This page lists health & nutrition resources that I have found to be useful in my own heath journey. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, and I make no claim that any of these resources is entirely accurate. If I come to realize that a particular resource is particularly erroneous then I will either flag it as such or remove it entirely. (See my Other Travels page for an additional disclaimer.)
Some of these listings may lack links to further information — I try to put the titles out first and then fill in details as the opportunity arises. Missing links can usually be located by searching the Web (or podcast listings). Some links to videos may not work, due to demise of yekra.com, and I am slowly finding and updating or removing them (the video titles will remain as long as I still recommend them). Some of these videos may be available at Vimeo.
You can search for these in iTunes or Google them. This list is still very much under construction. In addition, see the online conferences listed below. One title has been removed due to possible fraud (not to mention poor-quality audio).
- Chris Kresser’s Revolution Health Radio (one of my primary resources)
- Danny Roddy’s Generative Energy Podcast
- Sean Croxton’s Underground Wellness
This is an archive, as the show is longer produced. Objectivity varies with the particular person being interviewed.
- SCD Lifestyle, with Steve Wright and Jordan Reasoner (Specific Carbohydrate Diet and GI issues in general; I have found some of this material helpful)
- The Paleo Cure, Chris Kresser
Originally published as Your Personal Paleo Code; much helpful information for personalizing your health choices.
- The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor, Mark Schatzker
- The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, Nina Teicholz
Basic reading for those that want to understand the food system.
- Death By Food Pyramid, Denise Minger
More basic reading, from a different author’s perspective.
- Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, Diane Sanfilippo
A comprehensive guide, New York Times bestseller, and a very attractive book as well. Useful for people that know how to cook; possibly dated.
- Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?, Jimmy Moore
An exposition about standard dietary recommendations and medical standards of care for treatment of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. I do not use this book as a primary reference, but it contains a considerable amount of useful information.
- Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, Catherine Shanahan, MD (2011)
A paleo-type book that presents a fascinating and very different view of heath, coming from an examination of traditional cuisine going back thousands of years. Full of surprises, and one of my favorites. Complements and expands on information presented in The Big Fat Surprise, above.
- The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Keith, (2010)
Apocalyptic in its implications, this book provides a global overview of how agriculture operates and how it has altered the earth and the beings living here.
- The Pharmaceutical Myth: Letting Food be Your Medicine is the Answer for Perfect Health, Gerald Roliz
Written by an ex-pharmaceutical rep, this book provides a perspective of which you might wish to be aware before making health decisions. Even simple ones.
- Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, Robert Whitaker
A shocking book that exposes the workings of the “mental health industry.” There is now a virtual genre devoted to this subject. This is one of the earlier works, and very informative.
- Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes (2010)
A very readable account of what really causes obesity, and how we ended up where we are today. This book is a good one to read after Cholesterol Clarity, which also includes contributions by Gary Taubes.
- Fiber Menace, Konstantin Monastyrsky (2011)
Everything you were afraid to ask about your gut. Offers a somewhat alternative low fiber/low carb approach to diet, and fills in gaps in information from the other books. I have found the information about reducing fiber, which stands in contrast to standard medical advice, very helpful for my particular health situation.
- Sweet Potato Power: Smart Carbs; Paleo and Personalized, Ashley Tudor
A surprisingly broad paleo book, with added information about sweet potatoes.
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
Everybody should read this. I don’t agree with everything he says, but the book is full of important information.
Websites & Blogs:
- Ancestral Health Society (including the AHS 2011 presentations)
- Chris Kresser
- The Food Lovers Kitchen
- Daniel Vitalis: Rewild Yourself
Online Conference Materials for Sale:
- Digestion Sessions (Underground Wellness)
- Thyroid Sessions (Underground Wellness)
- Real Food Summit (Summer 2012, Underground Wellness)
- Paleo Summit (Winter 2012, Underground Wellness)
(Paleo FX was dropped from this list for failing to deliver DVDs ordered. It’s still a good conference.)
- Unacceptable Levels
- Loving Lampposts
- Fluoride: The Bizzarre History
- In Defense of Fat (coming in 2013)
- In Search of the Perfect Human Diet
- The Men Who Made Us Fat
If you can stomach it, a British documentary in 12 segments that lays out in the open how our health and well being are under assault from transnational corporations, and how our quality of life hangs in the balance
- Food, Inc.
- King Corn
- Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock
- The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan (abridged version of his book with the same title).
In the Queue
Nothing pending at the moment.
- The End of Overeating, David Kessler, MD
More than anything else, this book helped me to better appreciate the food processing industry, a “growth industry” that grows by enticing its customers to overeat. An insider view, It offers many insights into why people overeat, but does not reach the heart of the problem of what to do, the way some of the above books do. Still, I have not seen a better exposé of the food industry, and other contemporary paleo authors and researchers point to this book as the one to read if you really want to understand what has happened.
- The End of Food, Paul Roberts
A more up-to-date presentation about what has happened with the food presentation than The End of Overeating (below). I don’t agree with all of its assumptions about nutrition — which tend to follow standard medical thinking — but it is informative nonetheless.
- Rethinking Thin, Gina Kolata
An interesting alternative view of the value of dieting. I have had better results in recent times with dieting than this book might suggest, but this book was still informative, and it helped me to understand that success is not automatic with low-carb diets. (Footnote: in hindsight, my dieting experiences have all played out very much in accord with what this author describes.)
- Wheat Belly, William Davis, MD
A valuable reference about the risks and dangers of wheat consumption. While focused on wheat, the book contains much to consider, coming from years of clinical practice and observation, and it includes information I have not encountered elsewhere. And wheat may very well be the largest single problem with human diet. I am concerned about the accuracy of some parts of the book, however, and about Dr. Davis’ business which the book serves to promote. (This author may have a newer title out now on this subject.)
- Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival, T. S. Wiley
The main value of this book for me was understanding the importance of sleeping in a dark room. I think the message of this book is worth considering, but I am not sure how technically accurate it will ultimately prove to be. In any case, it contains a good amount of useful information about diet and lifestyle.
This listing (which is alphabetical) is for products & services submitted to me that I have not examined closely, but that may be of interest to visitors of this website. If you have experience with any of these as an end user, any comments would be appreciated. I personally do not.
(9/20/16: If I receive repeated, annoying emails about any of these listings from whoever made the request, the listing will be gone and further emails will be redirected to the spam bucket. I just removed two. – Megan)