Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer’s advocate Meryl Comer’s Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction.
When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences—the mistakes and the breakthroughs—to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know.
Pragmatic and relentless, Meryl has dedicated herself to fighting Alzheimer’s and raising public awareness. “Nothing I do is really about me; it’s all about making sure no one ends up like me,” she writes. Deeply personal and illuminating, Slow Dancing With a Stranger offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer’s challenges. It is also an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.
Can the discoveries of 21st-century molecular biology answer age-old questions about the human experience? Can studying proteins and DNA help us understand how we make our choices in sex and love? How we communicate? Why some people are able to become top athletes, while others have the intellectual gifts to become outstanding scientists or artists? Where our emotions come from? Or why we age and die? In the past such questions have generally been reserved for philosophers or psychologists, and some will argue that this is as it should be. Yet we are biological animals, and by studying biology, and especially the biology of cells and proteins and DNA, we can learn a lot about what it means to be human.
Sex, Love and DNA describes how genetics and the environment affect our cells and thereby shape our lives. Every concept in the book, however elementary, is explained in a way that is understandable without any previous knowledge of biology or genetics. But don't worry; Sex, Love and DNA isn't a textbook. You'll discover biology through stories: stories of people who don't feel pain because of rare genetic variants, and children whose DNA enables them to perform unusual feats of strength. Individuals whose genes have given them healthy lives past the age of 100, and people who can't speak or read simply because they lack certain proteins. In short, you'll share the excitement the scientific community is experiencing as it addresses perhaps the greatest intellectual challenge of all - the challenge that Socrates described more than two thousand years ago as "to know thyself."
Climate change researchers sometimes paint a bleak picture of our current global-warming crisis, but rarely explain how we got into this predicament in the first place and how we get out of it. Now, for the first time, a new book does just that.
Power Shift: From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power retells human history through the lens of energy, explains the science behind the crisis--in clear, succinct language that anyone can understand--and provides a detailed blueprint for the future, from governmental, commercial, and individual perspectives.
Today, we've become mired in partisan bickering among politicians and oil, gas, and coal lobbying interests who insist that fossil fuels are necessary for jobs and the US economy. However, this narrow debate has failed to notice that the world has already embarked on a transformation in how we use energy that is so fundamental, it defines a new Solar Epoch, as monumental as the discovery of fire, the development of agriculture, and the exploitation of fossil fuels in previous centuries.
The truth is that solar power--getting radically cheaper by the year--is not only a viable solution but, as the author states, "forms a clean energy system that can completely replace fossil fuels. We can gradually phase them in so that in 50 years we'll be 100% solar-powered. And because solar energy does not run out like fossil fuels, we will never need to go looking for another energy source again."
The book also explores the related crises of out-of-control CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning: glacial melting; flooding; drought; ocean acidification that threatens mass extinction of marine life; and the often overlooked costs of rising food prices and military conflicts over oil and other fossil fuels.
Unlike other books on global warming and solar energy, Power Shift presents visionary plans for governments, corporations, and individuals concerned about climate change. And the author has "put his money where his mouth is." Having built a solar home in Santa Cruz County in 1997 and outfitted it with an off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) system, Stayton cites numerous personal examples to inspire others to take similar action
Irrefutable evidence makes it clear that we are headed for massive human misery as our planet's health rapidly worsens, yet we fail to respond in a rational, meaningful way. There Is Still Time shows us how we can fix this. We must look at the big picture. This means facing and dealing with the basic cause of most of our problems, ourselves. This book pulls all of the issues we need to deal with together, and looks at how they affect one another.
Part One looks at us as individuals, how we work together as a society, and at the way our governments and businesses operate, and suggests things we can do to change direction. Part Two gives a concise but comprehensive overview of the state of our planet today.
There is, looming ahead of us, a point beyond which there is no return. But There Is Still Time to prevent it. This book will put us firmly on the road to how.
The debate is over. Science has been proven right by the events of the last eighteen years. Climate is changing: global warming does not exist, but a New Little Ice Age has already started. The Author, one of British Columbia, Canada's leading trial lawyers, now retired, has assembled all the evidence to convince even the most devout global warming believer including:
The opinions of dozens of scientists who predict a return to Little Ice Age conditions.
An explanation of the connection between low sunspots and cold weather.
Analysis of the solar cycles that bring climate change and ice ages to Earth.
Discussion of the conditions during the last Little Ice Age (1300-1850).
Comparison of today's weather events with past ice ages.
A complete debunking of the "Global Warming" theory.
He discusses the totally corrupt practices of the U.N. IPCC, the organization that delivered the global warming and ocean acidification scares to the world, and warns of the certainty of mass starvation, disease and social unrest, particularly among the poor in Canada and the U.S. and in the Third World. There is hope for North Americans. Warm Zones exist and based on his own experiences as a 'Back to the Land" advocate in the 1970s, he suggests ways to survive and prosper during the next 50 difficult years. Part of the proceeds of the sale of this book will go to the homeless and hungry in Canada and the United States.