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  1. 3.6 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked “Exit.” The largest age cohort in history—the notorious baby boomers—is approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it about keeping all your marbles? Or is the only thing that counts after you’ve gone the reputation you leave behind?In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson’s disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. “Sometimes,” he writes, “I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties.”This deeply affectionate book is at once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man’s journey toward the finish line. “The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting,” he writes. “Parkinson’s disease has fulfilled that obligation.”

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    Old Age

    3.6 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.7 hrs • 4/21/2016 • Unabridged

    It doesn’t seem to matter how much you tell yourself to stop biting your nails you just can’t help it, right? All self-limiting beliefs, phobias and bad habits are simply bad programs buried in the subconscious area of the mind. Willpower is entirely ineffective in dealing with these issues because you are prevented from accessing the source of the problem. Craig Beck is a master hypnotist of twenty years standing and is also a respected timeline therapist and NLP master practitioner. He understands what makes people tick and more importantly how to access and remove the erroneous programs that cause us problems in everyday life. Designed to quickly help you reduce and remove the overpowering urge to chew on your nail and fingers; Use this powerful and proven MP3 hypnosis download to help Stop Nail Biting. • Unique speed hypnosis technique for rapid results • Easy to use on any device including smartphones • Rapidly reduce the urge to bite your nails • Break the nail biting loop once and for all • Replace your self doubt with a new constructive habit This kindle book includes a free MP3 download link for the accompanying hypnosis track.

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    Stop Biting Nails: Hypnosis Downloads

    0.7 hrs • 4/21/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.0 hrs • 3/25/2016 • Unabridged

    It was just about three weeks after his forty-fifth birthday in 2000 when Bill Schmalfeldt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In 2007 while working at a federal agency as a writer and podcaster, telling other people about the importance of clinical trials, Bill heard about and volunteered for an experimental brain surgery to determine whether or not “deep brain stimulation” could be done on patients in the earlier stages of the disease. This is the story of Bill’s “Parkinson’s Decade” from being diagnosed in 2000, to having the surgery in 2007, through today. The story is told in a humorous, satirical, almost jovial style considering the fact that Bill’s motor skills and cognition continue to degenerate. Originally published in 2010, updated with a 2016 epilogue.

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    No Doorway Wide Enough

    8.0 hrs • 3/25/16 • Unabridged
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    9.1 hrs • 4/28/2015 • Unabridged

    The bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise—from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome—the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions. In Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.

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    Brain Maker

    By David Perlmutter, MD, with Kristin Loberg
    Read by Peter Ganim
    9.1 hrs • 4/28/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.9 hrs • 1/9/2015 • Unabridged

    After a full-throttle brain bleed at the age of twenty-five, Ashok Rajamani, a first-generation Indian American, had to be reborn, relearning the most basic of things, piecing together a past, reclaiming a life, and coping with the societal prejudice inflicted on those with traumatic injury. With humor, spirit, and insight, he describes the catastrophic event (his brain exploded just before his brother’s wedding!), as well as the long, difficult recovery period. In the process, he introduces readers to his family—his principal support group, as well as a constant source of frustration and amazement. Irreverent, coruscating, at times shocking, but always revelatory, this audio production of his critically acclaimed memoir takes the listener into unfamiliar territory, much like the experience Alice had when she fell down the rabbit hole. That Ashok lived to tell the story is miraculous; that he tells it with such aplomb is simply remarkable.

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    The Day My Brain Exploded by Ashok Rajamani

    The Day My Brain Exploded

    5.9 hrs • 1/9/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.5 hrs • 7/23/2014 • Unabridged

    More than four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and as many as twenty million have close relatives or friends with the disease. Revolutionizing the way we perceive and live with Alzheimer’s, Joanne Koenig Coste offers a practical approach to the emotional well-being of both patients and caregivers that emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. Her accessible and comprehensive method, which she calls habilitation, works to enhance communication between care partners and patients and has proven successful with thousands of people living with dementia. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s also offers hundreds of practical tips, including how to cope with the diagnosis and adjust to the disease’s progression;help the patient talk about the illness;face the issue of driving;make meals and bath times as pleasant as possible;adjust room design for the patient’s comfort; anddeal with wandering, paranoia, and aggression.

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    Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s

    6.5 hrs • 7/23/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 11.8 hrs • 4/16/2014 • Unabridged

    An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation.

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    The Wahls Protocol

    By Terry Wahls, MD, with Eve Adamson
    Read by Pam Ward
    11.8 hrs • 4/16/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.5 hrs • 11/16/2004 • Unabridged

    Ronald Reagan’s daughter writes with a moving openness about losing her father to Alzheimer’s disease. The simplicity with which she reveals the intensity, the rush, the flow of her feelings encompasses all the surprises and complexities that ambush us when death gradually, unstoppably invades life. In The Long Goodbye, Patti Davis describes losing her father to Alzheimer’s disease, saying goodbye in stages, helpless against the onslaught of a disease that steals what is most precious—a person’s memory. “Alzheimer’s,” she writes, “snips away at the threads, a slow unraveling, a steady retreat; as a witness all you can do is watch, cry, and whisper a soft stream of goodbyes.” She writes of needing to be reunited at forty-two with her mother (“she had wept as much as I over our long, embittered war”), of regaining what they had spent decades demolishing; a truce was necessary to bring together a splintered family, a few weeks before her father released his letter telling the country and the world of his illness. She writes as if past and present were coming together, of her memories as a child, holding her father’s hand, and as a young woman whose hand is being given away in marriage by her father; of her father teaching her to ride a bicycle, of the moment when he let her go and she went off on her own; of his teaching her the difference between a hawk and a buzzard; of the family summer vacations at a rented beach house—each of them tan, her father looking like the athlete he was, with a swimmer’s broad shoulders and lean torso. She writes of how her father never resisted solitude, in fact was born for it, of that strange reserve that made people reach for him. She recalls him sitting at his desk, writing, staring out the window, and she writes about the toll of the disease itself, the look in her father’s eyes, and her efforts to reel him back to her. Moving, honest, an illuminating portrait of grief, of a man, a disease, and a woman and her father.

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    The Long Goodbye

    5.5 hrs • 11/16/04 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.2 hrs • 8/27/2003 • Unabridged

    Morton Kondracke never intended to wed Millicent Martinez, but the fiery daughter of a radical labor organizer eventually captured his heart. They married, raised two daughters, and loved and fought passionately for twenty years. Then, in 1987, Milly noticed a glitch in her handwriting, a small tremor that would lead to the shattering diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Saving Milly is Kondracke’s powerfully moving chronicle of his vital and volatile marriage, one that has endured and deepened in the face of tragedy; it also follows his own transformation from careerist to caregiver and activist, a man who will “fight all the way, without pause or rest, to ‘save’ his beloved Milly” (Washington Times).

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    Saving Milly

    8.2 hrs • 8/27/03 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.5 hrs • 4/1/2002 • Abridged

    “If you were to rush in to this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal—with God, Allah, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Bill Gates, whomever—in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be magically taken away, traded in for ten more years as the person I was before, I would, without a moment’s hesitation, tell you to take a hike.” In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease—a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately he had accepted the diagnosis, and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. With the same passion, humor, and energy that he has invested in his dozens of performances over the last eighteen years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life—from his childhood in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television that made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly, he writes of the last ten years, during which—with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends—he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson’s has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He feels that he is a very lucky man, indeed.

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    Lucky Man

    5.5 hrs • 4/1/02 • Abridged
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  11. 4.9 hrs • 3/1/2002 • Abridged

    When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was embarking on the golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, and the herb garden he spent decades cultivating.   One winter day, he told his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness. After it subsequent battery of tests, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account that charts the ups and downs of early onset Alzheimer's -- a form of the disease which can he particularly ravaging to younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on his memory. DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we tend to overlook it. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think and ultimately, to survive. As his life is reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shines through. A testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just an account of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating story of one man's battle to stay connected with the world.

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    Losing My Mind

    4.9 hrs • 3/1/02 • Abridged
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  12. 5.6 hrs • 3/1/2000 • Abridged

    SLEEP BETTER, LIVE LONGER WITH THE GROUNDBREAKING INFORMATION AND STEP-BY-STEP PROGRAM IN THIS REVOLUTIONARY AUDIOBOOK   Healthful sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity, more influential than diet, exercise, or heredity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep -- and the price of sleep deprivation. Dr. William Dement, founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Research Center, takes us on a fascinating tour of the sleeping body and mind, revealing the price we pay for ignoring sleep -- an epidemic of heart disease, 33 percent of traffic-fatigue-related accidents and immeasurable mental and psychological disadvantages. Dr. Dement offers a hands-on prescription for vibrant good health and longevity, including: self-tests to determine how much sleep you really need; information on the role of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids; the latest research on how sleep affects the immune system; how to combat insomnia, snoring, jet-lag; and much more.

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    The Promise of Sleep

    5.6 hrs • 3/1/00 • Abridged
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