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March 2018 Book Reviews



Turbo Metabolism
How to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes, Obesity,
Heart Disease, and Other Metabolic Diseases

Millions of people every year are diagnosed with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. But what is the cause of this epidemic?

Pankaj Vij, MD, demonstrates in his book Turbo Metabolism: 8 Weeks to a New You: Preventing and Reversing Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease, and Other Metabolic Diseases by Treating the Causes, these diseases are basically "man-made" ailments caused by an unhealthy diet and way of life, which means they can ultimately be reversed and/or avoided completely.

"I started to experiment in using lifestyle optimization as the primary treatment for chronic disease," writes Dr. Vij. "The results have been astounding. When we shift the focus to correcting the lifestyle factors that lead to disease, we are essentially treating the root cause. At that point, we can start thinking about prescription medications and procedures as a supplement to the first priority, which is treating the causes."

Here are the essential lifestyle ingredients of the powerful program for reversing diabetes and metabolic diseases that Dr. Vij outlines in great detail in Turbo Metabolism:

  • Impeccable nutrition
  • Optimal hormone balance
  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management and quality sleep
  • Social connections
"When you start to master these fIve factors - of which nutritional excellence is the most important, lean muscle mass is the key, and emotional resilience is the foundation - you can improve your quality of life, reverse disease, and enhance your health," writes Dr. Vij. "Nutritional excellence, an active lifestyle, and emotional resilience form the three legs of the stool on which your health rests."

About the Author: Pankaj Vij, MD, F ACP, is the author of Turbo Metabolism. As a doctor of internal medicine, he has helped thousands of patients lose weight, manage chronic health conditions, and improve their physical fitness. Board certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine, Dr. Vij has been practicing medicine since 1997. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit him online at http://www.doctorvii.com.

Turbo Metabolism by Pankaj Vij, MD, FACP
  • 304 pages
  • $16.95
  • 978-1-60868-498-4
  • Release from New World Library





From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness
Many books about the spiritual journey imply that we are heading somewhere. But spiritual teacher and psychotherapist Dorothy Hunt's ENDING THE SEARCH helps us relax our efforts to arrive at a future destination and guides us to return home to the ever-present Heart of Awareness that resides within each of us.
ENDING THE SEARCH demystifies the paradox of spiritual exploration by showing us that our egoic ambition to achieve a future goal actually moves us away from experiencing the peace, clarity, freedom, and love that are present now when we stop to notice. By incorporating the self-inquiry practices provided in the book, we are invited to move beyond traditional ideas surrounding self-growth and to discover the true identity of the "I" that we imagine is separate from the Truth we seek. To discover the jewel of liberation, however, we must cease the perpetual quest for outside freedom and look within.
Hunt compassionately illuminates the spiritual ego's quandary in seeking what is unknown while wanting to remain in the known; yet, in opening to the Heart of Awareness, we find that the only thing that truly exists is the Infinite, whether its expressions appear limited or timeless. ENDING THE SEARCH takes the stress out of spirituality by pointing us toward the Heart of Awareness that is at once our deepest nature and the true home we long for.

"ENDING THE SEARCH is a call to our heart's deepest desire-our longing to be truly awake, alive, and authentic human beings. Hunt's writings are living prayers, not for some "thing," but for awakening beyond the shore of separation to our essential nature, to knowing the underlying Mystery that has given birth to each of us and the entire universe ... a profound guidebook for those sincerely wishing to end their search for enlightenment."  -Richard Miller, PhD, author of iRest Meditation

About the Author: Dorothy Hunt serves as spiritual director of Moon Mountain Sangha and is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is the author of Only This! and Leaves from Moon Mountain, as well as being a contributing author to two volumes on nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. Dorothy was invited by her spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, to teach within his lineage. Today, Dorothy's teaching points beyond ideas, religions, or practices to the "sheer Mystery that is always right here behind and within this moment as it is." For more information, visit dorothyhunt.org.
EndingThe Search by Dorothy Hunt
  •  304 pages
  •  $17.95
  •  978-1-68364-063-9
  •  Release from Sounds True World Library




Deeply Holistic:

A Guide To Intuitive Self-Care

Deeply Holistic: A Guide to Intuitive Self-Care-Know Your Body, Live Consciously, and Nurture Your Spirit is a user-friendly guide that gives straightforward and practical advice to all who want a holistic approach to taking care of themselves naturally. Following the traditional framework of an anatomy book that explains each body system chapter-by-chapter, Pip Waller-an experienced practitioner and teacher-provides essential information and tips about exercise, diet, supplements, understanding and caring for your emotional and mental health, naturopathic principles from various traditions and simple yet effective ways of working with spiritual energy. This book is based on the premise that an underlying vital force animates all life and that our natural, inherent tendency is rooted in wholeness and equilibrium.

....This life force needs to be nourished and in balance for health to be revealed. A pathway back to more natural ways of living, this journey begins with listening to ourselves, cultivation a loving acceptance of the truth of our experience-learning to be real, building connections with ourselves, with others, with nature, and with the divine universal energy that pervades our world. At heart, deep holism means a refusal to join the zombie apocalypse-to not be numb, unfeeling, disconnected, on autopilot, unable to feel yourself or others.

About the Author: Pip Waller is an experienced medical herbalist and plant spirit medicine healer, writer and teacher. She lives in North Wales, UK, in a small town on a beautiful river, surrounded by magical hills. She began her work as a holistic healthcare professional in 1987 and has been in continuous practice ever since. Waller is qualified in herbal medicine (joining the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1989 after a four-year training) and Plant Spirit Medicine. She is also trained in therapeutic massage, Reiki and some shamanic techniques. Waller is the author of two books: Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body (2010), which came out of her many years of teaching anatomy to students of holistic medicine and The Herbal Handbook of Home and Health (2015), a book of 501 plant-based recipes for everything from medicines and personal care products to green cleaning products, foods, drinks and string (yes really, string!).
**Hedra Note: I love this book. The chapters cover our major organs/systems and gives so much self care information, including herb recipes. She keeps it light but gets right to the heart of issues. I did NOT feel any shame or guild about how I currently am, instead I felt encouraged by her writing to look at the possibilities. It speaks to the physical, emotional and spiritual side of healing, offering lots of suggestions. Pip Waller explains how our bodies work and then shows us what we can do to experience better health on all levels.
Deeply Holistic by Pip Waller

  • 350 pages  
  • $21.95
  • 978-1-62317-179-7
  • Release from North Atlantic Books




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