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Experience A Medical Mission Into the Depths of South Sudan Through “Ajak’s Song”, A New Book by Kenneth Waxman

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Ajak’s Song” by Kenneth Waxman.

In Kenneth Waxman’s new book, “Ajak’s Song”, released by Dog Ear Publishing, a prominent American surgeon describes his journey to a small tribal village in South Sudan with Doctors without Borders on the eve the country’s vote for independence. He uncovers many truths; about his own life journey, about the courageous people of South Sudan, and about the devastating crisis in health care that the world’s newest nation is suffering.

Today, Dr. Kenneth Waxman announces the publication of his first book, “Ajak’s Song”, the narrative of a surgeon from Santa Barbara who travels deep into the bush of sub-Saharan Africa to discover many truths about himself and about the courageous people of our world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

“Ajak’s Song” begins with the story of Ajak, a 13-year-old girl bitten by a snake, leading to disastrous consequences. Traditional healing methods don’t work, and Ajak faces amputation, which would destroy her dreams of getting married and bringing fortune to her family through her bride price. Carried in her father’s arms for two days, she finds hope at a new international health facility being established in a small Dinka village near the border of North Sudan. There, she meets Waxman, who would be her surgeon, performing multiple operations in attempt to save her leg.  Each time she awakes from her surgeries, Ajak opens her eyes and begins singing a song of hope.

Waxman shares his awe of the beauty of his surroundings, the magic of the tribal culture, and the very different and fascinating perspectives the villagers have about disease and death. He shares stories about his fellow volunteers, South Sudanese children facing death from tropical diseases, patients with violent spear and gunshot wounds, and a young Dinka man who serves as his assistant, in hopes of someday becoming a surgeon himself.  These stories provide a very personal glimpse into the heart of South Sudan, and some of the challenges the young country faces.

Photographs in “Ajak’s Song” illustrate in stark reality the medical challenges South Sudanese villagers face. Although South Sudan has now become an independent nation after decades of revolution, it is left with a terrible lack of health care, without providers or resources to fight the world’s highest rate of tropical diseases, shockingly high rates of maternal and infant deaths, and tragically untreated injuries.

As Waxman works at the clinic and gets to know its patients and helpers, the surgeon finds himself forever changed and hopeful about the country’s potential. He becomes determined to make a difference. As he writes, “I came to understand that despite the pain of the past and the trials of the present, there is an exciting future for South Sudan.”

Readers can also help change lives in South Sudan. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Future Doctors for South Sudan (www.futuredoctors.org), a nonprofit organization that works to educate young South Sudanese doctors.

Author Kenneth Waxman, a board-certified surgeon, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He did surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and then joined the UCLA faculty. He helped develop the first organized trauma system in the United States after joining the University of California, Irvine, where as Professor of Surgery, he directed the trauma center, surgical intensive care and burn units. He moved on to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he developed the first trauma center on California’s central coast and directed the hospital’s surgical training program. Waxman joined Doctors without Borders in 2010.

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For additional information, please visit www.ajakssong.com

Kenneth Waxman

Ajak’s Song

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2475-2                        220 pages                        $15.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Physician Assistant Pairs Traditional Medicine Headline with Alternate Remedies to Boost Health; Elsie Taylor Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Hungry for Wellness” by Elsie Taylor.

The author of this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing offers tips to prevent disease and create healthy lifestyles by making informed choices.

Preventative health care is as simple as making correct dietary choices, getting regular exercise, reducing stress, getting regular rest and participating in uplifting activities. That’s the claim of author Elsie Taylor, a physician assistant and lifelong practitioner of alternative healing methods. When the body and its organs function in harmony, people can prevent disease, gain energy and reduce the chance they’ll develop a chronic illness – reducing the cost of health care.

“Hungry for Wellness” describes not only exercises and techniques to boost health but the theories behind them. Taylor details steps for weight loss, diets for specific conditions such as high cholesterol, mental health and its impact on physical health and tips for outer beauty and health such as skin care. She draws on principles supported by her mother and father, who were familiar with nature’s remedies and the properties of herbs. Taylor also promotes a spiritual component to health as part of whole-patient care for those who need healing. She reveals common myths about food – like some fats being healthy – and offers a chapter geared to vegetarians. Her practical advice – such as don’t drink with meals because it dilutes digestive – is written in terms laymen can follow with ease.

Author Elsie Taylor is long-acquainted with holistic approaches to wellness. Both her parents used herbs to treat their children’s minor illnesses. She attended nursing school full time while a single mom. Taylor attended Sanford University’s Primary Care Physician Assistant program, learning complementary and integrated theories, blending traditional Western medicine with such things as healing touch, herbal remedies and acupuncture. She has worked with cancer patients in San Francisco and as a primary care provider to public housing clinics in Minnesota.

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For additional information, please visit www.elsietaylorauthor.com.

Hungry for Wellness

Elsie Taylor

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1617-7                        112 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Experienced Traveler Packs Insights into Beauty, Life Lessons in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Inspiring Places, Poignant Thoughts: A Flight Attendant’s Journal On the World’s Beauty” by Laury Long.

A flight attendant chronicles her experiences in the world’s beautiful places in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

A quiet, peaceful morning on a beach on the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai – one of her favorite spots on Earth — inspires the author to begin writing down her thoughts and perceptions of the many places she visits. Laury Long shares her insights in this new book, aiming to inspire an appreciation for beauty and passing on life lessons and ideals from the perspective of beautiful places and interesting people across the world in this book that reads as a journal.

“Inspiring Places, Poignant Thoughts: A Flight Attendant’s Journal on the World’s Beauty” pays tribute to Long’s career as a flight attendant as well as the people she has met on her travels both inside and outside the planes where she works. Long describes majestic snow-capped mountain peaks and great whales, highlighted by a reverence for kindness, poetic words and positivity. She shares her love of travel with others who embrace that hobby with passion, such as a family friend who has traveled on every continent during his 80-plus years.

Long offers her thoughts on such things as the healing power of Sedona and the views and inner peace inherent in national parks across the United States, as well as the charming atmosphere of history-rich England with its beautiful Canterbury Cathedral and fairytale Windsor Castle. She paints a picture of Paris, a city of opulence and romance. The book includes more than 30 photos that highlight some of Long’s adventures across the globe.

Author Laury Long, who lives in Seattle, takes a memory from each city she visits, of which she has visited many during her 15-year career as a flight attendant. She has seen everything from Alaska’s majestic mountains to Hawaii’s spectacular beaches.

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For additional information, please visit www.flightattendantsjournal.com.

Inspiring Places, Poignant Thoughts: A Flight Attendant’s Journal on the World’s Beauty

Laury Long

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1916-1                        84 pages                        $20.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Book by Sienna Taylor Shares Women’s Fight Against Nature and Gravity

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Dolls, Dark Chocolate, Martinis, and Botox: One Woman’s Journey through the Maze” by Sienna Taylor.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Dolls, Dark Chocolate, Martinis, and Botox: One Woman’s Journey through the Maze” by Sienna Taylor.

A Minnesota writer uses humor to explore the effects of aging on women – and all women try to do to combat it – in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Although aging is inevitable, not everybody feels resigned to the process – especially women. In her new book, first-time author Sienna Taylor presents a tongue-in-cheek journey of discovery, confusion, experimentation, shock and – finally – acceptance of aging. Taylor covers dolls and representations of beauty, hormones, beauty treatments and the importance of martinis and chocolate as weapons in a woman’s arsenal to stop, reverse and erase effects of aging.

“Dolls, Dark Chocolate, Martinis, and Botox: One Woman’s Journey through the Maze” details different stages in a woman’s life, starting with the youth and glowing skin she takes for granted. As decades go by, aging rears its ugly head. Cellulite and saddlebags appear, tanning adds color (but not in a good way) and hair appears in unexpected places. “Even if you are not a vain person, the amount of changes that happen so quickly are a little shocking,” Taylor writes.

Even as she describes the long list of procedures to combat aging’s effects, Taylor eventually reaches the point where she can accept many of the changes time has wrought and celebrate womanhood. As she writes in the final chapter, “I am blessed to have a view into the world of talented and gorgeous women who show me that being a woman is an incredible and fascinating journey.”

This is the first book for author Sienna Taylor, who works in technology and lives with her golden retriever, Sammy, in Minnesota.

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For additional information, please visit www.BotoxandBellyFat.com.

Dolls, Dark Chocolate, Martinis, and Botox: One Woman’s Journey through the Maze

Sienna Taylor

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1498-2                        84 pages                        $12.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.