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    19.2 hrs • 11/24/2009 • Unabridged

    The war on cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease—but it has left untouched many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, and the global environment. Evidence of how these things affect our chances of getting cancer has been either overlooked or suppressed. And this has been no accident. The war on cancer is run by the leaders of industries that make cancer-causing products and that occasionally profit from treating the disease. This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain. Filled with compelling personalities and never-before-revealed information, this book by Dr. Davis, acclaimed author and scientist, shows how we began fighting the wrong war, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies—a legacy that persists today.

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    The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis, PhD, MPH

    The Secret History of the War on Cancer

    19.2 hrs • 11/24/09 • Unabridged
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    2.8 hrs • 4/3/2012 • Unabridged

    Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.

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    Love, Medicine and Miracles

    2.8 hrs • 4/3/12 • Unabridged
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    9.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Nearly every major city in the world has them: hidden underground seduction lairs where men gather to trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to seduce women. This is not fiction. For two years bestselling author Neil Strauss lived among these men. Using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity, he began his remarkable journey from AFC (Average Frustrated Chump) to PUA (Pickup Artist) to PUG (Pickup Guru)—refining his approach, sharing unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Courtney Love, ultimately transforming himself from frog to prince … to prisoner. And then things started to get really strange. One of the most explosive and controversial books in years, The Game is guaranteed to change the lives of men—and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever.

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    The Game

    9.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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    8.4 hrs • 6/5/2012 • Unabridged

    For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” through Death Valley. He has also set an American record of 165.7 miles in twenty-four hours—six and one-half marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so. In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice—including his own favorite plant-based recipes—Eat and Run will motivate everyone to “go the distance,” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

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    Eat and Run

    By Scott Jurek, with Steve Friedman
    8.4 hrs • 6/5/12 • Unabridged
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    15.9 hrs • 4/11/2006 • Unabridged

    Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, during twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

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    The Omnivore's Dilemma

    15.9 hrs • 4/11/06 • Unabridged
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    6.4 hrs • 1/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Food: there’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because most of what we’re consuming today is not food, and how we’re consuming it—in the car, in front of the TV, and increasingly alone—is not really eating. Instead of food, we’re consuming “edible foodlike substances”—no longer the products of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue they are anything but healthy. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: the more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become. But if real food—the sort of food our great grandmothers would recognize as food—stands in need of defense, from whom does it need defending? From the food industry on one side and nutritional science on the other. Both stand to gain much from widespread confusion about what to eat, a question that for most of human history people have been able to answer without expert help. Yet the professionalization of eating has failed to make Americans healthier. Thirty years of official nutritional advice has only made us sicker and fatter while ruining countless numbers of meals. Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. By urging us to once again eat food, he challenges the prevailing nutrient-by-nutrient approach—what he calls nutritionism—and proposes an alternative way of eating that is informed by the traditions and ecology of real, well-grown, unprocessed food. Our personal health, he argues, cannot be divorced from the health of the food chains of which we are part. In Defense of Food shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes. We can relearn which foods are healthy, develop simple ways to moderate our appetites, and return eating to its proper context—out of the car and back to the table. Michael Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. Pollan’s last book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time.

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    In Defense of Food

    6.4 hrs • 1/1/08 • Unabridged
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    6.0 hrs • 9/20/2011 • Unabridged

    In Super Immunity, world-renowned health expert and New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live Dr. Joel Fuhrman offers a nutritional guide to help you live longer, stronger, and disease free. Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t believe the secret to staying healthy lies in medical care—rather, the solution is to change the way we eat. With more than 85 plant-based recipes, a two-week menu plan, and lists of super foods that boost immunity, Dr. Fuhrman’s proven strategies combine the latest data from clinical tests, nutritional research, and results from thousands of patients . Fans of Alejandro Junger’s Clean, Mark Hyman’s Ultraprevention, and T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study will appreciate Dr. Fuhrman’s practical plan to prevent and reverse disease—no shots, drugs or sick days required.

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    Super Immunity

    6.0 hrs • 9/20/11 • Unabridged
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    6.2 hrs • 2/15/2013 • Unabridged

    World-renowned sports medicine physician Dr. Anthony Galea reveals the secret to optimum mental and physical health. With Dr. Galea’s background in science he helps the listener understand how their body works and how to reach its full potential. You will learn: • How to turn back the age clock by understanding how spirituality, diet and exercise all work together to create the perfect working machine• What star athletes such as: Tiger Woods, A-Rod or the Olympic athletes follow in their diet and exercise• How to balance your blood chemistry and hormone levels• Why diets fail• How to develop a perfect eating plan that’s easy to follow, effective and won’t leave you feeling hungry• What foods that have a positive effect on your body and those you should avoid• Exercises you can begin at any fitness level and will only take minutes a day to follow• Causes and treatments of common injuries• How ten minutes of meditation a will help give you a more youthful appearance 

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    The Real Secret to Optimal Health

    6.2 hrs • 2/15/13 • Unabridged
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    7.9 hrs • 5/15/2012 • Unabridged

    A remarkably frank, deeply moving, and inspiring memoir by Jai Pausch, whose husband, Randy, wrote the bestseller The Last Lecture while battling pancreatic cancer. "Jai is such a giver that she often forgets to take care of herself," Randy Pausch wrote about his wife. "Jai knows that she’ll have to give herself permission to make herself a priority."  In Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch shares her own story for the first time: her emotional journey from wife and mother to full-time caregiver, shuttling between her three young children and Randy’s bedside as he sought treatment far from home; and then to widow and single parent, fighting to preserve a sense of stability for her family, while coping with her own grief and the challenges of running a household without a partner. Jai paints a vivid, honest portrait of a vital, challenging relationship between two strong people who faced a grim prognosis and the self-sacrificing decisions it often required. As she faced life without the husband she called her “magic man,” Jai learned to make herself a priority to create a new life of hope and happiness—as she puts it, to “feel a spark of my own magic beginning to flicker.” Dream New Dreams is a powerful story of grief, healing, and newfound independence. With advice artfully woven into an intimate, beautifully written narrative, Jai’s story will inspire not only the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture a bestseller, but also those who are embarking on a journey of loss and renewal themselves.

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    Dream New Dreams

    7.9 hrs • 5/15/12 • Unabridged
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    9.7 hrs • 5/14/2013 • Unabridged

    Philadelphia, 1959. A scientist scrutinizing a single human cell under a microscope detects a missing piece of DNA. That scientist, David Hungerford, had no way of knowing that he had stumbled upon the starting point of modern cancer research—the Philadelphia chromosome. This book charts not only that landmark discovery, but also—for the first time, all in one place—the full sequence of scientific and medical discoveries that brought about the first-ever successful treatment of a lethal cancer at the genetic level. The significance of this mutant chromosome would take more than three decades to unravel; in 1990, it was recognized as the sole cause of a deadly blood cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia, or CML. This dramatic discovery launched a race involving doctors and researchers around the world, who recognized that it might be possible to target CML at its genetic source. Science journalist Jessica Wapner brings extensive original reporting to this book, including interviews with more than thirty-five people with a direct role in this story. Wapner reconstructs more than forty years of crucial breakthroughs, clearly explains the science behind them, and pays tribute to the dozens of researchers, doctors, and patients whose curiosity and determination restored the promise of a future to the 70,000 people worldwide who are diagnosed with CML each year. Chief among them is researcher and oncologist Dr. Brian Druker, whose dedication to his patients fueled his quest to do everything within his power to save them. The Philadelphia Chromosome helps us fully appreciate just how ground-breaking, hard-won, and consequential these achievements are—and understand the principles behind today’s most important cancer research.

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    The Philadelphia Chromosome

    9.7 hrs • 5/14/13 • Unabridged
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    9.1 hrs • 7/25/2013 • Unabridged

    Although we have bandages for cuts, chicken soup for colds, and ice packs for bruises, most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, and loss. But, as Guy Winch, PhD, points out, these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse when left untreated and can significantly impact our quality of life. In this fascinating and highly practical book, Winch provides the emotional first aid treatments we have been lacking. Explaining the long-term fallout that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr. Winch offers concrete, easy-to-use exercises backed up by hard cutting-edge science to aid in recovery. He uses relatable anecdotes about real patients he has treated over the years, often with a much-needed sense of humor.

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    Emotional First Aid

    9.1 hrs • 7/25/13 • Unabridged
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    3.5 hrs • 12/28/2004 • Abridged

    Stylish, convincing, wise, funny—and just in time: the ultimate non-diet book, which could radically change the way you think and live. French women don’t get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this “French paradox”—how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. Hers is a charming, sensible, and powerfully life-affirming view of health and eating for our times. As a typically slender French girl, Mireille (Meer-ray) went to America as an exchange student and came back fat. That shock sent her into an adolescent tailspin, until her kindly family physician, “Dr. Miracle,” came to the rescue. Reintroducing her to classic principles of French gastronomy plus time-honored secrets of the local women, he helped her restore her shape and gave her a whole new understanding of food, drink, and life. The key? Not guilt or deprivation but learning to get the most from the things you most enjoy. Following her own version of this traditional wisdom, she has ever since relished a life of indulgence without bulge, satisfying yen without yo-yo on three meals a day. Now in simple but potent strategies and dozens of recipes you’d swear were fattening, Mireille reveals the ingredients for a lifetime of weight control—from the emergency weekend remedy of Magical Leek Soup to everyday tricks like fooling yourself into contentment and painless new physical exertions to save you from the StairMaster. Emphasizing the virtues of freshness, variety, balance, and always pleasure, Mireille shows how virtually anyone can learn to eat, drink, and move like a French woman. A natural raconteur, Mireille illustrates her philosophy through the experiences that have shaped her life—a six-year-old’s first taste of Champagne, treks in search of tiny blueberries (called myrtilles) in the woods near her grandmother’s house, a near-spiritual rendezvous with oysters at a seaside restaurant in Brittany, to name but a few. She also shows us other women discovering the wonders of “French in action,” drawing examples from dozens of friends and associates she has advised over the years to eat and drink smarter and more joyfully. Here are a culture’s most cherished and time-honored secrets recast for the twenty-first century. For anyone who has slipped out of her zone, missed the flight to South Beach, or accidentally let a carb pass her lips, here is a buoyant, positive way to stay trim. A life of wine, bread—even chocolate—without girth or guilt? Pourquoi pas?

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    French Women Don't Get Fat

    3.5 hrs • 12/28/04 • Abridged
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    13.3 hrs • 8/30/2004 • Unabridged

    In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder–all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD. As Hallowell and Ratey point out, “attention deficit disorder” is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Original, charismatic, energetic, often brilliant, people with ADD have extraordinary talents and gifts embedded in their highly charged but easily distracted minds. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. Inside you’ll discover whether ADD runs in familiesnew diagnostic procedures, tests, and evaluationsthe links between ADD and other conditionshow people with ADD can free up their inner talents and strengthsthe new drugs and how they work, and why they’re not for everyoneexciting advances in nonpharmaceutical therapies, including changes in diet, exercise, and lifestylehow to adapt the classic twelve-step program to treat ADDsexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve themstrategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. It only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, Delivered from Distraction is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read.

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    Delivered From Distraction

    13.3 hrs • 8/30/04 • Unabridged
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    3.2 hrs • 9/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Reclaim control over your spiritual, emotional, and physical health, and lose weight today. Incorporating the latest medical findings with the timeless wisdom of the Bible, The New Bible Cure for Weight Loss provides powerful tools and findings that your own doctor never may have told you, including:The causes of obesityHow to reach and maintain a healthy weightExercises that can add years to lifeThe right vitamins and supplements for weight loss Dr. Colbert shares his own research as well as those of some of the top medical researchers in the world on the subject of weight loss. Listen and learn about recent medical breakthroughs as well as the most up-to-date weight loss and weight control strategies that actually work.

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    The New Bible Cure for Weight Loss

    3.2 hrs • 9/1/13 • Unabridged
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    11.4 hrs • 12/10/2013 • Unabridged

    A smart, energizing program to help you shed fat, build muscle, and achieve your ideal body in just thirty days! A huge success as a self-published e-book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is the bible of fat loss that will help anyone to get his or her dream body. Tom Venuto has created a program using the secrets of the world’s leanest people, although it’s not about getting ripped; it is about maximizing your fat loss through nutrient timing and strategic exercise. This totally revised and 25 percent–new book includes a never-before-shared plan that will make it even easier for everyone to achieve amazing results.

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    Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto

    Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle

    11.4 hrs • 12/10/13 • Unabridged
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    12.3 hrs • 12/2/2013 • Unabridged

    Flying in the face of our quick-fix culture, the New York Times bestselling Younger Next Year and its sequel, Younger Next Year for Women, crossed the million-copy milestone by essentially telling readers to work out six days a week—forever. This same honest, no shortcuts approach is woven into the DNA of Thinner This Year. Chris Crowley, the memorable patient and coauthor of Younger Next Year, partners with Jen Sacheck, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist from Tufts University, and in lively, alternating chapters they spell out a weight-loss plan that will have readers lose up to twenty-five pounds in the first six months—and keep it off for life. The message is straightforward and based on the most up-to-date nutritional science: avoid “dead,” i.e., nutrient-poor, foods, particularly solid fats and added sugars, choices that comprise more than a third of our diet. Design your plate to be 50 percent vegetables and fruits, 25 percent whole grains, and 25 percent lean proteins. Skip the supplements. Never drink your calories. And exercise. Exercise, the authors emphasize, is the great flywheel of weight loss. And whereas Younger Next Year told you why to exercise six days a week, Thinner This Year tells you how to eat and how to exercise, from the best aerobic workouts to a lifetime supply of twenty-five whole-body strength exercises—the “Sacred 25”—that will build muscle, protect joints, and add mobility. Exercise will do more than anything else to put off 70 percent of “normal” aging until the very end and eliminate 50 percent of serious illness and injury.

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    Thinner This Year

    12.3 hrs • 12/2/13 • Unabridged
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