A helpful and well-researched plan for improving gut health, reducing inflammation, and avoiding disease triggers.

THE KEYSTONE APPROACH FOR PSORIASIS AND ARTHRITIS

RESTORING THE MICROBIOME AND COMBATTING INFLAMMATION WITH AN AUTOIMMUNE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

In this guide to holistically handling psoriasis and arthritis, the author provides keys to healing and wellness through nutrition.

Fett (It Starts with the Egg, 2016, etc.) has more to offer than sound research and tested principles touting the curative power of food. From the beginning of the book, she shares her own personal journey of managing psoriasis and arthritis from age 18. As a determined student who became a busy attorney at a fast-paced law firm, Fett realized by 30 that psoriasis and arthritis were not temporary conditions but lifelong battles that she would have to find alternative approaches to to win. In this conversational title, she explores the science behind these conditions and their connection to gut health—the key she learned that would turn her suffering around and give her control of the maladies. The book explains in simple, well-articulated terms how deterioration of the intestinal barriers creates inflammation and pain and how the gut is the body’s center for immunity cells and microbes. Quite simply, eating a diet that targets these issues and heals rather than disturbs the gut can make the difference between lifelong pain and strong recovery. Fett covers the Mediterranean diet in detail, teaching the reader about the dangers of a “Westernized” regimen lacking fiber and the importance of polyphenols in fruits and vegetables. She even offers recipes at the end of the book. The author thoroughly explains the impact that probiotic supplements and dietary changes can have on an individual suffering from psoriasis and arthritis. With an in-depth discussion of fats like olive oil, fish oil, and coconut oil, the author surveys the studies available and promotes small amounts of animal protein in lieu of saturated fats, which may increase endotoxin levels in the blood. Further, Fett examines the problematic nature of grains and legumes and prescribes a balanced Mediterranean diet with plenty of statistics to back her position. For readers who want to learn more about the way diet can change their quality of life, this manual is easy-to-understand, full of relevant data, and well-organized.

A helpful and well-researched plan for improving gut health, reducing inflammation, and avoiding disease triggers.  

Pub Date: June 13, 2017

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 626

Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 30, 2017

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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 48 LAWS OF POWER

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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More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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