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STRESS REDUCTION FOR LYMPHEDEMA

An inspirational, accessible handbook emphasizing self-compassion and effective stress reduction.

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A guide to understanding and alleviating stress associated with lymphedema from certified lymphedema therapist Lisson.

Drawn from a wealth of research studies, client cases, interviews with clinical authorities, and medical reference resources, this primer aims to reduce the stress that can compound a lymphedema sufferer’s discomfort. The author defines lymphedema as a rare, chronic, progressive disease, often the result of damage to the lymphatic network, that causes accumulation of interstitial fluid, leading to increasingly painful swelling and restricted mobility. This condition, she explains, can often occur as a side effect of cancer treatment, which may alter the genetic structures responsible for the lymphatic system’s development. Lisson’s practical guidebook focuses on the nervous system’s response to lymphedema and the ways stress, fear, and social pressures (“[t]he bottom line is that people with lymphedema don’t feel supported”) can further exacerbate a patient’s symptoms. Her information-rich text offers proactive strategies to calm the mind and body and effectively relieve stressors throughout a person’s trial with the disease. In lucid chapters addressing issues like impaired immune function and skin changes, the author never wavers from her core message of positive self-care and confident encouragement that relief is achievable. She shares techniques for stress management through targeted exercise methods, relaxation through yoga and deep diaphragmatic breathing, sensory mindfulness, meditation, massage, and the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system through touch. The importance of outreach is also emphasized—Lisson firmly advocates for lymphedema patients to investigate connected, community-based or online programs and resources for support (“Building a community reduces social isolation and working together as a community can empower us to advocate for lymphedema education and awareness”). With a focus on the promotion of positive healthful behaviors, readers will find support and solidarity with Lisson’s optimistic, hands-on approach to relieving everyday stress associated with lymphedema.

An inspirational, accessible handbook emphasizing self-compassion and effective stress reduction.

Pub Date: July 17, 2023

ISBN: 9781732806689

Page Count: 227

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2023

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ELON MUSK

Alternately admiring and critical, unvarnished, and a closely detailed account of a troubled innovator.

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A warts-and-all portrait of the famed techno-entrepreneur—and the warts are nearly beyond counting.

To call Elon Musk (b. 1971) “mercurial” is to undervalue the term; to call him a genius is incorrect. Instead, Musk has a gift for leveraging the genius of others in order to make things work. When they don’t, writes eminent biographer Isaacson, it’s because the notoriously headstrong Musk is so sure of himself that he charges ahead against the advice of others: “He does not like to share power.” In this sharp-edged biography, the author likens Musk to an earlier biographical subject, Steve Jobs. Given Musk’s recent political turn, born of the me-first libertarianism of the very rich, however, Henry Ford also comes to mind. What emerges clearly is that Musk, who may or may not have Asperger’s syndrome (“Empathy did not come naturally”), has nurtured several obsessions for years, apart from a passion for the letter X as both a brand and personal name. He firmly believes that “all requirements should be treated as recommendations”; that it is his destiny to make humankind a multi-planetary civilization through innovations in space travel; that government is generally an impediment and that “the thought police are gaining power”; and that “a maniacal sense of urgency” should guide his businesses. That need for speed has led to undeniable successes in beating schedules and competitors, but it has also wrought disaster: One of the most telling anecdotes in the book concerns Musk’s “demon mode” order to relocate thousands of Twitter servers from Sacramento to Portland at breakneck speed, which trashed big parts of the system for months. To judge by Isaacson’s account, that may have been by design, for Musk’s idea of creative destruction seems to mean mostly chaos.

Alternately admiring and critical, unvarnished, and a closely detailed account of a troubled innovator.

Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2023

ISBN: 9781982181284

Page Count: 688

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 12, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2023

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F*CK IT, I'LL START TOMORROW

The lessons to draw are obvious: Smoke more dope, eat less meat. Like-minded readers will dig it.

The chef, rapper, and TV host serves up a blustery memoir with lashings of self-help.

“I’ve always had a sick confidence,” writes Bronson, ne Ariyan Arslani. The confidence, he adds, comes from numerous sources: being a New Yorker, and more specifically a New Yorker from Queens; being “short and fucking husky” and still game for a standoff on the basketball court; having strength, stamina, and seemingly no fear. All these things serve him well in the rough-and-tumble youth he describes, all stickball and steroids. Yet another confidence-builder: In the big city, you’ve got to sink or swim. “No one is just accepted—you have to fucking show that you’re able to roll,” he writes. In a narrative steeped in language that would make Lenny Bruce blush, Bronson recounts his sentimental education, schooled by immigrant Italian and Albanian family members and the mean streets, building habits good and bad. The virtue of those habits will depend on your take on modern mores. Bronson writes, for example, of “getting my dick pierced” down in the West Village, then grabbing a pizza and smoking weed. “I always smoke weed freely, always have and always will,” he writes. “I’ll just light a blunt anywhere.” Though he’s gone through the classic experiences of the latter-day stoner, flunking out and getting arrested numerous times, Bronson is a hard charger who’s not afraid to face nearly any challenge—especially, given his physique and genes, the necessity of losing weight: “If you’re husky, you’re always dieting in your mind,” he writes. Though vulgar and boastful, Bronson serves up a model that has plenty of good points, including his growing interest in nature, creativity, and the desire to “leave a legacy for everybody.”

The lessons to draw are obvious: Smoke more dope, eat less meat. Like-minded readers will dig it.

Pub Date: April 20, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-4197-4478-5

Page Count: 184

Publisher: Abrams

Review Posted Online: May 5, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2021

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