Confused about all of the health information that bombards you in the media? Let Into Your Hands LLC sift through it for you! (But, of course, this blog is not intended to offer medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your physician.) Here are some top book picks (in no particular order) regarding health and wellness.

Top Picks

1. Deep Nutrition, by Catharine Shanahan, MD and Luke Shanahan

Delve into the Four Pillars of World Cuisine and learn the reasons why all cultures have traditionally eaten certain types of food to promote wellness. Explore the science of epi-genetics, creating a diet that may help you turn off disease genes that would otherwise express themselves in degenerative conditions. It may sound crazy, but it’s rooted in both science and tradition.

2. Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig

Part cookbook, part health manual, and part primary-source history book, Nourishing Traditions is a great addition to your home library. While implementing every idea in this book would exhaust even a culinary expert, it gives oodles of ideas of how to prepare foods in a traditional and healthful way, including suggestions on kitchen appliances and cookware. After devouring this book (apologies for the pun!), you’ll have an arsenal of recipes to use with step-by-step instructions to maximize nutrition.

3. Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nigel

We all agree that the food we eat affects our teeth, but we don’t all agree why! Nigel posits that sugar and starch in the diet don’t necessary cause cavities because they stick on the teeth; rather, they break down the body’s natural immunity: cavities are essentially a body crying out for dietary changes to fight systemic infection! Many adult teeth can be remineralized with a combination of specific diet and targeted supplements to help the body help itself. Read my full review here.

4. Grain Brain, David Perlmutter, MD

Inflammation in the body leads to a host of otherwise preventable diseases. Chief among causes of inflammation in the body is intolerance to wheat—and not just if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac. Furthermore, consumption of processed grains and sugar fuels the abuse of insulin, which all too easily leads to diabetes. See also the author’s companion book, Brain Maker, which I reviewed here.

5. Cancer: Step Outside the Box, Ty Bollinger

Replete with natural treatments for a variety of cancers, Bollinger’s book has something to offer every reader. With 1:3 lifetime ratio of diagnosis for cancer, we will all be affected by this disease. Follow the money trail for conventional cancer treatment options and fully explore the plethora of non-invasive alternatives.

6. Healing Oils of the Bible, by David Stewart, PhD

You’ve heard of essential oils, and probably even know someone who sells them! But did you realize that Holy Scripture references their usage hundreds of times? You just have to know what to look for! Filled with both Biblical and practical wisdom, this book will satisfy anyone interested in learning more about the long history behind essential oils.

7. Folks, This Ain’t Normal, by Joel Salatin

He’s a renaissance man, really. Farmer Joel asks and answers questions about the modern food industry, creating his own agrarian utopia to fight the weaknesses he sees in it. Using humor and personal stories, Salatin opens up with readers, encouraging them to take control of their food and work together with the community to raise awareness that natural farming methods really do work! Part journal and part wellness treatise, Joel Salatin’s work is sure to make you bust a gut—in a good way, of course!

Read these books before you need them, so when you receive a diagnosis you are already fully informed of all of your options. Or better yet, implement their wisdom in your life and prevent a diagnosis in the first place!

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A Natural Diet Comparison, featuring similarities and differences between several highly publicized diets, including:

  • The Maker’s Diet
  • Body Ecology Diet
  • GAPS
  • Eat Dirt
  • Trim Healthy Mama
  • Bulletproof Diet
  • The Daniel Plan
  • Whole 30


Mrs. Marie K. MacPherson, vice president of Into Your Hands LLC, lives in Casper, Wyoming, with her husband Ryan and their children, whom she homeschools. She is a certified Classical Lutheran Educator (Consortium for Classical Lutheran Educators), author of Meditations on the Vocation of Motherhood (Old Testament vol., 2018; New Testament vol., 2023), and editor of Mothering Many: Sanity-Saving Strategies from Moms of Four or More (2016).

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