Recommended Reading

Jumpstart your journey to health this year by expanding your reading list.

Unfortunately, many resources these days are not helpful or even misleading. I’ve spent the last several years reading available popular books and have listed those I think will be both helpful and accurate. While I personally do not agree with every point in every resource, those listed are from professionals who have worked through the medical literature and formulated accurate readings on their thoughts and research. My hope is that this listing will be a launching point for your personal and intellectual journey.


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Recent Recommendations

The Toxin Solution

How Hidden Poisons in the Air, Water, Food, and Products We Use Are Destroying Our Health—AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO FIX IT

Joseph Pizzorno, MD

Dr. Pizzorno is best known for founding Bastyr University and writing the textbook of Natural Medicine. This book represents his most recent research project on the association between environmental toxins and chronic illness. This book is enlightening in its clear exposition of the association of entities from diabetes and autoimmune diseases to cancer and their close association with environmental toxin exposure. This is a great recommendation for anyone who is skeptical of the association between environmental toxins and human health.

The Gut Balance Revolution

Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology, and Lose the Weight for Good!
Gerald Mullen, MD
It seems like every year a new connection is made between the gastrointestinal tract and human health. Dr. Mullen, associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, learned early in his career about the close association between gut health and personal health. His research at the University of Maryland and now Hopkins has shed light onto the association between the bacteria in the gut and obesity, metabolic syndrome and systemic inflammation. This book would be a good read for anyone wanting to know more about the human microbiome, from one of its top researchers in the country.

The Plant Paradox

The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
Steven Gundry MD
Dr. Gundry is an internationally recognized heart surgeon whose career has changed over the past two decades through his research into diet and its effects on the cardiovascular system. In this book, Dr. Gundry summarizes his decades of practice and research. The main theme is: plants can heal and harm. Certain plant-based foods have incredible healing properties and others can be harmful. This insightful work in a must read for those with a history of heart disease or a family history of heart disease.

The Brain's Way of Healing

Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
Norman Doidge, MD
The traditional way of thinking about brain health is that once you reach adulthood, you start to lose brain cells and once lost, they can never be recovered nor the connections they represent. Dr. Doidge shows that this is actually not the case. He reviews the science behind miraculous stories of recovery from conditions such as stroke and brain trauma to Parkinson's Disease. His second book, The Brain That Changes Itself is a continuation of his work. Your brain is changing your entire life, you can take charge to positively direct this change.