Recommended Reading Archive

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Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin – Published by Ballantine

Ten years ago, Colbin’s Food and Healing stood at the forefront of the food revolution, exploring the link between diet and health. In this anniversary edition, she provides updates on recent dietary systems, including low-fat, food combining, and alternative medicine.


Your Health Your Choice by Dr. Ted Morter – Published by Lifetime Books

A unique summary of how foods affect how you feel, why some types of everyday foods can lead to disease, and ways to adjust your diet slowly and safely.

Healthy Healing by Linda Rector Page – Published by Healthy Healing Publications

Customize your own personal healing program using natural therapies for more than 300 ailments through diet, whole herb supplements and exercise.


Staying Healthy With Nutrition by Dr. Elson Haas – Published by Celestial Arts

A thorough and intensive discussion of nutritional medicine, Staying Healthy With Nutrition compiles decades of practical experience and scientific research into one encyclopedic volume. In this revised and updated twenty-first century edition, Dr. Elson Haas and Dr. Buck Levin present the most current health and nutrition information available. Staying Healthy With Nutrition features newly expanded chapters on special supplements, lifestyle programs, and groundbreaking medical treatment programs for conditions including fatigue, viral illnesses, and weight management. This comprehensive guide to good health is jam-packed with facts presented in a friendly and engaging tone. Easy to read and accessible for experts and novices alike, Staying Healthy With Nutrition is the ultimate handbook to maximum health, longevity, and general well-being.


The Complete Guide to Reducing Stress by Chrissie Wildwood – Published by The Bath Press

If you are suffering from stress and long to restore inner peace and replenish flagging energy levels this book will show you how.


Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies by Jude C. Williams, M.H. – Published by Llewellyn Publications

Discover a simpler, more natural way of life. Pour yourself a cup of chamomile tea, find a quiet corner, and browse through the wealth of natural remedies, household tips, and beauty secrets presented in this tried and true guidebook. Now updated and expanded, Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies offers more than 800 treatments, tinctures, tonics, and teas, using many easy-to-find herbs, as well as a comprehensive herbal index with over 200 illustrations.


Elementary Treatise in Herbology by Dr. Edward Shook – Published by Enos Publishing

For thousands of years, Herbs have been used in the treatment of disease. Herbs and herb extracts form a large percentage of remedies still used by regular physicians, though inorganic mineral drugs form the greater part of modern medicine, rendering them ineffective. Modern science now reveals the fact that all chemical elements of which our bodies are composed are contained in the roots, barks, leaves, flowers and fruits of herbs. Remarkable combinations of chemical elements are drawn up from the soil becoming part of each herb, suiting every requirement of the human body. Our Elementary Course in Herbology will give you the basic information to be able to mix and administer herbal remedies. The 83 formulas included in this 20-lesson book were recorded and tested to ensure proper administration and encourage good health.


Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class by Ronald Dworkin, M.D.

Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class, written by Ronald Dworkin, M.D., is a book that describes the phenomenon whereby everyday unhappiness has now been labeled as a disease that requires medical treatment in the form of drugs. Dworkin describes in detail how this trend developed, and this book is as much a history book as it is a book on medicine and disease. I do not agree with everything Dworkin says, but the substance of his book is worthwhile, and should be read by every family practice physician, as well as every consumer who has been told to take drugs for conditions ranging from attention deficit disorder to depression.

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The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
Quite possible the most important book on nutrition ever written, this book details the results of decades of Dr. Campbell’s incredible research on diet and disease. In addition to reporting on the largest study on diet and human health ever conducted, Dr. Campbell describes how and why the government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars accumulating this important data, and again as much to keep the average American from getting access to it!


Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Dr. Fuhrman is a different kind of doctor. He does not believe in most of the diagnostic testing performed by the medical doctors, recommends the use of pharmaceuticals only when necessary, and believes that diet and lifestyle are the keys to building and maintaining optimal health. The book describes his philosophy, gives specific direction and includes favorite recipes.


Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman
Howard Lyman was a cattle rancher who gained a different perspective about diet when he became critically ill. This book is an important expose on the ranching and cattle industries and also describes in detail the ordeal he endured in the form of a lawsuit filed against him by the Texas Cattleman’s Association as a result of his public criticism of the industry. You’ll never feel the same way about consuming meat again.


Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Marion Nestle is a tenured professor at New York University who has participated in making decisions about public nutrition policy at the highest levels. Her book describes how food manufacturers, agricultural organizations, pharmaceutical companies and others influence the messages Americans receive daily about food and nutrition. Not surprising, but shocking when you read the book and begin to understand the size of the problem.


The Truth About Drug Companies by Marcia Angell, M.D.
Dr. Angell was the Editor in Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and has had the opportunity of knowing from the inside how drug companies develop and market their products. Her excellent books includes information on why new drugs are not always better or even good, how drug companies influence the drug-approval process at the FDA, conflicts of interest in the regulation of drugs, how drugs are marketed and just how corrupt the system has become. Anyone desiring to be a better consumer of medical information should read this book.


The Pleasure Trap by Alan Goldhamer, D.C., and Douglas Lisle, Ph.D.
Human beings are designed to seek pleasure, avoid pain and to do so by expending the least amount of energy possible. This served us well when we were hunter-gatherers or cave dwellers, but causes many of us to make very poor decisions about diet and lifestyle while living in 21st century America. Determine if you are a victim of the “Pleasure Trap” and what to do to positively change your life.


Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard
If you crave certain foods and have trouble staying away from them you do not have a character defect. Many foods are addictive and trigger the same reactions in the brain as street drugs like heroin and cocaine. This book will help you to understand more about the foods that affect physiology in this way and will help you to break your own food addictions.


The McDougall Plan by John McDougall, M.D.
Dr. McDougall has been helping people to improve their health and to lose weight through diet and lifestyle for many years. His 10-day residential program in California is legendary for turning people’s lives around and grounding them in why and how to live a healthier life. This book explains his philosophy in detail.


Also recommended – any of the McDougall cookbooks, which feature quick, healthy, vegan fare.

Reversing Heart Disease by Dean Ornish, M.D.
Dr. Dean Ornish has published numerous studies proving that heart disease can be reversed in most people with diet and lifestyle, and without the use of drugs and surgery. Furthermore, his studies showed that compliance was higher in his much stricter diet than for patients who followed the more moderate advice of the American Heart Association. A must-read for anyone with cardiovascular disease who wants to regain their health and stay alive!


Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
This riveting book describes how the fast food business in the U.S. has not only detrimentally affected our health, but also taken a toll on the lives of those who work in the industry and in those organizations and companies that supply fast food outlets. A great read that reinforces how the decisions we make daily as consumers affect society as a whole.


Diet for a New America by John Robbins (also available in video)
This book describes not only the health consequences of consuming the Standard American Diet, but also the impact doing so has on the planet. Any responsible citizen of the Earth should read this book or see the movie version.


The Cancer Industry, Questioning Chemotherapy and Cancer Therapy by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.
Ralph Moss was asked to leave Sloan Kettering Memorial in New York after he held a press conference to notify the world that the institution was withholding information about the efficacy of laetrile therapy for cancer patients. He subsequently made it his mission to develop a data base of complementary and alternative treatments in order that cancer patients can make more informed decisions about their care and recovery. Many people owe their lives to this tireless researcher and his efforts!