A HEALTHY READ

Woman or man, read your way to better health

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, at 4:34 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 14, 2011, at 5:42 a.m.

WOMEN’S HEALTH ENCYCLOPEDIA: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO WELLNESS FOR EVERY SEASON OF A WOMAN’S LIFE by Sandhya Pruthi, Reader’s Digest Association, 2010.

Four Mayo clinic doctors provide an overview of health concerns, covering both traditional and modern medicine across the complete spectrum of women’s physical, mental and reproductive health. The authors present a wide variety of conventional and holistic treatments in a writing style accessible to the general public. The book features engaging photos, diagrams, charts and definitions throughout. Most chapters include a section called “Take Action Now!” which outlines five or six steps to take to improve short-term and long-term health across dozens of physical and mental health concerns. An eight-page section covers the common drugs prescribed for diseases and ailments, listing the function of a drug along with its side effects and contraindications. The authors offer checklists of symptoms for diseases and ailments and provide examples of questions to ask a doctor during office visits. The wide scope and detailed focus of this book will make it a valuable resource to women of all ages. The Bangor Public Library owns two copies of this book.

THE ROUGH GUIDE TO MEN’S HEALTH by Lloyd Bradley, Rough Guides, 2009.

This book takes an informative and unconventional look at the health and well-being of men. It presents practical advice about dieting, dating, exercising and maintaining good emotional health. The book’s authors reveal lifelong strategies including how to identify the causes of health problems, the best investments to consider in the fight for fitness and the myths about health that can be safely ignored. Graphs, charts, diagrams and checklists are available on nearly every page, making the book as eye-pleasing as it is informative. One particularly helpful chart presents the common vitamins and nutrients and the sources and amounts of each needed for healthful dieting. An A-to-Z section, from acne to varicose veins, covers common ailments for men detailing causes, symptoms, treatment, self-help and prevention. Similarly, a chapter called “What’s the Problem?” lists varied symptoms, indicating possible causes and treatments. For deeper research into each topic, the authors have included listings of Web resources for most topics covered in the book. A strong sense of humor throughout helps in keeping the information from becoming too clinical, monotonous or preachy. Bangor Public Library owns one copy of this book.

The Bangor Public Library will feature health-related books from its collection each month.

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