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Recommended Reads

Thyroid

  • Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Thyroid Treatment – Janie A Bowthorpe, M.Ed. (2008) – Janie Bowthorpe was a thyroid patient for years and could not get treatment for her condition, and she found that she wasn’t alone in her plight. Her health condition got so bad that she found herself carrying a stool with her in public so she could rest if she needed.  This is a patient-to-patient guide, but I found it refreshing and helpful in forming the way I prescribe and treat patients today.
  •  The Thyroid Solution: A Mind-Body Program for Beating Depression and Regaining your Emotional and Physical Health – Ridha Arem, M.D. (1999) – This book was written by an endocrinologist with impeccable credentials, who provides explanations for why people have symptoms of hypothyroidism with normal thyroid blood levels. In particular, this book discusses the overlapping thyroid and hormonal disorders, along with chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia and fibromyalgia.
  • Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms when my Lab Tests are Normal – Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS 2010. – This book is useful for understanding Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism. Dr. Kharrazian discusses the 6 types of low thyroid function and explores how you can down regulate your immune system’s response using nutrients and herbs.  He also points out why taking thyroid hormones and even some thyroid supplements may not help and can even make your symptoms worse.
  • Overcoming Thyroid Disorders – David Brownstein, MD – Dr. Brownstein is famous for his perspective on the misinformation of thyroid disorders in the conventional medical model. He discusses natural hormones, detoxification, iodine, minerals and vitamins for thyroid health.

Hormones

  • Women, Hormones, and the Menstrual Cycle: Herbal and Medical Solutions from Adolescence to Menopause – Ruth Trickey (2003) – An essential text for anyone interested in women’s health. It covers numerous complaints through the life cycle of a woman. Ruth Trickey discusses all options for treatment from self help suggestions to medication and surgery, although her focus is on natural remedies.
  • From Fatigued to Fantastic: Overcoming Chronic Exhaustion, Achiness, Brain Fog, Poor Sleep, Decreased Sex Drive, and Recurrent Infections – Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. (2001) – People who suffer from fatigue, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFIDS) will find this an invaluable resource. I think it helps patients assess where their health took a turn for the worse, encourages them to take responsibility for where they can help heal themselves, and gives them a resource guide for regaining their vibrancy.

Fertility

  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health – Toni Weschler, MPH (2002) – This book guides women through the entire spectrum of questions related to fertility: how can I avoid conceiving if I am not ready to, how can I increase my chances of conception, and how can I best maintain a pregnancy once I am pregnant. It is a patient guide full of information teaching women to connect with their natural rhythms and gain control of their sexual and gynecological health.

Gastrointestinal Health

  • Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health through Diet – Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc. (2004) – This amazing book will teach you how to heal ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, autism, diverticulitis, celiac disease, chronic diarrhea, and constipation through diet.  The viscious cycle of events occurring in the intestines that lead to the above disorders can be broken, and the body can regain normal functioning. Numerous patients of mine have overcome serious intestinal disorders by adhering to this diet!
  • The Second Brain – Michael Gershon, MD – This groundbreaking book clarifies the relationship between nervous disorders of the intestines and the brain.  He focuses on the autonomic nervous system, the enteric nervous system that resides on the gut lining, and chemical neurotransmission.  For anyone dealing with depression or anxiety, this book can shed light on how to treat your gut in order to balance your mood.
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, MD

Nutrition & Diet

  • Paleo Diet – Loren Cordain – Paleo Diet is different in its approach than the “average” low carb diet. Like others, it is higher in protein, but it is premised first on a historical basis because our ancestors ate substantially less carbohydrates (i.e., less grains, refined sugars, starch, bread, processed carbs, etc.) than in the modern, western diet. In fact, they ate virtually none of the above foods. The basic concept behind the Paleo Diet is that the foods that best promote health and optimum functioning are the foods that we evolved to eat: low carbs, higher protein.
  • The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger – Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. (1999) – This book is a how-to-get-your-diet under control guide. I cannot agree more with her take on why we have an epidemic of diabetes in the western world. She links neurotransmitters to insulin and the importance of good fats. A must read for anyone struggling with blood sugar issues, slow metabolism, mood swings, hypercholesterolemia, heart disease, weight gain, and food addictions or cravings.
  • Seeds of Deception – Jeffrey M. Smith – Jeffrey Smith exposes and explodes the myths around GM technology and GM engineering of our food. It reads like a spy novel, but the sinking feeling you are left with is that none of it is fiction.  Environmental as well as personal health hazards are explored in detail. The documentation is exemplary, and we should all read this very important book.

MOOD DISORDERS

  • The Mood Cure – Julia Ross (2002) – This book is a great guide to repairing your mood nutritionally. She explains how to eliminate the four most common mood imbalances. There are numerous self-assessments that can help validate what you are experiencing as well as nutrient suggestions for each condition discussed.  She talks about how to rid your diet of emotionally hazardous items and provides healthy recipes for everyday eating.
  • Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel – Candice Pert, Ph.D. (1997) – At the time this book was written it was groundbreaking information about the way the chemicals in our bodies form a dynamic information network linking mind and body. This book remains a fantastic reminder that the connection between our mind and body have dramatic effects on physiology and that our emotions and their biological consequence shape who we are.

Mind-Body

  • A Year of Living your Yoga – Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT – I leave this book on the back of my toilet for the few minutes a day that I can peek at that day’s thought from Judith.  It is ALWAYS just what I need to hear, and I do actually think of these suggestions throughout my day. For those of us who do yoga, it is a great reminder of how to live it, day in and day out.  Her messages, although simple, are more than enough for me to meditate on and try to impliment into my present life.
  • Living your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life – Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT – This book is a bit more in depth look at how we can use the age-old wisdom of yoga in order to reconnect with the sacred in every day life.  This book will help anyone who is trying to bridge the gap between how you feel while you are in a yoga class to the moments afterward to how you feel throughout the rest of the day.
  • A Year of Living Consciously – Gay Hendricks, PhD – We all want to live authentic, self-aware, and successful lives. How do we go about it? Where do we begin? In a daily map full of wisdom, inspirational quotes, and transformational exercises, bestselling author and psychotherapist Gay Hendricks sets us on a fantastic journey to personal and relationship success.

Recommended Websites

Blogs We Follow

Companies We Love

  • Outrageous Baking in Boulder, CO – gluten, soy and dairy-free baked goods
  • Julia’s Kitchen in Boulder, CO – 100% plant-base, organic whole foods, using only healthy oils; none contain gluten. They prepare their food for optimal taste and digestion, including soaking and sprouting grains, beans, and nuts, including sweets!
  • Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place – a place for all of us to nourish ourselves through food, community, dance, education, and celebration. The whole menu draws upon local, organic ingredients and contains many options that are gluten and/or dairy free.  From a juicy buffalo burger and glass of wine to a tasty vegetarian meal with a hand-crafted herbal tonic, there is something here for everyone with any dietary restriction.