Best reads from 2014: Here are three of my favorite books from my 2014 reading. I highly recommend them all.

Brain on Fire is the autobiographical story of a 22-year old journalist who suddenly and inexplicably lost her mind. The solution to the mystery of her madness was a huge surprise and opened my eyes to a cause of mental illness that I never knew existed.

brain on fire

The Power of Habit is an excellently written book that changed my understanding of myself and of human beings. Charles Duhigg is an investigative reporter who researched how and why we form habits and, best of all, how to change them.

The Power of Habit

Go Wild is a fun read, a mix of stories and science. It explains why humans evolved with big brains and bodies that are like “Swiss Army Knives,” able to do all kinds of motions. When humans became “civilized” we also became sick, suffering from cancer, heart disease, depression, auto-immune diseases, and much more. Go Wild concludes with recommendations for how we can live in our current world and still recover from the illnesses of civilization.

Go Wild cover

Why is it so hard to lose weight and keep it off???

Dr. Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist who has worked with obese children for many years. In this video he explains what has caused the obesity epidemic and why the amount of fructose in our diets has become toxic to us. It is well worth watching!


The video is available on YouTube at:

Here is a link to a short article by Dr. Lustig:

One thing Dr. Lustig does not discuss is how to change ingrained eating habits and kick addictions.  That is covered in the Food for Life class that Shape Up Vashon is sponsoring now.  If you missed it this time, stay tuned — we will do it again in a few months.

Affordable Care Act sign ups:

Vashon volunteers will help you with

 Health Exchange  and Apple Health insurances

Vashon Library

Sat Dec 6th    1:30-4:30pm

Sat Dec 20th 10:15-1:15pm

Sat Jan 10th 10:15-1:15pm

King Country Public Health workers will help:

Wed Dec. 17th

10-12:30 at the Food Bank

2:-4:30 at the Library

Spread the Word!

Next CPR Class: check at the fire Dept. Office

Make a resolution to be trained to save a life.

Click the CPR tab above to see details for registering.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SUV at:


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