Getting better

Illness, accidents, or surgery are rarely something any of us plan for. When it happens, we often are searching for answers while trying to cope with the wide range issues that we suddenly face.

Mr. America : how muscular millionaire Bernarr Macfadden transformed the nation through sex, salad, and the ultimate starvation diet
Mark Adams.
New York : Harper, c2009.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-279) and index.
The long baby boom : an optimistic vision for a graying generation
Jeff Goldsmith.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2008.
"Drawing on evidence that most baby boomers plan on working long past age 65, Goldsmith argues that they will have a constructive impact on society over the next twenty years. By assuming a much larger portion of the financial burden of their own retirement and health costs, they will help preserve Social Security and Medicare for the less fortunate and for successive generations." "The Long Baby Boom is the first comprehensive forecast of baby boomers' career plans, health trends, and cultural and political values. Goldsmith's pro-work, pro-savings, pro-health social policy emphasizes personal responsibility without ripping the social safety net."--BOOK JACKET.
Living smart : five essential skills to change your health habits forever
Joshua C. Klapow, Sheri D. Pruitt.
New York : DiaMedica Pub., c2008.
Living SMART is an easy-to-follow behavioral program that offers what others do not - a simple approach to changing any unhealthy behavior. Whether you want to quit smoking, reduce stress, start an exercise program, or make any other lifestyle change, its helpful tips, checklists, interactive exercises, charting tool to track progress, and specific action plans for some of the most common health-related issues, will get you on the right track- and keep you there. The book can be used in conjunction with the Living Well website,, which provides additional information, tips, and downloadable forms for your convenience. The SMART acronym refers to five essential skills: Set a goal, Monitor your progress, Arrange your world for success, Recruit a support team, Treat yourself. Book jacket.

Facing a health crisis situation can be frightening and very stressful. Understanding and learning more about your condition and doing your part to manage it can help you feel stronger and lessen the anxiety.

Explore your community's resources for setting up a support network. Find people and organizations that can give you both emotional support and practical information and advice. Reaching out for support provides the benefit of connecting with others who are experiencing feelings that are similar to yours.

What you eat is crucial to your health. Your health provider may suggest a diet for you. If you think of food as one of your medicines, the fresher the food the better for you. Eating in a calm atmosphere can help you stay relaxed.

"If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want."

Elbert Hubbard

You may need to rest more than you think while you recuperate. When you are sleeping it mobilizes the body's healing resources and conserves energy. But if you feel restless, you may want to do a bit of moving around to keep your energy flowing. This all leads to better relaxation and healing can happen more easily.

Keeping a positive attitude could be just the right medicine to a full recovery from an illness, accident or surgery.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff