Useful science for the layperson.

IT’S NOT JUST LYME: IT’S YOUR METABOLISM

UNDERSTANDING THE METABOLISM'S ROLE IN FIGHTING CHRONIC INFECTIONS

From the The Remission Series series , Vol. 1

A debut self-help guide surveys the ways in which diet and metabolism may affect patients with chronic infection.

This manual arose from Young’s five years of research into chronic Lyme disease and Multiple Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome. Her own Lyme disease was only diagnosed after she’d endured years of extensive testing at the hands of many doctors. Noting that hypothyroidism is common in Lyme patients, she believes that metabolism rather than antibiotics is the key to keeping chronic infection at bay. Lyme disease slows the metabolism and leads to chronic stress, which in turn weakens the immune system, she explains. The book tackles the science behind chronic infection in a “for dummies” format that covers the basics without being opaque or condescending. Along with solid general advice—limit caffeine, get good sleep, and consume more calories to make up for the nutrients that infections leach—Young compares fad diets and picks out their commonalities in one of the most useful chapters. “If diet fads were countries they would all be at war. Diet is just one of those things on which we will never all agree,” she wryly observes. She tried out various options including juice fasting and a paleo diet before deciding the low-carbohydrate lifestyle was actually making her symptoms worse. Indeed, she contends that extreme restriction diets can easily backfire and make patients sicker. Nowadays, the author’s magic bullet is five tablespoons per day of Manuka honey, which increases her energy and may have antimicrobial properties. Although Young chronicles her own health decisions here, she emphasizes that fellow chronic infection patients should be flexible and experiment with their diets until they find out what works for them. Headings in bold, bullet-pointed lists and the “In Summary” or “Chapter Takeaways” sections ending many chapters are reader-friendly strategies that make the book’s information easily digestible. A helpful final “Remedies” section functions as a glossary as well as a list of suggested supplements, etc. to try. But the informal style—“Lyme disease is friggin’ complex,” and “I think we can all agree that drugs are frakkin awesome!”—grates.

Useful science for the layperson.

Pub Date: Nov. 26, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9949167-1-6

Page Count: 106

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: May 18, 2017

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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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DEAR MR. HENSHAW

Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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