A Resource Guide for Self-Health

by Ann Aresco, N.D. | Jan 1, 2015

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Who can you count on to ensure that you stay healthy? Yourself. It’s not a trick question. Very simply, at the end of the day, we are the ones who are in charge of our own health. But how do we begin? How do we educate ourselves?

ProNatural Self Guide HealthThis article contains a comprehensive list of resources that will help you in your journey to self-health. This guide explores some of the best books, news articles and documentaries for learning about natural health approaches and patient advocacy.

A 66-year-old woman sits on the exam table as she gets ready for a check-up with her doctor. The nurse begins to ask her standard preliminary questions. “What drugs do you take?” she asks. “None,” the woman replies. The nurse tries again, “No really, what do you take?” The patient responds, “I really don’t take any drugs.”

The doctor comes in next, “What drugs do you take?” The woman shakes her head, “None, I already told the nurse.” The doctor smiles, “Wow, that’s great. Just keep doing what you’re doing then. Okay, so I looked at your blood panel and your cholesterol is a little high. We can prescribe a statin for you.”

The woman looks at him curiously and says, “No thanks.” She figures that she’ll follow the doctor’s orders and just keep up with what she’s been doing for years… making her own decisions about her healthcare. She figures that surely there are other steps that she can try first, without going straight to a drug? The woman politely declines the drug and heads home to look up healthy eating and exercise plans that are designed to reduce cholesterol.

As appeared in the January 2015 issue of Natural Nutmeg Magazine

Here are some great resources about self-health, with a brief dialogue about the context of these books and how they fit into healthcare today. The title of each book is noted in quotation marks:

Learning more about the “The Great Cholesterol Myth” empowers patients by educating readers that what you eat, how much you exercise and how well you sleep – are far more important than the medications you take (or don’t take).

Increasingly, doctors are Selling Sickness” which is leading to an Overdosed America.” Our healthcare system has radically changed in the last 50 years and many of us are starting to learn “The Truth About the Drug Companies” in order to avoid being Over Diagnosed.” If you’ve ever wondered, “What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You,” then you’re well on your way to becoming a self-advocate.

Still many Americans wait until they are “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” before they begin a journey of enlightenment to “Clean Food.” But the more you read, you start to wonder, “What the Bleeb Should I Eat” to actually be healthy then?

The popular answer for many these days is the “Paleo Diet.” Learning to use our “Forks Over Knives” means focusing on whole foods while moving away from the Fast Food Nation” and “Junk Food Nation” lifestyle. It’s true that significant long-term lifestyle changes are needed to “Escape the Fire” and avoid being “Doctored to Death.” However if we change our perspective, along with our daily habits, then we can avoid “Our Daily Meds” that are really just unnecessary and overly prescribed drugs.

Some proclaim that there is no scientific research to back the notion that GMO foods are dangerous to the human health. However, think about who does the research to prove that GMO’s are problematic? There aren’t any organizations that would make a profit researching this issue. Food companies? No. Grocery stores? No. Farmers? Nope. The only groups who are motivated in this issue are public-health nonprofits that simply don’t have the funds or power to challenge the big industry players. The food industry and the healthcare climate are both so complicated these days, that it’s hard to figure out what to believe, leaving many of us to question, “Lies, Damned Lies and Medical Science.”

Too many people who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) wait too long, until a “Diabetes Solution” is required to turn things around. But don’t begrudge the “Skinny Bitch,” she’s helping people to learn that “Food Matters.” Not to say that we need to be “Against All Grains,” that would be a personal choice, but we should avoid the foods that deteriorate health rather than support it.

Many patients have benefitted from the “Eat Right for Your Blood Type” method. John Robbins was one of the first to call attention to the nation’s food industry failures. Back in the early 90’s, he hoped that we “May All Be Fed” the best food that our planet has to offer. Realizing that the food industry was feeding us a lot of (let’s call it) misinformation, “The Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver began his crusade to examine the food that our children are consuming on a daily basis in our school systems. But is the message is getting though?

People are “Hungry for Change” and are seeking more natural solutions. Here in the “Natural Nutmeg” state, we are fortunate to have access to many naturopathic physicians as well as progressive legislative advocates. Consumers don’t know who is On the Take” in the pharmaceutical industry. Connecticut State Senator Blumenthal is working to expose “Deadly Corporate Secrets” by proposing legislation that forces corporate transparency instead of hiding behind the huge profits of big business. Many politicians are calling for these corporate Cereal Killers” to be exposed for what they are really selling to the public.

Our country is battling (and losing) the war against chronic illness. Many patients are exploring their own Path Ways to Healing” for chronic conditions. For example, patients are now getting down to the “Root to Hashimoto’s” by taking their health into their own hands. As we’re learning more about the “The Essential Remedies For Womens Health” (along with men and families,) we are opening up our minds to more natural and logical approaches to healthcare.

The treatment of mental illness is an issue that comes up again and again in the media. Being Mad in America” isn’t enough. When discussing the Anatomy of an Epidemic,” some might want to look at the “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher.” The real goal of mental health professionals should be “Saving Normal.”


It certainly sounds like there is a “Medical Armageddon” going on. Or could it be a “Pharmagedon?” Although we daily see The Emperor’s New Drugs” and all of their “Side Effects,” patients are starting to wonder if the onslaught of prescriptions are effective or if we are being “Overtreated.” “Your Drug May Be Your Problem.”


Certainly obtaining our nutrients by consuming foods that come directly from “Earth to Table” is the logical solution. No research required. Hippocrates explained, “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” Years later, Thomas Edison reiterated, “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” Based on these great philosophers, it would appear then that “Nutritional Medicine” is not really the brand new Medicine for the 21st Century,” but rather a re-enlightenment.

If you’re “Fed Up” with healthcare in the United States, check out at the resources that are referenced in this article:

Resource Guide List

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Blumenthal’s Bill Would Expose Deadly Corporate Secrets, Hartford Courant

Cereal Killers Movie

Clean Food, Revised Edition: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source

Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher

(The) Diabetes Solution: How to Control Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes Using Simple Diet and Lifestyle Changes–with 100 recipes

Doctored: The Film the AMA Does Not Want You to See

Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

Earth to Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm

(The) Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth

Escape Fire: Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Essential Remedies for Women’s Health Book, Ann Aresco, ND and other authors

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead: How Fruits and Vegetables Changed My Life

Fed Up


Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes

Forks Over Knives

(The) Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause

Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century

Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat Your Way to Lifelong Health

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort Through the Noise Around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies (FT Press Science)

Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

May All Be Fed: ‘a Diet For A New World : Including Recipes By Jia Patton And Friends

Medical Armageddon

(The) Naked Chef

Natural Nutmeg

Nutritional Medicine

On the Take: How Medicine’s Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health

Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health

Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer

(The) Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat

Pathways to Healing


Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life

Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients

Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial

Skinny Bitch

(The) Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

What the Bleep $#@! Can I Eat?

What Your Doctor Won’t (or Can’t) Tell You: The Failures of American Medicine – And How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic

Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Revised Edition: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications