Weekend Reading

I love reading books about health and this one was interesting and easy to read. Heal Your Leaky Gut by Dr. David Brownstein was a quick and informative read about all things gut-related. It’s surprising how many illnesses start in the gut and how modifying the diet can help turn poor health around.

The author takes us through the functions of the stomach and various illnesses relating to leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) occurs when the lining of the small intestine is damaged, allowing foreign compounds to escape into your bloodstream, which weakens your immune system and triggers autoimmune reactions.

Traditional physicians don’t understand what LGS is—much less how to diagnose and treat it. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of people with chronic illnesses have leaky gut, an overgrowth of bad bacteria, or not enough good bacteria.

I highly recommend this book if you are suffering from something and don’t know where to begin. And even if you aren’t, it’s a great guide to read. 

If you follow me on Instagram (CindyBokma) then you know that I love to take photos. When I travel, I always have my camera with me and when I’m not traveling then I am seeking out places to visit so I can take pictures.

This book combines everything I am seeking, mindfulness, creativity, and photography.

Synopsis:

 

Zen Camera is a photography and mindfulness program that guides you to the creativity at your fingertips–literally–requiring nothing more than your smartphone or any other type of camera. Over the course of six lessons gleaned from the author’s 40 years of teaching photography, you’ll learn how to use the camera in your pocket to explore self-expression as a photographer and produce photographs that are both wildly beautiful and uniquely your own.

Gorgeously illustrated with 60-75 full-color photographs, David Ulrich’s lessons combine mindfulness principles with concrete exercises and the basic mechanics of taking a good photograph. He guides you through a program of taking photos every day (called your Daily Record), similar to a journaling practice. He also offers profound insight into the nature of seeing, art, and attention, pushing you to live more authentically.

I am going to sit down this afternoon and read more of this book, I love it! Highly recommended.

This book is up next for me to read. The Great Cannabis Conspiracy by Dr. Samuel Mellace promises to be a compelling read about a very controversial topic- cannabis.

The enormous benefits that the plant provides are staggering! It’s almost like a cure-all. I just read a report this morning that was very interesting about the endocannabinoid system and health problems, read it by clicking here. I don’t know about the THC (the stuff that makes you high) but the CBD part of cannabis is very healing.

Back to the book. Here’s what it’s about:

In less than two years, Dr. Samuel Mellace experienced a life-threatening car accident, a prescription opioid addiction, diabetes, and cancer. He was an ex-convict who was looking to turn around his life, but instead, he found himself fighting for it.

Meanwhile, cannabis was a drug that was slowly turning its fortunes around, too, from a history of stigma and prohibition to a new era of curiosity, openness and incredible medical science.

So Sam did a thing that surprised himself: he bought a farm in British Columbia and started growing weed. He was one of the first to be licensed under Canada’s medical marijuana law, and because of his unusual combination of pain and disease, he fought for and won the right to grow more cannabis than anyone in North America.

Then he started to discover the flaws in the system—the gaps between bureaucracy and decency, between education and criminalization, between dignity and shame. So he began to learn about the budding science of cannabinology, to build a community of patients and heroes, and to fight for “Dignified Access” as a principle, a policy prescription, and a human right. And in doing so, Sam found an enemy even more dangerous than the ones from his criminal past: An ugly conspiracy of corrupt power, ignorance, stigma, criminalization and greed that has been threatening the lives of patients for more than a century.

The story of Sam Mellace, like the story of cannabis, is the story of a struggle for redemption, understanding, and justice. Standing in the way of all of that is the Great Cannabis Conspiracy.

I cannot wait to sit with this. I started and it’s good but I want to get further into it so I can learn. I have a feeling we will see more and more about the healing powers of cannabis as people are unfortunately, diagnosed with more and more illnesses.

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen looks SO GOOD. Why isn’t there more time in the day to read? I need a sick day but just to sit around and read and not feel guilty. Here’s the info you need about this one:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Basically, we know NOTHING as we start the book. Not one clue about what it’s  about. I am hoping it’s as creepy and nail biting as YOU by Caroline Kepnes.

The Wife Between Us is getting great reviews and its probably one of those books where you read in one or two sittings. Can’t wait!

 

COMING SOON! The Blondes of Bel Air!