Alternative Health Books


Alternative Health Books

Alternative Health Books

Alternative Health Books by Category | My Personal Favorites

Alternative Health Books by Category

Alzheimer's Disease
Applied Kinesiology
Aromatherapy Books
Chinese Medicine
Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Pain
Colon Disease
CranioSacral Therapy
Ear Infections
Eating Disorders
Energy Healing

Healing Touch
Heart Disease
Herbal Remedies
High Blood Pressure
Holistic Healing
Immune System
Interstitial Cystitis
Macular Degeneration
Migraine Headaches
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mood Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Native Healing
Nervous System

Nutritional Healing
Parkinson's Disease
Polarity Therapy
Repetitive Strain Injury
Respiratory Illness
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatic Diseases
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Skin Ailments
Sleep Disorders
Spinal Cord Injuries
Tai Chi
Tourette's Syndrome
Vegan/ Vegetarian / Raw Food

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My Personal Favorites:

Daniel Amen, M.D.: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
This book is a real mind opener! Dr. Amen discusses various areas of the brain and how over and underactivity in each area can cause mental, emotional and behavioral changes. He gives natural remedies and therapies for normalizing brain activity in each area, and recommends specific drugs which help, if needed. He is also the author of Healing ADD.

Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.: The Introvert Advantage (read my full review)

Kyra Mesich, Psy.D.:
The Sensitive Person's Survival Guide: An Alternative Health Answer to Emotional Sensitivity & Depression
The Strength of Sensitivity: Understanding Empathy for a Life of Emotional Peace & Balance
(also: visit her website)

Ronald L. Hoffman, M.D.: Natural Therapies for Mitral Valve Prolapse: How Diet and Nutritional Suppliments Can Ease the Symptoms of this Common Disorder
[The author explains that MVP is an indicator of "underlying instability of the autonomic nervous system" which can lead to phobias and panic attacks.]

Hale Dwoskin: The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace and Emotional Well-Being
Hale Dwoskin and Lester Levenson: Happiness Is Free: And It's Easier Than You Think!

Elaine Aron, Ph.D.
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World
The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook: The Practical Guide for Highly Sensitive People and HSP Support Groups
The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You
The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them
This group of books is all related to sensitivity, presenting the information from different perspectives. Each adds great insight into the life of a sensitive person. First, sensitivity is defined as a genetic trait which gives the person a low threshold for stimulus, including noise, stress, overwork, crowds, extremes of heat or cold. Sensitive people represent about 20% of the population worldwide. They are often misperceived as weak or oversensitive, yet their sensitivity helps keep society from running headlong into disaster. Being highly sensitive myself, I have learned--and unlearned--so much about myself! If you're wondering why the Mitral Valve Prolapse book is included in this bunch, MVP, a benign heart disorder occurring in 5% of the population, including me, is explained as being an indicator of instability of the autonomic nervous system. This can leave you, in the author's words, "wired but tired". His natural remedies and diet adjustments help people with MVP lower stress and anxiety, and therefore lower overstimulation.

R. Paul St. Amand, M.D. and Claudia Craig Marek: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease
After years of chronic pain and fatigue I found a local M.D. specializing in fibromyalgia and alternative therapies. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and he recommended that I read this book. I did, and I found it well-written, interesting and informative. Dr. St. Amand's belief is that fibromyalgia is caused by a buildup of phosphates in the body, resulting in low ATP (energy) production and pain. The buildup, he believes, is most likely caused by a hereditary defect which prevents the kidneys from excreting phosphorous normally. The treatment he recommends is guaifenesin, an ingredient found in over-the-counter cough remedies, in much higher doses. (Note: you can't just take lots of cough medicine - you need a source of pure guaifenesin--and of course, a doctor's advice and monitoring is recommended.) The major obstacle to the guaifenesin protocol is that you must avoid all salicylates, synthetic and plant-based, other than those you eat in natural foods (digestion changes the salicylates in formal food quantities.) In other words, anything containing salicylates--whether you apply it to your skin or hair, ingest it as herbal remedies or teas, or exposure yourself to plant juices by gardening without gloves--nullifies the benefits of guaifenesin. So it is not an easy path to follow. And if you're also hypoglycemic as I am, you have to control your hypoglycemia for the program to work. On top of those challenges, I'm a vegan, so my food choices become even more limited. So as much as I'd love to follow the protocol, and reap its benefits ( it allows the kidneys to release phosphorus into the urine, and it starts clearing out from all the areas of the body where it has been stored) I'm happy that my doctor is trying some other avenues first. However, if it comes down to it, I will bite the bullet and go with guaifenesin! Although I highly recommend the book, you may want to borrow this book from the library first, and read it before deciding if you want a copy of your own.

Valerie Ann Worwood: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Comprehensive and highly useful aromatherapy book for beginners or advanced users. (Read my full review.)

Richard L. Hittleman: Richard Hittleman's Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan
I love this book and use it every day. I had used it years ago, then due to a back injury could not practice for 20 years. Finally, at age 50, I was taking 50 mg. of Vioxx daily, and still in chronic pain. I started this book again three months ago, and the difference was remarkable. I only take the Vioxx once a week, and am relatively pain-free. The 28 days introduce various yoga postures and give detailed information about performing them. There are review days, and towards the end they get lengthy, since they incorporate all exercises learned, but bear with it! After the twenty days you have a three day cycle, each day having a separate group of yoga postures. It takes me about 30 minutes, and I do them right before bedtime, to help me relax and sleep better. Some say you shouldn't exercise, including yoga, just before bed, as it can energize you and keep you awake. For me this is the best time.

Master Lam Kam-Chuen: The Way of Energy: Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise
"The first comprehensive guide to the most powerful form of Chi Kung ever developed - "standing like a tree". With little movement, unlocks "deep reserves of energy, builds internal stamina, strengthens immunity, relieves chronic stress." - back cover (I couldn't have said it any better myself!)

David Pond: Chakras for Beginners: A Guide to Balancing Your Chakra Energies
What the chakras are, what they do, and how to balance them through meditation, exercises and other powerful techniques. Explains the use of color and crystals to activate each chakra. Teaches you how to change your life from within.

Keith Sherwood: Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing
Another great energy book, with lots of explanation of how personal energy works, meditations for each of the seven chakras, and therapy exercises to release blocked energy.

Gerald Epstein, M.D.: Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery
Great explanations of the mind-body connection. Meditations for a wide variety of ailments including arthritis, bone fractures, hypertension, headaches, depression, anxiety, diabetes and cancer. Meditations are brief, lasting one to five minutes. According to the author, it is successful intentioning that initiates healing. My explanation is that if you get your mind and your body agreeing on the same outcome, the healing energy flows.

Peter Lambrou and George Pratt: Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions.
The authors, both leading clinical psychologists, are pioneers in the emerging field of Thought Field Therapy. Instant Emotional Healing gives step-by-step instructions for generating fast, permanent relief for emotional roadblocks. This book carries endorsements by Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell and Benjamin Spock, M.D., author of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care.

Peter J. D'Adamo, N.D.: Eat Right for Your Type
Dietary recommendations according to your blood type. Each blood type developed at different points in history, first O, then A, followed by B and most recently AB. Eating foods not appropriate for your blood type results in agglutinating of lectins, a factor in proteins. These sticky, agglutinated lectins can accumulate in the brain, kidneys, liver, stomach and other organs. They are like magnets, binding healthy cells, and making the body think they are invaders to be destroyed. Accumulated lectins can cause tiredness, reduced blood flow through the kidneys, irritable bowel syndrome, cirrhosis of the liver, and many other disorders. If you are interested in optimal health or natural weight loss, I recommend this book very highly. It explains why some diets work for some people but not for others, it depends on the blood type. Eating according to blood type isn't always easy, especially at the start, and moreso if you have people eating together who are different blood types. There's an online database at Dr d'Adamo's site, where you can look up a food and see what it does to each blood type. His site also sells blood type food cards to go in your wallet.

Morton Walker, D.P.M: DMSO: Nature's Healer
This book was recommend to me by a friend, who uses DMSO extensively. Now I use DMSO too, for canker sores, eye infections, sinus infections, and muscle pain. Although DMSO is used extensively for horses, information on human use is not accepted by mainstream medicine. The book cites documented cases of its use in healing arthritis, stroke, cancer, injuries, mental retardation and spinal cord injuries.

Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
I bought this book for my daughter when she was suffering from lengthy bouts of excruciating pain and migraine headaches. It explains that glutamates in MSG (monosodium glutamate), aspartame (Nutrasweet), hydrolyzed protein (hydrolyzed soy protein), aspartic acid, cysteine and other sources are excitotoxins, which stimulate neurons to death and cause varying degrees of brain damage. Scientific explanations and lots of illustrations to reinforce what the author is talking about. "There is growing evidence that excitotoxins play a major role in...Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis"* (ALS or Lou Gerig's Disease), and others. * from the Introduction

John E. Sarno, M.D.: Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection
Dr. Sarno's approach is that you can heal yourself without drugs, surgery or exercise. The book is based on mind-body research and examines the underlying emotional tension which causes Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS).

Linda Rector Page, N.D.: Healthy Healing - A Guide To Self Healing For Everyone
Now in its eleventh edition, Dr. Page's updated, comprehensive guide to alternative therapies is well organized and thorough, giving alternate routes for alternative healing for each disorder: Diet and Superfood Therapy, Herbal Therapy, Supplements, and Lifestyle Support. She recommends specific products in many cases, so you know exactly what to get, and avoid wasting your money on low-quality products. She also has chapters on different healing modalities, plus chapters about children and pets. If you can only get one alternative health book, this is an excellent choice.

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