Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember The Stroke that Changed My Life

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Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

This is the story of a young woman’s troubled life told by her now much less-troubled self. I recommend the book due to the quality of Christine Hyung-Oak Lee’s writing and how she is able to share the experiences of her stroke at age thirty-three. While the effects of all brain injuries and diseases are not the same, the mental, psychological, and physical experiences she lived through are similar to those of others. She also addresses the life-changes and challenges of those who are caregivers to this population of people who are changed in invisible ways. Continue reading

Let Them Eat Dirt

 

Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World

  1. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta

Despite the catchy title, this book is written by serious scientists who specialize in studying our microbiota. They carefully distinguish between the information which has solid research backing at this time and that which only shows correlations. This is a relatively new field of inquiry (see Gut). While changing the microbiome in adults is more difficult, there are longitudinal studies which support the importance of nurturing a child’s microbiome in their early years and how this can be done. Continue reading

The Happy Kid Handbook

Katie Hurley

Having read many books on parenting, I tend to pick up new books with the attitude that the author needs to prove that this book is worth reading. Katie Hurley proves that through her experience of working with troubled children as a social worker tempered by the challenges and humility of being a parent. She writes from experience, not theory. Continue reading

Anatomy of an Epidemic:Robert Whitaker

 

 

Robert Whitaker looks at the history of the development of psychiatric drugs which is sobering. The outcomes of psychiatric care for conditions which received traditional therapy were overlooked because the treatments took such a long time. Unfortunately, this restricted view was also used when the effects of drugs for these conditions were evaluated. To put this in perspective, we need to look at the thinking at the time as would be necessary to study any event in history. At the time, lobotomies were being performed and the Nobel Prize in medicine was presented to the inventor of the procedure in 1949. Continue reading