A serious, comprehensive children’s health reference.

BRAIN HEALTH FROM BIRTH

NURTURING BRAIN DEVELOPMENT DURING PREGNANCY & THE FIRST YEAR

In this health guide, biotechnology patent attorney Fett (It Starts with the Egg, 2019, etc.) advises parents on how best to foster the development of their children’s brains.

The time to ensure the health of a baby’s brain is during pregnancy and in the first year of infancy, says the author. Modern medicine has a better understanding of this period than ever before, she notes, including what nutrients and practices will help nurture early language development, creativity, memory, and attention span, while also decreasing the chances of premature birth, autism, ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. In this book, Fett outlines how parents can create the best possible environment for brain development, from their children’s conceptions to their first birthdays. To that end, she points out what common toxins to avoid, which vitamins to take, how to keep hormones in balance, and how to ensure that a baby’s body maintains a healthy collection of microorganisms. “By the end of the book, you will have learned about many small changes that can have a big impact on the health of your child’s brain,” writes Fett in her introduction. “You will be armed with all the knowledge you need to make truly informed decisions, to give your child the best possible start in life.” Fett, the granddaughter of noted neuroscientist Paul Fatt, holds a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Sydney. She appears to feel at home in these fields, effectively elucidating complex jargon for a general audience. Readers who will soon be parents may be familiar with most of the prenatal vitamins, but they may not be aware of the dangers of the flame retardants found in some car seats, for example. The author takes a decidedly better-safe-than-sorry approach, which results in some unexpected restrictions; one chapter, for example, is titled “The Risks & Benefits of Ultrasounds.” All of her recommendations are based on recent research, however, which she documents in extensive endnotes. Although the science behind this advice continues to develop, readers seeking to give their child the best possible start will likely be interested in Fett’s regimen.

A serious, comprehensive children’s health reference.

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-9996761-3-4

Page Count: 322

Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing LLC

Review Posted Online: Sept. 30, 2019

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

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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