I am going to recommend this now because I am quite familiar with the author's work, and I regard her as a hero in the campaign to understand and trea...moreI am going to recommend this now because I am quite familiar with the author's work, and I regard her as a hero in the campaign to understand and treat autism from a whole-body perspective. Martha Herbert is a pediatric neurologist at Harvard, and an incredibly gifted thinker and doer in the autism research and treatment community. This book is new and current, and I just learned about it today.
I have started reading it, and will have more to say soon. It appears to be very well-written - in the plain-spoken style, and with the paradigm-shifting intellect and expertise that I was privileged to witness first-hand.
I would recommend a close look at this, if you are dealing with autism or ASD among your family or friends, or you just want to learn more about the issues.
You can learn more about the author at her website. Or you can just Google 'Martha Herbert' and find many links to interviews, publications, etc. (less)
For me, this is a masterpiece, and it goes straight onto my all-time favorites list. This is the most sensitive, person-centered treatment of deadly d...moreFor me, this is a masterpiece, and it goes straight onto my all-time favorites list. This is the most sensitive, person-centered treatment of deadly disease, and its terrible toll, that I have ever seen. The characters are so deep, so intelligent and so emotionally charged that even a sometime cynic like me gets choked up about them. The dialogues alone are a work of genius.
I knew very little about John Green before picking this up, and had not read any of his books. I loved every page of it, every paragraph. I would certainly read it again.
After finishing my review, I found very thoughtful points of criticism, about details of character and dialogue, from highly respected reviewers who are very familiar with his other work. To me, this is one of the great strengths of goodreads - the diversity of views about a single book, among very serious and intellectually gifted readers. I was not noticing those issues as I read it, but I might have felt differently with more of his books in my memory bank. On the other hand, I am basically just a sucker for beautiful writing and strong ideas, and for me this work was completely packed with both.
Great thanks to Flannery, Amber and other GR friends for bringing this wonderful book to my attention. I understand that it is on the bestseller lists now, but goodreads is the best place for me to find out about the great books that are out there. Much better than any list. Just saying.
There are loads of great quotes from this book, but I picked two that said a lot to me and don’t reveal a lot about the story:
“Hazel is different. She walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. Hazel knows the truth: We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either.“
“The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get smallpox.“
The two central characters in this book are heroes, in different ways and for different reasons. For me, the story took flight in the opening lines, and never came down.
Millions of Americans are magnesium deficient, and don't know it. The health consequences can be very serious. Most physicians are unaware of the impo...moreMillions of Americans are magnesium deficient, and don't know it. The health consequences can be very serious. Most physicians are unaware of the importance of magnesium for heart disease, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, and many other syndromes. The problem is compounded by the standard whole-serum test for magnesium, which does not measure the ionic form that is available to cells (numerous reputable papers have shown this, but the evidence is largely ignored). These and many other issues are clearly discussed in this very readable book, which will let you decide for yourself if you suffer from this deficiency, and what to do about it.(less)