Most of my patients know that I’m an avid reader and try to read for at least an hour every night before I hit the sack.
Call me obsessed but I genuinely love reading.
Reading textbooks allows me to expand my clinical skills, but I also enjoy a good fiction book at night to help me relax.
Today a patient asked if I could write a website post regarding what I think are the best books to read on the subject of natural health.
So here we go…
Top Tier Books That Everyone Should Read
1. Textbook of Natural Medicine is a textbook that I keep in my personal library and will never sell. It is by far the most in-depth text ever written on natural health and specific conditions. It is expensive, but the information is literally priceless. Make sure you have a good foundation and understanding of the biological sciences before you purchase it or you will be lost.
2. How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy by Paul Chek is a book that I recommend on a weekly basis. I have yet to have anyone say they are disappointed with the book. It totally changed my clinical perspective. It supplies an in-depth and easy to follow road map for developing and implementing a healthy lifestyle to avoid disease. I can’t recommend it enough.
3. The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton Ph.D is a fantastic book that explains how genes and genetics are not the final chapter in health. It’s an inspirational read that explains why the common saying, “it’s in my genes” is incorrect.
4. The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf is a book that has changed so many of my patients lives for the better. I can’t agree with everything he says (for example I include brown rice and oats in my diet), but the message about wheat is very clear and understandable. I’ve had patients turn conditions such as depression, anxiety, and Crohns disease around following the basic protocols laid out in this book.
5. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats is by far one of the most controversial books on nutrition recently written. It was one of the first books to re-introduce the work of Dr. Weston A. Price to the world, and to claim that dietary fat can be healthy. It explains in good detail how grains have been bastardized for the sake of mass production and how public health has suffered. Very controversial, but very informative and has lots of good recipes that can help with a number of conditions. This book introduced me to Kombucha tea and it’s clinical applications for things like constipation, IBS, and detoxification.
6. The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer is a book that changed my life. It doesn’t have to do with nutrition or exercise, but talks about finding your purpose and forming a philosophy for life. This book pushed me to investigate how I used my mind and recognize how I might of been hindering myself. It opened me up to the metaphysical portions of life that I was ignoring.
7. Supertraining is by far the most intensive book ever written on exercise science and performance. If you are new to exercise this book will be over your head.
I also recommend any of the books found here in my recommended books section.