Review – High Heels to Hormones: A Woman’s Guide to Spine Care

High Heels to Hormones: A Woman’s Guide to Spine Careby Christina Lasich, M.D.

From the back cover -

With all the medical concerns facing women today, a healthier spine might not be at the top of your list – but it should.  Back and neck pain interferes with many women’s busy lives, but a remedy for it is easier than you might think.

Christina Lasich, M.D., draws on her many years of experience as a spine rehabilitation specialist to bring you High Heels to Hormones: A Woman’s Guide to Spine Care.  Through hilarious cartoons and short, easy-to-read, informative text, Dr. Lasich shows you how important good spinal health is to your overall well-being.

Women of every size, shape, and age will benefit from Dr. Lasich’s sound, proven advice.  Say good-bye to your sore neck and aching back and hello to a stronger, healthier spine!

My thoughts -

I received this book from the publisher to read and review on my blog, and I have to admit, I was a little nervous to be doing this.  This is the first time anyone’s requested this of me, and of course I wanted to do a good job.  Well, I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed the book so I am definitely excited to post about it and introduce everyone to this concise and wonderful little book.

I actually learned a lot from this one.  I personally don’t suffer from any serious back pain, but I do have definite aches from time to time, and reading this book helped me pinpoint when I have more pain in my back, what might be causing it during those times, and what I might be able to do about it.  There was a lot of information in this book that I would never have known – such as how important healthy foods are for your spine health, how awful cigarette smoking is for your spine (I don’t smoke, but I had no idea it had a direct correlation to spine pain!), and how terrible it is for your back to be sitting in one position all day long (I’m talking to you, all you people with desk jobs, and yes I am sort of one of them).  There were also a lot of simple things that women can do to alleviate spine pain for the long run, such as sleeping with a pillow between your legs, going for a proper bra fitting, and even taking short walks throughout the day.

In addition, each section ended with specific exercises that you should do to lessen the pain for the short term, pictures included.  These sections were especially helpful, as I think it’s very easy for women to do something if they have concrete instructions.  Better still, these exercises are nothing fancy, not difficult by any means, and they can even be done while watching TV during a commercial break or something.  This book is very short, less than 100 pages, but I think that works in its favor because it’s easy and quick to get through, and there is not a lot of scientific, medical terminology that may turn some people off.  It is definitely geared toward women, which is nice because Dr. Lasich makes it very clear that men and women’s bodies are built differently, especially in regards to the spine area, so women need different and more specific information regarding spine care. 

I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from it.  I’ll be happy to pass it along to any of you bloggers, especially if you have back pain and could really use the advice.  Just comment on this post to be entered, and if you’d like to be entered twice go ahead and post about the giveaway on your own blog.  I’ll probably choose a winner sometime next weekend (June 6-8).

Thanks again to Dr. Lasich and Kathlene Carney for sending the book to me and allowing me to review it!

Review – He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut

He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know by Jessica Valenti

From the back cover -

Double standards are nothing new.  Women deal with them every day.  Consider the following examples:

  • He’s a Hipster, She’s a Ho
  • He’s Gay, She’s a Fantasy
  • He’s Angry, She’s PMSing
  • He’s Independent, She’s Pathetic
  • He’s Successful, She’s a Showoff
  • He’s Dating a Younger Woman, She’s a Cougar

Women are held to a different standard than men.  And mostly we just put up with it – but we don’t have to.  Jessica Valenti offers 50 solutions to 50 of the most pressing double standards that women confront.  With sass, humor, and in-your-face facts, she informs and equips women with the tools they need to combat sexist comments, topple ridiculous stereotypes, and end the promotion of insidious double standards.

My thoughts -

The good news is, I feel like this book will be really helpful for younger feminists, middle school, high school, or college women, who are just beginning to understand the ways sexism permeates their every day lives, and who are just beginning to have those light bulb moments where they realize feminism is important for EVERY woman.  This book will help those women expand their developing feminist thinking, understand how the larger world really does discriminate against women in almost every situation, and have a better idea of how to deal with these double standards when faced with them in daily life.

The bad news, however, is that I wasn’t the biggest fan of this new one by Valenti.  I am a huge fan of hers, I love her website (Feministing.com) and love her first book, but this book honestly did not provide me with any information I did not already have.  There’s a reason she chose to write about these double standards – they are SO pervasive, so obvious, such common experiences of most women that to not know about them and understand them would be a problem as a woman living in today’s world.  While I appreciate what she did with this book, I simply didn’t get much out of it.  Valenti explained everything well enough and used very current examples, but her “what do we do about it?” sections also fell a little flat for me.  Her most common solution was “call people out on their bullshit” or “don’t let someone treat you this way”.  While both those suggestions are important and should be done, I wouldn’t say either of them would actually solve these real problems or teach a more ignorant individual about the importance of NOT using a double standard.  At the same time, what else can one person really do except educate the people they know?… not much, I suppose. 

So while I think this new one by Valenti is an important contribution to feminist literature, it simply was not one of my personal favorites.  I’d still recommend reading it to anyone eager to learn more about feminism, and especially anyone who does not believe double standards exist… this book will help clarify the very real fact that these double standards do in fact infect our lives on a daily basis.