Below I’ve listed some of my favorite books and some that are on my reading list.
Food and Nutrition
- Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You, by Terry Walters
- Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, by David Wolfe
- The Paleo Miracle – 50 real stories of health transformation
- Put Your Heart in Your Mouth by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride
- What’s Eating Your Child?: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments
- A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health,
- Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Russell Blaylock, MD
- Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat, by Paul Jaminet Ph.D. (Author) , Shou-Ching Jaminet Ph.D. (Author) , Mark Sisson (Introduction)
- The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, by JJ Virgin Ph.D. CNS
- The Maker’s Diet: The 40-Day Health Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever, By Jordan S. Rubin
- Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis
- Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous To Your Health, by James Braly
- The Metabolic Typing Diet: Customize Your Diet to Your Own Unique Body Chemistry, by William L. Wolcott
- The New Optimum Nutrition Bible, by Patrick Holford
- Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work, by Susan Schenck LAc
- Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, by Catherine Shanahan
- Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, by Alejandro Junger
- The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife and Jon J. Kabara
- The Palm Oil Miracle, By Bruce Fife, N.D.
- God’s Way to Ultimate Health: A Common Sense Guide for Eliminating Sickness Through Nutrition by Michael Dye and George H. Malkmus
- Eat Healthy, Feel Great by Dr. Sears: Quick and easy recipes that kids can make with adult supervision
- The Whole Soy Story: the Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food
- The NDD Book: Nutritional Deficit Disorder: THE N.D.D. BOOK will be a must-have for all parents who want to help their children become healthier, happier, and better prepared to learn.
- The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood: Ten Ways to Get Your Family on the Right Nutritional Track, by William Sears (Author) , Martha Sears (Author) , James Sears (Author)
- The End of Food, by Paul Roberts – In this carefully researched, vividly recounted narrative, Roberts lays out the stark economic realities beneath modern food
- Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston A. Price – This classic text written in 1939 is a primer for anyone interested in how food, diet and nutrition effects human health. This is a classic non-technical text for anyone that eats, especially health and nutrition professionals. Complete with 134 pictures– proof of ill effects of poor diet and benefits of traditional diets. It clearly shows how and why modern processed foods are most detrimental to health compared to traditional native diets— in other words, how eating a variety of foods grown naturally, including so-called unhealthy foods, promotes health and prevents diseases and disorders.
- The Omnivore’s Delimma, by Michael Pollan – What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species.
- In Defense of Food – Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because most of what we’re consuming today is not food.
- Food Politics – Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
- Fast Food Nation – The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
- GMO Free: Exposing the Hazards of Biotechnology to Ensure the Integrity of Our Food Supply
- The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories
- Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment
Natural Health/Preventive Health Care
- The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health
- The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will
- Gut and Psychology Syndrome
- Lessons from the Miracle Doctors
- If Naturopaths are “Quacks”… Then I Guess I’m a Duck: Confessions of a Naturopath PhD, CTN, Shauna K Young (Author)
- Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes, by James Wong
- There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program
- Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Kenneth Bock (Author), Cameron Stauth (Author)
- The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children by Michael Goldberg and (Author), Elyse Goldberg (Contributor)
- Growing 101 Herbs That Heal: Gardening Techniques, Recipes, and Remedies
- The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There
- The Impossible Cure
- It’s All in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness
- The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy [Paperback]
- How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
- Death By Medicine – With help from a trio of MDs, radio host and alternative medicine advocate Null (Gary Null’s Power Food, etc.), takes on the current state of U.S. health care with a controversy-courting sense of moral outrage. Though focused on what the Institute of Medicine has called “the nation’s epidemic of medical errors,” Null also exposes lax regulation at the FDA, and a science-defying bias against natural foods in government and the media in general.
- Detoxify or Die – There is now no question that accumulated toxins are behind nearly every disease, symptom, injury and malfunction of the body.
- Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients
- Vaccine Illusion – Due to the growing number of vaccine safety concerns, our society has been polarized into vaccine advocates and vaccine opponents. However, in the debate over vaccine safety, we have lost sight of a bigger problem: how vaccination campaigns wipe out our herd immunity and endanger the very young. Written by an immunologist, Vaccine Illusion explains why vaccines cannot give us lasting immunity to infectious diseases and how they jeopardize our natural immunity and overall health.
- Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher – On December 2, 2004, Gwen Olsen’s niece Megan committed suicide by setting herself on fire-and ended her tortured life as a victim of the adverse effects of prescription drugs. Olsen’s poignant autobiographical journey through the darkness of mental illness and the catastrophic consequences that lurk in medicine cabinets around the country offers an honest glimpse into alarming statistics and a health care system ranked last among nineteen industrialized nations worldwide. As a former sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, Olsen learned firsthand how an unprecedented number of lethal drugs are unleashed in the United States market, but her most heartrending education into the dangers of antidepressants would come as a victim and ultimately, as a survivor.Rigorously researched and documented, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher is a moving human drama that shares one woman’s unforgettable journey of faith, forgiveness, and healing.
- When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies
- The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
- Pharmageddon – This searing indictment, David Healy’s most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities.
Natural and Alternative Cancer Treatment
EMFs, Dirty Electricity and Earthing
- Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis
- The Transition Companion, Making your community more resilient in uncertain times, By Rob Hopkins
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living
- Urban Sustainable Living with Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl
- Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind
- Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens
- When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and Emergency Health Care in Uncertain Times
- When Technology Fails – A manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency
- The Transition Timeline For a Local, Resilient Future
- Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More! (Back to Basics Guides)
- Thriving During Challenging Times: The Energy, Food and Financial Independence Handbook
- The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual
- Growing 101 Herbs That Heal: Gardening Techniques, Recipes, and Remedies
Tending to Eden – After reading this very readable book with its powerful storytelling and its accessible survey of best practices in creation care, for the rest of your life you will see a bigger picture than you’ve ever seen before when it comes to matters of human poverty, health, prosperity, and security. –author, speaker, and pastor Brian McLaren. This is a highly personal approach to educating and inspiring today’s evangelical church to think Biblically, locally, and internationally about environmental stewardship. Using conversational narrative, Scott weaves together hard data and personal experience to highlight the issues and to present solutions. Easy to read and practical to implement, Tending to Eden offers a fresh vision of how Christians in this new century can love our neighbors, especially ‘the least of these,’ by caring for God’s creation. –Rev. Jim Ball, PhD, senior director, Climate Campaign, Evangelical Environmental Network.
Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming – Canadian environmental activists Hoggan and Littlemore pull no punches in this spirited indictment of global warming deniers. Their well-sourced research spotlights premeditated prevarications about the threat of greenhouse gas emissions by the oil and coal industry, in league with junk scientists, compliant conservative politicians and unsavory public relations practitioners. Persistent obfuscation of science by these anti-environment players is further abetted, say the authors, by a manipulated media that, in a misguided effort toward journalistic balance, pairs scientific certainty about an encroaching climate crisis with quotations from people who make a living denying it. Readers predisposed to believe the worst about the oil, coal and electric industries will find their fears buttressed by the book’s detailed overview of an orchestrated climate coverup by Astroturf (fake grassroots) organizations, right-wing think tank echo chambers, the tens of millions of industry dollars poured into primarily Republican campaign coffers and the PR profession’s Orwellian use of language. But global warming skeptics might also be swayed by the detailed dissection of an ongoing campaign to convince the public that climate change is still unproven.
“Our Father’s World, Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation”– Our Father’s World is a passionate and practical assessment of the current environmental crisis from one of the leaders of the evangelical creation care movement. This book offers a biblical framework for creation care as well as a practical guide for students, churches, mission agencies and ordinary Christians. It is valuable for both believers and skeptics, especially those who are confused about what the Bible has to say about creation care and the responsibility of Christians. Our Father’s World is also a measured and thoughtful response to skeptics such as E. O. Wilson who have pleaded with Christian leaders to take up the challenge of caring for the environment.
“A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.” – “In the midst of one of the most heated debates of my lifetime, there are some voices that offer calm and respectful insight to people of faith. Balancing passion with civility, Hayhoe and Farley speak with such a voice. No matter what you believe about climate change’s causes or effects, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE will challenge you to think critically about both the issue and your responsibility to respond.” (Jonathan Merritt, faith and culture writer, national spokesperson, Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative 2009)”As Christians committed to the truth in both science and faith, Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley present a compelling case for why addressing climate change is a part of what it means to be a Christian today.” (Larry J. Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and author of Last Chance 2008)”This engaging book has everything you need to understand the climate change debate: facts, answers, stories, and of course Scripture. It will inform the merely curious or answer the skeptic or equip the person who wants to fix the problem. I loved it!” (Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland: A Church Distributed, Orlando, Florida 2009) . “Climate scientists are best able to tell us if, how, and why Earth’s climate is changing. Ethicists and religious scholars and leaders are best able to tell us how we should respond to the knowledge that science provides. Authored by a climate scientist and a religious leader, this book provides a unique perspective on Christian responses to the findings of climate science. Anyone who is open to messages from both science and Christian Scriptures will be struck by the insight and synthesis of this remarkable author team. With clarity unusual in science reports and impeccable logic, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE is a compelling call to action.” (James J. McCarthy, Agassiz Professor of Oceanography, Harvard University, and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science).