Recommended Books To Read
My list of recommended books to read deals with diabetes and health. The list does not include fiction or other subjects not related to health. Books that are listed are the ones I have read and in no particular order. I do not provide summaries, I notice you can actually buy summaries of a book. For me the best reading is to read the book as opposed to a summary. This book reading list is a continuous work in progress and I will be adding books as time goes on.
The book reading list will never end, in fact I’m just getting started. I know some of the authors have published many books and are on my to read list. Bear with me and in the meantime check out some of the books. Go to the library and search out the books or the highlighted links will take you to Amazon. I have managed to catch some of the authors discuss their books on YouTube. Check that out. I know a 1 paragraph review or short YouTube video does not justify a book but I want you to read the book so you get the message.
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The Alzheimer’s Solution by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai is a book about hope and science. One of the fastest growing diseases is cured without supplements. Is Alzheimer disease a hopeless disease? Watch this video a prelude to their book. Oh and get the book.
A standard reference, easy to understand text that explains terms in simple English. A perfect text for those studying biochemistry. Edition 31.
Michael Backes, is a leading expert and advocate of medical cannabis. Featured at the Malibu Library Speaker Series on July 15, 2015. A lead up to his book published in 2017 “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana” offers an fact-based guide on the chemistry and applications of medical cannabis. Interestingly, it has an effect on insulin and diabetes. In the video he goes over the history of how cannabis became the medical phenomena that it is today. Watch the video and check out the book.
The CBD Oil Miracle: Manage Pain, Improve Your Mood, Boost Your Brain, Fight Inflammation, Clear Your Skin, Strengthen Your Heart, and Sleep Better with the Healing Power of CBD Oil, Laura Lagano, Castle Point Books, March 26, 2019.
Dr. Rachna Patel says the industry is unregulated and who can you trust, 70 percent of the industry does not have CBD in the product. She teaches her patients how to use the product. In this video a prelude to her book she tells us how to buy CBD oil. She also has a website. Read the book.
Coffee and Tea
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick says that there are too many studies and Cholesterol is another one. The cholesterol hypothesis is wrong. Once everyone believed this and then Big Pharma cut in and made drugs and the drugs killed more people than it cured. 60’s 70’s and 80’s was known as the BS period. Cholesterol does not cause heart disease, albeit the body does produce cholesterol and you can get an abundance from eggs. So what. We now have statins. WTF. Statins were discovered by accident…. Billions and billions of $ profit for Big Pharma. Sarcastic fun and a must read book.
Is it the sugar or is it the fat? Catch the video of Dr. Jonny Bowden explaining The Great Cholesterol Myth. Read the book.
The Great Cholesterol Myth Now Includes 100 Recipes for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan that Will, Jonny Bowden, Stephen Sinatra, Deirdre Rawlings, Fair Winds Press; Reprint edition, August 15, 2015.
Stress increases cortisol, lowering testosterone, increasing fatigue and body fat. A regular sleep cycle will improve cortisol management. A sleep cycle is 90 minutes so plan a set
number of cycles 6, 7.5, and 9 hours. Research shows that 20% protein, 50% carbohydrate and 30% fat is the best ratio for weight loss and weight maintenance. For other dieters adjust accordingly. A low carb diet would be 20, 20 and 60. If you are having problems with stress read this book.
Do you want to be superhuman? You need to have the perfect amount of autophagy not too much and not too little. Too much fasting will disrupt the cycle. The video is perfect timing for the release of Siim Land’s book Metabolic Autophagy. He has a website and many YouTube videos. Fascinating book and a must read to take it to the next level.
This was the first book I read on my health journey from Brad Pilon he was ahead of most people health wise back in 2007 and says 1) Prolonged caloric restriction is the only proven nutritional method of weight loss and 2) Human beings (nutritionally speaking) can only be in one of the following states: fed or fasted. That’s it. In my opinion these are the only two facts that are undeniable. Everything else is open for debate. This is the problem with nutrition today – it’s made out to be so complicated and confusing that nobody knows what to believe. See this video in his talk with Heightened Living.
Dr. Bernstein is a type 1 diabetic, was an engineer now Medical Doctor, Diabetologist and pioneer of the glucometer. In the old days he used to log everything via paper and pen. Dr. Bernstein knows everything about diabetes and has a monthly Q & A forum on his website He has a diabetes university with hundreds of videos on his website. He has had a few revisions to his book. A must read book. Five out of five stars.
Dr. Jason Fung
I used this book to guide me through my fasting state to lose weight. When I initially lost weight I did not consult my doctor and I experimented with different intermittent fasting strategies and diet. The book lists different plans of fasting 12, 16, 18, 24, 36 hours and so on. The plan is to fast for longer hours to lose more weight. When you do not eat you do not stimulate insulin and therefore you are not storing but burning. In fact you are burning fat, which is the goal of the plan. Fantastic read from one of my favorite authors. Five out of five stars.
The information is quite clear, a bad diet could make you insulin resistant for years until you are diagnosed with “FULL BLOWN TYPE 2 DIABETES”. There is an excellent diagram in this book that steps you through the metabolic phases of insulin resistance to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Very easy to read and understand. A must read for everyone. Five out of five stars.
Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. James DiNicolantonio team up to bring you a new book, The Longevity Solution. They discuss fasting, longevity and the theory of aging. Once adult height is achieved growth stops, growth factors play a huge role in this. The nutrient sensors insulin, mTOR and AMPK are also intimately linked to growth. See the YouTube video of Jason Fung being interviewed by Dr. Joseph Mercola discussing the Longevity Solution.
The message in this book is obesity is closely related to insulin resistance which leads to other metabolic issues. Here is a fantastic review of this book by Georgia Ede https://www.diagnosisdiet.com/obesity-code/ Here is another review from a good friend Melanie https://healthyhappywomanafter40.com/cracking-the-obesity-code A must read book. Five out of five stars.
A must read fantastic book on diet and health. Dr. Maurer covers all of the facets of insulin resistance and your health, IR = ICD = medication = bad health. He recommends on your next blood panel that you have trigylcerides, HDL, fasting insulin and fasting glucose along with the other tests. Then go to his calculator that calculates insulin resistance and heart disease risk. He has it covered. Catch the video of Insulin Resistance Idiocy of the Cure.
Charlotte steps you through a process of when you have diabetes and sedentary to a get up and get moving so that you can get your body moving and blood circulating. I remember when I first was diagnosed with diabetes I too was engulfed with work and my diet was processed food and no exercise. The book slowly builds you up from walking for 5 minutes to go for an hour and then start doing other exercises to add to the mix. If you don’t like to exercise read this book, she will motivate you to start doing something.
When I was young, in my 20’s I used to do hundreds of push-ups and sit-ups a day. Fantastic cardio workout and keeps you slim. This book explains the proper way to do many push-ups. Great reference book. Today I can still do the push-ups but not as many.
Into calisthenics? This is the book, perform all of the exercises without weights. Push-ups, pill-ups, planche, handstands, muscle-ups and more. Sample nutrition and diet plans are discussed. The book is a reference for calisthenics. Check it out.
Dr. Robert Lustig
Dr. Robert Lustig put out a video before he published his book Fat Chance. It definitely helped book sales. I saw this video years ago before it had 6.5 million views. Check out the video and then get his book.
An excellent book for low carb high fat recipes. Contains over 100 recipes which you can prepare in 30 minutes. For those of you who are looking for ideas of what am I going to cook tomorrow, here you go.
When Dr. Robert Lustig wrote this book, sugar had 56 hidden names. Check out the website for which he is a member, now currently resides at 61 names.
“A Hacking Of The American Mind” on video by Dr. Robert Lustig, March 15, 2018, meeting of the Silicon Valley Health Institute. Dr. Lustig, is a pioneer in studying the adverse health effects of sugar and high fructose corn syrup, describes how Big Food/Business use the science of addiction to keep people hooked on processed foods. The result is that everyone’s health suffers. He discusses how marketing and the media manipulate people from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of pleasure. Watch the video, get the book.
In The Case Against Sugar, science writer/journalist Gary Taubes examines America’s history with sugar. His research shows humans have an addiction to sweets. He brings to light the arguments against how destructive sugar really is. Watch the video, form your own opinion and then read the book.
Jennie Brand-Miller PHD, FAIFST — author of The New Glucose Revolution is the expert speaker and known for her work on carbohydrates and diabetes, specifically the glycemic index of foods. This video is only part 1 of 6 parts and the complete lecture is 49 minutes in total. Watch the video and get the book.
The New Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index – the Dietary Solution for Lifelong Health, Jennie Brand-Miller, Thomas M.S. Wolever, Kaye Foster-Powell, Stephen Colagiuri, Marlowe and Co., December 27, 2006.
Dr. Raj S. Bhopal talks about the prevalence of Cardiovascular Heart disease in Pakistan and India increasing at an alarming rate above the worldwide average. He says there is something in the diet that is causing this. The cause of CHD is not fat and cholesterol but Insulin Resistance. Watch this short introduction to his book.
Stroke: Practical Management 3rd Edition, Charles P. Warlow, Jan van Gijn, Martin S. Dennis, Joanna M. Wardlaw, John M. Bamford, Graeme J. Hankey, Peter A. G. Sandercock, Gabriel Rinkel, Peter Langhorne (Author), Cathie Sudlow (Author), Peter Rothwell, Wiley-Blackwell, September 7, 2011.
John Yudkin went head to head with Ancel Keys back in the 60’s and 70’s but for some reason Ancel Keys came out on top and said fat was the culprit when in reality it was really sugar. This book by John Yudkin later went out of print back in 1987. The latest revised edition has a preface from Dr. Robert Lustig. Ancel Keys put out a bunch of baloney books that misled the public into believing that it was fat that caused heart disease and to this day the Standard America Diet or Western diet is still the recommended diet. The SAD has been revised a bit to make it a bit better. Bottom line is cut out sugar from your diet and you should be good. A must read book. Five out of five stars.
Lose your sweet tooth in 2 weeks or less. Can it be done? Well JJ Virgin gives a quick overview in this video. Then read the book.
Low Carb Keto
Andreas talks about the low-carb life style for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, metabolic disorders, obesity, cancer, inflammatory disorders and dementia. His website is loaded with beautiful pictures of food. He has a subscription and does not advertise. You have to check it out. Read his book it is fantastic. Here is a video of him at Low Carb in 2018.
You must check out Jimmy Moore’s website dedicated to the spreading of information about living a Low Carbohydrate and Higher natural Fat (LCHF) lifestyle: www.livinlavidalowcarb.com He has also co-authored two books: the best-selling ‘Cholesterol Clarity’ , and ‘Keto Clarity’. I have not read the first book but have other books on cholesterol. The video was right after he wrote both books and lost a huge amount of weight. Check out the video and get his book.
Henry Bieler was an overworked doctor who’s health broke down due to bad eating habits. He was always a curious man and investigated the chemistry of foods. He came to the conclusion that he must give up the use of drugs and henceforth rely solely on food as his medicine. It wasn’t long before he gave up drugs in treating his patients. At the time colleagues wondered what he was doing. He explained to his patients “Your pain, misery and illness results from your own dietary mistakes and drugs. You are suffering because you are filled with toxic wastes caused by your diet of poorly selected food filled with artificial flavorings, preservatives, synthetics, over-processed ingredients-too much stimulating food, too few natural vitamins from vegetables and fruits. ” Well said, as the title suggests Food is your Best Medicine. You must read this book. Five out of five stars.
Dr. Jeff Volek and Dr. Steve Phinney
Phinney and Volek discuss the human diet, and the role in health. Both of the books have excellent charts and tables illustrating Dietary Protein and Carbs by Diet Type, Ketone Zones and Steve’s coined term Keto-Adaption charts. There is a chapter devoted to Insulin resistance which is becoming a standard for prediabetics. Hard to lose weight when you are insulin resistant and consuming carbs. I will not give away the secret as you should read both of these books. Five out of five stars.
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable, Jeff S. Volek, Stephen D. Phinney, Beyond Obesity LLC; 1St Edition, May 19, 2011.
Here is a link to a YouTube video where Steve Phinney talks about both of the books – The Art and Science of Low Carb Living and Performance.
Dr. Joseph Kraft
Dr. Kraft was the father of the insulin assay and performed 14, 384 tests to determine diabetes. No one else has performed this many insulin assay tests. The pathologies of diabetes are not risk factors for diabetes. They are the clinical pathology of diabetes! If you have any of the pathologies of diabetes, you are diabetic irrespective of your glucose status! Hyperinsulinemia equals insulin resistance they are not combatant but one in the same. In other words if you are insulin resistant you have diabetes. Another quote from Dr. Kraft was: Should everyone be tested? Absolutely not, only those concerned with their future! Five out of five stars. You have to read this book.
Dr. David Perlmutter
Doctor’s get zero training on nutrition in medical school. Who would have thought. See this short video that condenses both of his books into this short quick message.
Dr. Peter Osborne
Dr Osborne discusses the drug treatment paradox – how medicines for chronic pain lead to more chronic health issues and a vicious cycle of drug induced nutritional deficiency diseases. Watch the video. His statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr Osborne is not a medical doctor. He does not treat disease. He offers nutritional support to people seeking an alternative from traditional medicine. Dr. Osborne is licensed with the Pastoral Medical Association. Form your opinion then read the book.
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Dr. Joseph Mercola knows everything about everything, all of his books are standard references for anything that he writes about. He also has a website with much medical information and videos. You need some information on any medical issue go to his website. Ketofast is his latest and a fantastic read. Five out of five stars.
KetoFast Cookbook: Recipes for Intermittent Fasting and Timed Ketogenic Meals from a World-Class Doctor and an Internationally Renowned Chef, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Pete Evans, Hay House Inc., May 21, 2019.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is another example of someone that knows everything about everything. All of his material can be used as reference for any topic of discussion. He has many books and has a website with a membership, elearning, sells his books and blogs. Check it out. Must read books.
Get into your rhythm your circadian rhythm. Your 24 hour clock is determined by your circadian rhythm. Eating, sleeping and daily activities will affect your circadian rhythm, snacking at night will changes your eating window and make you unhealthy. Watch this 1 hour video and get the book.
Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease, Anthony William, Hay House Inc., October 30, 2018.
Translational Research Methods in Diabetes, Obesity, and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Focus on Early Phase Clinical Drug Development, Andrew J. Krentz, Christian Weyer, Marcus Hompesch, Springer; second edition. 2019 edition, April 2, 2019.
Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Medical and Surgical Management First edition. 2016 Edition, Marina Kurian, Bruce M. Wolfe, Sayeed Ikramuddin, Springer; First edition. 2016 edition, November 27, 2015.
Dr. Thomas Seyfried
After weighing the evidence Dr. Thomas Seyfried’s argument is that cancer develops from a metabolic point of view as opposed to a genes point of view. Otto Warburg’s theory is a Cancer Game changer. Here is a quick YouTube video of him in a Q & A. Five out of five stars. Read this book.
Upgraded and improved version of his bestselling book, The 7 Principles of Fat Burning. Many new discoveries and observations prompted Dr. Berg to come out with a new version to over power a slow metabolism. Dr. Berg shows you how to take your results to the next level and be super healthy.
Marilu Henner wrote the forward in this book, she says that cutting cheese from her diet allowed her to become healthier by losing 54 lbs. and losing black heads and
pimples. Neal Bernard links the scents of decomposing food, unwashed feet, B.O., and human waste to cheese. In 2013 the average American ate 33 lbs of cheese. 30 lbs of cheese equals over 55,000 calories added to a diet. Is it any wonder why people are gaining weight. Holy cow! Are you having problems losing weight? Is cheese addicting? Read the book.
Where did the saturated fat hypothesis come from? Why is saturated fat and fat unhealthy for you? The first time it became official policy, an official dietary recommendation in 1961 the American Medical Association came out with the first dietary guidelines, the gold standard in the world of nutrition. The hypothesis was a diet low in fat, low in saturated fat to protect against heart disease. Ancel Keys was the man behind the idea, unfortunately he led the way in nutrition history. His theory was the diet heart hypothesis saturated fat-> cholesterol -> heart attack, developed in the 50’s. Guess what, even to this day has not been proven. He did the first ever study called the 7 country study which was based on the island of Crete. In the end Ancel Keys fudged data to fit the hypothesis of his study. Unfortunately it was the only study done with skewed, fudged data whatever you want to call it. To this day the belief is saturated fat causes cholesterol causes heart attacks. What a load of crap. We now know the real truth. Anyway, point of the book is don’t eat vegetable oil or margarine, eat healthy olive oil, butter, coconut oil, meat, and eggs instead. Great read. Five out of five stars. See the video that talks about her book.
Ivor Cummins and Dr. Jeffry Gerber
We are now burdened by the host of fake foods and carby trash littering the landscape. Between food-industry marketing and the steady drumbeat of media message explaining red meat and eggs are deadly. Have Americans understood these messages, still only 25 % believe that there is no link between natural fats and heart disease. The plan to Eat Rich Live Long is to lower your insulin so that you can lose weight and keep it in check. 10 steps and 21 days with suggested meals and recipes. Straight forward plan to lower Metabolic Insulin Resistance Syndrome (MIRS). Five out of five stars. You must read this book. Check out the video.
Chris talks about the unreal cost of healthcare for diabetics, if you take the total cost for the insulin resistant (pre-diabetics) and all of the associated cost that go with this, is it any wonder the healthcare system is going to go broke. Interviewed in this video by the knowledgeable Dr. Mercola. Excellent read, get this book.
The Habit Handbook: Control Your Habits, Command Your Life. Use The Power Of Habit To Ensure Effective Lasting Changes To Your Health, Wealth & Mindset, Jack Morris, Independently published, October 29, 2016.
Pamela talks about the sad state of American health, resulting from poor nutrition. People must become aware of the bad food choices from Big Food and medical misinformation from doctors and Big Pharma. She shares important information to getting and staying healthy for life. Backed by numerous scientific studies, she shows how dietary choices either make or break health. Check out the video for a short talk on her book. The best way to health is to eat natural food in moderation.
Joseph E. Pizzorno
The Toxin Solution: How Hidden Poisons in the Air, Water, Food, and Products We Use Are Destroying Our Health–AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO FIX IT, Joseph E. Pizzorno, HarperOne; Reprint edition, February 21, 2017.
Diabetes Unpacked: Just Science and Sense. No Sugar Coating, Tim Noakes, Jason Fung, Nina Teicholz, Malcolm Kendrick, Zoë Harcombe, Robert Cywes, Jeff Gerber, Ivor Cummins, David Unwin, Caryn Zinn, Columbus Publishing Ltd., July 27, 2017.
Atlas of the Diabetic Foot, Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Alexandros Kokkinos, Stavros Liatis, Konstantinos Makrilakis, Nicholas Tentolouris, Anastasios Tentolouris, Panagiotis Tsapogas, Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition, March 18. 2019.
Diabetic Kidney Nephropathy
Diabetic Eye Retinopathy
Cindy has a treatment to heal liver disease in your dog. She has had hundred’s of people say that her treatment has worked. Here is a short introductory video to her book.
Statin Nation: The Ill-Founded War on Cholesterol, What Really Causes Heart Disease, and the Truth About the Most Overprescribed Drugs in the World, Justin Smith, Chelsea Green Publishing, November 23, 2017.
She has written essays and articles in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Orion, GOOD, High Country News, and many more. Previously a travel writer in Austria and Australia. Now, Antonia is an author of her brand new book. Antonia pronounced An toe nee uh. You have to get moving she says “There’s a lot of things that have to do with just pushing your body against gravity, even a little bit.” Even more “Exercise isn’t related to obesity.” There are so many benefits like cardiovascular, brain health and not doing a heavy workout. We all know that diet is such a huge part of health and nutrition. Get out there and start walking, start slow and build up. I walk for an hour everyday, anyway. Read the book.
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