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Joanna Bell

Historic Portsmouth VA | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 130 ratings
  • 493 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2015

  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson

    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "Essential, Life Saving, and Enhancing Information"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Cholesterol Myth the most enjoyable?

    I wouldn't say this was as enjoyable as it was interesting, need to know information presented in an easy to understand manner. I found it interesting because it related directly to my problem. Refreshingly, it was truly evidence based medicine at its best because it included common sense and not simply a reiteration of the cholesterol hypotheses that I've come to realize is more myth dependent then anything else. This book deals with strategies for attaining and maintaining heart health. I need to know this information because I have lived by the health education books... eating mostly veggies, fruits, chicken, and salmon. Wheat and milk products did not agree with me so I pretty much stayed away from them. But my cholesterol and LP(a) were very high. This book provided me the information and insight into why. Other docs pushed it off on my genes but neither parent had the problems I have, and they both ate boatloads of steak, eggs, etc. I maintained their minimally processed food lifestyle with some variations. I avoided red meat; minimized dairy consuming some low or no fat varieties; consumed minimal wheat products and no sodas. Sadly, I did consume excessive amounts of sugar.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sugar... because I've come to realize how seriously he's affected my life, in a bad way, and now I realize I'll have to leave him forever or suffer the consequences which could be heart ache or worse-- a heart attack. (The latter is true) For me, cutting down on sugar was the big take away message.All kidding aside, I've come to realize that sugar causes inflammation and for many reasons this is a very bad thing. In addition to learning about the profound, negative effects of sugar, the authors have presented many innovative strategies and supplements to help one improve their heart health. They explain why they work and how to best take advantage of them. Although I was familiar with most, I took notes during this section and will add a few to my repertoire of supplements.This book promotes a well rounded, minimally processed diet. It advocates avoiding sugar, breads, and cake-like products. It does embrace eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as steel cut or real oatmeal, not the instant type which is processed. This book advocates eating grass fed beef and wlld caught Alaskan salmon as well as dairy products from grass fed livestock. Of course it supports maintaining a healthy weight and getting daily exercise. Again, the authors address the whys of each suggestion which I found quite compelling.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite section of the book was the supplement section as it gave me direction as to what to do about my specific, less known, heart health concerns...LP(a).

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Great Cholesterol Myth, Tests for Determining the Real Culprits, and What You Can Do About Them

    It would be great if this book could be made into a documentary and aired on Netflix.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to attain and maintain a healthy heart. It delves into causes for high cholesterol that are not widely known or understood i.e. sugar. This book focuses on what's really of concern when it comes to heart health threats i.e. high LP(a), fibrinogen, C reactive protein, triglyceride levels, and more. I couldn't take statins and had a very bad reaction to them i.e. dizziness, exhaustion, falling, and debilitating forgetfulness. I'm very lucky I did not break a hip as I fell daily and couldn't remember drive routes. From the statins, I suffered from leg cramps that developed into semi permanent muscle spasms that a massage therapist finally worked out. With the exception of the latter, all problems dissipated when I dropped the statins and took niacin instead. Yep, I got the flush but realized it was a small price to pay to be off of the statins.

    This book addresses the effectiveness of niacin... thank you very much.. My condition has undoubtedly been exacerbated by statins and docs that ascribe to a one size fits all methodology. This one two punch, resulting in extreme distress, has taken it's toll. It's a wonder I haven't had a heart attack from it-- whatever happened to the axiom of, "do no harm"?

    Thanks to integrative books like this, I never had a heart attack. In this book, Dr. Sinatra and Dr. Johnny do not push statins. They suggest a multifaceted approach and a plethora of other remedies, from herbs to supplements, and healthful life style habits, from exercise to meditation. I can relate to, appreciate, and embrace this strategy taking away that which applies and will work for me.I rarely listen to books twice.

    This is one I will listen to at least twice.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Warned

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dustin Kuhlman
    • Narrated By Dustin Kuhlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 2041. Mankind has pushed his planet from rapid climate change to the brink of nuclear holocaust. In the midst of the chaos, brilliant young scientists Jon Castel and Levi Clarke discover new data that suggests the situation is far more dire than anyone could have predicted. Soon after, the President forms a task force bent on taking drastic action against the impending doom. Through Jon's leadership, the task force determines that the best possible hope for mankind is to begin colonizing the moon, and eventually, Mars.

    Michael says: "Horrible reader"
    "Philosophical Sci Fi on par with Star Trek"
    Where does Warned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better books I've listened to. I did not care for the narrator who was the author, but the story was one I could not turn off. Thanks to my Kindle Fire, I listened to it all day. This book dealt with a wide variety of topics including over population; global warming; solar flares; melting ice caps; the importance of our space program to humankind's continued existence; the waste of money and resources on the military in light of potential global catastrophes (real threats), terraforming Mars; the new physics, God, demi gods,and alien life forms; positive and negative aspects of technology, the cost and danger of nuclear waste; and potential solutions to today's problems. The story line was well paced with adequate character development. This is a book that I will think about for a long time to come and anticipate listening to again.

    What other book might you compare Warned to and why?

    Warned is dystopian SciFi similar to the books "When the World's Collide" and "After the World's Collide." The underlying profound philosophical concepts are reminiscent of the Star Trek TV series and movies.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The author narrator writes much better then he narrates. This book should be re-narrated by a seasoned Audible narrator. It is an outstanding book. The narrator read it without changing his voice to represent various characters. He has a halting rather then flowing reading style. To his credit, he annunciates words well and is easy to understand. I appreciate and applaud his effort.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wake Up, Change for the Good, and Save Our Planet. The Alternatives, Relocating to the Moon or Mars, Are Too Bleak....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hands On Healing: A Training Course on the Energy Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Bengston
    • Narrated By William Bengston

    Does hands-on healing work and can it be taught? Like many scientists, Dr. William Bengston would once have dismissed this phenomenon as an example of power of suggestion. But after 35 years of extraordinary research, Dr. Bengston has demonstrated time and again that hands-on healing works-even on some conditions that have no conventional treatment.

    Joanna Bell says: "Energy Healing for the Statistically Minded"
    "Energy Healing for the Statistically Minded"

    Although the author does not know how or why it works, he provides an interesting story about how he came upon a technique which seems to cure some diseases. He backs this up with statistical studies conducted through reputable, accredited universities. Unfortunately, he has not been successful in securing major grant funding. This is truly sad.

    He outlines and then provides practice in the technique which he refers to as "cycling." It's a process of cycling thoughts rapidly in one's mind.

    I was so impressed with the contents of this book that I listened to it twice... once by myself and once with my husband. I've recommended it to several of my friends.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Great follow-on for Twilight enthusiast"

    Yep, I got hooked on Twilight after seeing the movie and raced through all the audio books wanting more. A longtime Sci Fi fan, I thought vampire media was all horror and beneath me- wrong. I do like this new romance vampire genre, and the Sookie Stackhouse books filled the void. Dead Until Dark Book 1 of the Sookie Stackhouse series is great. It has just the right ingredients- mystery; fantasy (vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves oh my;) with a dash of steamy romance. The character development is outstanding with a realistic style that pulls me along. The excellent narration, with it's Southern drawl and readily discernable characters brings the scenes to life. It's an action packed plot that doesn't telegraph the ending. Warning... once I started this series, I could not stop. It's addictive.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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