A bookmobile- the adventure starts here

From books I discovered the mysteries of the human body and read about people who studied to understand it, to uncover the causes of diseases, and work to cure them.

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day April 22, 2020

The first public library I ever visited was a bookmobile.

Every week the bookmobile parked next to my elementary school. I  climbed  the steps into the bus, and walked down the book- lined aisle. These books took me to faraway places, introduced me to famous people, and helped me dream of what I could do with my life.

I read about people who tried new things, made discoveries, travelled around the world and invented products that changed our lives.

From books  I discovered the mysteries of the human body and read about  people who studied to understand it, to uncover the causes of diseases, and work to cure them.

And I learned about people who used their talents, time and knowledge to make the world a better place. From the library my dream of working in healthcare was born and nurtured.

Before I graduated from elementary school, a permanent library was built at the site where the bookmobile had  parked. I continued to make the library my second home, and learned to love the new building.

But there is still a place in my heart for the library on wheels,  which brought the world to a little girl who otherwise might never have known it existed.

Here are links to  my book reviews on Watercress Words-

Working Stiff : Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

A Natural Woman-Carole King

Being Mortal 

Things That Matter – Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

Gifted Hands 

When Breath Becomes Air 

New Proofs for the Existence of God

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear- a book review

Why I have “A Different Way of Seeing Autism”- a book review

And some health book suggestions for children 

statue of boy reading a book

What are you reading? book suggestions for health and fitness

Here are some health and medical books that sound interesting.

I like books and reading.  As a child I visited my local library weekly, and I still do.

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A Natural Woman, a memoir by singer/songwriter Carole King

Working Stiff, a memoir by medical examiner Dr. Judy Melinek

What are you reading?

Here are some health and medical books that  sound interesting.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health 

by  T. Colin Campbell, 2006

Referred to as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.


While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West.




Do No Harm

Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

an MRI image of the human brain (photo from Pixabay)


by Dr. Henry Marsh, 2015

A leading neurosurgeon offers a revealing look into his life and work, discussing the triumphs, disasters, and regrets of a medical practice that carries grave risks and often requires agonizing decisions.

Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in your Skin…every Inch of It

by  Brittany Gibbons, 2015

someone standing on a scale

A plus-sized blogger shares anecdotes about her life as a weird, overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, including stories about dating, relationships, dieting, and finally accepting her curves.

Grain of Truth

The Real Case for and Against Wheat and Glutendrawings of wheat stalks

by  Stephen H. Yafa, 2015

Analyzes the current trend against wheat consumption, tracing its role in history and science to share facts about how wheat has been wrongly demonized and holds an important and nutritious role in dietary health

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Will reading about health make you healthier?

Thanks for joining me to explore the HEART of health.   
 Dr. Aletha 

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