New Books on Health This September

Take a peek at some of these new books on health that have arrived in our collection!

Healthy heart, healthy brain : the proven personalized path to protect your memory, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and avoid chronic illness / Bale, Bradley
“Every forty seconds, someone in the US suffers a heart attack or a stroke. Every sixty-five seconds someone develops dementia. The culprit is cardiovascular disease– and rates are going up in younger people. Bale and Doneen present a comprehensive program that offers a road map to lifelong arterial wellness. They will equip readers with the knowledge needed to approach your health-care as an empowered and informed patient.” (Catalogue)

Yoga with your child : 150 yoga moves to enjoy together / Lageat, Alice
“Are you ready to try the cat, koala, monkey, elephant or even the grasshopper? Written by two respected yoga professionals and featuring more than 150 moves, Yoga With Your Child provides everything you need to introduce your offspring to yoga. As well as the physical and relaxation benefit of learning and enjoying yoga together, this book, for children four and up, will help any parent show and pass on qualities such as humility, perseverance and patience. Whether you are looking to wake up your body, strengthen your concentration or relax before going to sleep, Yoga With Your Child has the practices and techniques that the whole family can enjoy.” (Catalogue)


Hear & beyond : live skillfully with hearing loss / Eberts, Shari
“…Hearing-health advocates, consultants, and speakers Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan offer a new skills-based approach to hearing loss that is centered not on hearing better, but on communicating better. With honesty and humor, they share their own hearing loss journeys, and outline invaluable insights, strategies, and workarounds to help you engage with the world and be heard. Hearing loss is just one aspect of who you are, among many others. You may have hearing loss, but it doesn’t have to have you.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Love to sleep : good nights and happy days for your child and you / Squires, Eve
“In their ground-breaking book Love to Sleep: Good Nights and Happy Days for Your Child and You, Eve and Gem reveal the pivotal role of the parent in their child’s sleep. Using their unique, love-led approach, they encourage parents to cast aside restrictive beliefs and behaviours that contribute directly to broken sleep cycles. They gently explore the impact of sleep deprivation on both parent and child and the startling physical and mental repercussions when lack of sleep continues unchallenged. This liberating, judgement-free book will be a must-read for every tired parent who wants to live a present and connected family life” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Raising body positive teens : a parent’s guide to diet-free living, exercise, and body image / Darpinian, Signe
“In a world fraught with diet-culture and weight stigma, many parents worry about their child’s relationship with their body and food. This down-to-earth guide is an invaluable resource allowing parents to take proactive actions in promoting a friendship with food, and preventative actions to minimize the risk factors for the development of eating disorders, particularly when early signs of disordered eating, excessive exercise, or body dissatisfaction have been noticed. It provides clear strategies and tools with a practical focus to gently encourage parents and teens to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise by centralizing joy and health. Coming from a therapist, a dietician, and an adolescent medicine physician, with insightful case studies from an array of young people from different backgrounds, this multidisciplinary author team delivers friendly, strategic guidance based in a wealth of expertise.” (Catalogue)

Next level : your guide to kicking ass, feeling great, and crushing goals through menopause and beyond / Sims, Stacy T
“A renowned exercise and nutrition scientist provides active women approaching or experiencing menopause with all the training and nutrition advice they need to build a strong fitness foundation to keep them strong and capable as they age.” (Catalogue)


Sit up straight : future-proof your body against chronic pain with 12 simple movements / Phạm, Vinh
“Future-proof your body and relieve chronic pain resulting from sitting, slouching, and other bad lifestyle habits with this easy-to-perform set of daily stretching and exercise routines – from an innovative physical therapist who coaches dozens of celebrity clients. Vinh Pham is a world-class physical therapist – a member of a new breed that dissects how people really move.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Stressilient : how to beat stress and build resilience / Akbar, Sam
“Manage your mind. Handle your emotions. Concentrate on what matters in life. So many of us feel stressed in our daily lives but lack the ability to respond to life’s hurdles effectively and overcome these challenges. We can build resilience to stress by taking action to live our lives in a more meaningful way. The answer is to become stressilient. Dr Sam Akbar will show you how. As a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience, Dr Sam draws from her own professional expertise to provide sensitive and realistic guidance to feel calmer, less stressed, and more resilient to life’s challenges. From understanding how your brain works, managing your emotions and challenging your thought-processes, to opening up your perspective and having more self-compassion, Stressilient offers an indispensable, easy and effective go-to guide to help you get from surviving to thriving.” (Catalogue)

For more new books on health and other topics, go to https://www.wcl.govt.nz/whatsnew/

From yoga to menopause: New books about health

From yoga to menopause, stress reduction to parenting healthy kids, we have a whole host of new books to help you and your whānau live healthier lives.

Year of Yoga : rituals for every day and every season / Reinhardt, Kassandra
“Align your yoga practice to the natural world with a holistic approach to movement, breath, and meditation for winter, spring, summer, and fall. Incorporate the mindful practice of yoga into your daily life with ten-minute morning sequences, affirmations, and evening meditations. Learn how to awaken your body and how to give it the rest it needs with yoga sequences, meditations, and breathing exercises designed specifically for the different cadences of the year. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The song of our scars : the untold story of pain / Warraich, Haider
“In The Song of Our Scars, Haider Warraich offers a history of pain, both as a personal experience and as a medical ailment. We have only recently begun to treat pain as a purely physical sensation, and while the goal was to be able to offer safer, more reliable treatments, Warraich finds that it has actually had the opposite effect.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Queen menopause : finding your majesty in the mayhem / Daddo, Alison
“After going through her own ‘change’, Ali Daddo wanted to explore all the feelings around menopause and especially the post-menopausal years that so many women talk about as being ‘the best years of their life’. Through sharing her own experience in a very real way, Ali hopes that women won’t feel so alone in what can be a very lonely time. Alongside stories from some very well known Australian women, including Georgie Parker, Anita Heiss and Rhonda Burchmore, Queen Menopause is the book Ali wishes she’d had when she was approaching menopause – so she could have been better prepared for what was coming, embraced the process and felt supported. This is for all women.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Frontline midwife : my story of survival and keeping others safe / Kent, Anna
“Anna Kent has delivered babies in war zones, caring for the most vulnerable women in the most vulnerable places in the world. At twenty-six years old, not yet a fully-trained midwife, she delivered a baby in a tropical storm by the light of a headtorch; the following year, she would be responsible for the female health of 30,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. But returning to the UK to work for the NHS, she soon learned that even at home the right to a safe birth was impossible to take for granted. In Frontline Midwife, Kent shares her extraordinary experiences as a nurse, midwife and mother, illuminating the lives of women that are irreparably affected by compromised access to healthcare.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Stress-free productivity : a personalized toolkit to become your most efficient and creative self / Boyes, Alice
“From the author of The Anxiety Toolkit. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all productivity plan. The tricks that work for your colleague may not work as well for you. Or perhaps they don’t work at all. The fact is that everyone has their own productivity quirks to make them work efficiently and effectively. They just don’t know how to crack them. Enter former clinical psychologist Alice Boyes. In this innovative guide, she will help you diagnose your unique productivity profile and give you the framework to formulate a powerhouse personalized system.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The gluten-free cookbook / Broglia, Cristian
“The most comprehensive guide ever published on preparing, eating, and enjoying gluten-free recipes from around the world. With 350 naturally gluten-free recipes drawing from food cultures around the globe, The Gluten-Free Cookbook brings home healthy cooking to a global audience that is growing exponentially every day. This gorgeous book spotlights everyday dishes from more than 80 countries – showcasing the diversity of recipes that are deliciously gluten-free by design, rather than being reliant on ingredient substitutions. From breakfast to dinner and dessert (and everything in between), these are easy-to-use recipes for any time of day.” (Catalogue)

Screen-free family activities : things to do together at home, around town, and in nature / Navarro, Zazu
“Children spend a lot of time with their screens, and while it’s true that there are many alternatives to screen-time, many modern parents don’t know where to look for these opportunities. In the absence of inspiration, this book proposes 365 activities to play without screens for the whole family. Activities are designed to be enjoyed in different spaces such as at home, in the city or town, and in nature. Completing them as a family will create positive emotional bonds, reduce stress, and teach children empathy, love, and respect.” (Catalogue)

To find more new items in our collection, go to our What’s New & Popular page.

Subject spotlight: Mental health

We live in a fast paced world that can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed and anxious. We all need a bit of a mental health tune-up in these times, but often it can be difficult to know just what might work for you. This is where the beauty of a library membership comes into its own; we buy lots of different books and you can try them out without having to spend money on something that might not work for you.

Here are some suggestions from our new book list that might be useful to you. Remember, this list is just a handful of new titles.  For more help with finding resources you can always talk to your friendly librarian!

The well gardened mind : rediscovering nature in the modern world / Stuart-Smith, Sue
“How can getting outdoors help us to look after our mental health? In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years, working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

52 ways to walk : the surprising science of walking for wellness and joy, one week at a time / Streets, Annabel
“52 Ways to Walk is a short, user-friendly guide to attaining the full range of benefits that walking has to offer–physical, spiritual, and emotional–backed by the latest scientific research to inspire readers to develop a fulfilling walking lifestyle” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The sleep fix : practical, proven, and surprising solutions for insomnia, snoring, shift work, and more / Macedo, Diane
“Roughly thirty percent of the population is estimated to be living with insomnia, while many more unknowingly suffer from other sleep disorders. Macedo learned the hard way how valuable sleep is, and how it affects everything from our heart to our brain to our immune system. She had tried sleep tip after sleep tip, but nothing worked. Attacking the problem as a journalist, she got to the bottom of what really keeps us from sleeping–and the various ways to fix it. Here she helps readers understand sleep biology, identify sleep obstacles, and shift their mindset–and maybe find a good night’s sleep.” (Catalogue)

Your head is a houseboat / Walker, Campbell
“In Your Head is a Houseboat, illustration sensation Campbell Walker demystifies brain functions, mental health, emotions, mindfulness and psychology – but with less complex terminology and more bizarre metaphors. This is a book filled with hilarious illustrations, simple journal exercises and words that will probably hit too close to home. It will help you to understand your own houseboat (or head) and ultimately make it a nicer place to live.” (Catalogue)

You, happier : the 7 neuroscience secrets of feeling good based on your brain type / Amen, Daniel G
“Reveals the seven neuroscience secrets to becoming more than 30 percent happier in just 30 days–regardless of your age, upbringing, genetics, or current situation.” (Catalogue)

The no worries guide to raising your anxious child : a handbook to help you and your anxious child thrive / Cassiday, Karen
“This two-in-one handbook will help you to understand your child’s anxiety and how to ease it, while also showing you how to reconcile your own fears and worries that come with raising an anxious child.” – back cover.” (Catalogue)

Seven and a half lessons about the brain / Barrett, Lisa Feldman
“Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? In seven short essays, neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research.” (Catalogue)

Rest + calm : gentle yoga and mindful practices to nurture and restore yourself / Hines, Paula
“A beautiful, practical guide to finding rest and calm even when it feels impossible. Are you tired and wired? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Here’s a radical idea – you deserve rest. In a world that often wants us to keep going no matter what, Rest + Calm is your gentle, nurturing and accessible guide to making space and time to come back home to yourself.” (Catalogue)

 

Endometriosis Awareness Month: Resources from the catalogue

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It’s March and that means it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month.  Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue (the type of tissue in the lining of the uterus) grows elsewhere in the body. Even though 1 in 10 people with a uterus suffer endometriosis, very little is known about it and many cases go undiagnosed. It can be extremely painful, even debilitating, and a lot of sufferers find themselves struggling to find information on the condition.

If you are looking for information on endometriosis, we can help!  We have several resources in our collection, here are some you could give a try:

For more help with information and resources on endometriosis, go to Endometriosis New Zealand.


Endometriosis : natural and medical solutions / Cooke, Kaz

“Endometriosis a fun to read yet sensible explanation of the self-care, natural therapies and medical solutions for managing endometriosis.” (Catalogue)

 

 

Endometriosis : the complete reference for taking charge of your health / Ballweg, Mary Lou

“Bestselling health authors present must-have information for managing endometriosis. Endometriosis is a serious disease associated with pain, immune dysfunction, infertility, cancer, and autoimmune diseases that can be managed only through active, informed decision making. Developed by the Endometriosis Association, Endometriosis provides new information on treatments and lifestyle changes that gives people with endometriosis and their families the tools they need to successfully manage the disease. This authoritative guide contains groundbreaking new discoveries on endometriosis and its relationship to autoimmune problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other poorly understood diseases. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

How to endo : a guide to surviving and thriving with endometriosis / Hustwaite, Bridget

“After years of dismissive doctors and misinformation, Bridget Hustwaite finally received a diagnosis for her intensely heavy periods, pulsing headaches and the excruciating abdominal pain that makes her ovaries feel like they are on fire. She has endometriosis – hard to pronounce, hard to diagnose and even harder to live with. Two excision surgeries and one thriving endo Instagram community later, Bridget knows firsthand how much personal research and self-advocating endo sufferers have to do just to have their pain acknowledged. With her trademark enthusiasm, Bridget has blended her own experience with a raft of tips and strategies from health experts and endo warriors to help you thrive whenever you can, and survive on days when you just can’t.” ( Adapted from Catalogue)

Explaining endometriosis / Henderson, Lorraine

“The most comprehensive handbook of up-to-date advice and information for sufferers of Endometriosis, a debilitating disease which affects approximately one in ten people with a uterus.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Private parts : how to really live with endometriosis / Thom, Eleanor

“Like 1 in 10 people with a uterus in the UK, Eleanor Thom has endometriosis and she thinks that it’s time to talk a bit more about our private parts. Part memoir, part guide book and part survival guide, Private Parts retraces Eleanor’s own journey with endometriosis, offering readers practical, down-to-earth and friendly advice covering everything from what actually happens in an internal exam, to finding the right specialist for you, the perfect post-op wardrobe and to why you should look to Frida Kahlo for inspiration in your darkest moments. Written for those looking to live well with their endometriosis and for those looking for help to understand the disease, this is a call to action for people to speak up about an illness which is still so misunderstood. Features exclusive interviews with Hilary Mantel, Paulette Edwards, Lena Dunham as well as insights from experts in the field.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Beating endo : a patient’s treatment plan for endometriosis / Orbuch, Iris

“Endometriosisis an inflammatory response that results when tissue is found outside the uterus, thereby initiating a disease process and an array of maladies accrue. Dr Iris Orbuch. is a surgeon and Amy Stein,a physical therapist, have seen endo’s harm and agony up close and personal and they have created this self-care guide for people with endometriosis about how to deal with their endometriosis in order to: 1) Avoid surgery (if at all possible), 2) What to do before surgery (should they absolutely need it); and how 3) To live and what to do post-surgery – so that the women afflicted by this disease, can reclaim their lives.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Vagina problems : endometriosis, painful sex, and other taboo topics / Parker, Lara

“In April 2014, Deputy Editorial Director at BuzzFeed Lara Parker opened up to the world in an article on the website: she suffers from endometriosis. And beyond that? She let the whole world know that she wasn’t having any sex, as sex was excruciatingly painful. Less than a year before, she received not only the diagnosis of endometriosis, but also a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, vaginismus, and vulvar vestibulitis. Combined, these debilitating conditions have wreaked havoc on her life, causing excruciating pain throughout her body since she was fourteen years old. These are her Vagina Problems. It was five years before Lara learned what was happening to her body. Five years of doctors insisting she just had ‘bad period cramps,’ or implying her pain was psychological[…]With candid revelations about her vaginal physical therapy, dating as a straight woman without penetrative sex, coping with painful seizures while at the office, diet and wardrobe malfunctions when your vagina hurts all the time, and the depression and anxiety of feeling unloved, Lara tackles it all in Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics with courage, wit, love, and a determination to live her best life” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Endo Unfiltered: How to take charge of your endometriosis and PCOS / Barnett, Erin

“The real life guide to endometriosis and PCOS (from someone who’s living it) from international reality TV star and health advocate Erin Barnett.” (Adapted from Catalogue)