Tag: Joel Fuhrman MD

My Current Reading List

I have a tendency to read several books at the same time, usually a mix of fiction and non-fiction.  My current list is no exception, although I have to say, I’m reading a much larger number of books than usual, even for me.

Actively Reading- Non-Fiction:

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer – the title says it all.  It’s a massive book; 574 pages of text, plus the Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, Acknowledgments, and Index, coming to a grand total of 657 pages.  I am finding it quite fascinating.


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Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dryer.  This book was a birthday gift – someone knew how much I enjoy copyediting.  Not only is this informative, but it’s extremely witty. 


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Building the American Republic, Volume 2:  A Narrative History from 1877 by Jane Dailey.  I began reading this two volume set upon the recommendation of my nephew-in-law, who was a Colonial History major in college at the time.  It’s a bit dry, but I learned a lot from the first volume and, since I’m a history nerd, dry isn’t a reason to skip a history book.  Besides, given our current political situation here in the United States, having a better understanding of how we got here isn’t a bad idea, is it?


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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear.  This is a recent bestseller and was recommended to me by several friends.  There’s a lot to digest in this small book, so I am reading small bits at a time, highlighting a lot, and then mulling over what I’ve read.  It’s a book to be read more than once, I believe, to get the full benefit from all the great information.


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Actively Reading – Fiction:

The Isaac Question: Templars and the Secret of the Old Testament (Templars in America #5) by David S. Brody.  I am reading this on my Kindle and it was a free book offered through BookBub, which explains why I’m reading #5 in the series rather than starting with #1.  The author assures the reader, though, that this book works as a stand-alone, which I’ve decided is pretty much the case.  The author also shamelessly promotes his previous books within this book, which is rather different.  The main character, Cameron (Cam) Thorne, seems to be loosely based upon the Brody himself. Cam is an historian and author who writes novels that coincidentally have the same titles and subjects as Brody.  That said, the topic is fascinating, completely rewriting the Old Testament story of Abraham, Moses, Isaac, and Joseph and the span of the Egyptian enslavement and exodus.  I can’t put it down at night, which has led to a few nights short on sleep!


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Not Actively Reading:

Even though I’m not actively reading these, I am not ready to give up on them yet!  I do intend to finish each and every one.

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll (non-fiction).  This book has been life-changing for me.  I devoured the first hundred pages or so back in October 2018, and I then immediately began putting his method into action with my own Bullet Journal, which I now use daily.  Like Atomic Habits, this is a book to hang on to, read and read again, as there is so much useful information to implement that you can’t possibly do it all at once.


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Jeff Gordon:  His Dream, Drive, and Destiny by Joe Garner (non-fiction).  I’ve been working on this book for over a year now.  If you are a Jeff Gordon fan, it’s a must read.  It is an over-sized book, though, and unwieldy to hold, which isn’t really a good reason for not having finished reading it.  I need to pull it back off the shelf!


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Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman.  I own almost all of Dr. Fuhrman’s books and follow (mostly) Eat To Live (ETL), his dietary plan.  Lately I’ve been slip sliding away, so I should pull this one back out and refresh what I already know.  I need to be eating to live, not living to eat.


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8 books, and only 1 fiction.  Wow.  I think that’s a record for me!

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Weekly Overview May 9, 2016

front corner flowerbed

Outside My Window… I can see this front flowerbed from my office window, although today it is a rather wet and dreary looking.  In addition to the brilliant gold of the Solana Coreopsis, there is also a Sabine Baur Daylily (yet to bloom), a painted daisy, a pinkish-purple flowered lantana in the very corner (needs a good bit of growing yet!), and several ornamental sweet potato vines.  I sowed some cosmos seeds along the back edges, but I think they may have gotten washed away during one of our April storms.  I’m pleased with the way the flower bed is turning out – much prettier than the lone Knockout Rose bush that I had to pull (it had rose rosette disease).

I am thinking… About the number of items I was able to cross of my Garden To Do List this weekend.

I am thankful for… My lightning-fast new computer.

From the kitchen… I sorted through my spice racks this morning and made an order to Penzeys, taking advantage of their free jar of cinnamon Mother’s Day special.  White beans are soaking and later today I’ll also make up a batch of pinto beans.

I am wearing … Dark blue stretchy pants, turquoise t-shirt, blue Sketcher loafers.  No bling this morning.

I am hoping… To use some alone time this afternoon getting some more crocheting done on my afghan and watching another episode of The Story of God With Morgan Freeman on National Geographic channel.

I am reading… The White Princess, by Philippa Gregory, The Rosetta Key, by William Dietrich, and The End of Diabetes, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

I am busy creating… Still crocheting my afghan.  And planning flower beds and containers.  Gardening seems to be filling my brain these days.

I am hearing… The microwave beeping (David is making something), the hum of several computers in the office, the washing machine spinning.

Around the house & garden…  More garden activities planned for later in the week, when it dries up a bit.  And there’s always house cleaning to be done!

In other news…We had a productive weekend.  I finished scrubbing down the pool walls and Bill vacuumed the pool on Saturday.  We mowed 2/3 of the lawn on Sunday and ran the battery down on the weedeater.  I hung flower baskets, potted plants, and generally enjoyed gardening.  I’ll post some pics later in the week.

One of my favorite things… Morning walks.  I am trying to get back into the habit of morning walks.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, I managed to remember that fact.  This morning the weather is not cooperating at all.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill is working at home this morning and then will drive in to the office to meet his new boss at 1 p.m.  This is his second new boss in less than six months, so he’s been a little unsettled about the whole job situation lately.  David has work.  I’ll be finishing up the last agent website conversion this afternoon, and then enjoying a little solitude.

Tuesday: Bill works from home and David will be working.  Hopefully he’ll have that second interview sometime this week, as it was postponed last Friday.  I’ll spend time catching up on my accounts (Quicken) and tackle whatever paying work shows up in my Inbox.  Also plan on contacting a real estate agent in Alabama and try to get the ball rolling on selling our Alabama trailer property.

Wednesday: Bill works from home and David has a day off.  I will probably continue with Quicken and work to get the pile of papers on my desk table under control.  Maybe I will get some gardening done if the weather cooperates.

Thursday:  Bill works from home and David will be working.

Friday: Bill works from home and I think David has the day off.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Likely the usual, errands run, yard work, pool cleaning, race watching.  We are exciting on the weekends!

Here is picture thought I am sharing … A sign I saw in Hobby Lobby on Saturday.

voices sign

What I’ve Been Reading

The last time I posted what I was reading, it was the end of April and I had just finished up several books on Richard III and also read several Mrs. Pollifax spy novels.

In the three months since then, I’ve read thirteen more books! That sounds like a lot, but many were more of the Mrs. Pollifax series. They are short and enjoyable – I can finish one off in about two and a half days – perfect reading for stressful times.

Mrs. Pollifax on Safari
• Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station
• Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha
• Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle
• Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish
• Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief
• Mrs. Pollifax Pursued
• Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer

Author Dorothy Gilman creates wonderfully vibrant and memorable characters in the Mrs. Pollifax series. Unfortunately, I only have two more Mrs. Pollifax books to read and then I will be done with the series. She has written other books, though, so perhaps I shall have to try one of those.

I did finish Richard Castle’s Heat Wave, but while I enjoy the series, the book was not as exciting, perhaps because there wasn’t the visual of Nathan Fallon playing Richard Castle! In any case, I decided not to read the second in the series.

Another author that I have come to enjoy is Elizabeth Chadwick. She writes historical romances, mostly centered around the 1100s and 1200s of England, or at least those that I have read so far have been in that time frame. The Marsh King’s Daughter and Shields of Pride were excellent reads and I can’t wait to tackle more of Chadwick’s books.

Other books that I finished were Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World and Bernard Cornwell’s The Burning Land. Weatherford’s biography of Genghis Khan and the succeeding two generations of Mongol rulers was extremely interesting. If the Mongols did only half of what Weatherford attributed to them as positively impacting the modern world, then they were truly a remarkable people, even while they were violent and ruthless. Cornwell’s The Burning Land is the fifth book in The Saxon Series, which brings the readers up to near the end of King Alfred of Wessex’s reign. I have enjoyed the series, although they are quite violent and I am getting tired of the non-stop battle scenes.

In my April post I mentioned that I was reading Was it something you ate? Food intolerance: what causes it and how to avoid it by John Emsley and Peter Fell. I have not progressed any further with that book and have set it aside to maybe tackle again at a later date.

Two books that I am currently reading are Fifty Is the New Fifty by Suzanne Braun Levine and Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Braun’s books is a continuation of her “women in second adulthood” theme that she covered in her first book Inventing the Rest of Our Lives. I am not very far into the book yet, so I’ll don’t really have any comments/reviews on it yet. Fuhrman’s book is very interesting! Here’s from the back cover:

Eat to Live offers a highly effective and scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly. The key to Dr. Fuhrman’s revolutionary six week plan is simple:

health = nutrients / calories.

When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, you lose weight. The more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-calorie foods.

Eat to Live will help you live longer, reduce your dependence on medications, and improve your overall health dramatically. It will change the way you want to eat.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. His other books include Eat for Health and Disease-Proof Your Child. He lives and maintains a private practice in Flemington, New Jersey. For more information visit Dr. Fuhrman’s websites at http://www.drfuhrman.com/ and http://www.diseaseproof.com/.

I will definitely be posting a review of this book when I have finished it. He goes into a lot of science and scientific studies in the first several chapters, wanting his readers to really understand how the body uses the nutrition is receives so that they will understand the basic premises of his new way of eating. Stay tuned!