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If you love books like I do, and if natural health is your passion, you will cherish the resource provided here - a list of the most revolutionary natural health books that the readers and contributors to this website have come across.
We are in the process of writing summaries of each of these books, but as you can see, it will take a few years! However, currently there are 20 book summaries and 81 books listed.
These book summaries are provided as an online guide to health books. Summaries of health and wellness books are made available to you to read for free, so that you can make an informed choice on which books to purchase. The findings of these books - if put to use - can radically improve your health. A few of these books are available to read for free on the internet as e-books, in which case a link is provided.
All of the below natural health book summaries are related to the topic of 'cheap health revolution' - and most are about cheap home cures or empowering people through information to learn the secrets to vibrant health.
Some examples of 'light' reading are included too. These address similar revolutionary health topics but in the form of a novel or a personal story.
This list is updated regularly.
All the books listed here are fundamentally about holistic physical and mental health. Some are spiritual, some are scientific and many are written by cutting-edge doctors and therapists. Some are personal accounts. Many, if not all, of these free online book summaries are paradigm-shifters and highly recommended reading. Many, as well, are quite radical. We don't agree with everything that is said in these books and often highlight the reservations in the reviews. We hope that you will enjoy these natural health books as much as others have - may they pave the way for your radiant health!
In today's world of natural health research we are, indeed, 'standing on the shoulders of giants'.
Summaries of Natural Health Books Read in 2005:
- The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr
A truly revolutionary book for stopping smoking. I found it easy to quit smoking after reading this, even though it was one of the most stressful times in my life. This was after probably hundreds of failed attempts over the years (which included reading other 'stopping smoking' books). I heard of many people for whom this book worked also, but you have to work with the book to quit smoking, it won't work unless you read it carefully and put a some effort in. But it definitely makes it very easy to quit and it has an approach focusing on the positive, not on doom-scenarios, which makes it an interesting read.
Revolutionary Health and Raw Food Books Read in 2009:
- Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
Plenty of good information in this book about the corruption in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as on natural cures and detoxification methods. It is not very well written, however, as it's basically a long rant where the author vents his anger. It relies a lot on repeating the same points over and over again to an extent that it actually becomes difficult to read from cover to cover. Also, for much of the information the writer refers you to his website, which has a high monthly subscription fee. Regardless of this, the book does hold quite a bit of good information and was an eye-opener for me.
- Lifeforce: A Dynamic Plan for Health, Vitality, and Weight Loss by Dr. Jeffrey McCombs
A brilliant book on candida and how to beat it using strong doses of natural supplements. Dr. McCombs' 'Lifeforce Plan' (McCombs Plan) outlines a four-month dietary programme with supplements to free you of candida. In 'Lifeforce', the author also explains why most of us have candida overgrowth without knowing it and how we can improve our lives by killing the excess candida and re-establishing the 'yeast and bacteria' -balance into our guts. Highly recommended reading.
- Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity by Queen Afua
An inspiring raw food book, especially good for beginning raw foodists. 'Heal Thyself' focuses on a high-raw diet (not 100%), live juice fasting, and other methods of detoxification to heal yourself. With a very spiritual focus, Queen Afua offers eating and fasting plans, inspiring words, and practical advice for everyday life. This is one of the most popular book summaries on this website.
- The Joy of Living Live: A Raw Food Journey by Zakhah
A raw food community, who call themselves 'African Hebrew Israelites', has achieved a peaceful, healthful existence in sharp contrast to most human communities today. An uplifting read, a brilliantly inspiring raw food book with dietary advice, testimonials from the people in the community, and recipes. Advocates a high-raw lifestyle, living close to nature and also emphasizes the importance of exercise.
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
A mainstream classic, this small book is worth reading for a quick introduction to the idea of the 'Law of Attraction'. For a more in-depth book, however, read 'Ask and It is Given' by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
- Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest the Law of Attraction: The Teachings of Abraham by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The classic book on the Law of Attraction, which is held to be one of the main laws of nature that shape our lives. The authors hold that 'thoughts are things', which affect their surroundings. The next step in the reasoning is 'like attracts like', which is at the heart of the law of attraction idea, and which makes controlling your thoughts the single most important thing you could do for your life - for, Esther and Jerry Hicks claim - your thoughts create your reality every day.
Revolutionary Health and Raw Food Books Read in 2010:
- The Sunfood Diet Success System by David Wolfe, Book review part 1
An all time classic raw food book and very inspiring reading, suitable for both beginners and more advanced raw foodists. It is a huge book, with amazing amounts of inspiring information on the benefits of the raw food diet, as well as practical advice. Highly recommended (although there is plenty of not-so-fantastic poetry included). If you're only going to read one raw food book, make it this one. I personally keep reading this book summary over and over again as I find it so inspiring.
- The Sunfood Diet Success System by David Wolfe, Book review part 2
- Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe
Another very inspiring raw food book from David Wolfe, Eating for Beauty focuses on the importance of eating certain minerals and superfoods in as natural and fresh form as possible to improve your looks.
- Enzyme Nutrition: The Food Enzyme Concept: Unlocking the Secrets of Eating Right for Health, Vitality and Longevity by Dr. Edward Howell
A book much quoted by raw foodists, this is the main theory book on why enzymes are crucial for your health. It has a more scientific and less inspirational approach and some say the research is a little dated.
- Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes by Ani Phyo
My favourite book for raw food recipes so far. These include cakes, cold soups, breakfast cereal, flavoured almond milks, different types of pizza and dehydrated foods, nice salads and dressings, etc. Good basic raw food recipes, which are not too expensive or complicated. A highly recommended natural health book for everyone's kitchen, suitable for beginners.
- I Am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude by Terces Engelhart with Orchid
More complicated to make but tasty and exciting raw food recipes from the 'cooks' at the Cafe Gratitude, California. A highly recommended natural health book if you are into gourmet recipes and dehydrated foods.
- Trick and Treat: How 'Healthy Eating' is Making Us Ill by Barry Groves
- Life Without Bread: How a Low Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life by Christian Allan, Wolfgang Lutz
- The Remedy by Supa Nova Slom
A raw food book on being 'a chlorophyllian' and transforming your life. The emphasis is on drinking plenty of green juice and exercising. Daily raw food diet plans are provided for both eating and exercising. Supa Nova Slom is the son of Queen Afua, the famous raw food author and lecturer.
- The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind - How it Works and How to Use It by Harry W Carpenter
A very strange and a very inspiring book revealing some quite unbelievable secrets about how our subconscious mind works and how we can make it work for us. The idea presented by Carpenter is that the powers of our subconscious mind are of vast proportions and we can learn to benefit hugely from those powers. The book emphasizes the importance of your thoughts on transforming your life from slightly different (but compatible) point of view than the Law of Attraction.
- The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
Similar to Harry Carpenter's book, the Genie Within, but this one has a more religious approach. Not quite as inspiring as Carpenter's book in my opinion.
- The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process by David Berceli
These Trauma Release Exercises are one of the many recently discovered methods of 'body-mind' -work, which use physical exercises to release trauma, bad emotions and stress locked in our cells and muscles. From my experience these exercises do seem quite powerful. I have provided an exercise diary elsewhere on this site.
- African Holistic Health by Dr. Llaila Afrika
A good, partly raw food book full of extreme yet interesting information for people open to non-mainstream interpretations of history. Some claims are hard to believe at first but Dr. Afrika has a plenty of important wisdom for those who are open-minded enough to listen. Natural cures and ancient teachings.
- The Field by Lynne McTaggart
This book outlines cutting-edge research experiments in telepathy, power of the mind, prayer/ meditation and predictions. Written in an easy-to-understand mainstream language, 'The Field' is a classic among those who believe such phenomena and want to be able to offer some evidence that it works. The whole book consists of descriptions of scientific experiments.
- Spontaneous Evolution, Our Positive Future (and a way to get there from here) by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman
A thick volume of collections of radical ideas by the writers. Bruce Lipton, the author of 'Biology of Belief', whose research showed that our cells and DNA are controlled by our thoughts and the environment, expands his theory here with Steve Bhaerman to include a new theory of history and to conclude that evolution happens spontaneously, and not in slow progress as Darwin thought. One important idea the book convinced me of was that collaboration, not competition, is a recipe for success and growth, as that is how the nature succeeds and evolves.
Revolutionary Health and Raw Food Books Read in 2011:
- The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham
Famous fruitarian raw foodist, Dr. Douglas Graham, outlines his theory for eating a low-fat, low-protein diet of healthy carbohydrates, mostly in the form of fruit. He also acknowledges the importance of greens. Eating more every day, and primarily fruit, is the best solution for health, sports performance and nutritional balance, according to Dr. Graham. In my view 80/10/10 diet is probably dangerous in the long term - and definitely difficult to do - but since plenty of people follow his advice, it is worth reading this classic raw food book.
- Raw Food Life Force Energy: Enter a Totally New Stratosphere of Weight Loss, Beauty, and Health by Natalia Rose
This book outlines a weekly raw food diet plan which includes drinking green smoothies. Solid advice, and a worthwhile raw food book.
- How to Keep Slim, Healthy and Young with Juice Fasting: The Age-old Way to New You! by Dr. Paavo Airola
A small book on juice fasting, recommended reading for anyone planning to detoxify by fasting. Puts an argument forward promoting juice fasting and warns against water fasting as too straining and nutrient-poor for the body.
- Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food by Ani Phyo
Another brilliant book of easy raw food recipes from Ani Phyo, full of essential recipes which are easy and cheap to make. My favourite recipe is apple pancakes with raspberry jam and cashew-cream (although you will need a dehydrator). The cold avocado soups are also nice. An essential book for any raw food kitchen!
- Left in the Dark (The Biological Origins of the Fall from Grace): An Investigation into the Evolution of the Human Brain. A Journey to the Edge of the Human Mind by Graham Gynn and Tony Wright
Another radical theory on the hidden powers of our brain. The authors have found through personal experimentation that combining a raw food diet with methods of right-brain activation can reveal some amazing skills of the brain. Very interesting findings but sometimes also quite odd and questionable... This is a natural health book which promotes the raw food diet in many ways, and, interestingly, describes a glorious historical past when man lived in 'paradise' and his brain worked better. A free ebook download link is provided.
- Fat Around the Middle by Marilyn Glenville
How to lose belly fat. Discusses the link between stress hormones, the adrenal glands, blood-sugar imbalance and stomach fat. A very useful read if you want a flat belly. Worked for me and relies primarily on dietary advice - although supplements, stress reduction techniques and exercises are also recommended.
- Quantum Eating by Tonya Zavasta
A very interesting raw food book but possibly slightly dangerous, since it recommends not eating in the mornings or evenings! Tonya Zavasta makes it clear that she recommends these strategies only for advanced raw foodists. Nevertheless, this book does state that it is good to reduce the eating hours in the day and the author claims only to eat during 2-4 hours per day. Although this is a fascinating raw food book in many ways, and I still visit her blog quite often, I don't currently agree with many of Tonya's statements.
- Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko
A classic raw food book and a must-read on the importance of greens in the raw food diet. Victoria Boutenko, the mother of 'The Raw Family' found that the raw food she and her family were eating was not enough to keep them healthy in the long-term, and after studying the eating habits of gorillas she discovered what was missing: green smoothies.
- Nature's First Law: The Raw Food Diet by Arlin, Dini, Wolfe
An extreme raw food book which keeps repeating the phrase 'cooked food is poison'. Only partly written by the authors and partly a republication of an old book by someone else.
- Blatant Raw Foodist Propaganda! by Joe Alexander
- The Amazing Grace by David Wolfe
Revolutionary Health and Raw Food Books Read in 2012:
- Raw Food Controversies: How to Avoid Common Mistakes That May Sabotage Your Health by Frederic Patenaude
A long book chronicling the life of the author, and his love for and struggles with raw foodism. One of the key raw food books to read in the sense that it warns against excesses and some pitfalls in the raw food movement, as well as highlighting how some people with a cult-mentality can, and have been drawn into the raw food movement.
- Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug by Stephen Cherniske
This book was a real eye-opener for me and I have since then personally felt the benefits of being caffeine free, which are much greater than I thought. This is one of the more popular natural health book summaries on this website.
- Eat for Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer; Never Diet Again! by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
A highly recommended raw food book emphasizing a high-raw lifestyle (not 100% raw), as well as the importance of micronutrients, and how our calorie (macronutrient) needs can be reduced by eating plenty of micronutrients. The 'true hunger', Fuhrman explains, is not for calories but for micronutrients. A fascinating read.
- Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel by Candace B. Pert
A life story of a scientist who struggled to get recognised in the profession and who discovered the opiate receptor, the cellular binding site for endorphins in the brain. The book would probably be a more interesting read for a scientist, whereas I was expecting a book about emotions and the brain, with some practical health advice. Highlights the corruption in the field of scientific research convincingly, though.
- The Vitamin D Revolution: How the Power of This Amazing Vitamin Can Change Your Life) by Soram Khalsa
Why you need vitamin D and how to get it. One of the most popular book summaries on this website and a key natural health book to read. Promotes megavitamin therapy doses of Vitamin D supplementation, as well as sunshine. Warns against sunscreens.
- Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace & More; Featuring the ancient Hawaiian teachings of Ho'oponopono by Joe Vitale & Dr. Iheakala Hew Len
About the power of positive thinking from a Hawaiian Shamanism perspective. This book maintains that you can affect anything in the world through your own thinking and you are responsible for everything that happens. Dr. Hew Len claims to have healed a whole ward of mental hospital patients without involving the patients in the process by the power of his own thinking. Apart from this strange claim, this book has some good techniques for meditation and for using 'i love you' mantra to work through difficult mental states.
- Artur F Coca, MD: The Pulse Test
A very important book, an eye-opener, an old classic and available for free online book to download on the internet. Explains how to measure your own pulse to find out food intolerances you may not have known you had. Dr. Coca maintains that 90% of Western people suffer from food intolerances, knowingly or unknowingly. I discovered I was allergic to carrots and a chemical in some white breads by following this advice, with great implications for my health. I consider this a must-read natural health book for everyone.
- The World Is as You Dream It: Shamanic Teachings from the Amazon and Andes by John Perkins
Beautiful descriptions about the life of the people in the Amazon rainforest, discussing shamanic healing, psycho-navigation, and ayahuasca. I personally loved this book and it will be one of the rare books I will read again because of the feel-good factor.
- The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision by James Redfield
A novel from the author of 'Celestine Prophecy', 'Tenth Insight', and 'Secrets of Shambhala'. A light read with plenty of lessons for the spiritually inclined.
- Brain Allergies: The Psychonutrient and Magnetic Connections by Dr. William H. Philpott & Dwight K. Kalifa
An important book demonstrating from a psychiatrist's point of view how mental illnesses are often caused by food and chemical sensitivities, as well as mineral and vitamin deficiencies. A must-read - there is so much hope in this book for healing humanity.
- The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist's Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Bloating, Headaches and IBS by Antony J Haynes and Antoinette Savill
A good book on food intolerance, perhaps directed more on the professionals in the field than a layman reader. Personally I found Dr. Coca's book the 'Pulse Test' more enlightening.
- Successful Self-Dentistry: How to Avoid the Dentist without Ignoring Your Teeth by Nadine Artemis
A brilliant natural health book on why toothpaste is bad for your teeth, how it is crucial to keep the saliva alkaline, how to naturally whiten your teeth, regrow enamel and enjoy a healthy, fresh and beautiful mouth. Emphasis is put on the importance of minerals in the diet as well as external toothcare and essential oils.
- Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light by Barbara Wren
About biophotons, which are sources of light in our cells, and how hydration and various other natural means will enhance the light. Partly very interesting book, partly very odd.
Revolutionary Health and Raw Food Books Read in 2013:
- Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of the Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz
Provides many cultured food recipes from sprouted bread and pancakes, raw pickles, kefir, wine and beer to various pickled salads, dairy ferments, bean ferments, vinegars, etc. Mostly a recipe book but general writing on the idea of fermenting with wild organisms, naturally occurring in the air, is included.
- Trauma Releasing Exercises: TRE: A Revolutionary New Method of Trauma Recovery by David Berceli (2005)
The second, and better book by the inventor of this powerful series of easy exercises, which cause shakes and trembling in your body, releasing deep tensions present in your muscles and the surrounding tissue. There are testimonials on You Tube and elsewhere which state that the method is effective for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as for childhood trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts, and general stresses of everyday. I have reported on my 30-day experiment on these exercises elsewhere on this site.
- Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clinton Ober
This is the book by the inventor of grounding. A powerful but simple method that allows you to connect to the negative ion (energy) store of the earth. I have found that grounding works for pain an also enhances your dreams. A separate report on my experiences is provided elsewhere on this site. This book is available for free listen as an audio book online at www.groundology.com.
- Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma - The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences by Peter A Levine
How trauma develops when the 'flight or fight' energy of intense situations is not released in a natural way. Recommends getting acquinted with the body's 'felt sense' to learn to interpret the feelings and instinctual tendencies of the body. Key concept in this book is also that we should concentrate on the feelings, instead of images that arise in the mind or the conscious mind's need for meaning. This will lead to resolution of trauma. A brilliant companion to the Trauma Release Exercises, although out of the two books I would recommend the TRE, since it provides more easily realised exercises for working through trauma without having to evoke memories. Highy recommended book also, however, to undestand how trauma is very physical.
- Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan and Luke Shanahan
This natural health book is among other things about stem cell research and how 98% of so-called 'junk' DNA is actually adaptable according to the environment. This book puts forward an argument that evolution can be spontaneous, as genes respond to the food we eat. And as is clear from the title, the author advocates that our genes are programmed to eat traditional foods. Promotes eating of dairy and meat, as well as traditional cooking methods, but has plenty of useful information that can be interpreted to benefit raw foodists as well as others. The new field of epigenetics has discovered that the DNA is a blueprint that adapts to its environment and that such suboptimal health that was previosly thought genetic is often brought on by bad nutrition.
- The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild
Book about her work as a psychiatrist, where she learned to interpret the body's gestures and encourage trauma resolution through visualisations, acting out on body impulses and releasing trauma gradually, by guiding the patient to shift their focus between portions of the traumatic event and a safe, happy memory, place or a person. It is suggested that the events before and after the trauma can be equally traumatizing as the event itself and trauma resolution should always begin by addressing the events that happened after the traumatic event first.
- Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms David Wolfe
A small book by David Wolfe explaining the amazing health benefits of chaga mushroom. This book also outlines David Wolfe's recommended diet for cancer.
- Alkalize or Die by Dr. Theodore Baroody
A brilliant book on the importance of eating 80% alkaline foods to maintain an optimal pH balance in the body. Mentions also that people living in colder climates may need more acidic foods since cold air is alkalizing and hot air acidifying.
Revolutionary Health Books Read in 2014:
- Self-Hypnosis for Life: Mind, Body and Spiritual Excellence by Dr. Tracie O'Keefe
- Longevity Now by David Wolfe
Revolutionary Health Books Read/ to Be Read in 2015:
- The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith
- The Easiest Way to Live: Let Go of the Past, Live in the Present and Change Your Life Forever by Mabel Katz
- Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna
- The Enlivened Rock Powders by Harvey Lisle
- Flood Your Body with Oxygen: Therapy for Our Polluted World by Ed McCabe
- Iodine and Why You Need It by David Brownstein
- The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean
- The Ultimate pH Solution by Michelle Schoffro Cook
- Jubb's Cell Rejuvenation: Colloidal Biology: A Symbiosis by David Jubb
- Our Future Reborn - EM Technology Changes The World by Prof. Teruo Higa
Japanese Professor Teruo Higa discovered effective micro-organisms, which are potent probiotics (bacteria) capable of enhancing our health and, among other things, of eating radioactive waste and rendering it harmless.
- The Moneyless Manifesto: Live Well, Live Rich, Live Free by Mark Boyle
About how he spent two years of his life living without money. The paper copy is normal price but this is also available as a free online book.
- Your Body's Many Cries for Water: You're Not Sick; You're Thirsty: Don't Treat Thirst with Medications by F. Batmanghelidj
- The Coming Energy Revolution: The Search for Free Energy
by Jeane Manning
Not at all a natural health book but definitely revolutionary!
- Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe
- The Body Electric by Robert O. Becker
- The Detox Miracle Sourcebook: Raw Foods and Herbs for Complete Cellular Regeneration: The Ultimate Healing System by Dr Robert Morse
This thorough natural health book discusses among other things the body's different organs and their needs, how to live and eat healthy, the power of herbs, eliminating disease, parasites, types of foods, pH factors, energy, toxins, different nutrient types, etc. It is more suitable as a companion than a cover-to-cover read, because of the detailed information it contains. There are 371 pages of tightly packed information in this large format book. Robert Morse's health approach centres around fruitarianism, cleaning the lymph fluid and staying alkaline. Detoxification and herbal remedies are the main proposed tools to achieve this.
- The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton
A book written by a scientist who discovered that our thoughts and environment influence the genes and that the DNA is only a list of possibilities. A scientific explanation on how our lives are controlled more by our minds than our genes. A fascinating read and very believable. The field of epigenetics and stem cell research address the same ideas that were put forward in this book.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
- Generative Trance: The Experience of Creative Flow by Stephen Gilligan
- The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-Relations Psychotherapy by Stephen Gilligan
- Spirit of the Shuar: Wisdom from the Last Unconquered People of the Amazon by John Perkins
- Hormone Harmony with Diet and Yoga by Varpu Tavi and Anja Huovinen (translated from Finnish)
- Psychonavigation: Techniques for Travel Beyond Time by John Perkins
- Shapeshifting: Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation by John Perkins
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