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Recommended Reading

Recommended Books

Here are some of my favorites in the fields of alternative and complementary medicine. The entries  under each titles have the endorsements that I wrote for and appear in the books. You can purchase these at the Amazon.com Book Store by clicking on the book title.

“Sherry Kahn has taken us by the hand and led us through the very complex system that our medical care has become…I didn’t even know what I didn’t know till now. READ THIS! The health and life you save may be your own—and your family’s.”
-Hyla Cass, MD 

Dr. Mercola’s Effortless Healing My interview with Dr. Mercola on The Dangers of Antidepressants and Natural Alternatives was a great success. People are simply fed up with the side effects and non-effects of the drugs, and turning toward natural methods of balancing their brain chemistry. I also just read Dr. Mercola’s cool new book, Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself, and couldn’t put it down. It has the info that I want people to know all in one place– practical, simple, and profound in it’s reach and ability to change your health.
-Hyla Cass, MD


From a former plastic surgeon who understands beauty from the outside, you will read the last word in how to create beauty from the inside, and how it is a reflection of good health. Christine Horner is brilliant, really cares about her patients, and writes clearly, beautifully,and in full detail about how to attain that for yourself.
-Hyla Cass, MD

Julia Loggins’ Gut-Health Program is a fabulous first step in saving your health and your sanity. It aligns with what I’ve researched, taught and proven in my practice for many years — that happiness,vitality and longevity are connected to brain chemistry, hormones,digestion and lifestyle. You can take charge of your own body- detoxify and nourish it —and avoid or heal the depression and fatigue that so many struggle with. Read this book and do this program. You CAN be happy and healthy again!
-Hyla Cass, MD

Feel Good provides simple steps to help you recover from anxiety, depression, stress and burnout, with long-lasting results. Dr. Ameet Aggarwal ND, naturopathic doctor and psychotherapist,explains how your various body systems  combined with emotional trauma and poor diet, are a route to increased anxiety, depression, burnout plus a variety of other health issues. In Feel Good, Dr. Ameet teaches you how to achieve lasting relief from anxiety and depression by releasing unhealthy emotions using positive psychotherapy and guided exercises. At the same time, he also teach you how to balance your mind and your body holistically using naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and breathing techniques.
-Hyla Cass, MD

As Dr. Christianson so eloquently explains, simple change in your diet and lifestyle can make a profound difference in your weight,energy and overall well-being. It’s not just what you eat, but when you eat it. The recipes are delicious, easy to prepare and the meals,never boring. His recommendations are easy to follow and implement, scientifically based, and yield rapid rewards. You owe it to your health to read this!
-Hyla Cass, MD

Failed by the medical profession, through her personal journey, Michelle uncovers the causes and cure (yes!) of her own autoimmune illness. She goes on to enlighten, educate and inspire the reader on this growing epidemic, potentially affecting one in twelve Americans. This is the best book I’ve read yet on the topic of autoimmune illness, and a must-read for anyone with long-term unexplained illness. Practical, comprehensive (it’s not just about thyroid disease!)  beautifully written, and with no wasted worlds despite it’s 500 page length, it provides effective solutions to very real and multifaceted problems. I unequivocally recommend it for doctors and the public alike.
-Hyla Cass, MD

This is an excellent, user-friendly book that skillfully guides you through the maze of natural health solutions. It’s thorough, well-written, and research based. A must-read!
-Hyla Cass, MD

Here is an essential, lifesaving resource for safeguarding your health–and your life — from the myriad unseen and deadly toxins that surround you. A must-read, it’s the most comprehensive, up- to- date and scientifically accurate guides I have seen.
-Hyla Cass, MD

My colleague, Dr. Phyllis Bronson is a voice to listen to in the area of mood and hormones. A researcher, clinician and speaker on the subject for many years, she has distilled her world of experience into this well-writtenm user-friendly book that will educate and inspire you. It’s a must-read for any woman– and the man who cares about her.
-Hyla Cass, MD

Michael J. Gelb, Kelly Howell

This wonderful book offers everything you need to know to improve your mind as you age. The latest science combined with a user-friendly, highly entertaining presentation make this book a winner. Highly recommended!
-Hyla Cass, MD

Thorough, practical, and inspiring, this is an essential guide to reclaiming your brain–  and your life! It’s never to late to start… or too early. I recommend it to anyone with a brain.
-Hyla Cass, MD

We can be both spiritual and materially successful, and Andrea Adler tells us how. A gifted writer and superb communicator, she helps us to see that how we market is how we think, relate, and live our lives. A metaphor for life itself, her artfully presented information helps us explore our own values, transforming us in the process. A great read with many rewards!
-Hyla Cass, MD

As Pedram so eloquently exhorts, it’s time for us each to let go and open up to our own true potential, and to come home to ourselves. In these stressful, unpredictable times, he provides an inspiring, user-friendly guide for this essential journey. In this fascinating read, Pedram’s brilliant mind and open heart lead you inevitably to your true being, where you will find peace, love and joy– and the inspiration to create planetary change in the process.
-Hyla Cass, MD

This is a must-read for all men– fathers, sons, uncles, nephews, and brothers.  It fills the gap in our prevailing culture, which unfortunately lacks formal rites of passage and specific codes of behavior for teaching boys to become men. It’s what women really want! Dan Stradford does a masterful job in this book, well-illustrated with touching stories from his own life (you’ll be moved to tears– I was!).  For women, too– this is what to look for in a man, one who will care for, cherish, and protect you through thick and thin. Man or woman, you’ll be informed, inspired, and I’d say, transformed by this beautifully written book.
-Hyla Cass, MD

Here is a gem of a book, for all of us who want to eat healthily, well, and easily. It’s cute, funny, and above all, really do-able, providing simple, yummy recipes for women-on-the-go!
-Hyla Cass, MD

As Raymond Francis so clearly states, “You don’t have to be a helpless victim. If you can turn cancer on, you can turn cancer off.” In a sea of misinformation and self-serving interests, the Beyond Health model is a lifeline, to help you understand and overcome barriers to cancer prevention and healing. Have look at Raymond’s other books as well such as Never Be Sick Again. They are a goldmine of information.
-Hyla Cass, MD

Dr. Amen pulls it all together, combining  the best scientifically based information with years of clinical experience , and his own original research. He explains how overeating is like any addiction,  a matter of imbalanced brain chemistry, and  how you can overcome it. You’ll discover how you can create your own individualized program to become thinner, smarter and happier, and stay that way!
-Hyla Cass, MD

Ben Johnson, Kathleen Barnes

As a doctor, I see countless women who are afraid of getting breast cancer. This is the first book I’ve seen that offers clear instructions on breast health and addresses the many effects of fear patterns on our health. Dr. Ben Johnson and Kathleen Barnes have fresh new ideas based on solid science and on the truths of the Law of Attraction.  I highly recommend The Secret of Health: Breast Wisdom to all my women patients and those who care about them.
-Hyla Cass, MD

This is a revolutionary book that asks all of us – doctors and patients alike – to re-think our assumptions about health and nutrition. It should dispel for once and for all the myth that calcium supplements will give us strong bones.  It’s a real eye opener!
-Hyla Cass, MD

Chances are you are interested in The 7 Day Allergy Makeover because you’re a parent whose child has allergies or you suffer from allergies yourself. Or perhaps you are a medical practitioner that would like to help your patients manage their allergies better. Whatever the circumstance, Dr. Susanne Bennett’s guidance, advice and techniques in The 7 Day Allergy Makeover can in fact help you as they have helped my patients and countless others. Dr. Bennett demonstrates that you don’t have to live and suffer from allergies; you can live a life that is allergy and fear free.
-Hyla Cass, MD

Judi and Shari Zucker are strong believers in the connection between good health and nutritious dietary habits.  In The Memory Diet they present a treasure trove  of recipes that focus on foods that are good both for the brain and for overall health. And I wrote the foreword, which you can read here:

FOREWORD by Hyla Cass M.D.:

With our  population of aging individuals ever-increasing, we have come to realize the serious nature of memory impairment. In the past, we accepted memory loss in the elderly as unavoidable. However, despite increased age having some impact on our ability to remember, science has shown that many types of cognitive impairment and memory loss can be successfully treated, reversed, and even prevented.

Simple steps like eating well, getting enough sleep, decreasing stress, not smoking, minimizing alcohol intake, taking nutritional supplements, exercising, and keeping your brain active can help prevent dementia. Why the emphasis on food?  Simply, the Standard American Diet (aptly named “SAD” for short) is full of processed foods, sugars, simple carbohydrates, and trans fats that are responsible for many serious health problems that can include impairment of mental acuity, weight gain, heart disease, chronic inflammation, and hormonal imbalances.

So, one of the most important things you can do is adopt a healthy, well-balanced diet, which can have a profound effect on your cognitive function and memory. Judi and Shari Zucker are strong believers in the connection between good health and nutritious dietary habits. In The Memory Diet they present a treasure trove of recipes that focus on foods that are good both for the brain and overall health.

Based on the latest research on brain health, Judi and Shari share tasty recipes that focus on a plant-based diet low in sugar and “bad” fats, and high in flavor. They have created easy and delicious meals, which center around fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.These foods are also known to help prevent cardiovascular disease by enhancing overall blood circulation, which also supports your brain function. In addition, the antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables help protect your brain and other cells from oxidizing or “rusting” just as iron rusts when exposed to moisture. Then, many plant-based foods such as avocados and nuts contain healthy fats needed to form healthy cell membranes, especially in the brain, which is almost 70 percent fat.

Read on to find out how you can eat your way to a longer, healthier life, and one where you can keep your mental faculties operating optimally for many years.

All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Ayahuasca but Didn’t Know What or Whom to Ask: Chris Kilham, aptly named the Medicine Hunter, is the ultimate storyteller: wise, funny, articulate, and wonderfully charming, in the best possible sense. He takes us on a magical journey spanning all aspects of the ayahuasca experience—the plant, the people involved (shamans and participants), the outer journey, the inner journey, and how to navigate the intricacies of it all. His kindness, warmth and spirit shine throughout. You can’t help loving this book—and its most captivating author.
-Hyla Cass, MD

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