New Health & Wellness Info at the Library

By Kelly Barker

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

The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing: Finding Calm, Creativity, and Connection in the Natural World by Julia Plevin, New Health Books Media 615.5 PLE

Forest bathing is the art of spending intentional time in nature and is practiced throughout the world to increase health and restore well-being. Through simple invitations to slow down, walk in silence, cultivate tree energy, and connect with the sun and forest, this book enables you to incorporate the inspiring benefits of time spent in nature–a calm mind, renewed energy, boosted creativity, and inner peace–into your daily life to find deeper meaning and contentment.

Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life by Mallory Smith, New Health Books Media 616.37 SMI

Salt in My Soul is the collection of diaries by Mallory Smith who was determined to live a meaningful and happy life despite her struggle with cystic fibrosis and a rare superbug. It is a beautifully crafted, intimate, and poignant tribute to a short life well lived–and a call for all of us to embrace our own lives as fully as possible.

The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug by Steffanie Strathdee, New Health Books Media 614.44 STR

Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a stomach bug. It turns out he was fighting one of the most dangerous, antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the world.  The Perfect Predator is a story of love and survival against all odds, and the (re)discovery of a powerful new weapon in the global superbug crisis.

Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How the Body Can Heal Itself by William Li, New Health Books Media 613.2 LI

Is your diet feeding or defeating disease?  Eat to Beat Disease isn’t about what foods to avoid, but rather is a life-changing guide to the hundreds of healing foods to add to your meals that support the body’s defense systems.  Both informative and practical, it explains the science of healing and prevention, the strategies for using food to actively transform health, and points the science of well-being and disease prevention in an exhilarating new direction.

Brain Body Diet: 40 Days to a Lean, Calm, Energized, and Happy Self by Sara Gottfried, New Health Books Media 613.0424 GOT

Designed for the female brain–which is different from the male brain—Gottfried’s breakthrough protocol will help you lose weight, get off harmful prescription medications, boost energy and mental functioning, and alleviate depression and anxiety in less than six weeks. The Brain Body Diet will completely change the way you look at your life and help you achieve total body health.

Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives by Matt Richtel, New Health Books Media 616.079 RIC

A terminal cancer patient rises from the grave. A medical marvel defies HIV. Two women with autoimmunity discover their own bodies have turned against them. Matt Richtel’s An Elegant Defense uniquely entwines these intimate stories with science’s centuries-long quest to unlock the mysteries of sickness and health, and illuminates the immune system as never before.


Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love by Abby Maslin, New Health Books Media 617.481 MAS

Abby Maslin’s worst fears were confirmed when she learned that her husband had been beaten by three men and left for dead mere blocks from home. The days and months that followed tested this young couple’s faith, marriage, and love. Love You Hard is the story, told from Abby’s point of view, of what it means to love someone suffering from an injury that changes someone to his very core.

The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery by Mary Cregan, New Health Books Media 616.8527 CRE

Perceptive, intimate, and elegantly written, The Scar vividly depicts the pain and ongoing stigma of clinical depression, giving greater insight into its management and offering hope for those who are suffering.

How to Be a Patient: The Essential Guide to Navigating the World of Modern Medicine by Sara Goldberg, New Health Books Media 610.43 GOL

In How to Be a Patient, nurse and public health advocate Sana Goldberg walks readers through the complicated and uncertain medical landscape, illuminating a path to better care.  How to Be a Patient is an invaluable and essential guide for a new generation of patients.

The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at A Ripe Old Age by Steven Gundry, New Health Books Media 613.0438 GUN

In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, it offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease, as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital.

Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone by Brian Switek, New Health Books Media 612 SWI

In this natural and cultural history of bone, Brian Switek explains where our skeletons came from, what they do inside us, and what others can learn about us when these wondrous assemblies of mineral and protein are all we have left behind. Bridging the worlds of paleontology, anthropology, medicine, and forensics, Skeleton Keys illuminates the complex life of bones inside our bodies and out.

That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour by Sunita Puri, New Health Books Media 610.92 PUR

As the American born daughter of immigrants, Dr. Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents’ experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Interweaving evocative stories of Puri’s family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well. 

Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powder, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine by Thomas Hager, New Health Books Media 615.1 HAG

Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher’s genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. Piece together these stories, as Thomas Hager does in this remarkable, century-spanning history, and you can trace the evolution of our culture and the practice of medicine. 

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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