Magic Pill: The Extraordinary Benefits and Disturbing Risks of the New Weight Loss Drugs

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The bestselling author of Lost Connections and Stolen Focus takes a revelatory look at the new drugs transforming weight loss as we know it sharing his personal experience on Ozempic and examining our ability to heal society’s dysfunctional relationship with food, weight and our bodies.

In January 2023, Johann Hari started to inject himself once a week with Ozempic, one of the new drugs that produces significant weight loss. He wasn’t alone some predictions suggest that in a few years, one in four of the British population will be taking these drugs. While around 80 per cent of diets fail, someone taking one of the new drugs is likely to lose up to a quarter of their body weight in six months. To the drugs’ defenders, this is a moment of liberation from a condition that massively increases your chances of diabetes, cancer and an early death.

Still, Hari was wildly conflicted. Can these drugs really be as good as they sound? Are they a magic solution or a magical illusion? Finding the answer to this high-stakes question led him on a journey from Iceland to Minneapolis to Tokyo, and to interview the leading experts in the world on these issues. He found that along with the drugs’ massive benefits come twelve significant potential risks. He also learned that these drugs radically challenge what we think we know about shame, willpower and healing.
These drugs are about to change our world, for better and for worse. Everybody needs to understand how they work scientifically, emotionally and culturally. Magic Pill is an essential guide to the revolution that has already begun and which one leading expert argues could be as transformative as the invention of the smartphone.

Johann Hari is the author of three previous internationally bestselling books, translated into 40 languages. His TED talks have been viewed over 80 million times, and his work has been praised by a broad range of people, from Oprah to Noam Chomsky to Joe Rogan. He was also the executive producer of an Oscar nominated film, and an eight-part TV series with Samuel L. Jackson.

Survive & Thrive

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Inspiring stories from courageous cancer patients aged from 3 – 76 years. Find out how they handled diagnosis and treatment and have not only survived but thrive. Fills a gap in information available by providing practical strategies for patients, carers and family members on dealing with the emotional and physical impact of cancer.

A unique book that provides both inspiration and proven strategies to help cancer patients,  their carers and family members to navigate the emotionally devestating and physically challenging trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Author Jo Spicer has survived her own battle with cancer and realised the need for newly diagnosed patients and their support team to get a true understanding of what they were facing. By reading these stories about other people who have been on a similar journey and learning what they did to not only survive but thrive, patients and loved ones can find hope as well as practical information on how they too can survive and thrive. Survive and Thrive! How Cancer Saves Lives brings you motivational stories from survivors of different types of cancer including breast, lung, prostate, cervical and blood cancers. Aged from 3 to 76, their journeys offer hope and guidance to anyone facing life’s difficult challenges. You will discover: 
– Practical tips for turning physical and emotional issues into positive opportunities
– How to make informed decisions on your own treatment and care 
– First hand insights and strategies you can put into action
– How to apply this information to any battle with adversity, and much, much more!
“Jo Spicer’s collection of inspirational stories of people who have had cancer should be compulsory reading for all health professionals who have any involvement in the care of people with cancer. Carefully balancing the harsh realities and the humour of cancer sufferers, Jo Spicer provides a window into the world of people who are facing a major threat to their lives. This book will contribute to better outcomes and a more holistic approach to cancer treatment. In addition to the many amazing stories, the book contains wonderful practical advice for cancer patients, families, and support persons. I salute the heroes of Survive and Thrive and thank Jo Spicer for her skill and dedication in bringing these stories to us.”  – Dr Mark Bassett, Executive Director of Medical Services & Clinical Governance, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW Health

Cancer Treatment Breakthroughs

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A guide to cancer for patients, family, friends and survivors that includes the range of cutting-edge treatments now available and the ways that someone can build their own resilience after treatment or support someone else. This book demystifies cancer treatment and highlights the rate of progress the scientific and medical communities are making ……

Cancer is the world’s biggest health problem, manifesting at an ever-increasing rate, and alongside the human cost is an enormous economic impact. With so much information available this detailed guide demystifies cancer treatment and highlights the rate of progress the scientific and medical communities are making in their understanding of cancer and, therefore, how best to treat it. Cancer Treatment Breakthroughs gives the reader an overview of the disease—how and why people develop cancer—and how treatment has evolved throughout history. It covers recent treatment breakthroughs including early diagnosis and testing through to surgical techniques, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, combination treatments, personalised medicine, clinical trials, and psychosocial oncology. Each chapter contains a detailed case study that shares someone’s experience with that treatment, as well as interviews with internationally recognised experts in their fields. Authors Tim Ladhams and Jackey Coyle also explore living with cancer and how to build resilience after cancer treatment, with evidence-based tips for exercising, eating well, complementary treatments, sleeping better and simple recipes and ideas for maximising nutrition during this time. Families and friends will find ways to support someone with cancer and improve quality of life with palliative care.

Going Broke Staying Sane

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Strategies for when things don’t go as expected in business. Going Broke Staying Sane is the succinct guide for those facing the loss of their business and offers support to journey forward through this adversity and emerge intact using seven principles to adopt as you start over.

Strategies for when things don’t go as expected in business.

Going Broke Staying Sane is the succinct guide for those facing the loss of their business and offers support to journey forward through this adversity and emerge intact using seven principles to adopt as you start over.

No one has experienced what is presently occurring in our communities, our businesses and around the world. But adversity is not new, and many of us have been challenged in our lives and our businesses in all sorts of ways. What has worked and has not worked in overcoming adversity and challenges is our reference point. And this reference point can provide an anchor and a pathway forward to those who may need it and those who are seeking to support others.

Going Broke Staying Sane was written using Richard Shrapnel’s formal learnings, personal experiences and from helping others. There are simple guiding principles that will anchor you in a position of stability and thereafter strengthen and enable you to plot the safest and most effective path forward. They are common sense, but that does not mean that in times of adversity that they will be to the forefront of your thinking, nor easy to sustain.

Overprescribing Madness

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Overprescribing Madness investigates the drivers of Australia’s high and increasing rates of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness – including depression, anxiety, psychosis and ADHD. Understand the social, economic, political, and ideological drivers of the rapid increase in the rates….

With 1 in 6 Australians now taking a mental health drug, Dr Martin Whitely’s Overprescribing Madness asks: What’s gone wrong in the lucky country? He expertly investigates the drivers of Australia’s rapidly increasing rates of the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, psychosis and ADHD, and offers a series of thoughtful reforms needed to ensure psychiatric practice is based on rigorous, independent, bias-minimised evidence that reflects the Hippocratic obligation of medical practitioners to ‘first do no harm’. Read Overprescribing Madness and understand the social, economic, political, and ideological, factors driving Australia’s ‘pill for every ill’ approach to mental health.