The book is written in clear words that anybody can understand, without abusing of medical terms and it explains well when it uses. There are chapters...moreThe book is written in clear words that anybody can understand, without abusing of medical terms and it explains well when it uses. There are chapters like: Communication is Key: talks about things like "know what are you talking about", "empower kids to lake their own decisions", "adults are role models", "adults' brains and children's brain are different"; Drug Basics: types of drugs, different body reactions; Legal issues; Alcohol; Caffeine; Hallucinogens; Inhalants; Marijuana (this chapter specially was too weak to convince that is not good to take it. What a disappointment if is to talk about it to kids and/or teenagers,even for adults); Nicotine: the book has harsh images of drugs and even one of someone taking something, but for the nicotine chapter, it would have been better to also include some damaged lungs.
Even if it is informative and includes a way to approach the subject with kids (and with examples) and teenagers, one feels that info could go a little bit deeper or more incisive and convincing; maybe including cases of people who faced severe aftermaths after consuming or even death, which can happen even if it does not in for the most.(less)
The author tells how addicted he was to alcohol, how he could face it and fix it and then how addicted he was to endurance challenges. As he said repe...moreThe author tells how addicted he was to alcohol, how he could face it and fix it and then how addicted he was to endurance challenges. As he said repeatedly in the book, he had to go to the bottom, nothing half way.
The book was to long about the drinking problem, which gets boring for someone that doesn't take any alcohol. It could be better if he would dig deeper about the fast food and the adverse effects and also about the vegetarian crap food available in the market.
It was nice to read that he realized that what he (and common guys) considered as a normal healthy life (not drinking already) was actualy not the case and the way he decided to change, no matter about his age. His achievements and willpower are remarkable.
The final part was my favorite because it talks about food and health in a reachable way... though the ingredients for the food he talks about are not so reachable at all, like maca, goji, kelp, spirulina, hemp (fr. chanvre), and so on.
The book was fine but I prefer Thrive, by Brendan Brazier.(less)
Nice reading and hilarious. Interesting questions and well explained answers. Next to that: - It lacks themes like contraceptions and behavioral change...moreNice reading and hilarious. Interesting questions and well explained answers. Next to that: - It lacks themes like contraceptions and behavioral changes like for example those happening while breastfeeding. - The author is opposite to most traditional gynaecologists on many topics, like taking alcohol while pregnant, saying: "It's probably just fine to enjoy the occasional glass of wine (...) if you have a glass of chardonnay here and there, you do so at your own risk (...) don't blame yourself if something ever goes wrong with your child (...) chances are, if it happens, it will be unrelated to the alcohol you consumed". (And of course I do not like this >:r) - She talks all the time about "empowering" and acceptance of your female body and "girly parts", but she admits herself to dislike periods and to take pills to never have menstruations to be more comfortable. (less)
Interesting and bold. Remarkable phrases: "I also hope that the ability to modulate brains will be used more widely to enhance those mental qualities...moreInteresting and bold. Remarkable phrases: "I also hope that the ability to modulate brains will be used more widely to enhance those mental qualities that give sweetness and meaning to our lives, and to eradicate those that are destructive. Such an idea reeks of hubris today but future generations, I think, will be less frightened of taking control of our minds as we now seek to control our bodies. Far from diminishing human existence, I believe that this could make our lives immeasurably better". "Yet I believe one thing is already clear: there is no ghost in this place, no monsters in the depths, no lands ruled by dragons. What today's mind voyagers are discovering is instead a biological system of awe inspiring complexity. There is no need for us to satisfy our sense of wonder by conjuring phantoms - the world within our heads is more marvelous than anything we can dream up"(less)
this book explains very well about nutrition. Too bad that Brazier did not include the international equivalences of the measurement units (celsius de...morethis book explains very well about nutrition. Too bad that Brazier did not include the international equivalences of the measurement units (celsius degrees, Kg, etc.) and that the ingredients are not so easy to get. He should include some substitutes or alternative ingredients. (less)
This is the second book from Rita Carter that I read and I like a lot the way she brings some science to the common understanding but without treating...moreThis is the second book from Rita Carter that I read and I like a lot the way she brings some science to the common understanding but without treating the readers as dummies. This book has a fair amount of explanations and examples. It feels like the part with the exercises could be longer though ;) Some remarkable paragraphs from the book:
- Human behavior is much more under the control of situational forces than most of us recognize or want to acknowledge (...) It is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation he finds himself in that determines how he will act.
- the 'many sides' view holds that although people may change on the surface, deep down in each of us there is a solid, singular and unchanging 'authentic' self. A visual metaphor of this model would be a cut gem turning slowly in the light. Its angled surfaces sparkle in turn as the light changes, but in the center there lies an unchanging core. Multiplicity, on the other hand, recognizes that we consist only of our 'faces' - there is no 'real' self lurking behind them. One self may look back on the embarrassing doings of another and bewail them. In some people one personality may even watch another and bewail their actions as they occur. But the bewailer is no more 'authentic' than the bewailed - it is just that in retrospect we prefer to identify with one cluster of characteristic than another. (pag. 35)
- Experiences are not things that happen to us but our responses to those things - the sensations, emotions and thoughts that our brain produces in response to events. Our responses depend largely on our previous experiences, which in turn depend on the ones before that and so on. But they also depend to some extent on the way we are made. For example, the structure of a persons' visual cortex - the density of their color -encoding neurons, say - will affect their perception of a visual image even before the sight is recognized and assessed in terms of what it is and what it means. Hence an identical external event can produce quite different experiences in two different brains. (pag. 61)
- what feels like a decision, is really only the conscious recognition of a decision your brain has already made without any help from a conscious personality. The conscious thought seems to dictate the action because it occurs in the split second between your body being prepared for it and the muscle fibers actually contracting and carrying it out. (pag. 85)