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Health & Wellness Information at the Topeka Library

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Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive by Mareya Ibrahim, New Cookbooks Media Center 641.5637 IBR

Eat Like You Give a Fork contains eighty recipes that support eight essential nutritional strategies to help you look and feel amazing.  These delicious recipes make healthy eating simple and quick to the table.


Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook by Jose Andrés, New Cookbooks Media Center 641.65 AND

Filled with a guerilla spirit and brought to life by Andrés’s globe-trotting culinary adventures, Vegetables Unleashed will show the home cook how to approach cooking vegetables in an entirely fresh and surprising way – and that the world can be changed through the power of plants.


Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic by Matt McCarthy New Health Books Media Center 614.44 MCC

The author, Dr. Matt McCarthy, shares this exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. In The Race to Stop an Epidemic, he explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics.  The proverbial ticking clock will keep readers on the edge of their seats.


Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall, New Health Books Media Center 614.5732 RAN

For Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. His passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn’t noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin–a sign of bubonic plague. In Black Death at the Golden Gate, the author spins a spellbinding account of the race to understand the disease and contain its spread–the only hope of saving the nation from a gruesome fate.


Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme disease and Biological Weapons by Kris Newby, New Health Books Media Center 616.9246 NEW

While on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Kris Newby was bitten by an unseen tick. That one bite changed her life forever. Newby had become one of the 300,000 Americans who are afflicted with Lyme disease each year. In Bitten, Newby sheds a terrifying new light on this epidemic that is exacting an incalculable toll on us, upending much of what we believe we know about it.


Right to Fail: Nonfiction DVD Edition: Widescreen, Publisher, Date: [Arlington, Virginia]: PBS, [2019], New Health DVD Media Center 616.8572 RIG

After decades in institutions, a man with schizophrenia faces violence and death to live on his own. In collaboration with ProPublica, Right to Fail looks at an investigation into a court-ordered effort to move those with mental illness into independent living.


We Carry Kevan: Six Friends, Three Countries, No Wheelchair by Kevan Chandler, New Health Books Media Center 617.482 CHA

Kevan is just one of the guys. It’s impossible to know him and not become a little more excited about life. He is an inspiring man permeated by joy, unafraid of sorrow, full of vitality and life! We Carry Kevan is a story about friendships and commitment to one another, so incredible you wouldn’t believe it if it wasn’t true.


Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Cary, New Health Books Media Center 610.84 CAR

From cherished memories of weekends she spent as a child with her indulgent Nana to the reality of the year she spent “ladysitting” her now frail grandmother, Lorene Cary journeys through stories of their time together and five generations of their African American family. In Ladysitting, Cary captures the ruptures, love, and, perhaps, forgiveness that can occur in a family as she bears witness to her grandmother’s 101 vibrant years of life.


The 131 Method: Your Personalized Nutrition Solution to Boost Metabolism, Restore Gut Health, and Lose Weight by Chalene    Johnson, New Health Books Media Center 613.22 JOH

If you’re sick of gimmicks and trendy diets that leave you with frustration and a slower metabolism then The 131 Method is the book for you.  It gets to the root of the problem–gut health–and delivers a personalized solution to wellness, hormone balance, and permanent weight loss based on the Nobel Prize-winning science of autophagy and diet phasing. Finally, a science-based solution that’s actually doable!


The Essential Oils Diet: Lose Weight and Transform your Health with the Power of Essential Oils and Bioactive Foods by Eric Zielinski, New Health Books Media Center 613.25 ZIE

The Essential Diet teaches readers how bioactive plant compounds–those found in essential oils and in foods like matcha green tea, chia seeds, almonds, and avocados–can aid in weight loss, boost energy levels, and trigger the body’s natural immune defenses to fight chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and autoimmunity.


The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science by Shaili Jain, New Health Books Media Center 616.8521 JAI

From a physician and post-traumatic stress disorder specialist comes a nuanced cartography of PTSD, a widely misunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions of Americans. The Unspeakable Mind stands as the definitive guide to PTSD and offers lasting hope to sufferers, their loved ones, and health care providers everywhere.


Priced Out: The Economic and Ethical Costs of American Health Care by Uwe E. Reinhardt, New Health Books Media Center 610.8 REI

In Priced Out, author Uwe Reinhardt offers an engaging and enlightening account of today’s U.S. health care system, explaining why it costs so much more and delivers so much less than the systems of every other advanced country.  Priced Out dispels the confusion, ignorance, myths, and misinformation that hinder effective reform.


Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom by Katherine Eban, New Health Books Media Center 615.1 EBA

We have been reassured by our doctors, our pharmacists and our regulators that generic drugs are identical to their brand-name counterparts, just less expensive. But is this really true? A decade-long investigation, Bottle of Lies reveals how the world’s greatest public-health innovation has become one of its most astonishing swindles.


The Blink of an Eye: A Memoir of Dying–and Learning How to Live Again by Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard, New Health Books Media Center 617.48 KJA

Rikke’s gripping account of being locked inside her own body, and what it took to painstakingly relearn every basic life skill–from breathing and swallowing, speaking and walking, to truly living again. Much more than an account of recovery against all odds–this is a celebration of love, family, and every little thing that matters.


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