This webpage provides some input on books that we consider to be the essential knowledge base for everyone to improve your chances for enhanced well being for you and yours. The books regarding the dangers of our toxic and medically over-treated world are covered first, followed by books that provide solutions on how to fight back against the assault on your health and well being (our Knowledge Base II page lists our websites knowledge base).
Note that some of the books in this list will not be found at a bookstore, and rather would be found at university, research and major government libraries. Use this link to the “WorldCat” online search to locate libraries near you that have specific books of interest.
“The Hundred Year Lie”, author Fitzgerald. “This provocative and frightening look at the synthetic chemicals used by the processed foods, pharmaceutical and chemical industries delivers an excellent, up-to-date summary of “what is really in our food, water, vitamins, prescription drugs, childhood vaccines, cosmetics, and in our homes.”
“The Autoimmune Epidemic”, authors Nakazawa and Kerr. “The Autoimmune Epidemic is an astounding book….It is the kind of book that will rivet you and scare you. It will make you angry. It will amaze you with the courage”. This book provides compellingly crucial knowledge for the benefit of you and yours…
“Toxic Deception”, subtitled “How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Laws, and Endangers Your Health”, authors Fagan/Lavelle. This book reveals how the chemical industry goliaths manage to keep so many of their toxic products on the market even as safer alternatives have emerged. It shows how the chemical mafioso use campaign contributions, junkets, board memberships, revolving door job opportunities, scorched earth courtroom tactics, misleading advertising, and public relations campaigns to keep their products on the market regardless of what dangers might be discovered. Surprised? Or does this sound state of the art business as usual for greedy corporations? Corporate gluttony, the most deadly poison…
“Overdiagnosed”, subtitled “Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health”. After the criteria used to define osteoporosis were altered, seven million American women were turned into patients—literally overnight. The introduction of prostate cancer screening resulted in over a million additional American men being told they have prostate cancer, and while studies disagree on the question of whether a few have been helped—there’s no disagreement that most have been treated for a disease that was never going to bother them. As a society consumed by technological advances and scientific breakthroughs, we have narrowed the definition of normal and increasingly are turning more and more people into patients. Diagnoses of a great many conditions, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and even cancer, have skyrocketed over the last few decades, while the number of deaths from those diseases has been largely unaffected. Link to Worldcat library search for “Overdiagnosed” at a library near you..
“Pharmocracy”, subtitled “How Corrupt Deals and Misguided Medical Regulations Are Bankrupting America”. Our healthcare system is irretrievably broken, and now it is devastating the US financially. Pharmocracy uncovers egregious FDA incompetence and abuse, and shows how over-regulation causes lifesaving medications to be delayed or suppressed altogether, and makes consumers pay inflated prices for FDA-approved therapies that are only minimally effective and often dangerous. A free market approach to healthcare would spare Medicare and Medicaid from insolvency, while significantly improving the health of the American public. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“Is Your Health Care Killing You?” Described as health care with an attitude, the provocatively titled Is Your Health Care Killing You? provides a straight forward plan for better consumerism of both conventional and alternative medicine. Instead of trying to explain why our health care system is bloated, inefficient, and unresponsive, this consumer-friendly guide advises us to change the system by changing ourselves and our approach to the system in twelve easy ways.
“Our Daily Meds”, subtitled “How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves Into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs”. In the last thirty years, pharmaceutical companies have seized control of American medicine by putting their marketers in charge. They invent diseases in order to sell the pills that “cure” them. They sway doctors by giving them resort vacatopms, gourmet meals, and fistfuls of cash. They advertise prescription drugs at NASCAR races, on subways, and even in churches. Medicines can save lives, but the relentless promotion of these products has come at tremendous cost. Prescription pills taken as directed are estimated to kill one American every five minutes. More Americans are addicted to medications than cocaine. And roads have become less safe as the over-medicated take to the wheel. In Our Daily Meds, journalist Melody Petersen connects the dots to show how subtle, far-reaching, and dangerous Big Pharma’s powers have become.
“Modern Medicine is Killing You”. When it comes to modern medicine, I think we all make assumptions. We go to the doctor and take what he or she says as gospel. If the doctor says we need surgery or a prescription, we don’t question it. We assume that this person knows best, that the treatment is necessary, and that it has been scientifically proven to solve whatever ills we have otherwise the doctor would not set out the treatment. The truth is that our assumptions could cost us our life. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“Death by prescription”, subtitled “The shocking truth behind an overmedicated nation”. Experienced family doctor Ray Strand writes his patients prescriptions every week, but he also believes that prescribing drugs should be a last resort in most medical cases-not a first choice. In Death by Prescription he provides simple guidelines to help readers protect themselves and their families from suffering adverse reactions to prescription medication. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“Death By Drugs”, subtitled “How modern medicine has betrayed us all”. Merck Pharmaceuticals recent debacle over the drug Vioxx is estimated to have killed 60 thousand people and caused 150 thousand heart attacks.The malfeasance associated with this scandal is, unfortunately, only the very tip of the iceberg. The full story demonstrates a ubiquitous practice of the entire medical industry of promoting useless and toxic drugs for profit. Even worse, this same industry carefully prevents the availability of useful and safe drugs. The result is more than 600,000 unnecessary deaths each year in the U.S. and an astounding 3 million worldwide. No person should ever visit a doctor without having read this book! No person should take any medication without having read this book! Above all, no person should take their child to a doctor without having read this book!The revelations in this book may be difficult to believe-but are true nevertheless. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“Death by Medicine”. The medical environment has become a labyrinth of interlocking corporate, hospital, and governmental boards of directors, infiltrated by the drug companies. Drug company representatives write glowing articles about pharmaceuticals, which are then signed by physicians paid handsomely for their cooperation, though they may not know the adverse side effects of the drugs they promote. The most toxic substances are often approved first, while milder and more natural alternatives are ignored for financial reasons. It’s death by medicine. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“Death by Supermarket”, subtitled “The Fattening, Dumbing Down, and Poisoning of America”. In Death By Supermarket, Nancy Deville masterfully links America’s obsession with factory food and our growing reliance on the pharmaceutical industries. This well-researched guide based on scientific studies reveals the imminent danger behind the low fat/low cholesterol diet and links the introduction of this diet to the proliferation of high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil, endocrine disrupting soy, neurologically damaging aspartame, and other unhealthy ingredients that pervade factory food.You don’t have to stay fat, depressed, or sick, tethered to pharmaceuticals and dreading old age. It’s never too late to begin reversing the effects of factory food. Death By Supermarket shows you how to quit dieting and taking drugs, provide your body and brain with nutritional building blocks, and reclaim your genetic potential—including your ideal body weight—by choosing a historically eaten diet of real, whole, living food. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“What’s in this stuff?”, subtitled “The hidden toxins in everyday products and what you can do about them”. Every day Americans eat processed food and use toiletries, cosmetics, household cleaners, gardening supplies and often pet care products of some kind. It’s time to ask What’s in This Stuff? The answers are shocking. This fascinating book reveals how many of the products used every day contain poorly tested chemicals that are implicated in health problems, and offers simple, nontoxic alternatives.
- Why we are exposed to more chemicals than ever before
- The health risks of exposure to industrial chemicals in consumer products
- Which chemicals are most harmful
- Why babies in the womb and young children are especially vulnerable to toxins
- How to interpret confusing labels
- Tips for using conventional products more wisely
Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“The Body Toxic”, subtitled “How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health and Well-being”. We are running a collective chemical fever that we cannot break. Everyone everywhere now carries a dizzying array of chemical contaminants, the by-products of modern industry and innovation, that contribute to a host of developmental deficits and health problems in ways just now being understood. These toxic substances, unknown to our grandparents, accumulate in our fat, bones, blood, and organs as a consequence of womb-to-tomb exposure to industrial substances as common as the products that contain them. Almost everything we encounter—from soap to soup cans, computers to clothing—contributes to a chemical load unique to each of us. Scientists studying the phenomenon refer to it as “chemical body burden,” and in The Body Toxic, the investigative journalist Nena Baker explores the many factors that have given rise to this condition. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“Not Just a Pretty Face”, subtitled “The ugly side of the beauty industry”. Coal tar in dandruff shampoo, lead in lipstick, and 1,4-dioxane in baby soap? How is this possible? Simple: The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Incredible? Consider this: The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just nine. Only 11 percent of chemicals used in cosmetics in the United States have been assessed for health and safety-leaving a staggering 89 percent with unknown or undisclosed effects. More than 70 percent of all cosmetics contain phthalates, which are linked to birth defects and infertility. Many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane. It’s not just women who are affected by this chemists’ brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion, and other products used daily by men, women, and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are “within acceptable limits.” But there’s nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals-from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful. Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“DYING TO LOOK GOOD”, subtitled “The Disturbing Truth About What’s Really in Your Cosmetics, Toiletries and Personal Care Products … And What You Can Do About It”. Classifies over 1300 cosmetic ingredients according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions, whether they have been reviewed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel (CIR) and if they are approved or recognized as safe by the FDA. The safety ratings reveal the inconsistencies with what the CIR and FDA say is safe and what the overall research shows.It also lists over 750 cosmetic and personal care products that have been evaluated as ‘safe’, and where you can buy them.In just seconds, you can find out if an ingredient in the product you’re buying is harmful and you can identify the safest products for yourself and your family. The book is clear, concise and easy to use. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“The Safe Shopper’s Bible”, subtitled “A consumer’s guide to nontoxic household products, cosmetics, and food”. Anyone concerned about the health effects of ingredients in the items they buy every day — from soup to flea powder, mascara, or car wax — will find The Safe Shopper’s Bible indispensable. Finally, here’s a complete guide to settle such questions as: Can your hair coloring cause breast cancer? Is this brand of apple juice safe for babies? Will the additives in this salad dressing harm you? Which shampoo won’t sting your eyes? The Safe Shopper’s Bible rates thousands of household products, personal care products, foods, and beverages. Its extensive charts list products by brand name and rate them each for short-term and long-term health hazards. Readers can find out at a glance which products are more or less likely to provoke allergies or irritation, cause birth defects or cancer, trigger neurological problems, or pose other health hazards. In addition, the charts provide recommendations for the safest foods, toiletries, and everyday household purchases. Link to Worldcat library search for this book at a library near you..
“Stain Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal”, author Lyons. The chemical and cosmetic industries and their coverups of their dangerous — and eventually lethal — products.
“Drop Dead Georgeous”, subtitled “Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Danger of Cosmetics”, author Erickson. “Like the constant dripping of water that in turn wears away the hardest stone, the birth-to-death contact with dangerous chemicals in the end proves to be disastrous. Each recurring exposure, no matter how slight, contributes to the progressive buildup of chemicals in the body, and so leads to cumultive [and synergistic] poisoning.” The skin is the largest — and most absorbent — organ of the body. Whatever goes on the skin, ends up in the blood streams and therefore in other internal organs, sequestered there to induce damage from toxicity and carcogenicity. Cosmetics are not regulated for noxious chemicals, manufacturers can shoot them full of whatever is cheap and effective, disregarding what is not safe, what is dangerous to human health. Read this book, stop painting yourself like a clown, which is what you will recognize yourself as when you are diagnosed with the the diseases induced by cosmetic chemicals.
“The Detox Strategy”, author Watson. While this excellent book presents thorough information on the title subject of detoxifying impurities from the human body, the title misses the fact that there is so much more crucially valuable health information in this book, essential knowledge in this era of “toxic soup” that we now live in where everyone’s bodies, even newborn babies, are polluted with a time bomb of hundreds of toxins, synergistically breaking down your immune system, inducing painful debilitating diseases, leading toward a miserable struggle with premature aging and early death. And, here is a link to their website which outlines the steps from the book which should be sufficient to get anyone started on the road to better health and well being, but lacks a great deal of beneficial health information from the book. Lastly, here is a link to the entire ebook on Google Books. NOW, get those poisons out of your body before they take you down!
Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat. The Perfect Health Diet book is about more than a diet. It’s a program for perfect health. The result of 5 years of research, the Perfect Health Diet enabled scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet to cure their own chronic diseases. With more than 600 citations to the scientific literature, Perfect Health Diet explains simply and clearly how to optimize your diet for a lifetime of great health.
“Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards”. “Dodging the Toxic Bullet presents workable strategies that show how we can live longer, healthier lives by breathing clean air, eating healthy food, drinking safe water, and using non-toxic products. Author David R. Boyd provides accessible background on a range of hazards including mercury in fish, carcinogens in cleaning products, lead in toys, and lethal E. coli in ground beef. His clear directions for reducing risk include growing lots of houseplants, choosing whole foods, avoiding consumer products with strong or long-lasting smells, and using green cleaning products. Easy-to-follow advice and informative sidebars and checklists make this a must-have guide, especially for parents of infants and children.”
“Cancer Is Not a Disease – It’s a Survival Mechanism”, author Moritz. This book “proves the point that cancer is the physical symptom reflecting our body’s final attempt to eliminate specific life-destructive causes. He claims that removing such causes sets the precondition for complete healing of our body, mind and emotions. This book confronts you with a radically new understanding of cancer – one that out-dates the current cancer model”.
“Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer”, author Brownlee. “Readers who have grieved over the death of a friend from a minor surgical procedure or agonized over the hospital care of their elderly parents will experience the shock of recognition in science journalist Brownlee’s book. She has mined medical journals, reports from authoritative health care organizations, and troubling personal narratives by doctors and patients to present a stunning but reasoned picture of the out-of-control, inefficient, and often ineffective U.S. health care system. Compared with those who live in other First World countries, Americans see more specialists, receive more days of hospital care, and undergo far more diagnostic procedures. Paradoxically, the result of this surfeit is frequently a less favorable—if not fatal—medical outcome”.
“Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All into Patients”, author Moynihan. “This accessible study about the collusion between medical science and the drug industry emphasizes how drug companies market their products by either redefining problems as diseases (like female sexual dysfunction) or redefining a condition to encompass a greater percentage of the population. Moynihan, a health journalist for the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, and Cassels, a Canadian science writer, note, for instance, that eight of the nine specialists who wrote the 2004 federal guideline on high cholesterol, which substantially increased the number of people in that category, have multiple financial ties to drug manufacturers. Physicians now routinely prescribe cholesterol-lowering pills (statins) that may have perilous side effects, when many people could lower their risk of heart attack with less costly and dangerous steps, such as exercise and improved diet. Through aggressive merchandising, funding of medical conferences and expensive perks, drug companies win doctors over to diagnosing these “diseases” and prescribing drugs for them”.
“Poisoned profits: the toxic assault on our children”. “The authors of this unsettling indictment of American industrial mendacity detail the impact of the “trillions of tons” of largely unregulated toxic pollutants that have been poured into the environment after WWII when synthetic chemical compounds entered mainstream life. The Shabecoffs argue that the world is becoming a perilous place for the young; fetuses, newborns and toddlers are vastly more vulnerable to environmental contaminants than adults, and hazards lie latent in teething rings (leaching plastic toxins), bath water (laced with chemical contaminants), lush lawns (dusted with herbicides) and the very air they breathe—all contributing directly to a “rising incidence of childhood illness,” including asthma, autism, cancer—once “a rarity” among children—and even a drop in average IQ. The authors build their compelling case against polluters like dogged prosecutors, condemning “perpetrators,” including General Electric and Dow Chemical, slamming “co-conspirators,” most prominently compliant conservative governments, and exposing “witnesses for the defense,” among them misleading scientists-for-hire. The authors’ passionate exposé of corporate America’s behavior is numbing in its impact; an appendix detailing steps parents can take to reduce risk eases the angst.”
“Sugar Nation”, subtitled “The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It”, author Jeff O’Connell. Editorial review by Publishers Weekly: “Men’s Health writer O’Connell delivers a health wakeup call: our excessive consumption of carbohydrates is killing us and wrecking our health-care system. Diabetes has reached “global pandemic” proportions, especially among youth; and while this “invisible disease” has been studied intensively since the role of insulin in regulating the body’s sugar was understood by the 1920s, the message that [type two diabetes] is entirely preventable due to a closely watched low-carb, high-protein diet has been obscured and downright denied. After witnessing the slow, agonizing death of his father from diabetes, O’Connell, too, got the “tap on the shoulder” when he was diagnosed with prediabetes and subsequently informed himself on how to radically alter his diet and lifestyle. What he learned was that most official organizations, like the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and doctors still prescribe a low-fat, high-carb diet and a host of drugs with perilous side effects. In his well-researched, reasoned work, O’Connell flips this myth and offers sage, usable advice in choosing foods, exercising, and challenging this stealthy killer.”
“Brain Bugs”, subtitled “How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives”, author Dean Buonomano. “With its trillions of connections, the human brain is more beautiful and complex than anything we could ever build, but it’s far from perfect. Our memory is unreliable; we can’t multiply large sums in our heads; advertising manipulates our judgment; we tend to distrust people who are different from us; supernatural beliefs and superstitions are hard to shake; we prefer instant gratification to long-term gain; and what we presume to be rational decisions are often anything but. Drawing on striking examples and fascinating studies, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano illuminates the causes and consequences of these “bugs” in terms of the brain’s innermost workings and their evolutionary purposes. He then goes one step further, examining how our brains function-and malfunction-in the digital, predator-free, information-saturated, special effects-addled world that we have built for ourselves. Along the way, Brain Bugs gives us the tools to hone our cognitive strengths while recognizing our inherent weaknesses.”…
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