What’s in my Library?

booksHere are some of my resources: books, videos, and articles I frequently reference—excellent sources for helping you live a Happy Well Lifestyle!

Many of you have asked about alternative health care providers, so I’ve listed my favorites below as well (all in the greater Seattle area.)


The Botany of Desire:

A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
By Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food:

An Eater’s Manifesto
By Michael Pollan

The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth:

The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why
By Jonny Bowden

Mind Over Medicine:

Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
By Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D.

The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal:

A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
By David Hoffmann

Clean Gut:

The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health
By Dr Alejandro Junger, M.D.

The Hormone Cure:

Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally
By Dr. Sara Gottfried, M.D.

The Blood Sugar Solution:

The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!
By Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D.

Grain Brain:

The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers
By Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D.

Younger Next Year for Women:

Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy—Until You’re 80 and Beyond
By Dr. Henry Lodge, M.D. and Chris Crowley



One of the most awe-inspiring, beautiful films I’ve ever seen. Shot in breathtaking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, BARAKA is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and natures own prisms of symmetry, savagery, harmony and chaos.

Food, Inc.

For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma).

Forks Over Knives

Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever. 60% of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding. 50% of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Super Size Me

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rejected five times by the USC film school, won the best director award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for this alarmingly personal investigation into the health hazards wreaked by our fast food nation. Under extensive medical supervision, Spurlock subjects himself to a steady diet of McDonald’s cuisine for 30 days just to see what happens. In less than a week, his ordinarily fit body and equilibrium undergo dark and ugly changes.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead

Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.


With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat whats wrong with our malnourished bodies, it’s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide sickness industry and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally.

Is Sugar Toxic?

60-Minutes, April 1, 2012
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer.



Sugar Love (A not so sweet story)

National Geographic, August 2013,
We were first smitten 10,000 years ago on the island of New Guinea. Today the average American downs 22.7 teaspoons a day.

The Happiness of Pursuit

TIME Magazine, August 2013
Americans are free to pursue happiness, but there’s no guarantee we’ll achieve it. The secret is knowing how — and where — to look.


Here are some of my go-to health and wellness practitioners. When you contact them, please let them know Happy Well Lifestyle referred you.

SOMA / Massage

Kelsi Giswold, LMP
Jesse Guerrero, CSP, LMP
Rachel Jones, LMP, SMI


Full Circle Acupuncture, Casey McSweyn, L.Ac.
Smokey Point Acupuncture, Leslie Raznick, L.Ac.
Resonance Acupuncture, Angela Lineman, L.Ac., LMP

Naturopathic Medicine

Seattle Healing Arts:
Dr. Amy Hobson, N.D.
Dr. Eva Miller, N.D.
Dr. Molly Fox, N.D.
Dr. David Deichert, N.N, ARNP

Dr. Robert Jangaard, N.D.

Dr. Greg Yasuda, N.D., LMP

Herbal Remedies & Teas

Dandelion Botanical, Ballard
Herban Wellness, Kirkland
Julia’s Good Medicine, Online


Molly McCord, Conscious Cool Chic