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Book Review: Yoga Cures – Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free by Tara Stiles

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In Yoga Cures – Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free by Tara Stiles, the author tackles many well-known ailments ranging from arthritis to the aftermath of overdrinking.

The author depicts a number of simple poses that are claimed to remedy chronic maladies. Examples of these are ADHD, arthritis, anxiety, depression and diabetes. The author maps the pose to the malady descriptively and in diagrams.

The first part of the book consists of three chapters. Stiles explains the theory and history of yoga. Afterward, the book shows basic poses, yoga moves, the applicable charts and pictures of the practitioner in action.

The author depicts the practitioner seated upright with legs crossed in deep meditation. Some poses have each leg in an overlapping position. There is an extensive forward bend, as well as a depiction of plank exercises including plank push-ups. In addition, there is a standing stretch, which is intended to extend the whole body upward.

Some of the stretches involve considerable turning of the head and neck in ways that could lead to a stroke. Special head and neck studies are done to evaluate the likelihood of a stroke from extending the head and neck too far. An example would be an ultrasound in the area of the carotid artery.

Over a period of years, dangerous plaque can dislodge or rupture randomly. The plaque constricts the carotid arteries and limits blood flow to the brain. This event can create the conditions precedent for a stroke. For this reason, ultrasound studies must be considered before doing any extensive physical therapy that involves multi-directional torque of the head and neck.

A strength of the presentation is that the author maps the individual exercises to specific maladies. There is an open question scientifically as to whether or not the yoga actually cures the source of the pain over the longer term.

Generally, medical doctors, physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and others work with X-rays and MRI studies to diagnose specific maladies scientifically. Bone issues could involve osteoarthritis, subluxations, bone spurs or osteophytes, calcifications, fractures and a myriad of other possibilities indistinguishable without the medical evidence of a full musculoskeletal examination with blood tests, ultrasounds and  x-ray studies.

Yoga Cures is an important contribution to the area of physical therapy. The problem for patients is in distinguishing which exercises are safe as against those that aren’t. The ultimate arbiter of this open question should be a medical doctor working with specific X-ray studies, blood tests and ultrasounds, where necessary.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
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    As a Yoga instructor working for Anamaya Resort I think Yoga Cures is going to an important contribution to the area of physical therapy. This is a well research book from a dedicated and expert one.


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  • I have no problem with the author’s presentation of traditional yoga exercises. My concern is with
    patients doing some of the torque exercises (particularly older patients) without the benefit of an
    ultrasound of the head and neck. As we get older, plaque builds from accumulated cholesterol. The
    plaque is like a deadly accident just waiting to happen. When the person moves too much in a
    torque movement, the plague may dislodge and travel to the brain causing either instant death
    or a major stroke. That’s my concern. Older people and even some younger people who eat a
    lot of junk food and have bad cholesterol numbers should be wary of doing some of these yoga
    movements until having a diagnostic ultrasound. Then the physician along with a physical therapist
    can make intelligent decisions as to which exercises are permitted and those that are not.

  • Yoga

    As a Yoga instructor I think Yoga Cures is going to an important contribution to the area of physical therapy. This is a well research book from a dedicated and expert one.

    Nayeema Akter