Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Homework for Grown-ups

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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It is interesting to compare core school subjects in 70-80s USSR with those in UK and Ireland. I certainly missed any religious education and many art-isms. Physical education (games) was also different except football and climbing a rope. So I bought this book in a local bookshop a few months ago to align my basic school education and finished reading yesterday while waiting in a queue in Irish visa office near Dublin O’Connell Bridge:

Homework for Grown-ups: Everything You Learnt at School…and Promptly Forgot

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It was also useful for me to learn some English words from basic biology, classics and geography.

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Literate Scientists and Their Books

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

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OpenTask plans to publish the extended and edited version of this blog as a book:

Literate Scientists and Their Books: An Independent Guide to Understanding Reality (ISBN: 978-1906717520)

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Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

Friday, November 28th, 2008

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I bought this book last year after my family asked me a few questions about whether it was safe to buy and eat chicken and I decided to educate myself on this subject. However only this month I had a chance to start reading it. Very informative on avian influenza viruses, how they interact and spread. I liked the history of the search for 1918 flu pandemic virus. I’ve read almost 60 pages so far but one advise I got is not to wash meat before cooking: I’ve done the opposite so far. Keep reading for the moment.

Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

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- Dmitry Vostokov @ LiterateScientist.com -

The Skeptical Environmentalist

Monday, August 18th, 2008

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I remember from my school days during Soviet Union times about pollution in dying capitalist societies. I came upon this book a few years ago while preparing for my environmental study assignment in University. Being curious about diverse reviews I bought this book. I started reading it a few months ago during my lunch time and I would recommend it to everyone to learn how to do statistics right.

The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World

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Under Pressure

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

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I’m the father of two and very interested in understanding what kind of parenting my children need. What amount of pressure do they need? What is the difference between the Soviet-type school I attended in 1977 - 1987 and the modern school? This is why I bought this book in a local bookshop a few months ago, started reading this month and already halfway through. Very interesting read. Even applicable to work as well. More pressure - less creativity. I really liked debunking the myth of multitasking.

Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting

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Is it Safe to Eat?

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

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After reading The Hundred-Year Lie I proceeded to a more balanced book:

Is it Safe to Eat?: Enjoy Eating and Minimize Food Risks

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The author advocates risk vs. benefit approach throughout the book and now I started to apply the definition of risk as “hazard * exposure” to other areas as well. Explanation about how and why GM food was developed as well as the story of BSE (mad cow disease) was very interesting because I knew very little about them. I studied chemistry in university and liked that the author included organic formulae to illustrate important chemicals and their mechanisms, for example, estrogen disrupters.

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The Hundred-Year Lie

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

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This is the very important book that warns about synergy between different chemicals that enter our bodies. It also shows the failure of reductionism in pharmacology and mainstream medicine and the danger of the so called synthetic paradigm. The book depicts various food and drug related fallacies. Highly recommended for reading and not to be paranoid but at least to be informed. At the time of this writing I’ve have finished 183 pages out of 257 pages of the main text. This is my lunch time reading these days :-)

The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health

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- Dmitry Vostokov @ LiterateScientist.com -