Recommended Books


Two years ago, Eric Greitens, unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn’t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he’d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, and Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.

Eric’s letters – drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers – are now gathered and edited into a timeless handbook.  Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life,  grapples with real hardship. The lessons are deep, yet practical, and the advice leads to clear solutions. This is a profoundly hopeful book: We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But with resilience, we can lead vital, flourishing lives.


Mark Sisson, publisher and de-facto leader of the burgeoning primal/paleo/evolutionary health movement presents the compelling premise that you can reprogram your genes in the direction of weight loss, health, and longevity by following 10 immutable Primal laws validated by two million years of human evolution.


Practical Paleo explains why avoiding both processed foods and foods marketed as “healthy”, like grains, legumes, and pasteurized dairy, will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss. Even better, you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health disorders! Practical Paleo is jam-packed with over 120 easy recipes, all with special notes about common food allergens.

Wheat Belly

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis, M.D. Over 200 million Americans consume food products containing wheat every day. As a result, millions experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes to high blood sugar to unattractive stomach bulges preventative cardiologist William Davis calls “Wheat Bellies”.  After witnessing over 2000 patients regain health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the conclusion that elimination of wheat leads to dramatic weight loss and optimal health.  Wheat Belly is an illuminating action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

Younger Next Year

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You’re 80 and Beyond, by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D. Co-written by a prominent internist, Dr. Henry “Harry” Lodge and his star patient, 73 year old Chris Crowley, this book shows how to turn back the biological clock – how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging – weakness, sore joints, bad balance – and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. Follow Harry’s rules – don’t eat crap, exercise six days a week and connect and commit to others.


SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey, Eric Hagerman.  In SPARK, John Ratey, MD embarks on a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression, ADD, addiction, to menopause and to Alzheimer’s. Filled with amazing case studies, SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain.

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Chi Walking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy, by Danny Dryer, Katherine Dreyer. In Chi Walking, Danny and Katherine Dreyer teach the walking technique they created that transforms walking from a mundane means of locomotion into an intensely rewarding practice that enhances mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Similar to Pilates, yoga, and T’ai Chi, Chi Walking emphasizes body alignment and mindfulness while strengthening the core muscles of the body.

Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running, by Danny Dryer, Katherine Dreyer, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. The book was revised and rewritten in 2009, during which time, the technique of Chi Running became a household name. Bolstered by an extensive international community of Certified Instructors, self-published training programs, DVD’s and audio programs, the Chi Running technique has a loyal, ever-growing base


Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, by Brian Wansink, Ph.D. This book will literally change the way you think about your next meal. Author Brian Wansink revolutionizes how our awareness of how much, what, and why we are eating – often without realizing it.

The China Study

The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell, M.D., is an informative study leading to common sense suggestions for living and eating healthy. The China Study examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses. The authors conclude that people who eat a whole food, plant based/vegan diet – avoiding all animal products and reducing the intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates – will escape, reduce or reverse the development of numerous diseases.

Kurt F. Breitenstein, L.Ac.