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Recommended Reading

Recommended Books

Here are some of my favorites in the fields of alternative and complementary medicine. Each entry is linked by the title at the top to Amazon.com, followed by the beginning of the Amazon description, then, if there is one, my review.

You can purchase these at the Amazon.com Book Store by clicking on the book title.


Izabella Wentz PharmD

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller Dr. Izabella Wentz, the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, returns with a long-awaited, groundbreaking prescription to reverse the symptoms of this serious autoimmune condition that is becoming one of the country’s fastest growing diseases.

Review: The Queen of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Izabella is my go-to resource in helping those affected be able to take back their lives. I know I can safely send my Hashi’s patients to her Hashimoto’s Protocol and they will be guided to do the best for themselves in terms of diet, lifestyle, and supplements. They will understand what I have been taking about –saving me a ton of time in the office with them (and on the phone) to explain things, and it empowers them to take charge of their own health. Izabella, you’re the best!
Hyla Cass MD~

Kelly Brogan M.D.

Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by MindBodyGreen
Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom.
Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress. But the truth is, what women really need can’t be found at a pharmacy.
According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential. We need a new paradigm: The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body.

Review: Dr. Kelly Brogan tells the truth about depression being a symptom not a condition, and best treated by “looking under the hood” as I like to say in my own psychiatric practice and writings.She boldly breaks down the myth of medication– a pill for every ill– and in its place, gives natural, scientifically- and clinically-based solutions that work. Thanks, Kelly, for your brilliant contribution, and let this be the start of a turnaround in the mistreatment of depression and other psychiatric conditions, so that true healing can occur, both of the individuals involved and of a sick medical system.
Hyla Cass MD~

Daniel G. Amen M.D., Tana Amen BSN RN

New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen are ready to lead you to victory…

When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, every day can feel like a battle. Forces are destroying our bodies and our minds. The standard American diet we consume is making us sick; we are constantly bombarded by a fear-mongering news media; and we’re hypnotized by technical gadgets that keep us from our loved ones. Even our own genes can seem like they’re out to get us. But you can win the war. You can live your life to the fullest, be your best, and feel your greatest, and the key to victory rests between your ears.

Daniel G. Amen M.D.

Feed Your Body AND Your Brain
In The Brain Warrior’s Way, New York Times bestselling authors Tana and Daniel Amen share how to develop mastery over brain and body to combat disease, depression, and obesity. In this companion cookbook, not only will you find more than a hundred simple, delicious recipes that support the principles of The Brain Warrior’s Way to heal and optimize your brain, but you will also learn how to:

  • Purge your pantry of toxins and processed foods.
  • Stock up on inexpensive, whole-food Brain Warrior Basics that you can find at your local grocery store.
  • Cook with techniques that ensure the maximum nutrition and best taste from each recipe.
Daniel G. Amen M.D.

In this completely revised and updated edition of the breakthrough bestseller, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes effective “brain prescriptions” that can help heal your brain and change your life.
To quell anxiety and panic: Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil To fight depression: Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts).

Daniel G. Amen

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

Peter Bongiorno ND LAc

Complementary and alternative treatments for two of the most prevalent mental health complaints.
Whether it’s the latest diet craze, acupuncture, fish oil, vitamin D, St. John’s wort, or some new “miracle mood cure,” many therapists don’t feel sufficiently well versed in the various complementary and alternative (CAM) remedies out there to give a sound opinion. Others may fear deleterious side-effects or interactions with psychiatric drugs their clients are already taking. Even more pervasive is the safety concern that their clients may inappropriately experiment with these treatments in lieu of more potent and, sometimes, necessary conventional care.

Peter Bongiorno ND LAc

You Don’t Have to Feel This Way
“You are not alone, and you’re not saddled with anxiety—or the medications to treat it—forever. I’m going to outline a clear plan and give you clear steps to help you face your anxiety from every angle, in synergy, to truly get to the calm and healing you need and deserve. These tools work.” –from the introduction

Peter Bongiorno ND LAc

Millions of people suffer debilitating depression. For many people who suffer from depression and anxiety, prescription drugs have either not been effective or have produced intolerable side effects. Now, New York naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno offers a proven drug-free approach for healing depression.

James Greenblatt MD (Author), Bill Gottlieb (Author)

DISCOVER THE ADHD SOLUTION FOR YOUR CHILD
Dr. James Greenblatt has seen thousands of children and adults struggling with the symptoms of ADHD – hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and often irritability and combativeness. Rather than simply prescribing medication for their ADHD symptoms, he tailors remedies to his patients’ individual needs, detecting and treating the underlying causes of the disorder.

James Greenblatt MD

Every year an estimated seventy-two million Americans diet, financing a weight-loss industry worth approximately fifty-five billion dollars. Despite the vast efforts put into weight loss, two-thirds of American adults remain either obese or overweight. Clearly dieting doesn’t work, and failed attempts to lose weight encourage the development of disordered eating behavior. Many of those struggling with a disordered appetite compare it to being trapped on a roller-coaster ride. The feeling of the roller-coaster ride of restricting, bingeing, and chronic self-blame is never ending…

James Greenblatt MD (Author), Winnie To (Contributor)

Master your mood with nutrition, diet and supplementation. The ideas as to what causes depression are not based on strong science, and our treatments are not working nearly as well as they should. Psychiatry is in crisis. The usual treatment mode (typically based solely on a subjective psychiatric examination and construction of a symptom list) often leads to psychiatrists blindly searching for a medication that might work. Other factors such as nutrition, toxins, hormones, allergies, biochemical risks, and medical disorders are typically ignored.

Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson

SEXY BRAIN is a breakthrough book about a new problem—the looming threat of environmental castration. Just as science is showing that intimacy is as beneficial as veggies and exercise for your health—especially for your brain—today’s intimacy is under attack from our toxic environment. Our toxic environment is hijacking our hormones and tamping down our human ability to connect or to benefit from these connections.

Review: I have known and respected Dr. Berkson for many years and she never fails to amaze me. Here she is again: all you ever wanted to know— and lots you didn’t know that you didn’t know but needed to know – about sex, intimacy, hormones and your health, in one entertaining, educational, and just plain brilliant package. Read it, you’ll love it (and her)!

Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson

Balanced hormones are critical for vibrant health. – This applies both to your own hormones or those prescribed. – Science is now saying it’s safe to take hormones for some women. – For some women it’s safer to take hormones, even for a few years, than to not to take them at all. For the first time find out – – How balanced hormones can decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes, being overweight, getting hospitalized, getting wrinkled, low sex drive, insomnia, exhaustion, even safeguard breasts. – Learn about the protective side of estrogen & the dangerous side of folic acid. – About the environment and progesterone resistance. – Learn the safety of soy before or after a diagnosis of breast cancer. – Hear about sedentary versus athletically fit food…

Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson

How Our Environment (Home, Office, Food, Air and Water) Deceives our Hormones- and How to Protect Yourself and Your Family. In a poetic entertaining voice, learn the truth about plastics, pesticides, and the myriad chemicals we are exposed to daily. Discover what they might be doing to us, our children and their children – and what do to about it. Discover how hormones deliver email in our bodies Internet system and how chemicals in the environment are hijacking this communication in some of us. Hormone Deception delivers the science linking childrens’ brain health, attention disorders, hyperactivity, and over response to stress, to these exposures. Mother’s around the world are saying “what is wrong with our children”…

David Perlmutter MD

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

David Perlmutter MD

Dr. David Perlmutter’s groundbreaking bestseller Grain Brain revolutionized the way we think about our health, exposing the devastating effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain. By eating the right foods, you can profoundly affect how your brain will be working next year, in five years, and for the rest of your life.

David Perlmutter MD (Author), Kristin Loberg (Author)

With more than a million copies sold worldwide, Dr. Perlmutter’s books have changed many lives. Now, he’s created a practical, comprehensive program that lowers the risk for brain ailments while yielding other benefits, such as weight loss, relief from chronic conditions, and total body rejuvenation. Science-based and highly accessible, THE GRAIN BRAIN WHOLE LIFE PLAN expands upon the core advice from Dr. Perlmutter’s previous works, and introduces new information about the advantages of eating more fat, fewer carbs, and nurturing the microbiome. Including original recipes, tips and tricks for common challenges, meal plans, and advice on everything from sleep hygiene to stress management, exercise, supplements, and more, THE GRAIN BRAIN WHOLE LIFE PLAN shows how to live happily and healthily ever after.

David Perlmutter MD

A #1 New York Times bestseller–the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 4-week plan to achieve optimum health.

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 4-week plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

Pamela Wartian Smith MD

It is estimated that one in twenty people have a thyroid problem, with the majority of sufferers being women. To make matters worse, many who are affected by thyroid dysfunction are unaware that they have a problem, and typically, they go undiagnosed for years. In the meantime, they experience a variety of symptoms, including fatigue and weight gain or loss, forgetfulness, sleepless nights, irritability, and more. But it doesn’t have to be that way…

Michelle Corey

In The Thyroid Cure, Michelle Corey outlines the exact steps that anyone can take to reverse ANY kind of chronic, inflammatory autoimmune condition. You will learn how to become empowered in health, navigate the broken medical system and get the right care, so that you can undercover the roots of your illness and heal for good…

Review: 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

Sherry Kahn

“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. Joseph Mercola

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

Christine Horner M.D. F.A.C.S.

Breast cancer has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Once a relatively rare disease, it now affects 2 to 3 million women, and the incidence is going up at an alarming rate. What can we do about it? Christine Horner, M.D., has the prescription: Take healthy organic foods, add a good dose of certain supplements, get the rest and exercise we need, and avoid those things that are bad for our bodies. We each have a Warrior Goddess in us, and it’s time to set her free. A pioneer who pushed through federal and state legislation ensuring that breast reconstruction after a mastectomy would be paid for by insurance companies, Dr. Horner lost her own mother to breast cancer. She decided then that her mother’s death would not be in vain. Something good would come from it. This legislation was her first gift to her mother’s memory, and this book is another. Useing the metaphor of the Warrior Goddess, this book explains something that Ayurveda describes as our “inner healing intelligence.” It also explores the various foods and supplements that can enable women to successfully fight breast cancer and claim the healthy body that should be theirs. Dr. Horner tells readers what to avoid and what to embrace, what will poison the Warrior Goddess and what will feed her and what she needs to thrive.

Review: 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

Gina Ross MFCT

This book provides an overall grasp of the concepts of trauma, how it interacts with the brain, and the underlying reasons for healing. It introduces the parts of the technique that you can use by yourself to heal yourself. The book provides information about:

  • Nature and symptoms of trauma and tools to heal or cope with it
  • Impact of second-hand trauma on you, your family, friends and culture
  • Media-related second-hand trauma and guidelines to avoid and/or heal it.
  • Collective trauma and how you can be part of collective healing

By reading and practicing the exercises you can build prevention and resiliency habits, accessing the technique for yourself and sharing with friends and family.

Review: Trauma is often the deep-rooted problem beneath many psychological and physical symptoms. A talented therapist and writer, my dear friend, Gina Ross, has created an immediate, safe and natural method of trauma care that allows you to treat the whole person, rapidly achieving lasting success.

Ann Louise Gittleman

For over 25 years, Fat Flush has helped millions of people lose weight, harness the healing powers of foods, reignite metabolism, fight cellulite, and restore the liver and gallbladder while improving their lives. Now, for the first time since its original publication, the acclaimed New York Times bestseller has been revised and updated with groundbreaking research, food options, and lifestyle choices to help you achieve lasting weight loss and wellness.

Review: A long-time guiding light in the world of nutritional medicine, Ann Louise continues to be The First Lady of Nutrition
and someone I can always count on for the best information for my patients, my readers, and me. Not only she knowledgeable, and a pioneer in the field, but she is a truly caring person, who is dedicated to changing the worlds, on body at a time. I’m proud to call her my friend!
Hyla Cass MD~

Pedram Shojai OMD

We all struggle to discover satisfaction and contentment in the modern world and yet the more technology we use, the more things seem to get worse. What are we all missing? What will it take for us to find our centers? Pedram Shojai shares how the calmness of Zen masters is attainable in today’s fast-paced world, and with practice, you too can stop time, refuel, and focus on the things that really matter.

The Urban Monk, a New York Times bestseller, reveals the secrets to finding an open heart, sharp mind, and grounded sense of well-being, even in the most demanding circumstances. Shojai’s no-nonsense life mastery program brings together clear tools and exercises that can elevate your existence. Learn to honor your body with nutrition and shake free from addictions to toxic substances and experiences. Let your body and mind unwind each day with evening meditations, loosening exercises, and resting rituals that will keep any stress or unfinished business out of the bedroom, helping you sleep better so that your body can rejuvenate.

Martie Whittekin CCN

In 1982, it was discovered that the vast majority of stomach ulcers are caused by H. pylori, nasty little bacteria found in the gut. In spite of the evidence, it took the U.S. medical community ten years to accept this finding and change their treatment of ulcers. In 2015, scientists have come to an equally startling conclusion: An imbalance in the bacterial community of your stomach can cause not only ulcers, but also a host of other serious and painful disorders— from allergies to diabetes to osteoporosis. Now, best-selling health author Martie Whittekin has written The Probiotic Cure, a guide to overcoming many of our most common health issues.

Review:
We have more “friendly bacteria” in our bodies than we do our own cells, and its a good thing! This book explains what these good guys are and how they help run all our systems, starting with digestion, but they live on our skin and everywhere else as well. Modern medicine and agriculture has created a monster by killing these friends off with massive antibiotic use, both directly and indirectly in our food and water supply. The result is lack of balance and lots more chronic illness. The solution? Take probiotics, in capsules or powder and even some new creative delivery systems, to restart the engine of the microbiome and restore our health. I prescribe these daily to my own patients and readers. Check out this book for details which could be life-saving for you and your family.
Hyla Cass MD~

Steven M.D. Masley, Jonny PhD Bowden PhD, CNS

The innovative guide that reveals how eating more fat—the smart kind—is the key to health, longevity, and permanent weight loss.For years experts have told us that eating fat is bad. But by banning fat from our diets, we’ve deprived ourselves of considerable health benefits—and have actually sabotaged our own efforts to lose weight…

Review:
Are you over the myth that eating fat makes you fat? If you aren’t yet, then this enlightening book by two very smart health authorities, my friends Jonny Bowden and Steven Masley, will turn you around. Fat is the key to energy, a vibrant mind, a healthy body, and well-functioning hormones. Add more fat into your diet and you will experience yourself taking off with this rocket fuel. Thank you, Jonny and Steve!

Jonny Bowden (Author), Stephen Sinatra (Author), Deirdre Rawlings (Author)

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth Now Includes 100 Recipes for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease.

Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols–with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol–have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease…

Review: These two celebrated authors have done their homework. Rather than rotely `following the leader,’ they have dug into the extensive research and correlated it with their wide clinical experience to reveal the truth. As a physician who has been following these principles in my own practice for years, I know it works This book can save many lives, including your own!

Dr. Ameet Aggarwal ND

Do you want happier feelings, better sex, more energy, more confidence, peaceful thoughts and a better life? After treating over a thousand people and sharing his personal experience, Dr. Ameet demystifies how your mind affects your body and vice versa. Grounded in science, positive psychology and clinically proven techniques in alternative medicine, Feel Good offers easy practical steps to heal your mind from painful experiences, improve your mood and restore your body to optimal health with long lasting results…

Review: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

Alan Christianson NMD

Why are people gaining weight faster than ever before? The idea that people simply eat too much is no longer supported by science. The emerging idea is that weight gain is a survival response: Our bodies are under attack from all directions—an overabundance of processed food, a polluted world, and the pressures of daily life all take their toll. These attacks hit a very important set of glands, the adrenals, particularly hard…

Review: 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

Jonny Bowden PhD

A comprehensive look at natural treatments and healing methods that work.
Jonny Bowden takes his practical, knowledgeable, and open-minded approach — the same approach that made his previous book, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, so successful — and focuses it on natural cures, revealing the best of alternative medicine for a mainstream audience…

Review: 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

Sharyn Wynters

The human race has invented nearly every toxin imaginable. In our food, there are chemicals that kill pests, make foods ripen faster and grow bigger, and lengthen shelf life. In our clothing, chemicals make fabrics soft, keep them from wrinkling, make them fire retardant and resistant to stains, and keep them from collecting static. In our kitchens and bathrooms, chemicals create suds, remove grease, stiffen our hair, make our skin feel smooth, stop us from perspiring, change our hair color, lengthen our lashes, and make us smell good…

Review: 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

Phyllis J. Bronson

Despite the backlash against hormone replacement therapy, the depletion of natural hormones in the female body continues to be a problem for women at middle age and beyond. Remedying the problem has proved difficult for women and doctors who are unaware of, or reluctant to prescribe, bioidential hormones—those that match identically the hormones made naturally in the human body. Moods, Emotions, and Aging: Hormones and the Mind Body Connection explains the vital link for women between hormones, mood, and wellness…

Review: 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

Virtually everyone fears mental deterioration as they age. But in the past thirty years neuroscientists have discovered that the brain is actually designed to improve throughout life. How can you encourage this improvement? Brain Powershares practical, state-of-the-evidence answers in this inspiring, fun-to-read plan for action…

Review: 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

Susanne Bennett

THE 7 DAY ALLERGY MAKEOVER is written for people who want to take an active role in their own healing. The book lays out action-oriented, step-by-step instructions on uncovering the root cause of allergies, and makes simple but specific changes that can stop allergy symptoms from recurring…

Review: 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

Susanne Bennett

Ever wonder why toddlers and preschoolers run around with endless energy, and you’re ready to fall asleep just watching them? Finally, Dr. Susanne Bennett, has the answer! And it all has to do with the mighty mitochondria—that subcellular organelle that is responsible for your body’s energy production. Through Mighty Mito, Dr. Susanne explains why we lose energy as we get older and how each one of us can regain that energy by providing what our mitochondria thrive on…

Review: Dr. Bennett has done it again! She clearly outlines what is stressing the energy factories of our cells, and makes us sick . Then she offers straightforward and easy to apply solutions to get our cells and our selves back to our innate state of health, energy and vitality!! I’m so glad to have a book like this to share with my patients! For all those on the journey to improved states of health and well being, it is a must-read. -Hyla Cass, MD

Daniel G. Amen

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

Pedram Shojai OMD

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

Dan Stradford

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

Deidre Hall

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

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

Robert Thompson M.D., Kathleen Barnes

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

Judi Zucker, Shari Zucker

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.

Christopher Kilham

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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