Medical/Self-Help – The Joint Kitchen

The Joint KitchenThe Joint Kitchen: A Handbook for Orthopaedic Inventors and Fraidy Cats Facing a Knee or Hip Replacement
By Michael David Ries, MD
Publisher: Koehler Books
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1633935327 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1633935341 (hc)
ISBN: 9781633935334 (ebook)
ASIN: B0773Y39K8
Pages: 106
Genre: Self-Help, Medical

Imagine a doctor doing ordinary activities in his kitchen, stopping to draw some of the everyday objects around him, like an orange and a corkscrew. Then watch him turn those drawings into advanced patents for hip and knee replacements. Dr. Michael Ries holds 45 patents, and many of his ideas came to him in the kitchen. The remarkable efficiency of the human hip and knee are described here through simple illustrations, explaining why hip and knee replacements will never be quite as perfect as the joints we were born with. Health care professionals, patients considering joint replacement, students, and inventors will find The Joint Kitchen informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Dr. Ries shows that a state of tranquility allows the creative and problem-solving parts of the brain to connect and form new ideas that can transform and improve lives.

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Praise for The Joint Kitchen:
“A necessary read for anyone who . . . hopes to become the next Leonardo da Vinci!” —Michael E. Davies, Renowned Emergency Room and Trauma Physician

“An extraordinarily helpful book about creative thinking, describing exactly what happens with me every day when I am writing.” —Alan Trustman, Author of Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cannes Film Festival.

“This book is a must read for anyone who may hope to improve creative thinking, and to innovate and problem solve using out of the box thinking.” —Sigurd Berven, MD, Professor and Chief of Spine Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC San Francisco

“The Joint Kitchen by Michael Ries is a book like none other on the creative process that blends knowledge and unfocused thought leading to “outside the box” medical inventions. Dr. Ries goes beyond explaining his thought process of discovery to a description of the “silent zone,” that ushers in the alchemy of the ‘Eureka’ moment. Invention after invention pour out of his ability to see shapes in common objects, their natural utility and his brain’s own sense of itself. His opening up to his ‘silent zone’ is an exact description of our brain’s ability to drop into the recently discovered Default Mode Network, where many believe the deepest parts of our true sense of Self exists. This critical process is centrally involved in all creative endeavors.” —Michael H. Moskowitz, MD, MPH, Pain Management Specialist and Author of Medical Cannabis: A Guide for Patients, Practitioners, and Caregivers

“The Joint Kitchen presents similes of everyday events which provide solutions for complex orthopaedic problems.” — Seth Greenwald, D.Phil.(Oxon), Director, Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, Cleveland, OH

The Joint Kitchen Author Michael David RiesAbout the Author:
Dr. Michael Ries is a world renowned orthopaedic surgeon. He has presented over 600 invited lectures at regional, national, and international orthopaedic educational conferences, and published over 200 peer reviewed journal articles and 50 book chapters on topics related to total hip and knee replacement. Dr. Ries is also an inventor on 45 US patents for hip and knee replacement devices.

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Medical/Health – Blood Trails

Blood TrailsBlood Trails
By Ralph Giorno, MD
Published: June 2015
ISBN: 978-0996490009
Pages: 167
Genre: Medical, Health/Wellness

Blood Trails offers in depth understanding of things that can go wrong with every medical laboratory test. Blood Trails focuses on high volume tests such as TSH, potassium, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D and other tests to provide detailed analyses of issues specifically pertaining to those tests. Blood Trails examines the entire medical screening industry and discusses whether doctors and patients are doing a disservice to themselves by aggressive screening for disease that may not be medically necessary. Blood Trails discusses some simple tests that can be used to more accurately determine your functional Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D status and also discusses a group of tests that can predict how long you will live, regardless of what expensive DNA sequencing tells you about your genetic makeup.

The book discusses misuse and misunderstanding of diagnostic cancer testing, and strongly advocates the IDLE (indolent lesions of epithelial origin) concept. It discusses the importance of obtaining second opinions on surgical biopsies and points out the difficulties of obtaining such opinions because of conflicts of interest and monopolistic tendencies in the practice of pathology, the medical specialty involved in biopsy diagnosis. Finally the book introduces the death markers, simple lab tests that give an indication of how long you will live.

About the Author:
Blood Trails AuthorRalph Giorno, MD is the Blood Whisperer. Dr. Giorno is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology and Immunopathology.

Dr. Giorno has worked in a large variety of settings and has been the Medical Director of hospital, independent and commercial laboratories.

Be sure to go to Dr. Giorno’s website,, for information on how Dr. Giorno can help your healthcare website look better, information on medical malpractice consulting as well as interesting discussions on medical problems affecting historical figures.

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Self-Help/Healthy Living – The Journey

The JourneyThe Journey
How I Cheated Death and Cured My Diabetes in 21 Days
By Ernest Quansah
Release Date: June 15, 2015
ISBN: 978-0994767028
Pages: 104
Genre: Self Help, Healthy Living, Diabetes

When Ernest Quansah was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there was so much sugar in his body that, each morning it began to exit from his tongue and from the corner of his eye lids as a sticky substance. His doctor informed him that his condition was so dangerous that he was not far from going cardiac arrest.

Even at death’s door, with the assistance from Western as well as Eastern doctors in addition to weeks of research, Ernest was able to reverse his diabetes in 21 days. His doctor was so taken that he asked Ernest how he did it. Ernest discussed writing about his experience to help other type 2 diabetics for which his doctor replied, “That is an excellent idea”. He then told him to tell everyone. His doctor even issued him a hand written testimonial for the book. “The Journey” is his story. How he became a type 2 diabetic and how he reversed and cured written to help other diabetics.

The Diabetes Self-Cure Foundation website offers type 2 diabetics the tools they need to reversed and permanently cure their diabetes. In addition, diabetics will learn how reverse the aging process, and how look and feel younger.

The Journey: How I Cheated Death and Cured My Diabetes in 21 Days will be available in both print and ebook formats when the book is officially released in June 2015.

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My Journey AuthorAbout the Author:
Ernest Quansah is type 2 diabetes survivor, self-cure expert,educator and consultant who believes that if other diabetic do as he did, they, too, can return to health.







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Health – The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs, Update on alcohol

The Essential Guide to Prescription DrugsThe Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs, Update on alcohol
By James J. Rybacki, Pharm.D.
Publisher: The Medicine Information Institute
ISBN: 978-1891678554
Pages: 48
Genre: Health, Medical, Self-help

Written in the easy-to-understand language the Essential Guide pioneered since 1978, this new eBook is a “must read” for millions of drinkers to keep themselves safe.

This re-imagined reference book by Dr. Jim Rybacki, gives crucial befits and risks on the most widely used anti-anxiety/relaxation drug (alcohol). Rybacki covers top tips to avoid problems, what to talk to your doctor about regarding how much you drink and key definitions of risk and binge drinking.

Since 1978, the many popular editions of “The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs” have delivered reliable, complete and easy to understand information to millions of families and their loved ones.

About the Author:
The Essential Guide to Prescription DrugsDr. Rybacki is now president of The Medicine Information Institute–headquartered in Maryland. He provides drug information support and clinical pharmacy services to physician groups, consumers, and employers; holds seminars and continuing education meetings on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, adherence, osteoporosis, pain management, women’s health, and therapeutics; provides information support to insurance companies and HMOs; provides on-site hospital consulting on JCAHCO pain standards, optimizing use of medicines and other programs, produces educational tapes and television programming on medicines; designs clinical programs; conducts independent pharmacological evaluations and has most recently been the Health System Director of Pharmacy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

He served on the Patient Education and Professional Education Committees of the American Heart Association on a national level, was the first Pharm.D. Committee member of the American Heart Association Pharmaceutical Roundtable and is actively designing research involving how, why, and when to enhance the way people take their medicines and decrease risk factors for cardiovascular disease. He is a strong advocate of a multilevel/interdisciplinary approach to help patients get the most from their medicines and is designing projects to involve pharmacists/physicians/PAs/nurses/nurse practitioners/cardiac rehab programs at the practice site itself in helping patients and families understand risk factors, proven medicines and how to get the best results over time. Medicines and Your Family, National Treatment Guidelines was the first publication resulting from this novel focus and the second edition, Heart Attack transition was guest edited by Roger S. Blumenthal, MD and is now available on Amazon.

He was selected for full membership in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) through the Society for Clinical Densitometry, served a two-year term appointed by the governor of Maryland on a state-wide Osteoporosis Task Force in Maryland (see He is a lifetime member of Who’s Who in Global Business. Dr. Rybacki is director of clinical research, therapeutics, and outcomes at the Medicine Information Institute–an interdisciplinary consulting and education group. Dr. Rybacki has been a frequent guest on Comcast’s Family Talk live television program as well as their Real Life TV. He is now the writer and host of a patient education series called Medicines and Your Family with Dr. Jim Rybacki. You may have also heard him as the voice and writer of the Bayer Aspirin Pharmacist Report (a short-segment program on preventing a first heart attack). Catch Dr. Jim on TV, the Web, and on the radio (!An active national speaker, Dr. Rybacki gave the keynote address at the 2004 Mended Hearts Leadership Conference, The MCV Update for Clinicians talking about Women and cardiology Disparities ,spoke at the Simmons Cancer Center in Dallas Texas on adherence in cancer treatments, was the Mended Hearts spokesperson for the AACE State of Diabetes Complications in America campaign and spoke at the University of Maryland Department of Imaging Spring Symposium

Dr. Rybacki created a new book supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Mended Hearts via Bristol-Myers Squibb/ Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership. The book is called Medicines and Your Family, National Treatment Guidelines and has had more than 100,000 copies of the first edition given to heart patients and their families by The Mended Hearts, Inc. ( The first update was released in 2011 and benefits from the thoughts and input from Dr. Blumenthal at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Rybacki thinks that the best colleague any doctor can have is a more fully informed patient. Dr. Rybacki brings late-breaking information to people via popular sites on the World Wide Web at

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Medical English – American Hospital English (AHE)

American Hospital EnglishAmerican Hospital English (AHE)
By Laura Medlin
Publisher: Xlibris
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1493162666
Pages: 295
Genre: Medical English

American Hospital English (AHE) is a picture dictionary-style book for anyone interested in the type of English language used in American hospitals. Arranged alphabetically, each of its 26 chapters is devoted to one letter of the English alphabet. The content of the images includes abbreviations, anatomy, clothing and personal hygiene, cultural trivia, descriptors, disease, equipment, food, medications, months of the year, numbers, procedures, shapes and signs. Each item is accompanied by a definition, phonetic spelling and sample sentence. Images are situated on one half of each page, with text on the other. An index in the back of the book can be used as a cross-reference tool and to help locate words quickly.

Many of the phrases resemble those that may be encountered during classes or examinations for various healthcare occupations. It can be useful as a reference tool or exercise book by professionals as well as non-professionals. It is designed to be an introduction to hospital work and language for all levels of native and non-native speakers of English.

About the Author:
American Hospital English AuthorLaura Medlin is a registered nurse who has worked in the clinical patient care setting for over 20 years.  She also has a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Laura lives and works in Northern California.