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Book Review: Rich in Years — Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life

RichInYears_coverBy Johann Christoph Arnold

Reviewed by Phyllis Schalk

NOTE FROM DR. PAT: Phyllis Schalk is a former elementary school teacher with an engaging, caring, and supportive nature. She is active in her journey to achieve health and wellness through the Center for Transforming Health. As a proactive collaborator in her patient-care relationship with me, Mrs. Schalk encourages a dynamic dialogue to help achieve her best health. She is a genuine supporter of our mission at CTH where we encourage all patients to seek their “Highest Health and Wellness!”

”Rich in Years” is an inspirational read for people of all ages, but particularly for an aging population. Author Johann Christoph Arnold helps readers to see aging as a normal progression, dealing with health issues, loneliness and facing the end of life. Some chapters can be difficult to reflect on, depending on one’s stage in life. Mr. Arnold however, reminds us of the assurances that God is with us in every step of life’s journey.

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Book Review: Einstein Ideas and Opinions

EinsteinIdeasOpinionsBy Albert Einstein, Sonia Bargmann (Translator)

Reviewed by Darnell Jones

NOTE FROM DR. PAT: Darnell Jones is a community-based pharmacist with a passion for educating and empowering individuals about their health. He was recently awarded “Community Pharmacist of the Year 2015” for his work with clients on medications, especially various hormone replacement therapies. Our collaboration began in 2014, as a physician/pharmacist team empowering individuals to reach their highest health and well-being.

To enjoy the book “Einstein Ideas and Opinions” is to recognize that it is not to be consumed as one sumptuous meal, but rather appreciated over a lifetime in small, delicious bites of wonderful insights from a brilliant thinker and global sympathizer.

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Book Review: Being Mortal

being-mortal_medReviewed by Kris Palmer & Allen Borton, CTH Website Contributors
In “Being Mortal,” Dr. Atul Gawande, a busy, active surgeon, captures beautifully what is meant (and not meant) by the phrase “a good death,” as he explores the difficulties inherent in his profession of medicine in the challenging period described as “end of life and the need to transform that experience.” He offers a pertinent account of how Americans deal with mortality and individual decline, noting that dying in America is both lonely and complex. Prior to World War II, people generally spent their final days at home, but now most finish life in institutions, often following the trial of every possible medical intervention in an attempt to ward off what is truly inevitable. The author provides an intelligent and sensitive survey of this difficult issue, reminding readers that “endings matter.”

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