My Top Health Books for 2020
Anyone who knows me well knows I love books. I always joke that while some people love shoes or clothing…I love books and thanks to Amazon, I can order them by the truckload—I also use Kindle and iBook in an attempt to save on paper and transport! The challenge is to find the time to keep up and read them!
For the new year, I thought I’d share some of my favourite reads in case you were looking to expand your own bookshelf in 2020. So here they are, in no particular order:
Rebuild Your Bones by Mira and Jayson Calton
I was introduced to Rebuild Your Bones while listening to the Ben Greenfield podcast, and I have to say, I was super impressed with the amount of information in the book! The authors go into great detail about what vitamins and minerals should be paired together, which are in competition and whether they should be taken on an empty stomach or a full stomach. The book also includes a great 12-week bone building protocol that really digs deep into what should be done to prevent mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
Stress Less Accomplish More by Emily Fletcher
Stress Less Accomplish More by Emily Fletcher talks about how meditating regularly can help us get good at life, not just good at meditation. I first learned about the book on Ben Greenfield’s podcast where he was interviewing Fletcher. Upon ordering the book, I was happily surprised to learn how many credible figures (like Mark Hyman and David Asprey) are using Emily’s work. She has developed what called Ziva meditation. She shares some information on Ziva meditation in the book and also has a paid online course that’s all about focusing meditation for extraordinary performance.
Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine by Dr. Lee Know
This book was awesome! I picked this book because the more I learn about the body, the more I understand that the key to understanding diseases, chronic illnesses and aging goes back to the mitochondria; how they function and how they thrive. Although I must admit, this is not an easy read, it’s great for people in the natural health field. I’m sure that I will be going back to it over and over as it is loaded with amazing information.
The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel
This book was suggested by a friend. Telomeres—for people that don’t know what they are—are basically described as the tips of our DNA strands— like the tip of the end of a shoelace— the longer telomeres are or are kept the younger we are (technically)! The book starts by asking why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds. It focuses most of its content on living younger, healthier and longer and gives specifics on anti-aging. It’s a fairly easy read because they try to simplify concepts and really focus on lifestyle changes and modifications people can embrace to live longer.
Earthing by Clinton Ober, Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, and Martin Zucker
I discovered this book when I was writing my own book–Hack Your Health Habits. In fact, much of the research I conducted on Earthing for the book stems from the work presented by Ober, Sinatra, and Zucker. The authors really dug deep into why Earthing is the most important discovery when it comes to overall health and wellness. It’s full of science and stories, along with things that you can do to make sure that you’re connecting with the Earth. What I like about it is that it creates that awareness of how much we are bombarded by electromagnetic frequencies and why earthing is a great way for us to make sure that we don’t end up with the negative effects of electromagnetic field and how to try to minimize those effects.
Super Human by David Asprey
This book was suggested by a friend. I’m a big fan of Dave Asprey and his previous books so I was excited to check it out. Since I’m all about bio-hacking and hacking habits this book surely delivered some advanced strategies to increase health and longevity, but I would say it’s rather too advanced for someone just starting out on their health journey. It’s a great read for people to know what’s available out there and what you can implement into your current lifestyle to be in the best shape and health possible.
Lifespan by David Sinclair
This book was suggested to me by a patient. This is an eye-opening and provocative piece of work. The book takes us to the front lines of research that is pushing the boundaries of our perceived scientific limitations revealing incredible breakthroughs in the field of longevity. Sinclair works on slowing down the aging process and even reversing it in some aspects, doing so could lead to the most significant set of medical breakthroughs since the discovery of antibiotics—by reversing what he calls our genetic clock. It’s not an easy read but really interesting information for both people in and out of the health field who are looking to understand the genetics of aging a little better.
Activate Your Vagus Nerve
I have been fascinated with the vagus nerve for many years now. If you’re wondering what is the vagus nerve, it is our 10th cranial nerve that links the brain to our gut. It is involved in everything from digestion to breathing, and this book talks about unleashing your body’s natural ability to heal. It claims that inflammation, brain fog, autoimmunity, anxiety, and depression are due to improper function of the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system. The book explains the power of the vagus nerve, yet what I would have liked to see more of, is what the impact of the chiropractic adjustment has on the vagus nerve—more published research is very much needed on this one.
Red Light Therapy by Ari Whitten
In this past year, I have been looking for solutions for patients with arthritis, chronic fatigue, pain, and muscle degeneration, and stumbled across something that not only does that, but also has benefits such as anti-aging, muscle gain, brain optimization, improved performance, and recovery. It’s red light therapy. I’ve been reading about red light therapy and how it works in the body, and I am now learning to use this kind of technology for overall health and well-being. Having read all of this information several years ago, I purchased an infrared sauna for home and a laser light therapy laser (aka photobiomodulation therapy) for patients with certain conditions but also for overall well being. Happy to report that we’ve been seeing tremendous results!
PEMF – Bryant Meyers or Power Tools for Health: How pulsed magnetic fields (PEMFs) help you by Dr. Willam Pawluk and Caitlin Layne
Another new or “newer” technology is PEMF, which stands for pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. Like red light therapy, I’ve been reading a lot on PEMF and decided to purchase a machine for my personal use and for use at the clinic. What I’ve learned since reading more on red light therapy and PEMF: if people get one of these two books they will realize why everyone should be using this technology on a regular basis! Both books talk about the impact of electromagnetic fields and dirty electricity in our body, and how this kind of technology can really make an impact with people suffering from headaches to low energy, poor sleep, anxiety, pain or illness.
And so there you have it–my top recommendations for books you should pick up if improving your health and well-being is on your list of 2020 resolutions! Happy reading!