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UNSAFE AT ANY MEAL just named a "Top Summer Read"

Posted: 2018/07/04

Garden City Park, NY: In addition to celebrating its 18th consecutive year of book publishing independence, Square One is also pleased to share some great news about our book Unsafe at Any Meal by Dr. Renee Dufault.

The book was just named as one of the top "environmental" summer reads of 2018 by the Environmental Health News. (To see the article, click here.)

EHN's staff has this to say about Dr. Dufault's acclaimed new book: "[Dufault's] book is a sobering read, but Dufault does an admirable job making pesticide data and gene expression grippingly relevant. If you're wondering why we're not paying more attention to food supply and regulation as chronic disease conditions and healthcare costs skyrocket, this is a summer read for you."

Unsafe at Any MealWhat the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat (Square One Publishers, $16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0) is available from Amazon and/or wherever else books are sold. To learn more about Dr. Dufault, click here for her website or go to

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For corrupt guardianships, it's déjà vu all over again

Posted: 2018/06/26

Garden City Park, NY: Being that June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and the month is almost over, we were shocked to see a TV news report from back in 2001 about the all-too-real phenomenon of court-appointed probate guardianship and its damaging effects upon the elderly and their family members.

Seventeen years later, as observed by Dr. Sam Sugar in his new book Guardianships and the ElderlyThe Perfect Crime  (Square One, $19.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0433-9), the corruption at the center of this terrible situation continues to fester and rot in courthouses all over the US.

To see the first part of the segment, titled "Who's Guarding the Guardians," you can click herethe second part of it can be seen here.

Dr. Sam Sugar, who is also founder and president of American Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), is featured  in the recent article "Guardians from Hell" from Tablet Magazine by reporter Gretchen Rachel Hammond.

Guardianships and the Elderly  is now available on, or wherever else books are sold.

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New study shows that American babies are just too darn sweet

Posted: 2018/06/11

Garden City Park, NY: A new study presented yesterday (Sun., June 10th) at the annual American Society for Nutrition meeting in Boston shows that children in the US between the ages of 19 to 23 months consume added sugar at levels higher than the maximum amount recommended for adults.

The study, led by nutritional epidemiologist Kirsten Herrick at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), finds that sixty percent (60%) of our country's children start to eat and drink added sugar before their first birthday—where everyone in attendance also takes in added sugars after the birthday cake candles have been blown out. In addition to increasing a young child's tendency towards obesity, tooth decay, asthma, and increased likelihood for heart disease through high cholesterol and high blood pressure, added-sugar foods and beverages at a young age gets kids fairly addicted early in life to a diet filled with sugar but bereft of the kind of fiber and nutritional intake that is so key to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

None of this, of course, is at all surprising to pioneering nutritionist and bestselling health author Dr. Nancy Appleton. First published by Warner Books in the late 1970s, Dr. Appleton's debut book Lick the Sugar Habit was an early voice in the anti-sugar movement among those in the alternative health community. It also set the stage for Dr. Appleton's other more recent titles on the dangers of sugar consumption and addiction—first Suicide by Sugar a decade ago in 2008 ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0306-6), and then Killer Colas:  The Hard Truth about Soft Drinks ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0341-7) in 2011. Each book remains a vital tool--and protective weapon—in the ongoing war between the perils of added sugar intake and the fight for better and longer high-quality health throughout our country.

In addition to the various physical illnesses that can befall our children earlier in life thanks to too much sugar, there are also developmental conditions such as ADD/ADHD and psychological issues like depression that are at play. While it remains a big struggle to remove added sugar from our kids' lives, having the right kind of information in hand like Dr. Appleton's books will do much to help you win the battles—and the war.

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HBO funnyman John Oliver gets serious on guardianships and elder abuse

Posted: 2018/06/04

Garden City Park, NY: Though delivered with his usual Brit-voiced sardonic wit, the big story last night on comedian John Oliver's HBO show Last Week Tonight . . . was focused on the all-too-real problem of court-appointed "probate guardianships" for the elderly all over the United States.

The segment—which has also been talked about today by Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone, among others—explored in disturbing detail just how powerless our senior citizens truly are made while caught under the thumb of a corrupt court system; one that allows thousands of so-called "guardians" to go about stealing all manner of financial asset from them. One case in particular was discussed: the story of elderly Nevada couple Rudy and Rennie North, who found themselves suddenly assigned by court a guardian named April Parks. It turns out that Ms. Parks, who has since been arrested and faces over 200 felony charges for fraud and perjury, once had guardianship power over up to 800 court-declared elderly "wards" at the same time. And while it took nearly two years for Rudy and Rennie to break free of that guardianship nightmare with Ms. Parks, the fact of the matter is that the Norths have lost practically all of their hard-earned money in the process.

According to author Dr. Sam Sugar in his acclaimed new book Guardianships and the Elderly: The Perfect Crime (Square One, $19.95 USD / ISBN: 978-0-7570-0433-9), this kind of thing happens in America's court system each and every day—and though Dr. Sugar explains that it often goes unreported due either to fear or embarrassment, the reality is that there are more than one million cases of guardianship abuse taking place throughout the nation. As the co-founder and president of the non-profit advocacy group Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), Dr. Sugar maintains that the very best thing the elderly—and their families—can do is to keep open and healthy lines of communication open between everyone in the family, and to resolve any and all matters concerning elderly loved ones within the family and not within the courts.

As it happens, another of Square One's authors—legendary actor and improv genius Fred Willard—appeared at the end of Oliver's segment along with fellow older-age celebrity actors Lily Tomlin, Cloris Leachman, Rita Moreno, and William Shatner in an edited sequence about how viewers need to make any potential guardianship needs known to family and friends and to have those plans placed in writing above a formally witnessed and dated signature. During this time of great social disruption and financial crisis, making a decision early about how you want to be guided and looked after in your old age may be the most important investment you will ever make in your future.

UPDATE: Another story on guardianships appeared the morning of June 5 on the NY-centric website, in which the frustrating story of Ms. Marian Kornicki (cousin to Square One's publisher, Rudy Shur)  is shared in great detail. To see and share the story, click here.

Guardianships and the Elderly is available through or wherever books are sold.

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Guardianships and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15)

Posted: 2018/05/26

Garden City Park, NY: In light of the upcoming twelfth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th, Square One's newest title—Guardianships and the ElderlyThe Perfect Crime (ISBN: 978-0-7570-0433-9, $19.95 USD / $28.95 CAN) by Dr. Sam Sugar—is very much the book of the moment with reviewers and readers alike.

Already into its second print run, the author has been interviewed on SiriusXM's hugely popular program "The David Webb Show" and will appear at various events throughout the US as a part of his ongoing advocacy through his non-profit organization Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG).

Meanwhile, the book has received excellent reviews from the top book/library trade publications Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly as follows:

KIRKUS REVIEWS“A powerful voice in senior advocacy sounds the alarm on the guardianship industry’s gross abuses . . . explores the evolution of the guardianship process and its statutes, triggering scenarios, and mechanisms, offering clear, readable explanations of the legalities, appointed officials, and court probate structures involved . . . [Sugar’s] intent is the prevent others from suffering the financial and emotional struggle of a broken system and to empower readers to arm themselves with enough accessible knowledge and foresight to avoid the dizzyingly complicated guardianship arrangement altogether . . . smartly offers practical tips and alternatives to avoid abusive situations and to honor final intentions in the most respectful ways possible . . . A potent, important call to action for those preparing to assume or actively involved in the estate caretaking of an incapacitated loved one.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “Enlightens readers about the financial and psychological toll taken on vulnerable elderly people by corrupt court-appointed guardians . . . [author] Sugar, who estimates that as many as 14% of all guardianships involve some criminality, convincingly demonstrates that the system as a whole is broken . . . going beyond merely sounding the alarm, he recommends concrete ways for individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones . . . with the aging of the American population and the concomitant increase in expected guardianships, this is a timely and valuable cri de coeur [passionate appeal].”

More to come . . .

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