To Life! Healthy Jewish Food
Dr Jackie explains how to help resilience to Covid-19

Optimal Nutritional Status for a Well-Functioning Immune System is an Important Factor to Protect Against Viral Infections
Prfofessor Philip Calder, Nutrients 2020,12,1181

A healthy diet can't prevent a person from catching Covid-19. Only social distancing and wearing of PPE can do this.
However, the right balance of nutrients in the diet can improve the chance of a milder form of the infection.

Calm Down Inflammation
Any foods which help to reduce chronic inflammation in the body can make a difference.
To Life! - Chapter on Inflammation and IBD explains this in detail.
With inflammation it seems that the immune system is worn out or overworked and no longer at peak performance.

Vitamins A Through to E
You should concentrate on vitamins A, C, D and E.

Vitamin A is easily topped up by eating yellow or orange foods, including carrots, citrus fruits, apricots and the most potent source is liver.
Try our recipe for Chicken Liver Pate with Tarragon and Pears.

Vitamin C is readily available in most fruits, especially apples, oranges and kiwi. Peas are fabulous too.
Our Marrakesh Oranges with Orange Blossom and Cinnamon is a great source of vitamin C as are our Stir-Fried Seasonal Greens .

Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, so the best way to get more vitamin D is to get out of doors, but otherwise try to eat eggs regularly and/or oily fish.
Try our Spinach and Herb Jibn and if you eat it al-fresco with a fresh salad you’ll be getting a double dose of vitamin D.
(If you don’t often have the chance to get out of doors, consider a vitamin D supplement.)

Vitamin E is simple to get through your diet because it’s present in nuts, seeds, oils and avocados.
Try our Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa.

Boost Your B Vitamins
B vitamins are also important for immunity and these are plentiful in wholegrains, pulses, legumes and green leafy vegetables.
Our vegetarian Melting Pot Cholent would give your B vitamins a great boost, also likely to lift your mood, which is why it is a wonderful comfort food.

The King of Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables, which have cross-shaped flowers, have great powers for reducing inflammation and also may help to protect against cancer.
These include cabbage (sometimes known as the ‘king’ of vegetables) its ‘cousin’ kale, cauliflower, broccoli, rocket, radishes and mustard.
Kale can be bitter, but if you remove the hard stems and paint or spray with a little extra virgin olive oil and then roast for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle with a little sesame oil, you can make kale crisps, which are nothing loke potato crisps but are delicious served as an appetiser or with a salad.
Our Tuscan Bean Soup with Cavolo Nero (kale) provides a powerhouse of vitamins.

Snack on Nuts
Key minerals to help your immune system include iron, zinc and selenium.
Nuts and seeds are a wonderful and delicious source of multiple minerals, especially brazil nuts.
Eggs are also a great way to provide zinc and selenium.
Sprinkle our spicy dukkah onto a hard boiled egg salad and you may combine all 3 key minerals.
Root ginger is also high in zinc and is anti-inflammatory, so thinly slice it and add it to your cooking or infuse it in green tea with lemon.

Count on Omega-3
Omega-3, found in oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines is a valuable anti-inflammatory. Vegans can find omega-3 in chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts etc. but algae oil supplements are more efficient. New research suggests that omega-3 may have a role in prevention of the ‘cytokine storm’ where the immune system goes into overdrive in the latter stages of a coronavirus infection.
Try our beautiful Apple and Pickled Herring Salad with a Creamy Dill Dressing for a good dose of omega-3.

Herbs, Spices and Salad Dressings
Our book explains that fresh herbs and spices can aid digestion, fight inflammation and be wonderful sources of antioxidants.
Homemade unsweetened salad dressings, made with healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, are also high in antioxidants and help absorb the vitamins in vegetables and salad greens.
Also, some herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years to treat inflammation. These include turmeric, cumin, ginger, horseradish, thyme and rosemary.
Garlic also has a special role as it acts as an antioxidant and has a reputation for reducing the risk of virus infections.

Ditch the Sugar
Sugar and white carbohydrates can cause inflammation.
We say that: cutting down on sugar is perhaps the biggest step towards a healthier diet.
The desserts in To Life! are fruit-based and all have low or no added sugar.
We offer you many ways to reduce the sugar in your diet including making your own sauces, syrups and dressings or giving children raisins, berries, cherry tomatoes or pieces of fruit instead of sweets.
Also, substitute fresh fruit for dessert whenever possible.
Our Jewelled dark Chocolate and Pomegranate Discs are a healthier alternative to after dinner mints.

Don’t Have a ‘Bread-Based Diet’
Starchy carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes are all broken down into glucose, raising the blood sugar.
When your sugar levels go up, insulin levels follow.
Too much insulin on a regular basis may increase the number of receptors on our cells which allow the virus entry.
Some people have a ‘bread-based diet’ starting the day with toast, then often sandwiches for lunch and finally maybe even pizza or pasta for supper.
This is a quick route to developing diabetes.
A good strategy is to heap up the protein and vegetables on your plate and leave only a small space for carbs.
Egg-based meals such as Emerald Shakshuka or Roast Vegetable Kugel are very low in carbohydrates.

Feed Your Good Gut Bacteria
The bacteria which live in harmony with us in our intestines (known as our microbiome) have a special role in our immune system.
Prebiotics are forms of fibre which feed our gut bacteria, while probiotics are available in fermented foods, adding to the numbers of beneficial bacteria.
Our Supercrunch Granola sprinkled over a yoghurt-based Rainbow Smoothie Bowl should help to support your microbiome.
A simple choice is our Quick Cucumber Pickles, especially helpful if made with organic apple cider vinegar.

To Sum Up
A wholefood Mediterranean-based diet, with minimal sugar and reduced carbohydrates should help to improve your response if exposed to the coronavirus.
Eating fresh home-cooked food is far better than having processed or fast foods.
In addition to this advice it is important to stay hydrated and to exercise regularly.

Judi and Jackie hope you stay safe and well.

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Policeman’s Prose
Tim Grace

Policeman's Prose
Tim Grace

This is a collection of poems written over the last forty-five years: from childhood memories to life in Cyprus as a teenager in the 1970’s, to policing in London during the 1980s and 1990s and time with Customs and Excise.
Tim is still in law enforcement.
His current role is as an investigator with The Illegal Money Lending Team.
He writes about mums and dads and daughters and discusses the question what is love? Homelessness is close to his heart, as the poem about the YMCA and The Tramp illustrates. Then there are his beloved pets, Captain and Brenda, both immortalised in verse.
The author shares his raw emotions about Depression and thoughts of suicide and talks about tragedies such as Dunblane and the Twin Tower attacks.
Published: May 2020
Paperback: 56 pages
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ISBN: 9-781913-425227

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Tim was born in Germany and lived in Aden and Cyprus before settling down as a Metropolitan policeman in 1979. After twenty years' service he was medically retired. Later he joined Customs & Excise looking at counterfeit goods. He became an expert on the subject and lectured around the world to his counterparts.
In 2011 he reconnected with his childhood sweetheart Michelle and they married. They moved in together in 2013 when Tim moved to Birmingham where they currently live. He has one son and two married daughters, two sons-in-law, three granddaughters and a grandson on his way.
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Born to Run: the Story of Hector & Jason
C J Hill

The fascinating adventures of two extraordinary brothers - Golden Retrievers - and their human carers. Hector is the cleverest and craziest of his race; his twin, Jason, is the loveliest and, bizarrely, fastest dog on the planet. Together, they are in the vanguard of mischief and mayhem. Beginning in Wordsley in the West Midlands, and in rural Staffordshire, Born to Run: the Story of Hector & Jason tells the story of Hector and Jason’s mad-cap adventures throughout England and Wales and beyond. The ‘boys’ were amongst the First recipients of ‘Pet Passports’ and we follow the intrepid duo from their home in France’s ‘Suisse Normande’ in a gallop through the French countryside – exploring the delights and riches of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. Above all, this is the story of the author’s struggle to come to terms with the revelation that his ‘boys’ are endowed with special, indeed unique, ‘gifts’. In Hector’s case, happiness lies in his heart’s desire: to seek, to chase. Jason’s passion is pure and simple: he is, joyously, ‘born to run...’. In accepting and embracing his boys’ natural genius, the author gives Hector and Jason full-rein to attain their true potential - and to fulfil their destiny.
Published: May 2020
Paperback: 528 pages
Price: £18.00
ISBN: 9-781913-425098

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This wonderful book explores the intense relationship between Man and his favourite four-legged friend. The book is a paean to the special bond – the deep love – that can develop between two species – Man and ‘Dog’. By turns amusing, powerful and poignant, this is a ‘must read’ for anyone who enjoys the English – and French – countryside. And for everyone who loves, or who has ever loved, a canine companion.

To Life! Healthy Jewish Food
Judi Rose & Dr Jackie Rose

With fresh flavours, easy to prepare, nutritious and delicious Jewish recipes, this pioneering healthy cookbook is a must-have for everyone who wants to cook and eat for a longer, healthier life.

Judi Rose, daughter of the legendary Jewish food writer Evelyn Rose – whose books have inspired generations of cooks – and her cousin Dr Jackie Rose, a GP nutritionist, meld over 100 mouth-watering, easy-to-follow recipes with the latest information on diet and well-being.

There’s something for everyone, from weeknight dinners to elegant entertaining, many vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, plus healthy versions of traditional Jewish favourites and stylish contemporary dishes.

• Fragrant Chicken with Oranges and Almonds
• Roasted Vegetable Kugel
• Crispy Oven-baked Fish Balls
• Jewelled Chocolate and Pomegranate Discs
• A Strudel of Purple Fruits
• Fresh Peach Crostata

Publication:18 May 2020
Hardback:304 pages
Size:272 x 200 mm
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This gorgeous book is packed with mouth-watering food photographs, original drawings, cooking tips and easy to follow advice on how to follow a healthy Mediterranean-style diet, lose weight and keep it off.
Although written before Covid-19 began, the advice on immunity and fighting inflammation will help, as will those sections on prevention of underlying health conditions like cancer, diabetes and dementia.

PLease read this blog to see extracts from the book with advice about immunity and resilience...
Dr Jackie explains how to help resilience to Covid-19

Victoria Prever - The Jewish Chronicle
This wonderful book is for anyone who wants to eat well – in every sense of the word.

Rebetsin Chaya Reena Zimmerman
Filled with tempting recipes and healthy adaptations of Jewish favourites

The Greatest – The Times and Life of Beryl Burton
William Fotheringham

Beryl Burton overtakes Mike McNamara to clinch victory in the 12-hour race at Otley, Yorkshire. When she finishes the marathon event after 277 miles, Burton has beaten Britain’s leading male time triallist and achieved something unheard of: she has taken a men’s endurance record outright. The moment enters cycling folklore because of Burton's gesture as she overhauls ‘Mac’: unsure what to do or say, she offers him a liquorice allsort from her pocket.

Burton was a seven-times world champion and multiple national champion, and this was the greatest feat in her 30-year career. The Otley ‘12’ should have been a groundbreaking moment in women’s sport, but along with the rest of Burton’s achievements, it has slipped into relative obscurity.

This new biography from best-selling writer William Fotheringham tells Burton’s story in full for the first time, from the brutal illness that left her bedridden as a teenager to her quarter century at the top of women’s cycling in the UK, and her premature death in 1996.
Published: Sept 2019
Hardback: 314 pages
Price: £20.00
ISBN: 9-781912-419531

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William Fotheringham is the No.1 best-selling author of Merckx: Half-Man, Half-Bike. He writes for the Guardian on cycling and is the critically acclaimed author of Sunday in Hell, Fallen Angel, Roule Britannia and Put Me Back on My Bike, hailed by Vélo magazine as ‘the best cycling biography ever’.

A racing cyclist and launch editor of Procycling magazine, he has reported on almost 30 Tours de France, four Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup.

Illustrated Multiple Choice Questions in Anatomy for Medical Students
Liz Saunders

Illustrated Multiple-Choice Questions In Anatomy
For Medical Students
This book provides the student with the ability to test their visual knowledge, as well as their functional knowledge of anatomical structures. Furthermore explanations are given as to why answers are incorrect in order to help the students’ understanding of anatomical relations, neurovascular supplies and clinical presentations.
There are one hundred and thirty figures, most with five structures highlighted. The multiple-choice question for each structure has five possible answers, one being that sought after single best answer. Eight of the illustrations have up to fifteen structures labelled (A to N), this time the student must identify the structure from a given description.
Medical students will welcome the ability to identify structures they have seen in the anatomy suite and to test their knowledge to prepare them for their exams and for clinical practice.

The Respiratory And Cardiac Systems
The Upper Limb And Lower Limb
The Neck And Back
The Digestive System
The Urogenital System
The Head, Brain And Spinal Cord
Published:January 2020
Paperback:458 pages
Size:229 x 153 mm

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Liz Saunders was Assistant Professor of Anatomy on the Graduate Entry Medical course run by the University of Nottingham in Derby.
Anatomy is all about structures and relations, movement and protection, circulation and nerve supply. It is important that students understand the physicality of anatomy; to visualize what lies deep to the surface and to connect that knowledge with their patient’s symptoms and history of events. I have used illustrations throughout the book, with questions designed to include clinical relevance such that students can test their anatomical knowledge in preparation for clinical practice.

Poor Puss – A Social History of English Cats
Marilyn Crowther

At the turn of the 19th century, in support of the first animal welfare campaigners, cats told their own stories through a series of best-selling children’s books. They moused in high places but pay was often poor, as revealed by Florence Nightingale in her memo complaining of the meagre rations for cats in the War Office. Many cats worked at home in London - where rats were a scourge – and enjoyed the luxury of a daily fast food service: a slice of horse flesh on a skewer delivered through the letterbox by the Cats-meat man. On the steam railway network, cats had power: the safety of the travelling public was largely dependent on the hunting skills of the signal box ratters. Crowds flocked to the first cat show held at the Crystal Palace in 1871, when aristocrats and royalty obsessed over their competitive hobby of breeding longhairs.
Published:April 2019
Paperback:166 pages
Size:250 x 250 mm

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A spoilt Persian puss scratched the hand of the Prince of Wales and even more spoilt ladies chased the terrified exhibition organizer round the hall for something he had forgotten to do. The National Cat Club was founded along with the first stud book as a guide for ‘points of excellence.’ Technical advances in colour printing raised the profile of cats; their image was everywhere, on greetings cards, valentines, picture post-cards, sheet music and advertisements that sold every kind of product imaginable. Poor Puss is the story of cats as they bravely clawed their way up the social ladder - out of persecution and superstition - to gain their rightful place as cherished family pets today. With impressive research, over three hundred archival pictures and entertaining anecdotal detail, meaty as a plump mouse. You may never view your cat in the same way again!

Jilly Cooper
Marvellous historical background and all the glorious illustrations

Dear Marilyn, A million congratulations on your wonderful book Poor Puss. A Social History of English Cats, the marvellous historical background and all the glorious illustrations make it the perfect present for any cat lover. Truly well done, Love, Jilly Cooper.

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Charles Waterton – Creator of the First Nature Reserve
Barbara Phipps

Born in 1782, Charles Waterton was the eldest child of Thomas and Anne Waterton, of Walton Hall in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Based on extensive research, Barbara Phipps's fascinating, fictionalised biography show us an intelligent, and fearless man, one gifted with humour and strongly held opinions. His early love of nature, especially of birds, meant he was often in trouble as a tree-climbing, bird-nesting boy. He travelled extensively, seeking to show others all he had observed by publishing his notes and preserving specimens. His method of taxidermy has never been bettered. He survived yellow fever and malaria, earthquakes and shipwreck, and many accidents both at home and abroad.

By building a wall around his parkland, and banning the gun, he created a sanctuary for all creatures with the exception of the fox and the rat, having a particular dislike of the latter. His book, ‘Wanderings in South America, the North-West of the United States and the Antilles,’ has never been out of print.
Published: June 2019
Paperback: 412 pages
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ISBN: 9-781912-419678

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Waterton can justifiably be given credit for creating the first nature reserve.
It is a concept that has spread, not just around Britain, but also right across the world.

Bill Oddie

28.6.2019 - Amazon, five star: Great Story Telling
Took me back to my own childhood, a lovely read. Anyone with a love of nature will identify with Charles Waterton.

15.4.2020 - Amazon, five star: Easy Read
An interesting book about a fascinating if accident prone man. The author writes through Waterton’s eyes bringing alive his adventures in an easy to read manner.