Thursday, June 26, 2014

The American Boomerang

The American Boomerang; How The World's Greatest Turnaround Nation Will Do It Again

Date Review Posted:  June 2014
Authors:  Nick Adams
Release Date:  2013
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Rating:  CCCCC  (A case could be made that I would only review the best of the best because if while reading a book it does not hold my interest, I would not finish it and therefore would not review it.)

Format:  A book based upon the observations of an Australian from the viewpoint of an "outsider" (Adams' words, not mine).

Reason For Reading THIS book:  I heard the author do an interview on the radio was most impressed with his observations of America and Americans and felt compelled to read his book.  It was not a mistake and I highly recommend anyone reading this review to do the same thing.

Number Of Times I Have Read This Book:  Only once but feel I will be reading it again, it is that good!

Brief Summary of Content:   From a cover sleeve recommendation.  "It's the locker room at half time and the home team is listless, confused, and playing lousy.  But Nick Adams has a powerful pep talk for Team USA that is just the kind of bracing, snap-out-of-it, kick-in-the-pants that a great nation needs to get back in the game to win.  The American Boomerang is more than a sorely needed love letter from Down Under - it's a timely, wise, and heartfelt plea to America to embrace its inherent exceptionalism."   Jack Fowler, publisher of National Review

A long standing practice is that lawyers, doctors, real estate agents, professional in general, should never represent themselves because you tend to lose your objectivity and only see what you want to see rather than what you need to see.  This book is evidence to that practice as Nick Adams see America and Americans like most Americans would not and his view WILL surprise you.

Adams repeatedly declares that America and Americans is the great country and people on Earth and that all countries would be in deep trouble if America did not exist.  The book goes on to explain why Adams feels this way.  Adams traveled the United States for months taking notes, interviewing Americans and then put his thoughts down in this book.

Every American needs to read this book to reinforce what they may or may not already know - American truly IS a great country and that the world would be in serious trouble without America and Americans.  Adams explains why he feels this way and more importantly he lays out a plan of action for America to insure its place in the world as the ONLY country that is in a position to secure peace throughout the world.

You can tell a lot by the titles of Chapters in a book and this book is no different.  Here are the Chapter Titles (my comments in parenthesis):

Chapter 1:       The Cowboy Spirit (The John Wayne principle)
Chapter 2:       Old Glory (The flag and why respecting and displaying it is extremely important)
Chapter 3:       Faith (One of the foundations of America, faith in the Devine)
Chapter 4:       God's Troops (Adams is very high on the American military and explains why)
Chapter 5:       The Value of Liberty (Adams suggests that ONLY in America do people enjoy liberty)
Chapter 6:       Competitive Culture (Why everyone-gets-medals is not a viable principle, and why Americans want to win!
Chapter 7:       The Land of the Self-Made Man (Woman) 
Chapter 8:       Constitutionally Limited Government (Contrary to current beliefs primarily by the left)
Chapter 9:       Tradition (Why American traditions are important and need to be continued)
Chapter 10:     Armed (The best armed services in the world and why America needs to continue that presence)
Chapter 11:     Imperiled Future  (What America has to look forward to and why)
Chapter 12:     An Almost Treasonous Culture War  (Big Government, Nanny State, etc)
Chapter 13:     Radical Islam  (Pretty much says it all and what needs to be done.)
Chapter 14:     The Future  (Can be changed with proper leadership)
Chapter 15:     The Nature of the American Boomerang  (America has shown that it can return from disasters like Katrina, 9/11, and others better than ever and why it WILL happen again).
Chapter 16:     A New Chapter:  How America Comes Back  (This is Adams' outline for what American should do to renew itself as the natural leader of the world and why).

I am a retired disabled U. S. veteran and as I read this book I my love of country and price was renewed.  It has always been there but I was just too close to America to see it for what it really is.  It took an outsider (Adams) to open my eyes as I am sure it will do the same for anyone who reads this book.  I would love to be a fly on the when a moderate left leaning Democrat reads the book (there is no hope for the far left) because it is hard to read without agreeing with Adams

Final Test:  Would I read the book again?  ABSOLUTELY!  Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Radical Remission

Radical Remission, Surviving Cancer Against All Odds
By Dr. Kelly A. Turner

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Authors:  Dr. Kelly A. Turner
Release Date:  2014
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  CCCCC  (A case could be made that I would only review the best of the best because if while reading a book it does not hold my interest, I would not finish it and therefore would not review it.)

Format:  This is a combination research book, personal instruction book, and a very interesting series of stories by people who have experienced a "radical remission" from life threatening cancers.

Reason For Reading THIS book:  I saw an interview on one of the morning talk shows where they interviewed Dr. Turner and she was fascinating.  I was compelled to read the book even though I do not have cancer, at least that I know about.  I have no regrets whatsoever for reading the book and highly recommend it to others to read.

Number Of Times I Have Read This Book:  Only once but I can guarantee you that I will use the book as a source of information.

Brief Summary of Content:   The following is a list of the 9 Chapters in the book that relate to the top 9 tactics out of more than 74 such tactics that almost all of the people identified in the book with their stories used to help heal them of cancer.  The personal stories are mesmerizing.  The 9 Chapters are:

Chapter 1:  Radically Changing Your Diet.  This one really struck home and I started adopting some of the suggestions immediately like reducing my intake of dairy products, white breads, red meats, etc.  "Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.  Hippocrates.  The majority of the people studied all tended to make the same four dietary changes where were, (1) greatly reducing or eliminating sugar, eat, dairy and refined foods, (2) greatly increasing vegetable and fruit intake, (3) eating organic foods, and, (4) drinking filtered water.

Chapter 2:  Taking Control of Your Health.  "Action is the foundational key to all success."  Pablo Picasso.  I don't want to reduce this chapter to just one or two sentences because it cannot be done.  Patients realized that taking control of your healing is not only considered good but essential for the healing process.  Taking control in this regards means not to just accept the bad news of a diagnosis but to rather research ALL methods of healing considering both the conventional (Western) type treatments as well as alternative methods as well the top nine such methods are discussed in this book.

Chapter 3:  Following Your Intuition.  "In vital matters, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves."  Sigmund Freud  This chapter is about what it would suggest it is about.  We oftentimes "feel" something.  Some people ignore these feelings while others act upon them.  The descriptions and case study in this Chapter hopefully will open your mind to be more aware of your "gut feeling" or "intuition."

Chapter 4:  Using Herbs and Supplements.  "The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician."  Paracelsus, Sixteenth Century Physician.  I  personally found this chapter very fascinating and the stories are nothing short of unbelievable.  While the specific herbs and supplements are not identified there are reading references at the end of the book that do.  In America the use of "herbs and supplements" is oftentimes debunked but in this Chapter there are numerous stories of people who have used herbs and supplements to help effect their cure of cancers.

Chapter 5:  Releasing Suppressed Emotions.  "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel (body) in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."  Mark Twain.  Great Chapter.  It describes the effect that past angers have on the body and its ability to ward off sickness.  The Chapter provides stories of just how some patients use this methods to help heal themselves from various cancers.

Chapter 6:  Increasing Positive Emotions.  "The purpose of our lives is to be happy."  His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama.  This Chapter delves into the need to set your proper mindset every day, one that focuses on gratitude and thankfulness for everything positive in your life and why that attitude needs to be improved upon every day.  The Chapter identifies patients who used this method, including laughter, to help cure their various cancers.

Chapter 7:  Embracing Social Support.  "In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge."  Aristotle.  this is exactly what it suggests - the importance of having loving friends and giving love yourself. 

Chapter 8:  Deepening Your Spiritual Connection.  "The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated."  Plato.  I found this Chapter the most interesting of all.  The stores of healing are simply miracles in action and they need to be read.

Chapter 9:  Having Strong Reasons For Living.  "I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."    This too is exactly what it suggests.  People tend to live longer when they identify their specific reason as to why they want to live.

Who Should Read the Book?    Everyone.  We all know someone who has cancer and this book may be their life-line to healing. 

Final Test:  Would I read the book again?  YES.  Would I give the book as a gift?  Absolutely.