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Nancy's Notes 11-13-08

“Cancer on $5.00 a Day” by Robert Schimmel, “The ADD and ADHD Cure” by Jay Gordon M.D., “The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book” byTracy Anglada&Sheryl Hakalla, M.D., “Being With the Dying” by Joan Halifax, PhD “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” by Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

Nancy’s Notes

I’m sitting here watching the snow falling and thinking I should probably write about some light-hearted books to lift everyone’s spirits. However I decided to let you know about several of our new nonfiction publications.


“Cancer on $5.00 a Day” is the account of one man’s face-off with cancer. In 2000 Robert Schimmel won Stand-up Comic of the Year, his HBO special was a hit and Fox had picked up his sitcom. All that came crashing down when he was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Schimmel was told he would have to undergo chemotherapy immediately. His sitcom was canceled and his career started to fizzle. Robert never lost his sense of humor or his passion to make people laugh whether it was entertaining patients at the Mayo Clinic infusion center or bantering with the staff during chemo. He entertains readers with his stories of an encounter with a wig salesman or his foray into medicinal marijuana. Schimmel shows readers how he uses comedy as a survival mechanism.

Jay Gordon is a pediatrician who decided he needed to develop a greater knowledge about nutrition, vitamins and alternative medicine. He uses this knowledge in his pediatric practice and is sharing his finding in his book “The ADD and ADHD Cure”. Gordon presents an all-natural approach to treating both disorders without the use of drugs. He advises you not give your child any foods with processed sugars, dairy ingredients, or artificial additives. Gordon gives readers all of the tools and information to do it, from what to look for on food labels to a thirty-day meal plan complete with weekly shopping lists. He also advocates behavioral therapy and explains how to create structure and goals so that change is a positive experience. Gordon shows you how to refocus your child by identifying their interests and building on them and how to create and stick to a schedule to make sure your child gets enough sleep. Exercise is also essential in his therapy and a thirty-day exercise program is also listed.


Bipolar disorder is receiving a lot of attention from the public. Tracy Anglada and Sheryl Hakalla, M.D. have published “The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book”. Written in question and answer form, the book helps you understand and accept your child and develop a plan for success. It explains the medical lingo and provides answers regarding treatment and parenting strategies as well explaining how the disorder is different from an adult onset.

Joan Halifax, PhD. is a renowned pioneer in care of the dying. She has recently written “Being With the Dying” which offers lessons from dying people and caregivers. Included are meditations to help readers contemplate death without fear shows them how to develop a commitment to helping others and transform suffering and resistance into courage.


A title that caught my eye and that I should probably study is “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”. Written by Daniel G. Amen M.D. who is a clinical neuroscientist, he provides scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessive ness or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. He believes you are not stuck with the brain you’re born with. Amen offers “brain prescriptions” that can help heal your brain and change your life.


Come in and see us for these or any of our “lighter” titles: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m.