by Julia Scalise, DN, PhD
It’s no secret that I like to read. I often preferred spending time in my local library, or time at home reading to other playtime pursuits during my “growing up” years. As the years progressed, I continued to read and belonged to 4 book clubs. It didn’t matter if it was fiction or non-fiction, best-seller or not well known books, classics, mysteries, thrillers, romance novels, or self-help books, I just enjoyed reading.
Whether it was to learn something (like reading an encyclopedia) or to escape to a place and time long ago (period romance), reading to me was always time well spent if the book was informative or had a good story line.
My professional career requires that I read. Much of my free time is spent reading articles, research studies, and information on new tests or products I use from companies with whom I work. But in addition to that, I commit to reading books from practitioners, who are mostly established experts in their fields, who have written books which share new and beneficial information on various health issues and topics with the general public as well as other practitioners.
I do this for my own health and for help for my clients. In this day and age, the overall decline in health in our society, the escalation of chronic illnesses being seen in younger and younger populations, and now the emergence of new health issues or illnesses resistant to current medications, makes this important for health practitioners and consumers alike.
I also read books to help with non-physical health issues which help with healing of emotions, to having a better understanding of principles to live a better life, or to help ease grief when dealing with the loss of loved ones.
Some of these titles I read several years ago, and some more recently. I recommend many of these titles to clients, loved ones and friends. The best way to tell if a book may help you is to visit online book retailers and read the descriptions and REVIEWS. Many of the topics overlap, but interestingly, many of the protocols and processes mirror what I do and have been doing for my clients over all these years. For me, in addition to the information, it helps to find further validation of my programs, but also to promote hope for so many who suffer more than they have to suffer.
At present, my next book on deck is “Never Bet Against Occam” by Lawrence B. Afrin, MD and Kendra Neilsen Myles. It’s about Mast Cell Activation Disease and the modern epidemics of chronic illness and medical complexity. More and more practitioners are seeing patients/clients with chronic multisystem inflammatory illness of unclear causes. I’m sure it will be an informative read but I am only up to page 40. Many chapters still to go. Time to put my reading glasses on and in the interim…
Wishing you health, hope for any health challenges, and living your best life.