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Resourceful Media

A selection of resourceful books and web sites from our Rehab & Community Care Medicine Editor.

Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the challenges in our health care system first hand every day. As a family doc and a hospital vice president, she can’t help but see how those deficiencies adversely affect her patients. In Better Now, Martin shows us how bold fixes are both achievable and affordable. Using her family and patients’ experiences, Better Now outlines “Six Big Ideas” to bolster Canada’s health care system. Cleverly, each Big Idea one is centred on a “typical Canadian patient”. Close to home, we’d say!

Aboriginal Health

In Canada Aboriginal Health in Canada is about the complex web of physiological, psychological, spiritual, historical, sociological, cultural, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease patterns among our indigenous peoples. Authors James Waldram, D. Ann Herring and T. Kue Young explore the evidence for changes in patterns of health and disease prior to and since European contact, up to the present. They then discuss medical systems and the place of medicine within various Aboriginal cultures tracing the relationship between politics and the organization of health services. The book is an easy read and provides a helpful general background for the non-specialist. It also examines contemporary Aboriginal healing traditions, the issue of self-determination and health care, as well as current trends in Aboriginal health issues.

Gut Guide 101

Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in your gut? The Gut Guide 101 by Mari Hahn will help you and your clients understand how crucial the digestive system is in keeping you healthy. From boosting immunity, to absorbing nutrients, getting rid of toxins and helping prevent cancer it’s more important than most of us realize. Hahn also shows us what we may be doing every day that damages our balance of gut bacteria. Included is an easy-to-follow 21-day plan to better digestion and increased energy, and
over 20 digestive-friendly recipes.

Out of My Mind

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory and can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults
who try to diagnose her and the classmates in her integrated classroom the same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. Refusing to be defined by cerebral palsy, Melody is determined to let everyone know who she is somehow.

In this breakthrough story by Sharon Draper, readers come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

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