Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wed Jan 27, 2010

Greg Crister  -  "Eternity Soup"  - "Somebody's Gotta Die to make room"
Bringing his signature wit and insight to the field of biogerentology, Critser (Fat Land, Generation Rx) produces a vigorous report of frontier science, charlatanry, and hope for a new, much longer, way of life. Beginning with a discussion with his septuagenarian parents, eternity%20soup%201.pngho receive "compounded hormone" treatment from a "longevity doctor," Critser travels the U.S. to investigate the enterprises "forging onward into a brave new pro-longevist world." (Crister's own horse in the race-besides finding the natural aging process "cruel, capricious and unrelenting"-is a "form of accelerated brain aging" he suffers as a result of a concussion.) Crister's first stop is a gathering of the Caloric Restriction Society, which advocates minimal caloric intake as a way of slowing cell damage; a conference breakfast consists of five blueberries and three potato chips. More trendy, and pricey, is hormone treatment, which claims to "add thirty years to maximum life span," backed up by promising trials on mice (though more recent studies have called the science into question). Critser's own course of treatment turns out ambiguously, but sends him to an intriguing third line of research, bio-engineering replacement body parts and other tissues from a patient's own cells. A light and critical eye makes this excursion into front-end science an entertaining, enlightening trek.

Eva Rosenberg  "TaxMama"   
Known as TaxMama® for both her warmth and her nagging, Eva Rosenberg, CEO of
TaxMama Buttons by taxmamaTaxAnxiety, Inc. is an Enrolled Agent, licensed by IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department. Eva is the publisher of, and author of the weekly, syndicated Ask TaxMama® column as well as book on taxes and small business. She has taught at UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, CSUF and others and is a highly sough after speaker at tax professionals' seminars as well as tax, business and Internet conferences and summits worldwide.

Jan Hoistad  "Romance Rehab"
A proven ten-step program for couples who want to repair and reignite their romance…and
Dreams with Dr. Jan Hoistad ... keep it rock-solid!Dr. Jan Hoistad, a professional psychologist with 30 years experience, has improved the lives of countless real-life couples. Through her innovative techniques—used in workshops and with her patients—she has helped them overcome conflicts and build a healthy relationship that meets both partners' needs.Filled with exercises, personal anecdotes, and concrete tools to improve communication and understanding, this therapeutic guide shows couples how to stop fighting and realize their dreams together. Dr. Hoistad pinpoints couples' individual relationship styles and explains how to focus on the positive aspects of their connection, identify common goals, and find enjoyable ways to stay committed. Dr. Jan Hoistad has 30 years of experience as a licensed psychologist, educator, personal coach, artist and entrepreneur. Dr. Hoistad also leads a series of popular retreats and workshops for couples.

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