Book review: Suitcase Full of Dreams by Hoy Kersh (9780982316511)

“There is a hardness to life that I couldn’t understand.” ~Hoy Kersh

Ms. Kersh’s wonderful prose brings me back to the first time I read Harper Lee’s, “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  Her descriptions of her family, her surroundings and growing up in the tumultuous South make you feel like you were right there beside her.  From her days in Catholic school, to her grandmother’s strong presence, to the civil rights movement, this book is Ms. Hersh’s journey toward a new life.

Thank you to Ms. Kersh and PR by the Book for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women’s Health by Dr. Kathleen Albertson (9781616236519)

This book addresses how modern medicine treats the symptoms and how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats the root cause of the problem.  Dr. Albertson helps women understand that acupuncture and TCM are alternatives to medicating and surgery.  Dating back to 5,000 B.C. she explains that TCM It is one of the oldest most commonly used medical procedures in the world.

Dr. Albertson has done a thorough job of including articles and studies in support of acupuncture and TCM, quotes from patients who have been successfully treated, a glossary of terms, an interesting history of TCM, and most importantly, an explanation of what to expect when you visit an acupuncturist.

A piece of excellent advice that I will take away from this book is “to become my own health advocate, take responsibility, research options and ask questions.  Seek alternatives.”

Thank you to Dr. Albertson and Vervante publishing for an opportunity to review this book.