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Brian Quaranta

Brian Quaranta ASHEVILLE, NC, United States Member Since 2005
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  • "For those interested in neurology &..."

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    This is a well-written and interesting memoir by a young woman who suffered through a period of time in which she experienced a form of "madness." Since she doesn't give away the particular disease in the title, I won't give a spoiler here; I have some background in the relevant fields and did not expect the answer. Her look back at this time in her life is thoughtful, and I found her ability to explain her medical condition and its details to be friendly to a general reader but not condescending. In general, the prose reads easily and well. I suspect that this book will be (has been) a very useful vehicle for spreading information about her illness, and will do considerable good. Glad to learn that she has recovered well and wish her the best. The narrator did a fine job of capturing the author's various moods and did some interpretation of the family members' voices as well.

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    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
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    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Brian Quaranta says: "For those interested in neurology & psychology"
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  • Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Became Medicine’s Greatest Mystery

    "Anatomy of an Epidemic"

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    During the Great Flu epidemic of WWI, there was an epidemic of encephalitis lethargica —or “sleeping sickness”— that left its victims permanently disabled, a plague of catatonic lethargy. Some people were comatose for years-- and it could recur at any time.

    What was it?

    This medical-mystery drama, by award-winning reporter Molly Caldwell Crosby, follows the doctors, scientists, and patients of the time as they tried to solve the origins of this disease.

    You may remember Oliver Sacks’s "Awakenings" chronicled his work curing the sleeping sickness victim. But science has yet to find the cause of the epidemic, the "why?"

    Crosby's book turns a corner in these “sleep” conversations that will have you wide awake to the most chilling prospects yet.

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Ronda Tucson, AZ, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2011
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  • "Authoritative and useful"

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    The author presents health choices based on proven research. She debunks both common myths and modern medicine's lack of understanding of the effects of good nutrition and appropriate supplement choices. The presentation style is very natural, easy to understand, not monotonous. However, she speaks very slowly so I had to increase the speed to 1.25 and 1.5 times. Otherwise it was excellent.

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    The Science of Natural Healing

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mimi Guarneri
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    Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

    Gloria Moreira says: "Great lay language refresher"

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  • 4.4 (3225 ratings)

    The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
  • 4.3 (1433 ratings)

    The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
  • 4.3 (755 ratings)

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
  • 4.4 (394 ratings)

    Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
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    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
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  • 4.4 (359 ratings)

    Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
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    Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive for best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His stories of diligence and ingenuity take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.

    Bonneville says: "Unfocused & Rambling"
  • 4.3 (298 ratings)

    The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
  • 4.3 (233 ratings)

    Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
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    How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on or off? Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

    Maurice says: "An Eye Opener"
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1001)
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    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
  • The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
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    Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients' ailments with drugs or surgical procedures - until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (617)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Brian Quaranta says: "For those interested in neurology & psychology"
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1329)
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    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
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  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
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    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
  • The Science of Natural Healing

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mimi Guarneri
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

    Gloria Moreira says: "Great lay language refresher"
  • On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
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    (42)
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    (37)
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    On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.

    Phil says: "if you carry a gun - you must listen to this"
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (816)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Kathy says: "Terrific!"
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  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

    aaron says: "If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
  • Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lissa Rankin
    • Narrated By Lissa Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (48)
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    Dr. Rankin discovered the health care she had been taught was missing something: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair. Using cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.

    Debbie says: "Just me, but, I didn't care for it."
  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
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    (84)
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    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Atheous says: "It just starts with myths."
  • Healing ADD Revised Edition: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 7 Types of ADD

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Daniel G. Amen
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow - yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Neuropsychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD was one of the first to identify that there are multiple types beyond just purely hyperactive or inattentive ADD, each requiring a different treatment. Now, in this all-new, revised edition, Dr. Amen again employs the latest medical advances in the field, including the largest brain imaging study ever completed on patients with ADD.

  • The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
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    Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients' ailments with drugs or surgical procedures - until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

  • The Adderall Empire: A Life with ADHD and the Millennials' Drug of Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrew K. Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Neil DeVoe
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    Andrew K. Smith's hooligan pranks and social impulsiveness paints a picture of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) before medication, and it would seem that the little orange pills could cure his mischief. But listeners will furrow their brows as they enter The Adderall Empire, traveling with Andrew K. Smith through the chemically conflicting mind states. Is working-memory training a feasible alternative? Listeners will beg for the answer, hoping Andrew stops getting into trouble before his parents disown him or he winds up in jail. Again.

  • Beat the Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bradley Bale, Amy Doneen, Lisa Collier Cool (contributor)
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
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    In Beat the Heart Attack Gene, world-renowned cardiovascular specialists Bradley Bale, MD, and Amy Doneen, ARNP, present a new model for understanding and preventing heart disease. They explain the three different genetic types of cholesterol profiles and tailor treatments for each type, using their cutting-edge Bale/Doneen Method, a simple, comprehensive prevention plan that detects cardiovascular disease (CVD) at early stages.

  • The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl J. Lavie MD
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Most of us think that longevity hinges on maintaining a normal Body Mass Index. But research conducted over the last decade hit the media in January with explosive news: Overweight and even moderately obese people with certain chronic diseases - from heart disease to cancer - often live longer and fare better than normal-weight individuals with the same ailments. In this groundbreaking audiobook, Carl Lavie, MD, reveals the science behind the obesity paradox and shows us how to achieve maximum health rather than minimum weight.

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  • The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thomas Goetz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
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    In 1875, tuberculosis was the deadliest disease in the world, accountable for a third of all deaths. A diagnosis of TB - often called consumption - was a death sentence. Then, in a triumph of medical science, a German doctor named Robert Koch deployed an unprecedented scientific rigor to discover the bacteria that caused TB. Koch soon embarked on a remedy - a remedy that would be his undoing. When Koch announced his cure for consumption, Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town doctor in England and sometime writer, went to Berlin to cover the event.

  • EDTA: This Four Letter Word May Save Your Life Using Chelation Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Prem Chhatwani
    • Narrated By Robert G Davis
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    An effective and lifesaving alternative therapy, using EDTA Chelation, for restoring blood circulation in patients affected by blocked arteries. Completely non-invasive painless treatment done in an outpatient setting. Equally effective to heal patients suffering from Cancer, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and other diseases of aging.

  • The Healing Effects of Magnesium: Magnesium - the Super Mineral

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Nigel Rhoden
    • Narrated By Krystal Wascher
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    If you are looking to learn more about magnesium and all that it has to offer as a miracle mineral and its healing effects, you will enjoy the audiobook The Healing Effects Of Magnesium. This audiobook goes into detail on what magnesium is and its advantages. Helping with hypertension is only one factor; magnesium also helps the heart. There is a chapter devoted to each of those topics. Are you deficient in magnesium? If so, you will find out what causes this deficiency. Allow this audiobook to help you discover the many ways that magnesium is good for.