Recommended Reading

In this section we have listed the books and authors which have influenced us in creating 'Food Matters'. All of these books we have read (and highlighted, underlined, photocopied and shared) and highly recommend to you. Have a look at the categories below or simply scroll down to view them all. We've provided links to or to the publishers website depending on where they are available.

Healthy Reading!!!

A-Z Health Reference Books

Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing That Works

Andrew Saul, Ph.D., as featured in 'FoodMatters'

Doctor Yourself is titled and based on a simple premise: every person is responsible for their own health care. When a person abdicates that responsibility, they often place themselves in the hands of the "disease care" industry, a monolithic and profit-driven enterprise where getting well isn't the bottom line. Through lively anecdote, personal history and accounts of patient education and treatment, Dr. Andrew Saul  takes the reader down a path most M.D.'s never dare to tread. The reader shares Dr. Saul's encounters with individuals as they seek relief from common maladies feeding the trillion dollar medical monsters of the Western world; arthritis, cancer, schizophrenia, depression, obesity, allergies, heart disease and many more.

Healthy Healing 12th Edition: A Guide to Self Healing for Everyone

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath

The ultimate resource for those interested in improving their health naturally. Updated and expanded, this 664-page, illustrated twelfth edition of the best-selling natural health reference book explains traditional and alternative health care options as well as providing specific, easy to use natural solutions for more than 350 ailments

Updates and additions to the 12th edition include:

  • Product rating system revealing the products our test group found to be the most effective, fastest acting, and most highly beneficial.
  • More than 80 new pages of the latest research including emerging ailments such as SARS, Syndrome X, and stress-related weight gain.
  • Specific guidelines for using herbal therapy before and after surgery in order to ensure maximum healing.
  • Information on genetically engineered foods, and drug-herb-nutrient interactions.
  • Updated resources for finding qualified holistic and alternative practitioners near you.

Optimal Health and Longevity

You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life

Author: Dr. Gillian McKeith

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is? Put simply, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. We all have up to 100 trillion cells in our bodies, each one demanding a constant supply of daily nutrients in order to function optimally. Food affects all of these cells, and by extension, every aspect of our being: mood, energy levels, food cravings, thinking capacity, sex drive, sleeping habits and general health. If you feed your body junk and convenience foods it’ll simply lay down fat, lower your energy, even your brain power.

Diet For A New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth

Author: John Robbins

Diet for a New America is considered by many to be the bible of vegetarianism because it's both incredibly comprehensive and deeply moving. While some vegetarian books cover only factory farming, or health and nutrition, or environmental benefits of vegetarian diets, Robbins covers all three. What's more, the content has been meticulously researched, with Robbins offering dozens of pages of footnotes. If you're looking for a book with solid, hard proof of how vegetarians easily get plenty of protein, why meat is the #1 killer in the U.S., or how badly farm animals are treated, you won't do better than this volume. Diet for a New America has been credited with launching the second wave of vegetarianism in the U.S. when it was published (and nominated for a Pulitzer) in 1987. It's still timely today. If you read one book in your life, read this one.

The New Optimum Nutrition Bible

Patrick Holford

Optimum nutrition is a revolution in health care. It means giving yourself the best possible intake of nutrients to allow your body to be as healthy as it possibly can. This updated and expanded edition, Patrick Holford's New Optimum Nutrition Bible is packed with the latest scientific research as well as new chapters on water, toxic minerals and detoxification.

Your Body's Many Cries For Water: A Revolutionary Natural Way To Prevent Illness and Restore Good Health

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink. Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that moves you body are 75% water; your blood that transport nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water. This is why water is so important to your health.
Dr. B's pioneering work shows that Unintentional Chronic Dehydration (UCD) contributes and even produces pain and many degenerative diseases that can be prevented and treated by increasing water intake on a regular basis. No miracles. Just common sense backed by Dr. F. Batmaghelidj’s years of research and investigation into why water works so well in keeping us healthy and pain free. It can even cure illness in some people who get sick. If you are committed to a healthy lifestyle, make drinking enough natural water a habit in you life. It won't take long for you to feel the benefit.

Healthy At 100: How You Can -at any age- Dramatically Increase Your Life Span and Your Health Span

John Robbins

Why do some people age in failing health and sadness while others grow old with vitality and joy?

In this revolutionary new book, bestselling author John Robbins presents us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our life span but also our health span. Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing some of the world’s healthiest, oldest people, Robbins reveals the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life in which our later years become a period of wisdom, vitality, and happiness. From Abkhasia in the Caucasus south of Russia, where age is beauty, and Vilcabamba in the Andes of South America, where laughter is the greatest medicine, to Hunza in Central Asia, where dance is ageless, and finally the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, the modern Shangri-la, where people regularly live beyond a century, Robbins examines how the unique lifestyles of these peoples can influence and improve our own.

Health Wars

Phillip Day as featured in 'FoodMatters'

In the war on health there are going to be many casualties. Are you going to be one? Why is everyone so sick and unhealthy? Read this book and wake up to the lies of big industry and learn about the real way you should treat your body. Our body is a temple, not a trashcan yet most of what we put in there is utter garbage. If you are suffering from ANY disease at all no matter how minor or major the information imparted here will give you serious insight into the nature of your disease and show you that treating it is very simple indeed. Using common sense logic along with the studies and findings of qualified doctors and scientists, Phillip Day exposes many of the myths that surround the way we view food.

Skinny Bitch: A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!

Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
If you can't take one more day of self-loathing, you're ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin are your new smart-mouthed girlfriends who won't mince words and will finally tell you the truth about what you're feeding yourself. And they'll guide you on making intelligent and educated decisions about food. They may be bitches, but they are skinny bitches. And you'll be one too-after you get with the program and start eating right.

Eating For Beauty

David Wolfe as featured in 'FoodMatters'

Proper nutrition is an art. Every bite is a brush stroke. Every swallow is a new color. Each meal is a cloud or a tree or a flower a piece of the beautiful painting that you are becoming. You are becoming an ever more attractive work of art each day. You truly are a work of art in progress. In Eating for Beauty, David Wolfe, one of America's foremost nutrition experts, describes how to cleanse, nourish, and beautify by utilizing the benefits of a fresh-food diet. You can apply the lessons contained within this book to improve your appearance, vitality, and health.

Beauty is the universal language. Whether it is skin-care, a fresh-food diet, vital energy, or any other facet of healthy living, David Wolfe is the authority. Contains over 100 full-color photos and illustrations and references the most unique and highest-quality natural beauty products in the world!

Food Is Better Medicine Than Drugs

Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne as featured in 'FoodMatters'

In Food is Better Medicine Than Drugs, nutrition expert Patrick Holford and award-winning medical journalist Jerome Burne expose the truth about prescription drugs, and why we swallow what the drug industry tells us. They explain why the right combination of foods, supplements and simple lifestyle changes offers long-term, drug-free solutions with immediate benefits to your health.

  Find out about the harm these medicines can do:

  • Statins
  • Pain-killers
  • Anti-depressants
  • Sleeping pills
  • Steroids
  • Bronchodilators
  • Drugs for diabetes
  • HRT
  • Blood pressure drugs
Discover which foods and supplements can help you to: 

Prevent and reverse diabetes / Stop PMS and menopausal problems / Solve your child’s learning problems / Beat depression / 
Beat insomnia / Reduce pain / Alleviate asthma and eczema / Avoid heart disease / Arrest diabetes / Prevent Memory Loss



The 10 Secrets of Healthy Aging: How to Live Longer, Look Younger and Feel Great

 Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne as featured in 'FoodMatters'

Life expectancy is increasing, but this is only good news for those who stay well and can enjoy it. This guide draws on the latest research findings and the health secrets of long-lived people to outline the diet and lifestyle that will help readers stay healthy, look younger, and feel great as they age. It explains how the body changes as it ages and what can be done to avoid the illnesses of old age, as well as the aches, pains, poor sleep, and eyesight deterioration that many believe are an inevitable part of ageing. It also shares the secrets of staying as fit and as mentally alert as possible, for as long as possible. Comprehensive, fascinating, and practical, this book will help readers enjoy better health and stay drug-free as they age

Raw Food Cook Books and Superfoods

Raw Food Real World

Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngalis

The decision to go raw was shocking at first for these two ex-carnivorous chefs, but they soon found that preparing and eating raw food made them and their guests feel their physical best. Melngailis noticed a difference almost immediately -- "Light, clean, natural, and alive foods make you feel light, clean, and more alive. And sexy." This new way of life has changed their outlook on eating and cooking and connects them to the world around them. As Kenney says, "Raw foods and the lifestyle associated with it are so compelling and complex that we will be forever learning and growing. Already it seems that we have discovered some of the magic that life offers."

In this lushly photographed book, Kenney and Melngailis share some of that magic -- and show that preparing and eating raw does not mean bland, unsatisfying, or impossibly time-consuming meals.


David Wolfe as featured in 'FoodMatters'

Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and which offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. In this lively, illustrated overview, well-known raw-foods guru David Wolfe profiles delicious and incredibly nutritious plant products such as goji berries, hempseed, cacao beans (raw chocolate), maca, spirulina, bee products, and a host of others. As powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients, they represent a uniquely promising piece of the nutritional puzzle. Each superfood is described in detail, accompanied by easy and delicious recipes. This accessible guide presents persuasive arguments, based on sound science, for the pivotal role of superfoods in promoting nutritional excellence, health and well-being, beauty enhancement, sustainable agriculture, and the transformation of diet, lifestyle, and planet.

Please also see the fantastic 6 DVD Healthy Cooking Classes by Chef Teton


The Gerson Therapy

Charlotte Gerson as featured in 'FoodMatters'

The Gerson Therapy is a welcome and highly recommended addition to the multitude of books that address healing of chronic conditions including cancer by using natural or alternative means. The specific approach is healing by a combination of high quality nutrition and total body detoxification. The Therapy is a total program and does require significant life style changes at least for the detailed therapy. Actually, lifetime lifestyle changes will be required to remain healthy, but these are easily done once one has gone through the detailed therapy.

Cancer: Why We're Still Dying To Know The Truth

Phillip Day as featured in 'FoodMatters'

The war on cancer, says Phillip Day, was won fifty years ago. So why are we still fighting it? In this book, Phillip Day exposes the on-going medical, political and economic scandals surrounding cancer. He also reveals details of simple and inexpensive dietary treatments involving the use of Vitamin B17 or amygdalin, which many people all over the world have found effective in ridding themselves from cancer. Besides including information from the medical experts who discovered the effects of vitamin B17 on cancer cells, this book also includes many testimonies from people who have used this regimen successfully against cancer. It is a revelatory read.

Am I Dead or Do I Just Feel Like It: Cancer Cured The Coming Storm

Fred Hughes

Millions of dollars are spent each year for endodontists to do root canals on supposedly dead or dying teeth. In some cases the tooth is in fact dead or dying and in other cases, as with many types of surgery, the tooth was actually healthy and should have been left alone. Regardless of this particular issue, Dr. Price believed, researched, and both proved and published, that these dental procedures are not able to seal off the dental tubules in the dead tooth. He further proved that bacteria are then able to grow and thrive inside these hundreds of miles of tubules..  As with animals, bacteria produce toxic waste by products while they grow and reproduce. Since a root canaled tooth is dead and therefore no longer has a blood supply, the body is unable to get any of its immune fighting cells into the area to kill the bacteria. These untouchable bacteria simply live and produce toxins, totally unnoticed, for years or even decades. The toxic substance they produce however, can cause neurological conditions, pain syndromes, or depress immune function enough that the body may develop a cancer at some distant sight.


Heart Disease

  The Essential Guide to Water and Salt

Phillip Day as featured in 'FoodMatters' and Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

"Water is a readily available natural medicine for some prevalent and very serious medical conditions that are known to kill many thousands of people every year. For instance is it Heart Disease or Dehydration that is killing people? In my professional and scientific view, dehydration is the biggest killer, more than any other condition you could imagine." - Dr. Batmanghelidj

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Say No To Heart Disease

Patrick Holford

You have a 50% chance of dying from heart or artery disease. But we can prevent these epidemic killers using a simple yet powerful medicine - food. By understanding nutrition and correctly supplementing your diet you really can Say No To Heart Disease.



Depression and Mental Health

The best books on Depression and Mental Health are already listed above, please see: Doctor Yourself and Food Is Better Medicine Than Drugs

Holistic Dentistry

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body: The Natural Dental Program for Total Wellness

Author: Victor Zeines as featured in 'FoodMatters'

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Victor Zeines, D.D.S., shows how examining the mouth can reveal the presence of illnesses or unstable conditions in other areas of the body. An innovative look at holistic dentistry, this book discusses the potential dangers of conventional dental care and offers a selection of safe, proven therapies that enhance the body's own healing powers. It discusses the use of acupressure to relieve tooth pain, healing herbal mouth and gum rinses, natural treatments for gum disease and vitamins and minerals supplements that balance the body.

Root Canal Cover Up Exposed

George Meinig

Bacteria trapped inside the structure of teeth migrate throughout the body. They may infect any organ, gland, or tissue and can damage the heart, kidneys, joints, eyes, brain, and endanger pregnant women. Learn how these infections were discovered by Weston A. Price, DDS in a 25 year Root Canal Research Program which was carried out under the auspices of the American Dental Association, and were subsequently covered-up.