Health Books for Consumers
Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love, by Lorri A. Green, PhD., and Jacquelyn Landis
As some of you know, I've always had pets -- Labrador Retrievers and sometimes cats. My office mates don't call meetings, except for snacks, and alert me to FedEx and UPS deliveries. In December, I said goodbye to Carver, my dear Labrador Retriever of more than 14 years. There was another sad parting in January as my cat Vala -- pound for pound, the toughest of all my animals -- succumbed to kidney failure at age 15.
This is a well referenced book by an expert, in the strong New Harbinger series of self-help books. It's possible to get stuck in grief, surprised by it, or wonder why you feel so down when it's "just a pet." But in these days, when we touch more people digitally than ever before but have too few warm daily connections, our pets can be our closest family members. We, and they, deserve help and comfort when they go. This book has it.
The Menopause Solution, by Stephanie Faubion, M.D.
The Mayo Clinic provides great patient education materials, and this book is a reliable resource. For example, while it notes that hypnosis is one of the few non-pharmaceutical treatments to successfully treat hot flashes, it also points out that just one clinical trial has showed this so far (the book was published in 2016).
These days, current health information is as close as the smartphone on your bedside (not good for insomnia at midlife or any other age, by the way). But sometimes, you just want to pick up a book. From what happens to your hair, to helpful tables on blood pressure and mammograms, it's all here.
My sole quibble would be that, well, it's a book. I can't talk to it, as I can talk to my doctor and kick ideas around. It doesn't include absolutely everything. But it's a strong basic resource that can sit patiently on your shelf, and a starting point for shared decision making with your provider.
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