Traditional Wellness Wisdom

The Essential Library

FacebookpinterestFacebookpinterestby feather

Anybody concerned with their health and the health of their loved ones needs these essential references on their library shelf. I’ve done the research for you; listed are the essential titles to get you started on your health journey.  Your purchases are greatly appreciated, and help support this site.



Brain Maker

by: Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D.

The bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. From

“Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.”


Other recommended titles

Cookbooks and food preparation

Clean Eats: Over 200 Delicious Recipes to Reset Your Body’s Natural Balance and Discover What It Means to Be Truly Healthy by Alejandro Junger

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods by Wardee Harmon

Food Matters by Mark Bittman

The Grain Brain Cookbook: More than 150-Life Changing Recipes to Transform Your Health by Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D.



Heal Your Gut Cookbook

by Hilary Boynton and Mary Brackett

GAPS experts Hilary Boynton and Mary Brackett show you how to prepare over 200 nutrient-dense recipes to heal and seal your gut and promote the body’s natural healing abilities to eliminate disease.  The GAPS Diet is a healing protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride from her own experience in healing her son’s autism and clinical expertise in helping families and individuals recover from chronic illness.  Learn cooking techniques and ingredients that are foundational to the GAPS Diet: stocks and broths, coconut, soaking nuts and seeds, cultured raw dairy. Read testimonials from the authors who share their experiences in realizing improvements in their own family members when following this life-changing diet.


The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle by Jenny McGruther

Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell

Tender Grassfed Barbecue by Stanley Fishman

Tender Grassfed Meat by Stanley Fishman

Health references

Cholesterol is Not The Culprit by Dr. Fred  Kummerow

Cure Gum Disease Naturally: Heal and Prevent Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis with Whole Foods by Ramiel Nagel

Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel

The Fourfold Path to Healing by Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D.

Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas

Gut health

The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-Term Health by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride

10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Alanna Collen

Natural Solutions for Digestive Health by Dr. Jillian Teta

Pregnancy, childbirth and beyond

Beautiful Babies by Kristen Michaelis

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D.




The Belly Fat Effect

by Mike Mutzel. Forward by Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D.

Scientific research about how modern diets affect gut bacteria, and cause unwanted weight gain and chronic health issues.

Why chronic inflammation keeps you from burning fat efficiently, and why processed foods and other exposures such as antibiotics and c-sections are contributing to our obesity epidemic.

Listen to a podcast interview with the author here.




Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger

Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig, PhD

Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal by Joel Salatin

Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

Full Moon Feast  by Jessica Prentice

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price

Real Food On A Real Budget; How to Eat Healthy For Less by Stephanie Langford

Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck

The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved by Sandor Ellix Katz

The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith


Amazon affiliate links appear on this page. Your purchase of books supports efforts necessary to maintain this site.

Your support is most appreciated! Thank you.

FacebookpinterestFacebookpinterestby feather

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *