Advice from skin care to intuition

March 21, 2014
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Self-help books available now include:

Emotional First Aid, by Dr Guy Winch (Exisle Publishing, RRP $30):

We have methods of treatment for all our physical injuries but most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, guilt and loss.

Dr Guy Winch – a licensed psychologist and author who has also dabbled in standup comedy – says these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse if untreated. In this book he provides the emotional first-aid treatments we have been lacking to offer “practical strategies for treating failure, rejection, guilt, and other every day psychological injuries”.

Explaining the long-term effects that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr Winch offers easy-to-use exercises backed up by cutting-edge science to help recovery.

Younger Skin in 28 Days, by Karen Fischer  (Exisle Publishing, RRP $35):

Flagged on the front cover as “the fast-track diet for beautiful skin and a cellulite-proof body” this book by award-winning author and nutritionist Karen Fischer says everyone can have better skin in just four weeks.

Backing the author’s claim that “your best weapon against skin ageing is your fork”, the book details how you can improve the look of cellulite, wrinkles, dry skin, sun damage, acne, rough skin, age spots and hyperpigmentation.

She reveals what she believes are the best skin-care products and supplements for younger skin and includes a three-day fast-track plan to kick things off.

As well, there is a 28-day meal plan with 80 recipes that are likely to benefit your overall health, not just that of your skin.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME: Symptoms, diagnosis, management, by Dr Rosamund Vallings (Calico Publishing, RRP $40):

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, often known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and once commonly referred to as Tapanui flu in this part of the world, is one of those “invisible” illnesses that most of us don’t understand unless we’re directly affected by it ourselves: either through our own illness or that of someone close to us.

It is difficult to diagnose and treat but its effects are profoundly debilitating and often prolonged.

Dr Rosamund Vallings has been treating victims of ME for more than four decades and draws on the latest international diagnostic guidelines to map out the path to an accurate diagnosis.

She also explains all aspects of ME and how it affects those unfortunate enough to fall victim to it.

It’s fascinating reading and also a little startling when you see just how it can affect the body’s many systems and functions.

Definitely worth a read if you are a sufferer, have someone in your life who has the illness or if you work in the medical field.

Intuition: Unlock the Power, by Dr Cate Howell (Exisle Publishing, RRP $30)

Medical practitioner, therapist, author and educator Dr Cate Howell believes we are all capable of developing our intuition and learning how to better use it.

Intuition is something most people would have experienced at one time or another: that “gut- feeling or inner voice or sixth sense”.

However, it’s instinctive by nature, independent of rational analysis or deductive thinking. This book aims to change that.

In the first part of the book, the author explores the nature of intuition from different perspectives, including philosophy and psychology, religion and spirituality. She also looks at the use of intuition in decision-making in business, health and teaching.

The second part of the book covers different types of intuition, how to develop your intuition and then use it in every day life.

The final section looks at some issues related to intuition, such as dreams and synchronicity.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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