Health Books & References

Health References
We get hundreds of emails asking for advice. Here’s a quick listing of some general references and resources.

Supplementation Guidelines


Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, M.D. A true A to Z guide, packed with highly-accessible information on supplements, common disorders, and remedies

The Natural Pharmacy: Complete Home Reference to Natural Medicine by HealthNotes, Inc. and edited by Dr. Schuyler W. Lininger, Jr. DC. From some of the foremost experts on herbs, homeopathy, and nutrition, this book is designed to help readers with most common health questions.

A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions by HealthNotes, Inc. and edited by Dr. Skye Lininger. Drugs listed by class and family, by over-the-counter and prescription medications, by brand and generic names are included. Drug-nutrient interactions with dietary supplements are addressed, as are interactions with herbs, foods, and alcohol.

Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. This book shows you how to improve health through a positive mental outlook, healthy lifestyle, health-promoting diet, and supplements with lots of practical tips. Learn disease prevention and about the natural remedies for treating more than 70 ailments.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database by Therapeutic Research Faculty, the trusted editors of Pharmacist’s Letter and Prescriber’s Letter. Online database access — with up-to-date, evidence-based, unbiased information — available as well.

PDR for Nutritional Supplements by Medical Economics Company, who bring the Physician’s Desk Reference series. Comprehensive evidence-based information with detailed analyses on a full range of nutritional and dietary supplements.

PDR for Herbal Medicines by Medical Economics Company, who publish the Physician’s Desk Reference series. Comprehensive, evidence-based reference based on the work conducted by Germany’s Commission E and Joerg Gruenwald, Ph.D., botanist, and renowned expert on herbal medicines, including pharmacological effects and warnings and contraindications.

Guide to Popular Natural Products by Facts & Comparisons and edited by Dr. Ara DerMarderosian, Medicinal Chemistry, University of Sciences in Philadelphia.

The Super Anti-Oxidants: Why They Will Change The Face of Healthcare in the 21st Century by James F. Balch. This book describes a wide range of antioxidant substances in food and supplements, which can help prevent or conquer illness and even slow the aging process.

Books – Women

Get Off the Menopause Roller Coaster: Natural Solutions for Mood Swings, Hot Flashes, Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, and Other Symptoms by Shari Lieberman, Ph.D. Book details how women can say goodbye to mood swings, fatigue, headaches, and hot flashes, without hormone replacement therapy. This book outlines a natural, safe, and effective menopause program that addresses most menopausal concerns.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone by John R., MD Lee, Virginia Hopkins. Dr. Lee has studied the research and concludes that estrogen is not the magic bullet for protection against heart disease and osteoporosis, nor does it retard aging. Natural progesterone puts postmenopausal women’s hormones in balance, says Lee. His experience has been that menopause is not related to low estrogen but to low progesterone, which is sometimes completely absent. He cites study after study that indicates that the natural progesterone, obtained in cream form, delivers what the usual hormone replacement therapy only promises. Also check out:

Books – Men

The Natural Prostate Cure by Roger Mason. Focused on restoring prostate health naturally and effectively.

The Prostate: A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them by Patrick C. Walsh, Janet Farrar Worthington (Contributor). This isn’t just another guide for men suffering from prostate problems, it addresses the concerns of their loved ones as well, reflecting on the three most common disorders, their effects, and treatment options. Packed with practical, understandable information.

Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer by Patrick C., Md. Walsh, Janet Farrar Worthington. Dr. Walsh, professor of urology at Johns Hopkins University, and Worthington, a medical writer, offer a thorough guide to one of the most frightening diseases for men. Starting with an explanation of how the prostate works, reviewing why prostate cancer is prevalent in Western countries and not in Asia, and describing contributing factors and symptoms, the book provides an exceptionally complete overview of the disease.

Web Sites

American Menopause Organization:

All women over 35 experience declining estrogen levels and, eventually, menopause. They and their families continue to struggle with the impact of menopause on their physical and psychological well being, many having to deal with severe and extreme symptoms. Founded in 1993, the American Menopause Foundation, Inc., is the only independent not for profit health organization dedicated to providing support and assistance on all issues concerning menopause.

Menopause and Black Cohosh Information Center

The Menopause and Black Cohosh Information Center is a site dedicated to providing the best information and resources on menopause, including the latest research, details on alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and tips for effectively managing menopause. At this site, you’ll find out how black cohosh and soy isoflavones can greatly support comfort during Menopause.

National Osteoporosis Foundation:

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in order to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures, while working to find a cure for the disease through programs of research, education and advocacy.

Brain Research & Information from the Dana Foundation:

Click through this gateway to information spanning diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s, depression, learning, and aging.

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

One of 27 institutes & centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the Public Health Service. NCCAM’s mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, train complementary and alternative medicine researchers, and disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality:

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) research provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ’s research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.


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