Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

The Diet Cure

by Julia Ross, MA
Julia Ross is the executive director of Recovery Systems, a clinic that treats serious eating and weight disorders. The Diet Cure is a pragmatic yet easy to read book that addresses the root causes of food cravings, addictions, eating disorders, and weight problems. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1: Identifying the Eight Imbalances, explores issues that influence overeating or dysfunctional eating, such as blood sugar imbalances, yeast overgrowth, nutritional deficiencies, and brain chemistry. Part 2: Correcting the Imbalances, looks at ways to address the imbalances identified in Part 1 with particular attention on the role of amino acids. Part 3: Your Master Plan for a Diet Cure, integrates all of the information learned into a sustainable plan for optimal nutrition. Well worth reading.

How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine

Michael Murray, ND; Tim Birdsall, ND; Joseph Pizzorno, ND; and Paul Reilly, ND
Endorsed by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and recommended by Christine Northup, MD and Bernie Siegel, MD, the book is a gold mine of information for both the prevention of cancer as well as treatment with natural agents. It is written by some of the most respected names in naturopathic medicine, including Michael Murray, ND; Tim Birdsall, ND; Joseph Pizzorno, ND; and Paul Reily, ND. The first five chapters address the prevention of cancer, the next five look at the issues involved with treating cancer with natural medicine, and the last three chapters discuss using natural agents to cope with the side effects of conventional treatment. A highly recommended and comprehensive book.

Prozac Backlash/Antidepressant Solution

by Joseph Glenmullen, MD
These two intelligently written books by Dr. Glenmullen, a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who is also in private practice, serve as an important counterpoint to information widely generated by the pharmaceutical industry on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The Prozac Backlash discusses the data on why one needs to be cautious in using SSRIs. The Antidepressant Solution offers a step-by-step method of withdrawing from SSRIs. Unfortunately, the books do not provide much information on alternatives to medication, such as herbal interventions, lifestyle approaches, and psychotherapeutic systems. Despite this, these books are an excellent starting point if you are considering taking SSRIs such as Prozac, Zoloft, or Paxil.

Hormone Solution

by Thierry Hertoghe, MD
Dr. Hertoghe has created a highly informative and interactive book that offers a well-researched program to address many of the negative issues associated with aging, including weight gain, memory loss, reproductive dysfunctions, hair loss, and fatigue. The core of the book focuses on 15 key hormones that are critical for healthy function and then help the reader build a personal hormone profile based on a number of self-scoring checklists. With this in hand, the reader is then taken through a variety of potential problem areas and educated both about normal function and the impact of hormonal dysfunction. A variety of different solutions to address these problems, such as testing options, eating plans, and supplementation, are also offered in the text. Overall, the book offers an abundance of research combined with practical advice to confront issues that all of us will inevitably face.

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

by James Hollis
Wondering what is on the other side of midlife? Troubled by the challenges of aging? Confused about the lack of fulfillment in your life? This book respectfully offers both hope and perceptive observations about what is possible in your “second adulthood.”

Women Who Run with the Wolves

by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
A Jungian analyst by training, Clarissa Pinkola Estes went on to become a cantadora – a person who collects stories and dispenses them like medicine. Here, she shares her deep wisdom about the nature of being a woman… and all the wonder and mystery that entails.

Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren’t Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD

by Peter Breggin, MD
One of a number of intelligent critiques concerning the over-prescribing of psychiatric drugs and the “medicalization” of the human condition, including David Healy’s The Creation of Psychopharmacology and Let Them Eat Prozac, Elliott Valenstein’s Blaming the Brain, and Robert Whitaker’s Mad in America. Dr. Breggin takes a strong position on these issues – his bias is fully disclosed at the beginning of the book – that not every reader will agree with, including his dismissal of the validity of the ADHD diagnosis and the use of pharmaceuticals such as Ritalin. However, as a medical expert who has testified in legal cases against pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Breggin’s point of view is an important one to include for anyone considering the use of stimulant medications for ADHD.

The Wisdom of Menopause

by Christiane Northrup
One of the best books out there on the topic of menopause.

Collected Works of Dr. Benedict Lust

This book bring together for the first time in decades the major writings of Dr. Lust, often called the father of naturopathy, in one volume with complete annotations by Dr. Lust’s niece, Anita Lust Boyd, and Dr. Eric Yarnell. In the forward, the near death and triumphant resurgence of naturopathic medicine since Dr. Lust’s death is recounted in gripping detail by noted naturopathic physician Dr. Jared Zeff. Dr. Zeff’s incisive and very personal account of how the profession of Dr. Lust has been restored highlights for each of us the importance of remembering and learning from our past history.

The Web That Has No Weaver

by Ted J. Kaptchuk
An excellent introduction to the concepts of Oriental medicine from Ted Kaptchuck, who is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.