Bloated Belly Whisperer
December 26th, 2018 by diane92345

The Bloated Belly Whisperer is an excellent self-help book for those with digestive distress.

The book begins with a brief overview of how the digestive system works—with helpful illustrations of internal organs. A quiz to narrow down the reader’s stomach and intestinal issues follows and then refers readers to the appropriate detailed chapter(s). In those chapters, the book lists the symptoms, the cause and possible solutions of each illness. The book describes the ten most common ailments that cause digestive distress:

  • Gastroparesis
  • Dyssynergia
  • Classic indigestion
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Aerophagia
  • Constipation
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Carbohydrate intolerances
  • Celiac disease
  • Pancreatic insufficiency

The book concludes by providing two diets, including recipes, plus a chapter on fiber and another about digestive support supplements.

The Bloated Belly Whisperer goes into more detail than most health self-help books. Readers who have, or know someone who has, “tummy troubles” will find a lot to like about this book. The author is a dietician who worked in a gastroenterology office so she knows of what she writes. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for an advance copy.

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Batman Vol 8: Cold Days
December 24th, 2018 by diane92345

Batman is still feeling blue about his marriage plans going awry and his son’s death in Batman Vol 8: Cold Days.

Bruce Wayne is empaneled on a jury. The trial’s question is whether Mr. Freeze killed three woman in the vain hope to resurrect his dead wife. After both sides have rested their case, the jury takes a first vote. All but Bruce vote guilty. Bruce’s reasons are a complex philosophical rant about alternate explanations for the evidence.

In the second story Bruce and Dick reminisce through flashbacks to Dick’s arrival at the Wayne Mansion after his parent’s death.

The final story has the Russian assassin, KGBeast, having an existential moment with his father. Later, he battles Batman in a snowy landscape.

Batman Vol 8: Cold Days collects Batman #51-57. This volume has some thought-provoking introspection, which is what I love about the Dark Knight. He’s  a thinker. Even the third story has self-examination but this time by the villain.  It also has copious fighting. However, I think I liked the first story best, where Batman is obviously having difficult dealing with his recent history. It is like a Batman take on 12 Angry Men, the old black and white Henry Fonda movie from 1957. The art on all the stories is fabulous as usual.

I like a change so I am giving my highest recommendation to Batman Vol 8: Cold Days plus 5 stars!

Thanks to DC Comics and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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