Chronic Pain the drug-free way

By:  Phil Sizer



ISBN: 978-1-84709-479-7


224 Pages

Medical/Pain Medicine

"Buy this book and make sure that your doctor reads it too!" - Dr Steve Gilbert, Staff Specialist in Anaesthesia and Pain Management, former Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain in Scotland

"Phil's book has everything necessary to help people with chronic pain change their life. To live, thrive and not just survive. A must-read for people in pain: learn to live again." - Linz Stevens, living well despite chronic pain.

Chronic pain is much more common than you might think - it affects nearly one-fifth of the population. Chronic pain is defined as any pain that continues for longer than three months. It has a variety of causes including arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, accidents or operations, although sometimes there is no apparent cause.

Many people suffering from chronic pain have been told by medical professionals that 'I'm sorry, there's nothing more we can do for you', leaving them feeling abandoned and isolated. If you have been told this, or you think this news may be in your future, then this book is for you.

Self-management is an important approach to coping better and managing this long term condition. Written with humour, and making use of cartoons and line drawings, this book encapsulates 20 years of pain management courses given by Phil Sizer at Pain Association Scotland to patients, GPs, and other health professionals. Divided into three sections (Understanding, Managing, Coping) Its approach is based on a holistic, bio-psycho-social model of health including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), positive psychology, relaxation, hypnotherapy, motivational interviewing and coaching.

Topics include:

  • Introduction by Pain Association Scotland

  • Understanding chronic pain - definitions, acute vs chronic

  • Pacing - how to avoid over-doing

  • Realistic goal-setting

  • Stress management

  • Relaxation and sleep

  • Dealing with flare-ups

  • Diet and foods to avoid

  • Coping with unhelpful thinking (racing mind, anxiety and negative thoughts)

  • Challenging limiting beliefs

  • Relationships with others

  • Accepting help

  • Importance of humour - attitude and values

  • Being a person not a condition

If you can learn how to make changes and live better with your pain, things will improve, be different, and most importantly, so much better.

How to stop worrying

By:  Dr. Frank tallis



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2922-3


224 Pages

Medical/Mental Health

It is natural to worry; it is our body's built-in warning system, and it serves an important function. However, sometimes the worrying can get out of hand, and worry starts to disrupt your life, and your enjoyment of it.

This book is written to help anyone who finds themselves distressed and distracted by their fears, or anyone who is concerned that their worries may be getting out of hand. Not only will it give you practical steps to stop worrying - and advice on how to deal with setbacks - it will also help you to turn worry to your advantage, using it in a more positive way for better outcomes.

Armed with a systematic approach as outlined in this book, you will be able to use worry constructively, and come to see it as helpful rather than harmful.

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Overcoming gambling

By:  philip mawer



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2923-0


224 Pages


'If you want to give up gambling, then buying this book will be the best money that you ever spend.' - Paul Buck, recovered compulsive gambler, Founder and CEO of Epic Risk Management

Addiction to gambling and its consequences can be devastating - and can affect anyone, from any age or background.

This book is designed to help you - or a loved one - stop gambling forever. It will help you, or them, to recognize the phases of problem gambling, and to understand the release that happens when you create, and hit, rock bottom. As you come to learn more about this illness, you'll learn how to deal with the urges and start the path back towards dignity and self-respect. You'll also understand, once and for all, the futility of gambling and the cruel facts about this cruel industry.

Himself a recovered compulsive gambler, Phil Mawer has created an effective therapy that has helped countless people break out of their gambling prison and start enjoying life again - and his book will help you, too.

Coping with memory problems

By:  Dr. Sallie Baxendale



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2921-6


224 Pages

Self-Help/Memory Improvement

Do you, or does someone you know, struggle to remember things? For every person who develops Alzheimer's, there are thought to be at least another eight whose memory problems are severe enough to affect the quality of their lives.

Written by an award-winning neuropsychologist, Coping with Memory Problems has been written to help you, or the person you are caring for, cope with memory difficulties. It explains how memory works and describes strategies you can use to boost your brain. It also looks at the most common causes of memory problems and shows you how to seek further help for something that might be more than just age-related decline.

Although there is no miracle solution, using the strategies outlined in this book will go a long way to reducing the annoyance that memory problems can cause in daily life, and thus to restoring your equilibrium and wellbeing.

Treating arthritis

By:  MArgaret hills, Christine horner



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2918-6


224 Pages


Hundreds of thousands of arthritis sufferers have been helped by Margaret Hills and her clinic, and this new edition of her bestselling book will help you, too, whatever the degree or severity of your condition.

At the heart of this book are simple, essential principles to help you treat your arthritis by natural means, dramatically improving your levels of pain, mobility and wellbeing. Research has shown that the Margaret Hills Programme can give impressive results after just a few weeks, and that it can bring significant improvements to people even with chronic or severe arthritis. The book reveals the impact of stress on arthritis, while it troubleshoots topics like digestive health, arthritis in childhood, and co-existing conditions.

Above all, this book will help you to shift your mindset and develop a more positive approach to your illness - you are not beyond help, but with some simple steps can regain better mobility, less pain and a happier future.

Margaret Hills, and the Margaret Hills Clinic
At the age of 21, while training to be a nurse, Margaret Hills developed rheumatoid arthritis literally overnight, resulting in months of complete bed rest to aid her recovery. Years later, after completing her training, she developed osteoarthritis, leading to another attack of rheumatoid arthritis, leaving her crippled and in severe pain. Realising that the medical profession could do nothing for her, as the only available treatment was aspirin, she began to look into natural treatments.
Margaret researched many different natural approaches to healing, including traditional remedies such as Epsom Salts baths and Cider Vinegar. She combined these detoxification remedies with a particular combination of nutritional supplements to develop her own treatment. After a year of following this regimen, she rid herself of all signs of arthritis, and continued to lead a pain-free life. The word spread gradually of Margaret Hills' efforts to rid herself of all arthritic symptoms, and many people contacted her to find out more details as so many were in a similar situation of extreme pain due to arthritis of some type. Due to huge public interest, she opened a clinic to help others who were suffering, and to guide others through their recovery. The clinic, now run by her daughter, Christine Horner, continues to attract patients from far and wide and, following on from its success, Margaret wrote this book to impart her knowledge and help people with arthritis everywhere.

Well Being

Body confidence, health and Happiness

By:  Emma Woolf



ISBN: 978-1-84709-477-3


224 Pages

SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Self-Esteem

How do we stay strong and resilient in a world where the obsession with image and lifestyle has reached fever pitch?

Never have young women been under so much pressure. We're bombarded with unrealistic images of perfection - and it's taking a major toll on our physical and emotional wellbeing. We're supposed to be working out, eating clean, deliriously happy and successful, with the perfect relationship, career and body. No wonder so many of us are experiencing a wide range of mental health problems.

Emma Woolf offers positive strategies and tools for coping with modern life, eating well and feeling great, dealing with setbacks and heartbreak and hanging on to your self-esteem and mojo at all costs. Whatever challenges you might be facing, you'll find Wellbeing inspiring, practical and relatable.

Topics include social media, clean eating, healthy sleep, nutrition and exercise, tackling depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Autism and ASperger syndrome in childhood

For Parents and carers of the newly diagnosed

By:  luke beardon



ISBN: 978-1-84709-492-6


144 Pages

Family & Relationships/Autism Spectrum Disorders

"If every parent receiving a diagnosis of autism for their child could read this book, it would avoid so much misunderstanding and unhappiness." - Dr Clare Lawrence

A diagnosis - or a suspected diagnosis - of autism or Asperger Syndrome in a child can be overwhelming for a parent, especially if you know nothing, or very little, about either of them.

Dr Luke Beardon is a well-known expert in the field, and this book is an accessible, easy-to-read introduction for those encountering autism for the first time. Gently and honestly, it guides you through the issues you might encounter, busting the myths around autism and Asperger Syndrome, and explaining what the diagnosis means for your child, for you, and for your wider family. It looks at sensory profiles, helps you handle your child's anxiety, tackles education, and answers a variety of frequently asked questions.

Other topics covered by this sensitive and empowering book include how to have conversations with your child (the "autistic voice"), how to manage your child's education and - importantly - the undeniable strengths of autism.

As an introduction to - and a celebration of - the intriguing, beguiling, frustrating and remarkable world of autism, this book will help you understand your child's unique value and importance in the world.

Hope and healing after stillbirth

By:  Kevin Gournay, Brenda Ashcroft



ISBN: 978-1-84709-492-6


224 Pages

Health & Fitness/Pregnancy & Childbirth

'Offering wisdom and understanding, written with sensitivity, this book has much practical help within its pages for a loss like that feels like few others.' - Sands

Whether it happens before or shortly after birth, the loss of a baby brings overwhelming grief and parents often struggle to access the professional help they need.

In this book, Professor Kevin Gournay - who himself lost a child to stillbirth - and distinguished midwife Dr Brenda Ashcroft offer understanding of what it means to go through this bereavement, and healing advice on how to make sense of it. They give important information about parents' rights, and cover such difficult topics as post mortems and inquests. The book considers parents' reactions, not least feelings of anger, as well as offering help for, and insight into, the relationship difficulties that often follow the loss of a baby. There is support for anyone who might be experiencing anxiety or depression, advice on how other children in the family might be affected, and possible prevention and treatment for future pregnancies.

Sympathetic, expert and warmly supportive of any bereaved parent, this book also provides a guide to good practice for professionals in all relevant fields.

coping with birth trauma

By:  Lucy Jolin



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2915-5


224 Pages

Health & Fitness/Pregnancy & Childbirth

There are few sensations more wonderful than a cuddle with your new baby. But what happens if you burst into tears every time you re-live your baby's birth? If you spend your day staring at the wall instead of enjoying outings together? If you find yourself crying with exhaustion when faced with a screaming baby at 4am? For some women, becoming a parent can be unexpectedly hard. With today's high expectations of motherhood, there is still a taboo about not loving your baby at birth, or finding some aspects of motherhood boring and miserable. Postnatal depression (PND) affects around one in six new mothers, while it's estimated that up to 200,000 women each year may feel traumatized by childbirth, with feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety, and symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares and persistent memories of birth. This book explores how to cope with such feelings, and how to make a successful and happy adjustment to motherhood even when it doesn't come naturally at first.

Topics include:

  • Defining birth trauma and postnatal depression

  • When bonding doesn't happen - learning to love your baby

  • Family relationships and how they may change

  • You and your partner - how your relationship changes once you have a baby

  • Body image - how a baby changes your body; social pressures on your body

  • Coming to terms with your new identity

  • Moving forward

You can't change society and its often unrealistic expectations and stereotypes of motherhood, but one day everything will fall into place and you will come to love your new baby and feel confident in your new role.

Mental Health in children and young people: can we talk

By:  Dr. sarah Vohra



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2914-8


224 Pages


Mental health difficulties affect about 1 in 10 children and young people, ranging from fears, phobias and panic attacks to obsessions, compulsions and even psychosis. Written by a specialist psychiatrist and packed with expert advice, this comprehensive book highlights the often subtle warning signs of trouble and suggests tactful, effective ways to take action, whether your child is 6 or 16. An invaluable resource for parents, extended family, teachers, social workers, and anyone concerned about a young person's emotional well-being.

Topics include:

  • When to worry

  • Communicating with your child - practical techniques

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism

  • Trauma and grief

  • Bullying and abuse

  • Sleep and well-being

  • Help from your doctor

  • Red flags and managing emergencies

Dr Sarah Vohra says, 'Gut instinct is the most undervalued tool we own. Some parental anxiety is natural, but if you think something's wrong, trust your instinct. Don't ignore it or try to justify worrying behaviour as normal ups and downs. Early intervention is key - so talk to your child and seek professional help sooner rather than later.'

Beating insomnia

By:  Dr. tim cantopher



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2913-1


224 Pages

Health & Fitness/Sleep

Insomnia is one of the major afflictions of the modern world, and is responsible for a great deal of lost productivity, accidents and suffering. About one in three of us report sleep problems. Insomnia has been linked to anxiety, major depression, cognitive disturbance, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and increased proneness to infections. However stress, which predisposes to these conditions, is also is a major cause of insomnia. This book, by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains how you may sleep better.

Topics include:

  • Does insomnia matter?

  • How sleep works

  • Why can't I sleep?

  • Specific problems which interfere with sleep

  • Using a sleep diary

  • Managing stress

  • Non-pharmacological treatments

  • Pills and potions

  • Dealing with specific causes of insomnia

  • I still can't sleep!

coping with diverticulitis

By:  peter cartwright



ISBN: 978-1-84709-437-7


224 Pages

Health & Fitness/Diseases

Diverticular disease (DD) is a digestive disorder caused by enflamed diverticula, or pouches, in the colon. A common cause is constipation due to lack of fibre in the diet. Diverticulitis is very common, with about 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK and 300,000 in the USA. Symptoms are usually persistent abdominal pain plus disturbed bowel function (constipation or diarrhoea or alternating between the two). Diverticulitis sometimes becomes very severe leading to perforation of the bowel, forming an abscess or rarely peritonitis. This best-selling book looks at the treatment and self-management of DD - while the doctor can help, particularly with antibiotics, much can be done by the individual to minimise the effects of this condition.
This new edition updates this best-selling book.

Topics include:

  • The medical treatment of diverticular disease

  • Probiotics ("good" or "friendly" live bacteria and yeasts said to be good for digestive health

  • The increase of diverticular disease in the population

  • Effects of diverticular disease

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cancer symptoms

By:  cheryl rezek



ISBN: 978-1-84709-423-0


224 Pages

Health & Fitness/Disease/Cancer

We all know that there can be difficult situations in life, whether physical or psychological. Reading through this book will introduce the concept of mindfulness and how it can be applied to control your thoughts and emotions in a more balanced, accepting way.
A summary of the history of mindfulness will be presented, as well as research that has been published on how mindfulness can specifically aid people in easing cancer symptoms. Throughout the book there are practices for you to use and assistance with doing these practices through a step-by-step guide of each one.

Topics include:

  • Reactions to cancer

  • Interpreting symptoms

  • The stress response

  • How a mindful approach can help

  • Effects of mindfulness on the brain

  • How to nurture and practise mindful skills

  • The importance of breathing and posture

  • Changing your thinking

Living with fibromyalgia

By:  Christine Craggs Hinton



ISBN: 978-1-5293-2912-4


224 Pages


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterised by pain in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Other symptoms include fatigue, sleep problems, allergies, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, morning stiffness and problems with short term memory and concentration. Increasing recognition of fibromyalgia means that diagnosis and treatment are increasingly likely, but self-help is still key. As well as tried and tested advice on how to reduce pain, boost energy levels and help with regular sleep, this new edition includes the latest in treatments, such as the popular therapy guaifenesin (sic). It also looks at how pain is experienced, explores the possibility that fibromyalgia may be due to a rogue gene, and clarifies the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Other topics include:

  • Fibromyalgia and immune dysfunction

  • Links with hypothyroidism

  • Psychotherapy

  • The vital importance of low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming

  • Diet

  • Illustrated posture and exercise advice

  • Pain and stress management

  • Complementary therapies

“Having managed her own fibromyalgia, Christine now passes her experience and knowledge on to others so that they do not have to spend their precious time researching what she has already done. Progress has been made over the last few years and more medical professionals are recognising the symptoms, but there are still many who lack the knowledge to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia effectively. At present there are no national guidelines for treatment. This is one reason this book is so vital to those with fibromyalgia their families, friends and employers” -Pam Stewart MBE, Fibromyalgia Association UK chair

overcoming anxiety

By:  dr. tim cantopher



ISBN: 978-1-84709-498-8


224 Pages

Self-Help/Anxieties & Phobias

The evidence that long-term anxiety causes a whole host of health problems is incontrovertible, as is the fact that it exacerbates existing problems, such as pain. The causal link between anxiety and heart disease, strokes, bowel diseases, inflammatory conditions and some cancers is well established. Reducing our anxiety would improve our long-term health as clearly as exercise and good diet. It would also allow us to perform better in whatever we are doing. The good news is that we can do something fairly quickly about stress and anxiety. This book examines characteristic thinking patterns in anxiety such as predictions, catastrophic thinking and assumptions, and looks at ways to accept and change the processes of anxiety.

Topics include:

  • Triggers of anxiety and panic

  • Anxiety threshold - how much can we take?

  • Free-floating anxiety

  • Traumatic anxiety (PTSD)

  • Performance anxiety

  • Fears and phobias ie flying, claustrophobia

  • Physical causes including hormonal (post-partum and menopause)

  • What is a 'nervous breakdown'?

  • When to see the doctor

  • Treatments - talking therapies, medication

  • Getting better, staying well

everything your gp doesn’t have time to tell you about alzheimer’s

By:  matt piccaver



ISBN: 978-1-84709-482-7


224 Pages

Health & Fitness/Health Care Issues

A practicing GP has ten brief minutes to tell you everything you need to know about the disease he or she has just diagnosed. Sometimes it takes people half that time just to take their coat off. Research has shown that most people remember only one or two things said to them in a consultation.

At a time of an ever-aging population, and an increasing burden of Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, means an increasing need for reliable information. This book by a GP covers all aspects of Alzheimer's, from early subtle signs to the full-blown disease, with an emphasis on everyday management. The book aims to help those with Alzheimer's understand a little more about their disease, how they can help themselves and their loved ones, and what treatments are on offer. It also looks at some future developments in the treatment of Alzheimer's.

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