Though I loved the information I picked up from this book, I found it boring and repetitive. The information I really wanted was tucked into the last...moreThough I loved the information I picked up from this book, I found it boring and repetitive. The information I really wanted was tucked into the last few pages, yet by then I think I had figured it out. Like many non-fiction books, this one followed the method of telling us there's a problem, why we have the problem, and what research has been done. The problem was repeated over and over.
On the other hand, my personal experience with my doctors has made me more than curious about this vitamin. One doctor told me that I was vitamin D deficient. The next doctor told me I was too high in this vitamin, that it was toxic. This book proves that it is nearly impossible to have toxic amounts of D. That our bodies use this vitamin completely. And it seems that I have all the symptoms of adult rickets. Those are the symptoms of fibromyalgia, at least my experience of it. And I am now taking the amount of vitamin D that the first doctor advised me to take. I will follow through and get tested soon. And I will continue to research this and other methods to find my health again.
I would love to hear from others who have read this book or followed the higher vitamin D intake and find out how well it works for them. I do think people who are having health issues and those who would want to keep themselves healthy would find this book informational, at least.(less)
This book is mainly about the benefits of coconut oil. There are a few recipes including a way to use the oil in a cleanse diet. I doubt with my diabe...moreThis book is mainly about the benefits of coconut oil. There are a few recipes including a way to use the oil in a cleanse diet. I doubt with my diabetes and fibromyalgia that I will do that fast, but I do feel encouraged to use the oil more often. I do already use it to cook my tofu and pour on GMO-free popcorn and, if I remember, I rub it into my skin or hair. I try to use only coconut oil an not other oils or spreads.
This is a quick read. I recommend it to anyone who is curious about coconut oil(less)
After reading about the author's own medical needs I knew I had to read this book. It is mostly a cookbook, but the first part talks about how to adju...moreAfter reading about the author's own medical needs I knew I had to read this book. It is mostly a cookbook, but the first part talks about how to adjust a vegan diet for those of us that are vegan and gluten-free. There were a couple times the author alludes to meat, wheat, fish and dairy, but that is only for those that might need to adjust to the more carnivore diets.
I didn't try any of the recipes, but looking them over they look absolutely delicious! I would have loved even more recipes. Also, have you looked into the benefits of coconut oil? Anyway, keeping this available when I feel ready to cook! :-)(less)
Disclaimer: I was gifted this short story for honest review.
First of all, I was rather disappointed that this was so short with no resolution. With al...moreDisclaimer: I was gifted this short story for honest review.
First of all, I was rather disappointed that this was so short with no resolution. With all the CSI type shows out there this would only be the opening scene. Castle would have asked a lot more questions. But I suppose that the paramedic doesn't get involved in the suicide/murder question. Their job is pronounce the victim or save the victim. So... in that aspect it was a realistic depiction.
Second, I don't read bloody, smelly stories. Not if I can help it. To the author's credit, she did an excellent job describing all the sensations one might feel, smell, taste, see, or hear in this kind of scene making it immediately accessible to the reader. That is what we are taught to do as writers. But in this case... TMI? I suppose if you are into these kinds of stories this would be perfect. For me... I think I will go get a breath of fresh air and dive into another sci-fi or fantasy.(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this Smashwords copy of Dog Days of Dying by the author Jacqueline Patricks for an honest review. Thank you!
Okay, I have been...moreDisclaimer: I was given this Smashwords copy of Dog Days of Dying by the author Jacqueline Patricks for an honest review. Thank you!
Okay, I have been a med-fan since Dr. Kildare and Dr. Ben Casey oh, and Dr. Welby. Later ER became my favorite. Emergency had too short a run for me. Now I am dying between Thursdays when Grey's Anatomy is on. So it is a given that I would be a sucker for this story.
Let me take a moment to bow to people that have these life-saving jobs.
As addicted as I am to their drama personified, I knew at 16 that I wouldn't be able to handle this type of life. I was a Candy Striper. My legs and back hurt all the time. I loved my patients and the staff. One day I went in to see my favorite paraplegic and found them cleaning the room. He had passed during the night. This man had been amazing for me. He could paint marvelous painting holding the brush between his teeth. I learned that some people like all their food mixed up. I am a purest that barely likes different food to touch. He had so many stories that he would tell me as I wheeled him outside in the sun. I don't remember going back as Candy Striper after that. I knew I wasn't made for it, physically or mentally.
This story takes the reader into a day in the life of an EMT. It was hold-your-breath exciting. I cared deeply for the main character and her job-partner. I felt the fear and angst of the crew and parents of the patient. I was literally holding my breath near the end of the story. I don't want to throw in spoilers so I will go right to the very end...
Did the main character's migraine go away? Did she find some Rolaids? You see, that is my problem with short stories. I want them to go on.
Excellent story, Ms. Patricks. I can't wait to read more!(less)
Wow! Just Wow! This book was fantastic! Wait... And yet it was not.
Susan Nusabaum has presented us with a microcosm study in her fictional novel of t...moreWow! Just Wow! This book was fantastic! Wait... And yet it was not.
Susan Nusabaum has presented us with a microcosm study in her fictional novel of the society of disabled youth in conventional nursing homes. Wow, again, that was a mouthful (keyboard full?)! Sadly, I don't believe that the truth is far from this depiction.
The individual stories that create the novel outlines the hopeful actuation of each person dealing with their own demons, their own needs, their own striving for romance while being disabled in one way or another.
As many of you know, I read my books on Kindle with text-to-speech. This book has a character that is Puerto Rican but the author did a great job of capturing all accents and individual speaking quirks. These were so well done that my Kindle reader read them perfectly and even if I wasn't looking at the printed e-pages I still knew who was talking.
The story starts and ends with a wheel-chair bound woman who lands a data-entry job with this nursing home. She is a strong woman who isn't stuck in the nursing home, but sees what is going on. We see, through her eyes and the eyes of the other characters what it feels like to be collectively warehoused with others of differing disabilities.
This book is an eye-opener for all readers. Hopefully we all come out of the read with a better understanding for our all our fellow citizens. Whoever recommended this book to me, thank you! I now have it on my Amazon wishlist and hope someday to have the Audible version as well. This is well worth a few rereads. I see that there may be a movie of this book. I bet it will be equally wonderful! Kudos Ms. Nusabaum! (less)
Look, I like sci-fi and fantasy. This book was too real. On the other hand, it was fiction enough to keep my attention. There was a story and charact...more Look, I like sci-fi and fantasy. This book was too real. On the other hand, it was fiction enough to keep my attention. There was a story and character development, plots within plots, and romance. And they all tied up well at the end of the book.
Meanwhile, something that I find irritating and almost earned it four stars was the information dumping. On second thought, I would have read none of that information anywhere else. And I might need it to guide my real life one of these days. Yes, I would read the book again. There is much to learn here and not just about cannabis.
I loved how the Betty grew stronger as the book progressed. I see a lot of fems that have been told to be quiet, be pretty, and remain in the kitchen-- barefooted. Betty loves to cook so that part was no problem. She, also, learned to speak her mind, even when it was not what her peers wanted to hear.
As many of my friends know, I have fibromyalgia and it has me nearly bed-bound. The pain is horrendous and exhausting. I have gone through all that pharma wants to throw at me but nothing works and the side-effects are very dangerous. I must admit to wondering how cannabis might work for me. I am one of the few people who was a teen in the sixties that didn't try drugs. So I have no way of knowing if it would work for me or not. But as I start to explore pain management with my doctor I am going to ask. My state is setting up dispensaries soon. That is why I ended up buying the Kindle version of the book,(it had been free from the author-for review). I may need it later to refresh my memory of what I may need.
I wish the book had a glossary or footnotes so one could look up the very research that had gone into the book. It seems extensive.
I believe in holistic healing. Herbs, teas, etc. help me a lot without side effects. Cannabis is just one more of Mother Earth's healing plants. Let's learn what we can and respect it for its properties.
Thank you Laurel Dewey for letting me read your wonderful novel. (less)
This is, I think, the third book on the importance of Vitamin D in our lives that I've read recently. And I have to say this was the best written of t...moreThis is, I think, the third book on the importance of Vitamin D in our lives that I've read recently. And I have to say this was the best written of them all. Though not as personable as the others, the design with the references at the end of each chapter, made it so much easier to get through. I could use the text-to-speech to save my eyes the strain and merely turn that feature off to page down to the next chapter without hearing long streams of numbers, dates, and names.
This was probably the most conservative of the books. Doctor Sarfraz Zaidi tended to recommend far less Vitamin D than the other authors had. He did admit, though, that there were very few studies of actual Vitamin D toxicity from overdose, which reflected what I read in the other ebooks about the subject. This would be a great book to start with in researching this important vitamin. It really isn't a vitamin, but a hormone that we are globally deficient in.
On a personal note, one doctor told me I was deficient. The next doctor told me I was too high in Vitamin D. So I feel I have first-hand experience with the lack of knowledge that the medical world has. So I have taken the advice of all three books in upping my supplementation of D. I believe that my experience with 'fibromyalgia' is merely my deficiency of Vitamin D. As soon as I can I will have a better view of whether or not this is true. I am being cautious and not taking nearly what was recommended in the other two books. The only variable that concerns me is Summer. I always feel better in the Summer. Hopefully, by next Winter, I will have caught up on the vitamin. Maybe next year I won't be stuck in bed all the time.(less)
Yes, yet another book about D3. With my fibromyalgia and diabetes type II, I have found myself sick of meds that not only don't work but are dangerous...moreYes, yet another book about D3. With my fibromyalgia and diabetes type II, I have found myself sick of meds that not only don't work but are dangerous in themselves. So I am researching to take control of my own health.
I don't know what to think about this book. There is a lot of research and information given. I like that it is based on real studies. The author brings in many great points.
Mr. Bowles puts his personal story to the forefront. I like that. I hate reading just facts and figures and trying to make sense of the sciences involved. Bowles makes it clearer than others I had found. There are a lot of URLs to click that drive you to sites of clinical trials and results. That is great. That means if I want to hand it to my doctor I can and feel halfway intelligent in the process.
But the book is never finished. In a lot of areas, the author leaves old information and just throws in a parenthetical update. Many authors go back and update their books. Kindle will send you notice or you can go into 'Manage My Kindle' to pick them up. But it is confusing all the (...) and (...). I think the old version should be given, i.e. 'In 1987 I weighed this amount or we believed this...' then follow it with, 'Now I weigh, or now studies show...' And it would flow much easier.
Bowles puts a lot of emails from people that have tried his method and failed or succeeded and adds his reasoning as to what happened in actuality. I liked that. It kept it personal.
I think what I like about the book, I dislike equally. (Hence the 3 stars). The book seems quite long, but it is mostly the studies that are spelled out or referenced in the end of the book (starting at about 50%).
I did appreciate his hard work and sharing it will all of us. I learned a lot and know I can go back for my own references. I think everyone should read this. You don't have to agree, just know it is there. I think going a more natural way is better than all the side-effects of medicines that are prescribed. (less)