Expansive, engaging approach to personal health.

The Karma Sense Eating Plan


A high-tech entrepreneur/health coach outlines a personal regimen intended to foster worldwide well-being in this debut self-help book.

Hellman, a 30-year veteran of the high-tech products sector (including being co-inventor of two clinical data-management patents) as well as a graduate of the Duke University Integrative Health Professional Coaching program, describes his eating plan as creating “a way of life that is inclusive, healthful and spreads happiness and good will.” He explains his concept by first discussing its “Karma” element, a proposal to always pair eating with a “Karma Act,” such as cooking a meal for someone, leaving a server an extra tip, giving full attention to your dining companion, etc. Moving on to the “Sense” portion, Hellman touches on core nutrition precepts, including providing a chart outlining how losing fat, maintaining weight, or gaining weight involves consuming fewer, the same, or more calories than burned. The “Eating” section delivers Hellman’s recommendation to adopt five healthy habits: eat slowly and stop before full; eat protein at every meal; eat more vegetables and fruits; eat “whole food” (i.e., minimally processed) carbohydrates after “vigorous exercise” (activities that leave participants unable to say more than a few words without pausing for breath); and eat “good” fats daily (omega-3 and monounsaturated fats, as well as omega-6 and saturated fats) and balance a variety of good fats. Hellman injects plenty of personality into this book, along with a superb graphic sense, presenting an array of charts and photos enlivening the text. To the author’s credit, he even addresses his “personality quirks” in an introductory chart, noting, “This book is riddled with riddles, jokes, and random pop-culture references.” Generally, Hellman’s riffing style entertains, although the reader may wish for a bit more how-to advice about meat, including additional recipes. Still, Hellman’s passion becomes infectious, and his idea to link mindful eating to acts of kindness remains a heartwarming, inspired concept.

Expansive, engaging approach to personal health.

Pub Date: N/A


Page Count: 203

Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2016

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...


Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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