Additional Reading

Below is a list of books that explore the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet – an addition to my book on the right.

How to Survive a Pandemic
How to Survive a Pandemic
Michael Greger

The majority of infectious diseases (and all viral diseases) result from our interaction with animals. This is book with thousands of references gives a detailed descriptions of our greatest diseases from bubonic plague, smallpox, the deadly influenza of 1918 and the deadly viral diseases SARS, MERS and COVID-19.

Our collective memory of the horror of the 1918 influenza plague appears to be largely forgotten – the scale of it simply too large to comprehend even though it is only a century in the past.

We know already what causes these diseases. It is our livestock farming practices, particularly in the US with the refusal of livestock industry to acknowledge their role in propagating these deadly diseases which are transmitted by organisms such as Salmonella, Yersinia, Campylobacter, Listeria and Escherichia coli as well as the viral diseases influenza, SARS, MERS and COVID-19.

Poultry causes more deadly disease than all other animals combined with goats, sheep, camels, poultry, bars and fish being the main other source.

Most of these disease-causing bacteria are resistant to “one or more antibiotics and more than half of the samples of poultry bacteria are resistant to > 5 drugs!”

Many diseases have become resistant to antibiotics because of the routine administration of antibiotics to feedlot animals.

Infection with the poultry bacteria Campylobacter contaminates a quarter of chicken meat in the US with Guillain-Barré syndrome being one of the severe and deadly consequences.

Instead of feeding livestock plant-based material, livestock is now fed slaughterhouse products containing blood, inedible organs, entrails and feces to save costs. Not only is it fed to other animals, it is also used to feed fish and fertilize plants. The ground-up remains of diseased animals end up in our food and waterways.

The agricultural industry is well aware of this link but continues to deny and actively and aggressively fight for their right to continue these insidious practices.

Mad cow disease as resulting transmission of prion disease from contaminated sheep and cows in the 1980s Prions—infectious proteins are the cannot be treated with antibiotics and are not destroyed by proper cooking. Hundreds of people have been killed by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (subacute spongiform encephalopathy) is brutal and always fatal. Symptoms include memory loss, behavioral changes, poor coordination, visual disturbances, dementia, blindness, weakness, paralysis, coma and death. Approximately 70% of people die within a year of diagnosis.

Food safety regulation is much stronger in European countries. The obvious answer is that instead of making livestock food safer, a much better solution is to avoid it all together.

The China Study – Revised Edition
The China Study - Revised Edition
Colin Campbell
Thomas Campbell

The China Study is one of the most important books relating to health and nutrition ever published. Surveys were conducted in China starting in 1983. The study consisted of 6,500 people in 65 counties. They examined over 360 different health, lifestyle, and nutrition factors and found over 8,000 significant correlations.

This, as well as other research, led Campbell to believe that the vast majority of our modern day aliments can be prevented and possibly reversed with a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Why Animals Aren’t Food
Why Animals Aren’t Food
Rohan Millson

A very comprehensive analysis of why animals have no place in the human diet.

The Starch Solution
The Starch Solution
John McDougall

Complex carbohydrates are the foundation of a healthy diet which contradicts many popular commentators as well as many medical practitioners. The book also contains many recipes.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes
Neal Barnard

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes outlines a dietary approach to preventing, controlling and reversing diabetes. The program is based on a series of research studies Dr. Barnard and his colleagues have conducted over the years, the latest funded by the National Institutes of Health. Published in the August 2006 issue of Diabetes Care, that study found Dr. Barnard’s program to be three times more effective than the American Diabetes Association dietary guidelines at controlling blood sugar.

Healthy at 100
Healthy at 100
John Robbins

John Robbins looks at four different cultures to discover the common themes that allow them to be the healthiest people on the planet,

Whole Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
Colin Campbell
Howard Jacobson

After a review of the evidence that shows a whole-food, plant-based diet is the best for our health, Colin Campbell examines the reasons that prevent this from being more widely known.

The China Study Solution

China Study Solution
Thomas Campbell

Written by Colin Campbell’s son, who is a medical doctor, it looks at the steps required to incorporate a whole-food, plant-based diet into our lives.

Recipes are also included.

Diet for a New America
Diet for a New America
John Robbins

Diet for a New America was first published in 1987 with a 25th anniversary edition published in 2012. This book examines our dependency upon animal products for our food and the impact it has on our health, the environment and the animals involved.

An important important book to awaken our hearts to the impacts of our eating habits on our everyday lives.

Read John’s incredible story about The Pig Farmer from Iowa that is moving and transforming.

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Catching Fire: How cooking made us human
Richard Wrangham

Richard Wrangham is a Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and a director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project in Uganda. Wrangham began a researcher at Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee study project at the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. He also assisted Dian Fossey in setting up her mountain gorilla conservation program.

Wranghams’s view is that cooking food is an essential human activity. Cooking increased the value of our food. It changed our bodies, our brains, our use of time and our social relationships.

A fascinating book that describes how we evolved as a species based on the change of behavior resulting from the discovery of cooking.

How Not To Die

How Not To Die Cookbook
Michael Greger
Gene Stone

A book, complete with references from peer-reviewed medical journals, documents how we can avoid or greatly reduce the possibility of dying from the most common causes of death in Western society.

A brief introduction describes Michael’s journey that led him to become an advocate of a plant-based diet.

How Not To Die
How Not To Die Cookbook
Michael Greger
Gene Stone

A beautifully produced cookbook with many practical and quick whole-food plant-based recipes.

A brief introduction describes Michael’s journey that led him to become an advocate of a plant-based diet.

The China Study Cookbook
The China Study Cookbook
LeAnne Campbell

Another beautifully produced cookbook that has been revised and includes many-easy-to-prepare recipes.

LeAnne is the daughter of Colin Campbell and currently lives in the Dominican Republic. She founded Global Roots, to help create sustainable communities through whole foods, plant-based eating.

High Performance Habits
High Performance Habits
Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard has performed extensive research to show what habits make people extraordinary in his book High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way. There are six habits to cultivate: three personal (Seek Clarity, Generate Energy and Raise Necessity) and three social (Increase Productivity, Develop Influence and Demonstrate Courage). Excellent book – not only to read but practical advice to put the lessons into practice.

The Happiness Trap
The Happiness Trap
Russ Harris

Most popular psychology is based myths, inaccurate beliefs and unconstrained optimism. Harris addresses four pervasive myths and provides practical guidance on living a meaningful life.
Myth 1: Happiness is the natural state for all human beings.
Myth 2: If you are not happy then you are defective.
Myth 3: To create a better life we must get rid of negative feelings.
Myth 4: You should be able to control what you think and feel.

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