AltMed Library

Office Library List by Topic

This is a list of the books I have read and recommended over the years. I would love to have your book recommendations for ongoing explorations.


  • The end of Alzheimers by Dale Bredeson MD
  • Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, & Dying – Ram Dass
  • Natural Health, Natural Medicine – Andrew Weil M.D.
  • Healthy Aging – Andrew Weil M.D.
  • The Co-housing Handbook – Chris Scotthanson & Kelly Scotthansen
  • You Can Fix Your Brain by Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Allergen Free Cookbooks

  • Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre
  • The Allergen Free Bakers handbook by Cybele Pascal.


  • Life Between Lives: Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression – Michael Newton PhD
  • Self-Hypnosis & Other Mind Expanding Techniques – Charles Tebbets
  • The Patients Guide to Homeopathic Medicine – Robert Uuman, ND, Judyth Reichenberg-Uuman ND
  • Homeopathic Medicine at Home – Maesimund B Panos MD, Jane Heimlich
  • Crystal Enlightenment – Katrina Raphaell
  • Discovery of Magnetic Health – George J. Washnis & Richard Z Hricak
  • The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness – Misha Ruth Cohen OMD,L.Ac with Kalia Doner
  • Sauna Therapy for Detoxification & Healing – Lawrence Wilson MD


  • Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life – David Servan-Schreiber MD, Ph.D. (see June 2011 Newsletter)
  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer – John R Lee MD, David Zava PhD, Virginia Hopkins
  • Breast Cancer: What You Should Know (But May Not Be Told) About Prevention, Diagnosis, & Treatment – Steve Austin ND & Cathy Hitchcock MSW
  • The Cancer Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz


  • The Therapeutic Touch – Dolores Krieger PhD RN
  • Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure – Fritz Frederick Smith MD
  • Zero Balancing – John Hamwee
  • Yoga for A New Age: A Modern Approach to Hatha Yoga – Bob Smith
  • Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice – Paul Grilley
  • Awareness Through Movement – Moshe Feldenkris

Life Style

  • Blue Zones – Dan Buettner (See February 2011 Newsletter)
  • Creating Health: How To Wake Up the Body’s Intelligence – Deepak Chopra MD
  • The Fitness Factor – Lisa Callahan MD
  • Staying Healthy With the Seasons – Elson M Hass MD
  • Pathways: A Success Guide for a Healthy Lifestyle ( Healthwise) – Donald W Kemper, Jim Giuffre, Gene Drabinski
  • Listening to the Body: The Psychophysical Way to Health & Awareness – Robert Masters PhD, Jean Houston PhD

Menopause, Women’s Health

  • Natural Women, Natural Menopause – Marcun Laux ND & Christine Conrad
  • Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Christiane Northrup MD
  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre-Menopause – John R Lee MD, Jesse Hanley MD, Virginia Hopkins
  • The Wisdom of Menopause; Creating Physical & Emotional Health During the Change – Christiane Northrup MD
  • The Hormone of Desire – Susan Rako MD
  • The Silent Passage; Menopause – Gail Sheeley
  • Alternate Health Care for Women – Patsy Wescott & Leyardia Black ND
  • Menopausal Years; The Wise Woman Way – Susan S. Weed
  • Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book – Susan M Love MD with Karen Lindsay
  • The Estrogen Alternative; Natural Hormone Therapy with Botanical Progesterone – Raquel Martin with Judi Gerstrung DC
  • Womens Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine – Tori Hudson ND
  • The Menopause Self-Help Book – Susan M Lark MD


  • Prevention Magazines Nutrition Advisor
  • What’s For Breakfast – Joan Haynes ND
  • The China Study – T.Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas Campbell II
  • The Gluten Book – LeArta Moulton
  • Recipes for Self-Healing – Daverick Leggett
  • Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition & Craft of Live Culture Foods – Sandor Ellix Katz
  • Eat Right for Your Type – Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney
  • Conversations on Chelation & Mineral Nutrition – H. DeWayne Ashned PhD, FACN
  • The Good Goodies Recipes for Natural Snacks n’ Sweets – Stan & Floss Divorkin
  • Food & Faith: Justice, Joy & Daily Bread – ed. Michael Schet
  • Refined to Real Food: Moving Your Family Toward Healthier Wholesome Eating – Allison Anneser with Sara Thyr N.D
  • The Paleo Diet – Loren Cordain Ph.D.  (See May 2011 Newsletter)
  • Wheat-free, Worry-free – Danna Korn
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing – Janies F Balch MD, Phyllis A Balch CNC
  • Healing – Patrick Quillin PhD RD
  • The Healing Foods – Hausman & Judith Benn Hurley
  • Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine – Murray &Pizzorno


  • Geselle Institute Series: Your One Year Old, Your Two Year Old, etc. – Louise Bates Ames PhD
  • Child of Mine – Feeding With Love and Good Sense – Ellyn Satter R.D.
  • Your Baby and Child – Birth to 5 – Penelope Leach
  • Children the Challenge – Rudolf Dreikurs
  • What Do You Really Want For Your Children – Wayne Dyer M.D
  • Your Child’s Self Esteem – Dorothy Corkille Briggs
  • Annie Stories – Doris Brett
  • The Vaccine Friendly Plan – Paul Thomas, MD and Jennifer Margulis, PHD
  • The Vaccine Book – Robert Sears, MD


  • Secret Life of the Unborn Child – Thomas Verney M.D.
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Arlene Eisenberg
  • Breast Feeding Your Baby – Shiela Kitzinger
  • Babyhood – Penelope Leach
  • On Becoming a Family – T. Berry Brazelton

Prevention and Toxicity

  • Detoxify or Die – Sherry Rogers M.D. At
  • The Hundred Year Lie – Randall Fitzgerald
  • YOU the Patient – Michael Roizen MD and Mehmet OZ MD
  • YOU Staying Young – Michael Roizen MD and Mehmet OZ MD.

Psychology & the Unconscious

  • The Fisher King & The Handless Maiden: Understanding The Wounded Feeling Function in Masculine & Feminine Psychology – Robert A Johnson
  • The Ravaged Bridegroom:  Masculinity in Women – Marion Woodman
  • Animal Guides in Life, Myth & Dreams – Niel Russack
  • The Cat: A Tale of Feminine Redemption – Marie-Loiuse von Franz
  • Aspects of the Feminine – CG Jung
  • Animus & Anima: Two Essays by Emma Jung
  • The Jungian Experience: Analysis & Individuation – James A Hall MD
  • Jung on Evil – Selected & Introduced Murray Steini
  • Jung on Active Imagination  – ed & intro by Joan Chodorow
  • Inner Work  – Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert Johnson

Specific Conditions

  • The Yeast Connection – William G Crook MD
  • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing & Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder From Childhood Through Adulthood – Edward M Hallowell MD, John J Ratey MD
  • Family Guide to Asthma & Allergies: How You & Your Children Can Breathe Easier – Norman Edelman MD
  • Tired of Being Tired – Jesse Lynn Hanley MD & Nancy Deville
  • Sinus Survival: A Self-Help Guide to Allergies, Bronchitis, Colds & Sinusitis – Dr Robert S Ivker
  • Diabetes A to Z – American Diabetes Association
  • Dr. Bernsteins Diabetes Solution – Dr. Bernstein
  • The Inside Tract by Gerard Mullin MD
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Natural Approach – Rosemary Nicol
  • Making Sense of Fibromyalgia – Daliel J Wallace MD, Janice Brock Wallace
  • Brain Powerful Therapy for Changing Brain Disorders – David Perlmutter MD
  • Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain – Pete Egoscue with Roger Gittines
  • The Thyroid Solution: Ridha Arem M.D.

Spirituality & Mysticism

  • Arousing the Goddess: Sex and Love in Buddhist Ruins of India – Tim Ward
  • Shamans, Mystics & Doctors: A Psychological Inquiry to India & Its Healing Traditions – Sudhir Kakar
  • Shamanic Healing Within the Medicine Wheel – Marie Lu Lorler
  • The Alphabet Versus the Goddess – Leonard Shlain
  • Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness & The Search for Meaning – Jean Shinoda Bolen MD
  • Goddess in Every Woman – Jean Shinoda Bolen MD
  • The Universe in a Single Atom – his Holiness The Dali Lama
  • After the Ecstasy, the Laundry – Jack Kornfield
  • Healing & the Mind – Bill Moyers
  • The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values & Spiritual Growth – M Scott Peck
  • How We Choose to Be Happy – Rick Foster & Greg Hicks
  • Paths of Life: 7 Scenarios – Alice Miller
  • Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul – Arielle Ford
  • Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism & the Inexplicable Powers of The Human mind – Elizabeth Lloyd mayer PhD
  • The Times of Our Lives: Extraordinary True Stories of Synchronicity, Destiny, Meaning & Purpose – ed Jill Kranier
  • The Four Agreements


  • A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions (Health Notes)
  • Prevention Magazine’s Complete Book of Vitamins and Minerals
  • Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine – Michael Murray ND & Joseph Pizzorno ND
  • Alternative Medicine; the Definition Guide – The Burton Goldberg group

Vegetarian Cookbooks

  • Still Life With Menu – Mollie Katzen
  • Moosewood Cookbook – Mollie Katzen
  • Enchanted Broccoli Forest – Mollie Katzen
  • Feeding the Whole Family – Cynthia Lair
  • The Greens Cook Book – Deborah Madison
  • Sunset Menus and Recipes for Vegetarian Cooking – Sunset Cookbooks
  • Mediterranean Grains and Greens – Paula Wolfert
  • Vegetarian Epicure – Anna Thomas
  • Recipes for a Small Planet – Ellen Buchman Ewald
  • Whole Foods for the Whole Family – Le Leche League Intl.
  • The Yoga Way Cookbook – The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy
  • Mexican Vegetarian Cooking – Edith Metcalfe de Plata
  • Meatless Main Dishes – Better Homes and Gardens

Book Reviews

The Inside Tract

By Gerard Mullin, MD and Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN – Dr Mullin has been a long time faculty member for Institute for Functional Medicine and is a practicing gastroenterologist at Johns Hopkins.  This is an excellent guide for patients and practitioners to the confusing world of chronic digestive problems including the autoimmune versions. Dr. Mullin’s education on this subject began as a child with his mother’s digestive illness and continued with his own journey as a physician through serious chronic inflammatory illness that left him unable to work for a period of time. The Inside Tract helps patients pick the level of treatment they need and focuses on details of a whole foods diet, nutritional supplementation, detoxification and lifestyle changes to help formulate an individual plan.  The advice is practical, founded in science and it works. This is the book I use for the sickest patients with the most severe digestive problems including ulcerative colitis and Chrons disease.

The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis by R. Keith McCormick, DC

Osteoporosis is a chronic disorder, that is not just weakening of the bones; it is weakening of the entire body’s physiology.  It is not a condition that can be fixed by simply taking osteoporosis medications, or calcium supplements.   Faced with severe osteoporosis and multiple fractures at age 45, Dr. Keith McCormick has undertaken the formidable task of understanding the very complex nature of bone loss, and healing, and has presented it in an easy to read format. He does a wonderful job of helping the reader to understand the bigger picture of the complex causes of osteoporosis, recognizing the subtle interdependence between bone health and whole body health. To help someone with a chronic condition, the person’s whole physiology must be assessed, and a plan developed to address the failing biological functions. Dr. MCormick gives practical tools and solutions in a targeted program combining the best strategies from both traditional and holistic medicine.  This whole body plan will help to dramatically improve bone strength and overall vitality.

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Allergies & Asthma by Kenneth Bock MD.

Kathy and I were fortunate to hear Dr. Bock speak at our last Functional Medicine Conference on digestive health.  He is a remarkable physician and has done an excellent job of weaving patient histories through the clear scientific principles that unite these disorders.  He gives the best explanation I have read anywhere about the immune dysfunction that underlies all these problems.  I would recommend this book for adults with any of these disorders.  He also offers clear treatment recommendations and describes very accurately the need for patients and practitioners  to be  medical detectives.  I love his willingness to use medication when needed and nutrition in a practical way. He  includes families in the choices about how many changes to make at one time and obviously sees his patients as the unique individuals they are.  Bravo Dr. Bock.

Detoxify or Die by Sherry Rogers MD

Dr. Rogers is a nationally known environmental physician who writes many no holds barred books on how to spot toxicity in yourself and how to take charge of your recovery. This is my prevention bible and I’m reading it for the third time it’s so packed with information. Available at here along with Dr. Rogers other books.

Dr. Rogers is a nationally known environmental physician who writes many no holds barred books on how to spot toxicity in yourself and how to take charge of your recovery. This is my prevention bible and I’m reading it for the third time it’s so packed with information.

 The Hundred Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald

This is an excellent primer on prevention. It is a well researched look at the many types of toxicity we are exposed to (in our water, air, food and supplements) and how to avoid and recover from them.

A critical exposé of the health consequences of everyday chemicals contends that human beings are now one of the most polluted species on the planet, linking common products to key health issues while challenging safety reports being issued by top chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed food companies.

Available here.