Health

Weekend Reading

I have to start off with the book I wrote with Kristen Docker, The Blondes of Bel Air. Its a YA, quick, page-turner and its only $2.99 on Kindle! It’s also available as a Nook book. I would love it if you read it. The feedback we are getting is that it would make a great series/Netflix show!

 

I am about to start reading The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer. I love her as an actress, she is hilarious in every movie. And of course, as Pam on The Office, I can’t forget that one!

I don’t ever want to be an actress in Hollywood but I do love hearing the stories from those who have worked in the industry so I’m super interested to hear what Jenna has to say.

Here’s the synopsis:

Jenna Fischer’s Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?

Uh, basically everything.  The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined.  It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection, and doubt.

If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way—an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair. Jenna wants to be that person for you.

I think this is going to be a fun, quick read. Perfect for a lazy weekend!

I read The Candida Cure by Ann Boroch in one afternoon. Its a really good, easy guide to tackling candida. If you have this annoying condition, its almost impossible to get rid of and being on a strict diet for it eliminates almost everything. I gained some perspective from the book and took notes as I read it for recommendations.

Candida is not only troubling but its the basis for other sicknesses and many many people have it and don’t know it. Thanks to Ann’s research and knowledge, the 90 day plan is straightforward and Ann has successfully treated hundreds of patients with her approach.

Here are the details:

It’s not news that Americans are sicker than ever. Seventy million of us suffer from digestive problems like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastroesophageal reflex disorder (GERD). Another forty million have been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression and a staggering fifty million American live with an autoimmune disease. But what is newsworthy is that all of these conditions share a common thread you’ve probably never heard of: candida.

“Candida” is the term for a group of yeast organisms that have lived in our digestive tract for millennia, in harmony with the other thousands of bacteria, viruses, and archaea that make up our microbiome. But due to poor diets, processed foods, overuse of antibiotics, environmental toxins, and increased stress, our microbiome has been under steady and constant attack for decades. Yeast are of a heartier stock than bacterial microbes, and as bacteria die off, yeast begins to overgrow in the digestive tract, a condition known as candidiasis. Mild and moderate cases of candidiasis present with fatigue, IBS, eczema, depression, brain fog, migraines, and weight gain. Severe cases allow the afflicted to develop autoimmune disease (such as Multiple Sclerosis), cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

After reading the book and really gaining a lot from it, I figured I’d see if Ann was in Southern CA and if so, maybe I’d get an appointment with her. Unfortunately, Ann died mysteriously in August…

If you are struggling with candida and want to know more about it, I highly recommend this book.

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by [Renner, James]

I am a true crime fan (I’m very sad that Ann Rule passed away, she was a great true crime writer) and this book by James Renner is very good if you like a creepy but true story.

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray is a page turner and very compelling read.

It was only last week when I tried to find the true story of a girl who disappeared on my On-Demand network. I looked on HBO, Starz, and almost every other channel. I couldn’t remember the name of the series for anything. I didn’t know what it was about exactly, I don’t even know where I saw the name, but for some reason, I knew there was a true crime series that had aired and I knew I needed to see it.

It wasn’t until I stumbled upon this book that I remembered, the show was on Oxygen. I will watch after I’m finished with the book!

Here’s the scoop:

When an eleven-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession leads James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. In 2011, James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being. As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of the complicated story of the All-American girl who went missing and James’s own equally complicated true crime addiction.

James Renner’s True Crime Addict is the story of his spellbinding investigation of the missing person’s case of Maura Murray, which has taken on a life of its own for armchair sleuths across the web. In the spirit of David Fincher’s Zodiac, it is a fascinating look at a case that has eluded authorities and one man’s obsessive quest for the answers.