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Mark Hyman was the medical director at Canyon Ranch when I was on the nutrition staff there, and is a true visionary. His book helps you make changes in the way you eat and think about food that will stay with you for life. It offers a clear explanation of how the food we eat communicates with our genes, resulting in health or illness.


(by topics in alpha order)

Blood Sugar Control and Weight Loss

UltraMetabolism:  The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss by Mark Hyman, MD, 2006

Potatoes Not Prozac by Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD, 1999

The Diabetes Improvement Program: The Ultimate Handbook for Using Foods & Supplements to Slow and Reverse the Complications of Diabetes by Patrick Quillin, PhD, 2001

Syndrome X:  The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Insulin Resistance by Jack Challem, Burton Berkson, MD and Melissa Diane Smith, 2001

Bone Health

The Myth of Osteoporosis by Gillian Sanson, 2003 


Better Bones, Better Body:  Beyond Estrogen and Calcium by Susan Brown, PhD and Russell Jaffe, MD, 2000

Brain Health/Longevity

Smart Nutrients:  Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s, Enhance Brain Function by Abram Hoffer and Morton Walker, 2002

UltraPrevention by Mark Hyman, MD and Mark Liponis, MD, 2003

The Brain Wellness Plan:  Breakthrough Medical, Nutritional, and Immune-Boosting Therapies by Jay Lombard, DO and Carl Germano, 1998


Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin, 2005

How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine by Michael Murray, N.D., 2003

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book by Susan M. Love, M.D., 2005


The ABCs of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond by Steve Charney, David Goldbeck and Marie Burgaleta Larson, 2007

Cookbooks with More than Just Recipes

One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for People with Cancer, Survivors, and their Caregivers by Rebecca Katz, Celestial Arts, 2004

Canyon Ranch Cooks:  More than 200 Delicious, Innovative Recipes from America’s Leading Health Resort by Barry Correia and Scott Uehlein, Rodale, 2003

12 Best Foods Cookbook:  Over 200 Recipes Featuring the 12 Healthiest Foods by Dana Jacobi, 2005

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, 1997

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, 2001

Healing Foods Cookbook:  400 Delicious Recipes with Curative Power by Jean Rogers, 1991

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Digestive Health

Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic by Peter Green, MD and Rory Jones, Collins, 2006

The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines by Michael D. Gershon, MD, 1999

Emotional Eating

The Zen of Eating by Ronna Kabutznick, 1998

I Can Do It by Louise L. Hay, 2004

Feeding the Hungry Heart:  The Experience of Compulsive Eating by Geneen Roth, 2002

Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher G. Fairburn, 1995

The Appetite Awareness Workbook:  How to Listen to Your Body and Overcome Bingeing, Overeating and Obsession with Food by Linda W. Craighead, PhD, 2006

Eastern Nutrition

Ayurveda, A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari, 1995

Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners by Amadea Morningstar, 1995

Endocrine Health

The Hypothyroid Sourcebook by M. Sara Rosenthal, 2002

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers:  The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases and Copying by Robert M. Sapolsky, 2004

The End of Stress As We Know It by Bruce McEwen, 2002

Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome (What it is and how you can recover energy, immune resistance, vitality, enjoyment of life) by James L. Wilson, ND, DC, PhD, 2001

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Strength Training for Muscle Development by Mark Hatfield, 2005

A well-illustrated, easy to follow reference book that shows beginner to advanced exercises to train most muscle groups.

Get With the Program: Getting Real About Your Weight, Health, and Emotional Wellbeing by Bob Greene, 2003

Workouts for Dummies by Tamilee Webb and Lori Seeger, 1998

This book has a chapter on strength training at home or on the road with minimal equipment such as rubber bands.

Food Politics

The Omnivore’s Dilemma:  A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, 2006

Real Food, What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck, 2007

Food Politics: How the Food Indistry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle, 2003

The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children by Carol Simontacchi, 2001

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, DDS, 2004

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, 2007

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The Migraine Cure: How to Forever Banish the Curse of Migraines by Sergey Dzugan, 2006

Nutrition Reference Books

The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book by Shari Lieberman, PhD and Nancy Bruning, 2003

Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements by Michael Murray, ND, 1996

Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Murray, ND, and Joseph Pizzorno, ND, 1999

Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill: The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils, cholesterol and Human Health by Udo Erasmus, 1993

Women’s Health

The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change by Christiane Northrup, MD, 2006

Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Tori Hudson, ND, 2007

The V Book, A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health by Elizabeth G. Stewart, MD, 2002

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Supersize Me (educationally enhanced version) by Morgan Spurlock, 2004

The Future of Food by Deborah Koons Garcia, 2005


Alternative Medicine, published monthly, www.alternativemedicine.com

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, published 10 times/year, www.townsendletter.com

Nutrition Action Health Letter, published monthly by Center for Science in the Public Interest, www.cspinet.org

Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing, published monthly by Healthy Directions, www.drwhitaker.com

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, published monthly by Tufts Media, www.healthletter.tufts.edu

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This well researched book is written by a layperson in layperson terms.  It encourages everyone who has had a bone density scan and told to take a medication, to delve deeper into the surrounding issues and consider other treatment and prevention options, including nutrition.

Although now somewhat dated, this book includes excellent information about the impact of nutrition on bone health, including a good section on acid-alkaline balance.

Dr. Quillin lays down the foundation of nutritional intelligence in easy-to-follow terms – for anyone who wants to live a healthier life and even more importantly for those coping with disease and looking for support during treatment and healing.

A how-to-guide on the joys of going back to basics and preparing fresh, whole, unprocessed foods.  Even if you follow only one or two suggestions, you will benefit immensely.

Somewhat technical but extremely insiteful and well worth it.  I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with a GI disorder.

Written by a person who has overcome serious health problems through self-healing, this book comprehensively outlines the foundation of Ayurvedic nutrition with a self-assessment questionnaire and extensive charts to identify the most healing foods for your individual body type.

A scientific and entertaining book about how stress affects our health and how we can minimize this risk.

A well-illustrated, easy to follow reference book that shows beginner to advanced exercises to train most muscle groups.

This book has a chapter on strength training you can do at home or on the road with minimal equipment such as rubber bands.

This is a beautifully written and engaging book, backed by science, on the life cycle of food in the American diet.  If it does nothing else, it will make you more mindful of what you eat.

An entertaining and educational story for people of all ages.

An excellent source guide, written in clear terms to help you make sense of your doctor’s diagnosis and communicate more effectively about it.


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