Suggested Reading List
Amand, R. Paul St., and Marek, Claudia, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You
About Fibromyalgia, New York: Time Warner, 1999.
Barnes, Broda, and Galton, Lawrence, Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness, New York: Thomas Crowell, 1976.
Batmanghelidj, F., Your Body's Many Cries for Water, Falls Church, VA.: Global Health Solutions, 1992.
Bernstein, Richard, Dr. Bernstien's Diabetes Solution, New York: Little, Brown and Company 1997.
Braly, James and Hoggan, Ron, Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous to Your Health, New York: Penguin, 2002.
Brand-Miller, Jennie, Wolever, Thomas, Colagiuri, Stephen, and Foster-Powell, Kaye, The Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index, New York: Marlowe and Company, 1998.
Breggin, Peter R., Talking Back to Prozac, New York: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1994. Breggin is must reading for anyone considering use of Prozac or similar drugs. Many physicians are unfamiliar with the potential problems.
Brown, Thomas McPherson, and Scammell, Henry, The Road Back: Rheumatoid Arthritis--Its Cause and Its Treatment, New York: M. Evans and Company, Inc., 1988.
Colborn, Theo, Dumanoski, Dianne, and Peterson Meyers, John, Our Stolen Future, New York: Dutton, 1996.
Lee, John R., What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause, New York: Warner Books, 1999.
Lipski, Elizabeth, Digestive Wellness, New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Publishing, 1997.
Jefferies, William, Safe Uses of Cortisone, Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, 1981.
Jerome, Frank J., Tooth Truth, Chula Vista, Ca.: New Century Press, 2000. This is a critically important book on the subject of dentistry. Highly recommended for anyone who needs dental work or who has had it done.
Kennedy, David, How to Save Your Teeth, Delaware, Ohio: Health Action Press, 1996.
Mandell, Marshall, and Scanlon, Lynne Waller, Dr. Mandell's 5 Day Allergy Relief System, New York: Thomas Crowell, 1979.
Meinig, George, Root Canal Cover-Up, Ojai, Ca.: Bion Publishing, 1996.
Ornish, Dean, Eat More Weigh Less, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993.
Ornish, Dean, Program for Reversing Heart Disease, New York: Ballantine Books, 1990.
Ott, John N., Health and Light, New York: Pocket Books, 1976.
Philpott, William H.,and Kalita, Dwight K., Victory Over Diabetes, New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Publishing, 1988.
Poehlmann, Katherine, Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Infection Connection, Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.: Satori Press, 2003.
Pottenger, Francis Jr., Pottenger's Cats, Santa Monica, Ca.: Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. This book is a little technical, but it is one of the great nutrition classics.
Price, Joseph, Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine, Saginaw,Michigan: Alta Enterprises, Inc., 1969. Price demonstrates that chlorine can damage the arteries and cause heart disease. A good argument for removing chlorine from drinking water.[REVIEW]
Price, Weston, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Santa Monica, Ca.: Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 1975. Price demonstrated that processed foods are associated with degenerative diseases including tooth and bone problems.
Reading, Chris M. and Meillon, Ross S., Your Family Tree Connection, New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Publishing, 1988.
Reuben, David, The Save Your Life Diet, New York: Random House, 1975.
Saunders, Jeraldine and Ross, Harvey M., Hypoglycemia: The Disease Your Doctor Won't Treat, New York: Pinnacle Books, 1983.
Schmidt, Michael A., Childhood Ear Infections, Berkley, Ca.: North Atlantic Books, 1990.
Schmidt, Michael, Smith, Lendon, and Sehnert, Keith, Beyond Antibiotics, Berkley, Ca:North Atlantic Books, 1993.
Schauss, Alexander, Diet, Crime and Delinquency, Berkley, Ca.: Parker House, 1980.
Schwartz, George R. and Coleman, Arthur D., In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome, New York: Signet, 1990.
Smith, Ronald, Nutrition, Hypertension & Cardiovascular Disease, Portland, Oregon: Lyncean Press, 1989.
Stitt, Paul A., Beating the Food Giants, P.O. Box 730, Manitowoc, WI: Natural Press. One of the best books on the implications of food processing for long term health. Stitt is a biochemist.
Stitt, Barbara Reed, Food Teens & Behavior, P.O. Box 730, Manitowoc, WI: Natural Press. Barbara is a former probation officer who discusses the biochemical roots of criminal behavior in easy to understand language.
West, Stanley, The Hysterectomy Hoax, New York: Doubleday, 1994. Any woman facing a hysterectomy should inform herself of the option of a myomectomy.
Williams, Roger J., Nutrition Against Disease, New York: Pitman Publishing, 1971.
Wright, Jonathan V., and Morgenthaler, John, Natural Hormone Replacement, Petaluma, Ca.: Smart Publications, 1997. This should be required reading for doctors before dispensing hormone replacement therapy.
Wright, Jonathan V., and Lenard, Lane, Maximize Your Vitality & Potency, Petaluma, Ca.: Smart Publications, 1999. A great discussion of the importance of testosterone for men including an excellent discussion of the association with heart disease.
Yiamouyiannis, John, Fluoride: The Aging Factor, Delaware, Ohio: Health Action Press, 1983. Fluoride is terribly toxic. This is one of the most comprehensive discussions of the subject of fluoride toxicity.
Yudkin, John, Sweet and Dangerous, New York: Bantam, 1979.
Christen, Sally, and Piper de Vries, Frances, Weimar Institute's Newstart Lifestyle Cookbook, Nashville, Tn.: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997.
Pizzorno, Joseph E. Jr., and Murray, Michael, Textbook of Natural Medicine, 2 Vol., New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1999.
You may never read these books because they are out of print or rare. You need to know what they say:
Dr. Ellen Grant took part in the first birth control pill trials in London in 1961. She began as an enthusiastic supporter of the pill and felt that any problems could be worked out in time. After years of testing different combinations of estrogens and progestins she became disillusioned with this popular method of contraception. She writes, "I became convinced that the two pill hormones would always cause too much illness and I believed that sooner or later the medical profession in general would agree." (p. 12) Unfortunately, this has not yet happened.
The birth control pill makes the body behave as if a pregnancy had taken place. The brain stops secreting egg stimulating hormones. Chemical castration occurs. This is accomplished by administering doses of estrogen and synthetic progesterone. (p. 17)
Grant observed problems from the outset. Her secretary at the clinic who was using the pill collapsed with severe leg pain as the result of a clot in her artery. At the beginning of her research she thought such problems were rare. Ten years later she stopped prescribing the pill.
Grant found that side-effects of pill use were rarely reported. She says, "Side effects only seemed to be noted when the doctor concerned remembered to ask specific questions about headaches, depression or anxiety." (p. 22) She noted that the pill induced full-blown classical migraine, loss of interest in lovemaking, depression, swings in mood, weight gain, urinary infection, high blood pressure, damage to the circulatory system with a tendency to increase clotting (thrombosis), and increased risk of breast and cervical cancer. Side effects varied with the type of pill used.
Grant notes that the incidence of MS among women has doubled since the advent of the pill, while it has remained steady for men. She writes, "...irrespective of which pill they were on, nine out of ten women developed multiple complaints, and serious life-threatening symptoms and signs were recorded for one woman in every ten." (p. 35) She feels that many more problems would be noted for the pill if the problems were not so severe that few women stay on the pill for long, and those who do have very hardy immune systems (which makes the pill look safer than it is).
Mood changes can be profound among pill users. Divorce is twice as common among pill users. One in four women taking pills with a strong progestin component became depressed. Suicides and battering of children increased with pill use. In 1930 3 men for every woman tried to commit suicide. In 1980 this was reversed--3 women for every man trying to commit suicide. Before the pill suicide attempts were 15 per 100,000, while after they were 1 per 100 among 15-24 year old women. Accidental deaths are also more common among women taking the pill. Some of the mood changes associated with the pill may be an elevation of copper and a depression of zinc levels.
Pregnancy increases the risk of diabetes (gestational diabetes). Grant found that women on the pill were more likely to develop diabetes. Estrogen interferes with the action of insulin.
Estrogen also raises cholesterol while progestins inhibit emptying of the gallbladder. The result can be the development of gallstones. The pill alters metabolism of a wide range of nutrients including protein, carbohydrate as well as fat.
The pill has profound effects upon the immune system. Pregnant women are more sensitive to foods and the pill may increase the likelihood of allergic responses to foods and even contribute to the "allergic to the 20th century" phenomenon. The pill interferes with one of the main enzymes involved in protecting us against petrochemicals and carcinogens. Women on the pill may become more sensitive to natural gas. She notes a number of cases of severe pill induced allergies which disappeared when the pill was discontinued. It should be remembered, however, that "once the fire is lit, removal of the match does not necessarily extinguish the flame."
The message of this book is that use of the pill can be dangerous to a woman, resulting in symptoms which may not even be associated with pill use.
Joseph Price opened my eyes to the risk of chlorine as an agent for the induction of heart disease. Price wrote his original manuscript and was ready to publish it when he was drafted into the medical corps in Vietnam. There he noted that American GI's had advanced plaque in their arteries at a young age. They threw chlorine tablets in their drinking water. The Vietnamese soldiers refused to do this and did not have the blockage of arteries.
This book is the account of Price's experiment in which he chlorinated the water of 50 roosters. These animals rapidly developed heart disease. An equal number of control animals did not develop any heart disease. Chlorine which is added to most municipal water supplies is a potent free radical which has the ability to damage the wall of the arteries, leading to atherosclerosis and heart disease. The manufacturers of chlorine were not happy with this book.
McCarrison, Sir Robert, M.D., Nutrition and National Health, London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1936. Out of Print.
McCarrison was head of nutriton for country of India at the beginning of the 20th Century. He noted that disease incidence in the population of the country varied with the diets the people consumed. The Hunzas had the healthiest diet. He conducted experiments in which he fed rats the same diets as different peoples of India ate. He was able to reproduce the same problems in animals that were commonly found in people.
One of the worst diets was that of the British. Rats on this diet deteriorated rapidly. He had to separate the animals on this diet to prevent them from killing one another. His description of the rats may have an application to modern man: "The other group (British diet) did not increase in weight; their growth was stunted; they were badly proportioned; their coats were staring and lacking in gloss; they were nervous and apt to bite attendants; they lived unhappily together and by the sixtieth day of the experiment they began to kill and eat the weaker ones amongst them. When they had disposed of three inthis way I was compelled to segregate the remainder." (p. 24) This diet consisted of white bread, margarine, tea with milk and sugar, boiled cabbage and potato, tinned meat and jam.