Bergers Book Reviews

Bork Reveals the Real Deal About the Facts of Life

Bork Reveals the Real Deal
Author: Terri Shearer Trenchard
Illustrator: Tracy Councill
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Boys / Health
ISBN: 9781466427846
Pages: 74
Price: $12.99

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Having a “facts of life” discussion with his parents doesn’t usually top the list of bright ideas a pre-teen boy might consider. But when whispered conversations with friends leave him wondering what’s really going on, he needs somewhere to turn for information. Bork Reveals the Real Deal About the Facts of Life can provide the answers.

Speaking in a humorous and light-hearted manner, Bork explains puberty and adolescence in a way boys can understand. Body changes, fluctuating hormones, and even “the facts of life” are covered in this all-inclusive book about growing up.

Most boys would probably rather not talk to a parent about this topic, unless they first have some basic understanding, but Bork encourages them to try. Even if they choose not to, they will have enough information to handle the many changes going on inside them.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

February 15, 2013 Posted by | boys, health, tween | Leave a comment

Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?


Author: Joy Feldman
Illustrators: Beth Slocum & Amanda Mueller
Publisher: JHF Nutritional Consulting
ISBN: 978-0-615-55515-7
Pages: 40
Price: $8.95

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Matt and Maddie have always eaten healthy food. Even though their friends have sugary snacks, their mom insists they eat food that will help their bodies grow strong. But one day she relents and lets them eat all the junk food they want.

After scarfing down piles of sugary treats, and especially lots of ooey-gooey donuts, they don’t feel well. And their dreams that evening hauntingly remind them of the many donuts they consumed. But was it really a dream, or have they contributed to their bodies using donuts as building blocks?

Kids hate to feel different, and parents who want them to eat healthy often feel pressured to conform to the norms of society. But snacks can be delicious and nutritious, and recipes for healthy treats are included at the back of this book. Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is a funny tale reminding kids that junk food really is bad for them, and may encourage them to eat healthier.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

September 11, 2012 Posted by | children, health | Leave a comment

TurboCharged Recipes


Authors: Dian Griesel, Ph. D & Tom Griesel
Publisher: Business School of Happiness
Genre: Cooking / Health
ISBN: 978-1936705078
Pages: 268
Price: $24.95

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In TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust, a new way of eating was introduced. This diet program encourages the reader to eat proteins, fats, vegetables and fruits in new proportions. Foods with hidden sugars and processed carbohydrates should be avoided. The easiest way to follow a new plan of eating is with lots of recipes designed to fit the plan, and TurboCharged Recipes delivers just that.

This cookbook provides a basic introduction to the program, but assumes the reader has already read TurboCharged. Section headings include Beverages, Dips & Dressings, Appetizers, Soups & Stews, Salads, Vegetarian, Eggs, Fish, Meats, Poultry, and Desserts. These yummy recipes can be used by a TurboCharged dieter or anyone who follows a low carbohydrate diet.

Some of these recipes combine more than a dozen ingredients, so a well-stocked kitchen is advised. Time may also be a factor in creating some of these dishes. But if you’re serious about following the TurboCharged plan, this cookbook would be a great investment.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

August 23, 2012 Posted by | cooking, health | Leave a comment

Music For a Shift in Consciousness


Composer: Bruce Lipton
Musician: Russell Walder
Label: Sounds True
Genre: Sound Healing
Length: 9 tracks, 64:20 min.

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Music has the ability to heal us from the inside out. Listening can inspire, soothe, or energize us. Music For a Shift in Consciousness was created to induce an inner journey of transformation to restore health, enhance creativity, and reignite passion for life.

The exotic sounds of oboe and percussion take the listener on an other-worldly journey. As the music seeps into the body, one can feel a sense of renewed energy and vibrancy. With each listen, the music takes us deeper into ourselves, bringing about positive changes. I highly recommend this wonderful, healing music.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 29, 2012 Posted by | health, music, sound healing | Leave a comment

Healing Touch


Author: Dorothea Hover-Kramer
Publisher: Sounds True
Genre: Health
ISBN: 978-1-60407-452-9
Pages: 384
Price: $16.95

Healing Touch Program
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Western society relies on traditional medicine for almost all its needs, but there are alternative healing modalities that can complement what our doctors do for us. Some healing can be done by using touch. Healing Touch describes one method of hands on healing.

Using real-life examples, author Dorothea Hover-Kramer shows us how we can use Healing Touch(HT) in our own lives. Beginning with the history of HT, she provides evidence of the effectiveness and safety of this method. Then she shows us hand positions and several methods of performing HT. Finally, she explains how a practitioner is certified and how to go about setting up a practice.

While HT is similar in some ways to other hands on healing techniques, the training is more intensive and the outcomes have been measured, to some extent. If you’re looking for a hands on healing method you can practice at home, this book provides all the information you need. I highly recommend this helpful guide to Healing Touch.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 7, 2012 Posted by | health | Leave a comment

The Self-Compassion Diet


Author: Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW
Publisher: Sounds True
Genre: Health / Diet
ISBN: 978-1-60407-075-0
Pages: 240
Price: $16.95

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Have you had enough of fad diets? Do you want to get off the weight loss and regain merry-go-round that has held you captive for years? How would it feel to finally make peace with food? If you’re ready to try something different, The Self-Compassion Diet was written for you.

Rather than strict discipline, author Jean Fain suggests using loving-kindness. You don’t have to follow any specific diet to use this program. Instead, Fain offers advice on using hypnosis, mindfulness, social support, and self-compassion to facilitate weight loss. Each of these is explained, and exercises and quizzes are provided to put them into action.

Fighting food with rigid diets is a setup for failure. But by using these suggested techniques, you may find that you look at food in a different way. And by being kinder and gentler with yourself, you probably won’t have as many food binges, since you’re not beating yourself up over each tiny slip.

The New Year is just around the corner. This year, don’t reach for the latest fad diet. Instead, pick up The Self-Compassion Diet and learn how to be good to yourself and your body. It may be the best New Year’s Resolution you’ll ever make.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 21, 2011 Posted by | health | Leave a comment

Wisdom to Wellness


Author: Maureen Minnehan Jones
Publisher: O Books
Genre: Body, Mind and Spirit
ISBN: 978-1-84694-399-7
Pages: 290
Price: $24.95

Author’s website
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Our bodies send us messages every day, although most of us aren’t tuned into what they’re telling us. Our thoughts, words and actions are powerful catalysts in guiding our health. In Wisdom to Wellness, Maureen Minnehan Jones explains how we can use them to our advantage.

We all have what Jones calls a Modus Operandi (MO) that we live by, which can predictably be traced to the ailment we suffer from. By using the MO Technique, we can change how we look at and speak about something, changing the outcome of our illness. This technique is explained in step-by-step detail, to reprogram the mind and body to accept a new, healthier thought process.  Once Jones has demonstrated the MO Technique, she explains how we may have developed certain conditions, and what we might want to do to change. Case studies are provided, as well as affirmations to help us heal.

For those who prefer guided meditation presented in audio format, an accompanying CD can also be purchased.  These guided meditations lead the listener through the grounding process, using the infinity sign, cleansing and balancing the chakras, releasing negative emotions, and instilling DNA (Dynamic Natural Authentic) power and self-love.

Although Jones and others healed themselves from their ailments with no medical intervention, she doesn’t imply that this is the only treatment you need. Instead, she encourages the use of the MO Technique as a supplement to good medical care. This common-sense and holistic approach ensures that your body, mind and spirit are all treated equally.  I highly recommend Wisdom to Wellness for all who want to improve their health and well-being.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

November 8, 2011 Posted by | health | Leave a comment

The Undying Soul


Author: Stephen J. Iacoboni, MD
Publisher: SJI Publishing
Genre: Health / Spirituality
ISBN: 978-0-983-05380-4
Pages: 166
Price: $24.95

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Treating those who are diagnosed with cancer is a difficult path. An oncologist knows there is a strong possibility his treatment won’t work, or that the cancer will show up again at some point in the future. Facing death is a regular occurrence and a feeling of helplessness can easily become overwhelming. But when Dr. Iacoboni discovers the undying soul in his patients, his whole outlook changes.

After struggling with treatment protocols that felt more like guesswork than a real cure, Iacoboni needed to find a purpose. Meaningful soul connections began to occur, and he noticed that some people could find peace in their passing, while others struggled to the bitter end. With this new revelation, he could now help them in ways he hadn’t been able to in his early days. No longer just cancer patients, they were now undying souls.

The Undying Soul is Iacoboni’s story of how he reconciled his beliefs in modern medical science with his almost-forgotten faith. Sharing the experiences he had with the angel-saints he believes were sent to help him, he reassures us that cancer doesn’t need to scare us. We too can have the peace of knowing we have an undying soul, and there is a better place awaiting us.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 28, 2011 Posted by | health, spirituality | Leave a comment

Embrace Release Heal


Author: Leigh Fortson
Publisher: Sounds True
Genre: Health
ISBN: 978-1-60407-431-4
Pages: 300
Price: $17.95

Author’s website
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Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments in a person’s life. The choices seem limited, and big decisions must be made before having a chance to really think things through. Conventional treatments or alternative? And what really works?

In Embrace Release Heal, author Leigh Fortson describes her own journey with cancer. After her third cancer diagnosis, she is given a hopeless prognosis, and is determined to save herself while also educating others through this book. Cancer survivors are all around, and Fortson finds them and shares their stories with us.

Although she chose the path of traditional medicine for her first two rounds, by the third round, Fortson no longer wanted to subject her body to the harsh treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. Instead, she chose to honor her body’s own wisdom and try to heal herself in a more natural way.

Ultimately each person needs to determine what course of action to take, but it’s easier to make a decision when all the options are before us. While some traditional options are explored in this book, its focus is on those treatments we may not know about – treatment programs that have an astonishing success rate, but doctors are unable to recommend them.

Cancer doesn’t have to be the end – it can also be a beginning. When we realize what we’ve been doing that contributed to the cancer, we can start to live life from a new perspective. And even if we aren’t able to cure the cancer, we can life our lives to the fullest while we’re able. I highly recommend Embrace Release Heal for anyone suffering with a cancer diagnosis.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 11, 2011 Posted by | health | Leave a comment

The Energy Cure


Author: William Bengston, PhD
Publisher: Sounds True
Genre: Health / Mind-Body
ISBN: 978-1-59179-911-5
Pages: 256
Price: $18.95

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If someone told you he had the cure for cancer in his hands, would you believe him? Would you trust him to cure you? William Bengstrom discovered this unique ability in an experiment with mice injected with a deadly form of cancer. When the mice spontaneously remitted, he knew he was onto something and he wanted to know more about this healing power he possessed.

Bengstrom knew it wasn’t enough to discover that something could be done. He needed to prove there was a science behind it, and that the results of his experiments could be replicated. So over the years, he continued to test himself and others in curing mice of cancer.

According to the author, we may also have the abilities he’s discovered in himself, and he shares his technique with us, hoping we can become healers, too. Since the process involves only energy shifts, no particular faith is necessary.

Written with Sylvia Fraser, this book documents Bengstrom’s history from the very beginning as a healer. A fascinating journey and engaging read, The Energy Cure is highly recommended.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 11, 2011 Posted by | health, self improvement | Leave a comment