A concise, easy-to-use guide showcasing a delightfully simple method of exploring, and alleviating, the underlying causes of...

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Chronic Pain!

THE OVERLOOKED SIMPLICITY OF USING THE FINGERS TO EXPLORE PAINFUL TISSUES TO FIND AND REVERSE THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF CHRONIC PAIN INCLUDING CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

In this self-help book, Schatz roots out a single underlying cause for chronic pain and offers a method to treat it.

A diagnosis of chronic pain presents a patient with two options: follow a doctor’s advice or seek an alternative method of treatment. Schatz points out that injury or long-lasting physical or emotional stress can leave a mark on the body, as layers of tightened or thickened tissues put pressure on blood vessels and nerves, causing pain. The only way to diagnose these tissues properly, the author asserts, is through touch—an exploration with the fingertips on the skin, aided by lotion—but it’s a method that doctors appear to be reluctant to include in their practices. Over prolonged periods, and sometimes quite swiftly, such explorations can relieve thickened tissue and return it to a soft, supple, pain-free state, he writes. Schatz divides his book into a number of useful sections, focusing on carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, migraines and fibromyalgia. Throughout, he maintains a comfortable, accessible scientific tone, but the book unfortunately lacks references; a review of anatomical dermatomes, for example, might have been welcome during the book’s discussion of referred pain. The author is trained in physical therapy, and apparently finds remarkable success with his patients, but he may not be able to change the medical establishment’s pervasive disinterest in his method. That said, this is an excellent reference that should attract a large audience among those seeking relief from unmanageable pain.

A concise, easy-to-use guide showcasing a delightfully simple method of exploring, and alleviating, the underlying causes of chronic pain.

Pub Date: March 22, 2013

ISBN: 978-1482504781

Page Count: 296

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

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A cleareyed, concise look at current and future affairs offering pertinent points to reflect and debate.

TEN LESSONS FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

The CNN host and bestselling author delivers a pithy roundup of some of the inevitable global changes that will follow the current pandemic.

Examining issues both obvious and subtler, Zakaria sets out how and why the world has changed forever. The speed with which the Covid-19 virus spread around the world was shocking, and the fallout has been staggering. In fact, writes the author, “it may well turn out that this viral speck will cause the greatest economic, political, and social damage to humankind since World War II.” The U.S., in particular, was exposed as woefully unprepared, as government leadership failed to deliver a clear, practical message, and the nation’s vaunted medical institutions were caught flat-footed: "Before the pandemic…Americans might have taken solace in the country’s great research facilities or the huge amounts of money spent on health care, while forgetting about the waste, complexity and deeply unequal access that mark it as well." While American leaders wasted months denying the seriousness of Covid-19 and ignoring the advice of medical experts, other countries—e.g., South Korea, New Zealand, and Taiwan—acted swiftly and decisively, underscoring one of the author's main themes and second lesson: "What matters is not the quantity of government but the quality.” Discussing how “markets are not enough,” the author astutely shoots down the myth that throwing money at the problem can fix the situation; as such, he predicts a swing toward more socialist-friendly policies. Zakaria also delves into the significance of the digital economy, the resilience of cities (see the success of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei in suppressing the virus), the deepening of economic inequality around the world, how the pandemic has exacerbated the rift between China and the U.S. (and will continue to do so), and why “people should listen to the experts—and experts should listen to the people."

A cleareyed, concise look at current and future affairs offering pertinent points to reflect and debate.

Pub Date: Oct. 6, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-393-54213-4

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and...

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later.

In a well-paced, vibrant narrative, Popular Science contributor and Culture Dish blogger Skloot (Creative Writing/Univ. of Memphis) demonstrates that for every human cell put under a microscope, a complex life story is inexorably attached, to which doctors, researchers and laboratories have often been woefully insensitive and unaccountable. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal form of cervical cancer. At Johns Hopkins, the doctors harvested cells from her cervix without her permission and distributed them to labs around the globe, where they were multiplied and used for a diverse array of treatments. Known as HeLa cells, they became one of the world's most ubiquitous sources for medical research of everything from hormones, steroids and vitamins to gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, even the polio vaccine—all without the knowledge, must less consent, of the Lacks family. Skloot spent a decade interviewing every relative of Lacks she could find, excavating difficult memories and long-simmering outrage that had lay dormant since their loved one's sorrowful demise. Equal parts intimate biography and brutal clinical reportage, Skloot's graceful narrative adeptly navigates the wrenching Lack family recollections and the sobering, overarching realities of poverty and pre–civil-rights racism. The author's style is matched by a methodical scientific rigor and manifest expertise in the field.

Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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