A good place to begin for anyone wishing to learn about EFT.

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Heal Yourself With Emotional Freedom Technique

An introduction to the theory and practice of a tapping technique that’s said to relieve stress, fears and phobias by restoring the flow of subtle energies.

Debut author Freedom, a former radio talk show host and magazine editor, packs this book with all the information a neophyte might need to get started with “emotional freedom technique.” Indeed, there’s so much information here, complete with boxed key points, suggested activities, case histories and tips, that readers may feel overwhelmed—or perhaps oversold. But the author, an EFT teacher and practitioner from Arizona, succeeds in lucidly laying out step-by-step procedures for treating a variety of common conditions. He advises readers to identify the problem, repeat a self-affirming statement to settle one’s mental state, and then perform simple two-, three- or four-finger taps on one or more of several “acu-points” located on the head and upper body. If the book’s anecdotal accounts are accurate, relief may be immediate. EFT, Freedom writes, is a user-friendly outgrowth of Thought Field Therapy, pioneered by psychologist Roger Callahan in the early 1980s, and both approaches appear to owe much to the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, without the needles. EFT, as portrayed here, is self-administered, but readers may seek out one of an ever growing number of EFT practitioners. However, as the book states in an obligatory disclaimer, nothing in it is intended to “replace the services of healthcare professionals.” Readers can judge its effectiveness for themselves by simply trying out one or more of these techniques, but much may depend on one’s expectation, or perhaps one’s imagination.

A good place to begin for anyone wishing to learn about EFT.

Pub Date: Aug. 21, 2013

ISBN: 978-1444177183

Page Count: 256

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2014

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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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Authoritative and, most helpfully, accessible.

HEALING OUR VILLAGE

A SELF-CARE GUIDE TO DIABETES CONTROL

Self-help guide for diabetes sufferers, mostly in question-and-answer format, with an emphasis on helping racial and ethnic minority diabetics.

Coleman is a pharmacist with a doctorate in her specialty, Gavin a Ph.D. and M.D. Aside from acknowledgments and a foreword signed by Gavin alone, their voices and expertise are indistinguishable, offering lucid, simple solutions for diabetes patients. Gavin relates watching his great-grandmother endure debilitating pain as a result of diabetes while he visited her as a youngster. He remembers hearing adults mention that sugar killed her, and he wondered how something that tasted sweet could cause so much harm. As an adult, he realized that his great-grandmother's affliction could be controlled through treatment. The authors focus on Type 2 diabetes, the most common form in minority populations. An estimated 18.2 million Americans are diabetic, with perhaps 5 million unaware of their situation. About 11 percent of U.S. diabetics are African-American, and about 8 percent are Latino. The question-and-answer format begins with an overview section about diabetes, with an emphasis on risk factors. Section Two covers management of the disease, including nutrition, exercise, blood-testing, oral medications and insulin use. In addition, the authors continually recommend smoking cessation, as well as instructing patients on the readiness of self-treatment. Section Three explains the complications—high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease—that could arise if the condition remains untreated or treated ineffectively. The questions in all of the sections are worded simply, and the answers are usually free of medical jargon. Though the sudden shifts in tone and voice are occasionally jarring, the writing remains clear enough to distill the facts. The real downside here, though: patronizing, laughable illustrations that degrade the overall product.

Authoritative and, most helpfully, accessible.

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2004

ISBN: 0-9746948-0-0

Page Count: -

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 27, 2010

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