Friday, November 15
Do You Believe in Magic?
When 8-year-old Joey Hofbauer was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, his parents opted not to use the traditional treatments his physicians recommended. Instead, they gave Joey what was considered a more “natural” cure: laetrile.
Made from apricot pits, laetrile was once something of an obsession in the United States. “By the end of the 1970’s, laetrile wasn’t just a drug; it was a social movement,” says author Dr. Paul Offit. It also was completely ineffective, and Joey died. Some 50% of Americans use alternative medicine, from herbs to energy healing. But does any of it work?
In Do You Believe in Magic? Dr. Offit, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of vaccinology and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, takes on everything and everyone from vaccine haters to Dr. Oz’s homeopathy to actors who, despite having no training, step forward as “experts” on topics like autism. Do You Believe in Magic? is educational, enlightening and absolutely fascinating.
Co-sponsored by the Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media Center, JCC Womens’ Executive Health Club
Family Guide to Mental Health
A cousin convinced people on TV are sending him coded messages. An aunt who refuses to leave her home because she’s afraid of germs. A father who believes there is no reason to go on living.
Each year, more than 50 million Americans experience some kind of mental illness, and very few of them receive proper – if any – treatment. In the Family Guide to Mental Health, Dr. Lloyd Sederer, a psychiatrist and mental-health administrator, gives practical and compassionate advice to families and friends trying to help a loved one facing problems ranging from schizophrenia to depression. He also offers hope, explaining why recovery, while often exhausting, is possible. This guide gives readers the tools they need to begin the change: what to look for, symptoms, treatment, prevention, health-insurance issues and the law, as well as treatments, medication and psychotherapy.
Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, Kadima
12:30 – 1 p.m.
Enjoy a light, healthy snack. Resource specialists affiliated with DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital will be available to answer questions.
The challenge: get mustard at the grocery store.
You arrive and find the condiments. Ketchup, barbeque sauce…there it is, mustard. But wait. There’s spicy mustard, mustard with honey, with wine, Dijon, stone ground…
The typical grocery store sells 60,000-plus items, which means that even picking up a few things is akin to a journey through the wild tundra. University of Michigan graduate Julie Feldman is a registered dietician and mom of three, and she has the experience and tools necessary to bravely tackle each and every grocery shelf.
In Grocery Makeover, she takes readers through those bloated store aisles, helping them learn how to make the best and most healthy choices, understand the truth behind all the labels (is it r eally non-fat, low-fat, healthy, high in fiber?) and what to look for on that ubiquitous nutritional information listing. Readers also will pick up great tips about new foods to try and how to prepare them.
Co-sponsored by Center Travel, the JCC’s Arts, Culture & Education Department