Suggested resources and reading when starting out on your health journey

There is a LOT of information available these days about nutrition and general well being – not just the traditional sources like a book or magazine, but now social media and the wonderful world wide web is overflowing with information, and much of it contradicting each other. How are we to know what works, which are reliable sources, what is independently researched and funded, and how can we identify which of the latest fad diets are focused only on fast weight loss at the expense of your health?

I’ve found some great resources throughout my health journey that I’d love to share with you and highly recommend…

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The China Study www.thechinastudy.com – Professor T. Colin Campbell

This book is life-changing, if I had to use 2 words to describe it. Professor Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The China Study is recognised as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. It examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by government entities, lobbies, and opportunistic scientists. The science is clear: if you want to be healthy, change your diet.

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Food Matters TVwww.foodmatters.tv

The filmmakers for ‘Food Matters’ and ‘Hungry for Change’ (highly recommend) have created an amazing resource that is FMTV. It is the Netflix for health and wellness: an online subscription channel that offers a growing library of over 350 health and wellness documentaries, expert interviews, recipe videos and more.

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Food Matters – www.foodmatters.tv/product/food-matters (also available to view on FMTV)

This documentary is an inspiring journey that one couple took in search of answers to help a beloved family member who was suffering with chronic illness. Fed up with the medications, side effects of the medications, and various medical professionals unable to address the cause of illness, this couple travelled the world on their life savings in search of answers. Through interviewing various doctors, nutritionists, scientists, and wellness experts throughout the world, they were able to learn and help their loved one recover his health through the age-old adage “you are what you eat”.

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Mind Body Greenwww.mindbodygreen.com

I love receiving their daily e-newsletters with 6 highlighted posts to read about from various wellness experts, covering areas of:

  • MIND: happiness, personal growth, relationships, meditation, sleeping, spirituality
  • BODY: nutrition, juice, fitness, supplements, yoga, recipes, body image, gluten free, weight loss
  • GREEN: beauty, nature, herbs, home, moms

This website and their daily newsletters hold some great tips, tools and ideas to make your life better and to inspire you to keep doing the awesome things you’re already doing.

Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change – www.foodmatters.tv/product/hungry-for-change (also available to view on FMTV)

This documentary is focused on helping people escape the diet trap, whilst revealing the diet, weight-loss, and food industries’ deceptive and manipulating strategies that keep us over-eating and under-nourishing ourselves. This documentary shows that the only way to achieve the body and health we all want is through a natural diet. Enlisting the world’s leading natural health and medical experts, and men and women who discovered lasting weight loss, abundant energy, and vibrant health after years of being sick and overweight and took control of their health and life.

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Deadwww.fatsickandnearlydead.com – a Joe Cross film (also available to view on FMTV)

100 pounds overweight, loaded up with steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, this is an inspiring film that chronicles one man’s personal mission to regain his health. Finding that doctors and conventional medicines were unable to help him long term, Joe turns to the body’s ability to heal itself. Trading in junk food for a juicer and hitting the road, Joe travels 3,000 miles across America talking to people about food, health and longevity, with one goal in mind: to get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

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Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days – www.rawfor30days.com (also available to view on FMTV)

An independent documentary film that chronicles 6 Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic and uncooked food in order to reverse disease without pharmaceutical medication. The film follows each participant’s remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this radical diet and lifestyle change. What is revealed: diet can reverse disease and change lives!

The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear – Gary Yourofsky

This video changed me. It spoke to my heart, my brain and my soul. Gary covers the nutritional, environmental and ethical reasons in favour of a plant-based diet. (I had to skip some of the videos of how animals were treated in the farming industries; I have seen similar documentaries before and find them too upsetting and confronting to watch – I recommend you do the same if you prefer not to view those either). The content is highly valuable, knowledgeable and moving.

The Gerson Therapy

The Gerson Therapy – http://gerson.org/gerpress/ (‘Heal Yourself, Heal the World’ video review of The Gerson Therapy also available on FMTV)

The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. Dr Max Gerson developed the therapy in the 1930s initially as treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes, and cancer. Throughout our lives our bodies are being filled with a variety of carcinogens and toxic pollutants. The Gerson Therapy’s intensive detoxification regimen eliminates these toxins from the body so as true healing can begin. The Gerson Therapy has proven to have double the cure rate of traditional cancer treatments (chemotherapy and radiotherapy) without the harsh poisoning of your system, in contrast, it builds your immune system up to maximum strength to enable it to fight off majority of ailments, as proven by the various case studies mentioned throughout the book and documentary.

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Super Juice Me – www.superjuiceme.com (also available to view on FMTV)

One summer, Jason Vale took 8 people who collectively suffered from 22 different chronic diseases and put them on his ‘Juice Only’ diet for 28 days. One by one you are able to follow the journey of each participant, who slowly eliminate majority if not all of their medications, and recover from their conditions and symptoms which have been debilitating them most of their lives. A very powerful documentary!

Forks over Knives

Forks Over Knives www.forksoverknives.com

Forks over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

David Wolfewww.davidwolfe.com

David is the guru in the superfoods and longevity world. He’s written many books, spoken at the biggest health conventions in the world numerous times, and has many informational YouTube videos you can watch for free.

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Burzynski – The Movie (Part 1 & 2)www.burzynskimovie.com – Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski (also available to view on FMTV)

An internationally award-winning documentary that tells the true story of a medical doctor and Ph.D biochemist who won the largest, and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battle against the Food & Drug Administration in American history. His victorious battles with the US government centred around Dr. Burzynski’s gene-targeted cancer medicines ‘Antineoplastons’, which are responsible for curing some of the most incurable forms of terminal cancer. Various cancer survivors are presented in the film who chose these medications instead of surgery, chemotherapy or raditation and received astounding results and cures. A real insight into the corruption going on between major medical establishments and pharmaceutical companies, to the detriment of our health. Dr Burzynski has been given permission by the FDA to begin the final phase of FDA testing, and once approved, will mark the first time in history a single scientist will hold the exclusive patent and distribution rights on a paradigm-shifting medical breakthrough.

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The 80/10/10 Diet – Dr Douglas Graham – www.foodnsport.com

Dr Graham is a lifetime athlete and raw foodie since 1978, and is an advisor to world-class athletes and trainers around the globe.

This book will teach you to live life in total health, vitality, and with energy to spare – without starving yourself, taking supplements or drinking “meal replacements”. You can overcome and protect your body from diseases like diabetes, Crohns and colitis, cancer, and chronic fatigue syndrome. With this lifestyle approach, you can achieve and easily maintain your natural weight and always have the strength and energy to live life to the fullest. An insight into the raw vegan lifestyle and benefits.