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      Book Review

      A Healthy Mind In A Healthy                                                                          the pilgrims of our time, recognizable to my readers familiar
                                                                                                           with the genius of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury
      Body                                                                                                 Tales, a pastiche of memorable character sketches from
                                                                                                           the fourteenth century, like the Knight, the Pardoner, the
      Eric Berg. The New Body Type Guide. Get Healthy, Lose                                                Prioress, the Wife of Bath. She visits former patients, people
      Weight & Feel Great. Alexandria VA: KP Publishing, 2017.                                             with whom she has corresponded, parents of lost ones,
      Suleika Jaouad. Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life                                             thumbnail portraits of the characters who are sharing with
      Interrupted. New York: Random House, 2022.                                                           her in the healing process; these comprise school teachers,
       “I think; therefore I am.” Descartes, 17th Century                                                  ranch cooks, an equestrian rider and teacher, a prisoner Lil’
      L’homme Machine; man [is] the machine, Julien Offray                                                 GQ, and sheer strangers who introduce her to a life living
      de la Mettrie, 18th Century                                                                          out of a yellow, Volkswagen camper, and Native American
                                                                                                           activist who shares family history with her own Will.
      By Dr. Ronald J. Meyers                                                                                 Like Odysseus coming home from his dangerous
                                                                                                           wanderings and reconnecting with his wife Penelope, the
         Even as we probe the most                       severely broken as a woman. Unfortunately, her boyfriend   goal of Ms. Jaouad’s journey might also have been is to
      remote areas of our galaxy                         and lover Will, in her account, becomes discouraged and   connect or to settle upon her life’s partner. Will she return to
      and the profound connectivity                      seems distant. She terminates the relationship and finds   the faithful Will in California who had sustained her during
      of our neural system, we                           solace with a jazz musician named Jon who visits her in   her long illness, as her parents wish for her, or to Jon, the
      are  stymied--as  each  new                        hospital and serenades her and replaces Will, though her   jazz musician whom she met as a youth in music camp? The
      discovery seem to lead to                          parents disapprove of her new course.             conclusion of the book will surprise you particularly when
      new, unanswered questions.                            Without giving away too many secrets, I can at least say   Ms. Jaouad reveals the identity, in the Epilogue, of the jazz
      The gods have tainted our                          that the last section of the memoir is, for me, most engaging   performer, named Jon—Batiste, Emmy recipient and band
      voyages of discovery with                          and certainly most literary. Which she characterizes as a rite   leader for The Tonight Show, whom she recently wed. The
      apprehensions and doubts.                          of passage, an epic journey, a plan of healing and renewal.   book offers the inspiration of healing, though apparently
      Still we are learning how to energize our immune system   With bare driving experience, she undertakes a 14,000   the disease also has returned to confound her once more.
      and how to combat unwanted viruses in our cellular biology;   mile car tour of the United States from New England to
      and demonstrating significant progress in combating   California to acknowledge those who have touched and      Dr. Ronald J. Meyers, a resident of La Paz, is an
      reactionary cell diseases like MS and Alzheimer’s.   supported her during her convalescence. These indeed are   Emeritus Professor of English. 
         Dr. Berg’s book, though presented as a guide to weight
      loss, actually reads to me like a conversation with your
      internist, apprising you and guiding fundamental facts of
      your biology in a manner that can lead to more healthy                           Board Of Directors
      and  full  life  He  explains  the  functioning  of  our  well-
      maintained machine, how the brain directs the complex
      operations--bacteria in the gut to break down food into its   May 2021 – May 2022 Officers/Executive Committee
      uses for energy, the liver filtering our blood and releasing
      the waste, the ovaries producing hormones responsible for   Chairman and President  Barry J. Haberman  District 5 Howard Weinstein (El Dorado)
      controlling menstrual cycles in women, how the thyroid   Vice Chair      Steve Retzer                     Esplanada, Caravelle, Palomar, La Corniche,
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      and pituitary glands regulate the rate at which fat is   Secretary       Steve  King                 District 6 Connie Murray (Villa Flora)
      drawn from our cells for our sustenance and locomotion.                                                 Villa Flora, Montego Bay, Villa Del Sol, and Palladium
      He emphasizes that the healthiest way to draw upon our   District Directors                          District 7 Alan Markoff (The Plum)
      energy needs is from our fat cells, not the quick sugar   District 1 Mary Ann Frazier (Palms)           The Plum/Cortina, Villa Sonrisa and Pointe 100
      fix. Our fat cells are refreshed and reinvigorated when      Encantada, Valencia and The Palms       District 8 Robert Cornell (Costa Brava)
      we are fasting or at rest. Also a takeaway for me is the   District 2 Steve King (Imperial Royale)      Costa Del Sol and Costa Brava
      unnatural role of stress in reducing the efficacy of our      Promenade, Imperial Royale, Imperial, Regency   District 9 Robin Gliboff (Edgewater)
      energy systems. When stressed, our body turns on the      and Panaché                                   Edgewater Pointe Estates and Stratford Court
      sugar spigot, and we crave sweets. And our t cells act to   District 3 Harvey Kaplan (Meridiana)
      protect our body from invading viruses, such as we have      La Mirada and Meridiana                         At Large Directors
      seen during the current pandemic. He writes, “Health is a   District 4 Michael Ehrentreu (El Viento)  Through 2022       Through 2023
      condition of high energy, excellent sleep, great vitality, no      El Viento, La Paz, and Southwinds  Chandra Stewart-Keith (Panaché)  Barry J. Haberman (Encantada)
      cravings, excellent digestion, high tolerance for stress, and                                Bob Greenstein (Lakes of La Paz)  Marvin Lazarowitz (Villa Del Sol)
      great memory. Health occurs when all the body’s organs                                       Steve Retzer (La Mirada)    Carsten Bethge (Valencia)
      and glands are working together, sustaining homeostasis.”
      On a practical level, Dr. Berg recommends a daily glass
      of vinegar with lemon, and a celery stalk before bed, as
      healthful recipes.
         Unfortunately when the delicate homeostasis fails, the
      brain’s control of the equilibrium of the functioning machine
      breaks down, that the body undergoes bitter disruption; then
      our cells might undergo uncontrolled growth, as brilliantly
      and movingly recounted in the Tunisian-American journalist
      Suleika Jaouad’s Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a
      Life Interrupted. The disruption into the kingdom of illness
      starts with an unbearable itch that uncovers the breakdown of   Do you know a family member,
      protective mechanisms and unimpeded growth of leukemia
      cells. A twenty two year old, just out of university, Suleika   friend or a neighbor in need of
      works as a journalist in Paris for her first job and enjoys a
      romantic attachment to her friend Will. What she thinks will   Home Health Care?
      be a brief digression from her promising career, she returns
      to America to undergo tests that initiate a horrific process
      that will devour four years.
         Early on in the development of the disease and the
      treatment, she is invited to write a blog of her journey   Home Health Aides / Certified Nursing Assistants / Registered Nurses  to assist you with:
      between the two kingdoms of health and sickness for The
      New York Times, and she becomes a sought after speaker   • Personal Care      • Companionship     • Respite Care      • Alzheimers & Dementia Care
      and writer while undergoing the grueling but necessary            • Medication Management     • Transportation     • Meal Preparation
      treatment. Living with death at her door, and observing            • Light Housekeeping      • Grocery Shopping      • Post Surgery Care
      the many who do not make it, she has the motivation and
      brilliance—to say nothing of sheer luck, to survive--though
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