Every year there are 3 million visitors that make the journey to the tiny island of Key West. There they can forget about the day-to-day busyness and finally relax breathing in the fresh ocean air, taste the salt on their lips, and enjoy the splendor of palm trees, sea birds, and sunshine around them. Now, it’s your turn to plan a getaway to Key West & the Lower Keys. When planning a getaway, you may want to pick up a travel guide to help you navigate through unfamiliar places. If you are planning a trip to Key West and the lower Keys, you will definitely want: Key West & the Lower Keys Travel Guide! Written in an interesting and humors manner, this guide offers you essential information. It’s full color and includes hundreds of beautiful photos and dozens of maps. Not only does it offer information and insight on planning, lodging and transportation, it also lists eating establishments, nightlife and drinking customer. You can find beaches that would best fit your taste, and find out where you can enjoy snorkeling, fishing, music, and sunsets. There is so much more information too. If you are interested in nature and wild life, this book will guide you to those attractions. If you need to find marinas or camp grounds the book lists them. The best part is that this travel guide is written by locals. And who would know Key West and the Lower Keys better than people who actually live there? Let’s take a look at what some people are saying about this book? “An essential guidebook that is actually fun to read.” — Jon Turk, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year “It’s an exceptionally eccentric and absolutely awesome piece of work,” ~ eco-guide and author Captain Bill Keogh Key West & the Lower Keys Travel Guide is loaded with pertinent information that will educate and amuse in an irreverent way that is sure to pull some chortles from you. About the Authors Karuna Eberl and Steve Alberts live on Cudjoe Key in the Lower Keys, where they write and photograph for local and national publications, with a focus on travel, nature, history, and the environment. Karuna’s also has a background in documentaries, producing and writing for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and others. To find out how to purchase a copy of Key West & the Lower Keys Travel Guide you can contact us or give us a call at 317-352-8200. One of our skilled representatives will be happy to direct you. To see more of the books that Cardinal Publishers Group carries, visit us here. There’s an array of genres from sports to travel from self-help to fiction from early readers to board books. This has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Services ~ Ginger Bock
Brazil: What to Watch for on TV—How Messi, Neymar, Kroos, and Others Play By Shane Stay, author of bestselling book, THE World Cup 2018 Book Based on Rivaldo’s notorious flop near the corner flag in the 2002 World Cup, Brazil might forever be worthy of the “Top Flop Team” award…an honor Neymar’s team may want to stray away from. Over the years, every team in the world has been inspired by Brazil. Interestingly, in today’s game, Brazil is now caught in a position of keeping up with the pack, as one of the gods of world soccer. Since 2008, Spain and Germany have continued on a path of success in the modern era (even though Spain is likely returning to a path of normal). Now, somewhat lost by comparison, Brazil has to learn from these teams in an attempt to use tactics from the “new” refined European style (which relies on principles of sound possession to out will an opponent), while redefining their “old” samba rhythm. If Neymar and supporting staff are healthy, Brazil should have a huge impact on the tournament. Watch for quick, upbeat passing, with Neymar seeing plenty of the ball, exuding his dribbling prowess whenever he can, exploiting the sides while also turning into the middle, causing danger for opposing defenders. With Brazil, quick combination passes open up the wings for overlapping outside defenders who are chosen for their ability to attack down the line. If all these parts are operating at full-throttle, Brazil should be a handful for any opponent and a pleasure to watch. Overall Team Rating: 9.2, bordering on 8.8 Despite Neymar and the successful World Cup qualification run making it appear as though Brazil is a solid 10, the samba beat struggled in the 2016 Copa America, and many lineup choices are not reflective of Brazil’s true artistic potential. For that reason, even though they’re a favorite to win the whole thing, they are a 9.2, slipping into the 8.8 range. Shane Stay Shane is also the author, Why American Soccer Isn't There Yet. If you have any questions or would like to order a copy of THE World Cup 2018 Book or Why American Soccer Isn't There Yet, please contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200.
Stretching is an important part of life. Doing it regularly keeps us flexible and agile. For this Fit and Fab segment, we want to present to you a book that will help you reach your stretching goals. Here you will find out how you can stretch your way to better health. Stretch Therapy details the delightful realms of anatomy, physiology, and stretching! Included in the book are basic terms for you to become familiar with as you go through the chapters. Each section opens with key words and thoughts that are important to the body areas that are being stretched. The author, Emily A. Francis, focuses on breathing practices to help you gain full access to your breath. Slow and steady breathing as you stretch allows you to bring added heat to your muscles when you exhale. She also instructs you not to hold your breath during any of the stretches. The book is filled with illustrations and color photographs demonstrating proper positioning for each stretch along with instructions. Included are individual stretches that range from floor, to standing, to chair stretched. There is also partner stretching with photos indicating the various stretches that are done with the aid of a partner. "I am a primary care physician and I see many patients having problems with musculo-skeletal issues. This is especially true after the weekend. Many patients with these problems are "weekend warriors" or just took on too much to do, while with others it is an aggravation of an ongoing recurring problem. But overall regardless of whether the problems are weekend related or occurring regularly, there is no doubt that if these patients had stretched adequately prior to their efforts and on a regular basis, they would be in a far better situation. And this is why I recommend this book and encourage adequate stretching to patients." ~ David M Reingold, M.D. To learn more about this book or to purchase a copy, you can click here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. About the Author Emily A. Francis has a B.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness from Jacksonville State University with a minor in nutrition. She also wrote, The Body Heals Itself. If you would like to know more about Cardinal Publishers Group, our distribution services, the books we distribute, or general information, you can contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. One of our skilled representatives will be ready to help you. This blog has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Services. The content was compiled by Ginger Bock
In this Fit and Fab segment we are talking about journaling. Keeping a journal of any kind helps us track the day and remember (hopefully with fondness) the events of that day. The following are two ways to track your fitness and running progress. One is with a fitness journal, and one is with a running journal. My Fitness Journal My Fitness Journal allows you to put structure into your workouts. Those who have a plan will find that they do not stagnate. This book encourages growth. My Fitness Journal has a hardcover which makes less likely to get damaged when traveling with it to the gym. It can take the wear-and tear of travel and still be useful. Inside, there are 365 days of entries where you can record your workout and the progress that you make. Additionally, you can place photos of yourself to see how you are developing through the year. Both fitness enthusiasts and newbies to the exercise world can enjoy watching themselves grow in health. Recording your progress will help to motivate you to continue with your fitness routine. Using My Fitness Journal can help you become fitter and healthier. Mike Diehl co-authored the book with Felix Grewe. Mike is a graduate trainer for performance sports. Felix is a German sports journalist, a tennis and fitness specialist in addition to training regularly using the methods of Mike Diehl. Your Personal Running Journal Olympian, Jeff Galloway, has put together a running journal that details some “how to’s” for those who want to record their running progress. In Your Personal Running Journal, you will learn: How To Set up a training program Monitor your progress Schedule each workout Your Personal Running Journal also contains information on standard warm-ups, improvement drills to make running faster and easier, and it also offers information on troubleshooting performance and injuries. This 52-week journal is easy to use and analyze. Jeff Galloway was an average teenage runner who kept learning and working harder, until he became an Olympian. He is the author of the best-selling running book in North America (Galloway's Book on Running) and is a Runner's World columnist, as well as an inspirational speaker for more than 200 running and fitness sessions each year. He has worked with over 200,000 average people in training for specific goals and Galloway's quest for an injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978. Galloway is the designer of the walk-run, low mileage marathon training program (Galloway RUN-WALK method) with an over 98% success rate. If you would like to know more about Cardinal Publishers Group, our distribution services, the books we distribute, or general information, you can contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. One of our skilled representatives will be ready to help you. This blog has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Services. Content of this blog was compiled by Ginger Bock
In this Fit and Fab section, be inspired by function fitness expert, Lamar Lowery. he discusses the fact that our ancestors didn't have gyms, computers, or machines - they had functional fitness. He’s penned Functional Fitness and co-authored Functional Fitness at Home . with Chris Lowery. Here he offers helpful hints to getting fabulously fit. By Lamar Lowery If we’re being honest, before the modern era, functional fitness was basically the only kind of fitness there was. Ancient humans hunted stuff and gathered stuff. That’s how they survived. If they couldn’t run fast enough to catch their prey or were not strong enough to wield their weapons they simply would not live. Ever hear of the phrase “survival of the fittest”? This is how the human race was able to evolve over millennia. Our bodies adapted to our environment and what we needed to do to survive. By training for functional fitness you are training your body the way it was designed to be used. If you are only training your body in a gym to get big muscles and look good, you are doing your body a disservice. Your muscles are supposed to be working together to accomplish tasks and movements. Isolating your biceps or triceps may help you add some mass to them, but you have to ask yourself: “why am I doing this”? I understand this may not be everyone’s mindset initially, but once you start training for fitness and overall health instead of just training to look good or impress other people you will reach a new level of understanding with your body. Lamar Lowery is the author of Functional Fitness. This book provides intense workouts to reach maximum results. Detailed descriptions and photos make this an easy-to-understand guide for any personal trainer. In Lamar’s personal training sessions, he uses his expertise in endurance, coordination, and biomechanics to receive the best result. Lamar was born in New York City and received sports scholarships for multiple colleges. He graduated as a Mental Health Specialist. In the late 1980's, he was transferred to a U.S. Army base in Germany. There he worked as an Army Physical Fitness Master. After he left the Army, he decided to stayed in Germany and built his own fitness academy.
We wanted to take the opportunity in honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day. Below are a few words from the author of All About Martin Luther King, Jr., Todd Outcalt. It was a couple of years ago when publisher, Tom Doherty, invited me to contribute to the All About series of children's biographies. Specifically, he asked me to consider writing the biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. But right away, he wanted to know if I knew anything about the Civil Rights leader, or at least enough to get started on the project. Since I was born in 1960, I was rather young to remember Dr. King from direct memory and experience, but later in life I did find some rather interesting connections as I studied Martin's ideas and his writing. I knew, for example, that Martin had attended a United Methodist related graduate school--Boston University--for his Ph.D. studies. I had also applied to BU when I was considering seminaries (I am a United Methodist pastor) and had been accepted to that school as well as to Duke University. And noting Martin's doctoral dissertation--which was a paper on neo-orthodox theologian Paul Tillich--I realized that I also had written papers on Tillich during my graduate studies. And then there were the other influences, such as Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau--a diverse duo that I, too, had read and studied years later. But writing All About Martin Luther King, Jr. was most of all a learning experience. Writers often write in order to learn, and for me, writing this children's biography was both captivating and challenging. My hope is that children from all walks of life will gain much from studying about Martin and will come away feeling encouraged and empowered to make changes in their world. Remembering is just one facet of the book. Walking the walk is another. ~Todd Outcalt About the Author Todd Outcalt is a United Methodist pastor who has helped hundreds of people through cancer and beyond, including his own wife of thirty years. He is also the author of more than twenty books in six different languages including, Before You Say “I Do” (Penguin, 2006), Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2009), and The Best Things in Life Are Free (HCI, 2005). He has also written widely in health and wellness for such magazines as American Fitness, Cure, and Aim. Since 2004 Todd has served as lead pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, where he lives with his wife, Becky, and they now manage an empty nest and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and reading in their spare time. If you would like to know more about Cardinal Publishers Group, our distribution services, the books we distribute, or general information, you can contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. One of our skilled representatives will be ready to help you. This blog has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Services.
Fascia is a building network in our body that gives us support, structure, and form. Train Your Fascia Tone Your Body, offers you the successful method to form firm connective tissue. Loaded with illustrated and detailed full-body workouts, this book presents toning for the seven important fascial chains. If your connective tissue is weak, this book will direct you in how to strengthen it. The following is an excerpt from the book. Until just a few years ago, only insiders were familiar with the fascia. Next to a few alternative manual therapists and some proverbial die-hard scientists only the meat industry was interested in that fibrous white stuff. After all, tender meat sells better than tough. Tender or tough, this question is essentially settled on the intramuscular connective tissue. A smaller group of chiropractors, led by the osteopaths, were already aware of muscular connective tissue in the last century. The forefather of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), had already attributed exceptional properties and profound knowledge was not founded on a specific scientific basis. From there, Dr. Ida Rolf, an American biochemist, developed Rolfing, a deep-tissue massage, which inspired manual therapists to apply myofascial techniques with remarkable healing effects. Still, from today’s point of view, the explanatory models used were outdated and not very convincing. From Cinderella organ to the limelight The whole body network is one of the most underestimated tissues in our body. Current research proves that the fascia forms an important basis for physical health and athletic performance ability. Scientific discoveries by international fascia researchers are generating ground breaking findings, resulting in a reorientation of sports performance and medical rehab. This also applies to all exercise programs that focus on health and physical fitness. The fascia participates in every movement – not just walking, dancing, and skipping, but also throwing and stretching. Healthy fascia structures form protective joint capsules, contribute to core stability and a strong back, and are responsible for the body’s muscle definition and contour. As a sensory organ they facilitate smooth, elegant movement, and they have a determining influence on how good and at home we feel in our bodies. So after years of neglect, there are plenty of reasons to pay more attention to this fascinating network. Divo Mueller is a health practitioner and body therapist. She is known internationally as a pioneer of modern movement programs. Together with Robert Schleip, PhD, a renowned researcher of fascia, she has developed the successful training program Fascial Fitness. Karin Hertzer is a health journalist, PR consultant, and author. She has been engaged in several books and a number of publications, has successfully run the PR for Fascial Fitness Association and closely works together with Divo Mueller and Robert Schleip, PhD. Train Your Fascia Tone Your Body (Meyer & Meyer Sport 2017) is distributed by Cardinal Publishers Group. For more information on Cardinal Publishers Group, you can contact us here or give us a call at 317-352-8200. This blog is brought to you by CPG News & Information Services
Oh how we don't want to pack on the pounds or mistreat our bodies during the holidays, but there are so many goodies put in front of us. Mark Saunders, writer and 11 year cancer survivor and co-author of Prostate Cancer offers good advice on how to have a healthy holiday. Restaurants during the Holidays Say, “No thank you” to the bread or chips and salsa that automatically arrive on your table. These high-glycemic carbs are metabolized like sugar. You are essentially “packing on the pounds” before your meal even arrives. Start your meals with a small salad. Salads usually arrive first and take the edge off your hunger, and your meal has a healthy start. Go with a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. Instead of ordering an entree, consider ordering a couple of side dishes or something from the a la Carte menu. That way, you can get your vegetables and still feel satisfied. Avoid “all you can eat” buffet-style restaurants. They promote overeating. Skip dessert. You will feel lighter, look leaner, and have fewer health issues if you do. If having something for dessert feels better than staring at everyone as they indulge themselves, ask if fresh fruit is an option. Holiday Parties Eat a healthy mini-meal at home before you go. Include some veggies, protein, and healthy fats. Try a simple spring-mix salad with some chicken or canned tuna, with a couple of slices of avocado, a little tomato, and a vinaigrette dressing. It takes under 10 minutes to prepare. Bring a couple of glass bottles of sparkling water. Alcoholic beverages are the kings of “empty calories.” Alcohol is metabolized into fat in your liver. If you drink alcohol, alternate between alcoholic beverages and sparkling water. Arrive a little late. You’ll spend less time “grazing” the finger food and knocking back the eggnog. Bring your own healthy side dish or appetizer. That way, you have a go-to item — instead of filling up on nachos, chicken wings, seven-layer dip, cookies, candy, or fudge. When it’s time for pie, ask for a small slice, and savor it slowly. The Holidays at Work Bring your own lunch. This practice will save you $10-15/day, and gives you more control over what you eat. While this is a good year-round practice, it is especially helpful during the holidays when people bring in all the sweets they don’t want tempting them at home. Eat fewer crackers, cookies, and bread. You’ll lose weight and lower your insulin resistance. If you bring your own lunch, make yourself an open-faced sandwich. If you eat out, ask if they offer a lettuce wrap. Avoid sodas, colas, and energy drinks. If you feel run down, have an unsweetened cup of coffee or tea. If your job allows, take a 10-minute walk. It’s amazing what a short walk can do to clear your mind and restore your energy — especially when it’s cold outside. Bring your own bottled water (unless your work provides it). Think Flint, Michigan. Avoid the estrogenic compounds by drinking water from glass bottles (instead of plastic ones) whenever possible. Avoid crashing and burning by keeping a ready supply of healthy snacks in your desk, locker, car, or work refrigerator. Nuts, seeds, low-glycemic fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and bottled water will keep you from being a frequent visitor at the break room holiday snack table. Mark B. Saunders is a writer, editor, publisher, public speaker, and 11-year cancer survivor. As an active surveillance prostate cancer patient, Mark did not receive traditional treatment like surgery or some form of radiation. Instead, he dramatically overhauled his lifestyle and his cancer went away and hasn’t come back since. As a prostate cancer survivor, Mark has dedicated his life to sharing what he has learned about health and wellness. A journey that he calls, Inside out, round-about, and back again. Mark is the co-author of Prostate Cancer: A New Approach to Treatment and Healing and Do You Have Prostate Cancer: A Compact Guide to Diagnosis and Health
Thanks to new blood and urine biomarkers and improvements in MRI imaging, diagnosing prostate cancer has become easier and more accurate than ever before. For most men, however, detecting prostate cancer still begins with a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test. If you are a man over 45, don’t let anyone talk you out of getting an annual digital rectal exam and a PSA test. Yes, it’s true. Both of these tests are “old school” and imprecise, but they remain the front line of defense against prostate cancer. These two tests are usually performed during a routine physical or because a man is experiencing urinary symptoms such as: Waking up in the middle of the night to pee (Nocturia) Urinary frequency (having to pee more often than normal) Urinary urgency (must pee NOW!) Low flow (weak urine stream) Painful urination (Dysuria) Difficulty peeing or emptying your bladder Itching/burning during urination These symptoms can be caused by advanced prostate cancer and four non-threatening conditions: Prostatitis (prostate inflammation/infection) Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (urinary sphincter) Urinary strictures (scar tissue in the urethra) It’s a doctor’s job to figure out which condition (or conditions) is causing a man’s elevated PSA numbers or any of the symptoms above. Ten years ago, if a man had a higher than normal PSA number (with or without any of the symptoms described above), he was an automatic candidate for a prostate biopsy. This type of needle biopsy involves shooting 10-20 needles through the wall of the rectum, into the prostate, to take tissue samples from the prostate. If this procedure sounds demoralizing, it feels worse. Even when the local anesthetic works correctly, a prostate biopsy feels like what it is: a bunch of needles being shot through your rectum and into your prostate — not a holiday. I’ve had three of these biopsies. During the last one, the surgeon botched the local anesthetic, so it felt like a knife fight was going on in my backside. A week after that biopsy, I developed sepsis (a systemic blood infection), which almost killed me. The ER doctor said I was 6-12 hours away from complete organ failure. So it’s easy to understand why avoiding a prostate biopsy is a good idea — unless other tests indicate a biopsy is needed. Thanks to dozens of blood and urine biomarker tests, doctors have a new arsenal of tools that pick up where PSA testing leaves off. An abnormally high PSA number tells you that something is wrong, but it doesn’t tell you what. It could be cancer or an infection or an enlarged prostate or something else. A blood test like the 4KscoreTest identifies biomarkers for advanced prostate cancer, and urine tests like PCA3 or SelectMDx can accurately identify men who should have a prostate biopsy because of an increased risk of finding cancer during a biopsy. Multi-parametric MRI combines four different types of imaging (anatomic, metabolic, diffusion weighted, and dynamic contrast enhanced) to deliver a more accurate picture of the prostate — and any areas that contain cancer. When used before a prostate biopsy, multi-parametric MRI can accurately identify suspicious areas of the prostate for a “targeted biopsy,” which is 70-75 percent more likely to detect cancer than a standard biopsy, if cancer is present. In other words, a multi-parametric MRI does a much better job of finding prostate cancer. Both blood/urine biomarkers and multi-parametric MRI give doctors better tools to locate prostate cancer (if it is there) or rule it out (if it’s not). In the next blog, we’ll look at how to pair the right type of treatment with the kind of prostate cancer a man has. Mark B. Saunders is a writer, editor, publisher, public speaker, and 11-year cancer survivor. As an active surveillance prostate cancer patient, Mark did not receive traditional treatment like surgery or some form of radiation. Instead, he dramatically overhauled his lifestyle and his cancer went away and hasn’t come back since. As a prostate cancer survivor, Mark has dedicated his life to sharing what he has learned about health and wellness. A journey that he calls, Inside out, round-about, and back again. Mark is the co-author of Prostate Cancer: A New Approach to Treatment and Healing and Do You Have Prostate Cancer: A Compact Guide to Diagnosis and Health
Cardinal Publishers Group is now distributing L&L Pardey Publications, publishers of nautical books about cruising adventures, designing sailboats, crossing oceans, surviving storms, and voyaging with children. “I have been an avid reader of the Pardeys’ sailing adventures for many years. As we make a commitment to developing a fleet of nautical publishers I can’t think of a better line to start with than L & L Pardey Publications,” states Cardinal Publishers Group president Tom Doherty. We are proud to announce that Cardinal Publishers Group teams up with L&L Pardey Publications. Lin and Larry Pardey have been considered the first couple of the cruising lifestyle for decades. Sailing around the world in boats of their own design and construction has given them the opportunity to share both their adventures and knowledge with more than one generation of seafarers and armchair cruisers alike. Cardinal Publishers Group (CPG) has been distributing adult non-fiction publishers since 2000 and expects to add several new nautical lines before the end of 2017. To that end, CPG will be sharing booth M5 with L & L Pardey Publications at the upcoming United States Sailboat Show this October 5 - 9 in Annapolis, Maryland. “I am excited to be working with Tom and his team. The US Sailboat show at Annapolis is more than just a boat show, it is the gathering place of some of the best writers and thinkers of the nautical world and a perfect opportunity to introduce CPG’s new endeavors.” Lin Pardey stated. The US Sailboat Show in Annapolis attracts sailors from around the globe. Beyond the beautiful sailboats on display during the show, there are many hours of instructional and storytelling seminars. It is the seminal event each year for sailors, and the publishers and distributors that help tell their stories. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in distribution services for our client publishers and providing first-rate customer care to the individuals and corporations that buy our publishers’ books. To find out more about L & L Pardey Publications and Cardinal Publishers Group and their participation in the US Sailboat Show, contact Ginger Bock at Cardinal Publishers Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-296-0481 or outside the US 317-352-8200. This has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Services. For more information you can contact us or give us a call at 317-352-8200.