These books are my go-to resources in caring for my children and myself, creating a healthy lifestyle and addressing ailments from a natural or holistic approach. I tried to pick five and ended up with seven. And I have lots more that should have made the cut! Ask me sometime.
📕 You Can Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Louise Hay has these great books on what the emotional makeup of that physical manifestation of the ailments we experience. Her key message is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” You can look up your symptoms or ailments to find the mental-emotional-physical connection for what you are experiencing. Each ailment has a mantra to help you shift your perspective.
📕 Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
If you or someone you know is just beginning to explore the connection between food and health, this is a good entry-level book. It helps you think about how you can start with food as a place to shift your health. A renowned cardiologist, Dr. William Davis explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.
📕 Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter
This one gets a little deeper into the impacts of grains on our health, and why organic is important if you choose to eat grains. It will make you think long and hard. It looks at the obesity epidemic, diabetes, dementia, children’s health issues, and so much more.
📕 Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare by Sally Fallon
Sally Fallon, the founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, has written many books, the most famous being Nourishing Traditions, a very thorough cookbook about nutrient-dense diets of traditional cultures and what we can learn from them. The one I’m highlighting here is excellent for new parents — would be great to give it as a shower gift or new parent gift. It walks you through how to feed your your children nutrient-dense, beneficial foods rather than just empty calories. What foods to start with, how to support the developmental stages, lots of recipes. How to safely do dairy, how and why to make bone broth, how to make baby and toddler food.
📕 The Best Family Homeopathy Acute Care Manual: A Pictorial Guide to First Aid and Acute Therapeutics by Kate Birch
Homeopathy is a natural and safe way of dealing with our various health challenges. If you’re not familiar with it, start here. This book helps you identify the presenting symptoms in yourself or your child, say a fever or runny nose. Then the book helps you pinpoint what kind of runny nose: clear, thick, thin, with a cough or without … you get the idea. Then it gives you the homeopathic remedy to try.
📕 Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, Robert Rountree, MD, and Rachel Walton, RN, MS
This book is really well-rounded guidance from three different perspectives: naturopathic doctor, nurse practitioner, and medical doctor. You can look up symptoms, ailments, or illnesses and it will walk you various ways to deal with it. You can decide what is and isn’t in your comfort zone — from the Western medicine approach, Eastern medicine approach, and various other holistic and natural modalities. It’s great for those of us trying to stay out of the Western medicine system unless an emergency or critical situation arises.
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