Top Ten Health Books That Changed My Life

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If you are interested in health books, why not read a book from this list that may change your life.  This list is credited to SarahThe Healthy Home Economist.

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release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
New Expanded 8th edition with new photos and text.

An epic study demonstrating the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods.


For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health. Dr. Price traveled to hundreds of cities in a total of 14 different countries in his search to find healthy people. He investigated some of the most remote areas in the world. He observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, high immunity to tuberculosis and overall excellent health in those groups of people who ate their indigenous foods. He found when these people were introduced to modernized foods, such as white flour, white sugar, refined vegetable oils and canned goods, signs of degeneration quickly became quite evident. Dental caries, deformed jaw structures, crooked teeth, arthritis and a low immunity to tuberculosis became rampant amongst them. Dr. Price documented this ancestral wisdom including hundreds of photos in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
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Nourishing Traditions

This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious.

Nourishing Traditions will tell you:

  1. Why your body needs old fashioned animal fats
  1. Why butter is a health food
  1. How high-cholesterol diets promote good health
  1. How saturated fats protect the heart
  1. How rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
  1. Why grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
  1. About enzyme-enhanced food and beverages that can provide increased energy and vitality
  1. Why high-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Topics include the health benefits of traditional fats and oils (including butter and coconut oil); dangers of vegetarianism; problems with modern soy foods; health benefits of sauces and gravies; proper preparation of whole grain products; pros and cons of milk consumption; easy-to-prepare enzyme enriched condiments and beverages; and appropriate diets for babies and children.

release date: Nov 01, 2010
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Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning disabilities, she is acutely aware of the difficulties facing other parents like her, and she has devoted much of her time to helping these families. She realized that nutrition played a critical role in helping children and adults to overcome their disabilities, and has pioneered the use of probiotics in this field. Her willingness to share her knowledge has resulted in her contributing to many publications, as well as presenting at numerous seminars and conferences on the subjects of learning disabilities and digestive disorders. Her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome captures her experience and knowledge, incorporating her most recent work. She believes that the link between learning disabilities, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute, and the results of her work have supported her position on this subject. In her clinic, parents discuss all aspects of their child's condition, confident in the knowledge that they are not only talking to a professional but to a parent who has lived their experience. Her deep understanding of the challenges they face puts her advice in a class of its own.

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Excitotoxins
Ex-ci'-to-tox-in: a substance added to foods and beverages that literally stimulates neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Can be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate, aspartame (NutraSweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid.

Citing over five hundred scientific studies, Excitotoxins explores the dangers of aspartame, MSG, and other substances added to our food. This is an electrifying and important book that should be available to every American consumer.
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The Truth about Children's Health
Updated and expanded edition, now 408 pages. Hailed as one of the most important books of our time... by many health care professionals, this groundbreaking book will open your eyes to the unseen causes and simple cures of most childhood diseases. Heavily researched (over 930 references) and written for the average reader, it documents how many maladies even some considered irreversible can be improved and sometimes completely reversed. It details how the body and mind of a young child differs from an adult, why this is so important and how this impacts the child. Contains an in-depth resource guide, contact information and Four Simple Steps to a Healthy, Happy Well-behaved Child. Insightful and entertaining one of the few health books you won't want to put down. If you have or are thinking of having children, this book is a must, but should be read by anyone interested in health. "...This book makes almost every other health book obsolete... If you care about your children, READ THIS BOOK!" -- David Getoff, Naturopath, CCN, CNC, FAAIM "...This is one of the finest resources on the market...Every parent should have a copy..." -- Chadwich Hawk, D.C, December 2002 "Absolutely one of the most important books of our time. Not just for children..." -- Gregory Pouls, D.C., Maile Pouls, PhD, December 2002 "One of the most important books of our time. Not just for children, but adults, society, and our very survival." -- Gregory Pouls, D.C., Maile Pouls, PhD "Possitively one of the best books of the millennium... more information in this book than you could possibly ask for." -- Steven N. Green, DDS "This health book is so fascinating I could hardly put it down! ...Of great importance for everyone young and old." -- Al Johnson, parent "Well researched and offers great advancement toward a better life for our children. Thank you." -- Aajonus Vonderplanitz, scientist, nutritionis,author
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Cooking for Life
The first book to show Western readers how to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into their everyday cooking. Includes more than 100 recipes for easy-to-prepare meals made from ingredients readily available in the United States. Line drawings.
release date: Jan 01, 1988
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The Secret Life of the Unborn Child
YOU CAN GIVE YOUR BABY A GREATER CHANCE FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS—MONTHS BEFORE BIRTH!
 
A pioneering physician, Dr. Thomas Verny, gives startling new evidence based on two decades of medical research.
 
Your unborn baby is:
• Capable of learning
• Able to warn you of medical problems you and your doctor may not be aware of
• Able to hear and respond to voices and sounds—including music
• Sensitive to his parents' feelings about him
• Capable of responding to love
• An active, feeling human being.
 
The ways in which you respond to and care for your unborn child may affect his physical and emotional well-being for the rest of his life. The choices you make today about your child's birth may make a vital difference for years to come. You can prepare your unborn baby for a happy, healthy life. This remarkable book will show you how!
 
A gift to every loving, caring parent. A book that will change the experience of pregnancy and childbirth forever!
release date: Apr 11, 1996
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Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Simple, safe remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and newborns. Now in its 24th printing. A confirmed favorite with pregnant women, midwives, childbirth educators, and new parents. Packed with clear, comforting, and superbly helpful information. Beginning with the two months before pregnancy, herbs are enlisted to provide safe, effective birth control, or to help ensure pregnancy, even in the most difficult of situations. A special list of teratogens, including herbs to avoid before pregnancy, is included, as is a section on herbs to improve the father's fertility and reduce the risk of birth defects. Once pregnancy has occurred, herbs are safe and beneficial allies in reducing the distress of pregnancy, including hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, morning sickness, emotional changes, anemia, muscle cramps, bladder infections, and preclampsia. Tasty recipes and clear directions make use easy and fun. Herbs take a starring role in labor and delivery -- whether initiating labor, increasing energy, diminishing pain, or staunching postpartum bleeding -- and in postpartum care of the mother's perineum, breasts, and emotions, and the infants umbilicus, skin, scalp, digestive system, and immune system. Humorous, tender, and detailed, this classic text is supported by illustrations, references, resource lists, glossary, and index. Includes herbs for fertility and birth control. Foreword by Jeannine Parvati Baker.
release date: Mar 16, 2009
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The Untold Story of Milk
The role of raw milk in the rise of civilization, the milk problem that led to compulsory pasteurization, the politics of the dairy industry. Revised and updated with the latest scientific studies documenting the safety and health benefits of raw milk.Raw milk is a movement whose time has come. This book will serve as a catalyst for that movement, providing consumers with the facts and inspiration they need to embrace Nature's perfect food.
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Juicing for Life
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can boost your energy level, supercharge your immune system, and maximize your body's healing power. Convenient and inexpensive, juicing allows you to obtain the most concentrated from of nutrition available from whole foods.

This A-Z guide shows you how to use nature's bounty in the prevention and treatment of our most common health disorders. This accessible book gives complete nutritional programs for over 75 health problems, telling you which fruits and vegetables have been shown effective in combatting specific illnesses and why. Along with hundreds of delicious, nutrition-rich juicing recipes, this book provides dietary guidelines, and diet plans to follow in conjunction with your juicing regimen.

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