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June 8, 2012 / amberwoodterracechiro

What You Should Be Reading This Summer


Have you ever read a book that changed your life?  If you haven’t, then you need to start here at minimum.  However, I have read many books that have not only changed my life but really helped me develop my practice style as a healthcare professional.  I have very few books that I think EVERYONE should read in order to learn about their health.  There are so many mixed messages out there, so many “studies,” so many “experts,” and at the end of the day, most of them are NOT studying healthy populations of people to gather their info.  It is not ok to study sick people, make them a little less sick, and call that intervention the answer to creating health.  Think about that…..are you okay adopting conclusions from studies of people that have high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, heartburn, etc. and adopting the methods they use on them to lower their cholesterol a few points?  The people in those studies are often unhealthy and the conclusions are nothing more than masking the symptoms of poor body chemistry.  Wouldn’t you feel better adopting the methods of truly healthy populations of people that have no heart disease, absolutely no cancer, no autism, and the list goes on…..?  I have mentioned before that I am a firm believer in a doctor by the name of Dr. Chestnut.  He is a chiropractor that comes from a biology research background.  His father was a biologist, and he is very much into asking the right question in order to get the right answer.  Instead of asking how we can lower a person’s cholesterol, let’s ask why their cholesterol was elevated in the first place.  Then let’s ask how we can create sufficiency, remove toxicty, and create health in the body.  If you can accomplish those goals, then you see symptoms like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. go away on their own.  The body is an amazing thing.

So, I want everyone to read a book this summer.  I am posting a few of my favorites in terms of the average person reading them, understanding them, and their ability to impact that person’s life.  The first on my list is The Paleo Solution.  If you have not read this book, please do.  Not only does he make you laugh, but he goes over what humans are programmed to eat, why, and how to make it happen.  Then he takes it further and goes into what you should be asking your doctor about when it comes to labwork.  You guys need to be on top of your lab results, because sometimes the strict number doesn’t mean much.  Knowing the difference can make the difference between being on a medication for the rest of your life, and not.  He is also from a research background.

The next on my list is the Biology of Belief.  This guy actually used to teach at a medical school.  Like most people in the field that start getting findings in the lab that contradict traditional medicine and pharmaceuticals, he basically got kicked out of teaching in the Midwest.  However, that hasn’t stopped him from pointing out the flaws in a lot of the ways standard medicine is addressing disease.  It is a very powerful book, focuses a lot on the mind in addition to biology.  If you have a good foundation, this could ice your cake.

Last on my list for you guys is the Omnivore’s Dilemma.  If you guys remember the movie, Food Inc.?  Same guy.  He does a very good job of telling a story in this book about where our food comes from, how removed we are from a lot of what nourishes our bodies, and makes you think.  He attempts to follow food from the farm to your table.  The twists and turns it actually takes to get there will open anyone’s eyes to the reality of our food chain.  If nothing else, it will make you think about where your food comes from.



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