June 2012 Book Reviews

1801 Home Remedies:  Trustworthy treatments for Everyday Health Problems

This book, published by Reader’s Digest, was put together by a group of MD’s, Nurses, pharmacists, and Herbalists and the result is an informative and realistic approach to treating everyday aliments without necessarily reaching for a bottle of pills.  Each issue has a few pages dedicate to the causes and treatment options for everything from constipation, a sty, ingrown toe nails, and jock itch to snoring and the common cold.  The suggestions given are really easy to implement and there is a sidebar that indicates when the problem could be more serious requiring a trip to the doctor.  5 out of 5 stars!

 

There’s Lead in Your Lipstick

My teacher recommended this book during a class discussion on toxic buildup and she outlined that many of our beauty products are laden with harmful chemicals (check out a more in-depth post on this issue).  Until I read Gillian Decon’s book, I really hadn’t given much thought to the ingredient list on my shampoo, conditioner’s, deodorant, and makeup.  It’s hard for me to now discount the harmful effects of these chemicals on my long-term health and so I was especially glad that there were a ton of suggestions on safer product options on the market.  “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick” is also speckled with DIY recipes with I keenly tried out and now have a bathroom shelf complete with my own homemade deodorant, toothpaste, and body moisturizer.  5 out of 5 stars!

 

Fit and Fast in Minutes

I’m always on the lookout for recipes that meet the needs of a busy weeknight so was pleased when I saw this book on the shelf of my local branch of the Toronto Public Library.  Written by Prevention Magazine, this book has 175 recipes that all take under 30 minutes to make.  What I enjoyed about “Fit and Fast in Minutes” was that there was a focus on fruits, vegetables, and high fiber foods while keeping sodium and saturated fats in check.  The author, Linda Gassenheimer, was able to introduce readers to short but varied ingredient lists while keeping things realistic for those of us who shop at a No Frills type grocery store.  Some recipes that caught my eye include Wild Turkey Hash, Smoked Trout Salad, and Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce.  Yum!  For those of you watching your dietary intake, you’ll be pleased to know that the per seving nutritional information is included.  4 out of 5 stars!

 

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