It’s All Good

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“It’s All Good”

This cookbook is absolutely awesome!  This is Gwyneth Paltrow’s first cookbook and it is really well done.  Most of the recipes are not too complicated and the ingredients are all carefully selected.  Most are gluten-free, and those that are all easily marked.  She also has a great introduction by a functional medicine practitioner that she worked with, as well as a quick story on how she became so passionate about clean eating.  This book is a definite must for the cookbook collection!

 

The Paleo Cure

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‘The Paleo Cure’ is a great book for anyone looking to find out more about ways to TRULY improve their health.  The author, Chris Kresser, is a functional medicine practitioner who not only has his own clinic, but also trains other health professionals how to practice in the functional medicine world.  This bestselling book is a minor reworking of his original book called ‘Your Personal Paleo Code’, with a new title, new cover, and minor alterations within the book.  If you read his original book, no need to read this one, but if you have not read it then do yourself a favor and add it to your reading list.  His ‘dietary’ viewpoint is very close to Paleo, but he takes an ancestral spin on it and explains it very well in the beginning chapters of the book.  Aside from the Paleo beliefs he also goes into detail about many of the most important aspects to pay attention to in your daily eating habits.  Many of the things he describes are exactly the ways in which we work with our clients and he does a great job of simply explaining them.  The book is a great read and will give you many ‘clinical pearls’ that can be simply applied to your daily life.

The Great Cholesterol Myth

healthy book review, the great cholesterol myth, functional medicineWhen most people think about getting annual blood work done with their doctor, the biggest concern is usually seeing what their cholesterol numbers look like. Most people know, or think they know, what cholesterol is and how bad it is to have high cholesterol. For many years now the general public has been told that high cholesterol equates to poor heart health and increased chance of heart attacks.

But is this actually the case? Statins, the drugs used to keep cholesterol numbers low, are the most widely sold pharmaceutical drugs in history. It is estimated that statins earn drug companies around 26 billion dollars annually. That’s right, annually! This is a BIG business and they have no intention of slowing down. In fact, they keep pushing to lower the ‘desired’ cholesterol numbers so that more people will be prescribed statin medications. And once your on them, good luck getting your doctor to take you off them.

The Great Cholesterol Myth is a fantastic book that addresses the truths behind cholesterol and the statins that we as a nation are eating like candy. It is an easy read and truthfully analyzes the studies used by the pharmaceutical companies to get their drugs on the market and in the bodies of the majority of Americans over 40. If you are on statins, worried about your cholesterol, or just want to be better informed about your health, pick up a copy of this book and educate yourself.