Behind Civilization

Behind Civilization ISBN: 9780980856620, 2nd (English) Edition, copyright and written by Gavin Huang.

The author offers a list of seemingly well-qualified individuals as a group of translators who “partially contributed to the translation of this edition” and mentions the fact that the books first print was December 2015. He then provides 18 chapters of prose. In the first 16, or slightly over half of the book, he sets forth his understanding of civilization per se – what it is; the driving force behind it; its direction; how it is disseminated; elements required for its accelerated advance; importance of society’s orderly functioning with respect to social output; the forces controlling individual behavior to insure an orderly society; how society manipulates social output; the position of various “internal and external controlling forces” as they function to maintain social order; logical thinking; “concepts and the objective existences”; the fundamental interrelationships of nature; body and social systems as “parallel expressions of energy in the universe”; the nature and rules of technological development; “the mechanism of social evolution and the impacts of the information revolution and the biological revolution”; “Beauty and interrelationships”. Chapters 17 and 18 comprise the last half of the book and present material supporting his understanding of the mechanisms behind the rise of Western Civilization and that of China with much discussion and comparisons of differences among similar and/or inter-relative factors. Some references are included.

Discussion: The author has attempted to offer a total evaluation of modern civilization.. Literally, he attempts to cover every possible internal and external modifying factor and the many interrelationships that exist. Included are mental factors from basic needs to those psychologically and/or sociologically dictated; physical considerations ranging from minutia with regard to blood elements and immunology to construction of a building; numerous additional facets of social activity and societal mores; economics including features offered by wealth, population distribution, and more. The chapters comprising the last half of the book, also ‘ramble’ a bit, but do provide an interesting comparison of the direction of development of the two cultures and the causative factors that dictated each of their directions.

Conclusion: In this reader’s opinion, the author in attempting to be all-inclusive and provide easily understood interrelationships in the first 16 chapters regrettably has presented simply a mass of material in a rather simplistic manner. The approach may prove to be of interest to some readers, but others may find it to be difficult to accept. The last half of the book (Chapters 17 and 18) set forth pertinent observations, albeit in somewhat of a ‘rambling’ fashion, but nevertheless intriguing.

3* Dichotomously; 4* for the second half; 2* for the first half.

Eating Yourself Sick

Eating Yourself SICK ISBN: 9781599329147, Advantage Media Group, an e-book copyright and written by Joseph S. Galati. MD.

The book opens with the author expressing his gratitude toward his family and numerous others who had taught him about three basic needs for survival in life – the 3 F’s, Family, Faith and Food. The introduction ends: “This book is the culmination of thirty years of Medicine, tens of thousands of interviews with patients and their families, and lifelong learning in the kitchen and at the dining table. I’m going to share with you what my mother instilled in me, and the lessons I have learned since, about healthy eating and the benefits of cooking for yourself and your family.” He then proceeds with ten chapters and a Conclusion examining in detail each facet of this important but too often neglected part of life that literally is killing individuals before their time. He first provides material for an overall understanding of obesity-related disease; follows with the important role played by family, food and lifestyle; then explains the ugly truth of fatty liver disease and its interrelationship with other conditions; next a simple explanation of how the body works; followed by the need for each individual to take control of his/her health; explains the difference between Man (processed and similar) Food and Earth Food, explaining in detail tricks played by the food industry and its purveyors; the importance of reviving an understanding of the kitchen and family participation; along with a chapter providing “A few Cooking Basics” with actual descriptions of basic ‘tools’; before explaining the importance of exercise routines. The last two provide his suggestions that arise from his identical activity and a conclusion that there are “No Excuses – “You gotta’ Wanna’ Do It”. The book ends with an enumeration of the author’s impressive credits and a list of seventy references.

Discussion: This book is one of the more complete books I have read on the subject of obesity, its causes, effects and what must be done to erase it. The statistics substantiating the facts set forth are too impressive to be ignored and the presentation by a very knowledgeable individual has been in a simple manner that readers of any level of education easily may comprehend. The author has produced a book this reviewer most highly recommends not only for individuals with an obesity problem, but also for any reader caught up in today’s more usual, rather frenetic way of life.

5* Highly recommended for anyone participating in today’s frenetic lifestyle.