The big fat surprise : why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet

From Ginny Pisciotta

Author:  Nina Teicholz

Title:  The big fat surprise : why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet 

Do you miss bacon and egg breakfasts?  If you are looking for a reason to add delicious saturated fats back into your diet, or if a low-fat diet just isn’t helping you lose weight or gain health, you may want to read this book.  Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz exposes the flawed research and thinking behind so much of the nutritional advice we’ve been getting for decades.  Be prepared, though, to eliminate some other foods you like.

Although the reading can be slow and a bit dry,  the subject matter is extremely interesting.  In my opinion, any book that gives me a reason to eat bacon and cheese is worth reading.

Holy ghost [videorecording DVD]

From Ginny Pisciotta

Author: Darren Wilson

Title: Holy ghost [videorecording DVD]

Filmmaker Darren Wilson (Finger of God, Father of Lights, Furious Love) challenged himself to film a documentary totally led by the Holy Spirit. Without a plan or script,  he went wherever he felt the Holy Spirit lead him.  He travels to Salt Lake City, Monte Carlo, a Korn concert and Varanasi, India where a Hindu high priest allows Christian musician Jake Hamilton to sing and play his guitar inside a temple.

Wilson films the love of God reaching out to diverse people in diverse places in diverse ways. Holy Ghost was an excellent and inspiring film. I am looking forward to his next film.

My Mother’s Secret

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  J.L. Witterick
Title:  My Mother’s Secret 
My mother’s secret is a gripping story of a Polish woman and her daughter during the Nazi invasion of Poland.  Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, live in a tiny 2 room house but somehow manage to simultaneously hide 2 Jewish families, and a defecting German soldier. One family is hidden in the loft above the pigsty,the other  in a makeshift cellar,and the soldier in a tiny attic where he must lay down to fit.  Franciszka and Helena need to be extremely careful and clever to outsmart their neighbors and the Germans. One mistake or misfortune would cost all of them their lives.

The writing is simple and concise. The chapters are very short. The story is  told from 4 perspectives – Helena’s, one of the Jewish fathers, one of the Jewish sons, and the defecting soldier.  The account was both horrifying because of the circumstances and the cruelty of some people, and heartwarming because of the kindness and bravery of others.

This novel is based on a true story.

Art masterpiece mysteries. Book 1. Spot the differences.

From  Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Diane Teitel Rubins
Title:  Art masterpiece mysteries. Book 1. Spot the differences.
This is a spot the differences book with a twist. The pictures are all famous paintings. 25 great works of art are included such as The Dance Class by Edgar Degas, Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet, and Girls at the Piano by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Facts about each painting and its artist are included.  Sharpen your observational skills while building your cultural I.Q. with this fun book.

Living your best with early-stage Alzheimer’s : an essential guide

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Lisa Snyder
Title:  Living your best with early-stage Alzheimer’s : an essential guide
Living Your Best with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s is different from most of the books about Alzheimer’s disease because it directly addresses the person who has the disease.  It is a thorough but easy to read guide for coping with the symptoms as well as the emotions of an early-stage Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  It covers topics such as when to stop driving, informing others of your disease, whether or not you can live alone, accepting help, staying active, family relationships, friendships, exercise, nutrition, planning for the future, support groups, treatments and therapies, etc. . The unique situation of those with early-onset Alzheimer’s (those who get the disease at a younger age) is also addressed.  The book also includes tips from those actually living with the disease.

I would readily recommend this book to anyone who has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s, as well as their family and friends.

Awakening from Alzheimer’s : how 9 maverick doctors are reversing Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss

From  Ginny  Pisciotta
Author:  Peggy Sarlin
Title:      Awakening from Alzheimer’s : how 9 maverick doctors are reversing Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss
Awakening From Alzheimer’s is  fascinating, informative and encouraging.  The book is short and easy to read – you don’t need to be a scientist or doctor to understand it.  You will be encouraged by the stories of Alzheimer’s patients who got their lives back using various remedies mentioned in this book.  The book is mainly anecdotal, but does mention studies done on some of the supplements.  It is not about one particular course of action, but about various methods used by different doctors with success.

One of the doctors the author interviewed is Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. , a frequent guest on T.V. shows such as The Dr. Oz Show.  According to Dr. Teitelbaum,  many people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s don’t actually have it.  Dementia has a lot of causes and many of them are treatable.

A few of the supplements mentioned in the book are coconut oil, prevagen, lion’s mane (a medicinal mushroom), methylene blue, pycnogenol, PS, Huperzine A, Curcumin, Vectomega and Co-Q10.

In my opinion, this book is definitely worth reading.  Many of the suggestions are simple enough and inexpensive enough to at least try.  Although using several different supplements could get expensive, it would still be a bargain if it eliminated the need for assisted living.   Even if you don’t know anyone with dementia, this book is full of information to help safeguard your own cognitive abilities.

Learning to speak Alzheimer’s : a groundbreaking approach for everyone dealing with the disease

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: Joanne Koenig Coste
Title: Learning to speak Alzheimer’s : a groundbreaking approach for everyone dealing with the disease
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s is a fascinating and informative book that considers the emotional and physical well-being of both the patient and the caregiver.
There are many excellent books on the subject out there, but what I found to be unique about this one is that I felt like it actually gave me a window into the mind of the Alzheimer’s patient. Strange and seemingly random behaviors are more understandable and often even avoidable, when you learn to see things from the perspective of the Alzheimer’s patient.
The author calls her method “habilitation” which is based on entering the patient’s reality rather than trying to make them understand yours. There are 5 basics tenets to habilitation:

1. Make the physical environment work
2. Know that communication remains possible
3. Focus on Remaining Skills
4. Live in the Patient’s World
5. Enrich the Patient’s Life

The book is full of fascinating anecdotes , examples, helpful tips and suggestions, information, and resources. It gives hope to the caregiver, helping them to realize there are ways to make things a little easier, and that they can still communicate with their Alzheimer’s patients as well as enrich their lives.

Joggin’ Your Noggin

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: Mary Randolph
Title: Joggin’ Your Noggin
Joggin’ Your Noggin is a book of word games designed for those in mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These mind sharpening games will provide fun and entertainment, while aiding word recall. Completing these puzzles will give the Alzheimer’s or dementia patient a sense of pride and accomplishment. If done together with a caregiver, it will provide many opportunities for meaningful conversation and interaction. There are 3 volumes in this series.

Dogs and Puppies: Heartwarming Stories of Man’s Best Friend

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Matthew Schneider
Title:  Dogs and Puppies: Heartwarming Stories of Man’s Best Friend
This is a picture book specifically created for memory-impaired adults and is designed to be used in a shared reading experience with a family member, caregiver or friend.  It is not a continuous story – each set of pages has it’s own story and picture, so the book can be read a little at a time or all at once. The print is large, the language is simple and the pictures of dogs and their owners are delightful.  The back of the book has conversation starters for each set of pages, as well as activity ideas. The front of the book includes interaction guidelines for the caregiver.  This book can be an effective tool for building connections with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello – The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care

From  Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Tom & Karen Brenner
Title:  You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello – The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care
You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello is an amazing book.  It is short and easy to understand, but full of encouragement and wonderful ideas to help the caregiver connect with and care for the dementia patient.  The book is philosophical, yet immensely practical.

The authors  do not sugar-coat the disease but show how a change of mindset and methods can improve the quality of life for both the patient and the caregiver.

Tom and Karen Brenner combined  his background in gerontology and hers as a Montesorri educator to come up with this inspiring method of dementia care.  The basic principles and specific ideas set forth in this book are brought to life with the telling of individual stories of patients they have worked with.