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Curious to learn more? Here is a list of some of my favorite books and resources on whole foods, plant-based nutrition for preventing and even reversing chronic illnesses.

The fact that study after study has found that the same diet that can prevent and reverse one illness can also defend you and heal you from a whole list of others, indicates to me that a whole foods, plant-based diet truly is the healthiest diet available.

Not convinced? Maybe some of the books below will change your mind 🙂

  1. How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, by Michael Greger, MD, FACLM

I absolutely adore this book and Dr. Greger (he is the founder of NutritionFacts.org). In this book, he breaks down the top 15 health related killers in the United States and provides substantial and compelling research on how to not only prevent, but also treat and reverse chronic illnesses through a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods. Better yet, all of the proceeds from the book sales are given to charity. I finished this book in two nights because I simply could not put it down! This book truly is a must for anyone trying to radically transform their health.

Read more and purchase it here

2. The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Cambell II, MD

This books was actually my first introduction to the health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. It really opened my eyes to the fact that I had been misinformed for so long about proper, healthy nutrition. The book is based upon, and titled after, the most comprehensive study ever conducted comparing the effects of diet and disease. Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his team’s field data, combined with his laboratory data, provided shocking evidence that was arguably the catalyst for the rise in the evidence based, plant-based lifestyle movement.

Read more and purchase it here

3. Proteinoholics: How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It, by Garth Davis, MD

I had been meaning to read this book for a while, and finally had the time to do so. It certainly did not disappoint! Dr. Garth Davis does an excellent job at providing background for why as a society we have shifted from eating with the intention of getting whole foods on our plates, to the present where we see foods as macronutrients, with protein (and more specifically animal protein) receiving super-star status. He breaks down why this shift has been dangerous to our health and our waistlines and answers the question of how much protein we actually need.

Read more and purchase it here

4. The Starch Solution, by John McDougall, MD

Forget about all of the negative things you have ever heard about carbs, in this book Dr. McDougall breaks down how our bodies thrive on minimally processed starches like potatoes and whole grains. He provides tons of data on how the longest lived, healthiest, and slimmest populations on the planet thrive getting the majority of their daily calories from starches! This book is a fairly quick read and a little less dense than some of the other ones on this list, so if you are intimidated by reading a lot of data, this might be a good book to start off with.

Read more and purchase it here

5. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure, by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. It is very likely that you or someone you know has suffered from a heart attack. But what if I told you there was a way to cure the disease that would not require you to be on medication for the rest of your life? What if I told you the same way to cure the disease also prevents it from developing? In this book, Dr. Esselstyn discusses the results of his twenty-year research study that shows how a whole foods, plant-based, oil-free diet can prevent and reverse heart disease.

Read more and purchase it here

Have you read any of these before? What did you think? What other book recommendations do you have?

Disclaimer: I am a naturopathic medical student, not a licensed physician. The opinions expressed are my own, and do not reflect the opinions of the entire naturopathic doctor community. Nothing on my blog is intended to be taken as medical advice. Always consult a licensed physician before making any lifestyle or dietary changes.

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