the child. It’s a learning experience. With each verse there is a colorful illustration of the animal. There is a nice little page that has a frame where your child can put his or her own picture. Very cute. Then there is a magical fantasy story “The Glow-Stones” which allows children to see the magic where adults have a hard time slipping into that fantasy of magic.

In Part Two, there is poetry for the adults.Some are pieces about the future and how the child will feel when certain events happen.Some of the poems are on everyday things such as flowers. Then there is a funny piece which will make you chuckle and think. A wonderful book that is great to bring parent and child together for a reflection of the past and a look into the future. A book that every grown up and child should have on their book shelf to read and re-read.

I received this complimentary copy from the author, Jane Altman in exchange for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

reviewed by Gayle Pace of Books, Reviews, Etc ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

In “I Wonder,” Jane Altman has created a poem that children will feel is familiar from the start. It has a similar structure to that of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” that will help young readers easily catch on to the rhythm of the text. Each verse opens up the possibility for discussion about the various animals that are mentioned, elephants, mice, bats, etc. And the illustration for the final verse also allows the child to paste a photo of him/herself into the book and making it very personal. There is also a fantasy story titled “The Glow-Stones,” which portrays the ability of children to perceive the magical when adults only see the commonplace.

Within the second part of the book, Altman has a collection of poetry that is tailored for the adults in the family. Some are nostalgic in tone – pieces wondering over how children will grow up, how one would feel on the very last day of the one-hundredth year of life, or why youth fades away. Others reflect on more everyday occurrences such as admiring flowers or pondering why grass can be so much work to maintain. And then there is the comedic piece about an undergarment that t’aint fittin’ any longer. The whole book feels like a peek into someone’s journal and catching their changing moods from day to day.

This is a book meant to be read together and enjoyed together.

– The Fairview Review

Four out of five stars.

The first section of part one contains a series of four line rhymes that generally have the same rhythm, one that reminded me of the song “Twinkle twinkle little star.” The structure is an image referencing the rhyme on the left side with the text on the right. There are fourteen such items, all but the last referring to animals. The last one is designed to reference the young reader.

The next section of part one is a short story about a small village near the ruins of a very old castle. No one ever goes into it and no one seems to care about it. When a young man decides to leave the village and go out in the world, a stone in the castle glows at him, so he stops to grab it and then takes it with him. Something similar happens when a young woman also starts her journey out of the village.

The two people then marry other people and have children, the story continues after their deaths when their children are going through their belongings and find what appear to be nondescript stones. They all return to the ancestral village and the children then see things in the castle that their parents cannot.

Part two is given the designation that it is for the parents and grownups and is a set of short segments of more complex verse. There are rhymes having various orders where the matches occur. For example, the section of verse called “What to Do?” has three line segments where the first two lines rhyme as well as the third lines of sequential sections. They are designed to be read to children, they will sound pretty good if the proper intonation is applied.

This is a good book for children, one that children will enjoy having read to them, for they have a natural affinity for rhyming verse.

– Charles Ashbacher Reviews


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Saturday Book Review: “The Journey Begins: A Walk Of Faith”

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The Journey Begins A Walk of Faith by Lynn M. Strong

The Journey Begins:  A Walk Of Faith

by Lynn M. Strong

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776932

Synopsis*:

Spiritually fed, spiritually led and poetically said. When Lynn Strong found himself forced into early retirement at age 58, he felt utterly lost. In desperation, he turned to God and prayed for answers-for guidance on this unplanned detour. That day, he surrendered his all and vowed to serve the Lord as never before. The Journey Begins: A Walk of Faith is a collection of poetry that reflects Lynn’s personal and spiritual journey. Inspired by the Spirit as God led him each day, the poems are simple and accessible, yet filled with raw emotion and a joyful celebration of faith.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

There are times where knowing something about the context of a book makes it more enjoyable to read.  This short book, about 90 pages in length, was written by the author when he was put on early retirement at the age of 58, and struggled with feeling old and unappreciated, and having a hard time finding good work again.  What he did was something remarkable, and wonderful, and that is writing this particular short book and sharing with the appreciative readers of this book his own reflects and thoughts and poetry.  As someone who has read many books from this publisher [1], this book definitely gets self-publishing right, and that is by providing something other people are going to want to read.  There are a lot of people who struggle with growing older and being forced into early retirement, and this book is short enough and well-written enough that it would be a comfort to many people and an encouragement for them to write about their own thoughts and feelings and to share their own struggles with the negativity involved in feeling like the purposes of life have been reduced by a lack of work.

After an introduction, that explains the genesis of the author’s writings, this book consists of more than 40 reflections with a particular format, given a title and with three verses or short passages from the Bible, a commentary of one to three paragraphs, and a short poem made up of quatrains with an ABCB rhyme scheme that sound like the metrical psalms popular in many English-speaking Protestant churches.  The titles generally give a fair picture of the contents:  Help Us Lord, Old Age, Power Monday, Our Walk / Your Way, Keep The Faith, In The Press, and Thoughts In Mind are some examples of the contents provided in these pages.  The contents are all very straightforward–this is not deeply symbolic and mysterious poetry but rather direct and often didactic poetry written in the first and second person.  As someone who has read more than my fair share of really bad poetry, it is nice from time to time to read poetry that has no pretensions and that manages to convey its point straightforwardly.  Those who read this book will not be in any mystery about what the author is talking about, and are likely to find some encouragement in the author’s words as well as the choice citations from scripture.

The title of this book gives the indication that there is likely to be more material from the author yet to come.  If, for example, this is the beginning of a journey, there may yet be more volumes of writing from the author, and that is likely to be enjoyable.  The author has been married to his high school sweetheart for 40 years and has also been involved in prison ministry, both of which are spoken of here in the book, and both of which likely can provide the author with insight for further books.  Perhaps having begun his writing with this particular volume, the success of these efforts will encourage the author to future books, which, if they are as good as this volume, will likely also be encouraging and pleasant to read.  The author strikes the reader as someone who was likely not encouraged to be a writer during his youth, and as a result the author appears not to have spent years practicing work.  It is noteworthy that it was a crisis of retirement that prompted the author to begin to write, and one can only hope that he found as much peace and enjoyment writing this book as others are likely to find reading it.  The world can always use more people who write honestly and well.

reviewed by Nathan Albright of Edge Induced Cohesion ]

Here’s what another reviewer said:

At age 58, Lynn M. Strong was forced into early retirement. He felt lost, desperate, looking for guidance…. Lynn turned to God and his prayers were answered. He surrendered himself to the Lord and was filled with these poems and verses that are written in his book, The Journey Begins.

I feel so blessed to be given the opportunity to review this book. As I read each poem I could feel the difficulties that Mr. Strong faced and I could feel how God’s love and guidance lifted him and help him along the way. As I read the poems and the verses I could feel the Lord lifting me from a time of sorrow that I had been placed inside. I know God is there for each of us. Loving us… helping us.. we just need to give him our all. That’s exactly what Lynn Strong did and in his book you feel the love of God as you read each page and enjoy his beautiful soul.

– Amazon Reviewer Amy


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Saturday Book Review: “Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle – Increase Your Test Scores in Reading and Science”

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Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle - Increase Your Test Scores in Reading and Science by Walker Guerrier

Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle – Increase Your Test Scores in Reading and Science

by Walker Guerrier

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776253

Synopsis*:

This book is design for top students, who have the desire to go above and beyond. I call them the seeds of greatness. The students I grew up who have used this approach are now doctors, scientists, and writers. These particular students became an engineer and doctor. Once you start using this book, your intellect will never be the same. This approach will help you attain your highest potential. Students all over the world use this book as a key to their success.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

A consumable workbook, “Read: Decoding the Reading Obstacle” is especially recommended for both public school, private school, and home-schooling curriculums, and as an ideal, effective, and ‘user friendly’ do-it-yourself study skills improvement manual for college students.

reviewed on the Education Bookshelf of Midwest Book Review ]


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