Eating Yourself Sick

Eating Yourself SICK ISBN: 9781599329147, Advantage Media Group, an e-book copyright and written by Joseph S. Galati. MD.

The book opens with the author expressing his gratitude toward his family and numerous others who had taught him about three basic needs for survival in life – the 3 F’s, Family, Faith and Food. The introduction ends: “This book is the culmination of thirty years of Medicine, tens of thousands of interviews with patients and their families, and lifelong learning in the kitchen and at the dining table. I’m going to share with you what my mother instilled in me, and the lessons I have learned since, about healthy eating and the benefits of cooking for yourself and your family.” He then proceeds with ten chapters and a Conclusion examining in detail each facet of this important but too often neglected part of life that literally is killing individuals before their time. He first provides material for an overall understanding of obesity-related disease; follows with the important role played by family, food and lifestyle; then explains the ugly truth of fatty liver disease and its interrelationship with other conditions; next a simple explanation of how the body works; followed by the need for each individual to take control of his/her health; explains the difference between Man (processed and similar) Food and Earth Food, explaining in detail tricks played by the food industry and its purveyors; the importance of reviving an understanding of the kitchen and family participation; along with a chapter providing “A few Cooking Basics” with actual descriptions of basic ‘tools’; before explaining the importance of exercise routines. The last two provide his suggestions that arise from his identical activity and a conclusion that there are “No Excuses – “You gotta’ Wanna’ Do It”. The book ends with an enumeration of the author’s impressive credits and a list of seventy references.

Discussion: This book is one of the more complete books I have read on the subject of obesity, its causes, effects and what must be done to erase it. The statistics substantiating the facts set forth are too impressive to be ignored and the presentation by a very knowledgeable individual has been in a simple manner that readers of any level of education easily may comprehend. The author has produced a book this reviewer most highly recommends not only for individuals with an obesity problem, but also for any reader caught up in today’s more usual, rather frenetic way of life.

5* Highly recommended for anyone participating in today’s frenetic lifestyle.

2 Parts: Food Art and Literature

2 Parts: Food Art and Literature ISBN: 9781545189016, an e-book by Oladayo A. Sanusi, MD, FACP, FASN.

As explained in a Forward by W. R. Young, this book is a collection of poetry and recitation created by Dr. Sanusi and divided into two parts. “Part 1, Food Art is a series of recitations and poetry combined, all gracefully illustrated by Donna Kirby” while Part 2, Literature, contains many previously published, but rewritten poems. The whole, covers many topics and many points of view ranging from memories of the author’s days as a young man in Africa right up to the year 2016 in America, and he “Bares both heart and soul and all the emotions involved with love, respect and trust, family and friendship, loss and grieving, pain and sorrow, passion and compassion, success and fame.” Many are pure reminiscence, while others will initiate your own recollections, but the total “will most assuredly become one of your prized possessions.” Following this Forward, the author’s Dedication: “To all those who seek the food of knowledge. And to educators, for providing the art of learning”. Next are heartfelt words of gratitude for and to his wife and family and a thoughtful tribute to the artist Donna Kirby. Part 1, Food Art, begins with Family Cooking where “Working with children bring out the best in them and in you. It is a glory and honor that lasts forever” and in a “Happy Kitchen, A family that cooks together stays together. And forever they shall work together.” The selection of poems then are grouped under Breakfast Medley I – XII, Confetti I – IV and on to a final thought for children that begins simply “Yummy is the word when humans are ready to fill their tummy…” Part 2 follows with Notes: “SAILING FROM THE DUNGEONS: Through the Eyes of the Sun of Africa” and is replete with numerous poems covering almost every conceivable emotion.

Discussion: This is a most unique offering by a man who had been a successful Entrepreneur and recognized poet in Africa before deciding to obtain his Medical Degree and immigrate to the United States where he once again embarked upon bringing a degree of cultural fulfilment to an area long hungering for such activity. Much of the book’s unique character lies in the fact that the author has the distinct advantage of spending his early years even into maturity in Nigeria before arriving in the United States. This basic culture has provided him with an awareness of the similarities and differences between the two. It also places him in a better position to equate with children as well as understand the complex human frailties so prevalent in adults. Part 1 reflects much of this understanding. The poetry mostly is a Free-flowing style and offers a good ‘cook book’ with respect to selection/preparation of foods, much of which can be enjoyed by children BUT simultaneously, it alludes to the interpersonal activities necessary to establish/maintain a healthful mental/physical family relationship. For example: “The Old and the New Medley of African and New American Soul, all spirited to blend a soup for the body.” And from The Works I Plenty of Love. Harmony nothing is perfect Make it the way you want it Blend it like life Toe the grey lines with skillful balance Don’t be too athletic about it It’s not the grey line that will fetch the Olympic Medal For Silver I have none Bronze I have none Gold I have none  Love I got plenty  Straight from the heart of my toaster  Carefully served mild, moderate and well done For a well-deserved for my heart is all yours” Part 2 is preceded by two reviews of an earlier compilation of poems by the author and provide the reader with an excellent overview of what can be expected to follow. Briefly, they consist of a compilation of frequently complex thoughts, interpretation of which often is somewhat difficult. This the author freely admits and provides helpful explanatory comments at the end of most and certainly of the more intricate.

Summary: Dr. Sanusi, no doubt with significant aid from his most helpful multicultural background, has provided a most thought-provoking book for individuals to consider and especially if involved, or contemplating involvement in, a family relationship.

5* A most unique presentation of a thoughtful individual’s ruminations.