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For all of us who are resolving to take better care of ourselves and our loved ones in 2014, the Peter White Public Library has the following titles to help us live up to our best intentions.

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal (Readers Digest Association second edition) was written to help change the way we view food and its impact on our bodies. Interest in food as medicine has only grown as researchers have continued to discover the crucial connections between diet and chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, as well as the impact of food on stress, insomnia, and other common complaints. In this book you’ll find more than 90 health condition entries from arthritis to insomnia to heart disease and almost 150 food entries from apples to zucchini, including fast food, additives, and more.

In Pukka’s Promise, author Ted Kerasote attempts to answer the question: How can we give our dogs the happiest, healthiest lives?” He questions our conventional wisdom and emerges with vital new information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable dog lovers. Traveling the world and interviewing breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement, Kerasote pulls together the latest research to help us rethink the everyday choices we make for our companions. Kerasote interweaves science with the charming stories of raising Pukka among his dog friends in their small Wyoming village.

If a piece of individually wrapped cheese can retain its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed to our children? Former New York Times business reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question in the book Pandora’s Lunchbox when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that took her to research labs, university food science departments, and factories around the country. Warner looks at how decades of food science have resulted in the cheapest, most abundant, most addictive, and most nutritionally inferior food in the world, and she uncovers startling evidence about the profound health implications of the packaged and fast foods that we eat on a daily basis. What she finds will change the way readers eat-and how they feed their children.

“Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science – not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking.” These facts are the foundation of Clean, a new look at drug abuse. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including 12-step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more explains author David Sheff. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in.

Martha Stewart’s Living the Good Long Life is a practical guide packed with motivating charts, resources, and tips from doctors and wellness specialists. From the best ways to organize your home to protecting your mental well-being and appearance as you age, this book gives accessible ideas that you can incorporate every day. And when it’s time to explore caregiving for others, you’ll know how to enrich their quality of life while preventing your own fatigue. Martha’s 10 Golden Rules for Successful Aging provide a framework for chapters that cover your changing needs with every decade.

Grounded in cutting-edge science and filled with case studies, Cure your child with food: the hidden connection between nutrition and childhood ailments by Kelly Dorfman is a book for every parent whose child suffers from mood swings, stomachaches, ear infections, eczema, anxiety, tantrums, ADD/ADHD, picky eating, asthma, lack of growth, and a host of other physical, behavioral, and developmental problems. Previously published as What’s Eating Your Child? and now with a new chapter on the unexpected connection between gluten and insatiable appetite, Cure Your Child with Food shows parents how to uncover the clues behind their children’s surprisingly nutrition-based health issues and implement simple treatments-immediately.

Eating on the Wild Side explores the nutritional history of our fruits and vegetables. Starting with the wild plants that were central to our original diet, investigative journalist Jo Robinson describes how 400 generations of farmers have unwittingly squandered a host of essential fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. New research shows that these losses have made us more vulnerable to our most troubling conditions and diseases-obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, and dementia. How do we begin to recoup the losses of essential nutrients? By “eating on the wild side”-choosing present-day fruits and vegetables that come closest to the nutritional bounty of their wild ancestors. Robinson explains that many of these jewels of nutrition are hiding in plain sight in our supermarkets, farmers markets, and U-pick orchards.

In Art Journals & Creative Healing, author Sharon Soneff demonstrates with real excerpts from beautiful and unusual artistic journals that the process of journaling can be a tool in navigating through some of life’s more challenging seasons, as well as a tool to support personal growth and achievement. Challenging and complex experiences are treated with dignity and sensitivity, and will inspire readers dealing with their own issues, by placing the greater emphasis on the positive outcome that was yielded for the artist who is willing to be vulnerable in the process. Hope, growth, and healing are at the center of each work, and help deliver the message of the book.

– Ellen Moore

PT Reference Librarian