“Go Wild; Eat Fat, Run Free, Be Social, and Follow Evolution’s Other Rules for Total Health and Well-Being” by Manning and Ratey uses the premise of going back to our “wild” nature to achieve more overall health. They explore running and exercise, nutrition, sleep, nature, the brain, and our tribe as all areas to return to our roots. They are not discouraging modern medicine or advancements, but do know there is some wisdom in our past as well as the absence of human conditions that have been on the rise in modern society.
Each chapter was divided by subject matter and provided scientific research, vignettes, as well as the author’s opinions. Most of the chapters were accessible, easy to get through, and provided a new perspective on overall health and well-being. Many of the suggestions were not earth shattering or new concepts to me. It was appreciated to have these suggestions reinforced though.
The book ends with both of the author’s journeys on how they became passionate about returning to the wild and their own afflictions. I don’t think it’s a bad read and can help provide some useful information on better ways to conduct our lives.
Read this book if:
- Interested in the overall approach to well-being
Ratey, J. J., & Manning, R. (2014). Go wild: Eat fat, run free, be social, and follow evolutions other rules for total health and well-being. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company.
“A Symphony in the Brain” by Jim Robbins provides a history and background of Neurofeedback training. He begins with more primitive research and experiments on the brain, to the first training sessions with cats and seizures, to how it looks today. Robbins explains what Neurofeedback(sometimes referred to as Biofeedback) addresses in our brains, conditions it can help with, and what it actually does to train our brain. He explores the evolution of the technology as well as the big players in the field. He explores possible reasons it has not become as mainstream as other medical and mental health interventions and why it has not been adopted by the medical field.
Neurofeedback for those who have not experienced it, can seem “too good to be true” or more Science Fiction related. Basically, Neurofeedback uses sensors placed on specific locations on the head, to read the electricity in the brain, provide “feedback” to the brain on this activity in the form of a game or movie screen, and then allows the brain to do with it what it wants to. The brain responds by training itself to return to homeostasis and function the way it was meant to be before biology and life experiences interfered. Neurofeedback has the ability to address many areas but the major ones are improved sleep, moods, attention, and pain management. This technology has been featured in Bessel Van Der Kolk’s book “The Body Keeps the Score.”
I was required to read this book before I attended training at the Othmer Clinic(EEG Info). Since I was interested in learning how to provide the service myself as well as had trained my brain, I found this book to be interesting and helpful in understanding the evolution of the technology. It could be quite dry and boring for those who are not providing Neurofeedback training.
Read this book if:
- You are a Neurofeedback practioner
- Interested in the history of Neurofeedback
Robbins, J., & Recorded Books, Inc. (2014). A Symphony In The Brain: The Evolution Of The New Brain Wave Biofeedback. New York, NY: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.