I really enjoyed this book, full of stories of how people have created meaningful lives. Everyone who chooses a new life path has a unique transition...moreI really enjoyed this book, full of stories of how people have created meaningful lives. Everyone who chooses a new life path has a unique transition process and it's always a challenge on some level, though not the same challenge for everyone.
Reading others' stories has encouraged me to see my life a little differently, as a continuum and a woven story rather than separate vignettes or roles or chronologies. In one story is buried the nugget that making the shift ISN'T easy, even though most people think it's supposed to be. It's hard work to find your place, you "sweet spot." In another story, the gift of finding the beauty of making several changes to reach the place where one's past experience comes together, whether planned or serendipitously. In every story is hope and the promise that doing what makes you happy is the key to finding and MAKING meaning.
There are no fairytales, no magic wands, no lightening bolt answers from the sky. Just a willingness to keep seeking and connecting one's deepest gifts. Honestly written.(less)
This is an EXCELLENT book for anyone whose dog exhibits challenging behaviours. Everyone expects to have an obedient dog who easily does what's asked,...moreThis is an EXCELLENT book for anyone whose dog exhibits challenging behaviours. Everyone expects to have an obedient dog who easily does what's asked, but we are a different species and speak very different languages. When we aren't getting through to our furry friends, WE have the problem and it's best to ask for help. This book is just what you'll need.
Swager cracks open the limited dominant vs. submissive model and breaks canine temperament into more helpful distinctions such as stubborn, independent, dominant, assertive, self-important, high drive, high distractive, reactive/sensitive, low impulse control and shy. When you have a clearer understanding of just where your dog lies on the spectrum, what's motivating his behaviour, you can more effectively address the training issue with practices targeting its underlying source.
This book is far more readable than others I've read about challenging behaviour issues and is also easy to use as a resource. You can read all of it, or look for the sections that relate to your pet and focus there. I do recommend reading the entire section on various temperaments as the distinctions can be subtle. More so if your dog has several challenging traits combined (i.e. dominant/reactive).
Gutsy lady, inspiring in a down-to-earth, get your hands dirty kind of way. If you feel like you just can't catch a break, you'll know you're not alon...moreGutsy lady, inspiring in a down-to-earth, get your hands dirty kind of way. If you feel like you just can't catch a break, you'll know you're not alone AND there's hope at the end of the tunnel. (less)
I found the greater detail about the evolution of blood types fascinating and helpful in seeing the greater context of differences in blood type. (As an aside, it's not very comforting to know that mankind has wantonly squandered the resources of earth since the days of the Cro-Magnon onward. We haven't come that far, have we?)
Taking a closer look at the archeological and biologic research behind blood type differences provides credibility to the basic premise. Some of the science stuff crossed my eyes a little but it's good to have readily available if you ever feel the need to delve deeper -- or maybe just feel rather insomniac and need a non-pharmeceutical route to get to sleep. Flashbacks of high school science...
I was astonished and horrified that D'Adamo so betrays his naturopathic training and jumps aboard the allopathic train in his excitement that, "physicians may soon be able to design tiny tools to safely and effectively repair the damaged nanoscopic machinery of a diseased body, just as a mechanic works on a car's engine..." My understanding and experience of naturopathic medicine is that is is meant to support the body to heal itself, not look to technology to fix what our life style choices have messed up. In a truly holistic approach dis-ease is a symptom of a system not functioning properly, not something to be cut out or mechanically manipulated. And the body-as-a-machine reference? Oh so Newtonian and so 1980's. (There's MUCH emerging science that counters this outdated and limited perspective.)
The blood type approach to diet starts off with a body-supporting premise, but I believe D'Adamo has lost his way from this basic foundation when he focuses on the genetic components of disease at the expense of viewing disease as part of a whole body system. As mentioned in my Eat Right 4 Your Type review (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), more recent research in the field of epigenetics is uncovering what the human genome project didn't unravel -- that genes don't control what happens in the body, they are triggered (or not) by what is going on in their environment (or not). (See Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief or just watch some of his stuff on YouTube for more on that.)
The individualized and detailed information covering one's unique needs, as covered in the book, is reasonably thorough. Identifying which foods, herbs, spices, etc. that either support or diminish one's natural processes is of great value. I do have questions around the need to incorporate more up-to-date information around issues such as GMO foods, but I can overlay D'Adamo's information with more current research and reach my own conclusions about what's right for me. (For example wheat flour is supposed to be fine for me, but I had an immediate negative digestive reaction today after eating a scone. I will continue to avoid wheat flour as i have been doing for some time.)
Ultimately, eating in alignment with your blood type may be a piece of the puzzle, and even an important piece, but it's not the full picture and should be taken with a grain of salt (or not, depending on your blood type).
After once again encountering serious digestive issues despite years of choosing healthy options (very little wheat, virtually no dairy, no caffeine,...moreAfter once again encountering serious digestive issues despite years of choosing healthy options (very little wheat, virtually no dairy, no caffeine, no soft drinks, choosing whole foods vs. packaged, limiting sugar etc.) and several cleanses, I'm intrigued by the idea that part of the key to my challenges may be to understand how blood type affects digestion. I'm willing to give it a go -- am in fact giving it a go -- but do so with some caveats to D'Adamo's approach.
The information on blood type evolution is fascinating (see my review under Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia) and makes a great deal of intuitive sense, as well as being backed up by plenty of research. No problem there.
However, I do feel like the food recommendations are dated. For instance, they don't take into consideration what we now know about the non-food-like chemical composition to genetically modified foods, which surely must also affect how things like soy and wheat affect one's blood. I find it disturbing that a doctor of naturopathic medicine doesn't focus at all on discussing the quality of the food being chosen. Not once do I see any mention of the dangers of choosing non-organic soy products, for example, or the value of pesticide-free foods.
It's also concerning that there is no focus on maintaining one's overall digestive system as a key element in maintaining one's health. It may be that some people already know about that, but it bears repeating for the countless people who will not take the time to educate themselves and will buy the book as the next great quick-fix.
I feel D'Adamo's research is also outdated in its fanfare around the genetic basis for disease. We all got excited about the idea that once the DNA code was cracked we'd be able to eradicate disease. I don't know if you've noticed, but there hasn't been a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. It turns out that DNA does not, on it's own, solve the mystery and is not the miracle discovery everyone thought it would be. Dr. Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief) and others' subsequent research in epigenetics shows that DNA provides a response to its environment but does not in fact control which genes are turned off and on.
All in all Eat Right 4 Your Type may be a piece of the puzzle, but like any other packaged solution it is not THE answer. We need to become knowledgeable about our bodies, how they work, and bring together knowledge from many disciplines to support our body in healing and maintaining health.
I found it interesting to learn what kinds of things a neurosurgeon does as opposed to, say, a neurologist, particularly from a personal perspective....moreI found it interesting to learn what kinds of things a neurosurgeon does as opposed to, say, a neurologist, particularly from a personal perspective. I also appreciated hearing the reality of the profit-driven medical industry. The book dragged in places and took an odd turn at the end where it went from the author's training to suddenly she's doing spine surgeries. Huh? And it really got weird at the end when Firlik envisioned what the future is likely to hold (from her perspective). If she's right, it's a scary thought.(less)
I started off greatly enjoying A General Theory of Love and it's poetic cadence. The concepts were so beautifully and cleverly described, and many res...moreI started off greatly enjoying A General Theory of Love and it's poetic cadence. The concepts were so beautifully and cleverly described, and many resonated with me, articulating into words what I've often felt about the approach of science to the human experience.
Early on I particularly enjoyed the debunking of the concept of humans as intrinsically flawed, driven by unseemly sexual desires, as Freud so emphatically though un-empirically promoted as “truth” and which continues to live on, embedded in our culture.
I dove into the logical explanation of each brain, felt there were many important points raised, however, once I got to the technical bits, I struggled with the writing I had originally enjoyed so much. I suspect this has to do with the different writing styles of the various authors.
I began to feel cheated when I realized the apex we were reaching was attachment theory. “That's it? That's all you've got? Nothing on the energy of resonance?” And I began to notice a growing scepticism as page after page put the responsibility for a child's mental health and adult emotional success squarely on the shoulders of mothers. Uhhhm, wasn't the idea that it's all the mother's fault supposed to make it's way out the door with the other bricks that built the Freudian “castle in the sky”?
I had such high hopes that the book would, based on the research about the importance of emotions, crack open some doors to new ideas or maybe bring some emerging ideas to the mainstream. I was very disappointed to see no real solutions, ideas or even suggestions offered.
In the end, after a few days, I got over my initial disappointment but am left with a feeling that the book opens the door a crack, but doesn't let in a lot of light. There is a great deal of information and insight I'll take away from A General Theory of Love and it's definitely a book I'll re-read and use a resource, particularly for the research cited.
PS: I appreciated the cover as a visual depiction of seeking out connection, the photographer/artist found a clever way to convey the idea. And the fact that the book is well researched got big points. (less)