It’s no secret that I love books! In my life, I’ve spent countless hours browsing libraries and bookstores, enjoying the quiet solitude and the hunt. Discovering a new treasure on the shelves is like a delightful game for me.
Here are ten of my favorite natural health related books. All of these have impacted me in some way and helped me become who I am today. They’d make great gifts for a holistically-minded friend for Christmas, birthday, or anytime. Or maybe you can just pick up a new title for yourself!
Backyard Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal
With full-color photos and detailed information on medicinal herbs that are just waiting to be harvested, it’s the perfect companion for anyone interested in wildcrafting.
Never Fear Cancer Again by Raymond Francis, M.Sc.
Even if you’re blessed to have not been affected by this disease, I still highly recommend Never Fear Cancer Again. It has changed the way I view health and how to achieve and maintain it.
Author Raymond Francis outlines the six pathways of health and offers suggestions for how to make sure you use those pathways to the utmost. An easy and life-changing read.
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants by Dana Ullman, M.P.H.
Are you curious about homeopathy? Or interested in being able to pick the right remedy for various illnesses and symptoms? This particular book may say “for children and infants” in the title, but it’s useful for people of all ages. In fact, I refer to it more often than my “all ages” homeopathy book.
With a great overview explaining what homeopathy is and how it works, the book includes sections for almost every minor illness and mishap that kids (and adults!) encounter. The latter portion of the book is a small materia medica of common homeopathic remedies and is invaluable for getting to know them well.
The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook by James Green
Anyone who is interested in making her own herbal medicines needs to read this book! Green provides detailed instructions for making every type of herbal medicine – tinctures, decoctions, glycerites, salves, syrups, and so many more.
It’s easy to read and feels like you’re having a chat with an old friend. One of my favorite books! In fact, reading this book is the whole reason that I started making herbal medicines.
The Male Herbal by James Green
Whether you’re a man or you care about the health of the men and boys in your life, this book is wonderful. It gives a new appreciation for the unique health needs of men and how nature’s herbs can best meet those needs.
Chapters cover everything from heart health to sexual health to emotional well being. Like Green’s other work, The Male Herbal reads like a casual chat with a friend. He’s definitely become one of my favorite authors.
Confessions of a Medical Heretic by Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.
Robert Mendelsohn was a well-known and respected pediatrician who became disenchanted with the normal state of medical care in America. Little by little, his opinion of the “right way” to do things changed – much to the chagrin of his fellow doctors.
Confessions of a Medical Heretic outlines his views on the use of antibiotics, surgery, prescription drugs, and much more. Published in 1979, I’m not sure if this book is still in print but copies are available from many booksellers, including Amazon.
The American Way of Birth by Jessica Mitford
I discovered this gem on the clearance table at a Davis Kidd Bookseller almost 20 years ago! We weren’t even expecting our first baby yet, but the title intrigued me … and the content ended up leading me to pursue a home birth. (Though I never ended up being able to follow through with that plan … thanks, pre-eclampsia.)
Just how did women in America go from delivering babies in one-room log cabins to a nearly 33% C-section rate? And just how beneficial have the changes in modern obstetrics been?
Jessica Mitford outlines the history of obstetrics in both the UK and the US and provides statistics, first-hand accounts, and interviews with obstetricians and midwives to give a complete picture of our current “American Way of Birth.”
It may be another out of print title, but it’s well worth finding a used copy whether you plan on giving birth anytime soon or not. As of this writing, Amazon has several copies.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, M.D.
This book could possibly qualify as a tome or at least a coffee table book. It’s the sort of reference that you don’t just sit down and read for pleasure … though I’m weird enough that I have done that a few times.
Mr. and Mrs. Balch cover virtually every illness known to man, and they offer both nutritional and herbal techniques for dealing with these dis-eases. The book offers a logical, alphabetical arrangement of the illnesses, making it very easy to find whatever you need.
Additional sections discuss choosing the best supplements as well as other natural treatments.
Dissolving Illusions by Suzanne Humphries MD
In this eye-opening book, Dr. Suzanne Humphries shares her research into the history and statistics of vaccines and the illnesses they’re designed to prevent. Whatever your current opinion of vaccines, I highly recommend this book.
Dr. Humphries began her work with an unbiased outlook and without the influence of financial backing from either “side.” It’s important for everyone to see what her research revealed. Maybe you’ll find your own illusions dissolving.
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
This book’s subtitle is Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. The issue of our children spending more time sitting than they do running and playing is becoming more and more concerning with every passing day.
In this book, Louv discusses the relationship between the increase in “wired living” and the rise in obesity, ADD, and even depression among children. He goes beyond talking about the problems, though, and offers real solutions that are as close as your own backyard.
A must read for every parent, grandparent, and anyone who cares about kids and our future!
If we want to continually improve ourselves, we must always keep learning and exploring. Books are one of the most perfect ways to learn and explore any subject. Pick up one of these books for yourself or for a friend … I know you’ll be all the better for having read it.
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