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It’s been a month of reading! How great is that? Here’s the thing however ~ out of the 3 books I wanted to finish only 2 made it to the end and the 3rd one will have to hold over until next month. September went by oh so quickly!

First on the hit parade was “Your Health Destiny: How to Unlock Your Natural Ability to Overcome Illness, Feel Better, and Live Longer” by Eva Selhub, M.D. A good book and packed full of good information about nutrition, health and health habits for those who perhaps are just starting to think about these subjects. If on the other hand you’ve been thinking about these topics for a while it might be a bit more than you need. Dr. Selhub is very much on the side of eating well, getting vitamins and minerals through the conscious food choices we make along with sleep, stress reduction and exercise. Does any of this sound familiar Thriving Reader? I’m sure it does!

A seriously positive note from the book is that there are clearly at least some in the medical profession who are willing, able and comfortable collaborating with their patients. Dr. Selhub sounds like a doctor you can call and she will actually listen, ask for clarification and then work with you. Those are not qualities seen in all medical professionals. For the record and slightly off topic ~ if you don’t have a team of medical professionals who are capable of this then put together a team that can! Overall a good read if you are just starting your health and wellness journey.

Book #2 is “Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)” by Chade-Meng Tan and Daniel Goleman. As I mentioned in September this is a good, fast book. Actually, it’s a book I like immensely (I keep going over favorite sections!) What I like most about it is that it takes meditation and breaks it down into a less mysterious practice, one which is easy to explain and hard to practice on a regular basis. Here’s the other piece I liked so much about it; both Meng and Goleman like to cite research. As you likely already know I’m a fan of research and a bigger fan of peer reviewed, replicated findings.

Here’s a quote from the Huffington Post review of the book which will give you a good sense of the book as a whole, “Meng is not so much the guru type, as he is a sponge: He talks to a lot of wise people and absorbs what he can, then passes tidbits on to others. His words carry the added authority of someone who pulled off advancing at Google from early engineer to “Jolly Good Fellow,” his actual job title, in which his duties involve mostly such tasks as working for world peace.”

The book has the tone of speaking to a good friend who happens to know a bit about a topic you’re interested in. It’s a nice tone. The book is well worth your time and attention.

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