New Health & Wellness Info at the Library

By Lissa Staley

Fulfill your prescription for information at the library’s Health Information Neighborhood, where wellness knowledge is at your fingertips.

Unthinkable: an extraordinary journey through the world’s strangest brains by Helen Thomson, Health Information Neighborhood 612.82 THO

We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathize and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced – or disappeared overnight?  In Unthinkable, award-winning science writer, Helen Thomson, unlocks the biggest mysteries of the human brain by examining nine extraordinary cases and takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain.


Bad Call: a summer job on a New York ambulance by Mike Scardino, Health Information Neighborhood 610.92 SCA

Bad Call is Mike Scardino’s visceral, fast-moving, and mordantly funny account of the summers he spent working as an “ambulance attendant” on the mean streets of late-1960s New York.  Action-packed, poignant, and rich with details that bring Mike’s world to technicolor life, it is a gritty portrait of a bygone era as well as a bracing reminder that, though “life itself is a fatal condition,” it’s worth pausing to notice the moments of beauty, hope, and everyday heroism along the way.


Close Your Eyes, get free: use self-hypnosis to relax, reduce stress, quit bad habits, and focus by Grace Smith, Health Information Neighborhood 615.8512 SMI & eAudiobook Overdrive

Forget what you think you know about hypnosis and learn why it is the hottest “new” technique for personal development.  More and more studies are showing that hypnosis can help ease everyday stress and anxiety, as well as promote powerful healing, from our worst habits to our deepest fears.  In Close Your Eyes, Grace Smith shares her groundbreaking self- hypnosis techniques, and you’ll learn how the deeply relaxed state of hypnosis will allow you to access old patterns of behavior in order to transform them once and for all.


The Plant Paradox: the hidden dangers in “healthy” foods that cause disease and weight gain by Steven R. Gundry, Health Information Neighborhood 613.25 GUN

In The Plant Paradox, renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common, and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the “gluten-free” foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. With a full list of lectin-containing foods and simple substitutes for each, a step-by-step detox and eating plan, and delicious lectin-free recipes, The Plant Paradox illuminates the hidden dangers lurking in your salad bowl–and shows you how to eat whole foods in a whole new way.


The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 delicious recipes to help you lose weight, heal your gut, and live lectin-free by Steven R. Gundry, Cooking Neighborhood 641.563 GUN

In the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry introduced readers to the hidden toxins lurking in seemingly healthy foods like tomatoes, zucchini, quinoa, and brown rice: a class of plant-based proteins called lectins. With a quick-start program designed to boost weight loss and recipes for smoothies, breakfasts, main meals, snacks, and desserts, The Plant Paradox Cookbook will show readers of The Plant Paradox–and more–how delicious it can be to eat lectin-free.


Between Hope and Fear: a history of vaccines and human immunity by Michael S. Kinch, Health Information Neighborhood 614.47 KIN

If you have a child in school, you may have heard stories of long-dormant diseases suddenly reappearing–cases of measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough cropping up everywhere from elementary schools to Ivy League universities because a select group of parents refuses to vaccinate their children. While detailing the history of vaccine invention, Kinch reveals the ominous reality that our victories against vaccine-preventable diseases are not permanent–and could easily be undone, and relates the remarkable intersection of science, technology and disease that has helped eradicate many of the deadliest plagues known to man.


The Omega Principle: seafood and the quest for a long life and a healthier planet by Paul Greenberg, Health Information Neighborhood 613.284 GRE

By the bestselling author of Four Fish and American Catch, an eye-opening investigation of the history, science, and business behind omega-3 fatty acids, the “miracle compound” whose story is intertwined with human health and the future of our planet.  Rigorously reported and winningly told, The Omega Principle is a powerful argument for a more deliberate and forward-thinking relationship to the food we eat and the oceans that sustain us.


Genetics in the Madhouse: the unknown history of human heredity by Theodore M. Porter, Health Information Neighborhood 616.89 POR

Genetics in the Madhouse is the untold story of how the collection and sorting of hereditary data in mental hospitals, schools for “feebleminded” children, and prisons gave rise to a new science of human heredity. In this compelling book, Theodore Porter draws on untapped archival evidence from across Europe and North America to bring to light the hidden history behind modern genetics.


The Inward Empire: mapping the wilds of mortality and fatherhood by Christian Donlan, Health Information Neighborhood 616.834 DON

Soon after his daughter Leontine is born, 36-year old Christian Donlan’s world shifted due to the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an incurable and degenerative neurological illness. The result is this exquisitely observed, heartbreaking, and uplifting investigation into the history of neurology, the joys and anxieties of fatherhood, and what remains after everything we take for granted – including the functions that make us feel like ourselves – has been stripped away.


Shapeshifters: a journey through the changing human body by Gavin Francis, Health Information Neighborhood 612 FRA

To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo–such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing-and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis’s lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read.


One Life at a Time: an American doctor’s memoir of AIDS in Botswana by Daniel J. Baxter, Health Information Neighborhood 616.9792 BAX

When Dr. Daniel Baxter arrived in Botswana in 2002, he was confident of the purity of his mission to help people with AIDS, armed with what he thought were immutable truths about life–and himself–that had been forged on his AIDS ward in New York City ten years earlier. Now, after caring for innumerable AIDS patients for eight years in Botswana, Baxter has written an urgent, quietly philosophical account of his journey into the early twenty-first century’s new heart of darkness: AIDS in Africa, where legions desperately struggled to be among the spared and not the doomed.


Cancerland: a medical memoir by David Scadden, Health Information Neighborhood 616.994 SCA

What is it like to encounter cancer? How does it feel to face the unknown, to enter a world of hope, loss, and dread? Dr. David Scadden, co-founder of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on immunology and oncology, writes his memoir, Cancerland, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D’Antonio. Through opening a window into the science of medicine in the world of the unknown, Scadden and D’Antonio humanize cancer while inspiring action that we all so desperately need.


Get These Books and More!  Search for and request books, movies and more using your library card at or call (785) 580-4400. Checkout and download ebooks, digital audiobooks, streaming exercise videos and motivational tunes for your workouts using your library card at


For more information, contact the Health Information Librarian, Lissa Staley at  or 785-580-4629


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