The following incomplete list of resources have all been watched or read by Maria. The list will grow as she struggles to find/remember them all.
Eating, 3rd Ed. Produced by Mike Anderson & Ravediet; a hard-line vegan message concerning the health, ethical, and environmental impacts of our appetite for animal foods. While somewhat over-the-top at points, the take-home message is clear: USDA dietary guidelines overstate our needs and following them does little to prevent disease. We must re-define our concept of how much of our diets should consist of animal products.
Food, Inc., by Robert Kenner, 2008; “Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.” (–Quote from website)
Healing Cancer From The Inside Out, produced by Mike Anderson & Ravediet; a shocking look into the cancer industry, how current treatments do not work, how statistics are bent, and the agenda of BigPharma. Also details in exquisite simplicity how to better avoid/cure cancer.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes In 30 Days, Aiyana Elliot, 2009; A well-executed documentary demonstrating how both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be reversed-quickly, in a matter of a week or two, through living foods nutrition. Click here to view this streaming documentary for free.
Food Matters, from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch, 2008; “In what promises to be the most contentious idea put forward, the filmmakers have interviewed several leading experts in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer.” (–Quote from website)
Sugar: The Bitter Truth, UCTelevision, featuring Professor H. Lustig, MD, (Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Endocrinology, University of California, San Francisco).
Vitamin D and Prevention of Chronic Diseases, UCTelevision, featuring Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD (Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics; Director of the General Clinical Research Center; Director of the Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory; Director, Biologic Effects of Light Research Center; Boston University Medical Center)
Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill: The Complete Guide To Fats, Oils, and Human Health, Udo Erasmus; Perhaps the most comprehensive book on fats and oils and the impacts of adulterated fats and oils on health. Helps readers to understand which fats and oils are stable under heat, what happens to oil when it is fried, exposed to sunlight, and/or oxygen. Discusses the importance of essential fatty acids.
Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From The Local Food Front, Joel Salatin; A look into the bureaucratic barriers against small, local food movements. Bit by bit, our food sovereignty is taken from us by large agribusiness. Salatin chronicles how he’s stayed ahead of the system.
The End Of Food, Paul Roberts. A look into how vulnerable our food system is, given it’s inextricable dependence on oil.
Food, Inc., A Participant’s Guide, edited by Karl Weber. A great collection of essays concerning a broad number of issues in the current agro-industrial linear food system.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser. Ground-breaking research that helped set the trend for our current inquiries into our food system. A must-read for anyone wanting to know how our food culture came about.
Fat Land: How American Because the Fattest People In The World, Greg Critser; an excellent book explaining parts of the food culture other books neglected, namely, the effect of the Nixon administration and Earl Butz, as well as certain psychological exploitations that permitted super-sizing and the lowering of suggested exercise prescriptions.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan. A ground-breaking work, in the wake of Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. Describes in excruciating detail how corn came to dominate our food system.
In Defense Of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Michael Pollan. A handbook explaining the short-comings of “nutritionism,” and how to get back to natural eating.
What To Eat, Marion Nestle. Written by a leading expert in American food politics, this book attempts to sort out conflicting issues in the food system.
The Ethics Of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter, Peter Singer. Peter Singer, one of the world’s leading voices in utilitarian philosophy, navigates the ethics of our food choices, and offers somewhat shocking conclusions.
Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair, Carlo Petrini. A wonderful, beautifully written exploration into how we should be eating.
BOOKS ON FOOD AND WELLNESS:
Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, Paul Pitchford. A veritable encyclopedia of foods, with a great review of nutrition, as well as a break down of food groups, trypes, their elements, properties, and more.
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston A. Price. Back in print! Originally published in 1939, this book did pioneering work in the link between wellness and proper nutrition.
The Sunfood Diet Success System, David Wolfe. Wolfe is the leading voice for living foods, and his book paved the way for raw food’s current sprint ahead.
Eating For Beauty, David Wolfe. The power of raw foods in optimizing health and slowing the aging process.
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide To Optimum Performance in Sports and Life, Brendan Brazier. One of the first books detailing the impact of living foods and vitality.
The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide, Lisa Dorfman. A basic handbook.
Grain Damage: Re-Thinking The High Starch Diet, Douglas N. Graham. Veteran of the raw food movement, Graham makes some outrageous and compelling statements about starches in the diet.
Raw Food/Real World, Matthew Kenny & Sarma Melngailis. A beautiful raw foods book, full of colorful photographs.
The Paleo Diet: How To Lose Weight And Get Healthy by Eating The Foods You Were Designed To Eat, Loren Cordain. “Paleo diet” is now a term spread over a number of conflicting eating patterns. This book takes paleo in its strictest sense.
The Paleo Diet For Athletes: A Nutritional Formula For Peak Athletic Performance, Loren Cordain. Due to the paleo diet’s elimination of complex carbohydrates, necessary for endurance athletes, Cordain explains when and how starches can be incorporated into the paleo diet, as well as explain proper meal timing in respect to training and performance days.
The Coconut Oil Miracle, Bruce Fife. Everything you’d ever want to know about coconut oil. Gives a great explanation of different types of fatty acids.
The Macrobiotic Way, Michio Kushi. The founder of macrobiotics explains principles and philosophy.
Codex Alimentarius: An Industry-Dominated Organization, Manon Godot, Ethically Relevant, April, 2011; A thorough article explaining the Codex Alimentarius, its regulatory power, and impact on what you are allowed to put in your mouth. “The Codex Alimentarius is a list of Guidelines, standards and regulations voted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in order to regulate the use of every food consumed worldwide.”
The Yale Rudd Center For Food Politics & Obesity – Up-to-date information on food control an legislation. Advocacy for wellness programs. Podcasts from food policy and nutrition experts.
Food Politics – Marion Nestle, one of American’s leading experts in American food, blogs about current issues, from meat contamination to the raw milk debate.
Dr. Emily Kane – An incredible site dedicated to holistic, naturopathic healing. Full of informative articles on everything from exercise to acne.
The Nourishing Gourmet – A beautiful nourishing site by Kimi Harris, an advocate of the Weston A. Price foundation, dedicated to whole foods nutrition.
The Weston A. Price Foundation – Advocating the knowledge of Weston A. Price’s work, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 1939. Information on whole foods nutrition.
Living & Raw Foods – An old, generic-looking website, perfectly functional. An original, and still the largest raw foods community online.
Mercola -Absolutely fantastic resource for all health and wellness-related questions. Dr. Mercola is a leading expert in the field. Subscription to the newsletter is highly recommended.
Vitamin D Health - Dr. Michael F. Hollock, Phd, MD. Everything you need to know about vitamin D and its profoundly important impact on human health.