Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Power of Sound or Living Well with Parkinsons

The Power of Sound: How to Manage Your Personal Soundscape for a Vital, Productive, and Healthy Life with CD (Audio)

Author: Joshua Leeds

Discover firsthand in this book/CD set the powerful effects sound has on you and learn to customize your own soundscape for a better quality of life.

• Sound pioneer Joshua Leeds shows how to use music to reduce stress, enhance learning, improve performance, and address conditions as diverse as dyslexia and depression.

• Includes accompanying CD featuring musical examples designed to induce specific mental states such as relaxation, receptivity, concentration, and creativity.

• Includes detailed guides for musicians and healthcare professionals

What we hear--and how we process it--has a far greater impact on our daily living than we realize. From the womb to the moment we die we are inescapably surrounded by sound, and what we hear can either energize or deplete our nervous systems. It is no exaggeration to say that what goes into our ears can harm us or heal us.

In The Power of Sound Joshua Leeds explores the importance of healthy auditory function. He investigates how noise- or stress-induced auditory dysfunction may result in difficulties in learning, communication, and social interactions, and he explains new techniques designed to invigorate auditory skills. The accompanying CD of psychoacoustically refined classical music provides immediate examples of the benefits of music explained in the book. Readers can experience the effects of a variety of sounds and begin the life-enhancing design of their own soundscapes.

Midwest Book Review

Readers will find that The Power of Sound gives them all the information and techniques they need to use their own marvelous ears and sound to enhance their lives...

Anabeth Cox

In this fascinating book, Joshua Leeds discusses the work done by Tomatis and Doman to stimulate the ear and, hence, the body...

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Living Well with Parkinson's

Author: Glenna Wotton Atwood

The long-awaited update to the definitive guide to successfully living with Parkinson's disease

Known for its upbeat, informative, and inspirational guidance, Living Well with Parkinson's includes a wealth of up-to-date medical information for Parkinson's sufferers, who number over 1 million in the U.S. alone. Combined with the author's poignant personal account of her own struggles with the disease, this new edition features coverage of pallidotomy (a new surgical technique), the dramatic implications of recent genetic research, and new drugs and therapies. The book also includes tips on dealing with social services and elder law, maintaining a positive attitude, handling issues with spouses and children, and finding support groups.

Glenna Wotton Atwood, a former home economics teacher from Maine, lived with Parkinson's for over two decades until her death in 1998. Lila Green Hunnewell (Rockaway, NJ) is a freelance writer and editor. Roxanne Moore Saucier (Bangor, ME) is a journalist with the Bangor Daily News.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Dr. Robert G. Feldman.

Preface to the Second Edition by Blaine Atwood.

Preface to the First Edition.


Chapter 1: Do Not Disturb!

Chapter 2: It’s Not Fair!

Chapter 3: Coping with Frustration: Practical Suggestions for Everyday Living.

Chapter 4: Nutrition That Affects Our Lives.

Chapter 5: Exercise, the Means to an Active Life.

Chapter 6: Attitude Makes All the Difference.

Chapter 7: Doctors and Other Health Professionals.

Chapter 8: Medications and Therapies.

Chapter 9: Spouses—Special and Otherwise.

Chapter 10: Relationships with Our Adult Children.

Chapter 11: Out of the Mouths of Babes . . . .

Chapter 12: One Day at a Time!

Chapter 13: With a Little Help from My Family and Friends.

Chapter 14: Support Groups: Where You Learn What Your Doctor Hasn’t Time to Tell You!

Chapter 15: Is There Life with Parkinson’s?

Appendix A: Parkinson’s Self-Help Organizations in the United States.

Appendix B: American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Centers.

Appendix C: Parkinson’s Organizations in Canada.

Appendix D: Sources of Adaptive Equipment, Clothing, and Other Good Things.

Appendix E: Bibliography for Chapter 8: Medications and Therapies.

Appendix F: General Bibliography (Not Including Sources for Chapter 8).


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