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"I must say I find television very educational.
The minute somebody turns it on, I go and read a good book."
- Groucho Marx
Healthy Training for Mind and Body
Choice Award Winner -
By Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Sports medicine researcher, military scientist, 4th degree Black Belt, 2009 Master Instructor of the Year, and undefeated full contact fighter. Inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Wealth of information for the martial artist, and any athlete or exerciser, to train all aspects of body and spirit:
Healthy Martial Arts is my best book for exercisers and athletes. What my book "Fix Your Own Pain" does for your body, "Healthy Martial Arts" does for your mind, spirit, training, and life in addition to your joints. Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" is the classic strategy manual in business and power. "Healthy Martial Arts" is the strategy manual for your life.
and first editions contain things changed by the editors that I do not
still resell earlier editions.
Anyone with old editions, contact me to upgrade to new third edition.
Funny, jam-packed, practical, easy to understand, 379 pages of everything-all-in-one-source. Illustrated with humorous, instructive drawings featuring Backman!™
If you only get one book, this is the one. Or as they say, "If you only read one book this year, you should read more."
review THIRD edition 5.0 out of 5 stars -
The cover is deliberately tongue-in-cheek - making fun of conventional ab book covers with headless torsos or overarched posture indicating NO use of brains or abs
Old 1st and 2nd have green bar.
New 4th edition is more organized, more descriptive, with more specific photos with side by side comparisons of movement habits.
Contact me to upgrade.
Ab Revolution FOURTH Edition. Reorganized to get you started more quickly. Many new photo instructions.
An innovative sports medicine technique to quickly stop one major source of lower back pain, and build healthier movement into exercise and daily activity. Part I teaches how to stop hyperlordosis, a slouch that causes of one of the most common kinds of back pain. No exercises needed, only changing this slouch. Part II shows you how to use this technique for fun healthy core and whole body exercises, stretches, and strength moves from simple to challenging, with no forward bending that hurts discs or practices bent-forward posture. Details and explanations are moved to the new Part III. Change your knowledge of exercise, posture, back health, neutral spine, and what abdominal muscles really do. This method is for the kind of pain usually felt from standing, walking, yoga and Pilates, pushups, planks and certain other exercise.
by Andrew Seigel, Second Degree Black Belt (now Third Degree since this
(In the previous Kindle edition (up to mid 2015) some illustrations did not show on some formats (and did in others). The same illustrations displayed correctly in the eBook and ePub. In the previous Kindle, the Table of Contents was not clickable. I paid professionals to reformat but problems remained. I removed that Kindle version. The publisher worked with a new company to get good working formats now available, see above.)
Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier
Not the same old stretches.
Fun, easy to read, immediately helpful techniques to retrain daily movement habits to stretch functionally. Your daily life becomes a built-in way to increase flexibility and mobility, and stop injuries from bad stretching and movement habits.
Learn innovative stretches. Learn how to apply healthy movement to daily life, better athletic performance, sitting at your desk, relaxing, and all you do.
Nearly 200 humorous drawings featuring Backman!™ guide you step-by-step.
Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery
How to fix your pain, step-by-step:
Every page, of 330 total, has specific things to do, things to avoid, things to check for, and/or a story of people who did and didn't fix pain and why.
Publishers added a new cover: Same book, author, and ordering.
No special health foods or extra pots and pans needed
Sexy Food - Loving Healthy Eating and Cooking
Tom Kessler MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAWM, writes,
"As a family medicine physician who spent a full three-decade career with the United States Public Health Service, continues to be involved with humanitarian outreach in areas of need throughout the world, and ponders the "health care" debate, I count it an unearned privilege to have met and collaborated with Dr. Jolie Bookspan.
"Dr. Bookspan continues to amaze me with her depth and breath of interests and knowledge. She has consistently sought ways to improve the health of individuals with a variety of problems. That she has now shared about healthy food is very good news!
"All due respect to the American Medical Association, no amount of money spent on medicine as practiced in the United States can possibly compensate for the unhealthy diet, inactivity, and passive expectation by so many citizens. With her long and successful experience with healthy moving, I am very eager to obtain and read her new book. I am confident I will be recommending it along with her other books and web site to any person serious about being responsible for healthy living."
Diving Physiology & Hyperbaric Medicine
Diving Books with Chapters by Dr. Bookspan
Diving Books by Dr. Bookspan
Diving Physiology In Plain English
in 8th edition 2021
blue cover, expanded. Many fun new sections in this original hard-to-find
scuba diving classic.
book has helped us train three (3) generations of SOF divers"
Clear information to understand (not memorize) physiology and medicine, and apply to safer decompression, thermal, equipment, gas mixing, fitness to dive, nutrition, rescue, and injuries, with fun stories behind the people and information.
For all divers, beginner through instructor, search and rescue teams, training departments, health care providers, and family of divers. Complex topics translated into understanding. Fun stories and illustrated glossary.
Your questions answered, easy to read, and the real stuff.
Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine - Board EXAM Books and Guide to Entire Field
and Hyperbaric Medicine Review For Physicians - BOARD EXAM Guide.
Available in eBook PDF directly from me. Updated 2020 edition. Contact me at Scientist@DrBookspan.com.
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society stopped publishing most of their books. I am looking for a new publisher for this title.
Oxygen Therapy Indications
Scientific evidence for approved indications by leading experts in the field, for scientists, practitioners of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and their patients.
Order through Amazon.com or order from me (better price): e-mail me to check first for availability - Scientist@DrBookspan.com. Add other books of mine for no additional postage.
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I am the behind-the-scenes Science Officer of The Vidocq Society - International cold case think-tank. Here are my friends' and colleagues' really creepy books:
The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases
Brings to you top cases and our founders (and my friends), talented courageous Frank Bender, Commissioner Bill Fleisher, and the Sherlock Holmes of deviance Richard Walter. Also available on Kindle Edition and Audio Version - The Murder Room. Note that Frank Bender and his family were not portrayed as they honestly were. Added lurid drama, but a disservice to all of them and his quality nature.
The Girl with the Crooked Nose: A Tale of Murder, Obsession, and Forensic Artistry
Tells of my dear colleague Frank Bender's facial reconstruction of murder victims, leading to needed resolution and attention to neglected murders, including hundreds of women tortured to death near Ciudad Juarez. Frank and his daughter Vanessa have assisted the Ni Una Mas project (Not One More).
Trail of Blood
The Vidocq Society helps solve the murder of 24 year old Scott Dunn. Scott's parents never gave up when his killers left no body, no weapon, only blood, so much blood.
Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe
A young woman was found murdered with no one knowing who she was for more than 50 years. Twists and turns and how the Vidocq helped writer Sylvia Pettam find the woman's name and killer. My Vidocq friends and colleagues selflessly volunteered resources and time - including Frank Bender doing facial reconstruction, and Dr. Terry Melton, the DNA.
Deadly Betrayal The CBS Murders
Based on an actual major, high-profile investigation, told from the inside by my cool colleague FBI man Don RIchards.
Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques, Third Edition
Third edition by Vidocq commissioner Bill Fleisher and lie detection expert Nate Gordon - The Truth Doctor.
I Have Lived in the Monster: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Serial Killers by Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman.
See all really creepy books by Robert Ressler.
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I wrote the Fitness and Conditioning chapter in Dr. Paul Auerbach's bible Wilderness Medicine
all 6 kilos of knowledge (over 13 pounds)
Running on the Sun Sure, I'm proud, that's my youngest brother. He does the DOUBLE Badwater, starting on Mt. Whitney (Paiute Indian name, Too-man-go-yah), running 130 miles back to the starting line, plays the national anthem on his trumpet (really well), then begins the 130 mile race with the other ultramarathoners in the heat of July through Death Valley. One of many memorable scenes of this movie is runners passing a support vehicle on fire from the heat.
Jackie Chan's autobiography - In his own words, the hard and ascetic training throughout his youth that made him a top martial artist, stunt man, acrobat, humble actor, and ambassador. Click to get I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action. Watch the results of top real training and special heart in any Jackie Chan Movies.
1493. By Charles C. Mann. Writing so engrossing, and knowledge pouring out of every page so much and so fast that as I was reading this I kept thinking how I can't wait to read it again. Everything about world politics, economy, disease, climate change, refugees, war, slavery, agriculture, currency value, what makes and keeps social classes and injustice, power shifts, that you think is new or unique to one culture, is here, shown happening over eons, each shaping the other all over the world, as the Americas were first capitalized on by the rest of the world. So many things to say about all this desperately needed knowledge. This description doesn't do it any justice. Drop all and read this book - 1493.
GANDHI - Humbling. Inspiring. Enlightening. Multiple Oscar Winner. Spectacular honor and reason applied to politics. Everyone needs to see and learn from this one. Gandhi (Collector's Edition).
Young Indiana Jones - A sleeping giant of action, art, researched origins of the most pivotal events, concepts, and figures shaping the countries, economics, and mind sets from the early 20th century to today. The originally made-for-TV episodes reorganized for DVD into a three volume chronology of Indiana Jones traveling from childhood to young adulthood meeting Hemingway, Ho Chi Minh, Eliot Ness, Edison, Freud, Roosevelt, Louis Armstrong, Picasso, Churchill, Krishnamurti, Tolstoy, Puccini, Yates, Pancho Villa, more. Filmed on location in 35 countries. Top actors portraying well-developed engaging historical characters in context. For an illuminating experience, before each episode watch the insightful companion documentary of the history and people (of the 95 included documentaries), then see it all woven into an action-adventure feature movie. In Volume 3 "Indy" learns from no less a character than the historian Toynbee at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 about history repeated by those who fail to remember (or know it in the first place). I wish they hadn't made "Indy" such a brat as a child. He learns as he matures. Maybe that was the point. They show but gloss over the wrongs of ungrateful colonialism and the horrors of slavery. Maybe that was also a lesson how that was precisely what happened. This is history ahead of its time. Click to get The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.
The Animated Tales of Shakespeare - Triple Emmy Award winning animated shorts of Shakespeare's popular works. Exceptional Russian animators create fabulous art that inspires and delights children and adults. Each is short, yet complete, voiced by Shakespearean actors. Incredible animation, each tale different, including stop-motion puppetry, cel animation, oil paint on cel, paint on glass, more, in finest Russian fairy tale color. This link should take you to see the various individual plays and DVD sets of The Animated Tales of Shakespeare.
The Man From UNCLE - Fun physical skills and great storytelling in this 1960s TV series. Utopian and Eutopian (to me) agency of confident fun role models, disciplined and well trained, cooperative team work, fun science, women portrayed as smart strong and in charge of themselves, a worthy #1 boss with class. Campy at moments that's part of the charm, elevated through talented real acting and real athletics not special effects. Plus glimpses of many well-knowns when so young. Really fun big-time MGM sets, iconic machinery of the 1960s, pioneering cinematography. Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum) had PhDs and black belts and chess rankings; marksman, archer, pilot, polymath, proficient in many languages and musical instruments. When I was a kid I wanted to BE Illya Kuryakin. Still working to be. (Soon after, the original Mission Impossible TV show continued his character's ideals in Greg Morris' character Barney - the smart calm brave able inventive agile engineer, pilot and technical team player, along with the rest of the cast/role models to us for cooperation and ethics under duress.) Meanwhile the real Robert Vaughn, who was The Man From UNCLE's Napoleon Solo, studied between rehearsals for his real Masters and PhD, and bravely worked for political responsibility. Click to get The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series.
Colditz - David McCallum and accomplished cast in a brilliant BBC series. Based on true escapes and attempts of WWII prisoners of war from renowned Colditz castle in Nazi occupied Germany. Phenomenal theater, writing, staging, lighting. Extraordinary physical mental intellectual chess. Ingenuity. Steely discipline. Two-year weekly series from capture, years of detention, to liberation by the Allies. Check your region for compatibility with formats of Colditz. David McCallum also adds grace and class to the skillfully done NCIS series.
Time Tunnel - Scientists (!) caught in a secret government experiment, travel to top historic battles, tragedies, & world upheavals, from the Titanic to Krakatowa to Pearl Harbor to Marco Polo and the American Civil War in historical context. Also meet Robin Hood, Merlin, Space Men, and Dinosaurs in best 1960s style. Friendship, bravery, intelligence, athletic martial arts in every episode, Tony and Doug are the fighting scientists. Lee Merriweather is a lab-coated competent high level scientist (remember this is the early 1960s). The original TV show in separate volumes. Click to get The Time Tunnel.
The Gods Must Be Crazy - Should have had an Academy Award. The insanity of "civilization" seen from the intelligent innocence of a Bushman, in physical comedy form. Click to get The Gods Must Be Crazy Series (The Gods Must Be Crazy / The Gods Must Be Crazy II).
Kung Fu - Full set from the original TV show. Learn the Zen lessons applied to real life. Set in the American old West and Imperial China. Lots to learn from this - martial art mind-set and background, mental training, bravery and compassion in the face of the many bigotries and difficulties explored in the continuing stories. Click to get Kung Fu: The Complete Series Collection.
Mr. Bean, Johnny English, and all the phenomenal physical comedy of Rowan Atkinson. I have stood in train stations in rural Asia and in modern malls watching clips of Mr. Bean wordlessly delighting farmers, families, elite businessmen alike with his universal comic humanity. Click for The Glorious Talent of Rowan Atkinson.
Star Trek. The original Star Trek - Exemplar of real theater, real acting, and universal issues in metaphor. The Hero of a Thousand Faces, all the more evident from simple sets and lack of fake effects. I wasn't a "Trekie" watching this as a kid, but I grew up learning possibilities of bravery, intelligence, cooperation, logic, silly logic, inconsistent logic, humor, physicality, fearless selfless duty. I learned rank without one-upmanship. I saw discovery and benefit without greed. I became "The Spock of Vidocq" - the science officer of the Vidocq world forensic society. Watch and Learn. Or watch and feel Deep Satisfaction at how well it's done. Each Original Star Trek crew member was a fully developed self. Next Generation continued holding the baton high, with the different tack of most members operating more from one noble aspect, and Captain Piccard as a masterful adult composite. Then I went to see Shatner's World, William Shatner's stellar one-man show, and realized, while I was Spock and had truth, that the truth is, to be HAPPY with the truth, Be Kirk and Shatner. William Shatner's personal account books are warm, intelligent, engaging, and insightful fun. Make sure to enjoy his range of abilities and topics even more needed and current today in BOSTON LEGAL.) Click to transport to a higher plane and get Star Trek and More Star Trek.
Galaxy Quest. Homage and spoof together - Galaxy Quest - called funniest sci-fi comedy film of all time. Click here to take a look.
Seven Years in Tibet. "Important" may be the first recommendation for this sweeping respectful beautiful moving sincere powerful illuminating true story. Extraordinary depth from all the actors. I was transfixed watching the movie on a tiny borrowed TV after reading the book Sieben Jahre in Tibet Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama. The many well done reviews tell more of the plot. Click for Seven Years in Tibet.
The Cuckoo's Egg. Best page-turning true thriller ever. Computer hacking from Berkeley to Berlin to FBI to KGB, you'll race to see what's next. Click to take a look.
Foyle's Law. Top (TOP!) story telling and acting in this remarkable BBC detective series set in WWII and Cold War Britain. Shows how much we need to know that the gamut of issues of humanity are the same through every era:
The Musketeers. Three incredible seasons from BBC. Each story written with Shakespearean intrigue. Sets with magnificent period architecture, handiwork, garments. Good heroes you can love. The answer, confirmed in the best way, of why be good when it is not appreciated; why do good even when it is punished:
Wallace and Grommit and Shaun the Sheep. Crackling good talent and fun. Miles above claymation. Creator Aardman also gives proceeds to support children's causes. Click and be happier for knowing Wallace and Grommit and Shaun The Sheep, particularly the movie.
Garrison Keillor. No pile of Pulitzers, Nobel Literature Prizes, and Neustadts can thank him enough. Garrison Keillor.
Bobby McFerrin. I saw him at a summer outdoor concert hall so many years ago. Large crowd from every background, united by his rich voice. Of many moments that made the dark evening glisten, he sang the entire Bach accompaniment for an audience member who got the opportunity of a lifetime to add her sweet melody for the Ave Maria. Don't miss his album HUSH with cellist YoYo Ma. He said it best - Don't Worry Be Happy, enjoy Bobby McFerrin.
Ed Norton. Mastery. I watched an interview of him as he showed using body mechanics to convey searing differences in character. The Illusionist, Fight Club, Hulk, choose Your Favorite Ed Norton.
Alice in Wonderland. The most glorious reciting of "Twas brillig" by Johnny Depp as The Hatter. Alice, at 19 years old, is a role model for all seeking to be adults in a crazy world. Alan Rickman, always convincing, is the blue Caterpillar guide of Absalom. Movie effects draw you in. For everyone who has lost their "muchness" and wants it back. Click for Alice in Wonderland in blue ray, DVD, Instant video, and a list of cool options.
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. I normally don't want hypotheticals, only real skills and information to make informed decisions. This one teaches you the real science to do that every funny step of the way. If you only think that the proposed experiments are absurd, you're missing the pile of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, given well and enjoyably, that you can use for everyday understanding of how the world works as well as career work in maths, physics, reasoning, aerospace, physiology. What If?
Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong.
Check this good read of science misused. Engaging and rich with connected
interesting helpful information. Important book by Dr. Paul A. Offit, who
earned the 2018 Sabin Gold Medal Award.
Angelina Jolie. Laser capability that would have taken Tomb Raider to annual sequels regardless of the bad writers, with added treat to Tomb Raider of Red Dwarf's Chris Barrie. Obviously right to turn down offers of mere "Bond Girl" saying she would BE Bond and did it with Salt. If mortals could have handled it, would have been another franchise. Delightful in the wild sci-fi Golden-Age-style adventure comedy noir SkyCaptain and the World of Tomorrow. Moves mountains bringing world health issues to light and action, through not only Changeling, Mighty Heart, Land of Blood and Honey, but direct behind the scenes action. Angelina Jolie.
Robert Downey Jr. A brave man: The Soloist, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes, Good Night and Good Luck, Chaplin. Click for all the raw polished ability of Robert Downey Jr.
Dolph Lundgren. Excellent movement skills, intelligent, watchable. A real black belt with a real chemical engineering degree from MIT. Dolph Lundgren.
Rawhide. Learn how to man-up. Not an old Western. A well-done model of dealing with constant extreme adversity with Brains, Bravery, Brawn, and occasional Blammo. You may never complain about your little troubles again. See a fledgling Clint Eastwood (who they introduce prophetically as "green as they come, but he's got the makins") learn under Eric Fleming starring as the bravest Gil Favor Trail Boss, courage and honor of Pete, Trail Scout (the wonderful Sheb Wooley), and the honest Quince. Learn actual American events of Fence Wars, Sheep Wars, anthrax devastations, Dipping Wars, and "frontier justice" of convictions without proof. Skillful depiction of historical wrongs and bigotry against non-whites, and genocide against Native Peoples. In contrast, you need to ignore that the writers had no idea that women were people, or, you can watch how women were increasingly depicted as spineless in the late 1950s and 1960s when this was written, building to incredulity in media through the 80s, compared to many fun bold self-reliant women in films of the 20s through WWII. Don't miss first season or second season of Rawhide.
A lot of talent out there, watch this space for fun to come
The Monuments Men A story that needs telling - the wrong to humanity by deliberately destroying their art. In World War II, Nazis were stealing, hoarding, and destroying thousands of years of fine art treasures of countries they invaded, and private collections of people they imprisoned and murdered. A small international force of men and women, The Monuments Men, risked their lives in war areas to track the mass theft and recapture hundreds of thousands of items. The book's immense detail represents enormous work. More skill to encapsulate a heavy subject in an action film with a light touch that humbles, moves, inspires, and if you're paying attention, rewards with reference gems throughout to other key events. The movie should be required viewing. Deft handling of unknown issue (that is today again right in front of our faces as history repeats in daily deliberate destruction of temples, languages, customs, and art in TIbet, the Middle East, indigenous peoples of the Americas, Australasia, and too many others). The film didn't get high reviews because it wasn't a "shoot-em-up," likewise the book for its detail. How much fake drama do you need to add to the real peril, daring, effort, acumen, and sacrifice already in this movie? You will be better for being acquainted with "Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History - The Monuments Men."
Amazing Grace DVD movie. Everyone needs to know this true story of one man risking much, battling Parliament to end the British slave trade. Learn what is key motivating factor in real social change. Pivotal events and actual characters including the slave ship captain, sickened by his deeds, who became the minister who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace.
The Best Man. If you think any current U.S. election issue is new, watch & enjoy The Best Man, well-written 1964 Henry Fonda movie.
Giant Microbes! - Now you can have two brain cells to rub together. I love the sound of brain cells rubbing together. Or get fat cells if you prefer. Cold germs, MRSA, why not? These are plush toys, instructionally shaped pretty much like the actual cell, but large enough to play with. You can have an actual Bookworm, raise transmission awareness by giving Chickenpox, e Coli, and Bed Bugs as gifts. Give an office-mate the (plush toy) flu. Be Patient Zero Index Case at your workplace or school to track origins, crucial for containing real outbreaks. Funny toys and potential high epidemiology teaching value. Available in boxed gift sets too. Click to see Amazon.com' s safe GIANT FUNNY MICROBE TOYS.
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