A useful health companion that focuses on hypertension.




A debut primer to tackling high blood pressure within one month covers everything from nutrition to spirituality.

This work is a joint undertaking by DeRose, Steinke (both physicians with Master of Public Health degrees), and nurse practitioner Li. The authors have made the slightly unusual choice to speak through a single first-person voice, thereby amalgamating their many years of experience. High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer,” they remark, earning comparatively little media attention even though it “wreaks far more havoc worldwide than do all natural disasters combined.” For instance, it can have devastating effects on eye and kidney health and puts sufferers at increased risk of heart disease. The “NO PRESSURE” mnemonic offers 10 straightforward strategies for tackling hypertension; even small changes made in a few of the areas over the book’s one-month time scale can make a big difference, the authors insist. They emphasize the importance of developing a realistic plan and getting help from an accountability partner. The worksheets at the end of each chapter allow readers to set individualized goals. The book also gives pithy, anonymized case studies of patients with whom the authors have worked, which provide helpful models. Lucid layperson’s explanations and frequent figures, such as a diagram displaying heart anatomy and a chart showing good sources of magnesium, serve to both break up and illustrate the text. The book’s core chapters reflect a dedication to holistic approaches to health, with social connectedness, stress management, and spirituality getting as much attention as diet, exercise, and sleep. Surprisingly, a whole chapter is devoted to beverages (choosing water over alcohol, caffeine, and soft drinks). Were it not for the mnemonic, this could surely just be a subsection in the nutrition chapter. The one slight misstep is in the chapter on spirituality, in which the authors draw well-being messages from the Beatitudes in the New Testament. Generic messages about humility and forgiveness are applicable, but it seems inappropriate to use one faith’s tenets as a framework. In general, though, the guide delivers plenty of good advice and intriguing facts, clearly conveyed. Did you know the vegan diet was naturally cholesterol-free? Now you do.

A useful health companion that focuses on hypertension.

Pub Date: Sept. 27, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-942730-02-6

Page Count: 440

Publisher: CompassHealth Consulting

Review Posted Online: Feb. 10, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2017

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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An extraordinary true tale of torment, retribution, and loyalty that's irresistibly readable in spite of its intrusively melodramatic prose. Starting out with calculated, movie-ready anecdotes about his boyhood gang, Carcaterra's memoir takes a hairpin turn into horror and then changes tack once more to relate grippingly what must be one of the most outrageous confidence schemes ever perpetrated. Growing up in New York's Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s, former New York Daily News reporter Carcaterra (A Safe Place, 1993) had three close friends with whom he played stickball, bedeviled nuns, and ran errands for the neighborhood Mob boss. All this is recalled through a dripping mist of nostalgia; the streetcorner banter is as stilted and coy as a late Bowery Boys film. But a third of the way in, the story suddenly takes off: In 1967 the four friends seriously injured a man when they more or less unintentionally rolled a hot-dog cart down the steps of a subway entrance. The boys, aged 11 to 14, were packed off to an upstate New York reformatory so brutal it makes Sing Sing sound like Sunnybrook Farm. The guards continually raped and beat them, at one point tossing all of them into solitary confinement, where rats gnawed at their wounds and the menu consisted of oatmeal soaked in urine. Two of Carcaterra's friends were dehumanized by their year upstate, eventually becoming prominent gangsters. In 1980, they happened upon the former guard who had been their principal torturer and shot him dead. The book's stunning denouement concerns the successful plot devised by the author and his third friend, now a Manhattan assistant DA, to free the two killers and to exact revenge against the remaining ex-guards who had scarred their lives so irrevocably. Carcaterra has run a moral and emotional gauntlet, and the resulting book, despite its flaws, is disturbing and hard to forget. (Film rights to Propaganda; author tour)

Pub Date: July 10, 1995

ISBN: 0-345-39606-5

Page Count: 432

Publisher: Ballantine

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1995

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