Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats

Author Mary Enig is a force for transformation in the field of dietary fats.  She’s the heroic crusader and researcher behind exposing the dangers of trans-fats.  Enig, with co-author Sally Fallon, gives us a thoroughly researched and well-written book that will free us forever from the tyranny and stupidity of low-fat eating.

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Part nutritional text, part cookbook. Definately not for the faint of heart.  But Fallon’s work is crucial to an understanding of everything that’s gone wrong with diets in modern culture.  Her work informed my own approach to food in fundamental ways, with incredible results in terms of my health.  I try to get all of my patients to at least entertain some of her ideas.  All practitioners should be familiar with her work.

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage)

This book is a tour de force. Taubes is a journalist, an award winning writer for Science Magazine. With indefatigable detective work he completely demolishes the myth that fat and cholesterol cause heart disease or cancer.  He also documents with painstaking care the science that implicates carbohydrates in most degenerative diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  A must read, even if it will take you all summer like it did me.  (Mind you I was reading with a highlighter.)

The Fourfold Path to Healing: Working with the Laws of Nutrition, Therapeutics, Movement and Meditation in the Art of Medicine

Tom Cowan is from the Weston Price Foundation school of thought.  His discussion of modern chronic diseases is elegant and deeply spiritual, as well as grounded in practical doctoring. You’ll want this book for his chapter on heart disease alone.

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