Achieving the natural state of health remains the goal of this practical, beneficial guide heavily influenced by Eastern...




An acupuncturist and Eastern health expert offers alternative medicine wisdom. 

In this debut book about salubrious “Secrets,” Senogles, one of the first graduates in acupuncture and “Oriental Medicine” in the United States, shares his wealth of disease prevention knowledge. In openly believing that “health, happiness, and enthusiasm are our birthright, and that they are attainable,” the author parlays over 40 years of private medical practice into a manual that promotes fitness through root-cause determination rather than ascribing to a symptom-driven state of perceived wellness. Readers need to first understand and be open to the origins of his methodology; Senogles touts traditional Eastern medicine as a supremely effective alternative health system for the human body. Split into two sections, the first aims to demystify the integral, vital, and interlocking organic functionalities of the human body and make this often complicated information comprehensible to the average person. Many of the chapters spotlight a hypothetical case at a clinic and the techniques used to alleviate the issue. “Tired Tom” complains of low energy, and the author adroitly describes the complex inner mechanisms of cellular metabolism, but in layperson’s terms. This explanatory simplicity creates an appealingly relatable quality to the narrative and has the potential to quell the squeamishness some readers experience when perusing medical texts for help. The same can be said for segments on blood’s life-sustaining capacity, stress treatments, acupuncture benefits, digestion processes, and some important guidance about how to preserve kidney function well into advanced age. Even more accessible is the book’s second section, which delves into the numerous, intricate biological systems that operate the body and the most common maladies that can plague these areas. Senogles delivers strategies for optimal bone health, sound ways to avoid everyday toxins, and the building blocks of proper, non-genetically modified nutrition (“Shelf Defense”).  Though some segments are overly short and only scratch the topic’s surface, others provide more in-depth discourse. The volume is attractively embellished by debut illustrator Cauker’s line drawings, which demarcate chapters in a creative fashion. Overall, the author coaches readers on the benefits of using safe, natural methods to fix ordinary problems except, of course, for what he calls “The Big C.” The grave seriousness of a cancer diagnosis is outside the scope of this manual, although he suggests that his tips might stave off the development of that disease. The book’s disclaimer smartly states that Senogles’ advice should not be considered a definitive or conclusive diagnosis or treatment for illnesses. He counsels readers with serious conditions or symptoms to consult a medical professional. Still, whether or not readers ascribe to Eastern medicine, this sage volume remains a timely, neighborly nudge to regularly examine their diets, exercise levels, and general sense of well-being. And the work serves as a reminder to prioritize the cultivation of optimum health and wellness by becoming an active monitor.       

Achieving the natural state of health remains the goal of this practical, beneficial guide heavily influenced by Eastern medicine. 

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-578-50777-4

Page Count: 206

Publisher: Senogles Inc

Review Posted Online: Nov. 1, 2019

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Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.


A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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