Books, books and more books. They’re everywhere and it seems that every year, more great health books are published. But where, oh where, to start!
I LOVE a great book steeped in research as well experiental results. I love doctors who go above and beyond (and those are usually the ones who write the great books) the ‘norm’ and look outside of the proverbial box to what may actually be happening.
I have learned so much over the past 12 years on my own health journey that I thought a great book resource page was in order. If you have a great book that really helped you heal and feel better, please send us an email and we’ll look it up and add it to the site!
By Anthony Williams
When I read Medical Medium, it was after I had already listened to several of Anthony’s interviews, mostly on Hay House. He was insightful and his information was different…and I LOVE different.
One of the things he is big on is how the Esptein-Barr virus affects us at various stages of the virus’ life. I immediately had the blood test done and sure enough, I had an active result.
If you’re open-minded to the source of medical and health information, I urge you to give Anthony’s books a read. I know you’ll discover something of value for your health.
You Are The Placebo
Mind to Matter
By Dawson Church
I have never read one book that touched me as deeply as Dawson’s book, Mind as Matter. I bought it when it came out and devoured it.
The most bizarre part of reading the book is that I found myself smiling the entire time I read it. I couldn’t help it.
Knowing I was that much in charge of feeling great gave me such a renewed sense of hope!
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook
By Clair Davies NCTMB, Amber Davies CMTPT LMT, and David G. Simons MD
The book is a translation by two physical therapists of a highly technical medical book, written decades ago by doctors, that doesn’t seem to be taught in medical school any more, and it’s helpful in terms of making you understand how muscles, tendons and ligament pain can be referred from other places.
If you have achy muscles or a pain that just won’t resolve itself without feeling the need for analgesics because of overuse, looking at this book may well help you solve your ache.
Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System
A great book for beginners and seasoned spirituals. There is an in-depth chapter for each chakra with exercises to go with each one. I found it informative and helpful, if you’d like to learn about chakras or further your understanding this book is definitely one to add to your collection.
Chakra Healing: A Beginner's Guide to Self-Healing
By Margarita Alcantara
The book is a quick and engaging read for anyone. It’s divided into four chapters: the first explains what a chakra is and what each chakra governs, the second covers how to work with each of the chakras through meditation, crystals and essential oils, the third breaks down what issues or ailments may be related to which chakra and the fourth explains how the symptoms can be healed by balancing the chakras associated with it.
The Biology of Belief
By Bruce H. Lipton
I’m a firm believer in the idea that I am behind much of the physical manifestations I experience. I’m not sure how to think about, handle, deal with, change, etc. those physical symptoms yet but I am learning.
Lipton’s book, like so many others (listed here), do much for putting us back in the driver’s seat in terms of healing ourselves.
By Louise Hay
I think Louise Hay, rest her soul, was the most amazing pioneer in the field of mind and body being connected and how to use the symptoms the body gives us to find emotional contributions to our ill-health.
While we really can’t be sure if you can ‘think’ and ‘believe’ our way out of all of our health issues, we owe it to ourselves to take charge of our lives and bodies and do whatever we can to heal ourselves.
Louise Hay gives you the background, the tools and the support to heal yourself from whatever’s ailing you. I loved this book and think you will too!
The Gifts of Imperfection
By Brené Brown
Reading Brené Brown’s books makes you feel safe. Well, actually, they make you feel a little freaked out (laughing) as you look into some areas you may not like to look—like vulnerability and shame—but, ultimately, they make you feel more of the three qualities she advocates (and models) so powerfully: courage, compassion, and connection. And, in the process, like you’ve come home to yourself. And that’s awesome. 🙂
Her work as a shame and vulnerability researcher led her to discover people who had figured out the keys to shame resilience and what she calls Wholehearted living. (Think: half-hearted kindasorta going thru the motions vs. WHOLEhearted, all-in joyful living!) This book walks us through the ten “guideposts” of Wholehearted living in. It’s a quick-reading, fun, inspiring and wise little book that I highly recommend.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
By Eckhart Tolle
To be honest, I hated this book the whole time I was reading it and immediately after. I thought it was poorly written, repetitive, preachy, and idealistic. But lo and behold, 6 months later I am still thinking about it all the time. Like it says in the intro, you are either ready for this book or you’re not. If you’re ready, it will open your eyes in a way that is impossible to reverse.
Try to read it with an open mind and a willingness to deeply examine your own mind in ways that may be very uncomfortable to you. It will be worth it.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
By Eckhart Tolle
The theme of the Power of Now is that you can find and maintain a deep sense of peace, joy and fulfillment, and in doing so, “return home to yourself.” These concepts are very real and attainable. The goal is to break through the barrier of the noise of the mind. When you do this, it is like having total awareness of being alive. It is like being able to see the world with clarity and without the constant stream of mental judgments, mental noise and fear. Even the appearance of objects seems so different and vibrant.
You Can Fix Your Brain
By Tom O’Bryan
Tom combines strong scientific evidence from leading researchers and institutions with simple to follow steps that you can begin applying right now to make sure your brain is working optimally through your lifetime. The recommendations are also helpful if you or someone you love is having cognitive challenges. Dr Tom also identifies an affordable test you can take called the neural zoomer to see if your brain is currently being affected. Having and keeping the great memories from your life and being mentally sharp is essential for a high quality life, and the information in this book will be essential to your brain health.
By David Perlmutter
In Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick”, and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.
Power vs. Force
By David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Power vs Force is one of the most influential books I ever read. I is about human behavior but will surprise you. If you’ve heard about muscle testing, this is a must read. If you haven’t, it’s a must read, also. Dr. Hawkins explains how the concept works and it will make you rethink everything you thought you know about why we do things.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple
By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Made Simple uses collaborative, empowering and straightforward language, while bestowing the tenets of Cognitive Behavior Therapy on to the reader. Seth Gillihan’s finesse and knowledge of CBT allows for enhancement of skills and improvement of common issues. This volume is a must read for anyone who has experienced psychological problems, and that includes all of us.
Readers will appreciate the pragmatic approach, straightforward worksheets, and step-by-step guidelines. Self-improvement enthusiasts and current therapy clients alike will value the numerous and powerful, research-based strategies to address emotional distress and undesired patterns of behavior.
Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change
By David Grand, Phd
Brain-based therapy is the fastest-growing area in the field of psychological health because it has proven that it can immediately address issues that talk therapy can take years to heal. Now Dr. David Grand presents the next leap forward in psychological care—combining the strengths of brain-based and talk therapies into a powerful technique he calls Brainspotting. In Brainspotting, Dr. Grand reveals the key insight that allowed him to develop this revolutionary therapeutic tool: that where we look reveals critical information about what’s going on in our brain.
The Body Keeps the Score
By Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
An astonishing amount of information on almost every aspect of trauma experience, research, interventions, and theories is brought together in this book, which has a distinctly holistic feel to it. The title suggests that what will be explored is how the body retains the imprints of trauma.
However, it delivers much more than this, delving into how the brain is impacted by overwhelming traumatic events, and is studded with sections on neuroscience which draw on the author’s own numerous studies as well as that of his peers.
In addition, it investigates the effects of adverse childhood attachment patterns, child abuse, and chronic and long-term abuse. This book is a veritable goldmine of information.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
By Gabor Mate M.D.
This book brings to light a new way for me to view and think of addicts. It takes a new look at how we view addiction wrongly, as a medical problem and addresses some of the why’s one may become an addict, ranging from early childhood emptiness, abuse, and so on. He backs up his claims with scientific evidence, research and the personal narratives of many addicts.
I found the book to be a refreshing take on addiction and one that is quite insightful. It is well written, and was able to capture my full attention. I’d recommend it to all, but especially those who battle addiction, of any kind, whether it be drugs, alcohol, sex, work, wealth and so on; in addition, the many whom are casualties of loving and addict, be it spouse, child, family or friends.
What's Making our Children Sick
As our food environment reels under the pressures of industrialization and agrochemicals, our kids have become the walking evidence of a failed experiment. What’s Making Our Children Sick? exposes our current predicament and offers insight on the healing responses that are available.
Drs. Perro and Adams offer a powerful indictment of the status quo and a potent prescription for how you can protect yourself and your loved ones while helping to build a safer food supply for future generations.
The Ultimate Guide To Red Light Therapy
By Ari Whitten
This new book on red light therapy is comprehensive. It not only outlines the scientific research that shows red light is beneficial and healing to the human body, but gives you practical instruction on how to evaluate the effectiveness of a device, how to use the light to get various benefits, and be time efficient doing red light treatments on yourself.
He also recommends powerful and effective devices that are affordable and lets you know where to get them. If you have any interest in red light therapy this is the book to get!
The Epstein Barr Virus Solution
By Dr. Kasia Kines
The Esptein-Barr Virus Solution substantiates virtually everything that Anthony Williams talks about and explains in his Medical Medium book related to EBV.
I first became aware of Dr. Kines during an interview done by Misty Williams from www.HealingRosie. Misty is the host of www.FixForFemaleHormones.com and does an amazing job sharing the latest information related to healing ourselves.
If you have health issues you can’t figure out, please get Dr. Kines book. Your sweet body will thank you.
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
By Scott C. Litin M.D.
This new, updated edition will provide the information people need to check symptoms. The information is easy-to-understand and is organized into convenient sections: Injuries and Symptoms, Pregnancy and Healthy Children, Healthy Adults, Diseases and Disorders, Tests and Treatments.
It also includes a 48-page color section to help understand human anatomy. From infancy to old age, from prevention to treatment, from standard practices to alternative medicine, the comprehensive 5th edition of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book is a must-have for every family.
The Optimal Dose
This book will no doubt be labeled as controversial by many. There are many people who are defiantly against taking high doses of vitamin D3, which this book proudly supports. That said, the author backs up what he says. Starting with a compelling story of his own journey. But this book is more than just about stories from him and his patients.
There are a lot of studies he cites and he goes into detail about how vitamin D3 treats specific illnesses, such as respiratory, obesity, sleep disorders and more. Some of the stories of results, particularly the obesity ones, from taking vitamin D3 are really amazing. Patients losing hundreds of pounds from just taking the vitamin. Yes, it doesn’t sound true, but the author does provide explanations for why this weight loss happens when taking vitamin D.
Chris Beat Cancer
In Chris Beat Cancer, Chris describes the inside story of his fascinating healing journey and exposes the corruption and ineffectiveness of the medical and cancer industries.
He also shares the strategies that he and many others have used to heal cancer. These strategies include adopting what Chris calls the “Beat Cancer Mindset;” radical diet and lifestyle changes; and mental, emotional, and spiritual healing, as well as advanced integrative therapies.
Touch for Health
By John Thie and Matthew Thie
Anyone wanting to improve their health naturally, without going the “drugs, side effects, more drugs, etc” route should find this book very informative.This book shows so many different ways we can improve our health and thereby our lives, and not spend a fortune doing it. You will learn the techniques that chiropractors, alternative health specialists, athletic trainers, and massage therapists have found invaluable in preventive health-care treatment.
Lies My Doctor Told Me
By Ken D. Berry M.D.
In “Lies My Doctor Told me,” Dr. Ken Berry takes an honest, evidence based approach to debunking many commonly held beliefs about health, wellness, and modern medicine. Unlike many medical professionals, Dr. Berry does not believe that the first line of defense against medical problems should be a pill.
Instead, he focuses on how lifestyle choices, particularly diet, should be the first thing addressed in order to achieve optimal health. He is not against pharmacology when appropriate, but feels that many drugs are over-prescribed by doctors. He feels these doctors would be doing their patients a better service by being up to date on the current research and advising their patients to look at a variety of diet and lifestyle choices before resorting to medication.
New Menopausal Years
By Susan S. Weed
This is an excellent book, very dense with lots of information spanning the years before menopause, menopause, and post menopause. It includes information on menstrual irregularities, building better bones, thyroid, fertility after forty, heart palpitations, preventing breast cancer, vaginal/bladder changes, to mention just a few. Highly recommend
Detox & Heal Your Thyroid
By Karen Pringle
Detox & Heal Your Thyroid is the one book you need to get your health back on track! Detoxification is a powerful tool to clear out congestion, reverse disease and save your life! In this book, you have a step-by-step plan which walks you through everything you need from detoxification, insight about foods, all the way to healing. You will learn how to listen with your own body. You can learn a lot more about the book by visiting Karen Pringle’s website.
Stop the Thyroid Madness II
By Andrew Heyman
If you suffer from thyroid problems, with no relief, you need this book in order to find the right provider who can get you out of the “madness” that traditional treatments for thyroid issues provide. This book is loaded with valuable information to help you in your journey to feel better and not take the standard treatment as the gospel truth if you still have symptoms.
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
By Andrew Chevallier
The book begins with general information regarding herbal medicine including how herbal medicine developed, herbal traditions from different parts of the world, and a history of the origins of herbal medicine. It contains information about more than 550 plants including both pharmacological information as well as the lore and traditional uses of plants. It also provides detailed information on those plants which have been carefully researched for safety and efficacy are used most frequently. Entries include information regarding the cultivation, natural habitat, key actions and preparations of the plant, cautions and self-help uses.
The book is generously illustrated with many full color photos and illustrations. Some of the items included are common food items including, for example, thyme, nutmeg, peppermint, asparagus, and oats. The final chapters contain information regarding the culture, harvesting, and preparation of herbal remedies, safety of herbal preparations, and an index of herbal usage by ailment.
Body Into Balance
By Maria Noel Groves
Outstanding addition to anyone’s library. While the initial attraction to this book was the focus on using herbs to improve health, there is much more to it. Ms. Groves wants us to truly listen to our bodies and understand what is needed to feel our best. She educates the reader on how to address imbalances in our systems, but also helps us to dig deeper into the sources of the symptoms and to identify the true issues that cause them.
The book also includes a thorough section on remedy making, with clear instructions on ways to use herbs in the form of teas, tinctures, oils, balms, and salves. For those interested in using herbs for body care and beauty, there are great recommendations for herbs to use in creams, lotions, and other skin care products. There are even lovely suggestions and instructions for using these healthy herbs in culinary treats such as sodas, cordials, vinegars, and bon-bons that are so tasty that the health benefit is almost an afterthought.
By Stephen Harrod Buhner
This is a great book,probably one of the best on the subject. Covers plants that I have never heard of and that comes from someone with an interest in herbs for almost 30 yrs. It also covers everything that is needed to understand the plant, including various Latin and common names, methods of use, where/when/how it is effective, and how it is used across the world.
It is also written in a way where you can quickly pull together everything you need for your particular ailment in just a few minutes.
Healing Life With Herbs Of Life
By Lesley Tierra
Lesley Tierra’s book is a refreshing look at the old system of energetic herbology. While many herbals focus on healing the ailments, this book introduces the concept of healing the energy imbalance. As such, it is not a reference book for a quick fix. It teaches a different philosophy for using herbs.
By William Walsh
Nutrient Power presents a science-based nutrient therapy system that can help millions of people diagnosed with mental disorders. This approach recognizes that nutrient imbalances can alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt gene expression of proteins and enzymes, and cripple the body’s protection against environmental toxins. The author’s database containing millions of chemical factors in blood, urine, and tissues has identified brain-changing nutrient imbalances in patients diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, behavior disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
This book describes individualized nutrient therapy treatments that have produced thousands of reports of recovery. Walsh’s approach is more scientific than the trial-and-error use of psychiatric drugs and is aimed at a true normalization of the brain.
The Autoimmune Fix
By Tom O’Bryan
While its title says “this is a book about autoimmune conditions for people who have them and want to fix them” — it’s actually a book that speaks to health in general, and to preventing future ailments of all kinds. So if you don’t feel you’re as healthy as you should be, or if you feel like you might be better off without gluten and dairy, but just don’t think you can live without it, or if you have genetic conditions in your family, particularly autoimmune (including the less scary ones Raynaud’s, eczema, asthma, etc.), or even if you just have a lot of allergies or susceptibility to colds — this book is well worth the read.
I found it to be very empowering. It shows you that a lot of these things, be it pesky little health issues or scary genetic diseases in the family, could actually be easy to solve or prevent. Because so many ailments (from heart disease, to cancer, to diabetes, to Alzheimers) are a result of chronic inflammation which we could unknowingly be causing little by little over the years because of food choices. The most damaging ones for most people are said to be gluten, dairy, and sugar. Most people hear that last bit and plug their ears. Who would want to give those up? Though you aren’t being asked to do that. What O’Bryan recommends is 21 days without them as a starting point so you can find out if you are sensitive to them. Plus a very convincing case for why finding out could make all the difference for your health situation now and in the future.
This powerful and inspiring book reveals how one simple and scientifically proven plan can help fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and even the aging process.
It also features 70 recipes, easy-to-follow meal plans, as well as tips for stocking your kitchen and eating out. You’ll also find recommended exercises, stress-reduction advice, and inspiring patient stories of life-transforming benefits.
How Not to Die
By Michael Greger M.D. and Gene Stone
Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor’s orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.
In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen -a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day.
The Omnivore's Dilemma
By Michael Pollan
The book takes an in depth look at where our foods come from and the economic, chemical, environmental and social impact of the process. The author takes a long look at the overproduction of corn in this country and how apparently as a result of this government supported process, many animals raised for meat (cows, chickens, pigs) are fed corn as part of a mass production process.
By William Davis, MD and Dan Woren
I first fell in love with Dr. Davis when I ready his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly. He literally changed (improved) the lives of millions of people who finally had a good enough reason to cut out wheat and they got better! Good work Dr. Davis.
In Undoctored, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health. This groundbreaking exposé reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems.
With Undoctored, the code to health care has been cracked—Dr. Davis will help you create a comprehensive program to reduce, reverse, and cure hundreds of common health conditions and break your dependence on prescription drugs. By applying simple strategies while harnessing the collective wisdom of new online technologies, you can break free of a healthcare industry that puts profits over health.
By Anthony William
The highly anticipated new release from the groundbreaking, New York Times best-selling author of Medical Medium! Experience the next level of medical revelations.
Packed with information you won’t find anywhere else about the Unforgiving Four—the threats responsible for the rise of illness—and the miraculous power of food to heal, this book gives you the ability to become your own health expert, so you can protect yourself, friends, family, and loved ones from symptoms, suffering, and disease.
Unleash the hidden powers of fruits and vegetables and transform your life in the process.
By Anthony William
Another great book by Anthony William, the Medical Medium, shares unparalleled insights into undiscovered functions of our life-saving livers, explains what’s behind dozens of health issues that hold us back, and offers detailed guidance on how to move forward so we can live our best lives.
Find out for yourself what liver rescue is all about: being clearer-headed, more peaceful, happier, and better able to adapt to our fast-changing times. Learn how to sleep well, balance blood sugar, lower blood pressure, lose weight, and look and feel younger. A healthy liver is the ultimate de-stressor, anti-aging ally, and safeguard against a threatening world–if we give it the right support.
By David Perlmutter
Fabulous book. A must-read for anyone who has been diagnosed with insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes, or have been trying to lose the pounds by counting calories and all the magic diets. The book is comprehensive but easy to understand and doesn’t take long to read. It explains very clearly how consumption of gluten, grains and even other carbohydrates (both simple and complex) affect metabolism, create allergies, food addictions, reduced insulin sensitivity, imbalances in the hormonal system and in the hunger/satiety mechanism.
The book relies on a large body of scientific evidence to show how the standard dietary recommendations (i.e. – high grain/carb , low fat, low cholesterol, monounsaturated veg oils ) have resulted in significant increases in a range of health problems (e.g. obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, inflammatory conditions, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ADHD, depression, anxiety and even cancer). The book leads the reader step by step from the problem to the solution and finally provides a complete action plan that includes diet strategy, ingredients, weekly plan, recipes and important supplements.
In Defense Of Food
By Michael Pollan
Well-organized and well-written, this book covers how we got to where we are, buying processed foods labeled with various health claims that are meaningless. We find out about the rise of the nutrition industry and how they’ve led us astray. We’ve all heard that fresh, less-processed is better, but the author does an excellent job of explaining why.
The Alkaline Reset Cleanse
In The Alkaline Reset Cleanse, Ross distills his decade of research into a straightforward and easily accessible, 7-day program, complete with shopping lists, recipes, and encouraging tips from those who have already succeeded.
The starting premise for Ross’ book is the widely held belief that certain foods are acid-forming in the body, while others are alkalizing — and that most of us are off-balance in an acidic direction.
The science behind the alkaline diet is controversial. But the effectiveness of Ross’ program is not. Whether because it’s alkalizing, or for other reasons, the foods and approaches Ross encourages are potent. And more importantly, they work.
Eat To Beat
The book’s plan shows you how to integrate the foods you already love into any diet or health plan. You’ll also learn how you can activate your body’s health defense systems to fight cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and autoimmune diseases, and other debilitating conditions.
By William Davis M.D.
Over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat every day. As a result, over 100 million experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes to high blood sugar to unattractive stomach bulges preventative cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: it’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.
By Dr. Christine Kaczmar
This book will open your eyes to the prescription madness and what you can do to take control of your digestive issues-make changes. It’s an easy read the teaches more than meets the eye.
Her run-down of the Broken Medical Model, along with “It’s not what you eat, but what you digest” is spot-on and explains why you keep going to the doctor, keep getting prescriptions, and DON’T heal.
Healing With Whole Foods
It is very complex and technical, and he seamlessly connects Asian Medicine with Modern Western Science. Also a lot on the whole foods aproach and foods that are destructive to you body and the reasons why they should be avoided.
There are recipes to try and for some a new way to look at your current constitution and if it is lacking you can determine which aproach to try to restore balance. Overall a great book, and a must for anyone who is interested in healing their body with whole foods.
The Truth About Food
The book has two sections:
In the first section, “Lies,” Katz breaks down how nutritional science works in theory and practice. He debunks popular misconceptions, and more importantly, explains what the research really says.
In the “Truth” section, Katz covers a wide range of nutrition topics, including popular and controversial ones, such as cholesterol, lectins, cooking oils, and more.