The Stars That Govern Us by JR Alcyone is a heart wrenching but beautiful read set in 1956 Western Australia. Alec Serafeim is a congenital heart surgeon who suffers from manic depression. His pediatric patients mean the world to him but are often the reason why he’s distressed. Despite being one of the best heart surgeons of his time, Alec struggles with the fact that he can’t save all his patients. We follow Alec and his surgical partner Pete as they cope with the heartbreaking world around them.
Now, let me tell you why JR Alcyone is a future bestseller! There are so many things I can say about Alcyone’s writing, but let’s first discuss her scene-setting abilities! Alcyone can set a scene flawlessly. Her attention to small details, including surroundings and mannerisms, is what sets this novel apart. Most modern novelists skip over these details, considering them to be fluff. But Alcyone was able to apply just the right amount of detail to help immerse her reader into the scenes. There only two gripes I have with Alcyone’s writing, and one of them is monotony. The beginning of the story felt slow-paced. I felt that it could have been remedied with some editing. Her ability to pack in detail is fantastic, but it can often drone on about one topic. My second gripe is with distinguishing voices. It took me almost a third of the way through to distinguish Alec’s and Pete’s voices. It was not until I learned certain character traits about each of them that I was able to tell the difference. Once Alcyone started adding the character traits, her writing began to soar!
I praise Alcyone for how gracefully she handled the subject of mental illness. She showed how even the most productive and praise-worthy individuals can suffer from mental health problems. The discussion of manic depression and anxiety is partly what made this novel for me!
Author J.R. Alcyone has the foundations to become something extraordinary. The Stars That Govern Us is a must-read for all historical fiction lovers. Fans of medical fiction and dramatic story telling will find plenty to love in J.R. Alcyone’s riveting novel.
Pages: 279 | ASIN: B08P5KJ9TZ
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Is your Work-Life Balance out of whack? Are you feeling too tired to care? Are you ready to move out of survival mode and into thriving–regardless of chaos and uncertainty?
Read true stories about the price we pay when sacrificing Work-life Balance for other priorities. Yet told here are solutions found in courageous conversations that began as a small rural grassroots movement. Now part of the Action Collaborative for Clinician Well-Being and Resilience led by the National Academy of Medicine. Written from the perspective of those on the front lines of the opioid overdose epidemic and now pandemic. Our work is hard, and measuring change is difficult. Those factors inevitably lead us to question our work, especially when; improvement is slow and difficult to see. Self-care is Health Care. It is not selfish as too many providers think, but essential. We can all learn, strengthen, or tweak our own self-care.
This book is testimony of how it is possible to find and keep your balance between work and life without burning out and make it for the long haul. In this completely Comprehensive Guide, you will learn about Compassion Satisfaction, why it is vital for keeping burnout at bay, gain access to wealth of information and resources not only for you as an individual but also for organizations and leaders a work culture norm that values self-care You will find in this book:
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In his book Everything Under the Sun, Bruce Rowe invites the reader into his life as a family physician. A good chunk of the book is about medicine and everything in between, but the authors uses language so that the reader can easily understand and relate to what Bruce experienced. The medical terms are beautifully explained and the reader is made to understand how some diagnoses are made. I appreciate the author for openly talking about the challenges he faced in his practice. His experiences show that, while getting the doctor title is fancy, there are a lot of ups and downs one has to go through before establishing oneself.
Bruce Rowe is such a natural writer that one gets to fall in love with his writing even before getting to understand his background. The author narrates every stage of his life tenderly, making the reader enjoy every part of his narration. You can feel the passion Bruce Rowe has for his family and profession. Each stage of the author’s life brought various lessons. His personal life, family, days of studying, and practicing medicine are all distinct and bring different obstacles and all the emotions that come with them.
Bruce Rowe’s narration is engaging throughout the book and makes the reader feel like they are in the same room with him. When talking about his losses, the reader could feel the author’s emotions through the text. One not only sympathizes with the author’s experiences but also applauds him for standing high and not letting any failure bring him down.
Everything Under the Sun is a one-of-a-kind biography that feels like someone is inviting you into their life. I appreciated how the book discussed rarely mentioned realities and truths in the medical profession. This is a perfect book for the holiday’s, one that reminds you of the importance of family and warms your heart.
Pages: 364 | ASIN: B085GMF3J2
Ever wondered how health insurance works? How about why healthcare is so expensive? There is a lot of dealings behind the scenes that make life quite difficult for healthcare practitioners to provide good quality care. In The Midst of Blitz is about a doctor who has worked in different medical fields. He tells his story of the inner workings of different specialties and shines a light on the challenges as well as provides an insider perspective on the healthcare industry. Alexander Rogerson, MD is a proponent of prepaid systems, and goes as far as giving a solution to the healthcare payment issue. He explains his reasoning in detail and will have you considering it, maybe for the first time ever.
This is a book written by a doctor with decades of experience gained as both a civilian and military doctor working in many different locations and practices. In The Midst of Blitz provides a first hand account of the inner-workings of the healthcare system in the United States. Dr. Rogerson provides an in depth analysis of the field and his commentary is thought-provoking and illuminating.
I found it refreshing and interesting to hear stories told from the trenches of the medical field. All to often medical professionals are reserved when speaking out their profession. With this book I really got the sense that Dr. Rogerson is passionate about his work and is willing to share it all with us. Whenever I go to a doctors office, or hospital, thing seem so orderly. Alexander Rogerson, MD opened my eyes to the storm that is brewing behind the professional façade. This book will help the reader understand a lot of what they encounter every day as a patient.
At only about 100 pages, this book is succinct yet poignant. It is not riddled with unnecessary details. The author is very intentional about how he delivers his message. We are living in a period where a large percentage of the population has to make a difficult choice between healthcare and other basic needs like food or shelter. The author shares his personal stories, however interesting the stories are they ultimately led me to realize that our current medical system is not working.
Pages: 110 | ISBN-10: 164550624X
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Osteoporosis & Osteopenia: Vitamin Therapy for Stronger Bones is a comprehensive guide to bone health. Why was this an important book for you to write?
My father died when I was very young. Despite the poverty that surrounded me during my childhood, my mother prepared meals packed with vitamins and minerals. This allowed my brain to soak up data at a higher than average rate, which empowered me to succeed despite the challenges. As I became a man, I began to appreciate the power of basic nutrition and vitamin supplements.
I have been a public servant for most of my adult life. It is my most fervent hope to share information that can improve the lives of others, just as my life has improved in such an incredible fashion. I chose to write about osteoporosis because it is one of the lowest hanging fruits for disease prevention that the average person can readily address. Low bone density is becoming a global threat that can be easily deterred. Raising awareness and providing simple solutions if the purpose of this book.
This is the first of a three-book series on vitamin therapy for disease treatment and prevention. I am calling the series “Share The Health.”
The book focuses on the link between lifestyle choices, age, gender, eating habits, and bone health. What is a common misconception you find many people have about bone health?
Excellent question! There is no single answer because misconceptions evolve over time. For decades calcium was considered the end-all-be-all to improving bone health. We finally realized that excessive calcium intake was generating heart disease, especially in women, at an alarming rate. This misconception harmed a lot of families and caused a lot of heart-ache, literally. We now know that vitamin K2 was one of the missing links in the bone building process.
I would say a common misconception today (and for some time) is viewing a symptom as the only issue to address. For instance, if I were to test positive for low vitamin D levels in my blood, the typical approach would be to have me ingest more vitamin D. In my book, I point out that the vitamin D measured inside of your blood is not the same as that which you ingest or obtain from sun exposure. Vitamin D is transformed inside of your liver to another state. It is this second version of D that is measured inside of your blood. The liver-transformation process relies on several co-factors including magnesium and zinc. So rather than viewing low vitamin D as the issue, I recommend viewing it as a potential symptom of some other underlying problem such as a magnesium deficiency or liver injury. Yes. If you take more vitamin D, you will increase the overall levels measured in your blood. However, you may also be masking the underlying root cause of the deficiency, which may lead to other health issues in the future, such as osteoporosis.
Additionally, fad diets and some very popular fat-burning products can be very damaging to your bones even though they are perceived as being good for you (another misconception). Osteoporosis develops very gradually. You feel fine for years until you suffer micro-fractures resulting in back pain. By then, the damage to your bone health is fairly severe. Additionally, few people are tested for low bone density until they are in their 60s. Thus, the fad-dieter or fat-burning product user feel perfectly fine as their bones slowly deteriorate. However, vitamin therapy can slow, prevent, or improve the condition at almost any stage of an individual’s bone health. The sooner you start to address specific nutrient deficiencies the better off you will be.
What is your professional background and how has that helped you write this book?
I am that 2nd-grade geek that teachers marveled at. My professional background is in highly technical fields such as military and commercial aircraft avionics, ground-based radar technology, airport instrument landing systems, and a whole lot of other nerdy things. I have always been fascinated with biology, technology, space travel, and the overall human condition. Anything related to science grabs my attention. As a Civil Servant, I served as an Air Traffic Safety Inspector, and a Technical Operations Quality Control Specialist. I researched and generated reports in Washington DC that influenced how the world flies today. I studied and analyzed tons of data to identify trends in seemingly unrelated areas associated with America’s National Airspace System, which is the busiest and most complex airspace system on Earth.
This book has been a major undertaking. My ability to conduct research into very complex subject matter enables me to see the whole process of very technical systems and the ripple effects that often go unnoticed. I simply applied what I enjoy doing into the subject of the human process for developing bone tissue. I did not go too deep into it as this was meant for general consumption. However; academia, medical experts, and fitness professionals will likely find some useful information in my book as well.
There are doctors and scientists that know a whole lot more than I do on the subject of bone development. However, I try to serve as the bridge between highly technical subject-matter and the average person who is simply living their life to the best of their knowledge and ability. I hope that my book goes deep enough to educate the general public, but not so deep as to lose them ten words into the discussion. This too is a balance that I strive for in my writing.
When and where will this book be available?
I thought that you would never ask. Just kidding. The scheduled release date to the public is Friday, May 31, 2019. At that time you will find my book available through most major outlets including Amazon (Kindle and print), Barnes & Noble (POD), Apple, etc. You will also find it throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, and other places abroad.
My primary goal is to help others improve their lives by improving their health. Therefore, I wanted to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the information.
Millions of people unknowingly suffer from low bone density, which, if left unchecked, leads to osteoporosis. Are you one of them?
Worsening symptoms eventually cause chronic back pain, a curved spine, and even bone fractures.
The way bones form inside your body is truly incredible! Your bone cell builders need a steady supply of raw materials from diet or vitamin supplements for maximum density and strength. This easy-to-follow vitamin therapy approach is designed to fuel your natural ability to increase bone density, improve bone quality, and reduce bone loss, no matter when you start.
Osteoporosis & Osteopenia: Vitamin Therapy for Stronger Bones provides a wealth of information on:
- Keeping your miraculous bones strong
- Dangerous myths about vitamins and minerals
- How popular fat burners harm your bones
- What young adults should do now to avoid osteoporosis
- The real solution to vitamin D deficiency
- And so much more…
Treat osteoporosis (commonly misspelled osteoporosisi) naturally. You can achieve significant long-term results in your bone health with the smallest investments. Simply apply the information contained in this book and improve your entire life.
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There aren’t many books that I’ve read that I would have a difficult time placing within a specific genre, or at least spanned across a couple of distinct styles. The Fantastic Inner Life of an American Teenager, however, is a work that is in a class of its own, and that’s a good thing.
Part fiction, part reality, and pretty much all intensely inventive and imaginative, this real-life diary written by a teenage girl about some of the hopes and dreams that she had reveals multiple levels of the author’s reality. In fact, this book is the work of a girl named Desiree, AKA YAEL, who experienced a childhood and adolescence worlds apart from what many view as ‘normal’.
According to the editor, Regine Dubono (The author’s mother), YAEL suffered from mental illness from a young age and found family life to be a challenge. Due to those difficulties in coping with everyday events, the author was quickly labelled and placed within a mental hospital where she would be medicated to the point of losing much of her happiness and contentment that she had known before. What’s more is that due to the reaction of the medical staff charged with caring for Desiree, that same medication severely hampered her natural skill and talent as a playwright.
This book opens a window into the heart of the author and shows us just how incredibly talented she was. Her clarity in purpose while creating the scenes of her play are engaging and honest, and each line seems like a well-thought-out continuation of thoughts nurtured over time.
That said, it does take a bit of work to follow the trains of thought through to the end as there are several threads which are interwoven throughout the screenplay. There are references and concepts that jump in from out of the blue but once the writer’s mind and process is better understood, taking in this work becomes much smoother. It is different for sure, and it is eye-opening in many ways. If you are one to relish taking in the personality of the authors you read, The Fantastic Inner Life of an American Teenager will provide a full serving.
I would have appreciated footnotes and information from the editor that would have helped provide more background for certain times throughout the authors life while this diary was being written. I couldn’t help but think that I was missing pieces of vital information while reading. Other than that, this is an impressive work from an even more impressive teenage author.
Pages: 120 | ISBN: 9781312599161
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Anyone looking for an in-depth discussion on what it means to be whole and happy would certainly benefit from reading Chester Litvin’s Life of the Sailor: The Psychology of Who We Are. Litvin creates an easily digestible work on an extremely complex topic. The author comes from, as he terms it, “the Soviet Collective,” and has clearly dedicated much of his career to understanding the psychological effects of radicalization of the human psyche.
Litvin goes to great length to help his readers understand why it is that there are always certain specific roles being played out within society, and how those roles are all a part of who we are as human beings. Coming from an oppressive society that fed on reducing individualism, the author sees himself as an adventurer into the psyche where he can begin dialogues between all the different splits in the human psyche in hopes that finding ways to nurture every part of the whole will result in a complete, happy, and satisfied life and self-awareness.
Through the use of characterization, the author makes it possible for readers to quickly grasp the concept of a person’s psyche being split into a variety of parts due to both internal and external traumas. There are characters who represent all the various types of splits that one could experience along the road to finding a completed version of themselves, and Litvin expresses the vital role of these characters to create healthy dialogues in order to mend the splits that exist between them.
More than just showing his readers that it is possible for a psyche to split into sections that become distant from one another, Litvin goes into great detail to show the methods and concepts that are required to close the gaps that exist within us all.
While some may not quite be ready to take on this type of intense personal introspection, the subject matter is still important and interesting in many ways. For example, learning more about the roots of some of our most troubling psychological states, including fear, anger, and others, helps to understand and cope with these types of things whether they are internal or external.
Chester Litvin’s Life of the Sailor: The Psychology of Who We Are is an eye-opening work. Whether the concepts discussed within are new to you or you have studied them before, the author discusses many important aspects of our nature as people, and he does so in a way that can be understood by all.
Pages: 228 | ISBN: 1450219047
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The Mom and Her Autistic Daughter by Regine Dubono is a fitting title for this book. Dubono explains the life and turmoil of Desiree, an adult with autism, and her mother. Desiree’s medicines’ effects and side effects are explored. The struggle to find Desiree a long term living arrangement becomes a source of contention between Desiree, Desiree’s mother, and her caregivers. Her mother finds it difficult to find balance for herself and her daughter while playing a deck that seems stacked against them.
The author delves into Desiree’s everyday life which feels tumultuous at best. Desiree has parts of her life she enjoys such as shopping and manicures, but everything apart from that feels tense. In working in Special Education I have found in the past that this is pretty typical of autistic children. I assume that would generally carry over into adulthood as it has with Desiree. My students have had areas they excel in and become almost obsessive about their particular interests. Anything else feels boring or daunting. Any deviation from their schedule can also cause a tailspin or meltdown. These are things that readers who have not worked with people with autism may not know and may learn from the book.
I’ve also had a bit of experience in dealing with drugs and their side effects while caring for my father. Dubono explores how drugs may “fix” one issue, but cause many more. One drug may also cause further symptoms that need to be controlled, thus producing the need for more drugs. These are frustrating waters to navigate. Readers may get more of a grasp of how many pharmaceutical companies and drug-pushing doctors work in this aspect. This part of the book is especially pertinent in today’s social climate.
Dubono’s explanation of the struggles in finding Desiree a permanent and sufficient placement especially hit home for me. Many readers who have dealt with this kind of thing will be able to sympathize with the accounts she gives. It is extremely hard to find caregivers for adults. It would be exponentially harder to find care for those who are prone to have outbursts and labelled as “difficult.” Clean and suitable facilities and genuinely caring and qualified caregivers aren’t always readily available. My family knows that from experience. Anyone who has dealt with this will find her accounts relatable.
The structure of the book feels somewhat lacking and feels repetitive at times. One letter in particular that is written by the mother is repeated almost verbatim in another part of the book. I had to flip back to make sure I hadn’t lost my place. There are quite a few grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book. There are also many abbreviations that are left unexplained. There is substance in the experiences and relationship of the mother and daughter, but the book doesn’t flow as well as I would have liked it to. I think the book would benefit greatly from an editor and proofreader.
There are important lessons to be learned here. This is a story that should be told as a cautionary tale and to help parents or guardians not feel alone in this situation. Desiree’s voice should be heard, I just think the book could use some revision and restructuring.
Pages: 123 | ASIN: B07H5RCYB5
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