What I’m reading:

Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers

In Hamlet’s Blackberry William Powers discusses what appears to be our obsessive need to be constantly digitally connected and stimulated.  I have to admit that as soon as I heard about the book (using that old fashioned device–the FM car radio) I downloaded it onto my I-Pad.  Later that night I was reading it and letting the concept of being over connected sink in.  It did not take long to experience his message on a personal level.  I realized that before I was more than a few chapters in to the book, I had stopped reading several times to open an e-mail that my device had diligently let me know had arrived by sending a little “ping” noise my way.  He talks about how we are wired to respond to new stimuli, and the biochemical effect of this “ping” may be that it causes a change in neurotransmitter levels, basically a little chemical stimulation. He discusses that some of us may be in danger of losing the ability to connect deeply with our families, our books, ourselves, and our inner thoughts. He discusses the need to have some quiet time for the brain, a time in which to reflect, and for new and great ideas to surface. make no mistake however. He does not feel that we are doomed, or that this is a new phenomenon.  He points out that humanity has been through similar episodes in the past when a new technology has arisen.  He is confident that we will learn how to cope with the constant connectivity and make the best use of the technology available to us. In short, none of us from this point forward will become less connected.  It is up to us to try and set boundaries and good behaviors with regard to the constant stimulation, allowing us to maintain good mental health.  This book is a nice reminder of that.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hormone Weight Loss by Alicia Stanton MD

While the title “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hormone Weight Loss” is a good one, the book might be more appropriately titled “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hormone Weight Loss and Achieving Optimal Health” based on the breadth of what is covered.

The principles in this book illustrate how our bodies and our lives are like a web. When we make changes (good or bad) in one area, they can and will create a ripple effect throughout the entire body causing far reaching effects. Dr Stanton shows that for good health and weight loss we need to address many more issues than just “calories in–calories out”. Bad choices in an area that we may not even know or think about can easily sabotage all of our best efforts to lose weight and stay healthy.

The importance of achieving hormone balance for our overall health can’t be overemphasized. Dr Stanton explains this in a way which makes it easy to understand and shows what we can do about it. She does the same for lifestyle, nutrition, appropriate use of supplements, toxin exposure, stress, fitness, etc.

Following the recommendations in this book will help you to lose the weight you want to, but probably more importantly, you will be healthier and feel better.