The only known circumstance that appears to protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease (Alz) is having an advanced education or engaging in a job that demands using sophisticated cognitive skills. Given this general fact, there have been a number of attempts to instill whatever is allowing higher education to protect against developing Alz. The only two circumstances that appear to emulate having an advanced education is a habit of reading books and the cognitive exercise program of Posit Science.

The previous paragraph was written to encourage reading books. Most of what is advocated for you to read is related to the critical risks we have identified that set the conditions for Alz. However, we do provide a few other kinds of books or reading material. Those are given in the section of the bookstore called general interest. As we read other good books, we are apt to post them in that section.

Most of the books shown here are on one of our bookshelves. Rarely, we rely on others’ reviews of the books. We use brief descriptions of the books sometimes as they appear in the product information section of AmazonSmile.com.

General Interest

Enlightenment Now,The case for reason, science, humanism and progress

Why read this? 
This book is a widely heralded book best characterized by its subtitle: “The case for reason, science, humanism and progress.”  Prof. Pinker has detailed the development of the best of the modern world and in so doing provides a guide to our thinking on the modern world.
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Big Booze is Slowly, Softly Killing WomenWhy read this? 

This book was written for young women.  The book warns them about the particular dangers women risk when they consume daily wine and other alcoholic beverages.  The book also reports on how the alcohol beverage industries are effectively advertising their products so that young women are drinking more than is healthy.  Although written for young women, it is equally relevant to post-menopausal women who are at more risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease (Alz) than men. And, drinking excessive alcoholic beverages is a risk for developing Alz.

If current trends continue there will soon be more wives, mothers and grandmothers who are alcoholic than husbands, fathers, and grandfathers. Which to my mind (Larry) will be a sad occurrence since women are often the stalwarts of ethical and moral values.

This book is a good book to give to your granddaughters in the hope that it alerts them to the false advertisements used by the alcohol beverage industry to drink more and more and the dangers women face when they drink more than is safe.

Note: the apparent conflict of interest. Larry Reid does get a small royalty from every book sold. Those royalties are transferred to the Alzheimers Prevention Project.

 

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CR Consumer Reports

Why read this? 
Advertisements have become increasing fraudulent.  So everyone needs an independent source to evaluate what to buy.  This is particularly the case with items costing a lot of money.  Consumer Reports routinely and independently evaluates products and services that an individual might buy.
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Kiplinger’s Money Smart Living

Why read this? 

The Kiplinger’s Money Smart Living magazine has been a reasonably independent source of financial advice for decades.  If you do not have a plan for financial security during your older years, this magazine will be helpful.

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Diabetes Forecast

Why read this? 

The Diabetes Forecast is focused on providing advice and product information for those diagnosed as having Type I and Type II diabetes.  Given that a healthy lifestyle is critical to managing diabetes, the magazine is also, according to their subtitle “The healthy living magazine,” and rightfully so.

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The Power of Habit

Why read this?

William James, among the first psychologists, said habits are 90% of our behavior and the corrected that by saying more than 90%. Yes, the execution of habits direct a good portion of all that we do. This book brings this topic into the modern conversation. It is a modern discussion of the unconscious.

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Cows, Pigs, Wars, and WitchesWhy read this?

Anthropologist Harris indicates that “no matter how bizarre” cultural practices are they always stem “from identifiable and intelligible sources.”  His thinking changed how we judge many cultural practices that seem weird to us.

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The Alzheimer's Prevention Program

Why read this?

This 2012 book has interesting information and advocates prevention as the solution to Alzheimer’s disease. It is not as comprehensive as our website.

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The Alzheimer's Solution

Why read this?

This book advocates that prevention is the best solution for dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.  It is a little too optimistic by indicating that prevention can occur quickly.  Nevertheless, it is a book worth reading.

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Diet and Nutrition

Minimizing the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Why read this? 

This is a comprehensive, detailed book that provides information on how to minimize the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This book is recommended for those who wish a detailed look at issues of diet and exercise and their relationship to the development of Alzheimers.

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The Mind Diet

Why read this? 

This is the book sized-description of the research on The Mind Diet. The diet was devised to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Basically, it provides research indicating that older citizens should eat less fat, sugar and salt and more vegetables, fruit, nuts, fish and whole grains.

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New Complete Cookbook

Why read this? 

Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, SmartPoints™ Edition: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook’s Kitchen. This book is a companion to the WeightWatchers commercial program on bodyweight control.

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Eating Drinking Overthinking

Why read this? 

This is a must-read book about what the author calls The Toxic Triangle of food, alcohol and depression. She provides good advice on how to manage the co-morbid problems of overeating, taking too much alcoholic beverages, and having depression.

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The end of Overeating

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A former FDA commissioner and a distinguished scientist tackles the problem of overweight and obesity in modern cultures. Among his conclusions is that sugar is actually very toxic.

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Weight Watchers Freestyle 2020

Why read this? 

Weight Watchers Freestyle Program 2020: The Complete Weight Watchers Freestyle Program with 30-Day Meal Plan (Complete cookbook for beginners) Paperback – Large Print,2020. This is a recent book that is a companion to the Weight Watchers’ program of body-weight control.

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The Mayo Clinic Diet

Why read this? 

The Mayo Clinic endorses this practical approach to weight loss. The book has step by step advice on key behavioral changes to encourage weight loss. There are four weeks of menus and recipes.

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The Anti Inflammatoroy Diet & Action Plans

Why read this? 

The idea that one’s diet can manage chronic inflammation and pain is interesting. This book mounts the case that inflammatory diseases are a product of bad diets and that we can change for the better. It provides practical advice centered about the idea that a kind of diet can manage chronic inflammation (e.g. arthritis).

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Cognition

Soft-Wired

Why read this? 

What if you had the power to change your brain for the better?
In Soft-Wired, Dr. Michael Merzenich–a world authority on brain plasticity–explains how the brain rewires itself across the lifespan, and how you can take control of that process to improve your life. In addition to fascinating descriptions of how your brain has produced your unique memories, skills, quirks, and emotions, Soft-Wired offers sound advice for evaluating your brain and gives clear, specific, scientifically proven guidance for how to rejuvenate, remodel, and reshape your brain to improve it at any age.

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Exercise and Fitness

Just Move! A new approach to fitness after 50

Why read this? 

“This step-by-step guide, written by a best-selling author and former Wall Street titan, provides all the information—and inspiration—you need to feel better, reduce aches and pains, and push back against aging with a personalized fitness program that’s right for you.”

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Polypharmacy 

DOPESICK

Why read this? 

“Dopesick is an instant New York Times  and indie bestseller.  Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America;  “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency” (New York Times)

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Pain Killer

Why read this? 

Pain Killer is another book on the how and why of the opioid crisis as detailed in its subtitle: An empire of deceit and the origin of America’s opioid epidemic.
There is also relevant text in the book “Sleep, Drugs & Alzheimer’s Disease.”

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Sleep 

Sleep,Drugs & Alzheimer's Disease

Why read this?

There is strong evidence that taking certain “sleeping pills” regularly increases your chances of dying younger than you would otherwise.  Consequently, you should not use them.

There are nonpharmacological techniques that are effective in overcoming chronic insomnia and that can sustain a pattern of daily or near daily healthy sleep. The cognitive behavioral technology for treating chronic insomnia is the preferred first choice by both the medical profession and psychologists.  Fortunately, the technology is simple to engage by most citizens.

We encourage any individual to take charge of their own problems inherent to not getting a good night’s sleep and surely do not encourage you to passively take “sleeping pills” with the false hope that they will do the work of treating your insomnia. These pills produce unconsciousness, not a pattern of healthy sleep. When taken regularly, these drugs produce an unhealthy pattern of “sleeping” and some have considerable risk of being addictive. And, worst of all, these commonly prescribed drugs increase the risk of getting a wide array of mortal diseases; including serious infections and cancer.

You can, by investing your own time and by doing your own program, beat insomnia successfully and, in so doing reduce the risk of developing Alz. Buying this book is an inexpensive way to learn how to overcome your insomnia. We encourage individuals to apply what they learn from our book to develop lifelong habits of daily, healthy, restorative sleep.

Sleep we must! However, poor sleep need not be a fact of life. Good, healthy sleep is achievable.

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Say Good Night to Insomnia

Why read this? 

Jacob’s book is a more recent book that is easy to read and contains a lot of good information. It includes a 6-week self-help programmed designed to achieve a good night’s sleep.

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The Promise of Sleep

Why read this?

There are a number of good books on the nature of sleep that provide good advice on how to manage insomnia.
Dement’s book is an extensive book of facts on the nature of sleep by a world class investigator of sleep. It also contains a 3-week program designed to achieve optimal sleep.

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Stress

Mindfulness for Beginners

Why read this?

As this book title indicates, it is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness.

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Women Conquering Depression

Why read this? 

This book written by Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema. The book focuses on depression, particularly depression among women.

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Women Who Think Too Much

Why read this? 

This book was written by one of the most distinguished psychologists,the late Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema. The book focuses of rumination, a setting condition for anxiety and depression.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Why read this? 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a proven form of psychotherapy that is often the first-line of treatment recommended for managing depression, anxiety, worry, and other common issues. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple delivers a simplified approach to learning the most essential parts of cognitive behavioral therapy and applying them to your life.

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Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Why read this? 

This book advocates the practice of yoga as a healthy practice.

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Drawing on the right side of the brain

Why read this? 

Attending to the hobby of drawing has evidently beneficial effects on stabilizing mental health.

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Behave the Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Why read this?

Professor Sapolsky presents a comprehensive account of how changes in our biology induce broad changes in our emotionality. This book also could be supplemental reading for a number of college level courses.

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Adult Coloring Book Stress Relieving Designs

Why read this? 

This book has 64 Unique Designs to Color. It is claimed that taking time out from a hectic life schedule and spending a little time coloring intricate pictures is a soothing beneficial activity.

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The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook

Why read this? 

This is indeed a workbook designed to help “breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards” in the service of cultivating well-being.  The authors are experts on dealing with constant anxiety and stress.

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The Little Book of Mindfulness

Why read this? 

This book advocates simple 5- and 10-minute practices to manage frequently occurring instances of stress.

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Altered Traits

Why read this? 

These best-selling authors make the case that meditation and mindfulness can be a “Band Aid for fixing everything” from your weight, relationships, to your ability to achieve your goals.  The book is written for the general public by skilled, well-informed authors.

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The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Why read this? 

For more than thirty years, Richard Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research. Now he gives us an entirely new model for understanding our emotions, as well as practical strategies we can use to change them.”

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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Why read this? 

Primatologist and expert on stress, Robert Sapolsky provides explanations on why we have chronic stress.  He also details how chronic stress (such as constant worry, anxiety and rumination) can aid and abet a range of other diseases.  The book strives to be comprehensive and could be a college level textbook on stress and related issues.

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Drawing Calm

Why read this? 

“Drawing Calm teaches artists and non-artists how to find an oasis of calm every day by using the work of master painters to inspire creativity.”

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Why read this? 

A number of folks enjoy coloring books that are complicated and intricate enough to challenge an adult mind.

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Aware The Science and Practice of Presence

Why read this? 

This New York Times bestseller by author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., introduces readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice.

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The Mayo Clinic Guide To Stress-Free Living

Why read this? 

This is another book on how to manage stress.  It is well-reviewed.

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Mindsight

Why read this?

This is an interesting book with a number of case histories  illustrating Dr. Siegel’s approach to treating common psychological disorders.

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