Inspire and Motivate

One of our passions is to help all reach their full potential.  We coach, cajole, recommend, prod and encourage.  We also rejoice when our patients do well.  We find good reading can provide that “ah ha” moment or information that just clicks for a certain patient or issue.  We are constantly on the hunt for excellent resources to pass on to all.  If you have come across a resource you have found particularly helpful, don’t be selfish!  Please let us know so we can pass it on to others who may be facing similar issues.  Below are just a few we have found to be very well written and worth a trip to the bookstore.  We have copies of them all in our office if you’d like to take a look.

Do You Believe in Magic, by Paul Offit, MD?  Vitamins, Supplements, and all Things Natural; A Look Behind the Curtain. In an age of readily available information, sorting out truth from fiction and good science from snake oil can be challenging. Dr. Offit offers a very straightforward assessment of some commonly used supplements and the case for (and against) them.

The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. Why we do what we do in Life and Business.  This is a great read, tackling the ‘holy grail’ of behavior change; dissolving that old habit while generating a new one. Charles provides practical, and very useful insight into how we are wired, and how we can rewire.

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons. 7 Ways to stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children.  The incidence of anxiety among young people is rising. This is a must read for anyone dealing with anxiety, whether you have an anxious child or not.

Quiet, by Susan Cain. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  Staying true to your temperament is one of the messages of this book, filled with inspiration for the third of us who are introverts…it is OK.

Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD.  One book for men, and another for women, these books present a framework for rethinking the way we look at exercise, nutrition, and socialization as we approach 50.  “We do have to age, we don’t have to rot”, is the message, with inspirational banter from Chris, backed up by Henry with the science.  We have had many patients report an “ah ha” moment after reading these books and generally have a stack of them on our shelf.

Aging Well, by George E. Vaillant, MD.  A well-written guide to findings from the “Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development”, this book presents the findings and insights from the three longest prospective studies of physical and mental health in the world.

SPARK, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey MD.  A great book, packed with stories and easy to understand science, linking exercise with a better outcome for all things ‘brain’, from test scores and memory to anxiety and depression, to ADD and Alzheimers. If you ever wondered why you need to exercise, here is some more ammunition!

OVERDIAGNOSED, Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by H. Gilbert Welch, MD.  An easy to understand, well laid out discussion of the other side of the testing ‘coin’ regarding screening tests, and possible harm from looking for diseases that are not yet evident. One of the most interesting books I have read on the subject. If you have not heard about this phenomenon recently, you most certainly will over the next few years.

Last Rites , by Stephen P. Kiernan.  Subtitled “Rescuing the end of life from the medical system” this excellent read is a must for anyone who has a loved one approaching the end of life, providing food for thought regarding how patients and their families can “regain control of the dying process”.

The Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner.  Subtitled “Lessons for living longer from the people who’ve lived the longest”, the author reports on 4 places where people appear to live extraordinarily long, and well.  He offers recommendations on how we might incorporate lessons from these cultures into our everyday lives.

How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman, MD. Well titled and a question many patients might have!  This is a must-read for anyone who must interact with the HealthCare System on a regular basis, providing insights into how medical decisions are made and insights as to how you might determine whether you are being heard and that your caregivers are really listening.

Learned Optimism, How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.  Written by one of the foremost researchers of Positive Psychology, this book discusses that we can actually evaluate whether we are an optimist or a pessimist by nature, and more importantly, that we can change the lens through which we see the world.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.  This is the first in a classic series of books which review 7 habits that can serve as a framework for personal growth, be it physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual.  This book does not present “gimmicks” or “quick fixes”, but general truths which we frequently overlook in our efforts to improve.

The Glycemic Load Diet, by Rob Thompson, MD.  This is geared mainly toward those with mildly elevated blood sugar but is applicable to anyone trying to lose weight.  His easy to understand concepts help bring home the ‘why’, which is critical to any behavior modification effort.  We have had a number of patients have great success utilizing this concept.  Thanks to Tom for a great book recommendation!

For the Love of Food, the diet that works, by Eileen Behan, RD.  This is one of nine books written by our local expert nutritionist.  “Imagine a diet that is effective, but not restrictive”, is how the book opens.  A great read, with advice and recipes from someone with over 20 years of experience.  Let us know if you’d like to see her for a consult!

My Mother, Your Mother, By Dennis McCullough, MD. This book embraces the concept of “slow medicine”, a critical concept in implementing a compassionate approach to the care of aging loved ones.  Dr. McCullough is an exceptionally well trained, and experienced family physician and geriatrician who passes on invaluable thought-provoking and practical advice as our loved ones turn those “final few pages” of life.

YOUR MEDICAL MIND, How to Decide What is Right for You, by Jerome Groopman MD and Pamela Hartzband, MD.  A timely discussion about how to think about health recommendations from Physicians, the Media, or your Aunt Sally. This thoughtful (and helpful) book would help everyone make choices that serve you (the patient) best.

BORN TO RUN, by Christopher McDougall. A well written, inspirational story of a nonrunner who became one (the author) and a hidden tribe in Mexico of ultra-long-distance runners. A fascinating look into what humans are born to do.

SHORTCUTS TO INNER PEACE, by Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW.  An interesting tour of what stress is and how it affects each of us, followed by 2 to 4-page vignettes describing triggers we all feel in our day to day lives, and tools to help reshape the way we both perceive and react to these triggers.

THE ANATOMY OF HOPE, How People Prevail in the Face of Illness, by Jerome Groopman, MD.  Another one by Dr. Groopman. A must read for any patient or family faced with a challenging or serious illness.

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