What’s in my Library?
Here are some of my resources: books, videos, and articles I frequently reference—excellent sources for helping you live a Happy Well Lifestyle!
I encourage everyone to take their health into their own hands. The corporations making your “food” and health and beauty products are NOT looking out for your best interest, only their bottom line.
Educate yourself by reading some of these books and articles, and watching some of the videos referenced below to help you understand more about how what you put IN and ON your body really affects you at a cellular level. And how the choices you make can ultimately lead to living a healthier, happier life.
The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health
By Dr Alejandro Junger, M.D.
Clean Gut is one of my go-to books when working with clients. Besides being an entertaining, educational read, it includes an excellent 21-day elimination diet complete with delicious recipes, and suggested supplements to clean up leaky gut and other gut microbiome imbalances. The recipes are so good we make them all the time, so you won’t feel deprived doing the elimination diet.
The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers
By Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D.
I can’t say enough good stuff about Grain Brain, read my book review here: Grain Brain Book Review. I highly recommend reading if you want to avoid dementia, Alzheimer’s and other inflammation-based illnesses like heart disease and cancer as you age.
Natural Makeup, Soothing Therapies, Homemade Preperations
Neal’s Yard Remedies and DK Publishing
Revolutionize your beauty regime with this guide to homemade natural products, make-up looks and at-home therapies from Neal’s Yard Remedies. Natural skin care tips and tricks; 100+ organic beauty recipes including anti-aging eye creams and exfoliating masks (What other health and beauty company gives you recipes to make their amazing products?!); Over 60 natural foods and ingredients fully illustrated and detailing their beneficial properties, plus step-by-step guides to simple pampering techniques.
Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
By Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D.
Mind Over Medicine is an amazing read about how our thoughts and what we think influences our health. This is not woo-woo stuff, this is backed up by scientific evidence. I have personally had three friends successfully fight their cancer with the help of this book. A must-read for anyone with a chronic or life-threatening illness.
The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why
By Jonny Bowden
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth is my go-to book for nutritional information on 150 of the healthiest foods we can eat. From vitamins and minerals to which foods are beneficial for fighting which ailments, (as well as contraindications of some foods for certain conditions), this is a handy reference on Food As Medicine and I recommend it to all of my clients.
The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal:
A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
By David Hoffmann
The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal is my go-to book for herbal remedies from teas to tincture. My mom, an herbalist, gave me this book years ago and I love it. It is beautifully designed with drawings of all the herbs, plus an anatomy section explaining which types of herb work on which parts of the body. It also includes recipes for making your own teas, tinctures, salves, and more. If you’re interested in herbal medicine, this is a great reference for your own library. This book has been out of print for a while but you can usually find it used online.
The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!
By Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D.
A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
By Michael Pollan
An Eater’s Manifesto
By Michael Pollan
Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally
By Dr. Sara Gottfried, M.D.
Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions
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 nature’s own prisms of symmetry, savagery, harmony, and chaos.
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).
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.
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.
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 what’s 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.
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.
PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Use this resource to take you health into your own hands.
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.
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.