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“Revolution of the Soul” by Seane Corn

“Revolution of the Soul” by Seane Corn

Review by Ruchi Puri, MD

Revolution of the Soul is the debut book by yoga instructor Seane Corn. It is an autobiography recounting her transformative journey of healing trauma and answering the call to remedy social injustice through her non-profit Off the Mat Into the World. Corn’s naked writing style coupled with her coming of age story is a captivating read. Her life is filled with contrasts reflecting the challenges we all face but struggle to overcome. The backdrop is Manhattan’s pre-gentrified lower east side in the 80’s with its socially marginalized outcasts of drug addicts, punks, underground LGBTQ scene and AIDS crises. There are colorful and thought-provoking friends compelling her to look inward and be curious about life’s bigger questions.

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“The Digital Health Revolution” by Kevin Pereau

“The Digital Health Revolution” by Kevin Pereau

Review by Ricky Fishman, DC

In The Digital Health Revolution, Kevin Pereau describes a new world of medicine: a digitized world. He takes us from electronic health records (EHRs) to new self-monitoring devices that provide continuous feedback about blood pressure, heart rate, and how many steps we take each day. Knowing the number and type of calories we have taken in, how active we have been (or not), and our blood sugar levels, can be very helpful.  This information provides a pathway to prevention, and often reversal, of many of the chronic diseases that plague us today.  Eighty per cent of all illnesses we suffer from fall into this category.

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Sit/Stand Desks: A Review And Critique

Sit/Stand Desks: A Review And Critique

Review by Ricky Fishman, DC

Both my patients and non-patients ask me about sit/stand desks.  They are all the rage. Many of the workplaces I visit are open-plan and stocked with various versions of these up/down desks, which enable computer workers and others who rely on monitors to change positions throughout the day.

The popularity of the sit/stand desk has given rise to a burgeoning market. There are lots of choices at a variety of price points. There are several things that determine the best choice for an individual or a company: They include space, look, ease of use and budget. I’d like to describe the pros and cons of some of the top models in the marketplace.

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“Decisive Intuition” by Rick Snyder

“Decisive Intuition” by Rick Snyder

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

Condition is a health news and information website.  So why am I reviewing a book about business coaching?  Rick Snyder’s Decisive Intuition: Use Your Gut Instincts to Make Smart Business Decisions would seem to belong squarely in the business section of the bookstore. But this book is about much more than business….
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“The United States Of Opioids” by Harry Nelson, JD

“The United States Of Opioids” by Harry Nelson, JD

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

There is a growing canon of work on the opioid epidemic. The best of these books include “Dreamland” by Sam Quinones, “Dopesick” by Beth Macy, and “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari. Each tells the story from a different angle.  Together, they describe the confluence of heroin, Oxycontin, and fentanyl, the complicity of Big Pharma, and the failed “war on drugs.” There is a new book to add to the list…
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“A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression” by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

“A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression” by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

Review By Nicole Bianchi, NC

“Food Will Win the War,” was a slogan propagated by the U.S. Food Administration, as it provided fertilizer to American farmers, who in turn produced food for American troops during World War I. The Allies were well fed. American soldiers consumed an average of 5,000 calories per day, while French and British troops consumed slightly fewer, at 4,000 calories per day. The Allied Forces defeated the Germans, who received barely enough…

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“Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker, PhD

“Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker, PhD

Review By Don Mallonee, MS

If you are a health care professional of any stripe or caliber this book is a must read. But you don’t need to be a health care professional to understand the urgent, powerful message of this book. Why? Because the “decimation of sleep throughout the industrialized world is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our life expectancy, our safety, our productivity and the education of our children.”

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“The Creative Destruction of Medicine” and “The Patient Will See You Now” by Eric Topol

“The Creative Destruction of Medicine” and “The Patient Will See You Now” by Eric Topol

Review By Kevin Pereau

Perhaps nobody in healthcare today challenges the status quo quite like Dr. Eric Topol. He now has two books under his belt: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, and, The Patient Will See You Now. In both, Dr. Topol explores how digital technologies are changing the healthcare landscape. The analogy he uses when describing this change, is the printing press. Yes, it’s that big!

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“Witches, Nurses and Midwives” by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

“Witches, Nurses and Midwives” by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

Review By Ricky Fishman, DC

Witches, Nurses, Midwives (WNM) is one of the seminal works of second-wave feminism. It was written in 1973 by two professors at State University of New York at Westbury, a new public college. At SUNY Westbury the curriculum included alternative subjects, such as Women’s Studies, and served a student body of older, ethnically diverse and working class students. …

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“The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes

“The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes

Review By Nicole Bianchi, N.C.

I have some good books on my office bookshelf — books about what to eat and what not to eat, food science and reference books, volumes about food culture, cookbooks, and many others about the human diet. However, before picking up Gary Taubes’ A Case Against Sugar, I had never read a definitive text that makes a legal case against sugar in its many forms…

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