Natural Healing Books

This collection of books is a good start to learning about natural healing and alternative medicine. I recommend each book for the reasons below:

beyond broccoli

Beyond Broccoli, Creating A Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work, written by Susan Schenck, edited by Bob Avery

Beyond Broccoli is authored by Susan Schenck, who herself was a raw vegan for six years, followed by a year of raw vegetarianism (raw dairy and eggs included). Her journey has culminated with the reintroduction of just a bit of raw and lightly cooked meat.

Going raw had originally proved to have so many benefits that Ms. Schenck had already penned the 2-time award-winning, and still relevant, book The Live Food Factor. But after a few years of veganism, she began to exhibit health concerns: deficiencies of vitamin B12, memory problems, muscle tissue loss, bloatedness, irritability and cravings.

Her further research, spurred on by Dr. Stanley Bass, led her to conclude that it was a lack of vital nutrients found only in animal products that were causing the problems.

Dr. Bass, with his more than 50 years of clinical experience in raw vegan and nonvegan diet counseling, contributed the foreword to the resulting Beyond Broccoli.

good calories

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes

For decades, we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates are better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

Gary Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number.

In this groundbreaking book, this award-winning science writer shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.

Sugar Nation

Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and The Simple Way To Beat It by Jeff O’Connell

A thorough investigation of diabetes, interspersed with Jeff O’Connell’s personal journey, Sugar Nation contextualizes the disease from its causes and treatments to how it can be beaten.

O’Connell explains the medical side of the disease in accessible terms, sifting through all of the misinformation touted by health care practitioners, drug companies, and food producers, to find his own solutions to prevail over type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

Sugar Nation is a comprehensive look at how institutional mistakes and indifference have contributed to our snowballing diabetes epidemic.

Publishers Weekly recently said, “Men’s Health writer O’Connell (LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout) delivers a smart, personally inspired health wakeup call in no uncertain terms: our excessive consumption of carbohydrates is killing us and wrecking our health-care system.”

everyday paleo

Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso

Do you want to lose weight, regain your health, and achieve a level of fitness you never thought possible? Are you interested in eating the foods that our bodies are intended to eat, but have no clue where to begin?

You may already be a Paleo diet enthusiast, but are you struggling to feed your family the same foods that fuel you?

In Everyday Paleo, Sarah Fragoso gives detailed instructions for acquiring a Paleo lifestyle and improving the health and longevity of your family. An active mother of three, Fragoso shows that eating Paleo is not only feasible for the busiest of families, but also easy, delicious and completely life-changing.

She offers numerous recipes for all meals of the day, and provides tips for getting around common roadblocks, such as eating out. Finally, to keep your entire family fit and sane in the 21st century, she lays out easy-to-follow workout routines that you can do either in the gym or your own home.

In Everyday Paleo, Fragoso shows you how to make Paleo your lifestyle, not just another fad diet.

starts with food

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig

Food can change your life in unexpected ways. It Starts With Food will show you how.

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever — and transform your life in unexpected ways. Your success story begins with “The Whole30,” Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s powerful 30-day nutritional reset.

Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, improved quality of life and a healthier relationship with food — accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood and self-esteem.

More significantly, many people have reported the “magical” elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases and conditions — in just 30 days.

nutrition degeneration

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, DDS

For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health.

Dr. Price traveled to hundreds of cities in a total of 14 different countries in his search to find healthy people. He investigated some of the most remote areas in the world. He observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, high immunity to tuberculosis and overall excellent health in those groups of people who ate their indigenous foods.

He found when these people were introduced to modernized foods, such as white flour, white sugar, refined vegetable oils and canned goods, signs of degeneration quickly became quite evident.

Dental caries, deformed jaw structures, crooked teeth, arthritis and a low immunity to tuberculosis became rampant amongst them. Dr. Price documented this ancestral wisdom including hundreds of photos in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

soy story

The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food by Kaayla T. Daniel, CCN

This groundbreaking expose tells the truth about soy that scientists know but that the soy industry has tried to suppress.

Soy is not a health food, does not prevent disease and has not even been proven safe. Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and even heart disease and cancer.

paleo solution review

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf

Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and a host of other illnesses? The Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best.

It’s written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat and pocket protector for a whistle and a stopwatch to become one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the world.

With Robb’s unique perspective as both scientist and coach you will learn how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better.

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

The Primal Blueprint is a simple, flexible plan to help you look and feel your best without struggling or suffering, by adapting the simple lifestyle practices of our hunter-gatherer ancestors into modern life.

Sisson presents the compelling premise that you can reprogram your genes in the direction of weight loss, health, and longevity by following 10 immutable Primal Blueprint lifestyle laws validated by 2 million years of human evolution.
Weight loss is largely about insulin: Moderate your production by eliminating sugar and grains, and you will lose the excess body fat you desire even while eating delicious, satisfying foods. Plus, you will improve your energy level, reduce inflammation, and eliminate disease risk. Eating meat, eggs, and a generally high-fat diet not only is healthy but is the key to effortless weight loss, a healthy immune system, and boundless energy.

Also, slowing down your typical cardiovascular workouts, and incorporating brief, intense strength sessions and occasional all-out sprints can produce fitness benefits far superior to workouts that are longer and more grueling-and can eliminate the risk of burnout.

Understanding Nutrition by Eleanor Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes

Used by more than 1 million students, Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes’ Understanding Nutrition, the best-selling introductory nutrition text on the market today, is pre-packaged with a laminated supplement that includes the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010; updates to Healthy People 2020; and updates to the Dietary Reference Intakes for calcium, vitamin D, and sodium in order to provide instructors and students with the most current information.

The latest 12th edition takes Understanding Nutrition to a new level with an emphasis on active learning, assignable content, and integrated resources that support instructors’ course objectives and students’ future career opportunities.

This text includes 20 chapters beginning with core nutrition topics such as diet planning, macronutrients, and vitamins and minerals, and following with chapters on diet and health, fitness, lifespan nutrition, food safety, and world hunger.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual review

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman

Michael Pollan’s definitive compendium, Food Rules, is here brought to colorful life with the addition of Maira Kalman’s beloved illustrations.

This brilliant pairing is rooted in Pollan’s and Kalman’s shared appreciation for eating’s pleasures, and their understanding that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Written with the clarity, concision, and wit that is Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely. Kalman’s paintings remind us that there is delight in learning to eat well.

Food, Inc. book

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a terrific movie — it’s an important movie.”

Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from, and who has processed it? What are the giant agribusinesses and what stake do they have in maintaining the status quo of food production and consumption? How can I feed my family healthy foods affordably?

Expanding on the film’s themes, the book Food, Inc. will answer those questions through a series of challenging essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world.

Defense of food

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan’s last book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating.

Now, In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time. Pollan proposes a new answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.

The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

A national bestseller that has changed the way readers view the ecology of eating, this revolutionary book by award winner Michael Pollan asks the seemingly simple question: What should we have for dinner? Tracing from source to table each of the food chains that sustain us — whether industrial or organic, alternative or processed — he develops a portrait of the American way of eating.

The result is a sweeping, surprising exploration of the hungers that have shaped our evolution, and of the profound implications our food choices have for the health of our species and the future of our planet.

avoiding toxins

Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie

A wonderful book that discusses all the dangers that we come across in our everyday lives. A MUST READ for anyone that is on the path to wellness and concerned about their exposure to toxins in our lives.

The authors were concerned about their children and their exposure… they did a lot of testing and came up with some very interesting information.

Though the title may be funny, the subject is serious and the authors back up their words with research. They provide useful insights and ways you can reduce your exposure to common everyday toxins.

women's bodies healing

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christiane Northrup

Quite possibly every female over the age of 12 will find this huge book enlightening, pain saving, and perhaps even lifesaving. Think of it as a much more empowering and holistic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Northrup is a gynecologist who acknowledges the power of natural therapies and herbs, but also maintains that allopathic treatments, including surgery, are sometimes best.

In Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, she covers the treatment of many physical concerns – among them PMS, menstrual cramps, breast cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, depression, childbirth, abortion, cystitis, and menopause–explaining how many of these physical problems have roots in emotional upsets.

menopause

The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change, 2nd Edition by Christiane Northrup

Menopause doesn’t have to be a dreaded curse of aging during which we can look forward only to hot flashes and whacked-out hormonal mood swings.

According to Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom), menopause often marks the beginning of a woman’s most sexually passionate, creatively inspired, and professionally productive phase of life.

slow food diet book

The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss by Marc David

In The Slow Down DietMarc David presents a new way to understand our relationship to food, focusing on quality and the possibilities of pleasure in eating to transform and improve metabolism.

Citing cutting-edge research on body biochemistry as well as success stories from his own nutritional counseling practice, he shows that we are creatures of body, mind, and spirit and that when we attend to these levels simultaneously we can shed excess pounds, increase energy, and enhance digestion to feel rejuvenated and inspired.

natural pain book review

Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

Starting today, you don’t have to live in pain.

Pete Egoscue learned a lot about pain when, as a Marine officer, he was wounded in Vietnam. He segued from patient to physical therapist, and now runs a famous clinic in San Diego, where he claims he’s helped 95 percent of his patients cure chronic pain – including Jack Nicklaus and Charles Barkley, whose athletic careers he helped prolong. At the heart of his program are stretches and motion exercises to restore proper function to muscles and joints.

His methods are often surprising and counterintuitive. For example, for foot pain, he suggests a series of hip exercises. In fact, this is one of the most startling books you’ll read about the human organism. Egoscue has strong opinions about how modern life is changing the way our bodies function, reducing the tasks we must perform and thus reducing the functional range of motion of our muscles and joints. Fortunately, he offers movement exercises to restore what nature meant us to have.

women pain book

Pain Free for Women by Pete Egoscue

Women today not only deserve but should expect a pain-free, active lifestyle, no matter their age, no matter their previous experience. This book, written by the same author as “Pain Free”, is specifically written for women and all the various stages their body goes through during life.

From puberty to pregnancy and on into menopause, our bodies go through physical changes that sometimes can result in pain. This book explains why that occurs and offers simple exercises to help correct the imbalance.

cosmetic ingredients book

A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals by Ruth Winter

You wouldn’t eat something without knowing what it was – don’t you want to take the same care with what you put on your face, hair, and body? Find out what’s in that shampoo, makeup, toothpaste, lotion, or perfume here.

This cosmetic ingredients book contains more than 6,000 entries, organized alphabetically. Cosmetics are barely regulated these days, leaving it up to you to learn what those strange-sounding names mean and how they might affect you.

food dictionary book

A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives: Descriptions in Plain English of More Than 12,000 Ingredients Both Harmful and Desirable Found in Foods by Ruth Winter

A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives is back again, in an updated sixth edition. This valuable reference gives you all the facts about the relative safety and side effects of more than 12,000 ingredients that end up in your food as a result of processing and curing, such as preservatives, food-tainting pesticides, and animal drugs.

For example, drugs used to tranquilize pigs may sedate diners! There are hundreds of new entries to this edition, and topics covered include information about recently discovered resistant strains of bacteria credited to the antibiotics added to animal feed, as well as startling statistics on the amount of money spent on certain additives each year – $1.4 billion – on just flavorings and flavor enhancers.

healthy healing

Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, 12th Edition by Linda Page ND

Clearly, Americans want to take more responsibility for their own health care. This book is the ultimate resource for improving your health naturally!

This great reference book contains explanations about many different forms of natural healing: homeopathy, chiropractic care, tai chi, aromatherapy and more. Later in the book you will find suggestions for many common ailments, including foods, vitamins and exercise to improve your health naturally.

you can heal your life

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

A bestseller for many years, You Can Heal Your Life has been republished with bright, beautiful illustrations in full, living color and exquisite typography – each and every page is a work of art by artist Joan Perrin Falquet. The timeless message of the book is that we are each responsible for our own reality and “dis-ease.”

Also, more recently, Louise Hay has produced a movie “You Can Heal Your Life” – the banner on the right side of the linked page will take you to their website where you can view a clip of the film. This is my #1 recommended book for all my clients.

Broken Open

Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser

In the more than 25 years since she co-founded Omega Institute — now the world’s largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth — Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition.

In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed?

Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And, she draws on the world’s great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t by Michael J. Losier

Have you noticed that sometimes what you need just falls into place? Perhaps you’ve met the perfect client or life partner merely by being at the right place at the right time. On the other hand, there are some people who find themselves in one terrible relationship after another or who seem unable to shake off their bad luck.

These experiences are evidence of a very powerful force. It’s called the Law of Attraction, and right now it’s attracting people, jobs, situations, and relationships to you. The Law of Attraction can be defined as: I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy, and focus to, whether positive or negative.

Now, with this book, readers can learn how to use the Law of Attraction deliberately and integrate it into their daily life. By doing this, they will attract all they need to do, know, and have so they can get more of what they want and less of what they don’t want.

The Secret opened the minds of today’s readers to the power of positive thinking. LAW OF ATTRACTION is the book that’s going to guide them every step of the way toward getting the life they’ve always desired.

Ask and It Is Given book

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you’re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

As you read, you’ll come to understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns and more are influenced by the Universal laws that govern your time/space reality — and you’ll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life. It’s your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good — and this book will show you how to make it so in every way!

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die book review

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman

Karol Truman has brought together in one book, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die…the best of the best.

She not only tells you why you feel the way you feel, but how these feelings all started.

She then goes on to tell you how YOU can easily transform these undesirable feelings so that they no longer hinder your growth. What a gift!

Every Word Has Power by Yvonne Oswald

Words have power. The very words we say and think not only describe our world but actually create it. They have a profound impact on our lives in fact, our self-talk produces 100 percent of our results. In this pioneering, practical book, Yvonne Oswald teaches us how to filter unsupportive words to produce outstanding results, changing our perspective, relationships, and ability to manifest our deepest desires.

The easy-to-follow formula holistically blends the science of language, physical well being, and emotional cleansing. The Keys to Success and Happiness reconnect you with your original empowerment blueprint and develop your understanding for a lifetime of success.

Every Word Has Power charms all of the senses and delivers powerful, easy tools for change. Tips, exercises, scripts, stories, metaphors, and science are interwoven to create a dynamic blend of quantum self-growth that immediately jump-starts your transformation.

natural healing book

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors.

Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. It’s the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering.

new earth book

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

According to Tolle, who assumes the role of narrator as well, humans are on the verge of creating a new world by a personal transformation that shifts our attention away from our ever-expanding egos. This idea is well realized through Tolle’s remarkably well-paced narration.

Naturally, the author understands his material so thoroughly that he is able to convey it in an enjoyable manner, but Tolle’s gentle tone and dialect begs his audience’s attention simply through its straightforward approach. Something about this reading just seems profoundly important, whether one agrees with the material or not, and listeners’ attention is sure to be captured within seconds of listening to Tolle’s take on the universe in which we live.

power of intent

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

After years of spiritual study and reflection, inspirational speaker and bestselling author Wayne Dyer has emerged a highly esteemed teacher. His current message about tapping into the power of intention may sound like good old positive thinking: just stay focused on what you want, rather than focusing on the lack of having what you want. But the teaching here goes deeper than just controlling thoughts (although he does acknowledge that thought control is a surprisingly challenging and significant endeavor).

This book might help readers land a better job, but it’s more relevant for those who are ready to detach from an ego-driven life filled with quick fixes of happiness and step into a more authentic, joyful, and spiritually fulfilling life. His core teachings speak to tapping into a universal source of energy that can also be called the “power of intention.”