The Gluten Free Edge
by Peter Bronski and Melissa McLean Jory
A great book that I highly recommend. Co-written by my friend and colleague, Melissa McLean Jory, The Gluten Free Edge gives the ins and outs of living gluten free, especially if you’re an athlete like she is.
The Mind Of Your Own
Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan has written probably the most important book *ever
for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety or other mental ills. She
shows that psych drugs only cover up symptoms, while often causing
undesirable side effects, but by using the tools of functional nutrition,
people can actually heal their brains.
The Disease Dilusion
by Dr.Jeffrey S. Bland
Dr. Bland is the most highly respected doctor in the functional medicine world. When he speaks, everyone listens and learns. Although at times I’ve needed a dictionary to understand his talks, he has written this book in beautifully understandable terms. A groundbreaking book that enlightens us on what we’re doing wrong in the medicine of today, and how the functional medicine practitioners are getting it right (i.e., actually making people better).
Why Isn’t My Brain Working?
by Dr. Datis Kharrazian
I started going to Dr K’s classes when I was still in nutrition school and I’ve gobbled up every bit of information I could from him since. He’s that smart, and always right on top of the newest and best information. Plus, he’s constantly getting smarter and better thanks to his knowledge of how to optimize brain function. He practices what he preaches.This is a big, fat book that everyone who wants to get (or keep) their brain working optimally should read.
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
by Robert M. Sapolsky
If you’ve ever wondered what happens in your body when you’re stressed (you know, so you are inspired to make positive changes and whatnot), you should really read this book. Not only is it highly informative, somehow Sapolsky manages to make it entertaining as well. An enjoyable read that you’ll even learn something from. Bonus!
The Blood Sugar Solution
Mark Hyman, MD
Dr. Hyman is a highly successful functional medicine doc who really knows what he’s talking about. Interestingly enough, the main tool in his work is nutrition. He understands the important part food plays in our health.
Everyone should understand the concepts taught in this book, especially those who are dealing with obesity and blood sugar imbalances. This does not only mean diabetics, but those who tend toward low blood sugar as well. (Do you get dizzy or grumpy when you skip your breakfast? I’m talking about you.)
The Diet Cure
by Julia Ross, MA
It sounds like just another diet book, doesn’t it? And, in a way, it is… only it’s different. Julia Ross carefully and clearly outlines the reasons why diets fail and what you will need to do to get your body in balance so that you can lose weight. Is it your hormones? Your neurotransmitters? Do you have food intolerances? Julia helps you figure it all out.
by William Davis, MD
The first time I started reading this book, I didn’t like it. It was a personality issue. To be honest, I thought Dr. Davis was a bit arrogant, so I put it down. But then a fellow nutritionist friend of mine whom I have great respect for told me how she loved the book. So I decided to grit my teeth and start again. It’s a great book (if you can get over the attitude). Dr. Davis does a marvelous job of explaining why “healthy whole grains” are not so healthy and the recommendation to eat them is not making anybody better. If you need some help encouraging yourself or someone else to go gluten-free, this is the resource you are looking for. If I thought he’d listen to me, I’d tell him about Cyrex Labs so he could add that resource to the next edition of the book.
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?
by Datis Kharrazian
Dr. K has written the book on thyroid. Most people with hypothyroidism actually have an autoimmune condition causing the thyroid gland to be sluggish. Standard medical treatment is to give thyroid hormones, but does nothing to address the immune system issue causing the problem. Kharrazian (a teacher of mine) tells you what you can do to balance out your immune system, stop the autoimmune attack, and hopefully avoid a lifetime of increasing doses of thyroid hormones. Buy it directly from him and save some cash.
Feeding the Whole Family
by Cynthia Lair
When our twin boys were newborns, my husband Tom and I met Cynthia Lair who taught our parents group how to make baby food. We bought her book that night and still use it 14 years later. Our family favorite has long been her Blueberry-Strawberry Tart. One thing we loved about this book when our children were just starting on solid foods was how Cynthia teaches you to make one meal for the whole family and choose the parts of it that will be appropriate for your baby or toddler depending on what stage he/she (or they!) are in. A great cookbook even if your children are all grown.
The Art of Simple Food
by Alice Waters
This is the first cookbook I’ve ever read cover to cover. While by no means gluten-free, dairy-free or even white-flour-free, in this book you’ll learn how to make excellent food, simply. When I have a piece of fish or meat or some fresh veggies and am not sure of what to do with them, I go to Alice who shows me the most simple and elegant way to prepare and serve them.
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook
by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre
The authors of this book are Bastyr-trained nutritionists — they know their food. With sections on food intolerances, introducing solids to baby, stocking your pantry, why to eat organic, and more; this book is a great resource for someone who is just learning about whole foods cooking or for anyone who is trying to eat healthy whether they have food intolerances or not.
Here are some good websites you may want to check out.
Wisconsin Health Freedom Coalition – Working to give the residents of Wisconsin the freedom to choose their health practitioners.
I still like real food-splattered cookbooks, but when you don’t have the recipe you’re looking for, nothing beats a good online recipe finder. Here are some of my favorites:
– From the makers of one of my favorite cookbooks. They’ve got thousands of recipes here. Specify what you want and what you don’t want and they’ll give you a list of good recipes to choose from.
Whole Foods Recipe Finder
– Use the advanced features to find gluten-free, dairy free, sugar-free, whatever. Specify what you’re looking for and chances are it’ll have something good for you.
– Puget Consumers Co-op, my favorite place to shop back when I lived in Seattle. They’ve got a fun, colorfully coded recipe finder.
Gluten Free and More Magazine– A great resource for gluten-free and dairy-free folks. Check out their “quick-start guides”.
The Gluten Syndrome Website– A wealth of information featuring some of the most progressive information out there on gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
Gluten-Free Girl– A great blog with loads of info and recommendations on living gluten-free.
Gluten-Free Mall– The place to start your online search – links to everything gluten-free.
Gluten-Free Easily– Yet another great compilation of online gluten-free resources.
Gluten-Free Drugs– Here is a list, compiled by a pharmacist, of gluten-free meds. Especially important since medication manufacturers are not required to list gluten as an ingredient.
Professional and educational organizations:
Nutrition Therapy Institute– Founded in 1999, NTI is a private holistic nutrition school offering one of the most highly regarded academic programs in the country.
National Association of Nutrition Professionals– “Our mission is to enhance the integrity of the holistic nutrition profession through self-governance, educational standards, a rigorous code of ethics, and professional registration of holistic nutritionists.”
The Institute for Functional Medicine– Our Mission: To serve the highest expression of individual health through widespread adoption of functional medicine as the standard of care.
Institute for the Psychology of Eating– Institute owner and author Marc David blogs on many topics related to, not surprisingly, the psychology of eating. This man is smart and sensible. I really like what he has to say.
Good food & stuff:
Vital Choice Seafood – These guys are awesome. A small company of ethical fishermen out of
Bellingham, Washington. The fish they sell under their label is clean and healthy – no worries about heavy metals or other contaminants. I buy their canned salmon (bone-in) by the casefull!
The Driftless Cafe – A Viroqua favorite. Most of their food is local, organic and lots of it is Balanced and Clear friendly!
Viroqua Food Cooperative – Ahh, what would our little town do without our beloved co-op?
Viroqua – What a great little town. It’s where we live. Stop by some time, you won’t regret it!
Healthy Home Check-up Kit – The Oregon Environmental Council has created this great tool to help you make sure your home is as toxin-free as possible. Download a copy of the kit and check out all the rest of their great resources too.
Produce Shoppers’ Guide – See which foods have fewer pesticides on them and which ones you really want make sure to buy organic. Updated each year.
Skin Deep – Huge database to help you choose the cleanest shampoos, sunscreens, make-up, etc.
I decided to create this section as a solution for the people who are interested in doing work with me but who are unable to pay out of pocket for health care services. Although insurance isn’t going to pay for videos, by using this technology I am able to make a lot of great information available at a price that most everyone can afford, $20 each.
This page will be a continuous work in progress. I will be adding more topics to the library as I go along. As a matter of fact, if you have a particular topic you’d like me to cover, shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to get it done.
Lastly, I must mention, that all of my work is intended to educate and help you to know about dietary and lifestyle measures that might help your body heal and be the best it can be. None of these ideas should be considered treatments for any ailment or condition. I am not a doctor, and I do not diagnose or treat disease. I may give you ideas that you’ll want to check out with your doctor though. There… enough of that.
Nutrition is amazingly powerful. Get your nutrition stuff together and life gets brighter all around. Let me help you with that.
Watch this brief introduction to my “DIY Allergy Elimination Diet” video.
This downloadable video will teach you, step by step, how to discover what foods are responsible for your symptoms.
A free pdf handout with notes and key points brought out in the video is included as a bonus so you can focus on watching and learning instead of note-taking.