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Link to ArticleNews from our Membership

Link to ArticleMLA Wants CHIS Testimonials

Link to ArticleNew Resources for Maternal and Child Health Library

Link to ArticleAdd Your Postings on the Consumer Health Resource Directory!

Link to ArticleMLA 2006 Program Abstracts Submission

Link to ArticleBook Reviews

Link to ArticleAdventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome

Link to ArticleBe a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment

Link to ArticleConfíe en el Mañana: Guía para el Tratamiento del Cáncer de Seno

Link to ArticleThe Best Worst Brother

Link to ArticleThe Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect

Link to ArticleConsumer's Guide to Dentistry

Link to ArticleHealthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being

Link to ArticleMenopause Before 40, Coping with Premature Ovarian Failure

Link to ArticleOn Circumcision: Timely Information for Parents and Professionals from America's #1 Expert on Circumcision

Link to ArticleDepression in New Mothers: Causes, Consequences and Treatment Alternatives

Link to ArticleRevitalize Your Hormones: Dr. Dale's 7 Steps to a Happier, Healthier and Sexier You

Link to ArticleThe Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Link to ArticleWhen Your Body Aches: A Quick Reference to Treating Bone, Joint and Muscle Pain

Link to ArticleWorld Atlas of Epidemic Diseases

Link to ArticleHealing Injuries the Natural Way

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News from our Membership

MLA Wants CHIS Testimonials!

MLA is interested in hearing testimonials/stories about how consumer
health librarians have helped consumers in their communities find health
information. What was the impact of the information you provided, if
known? Please send your stories to Tomi Gunn at MLA headquarters at Thank you.

The Maternal and Child Health Library is pleased to announce two new library products.

1)  Non-English Materials and Resources

Non-English Language Materials and Resources is an index page that provides new, easy access to information in the MCH Library that is available in over 60 languages.  The index page lists each language for which information is available and provides automated searching of library databases.  The index is available at  A suggestion form is included so readers can suggest new resources to add to the library, or make comments about the usefulness and value of this index.

2) Maternal and Child Health Thesarus

The third edition of the Maternal and Child Health Thesaurus ( provides the MCH professional community with a standard vocabulary that serves as a tool for indexing and retrieving materials in any MCH research center, library, or special collection. The thesaurus Web site provides an introduction; an alphabetical list of terms; a rotated list of terms; a set of subject categories; and a search function to search MCHLine® for specific terms.  A pdf version of the full thesaurus is also available on the Web site.

Consumer Health Resource Directory

Stepanie Weldon, Denison Memorial Library, continues to add your postings from the CAPHIS listserv to the Consumer Health Resource Directory

The easiest way to find information is via searching by subject:

This is the link to search by subject

Be sure to hit the “return to search results” on your search results page instead of the back button

The CHRD home page url is

MLA 2006: program abstract submission

CAPHIS, Chiropractic Libraries and the African American Medical Librarian Alliance will be sponsoring a program on Promoting Patient Safety at the 2006 Annaul Meeting. This session will explore what librarians are doing to promote patient safety, how library projects are impacting the patient and/or organization, and how librarian’s involvement is helping the organization meet accreditation standards in this area. Topics for presentation might include: how EBM improves patient safety and quality of care; the development and/or use of web based education to improve patient safety; six sigma initiatives and safety outcomes; and the libraries role in creating an informed patient.

For more information on abstract submission guidelines or what other programs have been proposed see

Book Reviews

Palmer, Greg. Adventures in the mainstream: coming of age with Down Syndrome. Woodbine House, 2005. 315p. ISBN 1-890627-30-5 $16.95

This book written by Greg Palmer chronicles a two year journey taken by his son Ned who is 21 and about to graduate from high school in the Seattle area.  Ned has Down Syndrome and needs to be prepared to find a job and “go out into the real world”.  Greg writes in a diary format with entries from himself, his wife Cathy and Ned.  He includes a boy’s trip he and Ned took after graduation to the British Isles and how Ned coped with all that adventure. Ned helps in his old classroom as a teacher’s aide, conducts the high school choir and has a variety of other activities in his quest. Ned enters a vocational program through the University of Washington, works in a mailroom and has a position as an intern. He studies and takes a test to become a certified food handler (work in a fast food restaurant). His mother explains to him in a down to earth manner that he has Down Syndrome and therefore his life is different from others his age.

This easy to read book which is hard to put down sheds light on Down Syndrome children and all their parents’ fears once their children reach the age they cannot go to school. Greg Palmer shares his fears, joys, rewards, anxious moments and all the emotions that he went through as he and Cathy worked to help Ned adjust to life outside of school.  In reading this book I felt I knew both Greg and Ned personally.  Each parent of an adolescent with Down Syndrome who is concerned about the future needs to read this book.

Reviewed by Cindy Perkins, Medical Librarian, Children’s Hospital Central California, Madera, CA  93711

Lange, Vladimir, M.D. Be a survivor: your guide to breast cancer treatment, 3rd. ed. Lange Productions, 2005. 180p. $24.95, paper with DVD. ISBN 0-9663610-8-3.

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a shattering experience. Telling partners, children, and colleagues; choosing treatment options; and dealing with the effects of therapy can be overwhelming. The third edition of Be a Survivor will help patients and their families cope. Dr. Lange, an emergency-room physician who now works in breast health, had to face all of this when his wife, a pediatrician, was diagnosed seventeen years ago. This book grew out of their experience with breast cancer. Thirty physicians and nurses who treat cancer patients contributed to it. Like all good cancer books, this one has the latest information about choosing health care providers, diagnosis and treatment, and recovery. It has far more though. Throughout the book, there are questions for patients and family members to ask. There are interviews with patients and family members in various stages of treatment and recovery, 150 color photographs and diagrams of women undergoing treatment, and a chapter for partners with advice and support. There is also a DVD with 3-D graphics, survivor’s stories, and videos of surgical procedures. A Spanish –language version Confie En El Manaña is available, too. This is an outstanding resource for consumer health and cancer collections.

Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.


Lange, Vladimir. Confíe en el Mañana: guía para el tratamiento del cáncer de seno.  Lange Productions, 2000. 149. $24.95. ISBN 0-9663610-3-2.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Hispanic women. It is the third leading cause of death. With an increasing number of Spanish-speaking patrons, libraries need current material on this subject in Spanish. Confíe en el Mañana is a Spanish-language version of Dr. Vladimir Lang’s book Be a Survivor. It includes basic information about cancer, diagnosis and treatment, and comments from Latina patients, as well as a resource list that has listings for the health ministries of Latin American countries and Spain. The book has excellent color illustrations, a glossary, and a bibliography of Spanish-language resources. Librarians should note that this version is based on the 1998 edition of Be a Survivor rather than the 2005 English edition. It does not have a supplementary DVD. This is an excellent source for Spanish speakers, but librarians should offer updated information from MedlinePlus en Español with it.

Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.


Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie.  The best worst brother.  Woodbine House, 2005.  26 p.  ISBN 1-890627-68-2.  $14.95

This picture book for ages 4-8 is a sequel to We’ll Paint the Octopus Red, but can stand alone.  Big sister Emma is frustrated with her three-year-old brother Isaac, who is not so cuddly and easy to play with now.  Emma’s mother is taking sign language classes in order to teach Isaac how to sign, and Emma tries to help by teaching Isaac “please” and “thank you,” but he just spits at her and pushes her away.  Her father counsels patience, but Emma wants her brother to learn to talk now.  When Isaac finally starts to sign, Emma is proud of him.  The text never mentions that Isaac has Down syndrome, and the illustrations by Charlotte Fremaux do not make his condition obvious, so the story focuses on the sibling relationship, including her momentary anxiety over his behavior at her school’s Open House.  A question and answer section at the end of the story explains the use of sign language and the delayed speech of children with Down syndrome.  This is a good purchase for pediatric consumer health collections. 

Reviewed by Brenda Pfannenstiel, MALS, MA, AHIP,Kreamer Family Resource Center, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics.


Maine, Margo, Ph.D., and Kelly, Joe.  The body myth:  adult women and the pressure to be perfect.  1st ed.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.  279p. index.  ISBN0-471-69158-5. $24.95.

Maine, an experienced clinical psychologist and founder of the National Eating Disorders Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders, and Kelly, author of Dads and Daughters address the issue of the Body Myth. Adult women place too much emphasis on their appearance.  The Body Myth delves into the escalating number of bulimic, anorexic, and lean-obsessed adult women by examining our youth-worshipping, mass- consuming, and celebrity-emulating culture.  Coupled with professional and personal anxiety and menopause, the prevalence of eating disorders for adult women has risen in the last few years.

The book is written at the high school level and includes personal stories.  It is one of a few books that address’s the problems of eating disorders for adult women (women over 30).  Kelly’s male perspective on eating disorders and the attention paid to male eating disorders is a nice touch.  The book does include exercises and advice for readers regarding treatment as well as a list of resources available.  The Body Myth is recommended for public libraries. 

Reviewed by Lisa Huang, Consumer Health Information Center, McKinney, TX

Christensen, Gordon J. A consumer’s guide to dentistry, 2nd ed. Mosby, 2005. 214p. illus. index. $51.95. ISBN 0-323-04183-6.     

Patients seeking information about dental health and dental procedures have very few options. The field is not as well covered as medicine. The Consumer’s Guide to Dentistry is a welcome addition to the library. The author is affiliated with the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. He offers current coverage of preventive care as well as treatments for dental conditions. The book includes information about the various dental specialties (endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, etc.), choosing a dentist, pain control, and adult, geriatric, and pediatric dentistry. It provides illustrated, detailed explanations of everything from basic filling of cavities to dental implants, braces, gum surgery, and root canals. Discussions proper flossing and brushing will help readers avoid some of these procedures. Chapters on temporomandibular joint dysfunction and cosmetic dentistry cover the various options available for patients. There is a referral list of associations and a brief reading list of professional books. In addition to a table of contents, the author has created an alphabetical subject list with chapter and page listings. This is somewhat cumbersome because readers may not approach the book in the same way. The detailed index will help. The chapters are color coded, but these colors do not appear in the table of contents, the subject list, or the index. Although the literacy level is fairly high, the comprehensive coverage of dentistry and the scarcity of consumer books about it make this a very useful book.

Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.


Weil, Andrew.  Healthy aging:  a lifelong guide to your physical and spiritual well-being.  Knopf, 2005.  276p.  ISBN 0-375-40755-3.  $27.95.

Healthy Aging immediately engages the reader by its attractive title.  After all, if we must get older, ideally it should be a pleasant experience.  Andrew Weil is a well-known physician who carries popular appeal through his previous works.  He is a 1968 graduate of Harvard Medical School, and is currently the Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Weil’s approach to aging in this book seems to be that of finding oneness with nature’s path.  “The goal,” according to Weil, “is to adapt to the changes that time brings and to arrive in old age with minimal deficits and discomforts – in technical terms, to compress morbidity”.  Dr. Weil generally succeeds in presenting enough information to satisfactorily address the subject within this context

Healthy Aging is divided into sections that address both the scientific and emotional aspects of growing old.  The first section, “The Science and Philosophy of Healthy Aging” looks at several myths and facts, including cell life, fountain of youth legends, anti-aging therapies ancient and modern, and some recent research trends.  Weil also guides the reader through a couple of theories on the whys behind physiological aging.  The second section, “How to Age Gracefully” primarily deals with the emotional side of getting older.  Readers will find practical information on physical activity, sex and intimacy, stress, and other topics within the context of aging.  There is also a useful appendix with an anti-inflammatory diet. 

I found this book to be readable and interesting.  The reading level may be somewhat high for some library patrons, but Dr. Weil’s writing style will quickly engage most readers familiar with the vocabulary he uses. 

Reviewed by T. Elizabeth Workman, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Banerd, Karen. Menopause before 40, coping with premature ovarian failure. Sarahealth / Trafford, 2004. 139p. index, bibliography, webliography. ISBN 1-4120-3464-7. $19.95.

Menopause Before 40 is organized into three sections: My Menopause Journey, Premature Menopause and Hormones, and Coping Strategies. Banerd applies her skills as an educator and author on other topics to her coherent explanations of medical terms and concepts. She offers a combination of candid experience and practical how-to solutions leavened with appropriate references from the medical and consumer health literature. The bibliography includes peer-review research articles and popular articles, medical textbooks and patient education materials. The book is written at a level appropriate for persons with some college education. Banerd's observations and insights would be of value not only to POF patients, but also to women with normal menopause and women with reproductive cancers who have had their ovaries removed. In particular, she includes a rare and helpful discussion of how to manage intimacy under challenging health circumstances, with aging partners, teenagers in the house, and more.

Karen Banerd's book, Menopause Before 40, is one of two books released in 2004 on premature ovarian failure, also known as premature menopause.  Menopause Before 40, like Faces of POF (2004) and The Premature Menopause Book (1997), are written from the perspective of the patient. Banerd's book offers a good middle ground between Faces of POF, with comparatively brief profiles of a group of  women's experiences, and the over 400 page The Premature Menopause Book.

Recommended for moderate sized consumer health and public libraries.

Other books that discuss premature menopause are:

Faces of POF: Learning and Living with Premature Ovarian Failure by POF Support Group (2004)

The Premature Menopause Book: When the "Change Of Life" Comes Too Early, by Kathryn Petras (1997)

Reviewed by P. F. Anderson, Dentistry Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan,


Schoen, Ed, M.D. Ed Schoen, M.D. On circumcision: timely information for parents and professionals from America’s #1 expert on circumcision. RDR Books, 2005. 135p. $16.95. ISBN 1-57143-123-3.

The majority of male infants born in the United Sates are circumcised during the newborn period. There are, however, parents who are not sure that they should circumcise their sons. Dr. Edgar J. Schoen, former chief of pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision, has written a brief book with objective information about this procedure. He explains the techniques used and emphasizes that local anesthesia is routine. He also notes the health benefits: a significant reduction in kidney infections during infancy, better hygiene, significantly lower risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and a lower risk of penile cancer. The female partners of circumcised men have a lower risk of cervical cancer, too. Dr. Schoen presents the religious and historical origins of the procedure, noting that it dates back to ancient Egypt and that it is a religious rite for both Jews and Muslims. It became the norm in the United Sates during the late 1800s. Although there is a small but vocal anti-circumcision movement in this country, its members remain a minority. This book provides sound, objective medical information for parents who want to make an informed decision about circumcision.

Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.


Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen A.  Depression in new mothers: causes, consequences and treatment alternatives.  Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, 2005.  255 p. bibliographical references and index.  ISBN 978-0-7890-1839-7. $24.95 (softcover), ISBN 978-0-7890-1838-1. $39.95 (hardcover).

A great deal of research has been done on postpartum depression in the last decade and this book, intended for mental health professionals, is a timely literature review on the subject.  It is a thoroughly revised and greatly expanded version of the author’s original work Postpartum Depression, published in 1993. Kendall-Tackett, PhD, a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, has published many articles about family violence, as well a book for nurses about postpartum depression.  She is the author of a book for consumers, Hidden Feelings of Motherhood, which addresses the broader issue of stresses resulting from parenting. 

Kendall-Tackett discusses the effects of postpartum depression on mothers and infants, as well as its association with the woman’s physiological factors, childbirth experiences, and characteristics of her infant.  Assessment, risk factors, and treatment, including community interventions, psychotherapy, complementary therapies, and medication are covered in individual chapters.  The case of an individual patient from the 1993 version, with excerpts from the patient’s diary and her medical record, is also presented.  A comprehensive list of bibliographical references is included.

This book is more appropriate for medical libraries with large collections in the area of psychiatry and mental health, and would not be suitable for most consumer health libraries.  Recent books more appropriate for consumer health libraries include Conquering Postpartum Depression by Ronald Rosenberg, Deborah Greening, and James Windell and Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression by Shoshana S. Bennett, and Pec Indman. 

Reviewed by Deborah Magnan,  Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ  


Dale, Theresa. Revitalize your hormones: Dr. Dale’s 7 steps to a happier, healthier and sexier you. John Wiley & Sons, 2005. 294 p. index. ISBN 0-471-65555-4.$15.95.

Revitalize Your Hormones promises women a “natural” way to balance their hormones and alleviate menopausal symptoms without hormone replacement therapy (HRT).   Part One provides an overview of hormones and their functions and the arguments against using HRT. Part Two is the heart of the book, providing the author’s recommendations for healthy diet and lifestyle changes to balance one’s hormones. Part Three includes recipes, many of them for the raw foods that Dr. Dale recommends, that make up the bulk of a healthy diet.

Theresa Dale, naturopathic doctor and homeopath, is also the author of Your Emotional DNA: Understanding the Blueprint of Your Life and Biotic Mac’s Slow Foods Cookbook. She clearly states her personal bias that HRT or other drugs are NEVER warranted and claims to have cured herself of a uterine tumor and thyroid disease using this program. Her conversational writing style draws on observations from her personal practice; a lot of claims are prefaced with “studies have proved…” but many of her footnotes are sketchy.  Several inaccuracies stand out -- some important and some less so – leaving me to wonder what errors I might have missed. Examples include the statement that agave syrup is made from brown rice (it’s made from agave, the same Mexican cactus that gives us tequila) and her belief that certain infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and toxoplasmosis can somehow be passed on genetically.

That said, there is nothing in her recommendations that could be harmful, and following them could certainly provide better health benefits than the standard American diet. She recommends increased exercise, antioxidant intake, stress management, and eliminating alcohol, caffeine, sugar, saturated fats, and overly processed foods. Her more extreme recommendations include eliminating dairy, all beef, farmed fish, mercury amalgam dental fillings, exposure to chemicals and electromagnetic fields, petroleum or animal products in cosmetics, yeast, aluminum cookware, and artificial sweeteners.  She recommends eating raw organic food, brushing your skin to eliminate toxins, and the use of homeopathic remedies. (She also sells these remedies on her website, She also discusses a Chinese Body Clock, which supposedly uses the time of day that one’s symptoms occur to diagnose which organ is affected and which remedy to use; and a sort of tooth reflexology, in which pain in a particular tooth is used to diagnose problems elsewhere in the body.

True believers in naturopathy and other “alternative” practices will enjoy this book; as a scientifically-oriented skeptic, I personally can’t recommend it.

Reviewed by Eris Weaver, MPH, MLIS, AHIP.  Librarian on the Loose, Cotati, CA

Rogers, Judith. The disabled woman’s guide to pregnancy and birth. Demos, 2005. 509p. ISBN 1-932603-08-5. $24.95.

Being somewhat familiar with popular books available on most bookstore shelves on pregnancy and birth, I knew by the title of this book that it would likely fill a void in the popular literature on the subject. As it happens, it not only does so, but exceptionally well.

The book centers around the personal experiences of 90 disabled women interviewed for the book. It describes the nature of their disabilities (22 are covered in all), their pregnancy histories, symptoms, and the individual challenges they encountered and overcame during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Judith Rogers, the author, is an occupational therapist and disabled mother of two. She is a pregnancy and parenting specialist at Through the Looking Glass, a National Resource Center, in Berkeley, CA.  

The table of contents is not unlike that of other pregnancy books, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise emotional issues, physical changes during each trimester, interacting with medical personnel, details on labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. The difference lies in that all of these topics are approached from the disabled woman’s perspective, with copious personal examples from the interviewees are woven through each section. The lists of resources and references included at the end of the book offer valuable destinations for further inquiry.

This book not only fills a need for practical information but offers a very thorough coverage of all aspects of the disabled woman’s pregnancy and childbirth experience.  I highly recommend it as an interesting and very informative resource for a consumer health collection.

Reviewed by Rita Haydar, Saint Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. When your body aches: a quick reference to treating bone, joint, and muscle pain. Walker & Company, 2003. 288p. index. ISBN 0-8027-7720-1. $14.00.

This  is  an inexpensive, authoritative guide to identifying, treating, and preventing over 100 musculoskeletal problems.  The book is written in the active tense, addressing the reader as “you.” The informal style and use of both common and medical terminology promotes the book’s intent - to take the mystery out of some of some of the problems that affect your body.  

Arrangement of the book into sections by body area allows the reader to locate  her own concern.  The back of the first page of each section contains illustrations that the reader can refer to when reading about specific problems in a section’s chapters.  Graphics are used sparingly.  Black, white, gray, and smudging are used effectively as dividers and highlighters in the text.  Uniform formatting of chapters assists the reader in locating information. 

The book will help adult readers identify what symptoms require immediate medical attention rather than a self-administered RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) regimen. Problems that affect all age groups are included.  The reader is given specific steps to take for optimum care of herself and others.  In some cases, physician care is indicated if first aid treatment does not provide relief after a specified time; in other cases, physician care is the initial treatment of choice.  Specific therapies and down times are given.

There are not many hits in OCLC on popular works dealing with orthopaedics or musculoskeletal system diseases.  The most widely held book is Irwin M. Siegel’s 1998 All About Bone : An Owner’s Manual.   There is more information in Siegel’s book, but When Your Body Aches is the better owner’s manual in its ease of use and emphasis on patient self-care.

Reviewed by Susan Roosth MLS, Resource Center of Dallas, 2701 Reagan Street,Dallas TX  75219-0869. 214-540-4451


Cliff, Andrew; Peter Haggett, and Matthew Smallman-Raynor. World atlas of epidemic diseases. Arnold, distributed by Oxford University Press, 2004. 212p. $225.00. ISBN 0-340076171-7.

Epidemics have changed the course of history. One has only to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television to learn of a new disease that threatens the world. The speed of modern travel makes it easy for infections to appear far from their origin. The World Atlas of Epidemic Diseases, by three British geographers, provides an overview of major epidemic diseases and their distribution. The authors explain the basics of epidemiology and disease mapping. They then present fifty diseases that have caused major epidemics throughout history. They include very old diseases (bubonic plague, measles, smallpox) as well as new diseases (Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS) and common diseases (tuberculosis, malaria, influenza). The entries for each include maps, pictures of the biological agent that causes it, and information about its environment, the impact it has, its history, the pioneers who did research on it, its current status and distribution, and possibilities for control. A chapter on the changing patterns of disease includes a discussion of bio-terrorism and the impact of war on efforts to control disease. Each chapter concludes with a reading list and there is an extensive bibliography as well. A glossary and list of Web sites complete the work. Although this is an expensive book, libraries with sufficient funds should consider it. It is an excellent resource for questions about the exotic diseases such as Ebola/Marburg and leishmaniasis that patrons may encounter in the news and for students doing reports. It is less comprehensive than The Cambridge World History of Human Disease, but the illustrations are outstanding.

Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.


Cook, Schoffro Michelle.  Healing injuries the natural way. Your Health Press. 2004. 192p.index.. ISBN 1-4120-3005-6. $26.95 CDN/$19.95 US.

If you have been injured or are experiencing pain, and want to heal by using natural and holistic means, then this self help book is for you.  Healing Injuries the Natural Way by Michelle  Schoffro Cook, provides an alternative approach to healing various types of bone, soft tissue, and joint injuries related to osteoporosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, Dac, CNC, CITP is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, Doctor of Acupuncture, Holistic Life Coach, Biofeedback Therapist, Reiki Master, Holistic Nutritionist, and Energy Medicine Practitioner.

This book is easy to read, simple to use, and packed with results.  The writing style flows from a discussion in Chapter 1 on common “bone injuries” leading up to Chapter 10 “Eight-Week Injury - Healing Program” which provides your body with the powerful nutrients it needs to heal through the use of herbs and foods that lessen the pain and inflammation. Readers will learn how to: use the power of food, nutritional supplements, and herbs; utilize essentials oils and homeopathic remedies; discover exercise as a tool to overcome injuries; beat pain using powerful acupressure techniques; building bone the natural way, reverse fibromyalgia, and much more.

Michelle Schoffro Cook’s current book, The Ultimate Body Detox Plan (2005) is based on a holistic approach of detoxing that cleanses your whole body.   Healing Injuries the Natural Way is a mini-encylopedia that would be a great assest for any Consumer Health Library.

Darlene G. Ward, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Academic Center-Library, Chicago, IL

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