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It's All In Your Head: Change Your Mind - Change Your Health (Mark Pettus)

Book Description
In America today, many suffer from the "Lifestyle Syndrome," where poor eating habits, lack of exercise, depression and anxiety have caused an epidemic of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood lipids, substance abuse, and general poor health, not to mention the cost. We are an addicted society and need to change how we think, feel, and behave to live better and longer. But how?

In "It’s All in Your Head," Dr. Mark Pettus tells how he turned his own life around and uses current scientific research to show that the secret to good health has been "in our heads" all the time. The will power to change in a positive manner, he reveals, is a biologic response that can be "turned on" in just four to six weeks to make us "addicted to health."

Dr. Pettus’s four-week self-directed program uses positive emotions, meditation, dedicated work, and self-awareness, to begin to achieve health, healing, and life satisfaction. "It’s All in Your Head" promises to change your mindset.

Crave activities like exercise, a healthy diet, less stress, and social stimulation as much as a smoker craves the next cigarette.
Gain greater awareness and control over the choices you make and their biological consequences.
Improve blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolic rate
Change your behavior and activities for better physical, emotional, and spiritual health
Create value in your life as you get up and start moving
Transform the fear in your life to greater confidence and well-being.

It’s accessible, easy-to-absorb and put-into-action health care.

About the Author
Dr. Mark Pettus was voted one of America’s Top Physicians in 2003 and 2004 by The Consumers’ Research Council of America. He has been featured on numerous TV programs, including “The 700 Club,” “Geraldo Rivera at Large,” and “Good Day New York,” as well as radio shows nationwide. Dr. Pettus is a board certified internist and nephrologist, and is the founder of A Healing Hand, providing consulting services in areas of conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation in health care. He lectures extensively on patient care, conflict resolution, negotiation and leadership in health care, with a special interest in the spiritual-health connection. He is the former Chief of Staff and Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center in Western Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from Boston University; his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School; his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, and he completed his renal fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He lives with his family in Charleston, SC. Visit his website at

Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss

On the left is one small, fat-free, no-sugar-added muffin. On the right is a cornucopia of food--several pounds of fruit and a pair of whole-wheat rolls. The calorie counts are identical: 720.
There sits Dr. Howard Shapiro's point: dieters imagine that they're saving calories by eating the "virtuous" snack on the left, whereas in reality they're depriving themselves of the mountain of food on the right.

Dr. Shapiro believes that there are no bad foods, no right or wrong reasons to eat, no perfect number of meals in any given day. He doesn't believe in telling clients at his weight-loss clinic in Manhattan when they can or can't eat. Some of them are celebrities and corporate executives with such busy lives that mealtimes are often unpredictable. So Dr. Shapiro reassures them that a calorie is a calorie, whether you eat it before or after 9 p.m. He helps them lose weight by showing them different foods, set side by side, and how the seemingly healthier choice might actually be equal to or greater in calories than a bunch of foods that would seem to be off-limits to someone trying to lose weight.

How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life (Tom Rath & Donald Clifton)

From Publishers Weekly
In this brief but significant book, the authors, a grandfather-grandson team, explore how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton (coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) and Rath suggest that we all have a bucket within us that needs to be filled with positive experiences, such as recognition or praise. When we're negative toward others, we use a dipper to remove from their buckets and diminish their positive outlook. When we treat others in a positive manner, we fill not only their buckets but ours as well. The authors illustrate how this principle works in the areas of business and management, marriage and other personal relationships and in parenting through studies covering a 40-year span, many in association with the Gallup Poll. While acknowledging that most lives have their share of misfortune, the authors also make clear that how misfortune affects individuals depends largely on their level of positive energy and confidence. The authors also underscore that our human interactions provide most of the joys or disappointments we receive from life. The book comes with a unique access code to, which offers a positive impact assessment and drop-shaped note cards that can be used to give praise and recognition to others.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (Robert Sapolsky)

Why don't zebras get ulcers--or heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases--when people do? In a fascinating look at the science of stress, biologist Robert Sapolsky presents an intriguing case, that people develop such diseases partly because our bodies aren't designed for the constant stresses of a modern-day life--like sitting in daily traffic jams or growing up in poverty. Rather, they seem more built for the kind of short-term stress faced by a zebra--like outrunning a lion.
With wit, graceful writing, and a sprinkling of Far Side cartoons, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers makes understanding the science of stress an adventure in discovery. "This book is a primer about stress, stress-related disease, and the mechanisms of coping with stress. How is it that our bodies can adapt to some stressful emergencies, while other ones make us sick? Why are some of us especially vulnerable to stress-related diseases, and what does that have to do with our personalities?"

Sapolsky, a Stanford University neuroscientist, explores stress's role in heart disease, diabetes, growth retardation, memory loss, and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. He cites tantalizing studies of hyenas, baboons, and rodents, as well as of people of different cultures, to vividly make his points. And Sapolsky concludes with a hopeful chapter, titled "Managing Stress." Although he doesn't subscribe to the school of thought that hope cures all disease, Sapolsky highlights the studies that suggest we do have some control over stress-related ailments, based on how we perceive the stress and the kinds of social support we have.

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