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Understanding the principles behind optimizing health is key to embracing the changes needed for success.

We feel that the listed books below, in the aggregate, provided a great general background for everybody to better understand the basic processes that can lead both to great health and wellbeing as well as disease.
Where to start? - you can go with the ”Must Read” books first (i.e. The Paleo Cure) and then move from there.

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Dirty Genes ** Must Read **

“Dirty Genes powerfully challenges the notion that genes are the final arbiters of health and disease. Dr. Ben Lynch skillfully reveals how leveraging specific lifestyle choices can help re-write our health destiny.” (David Perlmutter MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan)

“A must-have companion for anyone struggling to sort out the confusing world of genetic science for the consumer. Have you thought that your genes were your destiny? Dirty Genes will give you the ability to actually reprogram your genes to have a long and healthy life.” (Alan Christianson, NMD, New York Times bestselling author of The Adrenal Reset Diet)

“Myth busting the assumption that genes lead to disease, Dr. Ben Lynch provides a do-it-yourself guide to personalizing your health through the lens of susceptibilities, none of which signify your destiny.
Dirty Genes teaches the power that we have to heal, against all odds.” (Kelly Brogan, MD, New York Times bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own )

“Dr. Ben Lynch nails it with
Dirty Genes. It is a pleasure reading as his indomitable ‘rower’ personality truly comes through, warm, funny, friendly, simplifying without oversimplifying, and highly organized. If you care about the future of medicine and the central importance of the gene/environment interaction, read this book.” (Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Younger, The Hormone Reset Diet, and The Hormone Cure)

“Dr. Lynch gives hope to the millions of people seeking information about their genetics...to bypass genetic weakness, improve cell function and optimize health.  Dirty Genes offers a cutting-edge roadmap for healing the body and mind, including the whole brain, microbiome and gut, by activating your genetic potential.”  (
Raphael Kellman, MD, author of The Microbiome Diet and The Whole Brain)

 “Dr. Lynch cuts through the hype around genetics, and shows us exactly what our genes can—and can’t—tell us, and what we should do about it. A must read for both patients and practitioners who want to better understand how to use their genetic information to optimize their health.” (
Chris Kresser, MS, LAc, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure)

“By understanding your unique genetic code, you can optimize your health, prevent and even reverse disease, and live a full and vital life. This great book by Dr. Lynch provides an easy to understand guide to taking full control of your health.” (
Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, founder of Bastyr University, author of The Toxin Solution and bestselling coauthor of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.)

 “Dr. Ben Lynch delivers on a solutions-based approach to personalized medicine by showing the reader how to harness the potential of their genes through well-researched food and lifestyle approaches. Of course, we know that no genes are truly bad—it’s how we make the right choices to optimize them.” (
Dr. Deanna Minich, functional medicine nutritionist and author of Whole Detox )

Dirty Genes is an empowering, actionable, and practical guide on how to optimize our health and make the best of our genes. I highly recommend this book to every person who is struggling with health challenges or simply wants to optimize their health.”
Dr. Izabella Wentz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hashimoto’s Protocol)

“Dr. Lynch has written what will certainly become one of the definitive guides to 22nd Century medicine…a roadmap for filtering out the complex, the ill-defined, and the humbug in genomics so you can discover the insights and master the tools to harness the phenomenal power of this emerging medicine.” (
Peter D’Adamo, ND, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Right 4 Your Type )
Finally, a logical way to address and improve Alzheimer's using Functional Medicine principles ** MUST READ **

"Alzheimer’s is a disease for which there is no cure. Dr. Bredesen’s experimental program gives me hope that there are actions we can all take to care for our brains and keep Alzheimer’s at bay." 
—Maria Shriver, Today Show
The End of Alzheimer’s is a monumental work. Dr. Bredesen completely recontextualizes this devastating condition away from a mysterious and unsolvable process to one that is both preventable and, yes, reversible. Pinning our hopes on pharmaceutical research to develop a miraculous wonder drug has left both physicians and patients empty handed. But now, this comprehensive approach offers solid results, bringing hope to so many."
David Perlmutter, MD, Board-certified neurologist and author, #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain, and Brain Maker

The End of Alzheimer's, for the first time, synthesizes the latest science into a practical plan that can reverse Alzheimer's and dramatically improve brain health and function. If you have a brain, read this book."
—Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Eat Fat, Get Thin

"This book represents a major turning point in our approach to Alzheimer’s disease, from viewing it as a mysterious and incurable affliction that is governed almost exclusively by our genes, to understanding it as a multifactorial condition that can be prevented and even reversed largely through nutrition and lifestyle change. For the first time ever, patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s—as well as those at high risk for this devastating disease—truly have a reason to be hopeful."
—Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac Founder, Kresser Institute for Functional & Evolutionary Medicine, Author of the New York Times best seller The Paleo Cure
The End of Alzheimer’s is a masterful, authoritative, and ultimately hopeful patient guide to functional medicine for your brain. It will help you prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s disease, whether you have the ApoE4 gene or not. My patients fear Alzheimer’s more than any other diagnosis. This is the book to transmute fear into action."
—Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Younger

"Having spent several years implementing many of Dr. Bredesen's insights in my patients, I can assure you that following his advice can save yourself, your loved ones, and your friends from suffering from this preventable and reversible curse."
—Steven Gundry, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox

"Dr. Dale Bredesen is a world class neuroscientist/neurologist who through his innovative and exacting research has discovered a safe and effective approach to the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease that will revolutionize the way we think about the disease."
—Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB; President, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute
The End of Alzheimer's offers a new beginning in Medicine — changing the focus from a singular disease to recognizing the systems-based approach required to care for the whole person. Dr. Bredesen translates the knowledge of science to the wisdom that helps to heal our people . . . and provide a vision for the end of Alzheimers!"
—Patrick Hanaway, MD, Founding Medical Director, Director of Research, Center for Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
"In this engaging, heartfelt, and insightful book, Dr. Bredesen elucidates a bold new approach to Alzheimer's, rooted in decades of his own pioneering research.  A must read for anyone wondering what can be done for this dread disease, whether for themselves, a loved one, or a patient."
—Nathan Price, PhD, Professor & Associate Director of the Institute for Systems Biology
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About the Author
Dale Bredesen, M.D., is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. He graduated from Caltech, then earned his M.D. from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He served as chief resident in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before joining Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner’s laboratory at UCSF as an NIH postdoctoral fellow. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA, and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding president and CEO. He is the chief medical officer of MPI Cognition.
The Paleo Cure ** Must Read **

Chris Kresser has finally written a book, and it could very well be the last nutrition book you ever buy. Well - thats a bit of a stretch, but this is a FoundationMED “must read” to learn the whys and hows of the Paleo Template nutrition approach. Even if you are not on a Paleo template diet, the basic nutrition information is excellent.
A Fascinating look into the SUBCONSCIOUS processes that drive over-eating ** MUST READ **

No one wants to overeat. And certainly no one wants to overeat for years, become overweight, and end up with a high risk of diabetes or heart disease--yet two thirds of Americans do precisely that. Even though we know better, we often eat too much. Why does our behavior betray our own intentions to be lean and healthy? The problem, argues obesity and neuroscience researcher Stephan J. Guyenet, is not necessarily a lack of willpower or an incorrect understanding of what to eat. Rather, our appetites and food choices are led astray by ancient, instinctive brain circuits that play by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists. And these circuits don’t care about how you look in a bathing suit next summer.

To make the case, The Hungry Brain takes readers on an eye-opening journey through cutting-edge neuroscience that has never before been available to a general audience. The Hungry Brain delivers profound insights into why the brain undermines our weight goals and transforms these insights into practical guidelines for eating well and staying slim. Along the way, it explores how the human brain works, revealing how this mysterious organ makes us who we are.
A Mind of Your Own

“A Mind of Your Own is must reading for everyone who has bought into the idea that drugs are the best answer to anxiety and depression. With the research to prove it Dr. Kelly Brogan lays out a path to help you reclaim your mind and your brain health.” (Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age)

A Mind of Your Own leverages the most forward-minded clinical research combined with a healthy dose of compassionate holism to bring forth a revolution in treating mood disorders. Dr. Brogan’s program is a soundly welcomed bright light in a world otherwise focused solely on pharmaceuticals.” (David Perlmutter, MD, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain and Brain Maker)

“Bold, brilliant, and brimming with practical ideas and tools to end depression and anxiety without drugs,
A Mind of Your Own is a tour de force that will change how you approach your health and mental wellbeing.” (Sara Gottfried MD, author of The Hormone Reset Diet and The Hormone Cure)
Brain Maker ** Must Read ** - Explains the Gut-Brain connection

"The single most important medical innovation in the 21st century is making the link between the gut and the little bugs that live there and nearly every chronic disease - from autism to depression, from asthma to autoimmune disease, from diabetes to dementia. Brain Maker is a game changer. For the first time, this brilliant scientist doctor connects the dots and teaches us why we need to tend our inner garden (our microbiome) and provides a radical but simple plan to reset, reboot, and renew your microbiome. This book shouldn't be called Brain Maker, it should be called Health Maker."—Mark Hyman, MD.
A Mind of Your Own

“A Mind of Your Own is must reading for everyone who has bought into the idea that drugs are the best answer to anxiety and depression. With the research to prove it Dr. Kelly Brogan lays out a path to help you reclaim your mind and your brain health.” (Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age)

A Mind of Your Own leverages the most forward-minded clinical research combined with a healthy dose of compassionate holism to bring forth a revolution in treating mood disorders. Dr. Brogan’s program is a soundly welcomed bright light in a world otherwise focused solely on pharmaceuticals.” (David Perlmutter, MD, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain and Brain Maker)

“Bold, brilliant, and brimming with practical ideas and tools to end depression and anxiety without drugs,
A Mind of Your Own is a tour de force that will change how you approach your health and mental wellbeing.” (Sara Gottfried MD, author of The Hormone Reset Diet and The Hormone Cure)
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking ** Great Reference - even applies to the CORE (IFM) diet template **

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking showcases a wide variety of creative recipes that are Paleo-friendly—no gluten, grains, inflammatory oils, dairy, or refined sweeteners. These flavorful dishes combine traditional food from southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East with the healthful principles of a Paleo diet. With over 150 recipes, two 30-day meal plans (one for general health and one for those following an autoimmune protocol), shopping lists, cooking tips, and more, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking helps readers become better cooks and more informed eaters. But more importantly, it turns healthy eating into delicious eating with enticing Mediterranean meals that every foodie will enjoy.
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The ART of Fermentation

Winner of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship, and a New York Times bestseller, The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.
While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information―how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more.
With two-color illustrations and extended resources, this book provides essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners, foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the roots of culture itself.
In Defense of Food ** Must Read **

Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Why write "In Defense of Food"?

Because most of what we’re consuming today is not food, and how we’re consuming it — in the car, in front of the TV, and increasingly alone — is not really eating. Instead of food, we’re consuming “edible foodlike substances” — no longer the products of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue they are anything but healthy. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become.
The Adrenal Reset Diet ** Must Read PARTICULARLY if you have Adrenal Issues **

 In The Adrenal Reset Diet, Dr. Alan Christianson provides a pioneering plan for optimal function of these small but powerful organs. His patient-tested weight-loss program is the culmination of decades of clinical experience and over 75,000 patient-care visits. In a study at his clinic, participants on the Adrenal Reset Diet reset their cortisol levels by over 50% while losing an average of over 2 inches off their waists and 9 pounds of weight in 30 days.  What can you expect? 

   • Learn whether your adrenals are Stressed, Wired and Tired, or Crashed and which adrenal tonics, exercises, and foods are best for you
   • The clinically proven shakes, juices, and other delicious recipes, to use for your Reset
   • New ways to turn off the triggers of weight gain with carbohydrate cycling, circadian repair, and simple breathing exercises
   • An easy 7-day ARD eating plan to move your and your adrenals from Surviving to Thriving
The Bulletproof Diet - Learn more about Mycotoxins (something you never hear about)…

Dave Asprey will make you question everything you thought you knew about nutrition and health. His revolutionary advice will truly make you a healthier, better-looking, smarter version of yourself--we can all be Bulletproof like Dave! (Mark Hyman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution)
Why Isn’t My Brain Working (why indeed!)

Losing your memory? Can't focus or concentrate? Do you have brain fog or tire easily? Have you lost your zest for life or motivation? Do people tell you this is all a normal part of aging? If so, your brain may be growing old too fast, or degenerating. Modern diets, a stressful lifestyle, and environmental toxins all take their toll on the brain. This doesn't just happen to seniors-brain disorders and degeneration are on the rise for young and old alike. The good news is the brain is extremely adaptable and wants to get well. You simply have to know how to feed and care for your brain.

Why Isn't My Brain Working? will teach you strategies to save and improve brain function. You will learn how simple diet and lifestyle changes and nutritional therapy can profoundly impact your brain health and thus the quality of your life. Don't waste another day wondering why your brain is not working. Learn what you can and should do about it. Why Isn't My Brain Working? harnesses cutting-edge scientific research for safe, simple, and truly effective solutions to declining brain function.
Practical Paleo

Practical Paleo is jam-packed with over 120 easy recipes, all with special notes about common food allergens including nightshades and FODMAPs. Meal plans are also included.

Practical Paleo is the resource you'll reach for again and again, whether you're looking for information on healthy living, delicious recipes, or easy-to-understand answers to your questions about how a Paleo lifestyle can benefit you, your family, and your friends.
Digestive Health with REAL Food

Aglaee has created a truly impressive book on the interrelations of nutrition and gut health. If you are interested in learning much more about the gut, and dietary methods to approach gut issues (i.e. FODMAPS, Elimination Diets, Nightshades, SCD and many others) than this book belongs on your shelf.

"Health begins in the gut. In addition to digestive disorders, many other health problems can stem from damage to your intestines, including migraines, skin problems, autoimmune conditions, and weight abnormalities, so tackling your digestion first is smart if you want to maximize your chances of obtaining optimal health. Beyond simply managing your symptoms, Digestive Health with REAL Food will teach you how to address the root causes of your digestive troubles to achieve optimal digestive and overall health."
Nourishing Traditions - Great Reference Book

Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of vegetarianism, non-fat dieting, soy mania, or any of the other eating fads that currently inform our sense of "proper nutrition," this book looks to tradition, to the foods that have provided us with sustenance and strength for centuries, as the basis of a nutritious and health-conscious diet.

This is a GREAT book to have as a reference for those interested in maximizing the healthy aspects of their diet. Within is information on fermentation, soaking of grains, and many other "old time" food preparation methods seemingly lost today but so very important to implement as you move towards optimized health.
Epi-Paleo Rx ** Goes Deep! **

So… you think you know all about the underlying biochemical relationships that keep us young and healthy? Well - I have a challenge for you!

Dr. Jack Kruse is a neurosurgeon and functional medicine practitioner who has "gone deep" into understanding the relationships that biochemically keep us well or lead to chronic disease. He takes the reader through his prescriptions for ideal health using examples such as osteoporosis, autoimmunity, brain health, aging, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and others. By utilizing "biohacking" (i.e. understanding and correcting underlying metabolic disharmony) he educates on how to optimize your underlying metabolism by paying attention to proper nutrition, circadian rhythms and not working against your genetics.

This is a very good book and leads to deeper understanding of the underlying complexities of interrelated systems as well as how to improve them. Highly recommended but not a casual read by any means!
Perfect Health Diet - Very Interesting Reading

Perfect Health Diet is more than a way of eating. It shows how to optimize your lifestyle and eliminate the causes of disease for a lifetime of great health.

This is a great book to help understand the underpinnings of the Paleo Diet concept. It represents a variation of Paleo that I consider interesting - particularly the concept of safe starches.
Escape The Diet Trap - Great Information

Dr. Briffa, an award-winning MD and authority on diet and weight loss, shows how conventional advice - eat less and exercise more - actually causes the body to resist weight loss and dooms us to failure.

Offering a science based and sustainable approach to weight loss that works WITH the body, not against it, Escape the Diet Trap reveals how to achieve lasting, sustainable weight control without calorie counting, extensive exercise, or hunger!

Dr. Briffa also writes a great Blog that I recommend you check out…
The Paleo Answer - Where it all started!

Dr. Cordain is the big cheese - the main guy - the big cahuna of the Paleo Diet (note - NOT the Paleo Template modification that FoundationMED promulgates). His book is important in order to appreciate the very core concepts of why we recommend Paleo in the conceptual sense.

Dr. Loren Cordains’ bestselling The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet Cookbook show that by following the diet humans were genetically designed to eat: meats, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and other foods that mimic the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors, we can achieve a greater level of health

Written by Dr. Loren Cordain, the world's leading expert on Paleolithic eating styles internationally regarded as the father of Paleo
Omnivore’s Dilemma - A truly startling read about our very food supply - you won’t regret reading this titillating book!

In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner.

To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.

His absorbing narrative takes us from Iowa cornfields to food-science laboratories, from feedlots and fast-food restaurants to organic farms and hunting grounds, always emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on.

Each time Pollan sits down to a meal, he deploys his unique blend of personal and investigative journalism to trace the origins of everything consumed, revealing what we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods and flavors reflects our evolutionary inheritance.
Toxic Fat - An Interesting Look at Biochemistry and Health

“Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad,” the most revolutionary book that Dr. Sears has written.

Rather than looking at obesity as a condition of sloth and gluttony, Dr. Sears shows it is much more productive to think of obesity as a form of cancer that is driven by silent inflammation. Furthermore, the epidemics of weight gain and diabetes in America are primarily caused because the genes in susceptible individuals are being activated by recent changes in the American diet. Once those genes are turned on, obesity and diabetes are the inevitable outcome. The cause of those genes being turned on is the rapid increase of arachidonic acid (i.e., toxic fat) in our bodies.

In “Toxic Fat,” you will learn why people who have a genetic predisposition for a “fat trap” are becoming fatter not due to moral inferiority, but simply by having bad genes that can be activated by toxic fat. Also the driving force for eating more calories is not improved food advertising, but hormonal changes in the brain (again caused by increased levels of toxic fat) that are creating a constant state of hunger.

If there is a must-read book about obesity and diabetes in America, then “Toxic Fat” is that book.
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