Think before you swallow / Noel O’Hare (NZ)

A great little book with an intelligent and commonsense approach to health and lifestyle. I especially liked the chapter called “Read for your Life” which promotes the health benefits of reading fiction vs self-help books. O’Hare writes that “…good fiction lends us perspective, enriches our understanding, and sustains us through our communion with other human beings. It can be a comfort and a refuge, transporting us to a different world, ” whereas “Self help books can feed a self obsession which in the long run is guaranteed to make you unhappy.” Hear hear. I also liked the chapter on nasal hygiene. I’m a bit behind the times but apprently keeping your nose clean (nasal lavage in case you didn’t know) is just as important as brushing and flossing. It “can mean fewer headaches, better concentration, improvements in conditions such as asthma and bronchitis, fewer middle ear infections and decrease in mouth breathing” according to the research quoted by O’Hare.

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