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An Inflammation Nation

THE DEFINITIVE 10-STEP GUIDE TO PREVENTING AND TREATING ALL DISEASES THROUGH DIET, LIFESTYLE, AND THE USE OF NATURAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

Pai, a board-certified doctor in family and integrative medicine who has studied with Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra, offers this voluminous compendium of alternative health approaches.

This debut book reflects current and widespread dissatisfaction with Western medicine. Far from attacking standard medicine, however, the author credits it with providing heroic miracle cures in health crisis situations. But in the case of chronic conditions, Western medicine often treats symptoms with a retinue of drugs and surgery while leaving underlying causal conditions untouched. “Conventional medical treatment has classified over two hundred different ‘itis’ conditions, with over a dozen different types of medical specializations that treat these individually and symptomatically,” Pai writes in describing standardized medical care. The “itis” ending in the terms for many ailments refers to inflammation, which covers a wide swath of chronic medical conditions that plague Americans. The author describes in sometimes-sickening detail all the causes of inflammation that abound in what people eat, drink, and breathe. He mentions so-called “Moo Gloo,” a repellent food modifier that utilizes scrap meat in a binding formula to convert cheap cuts into more expensive-seeming meats. Almost nothing Americans encounter to eat or drink remains uncorrupted, according to the author, and that goes for many foods that bear organic labels. The author’s exceptionally detailed investigation leads to but one conclusion: a plant-based diet to avoid inflammatories, appropriate water filtration, and energizing and proper health supplementation all can go a long way to address common chronic health conditions that plague those who suffer from the many “itis” ailments. In this well-researched work, Pai attacks the purity and quality of many supplements on the market today. Through his clinic, House of Sanjevani, he has formulated his own supplements that meet his rigorous standards. The thorough volume provides lots of information, but the author writes in a simple, straightforward manner, engaging his subject with an enthusiasm and joy that make this book a pleasure to read.

A complete and detailed guide to integrative healing methods by a well-known doctor who specializes in alternative tactics to address the inflammation that underlies many chronic health issues.

Pub Date: April 27, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-692-51487-0

Page Count: 448

Publisher: RocDoc Publications

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2016

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

A LITTLE HISTORY OF POETRY

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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