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September 2017


For the convenience of the reader, this recommended reading list is broken into two categories: Health and Diet/Nutrition. Each category contains a list of books about that topic.




America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill

DB 80458

Read by Dan Woren. Reading time: 17 hours, 12 minutes.

Prize-winning journalist's sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and how it is changing--and failing to change--the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. Unrated. 2015.


Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David M. Oshinsky

DB 86611

Read by Fred Sanders. Reading time:14 hours, 43 minutes.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian charts the turbulent rise of American medicine by examining New York's iconic East Side public hospital, from its 1738 origins to the present--through the Civil War, the first civilian ambulance corps, the first nursing school for women, and the AIDS epidemic. Unrated. 2016.


Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy

DB 86748

Read by Bob Moore. Reading time: 9 hours, 35 minutes.

Black physician explores the issues of how and why his race suffers from more health problems than others and how that is dealt with in the largely white medical community. He explains his own intersecting role by examining his Duke medical school experience, internship, psychiatry training, and early clinical practice. 2015.


The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

DB 86660

Read by Mike Chamberlain. Reading time: 11 hours, 35 minutes.

Author of Bad Science (DB 37221) and Nobel Dreams (DB 26075) examines the sugar industry. Discusses the history of the industry, the science of the food, Americans' addiction to it as a food and a business, the role of sugar in nutrition, and more. 2016.


If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body by James Hamblin

DB 86656

Read by James Hamblin. Reading time: 12 hours, 4 minutes.

Doctor-turned-journalist draws from his own medical training as well as from hundreds of interviews with scientists and medical practitioners to explore health questions that never seem to go away. Covers topics such as sleep, aging, and diet. Unrated. 2016.


Just Breathe Out: Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You by Betsy Thomason

BR 21813; 2 volume of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. 

DB 86922

Read by Eva Wilhelm. Reading time: 3 hours, 58 minutes.

Respiratory therapist explains the benefits reaped by breathing-impaired individuals, athletes, firemen, and anyone else who uses the BreatheOutDynamic system (BODs) designed by Olympic cycling coach Ian Jackson. Describes how to breathe with an active, spine-stretching outbreath and a passive, relaxed in breath and how to incorporate BODs into everyday living. 2016.


The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz

DB 84717

Read by Eva Wilhelm. Reading time: 7 hours, 34 minutes.

Forty-three-year-old actress and her coauthor examine the current science on aging in women. Topics examined include how the body changes through time, menopause, cellular aging, building stronger bodies and brains, and the biological impact of genes, choices, and attitudes. Bestseller.  2016.


A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active by Edward H. Thompson and Lenard W. Kaye

DB 78996

Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time: 24 hours, 43 minutes.

A medical sociologist and a gerontologist-social worker offer information to aging men on such topics as eating well, reducing stress, and staying active, and how sleep, drug and alcohol use, spirituality, and appearance affect mental health. Also discusses sexual intimacy, friendship, caregiving, managing chronic diseases, and end-of-life issues. 2013.


Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future by Caitlin Shetterly

DB 85887

Read by Caitlin Shetterly. Reading time: 11 hours, 37 minutes.

LP 30956; 605 pages.

Shortly after she learned that her son had an alarming sensitivity to GMO corn, journalist Shetterly learned that she had the same condition. This expansion on her previously published viral Elle article focuses on the people, the science, and the corporations involved in GMO products. Some strong language. 2016.


The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You by Saylvia Tara

DB 87241

Read by Patricia Kilgarriff. Reading time: 9 hours, 51 minutes.

The author puts her doctorate in biochemistry to work to address her own frustration over the amount of fat her body produces compared to her friends' bodies. She explores how fat works, why food affects people in different ways, and why fat is harder to control as people age. 2017.


Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease by Kristin Kirkpatrick

DB 87325

Read by Mary Kane. Reading time: 11 hours, 12 minutes.

Dietician explains what a healthy liver does and how an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to liver problems like nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Her recommended precautions include better diet, exercise, and sleep habits; managing stress; and avoiding toxins. Includes eating plans and recipes. 2017.


The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Elizabeth Blackburn

DB 86857

Read by Suzanne Toren. Reading time: 11 hours, 5 minutes.

Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process joins forces with the health psychologist who has done original research on the topic. Explains how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres--thereby slowing disease and improving life. Unrated. 2016.


The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tire, Brainfogged, and Overweight—And How to Get Your Life Back by Elizabeth H. Blackburn

DB 86380

Read by Jeremy Gage. Reading time: 15 hours, 38 minutes.

Specialist in thyroid and autoimmune diseases, who herself had Graves' disease, explains that thyroid dysfunction can be the hidden cause of a wide array of health issues and why doctors often misdiagnose it. Includes a twenty-eight-day program she developed to address thyroid problems. 2016.


The Truth About Cancer: What You Need to Know About Cancer’s History, Treatment, and Prevention by Ty M. Bollinger

DB 87248

Read by J.P. Linton. Reading time: 11 hours, 26 minutes.

After losing several family members to cancer, the author examined treatments alternative to radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. Discusses preventative measures and explains the role of nutrition and exercise. Also examines various treatment options like enzymes, herbs, and electromagnetic frequencies. Bestseller.  2016.


You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Wellbeing—An Eight-Week Program by Vidyamala Burch

DB 85545

Read by Vidyamala Burch. Reading time: 6 hours, 57 minutes.

Provides a set of mindfulness-based practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help relieve chronic pain and stress of illness. Helps identify secondary suffering, brought about when the mind becomes fixated on the anxiety of pain and begins to anticipate it, thereby making suffering worse. 2015.


What to Expect When You Have Diabetes: 170 Tips for Living Well with Diabetes by John B. Buse

DB 87414

Read by Bob Moore. Reading time: 4 hours, 33 minutes.

Explains diabetes to the newly diagnosed and discusses blood sugar, medications, alternative treatments, and possible complications. Advises on diet and nutrition, weight management and exercise, pregnancy, and prevention. Although geared toward people with type 2 diabetes, most of these suggestions will also benefit those with type 1. Includes glossary. 2016.


Diet and Nutrition


Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently by David Ludwig

DB 85518

Read by Dawn Ludwig Reading time: 6 hours, 36 minutes.

Endocrinologist explains how low-fat diets trigger fat cells to hoard more calories for themselves, leaving too few for the rest of the body, causing hunger and a slower metabolism. Presents a three-phase program that includes meals designed to cause fat cells to release their excess calories. 2016.


The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases by Amy Myers

DB 86070

Read by Nona Pipes. Reading time: 17 hours, 48 minutes.

An autoimmune-disease specialist (who has also experienced Graves' disease as a patient) provides a four-pillared approach to dealing with a wide variety of inflammatory diseases, including allergies, IBS, cardiovascular disease, and fibromyalgia. Based on the idea that food is medicine, 'The Myers Way' includes a thirty-day protocol for meal plans and recipes. 2015.


The Blood Sugar Solution Ten-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body's Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Mark Hyman

DB 78677

Read by Mark Hyman. Reading time: 7 hours, 35 minutes.

Author of The Blood Sugar Solution (DB 74530) offers specific nutritional strategies to reduce insulin levels. Includes detailed explanations for food choices and recipes. Suggests ways to prepare both your kitchen and your mind for the recommended plan. Unrated. 2014.


Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

DB 84808

Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 12 hours, 16 minutes.

Journalist and former public-health consultant discusses the influence of military research on culinary history and civilian eating habits. Examines preservation techniques, adulteration of basic staples such as bread and cheese, and the ways food is packaged and transported. Considers the effect of these processes on children. 2015.


The Diabetes Breakthrough: Based on a Scientifically Proven Plan to Lose Weight and Cut Medications by Osama Hamdy and Sherri Colberg

DB 78416

Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time: 12 hours.

Details a Harvard Medical School clinical obesity program adapted for home use by type 2 diabetics. Provides a week-by-week lifestyle, diet, and exercise regime designed to improve health and decrease medications. Gives specific eating plans and measurable exercise sessions that can help reverse the progression of the disease. 2013.


The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work by Yoni Freedhoff

DB 79030

Read by Yoni Freedhoff. Reading time: 9 hours, 31 minutes.

Obesity specialist describes his program for breaking down the negative thought patterns that prevent people from losing weight and keeping it off. Instructs how to maintain a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle while making any weight-loss diet more effective. Unrated. 2014.


Eat to Live Cookbook: Two Hundred Delicious, Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health by Joel Fuhrman

BR 20339; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. 

DB 77709

Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time: 11 hours, 17 minutes.

Nutrition expert and author of Eat to Live (DB 75601) provides recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks that emphasize their ingredients' nutritional benefits. Discusses tools and techniques, including shopping strategies, food preparation, consumption, and storage. Bestseller. 2013.


The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley

BR 20692; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. 

DB 80807

Read by Mike Stefanelli. Reading time: 5 hours, 41 minutes.

British physician-turned-health-journalist Mosley and health writer Spencer suggest a practice of restricting calories two days each week and eating normally the other five. Explains the health benefits of this method and provides meal suggestions for maintaining the five-hundred-calorie limit for women and six-hundred-calorie limit for men during the "fasting' days. 2014


How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger

DB 84053

Read by Michael Greger, Reading time: 17 hours, 12 minutes.

Nutrition expert and physician argues that the vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Explains how this applies to heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and other conditions. Includes a checklist of twelve foods to consume daily.  2015.


The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life by Travis Stork

DB 87357

ER physician and host of the talk show The Doctors explores the role of maintaining microbe health in wellness and weight loss, especially around the waist. Explains how to improve the gut microbiome by eating foods that nourish and protect it. Includes meal plans and recipes. 2016.


Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price

BR 20750; 6 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. 

DB 81191

Read by Faith Potts. Reading time: 13 hours, 16 minutes.

Award-winning journalist examines the history of thirteen dietary supplements since their discovery early in the twentieth century. Investigates the complicated psychological relationship we've developed with these mysterious chemicals in pursuit of good health and challenges us to rethink our daily food choices. 2015.


Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss by Sandra Aamodt

BR 21576; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.

DB 84779

Read by Sandra Aamondt. Reading time: 7 hours, 43 minutes.

Neuroscientist explores the brain's reaction to dieting and explains why it usually backfires. Discusses the defended weight range that every brain will fight to maintain, and suggests taking a year to train oneself to eat mindfully--eat when hungry, stop when full. Prescribes aiming for fitness rather than thinness. 2016.


Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life by David Zinczenko

DB 86919

The author of The Abs Diet (DB 59337) promises many health benefits by completely giving up foods with added sugar for two weeks, followed by avoiding foods that have more sugar than fiber. Includes menus, recipes, exercises, and an aisle-by-aisle shopping guide. 2016.