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Looking to expand your knowledge about a particular aspect of natural health? Many of the books below are recommended by Bastyr health providers.

You’ll find information at your fingertips when you visit the Bastyr Dispensary’s book section, where you’ll find many of these popular and well-respected books on natural health-related topics. Check back often for new title additions.

* Available at Bastyr Dispensary.
† Designates Bastyr faculty or alumni author.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine
Asthma & allergies
Digestion & intestinal disorders
Heart health
Herbal medicine & herbs
Natural health & wellness — general
Natural housekeeping
Nutrition/cooking healthfully
Parenting & children’s health
Various conditions
Women’s health

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine

* Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self Care for Common Ailments
By Michael Gach
Bantam, 1990

* Between Heaven and Earth
By Harriet Beinfield
Random House, 1991

* Web That has no Weaver
By Ted Kaptchuk
McGraw-Hill, 2000

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Everything You Need to Know About Arthritis
By Ron Hobbs, Gloria Bucco, Anna M. Barton
Prima Health, 2001 (The Natural Pharmacist series)

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Asthma & allergies

* Allergies and Holistic Healing
By Skye Weintraub, ND
Woodland Publishing, 1997

An Alternative Approach to Allergies: The New Field of Clinical Ecology Unravels the Environmental Causes of Mental and Physical Ills

By Theron G. Randolph, MD
Harper Collins, 1990

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Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention: The World's Foremost Authorities on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Offer Advice on Healing
Edited by Mary Tagliaferri, MD; Isaac Cohen; and Debu Tripathy
Atria Books, 2002

*† How to Prevent and Treat Cancer With Natural Medicine
By Michael Murray, ND; Tim Birdsall, ND; Joseph Pizzorno, ND; Paul Reilly, MD
Riverhead, 2002

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*† How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes With Natural Medicine
By Michael Murray, ND
Riverhead, 2003

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Digestion & intestinal disorders

* The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut: The Complete Nutritional Guide to Ileitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
By Dr. James Scala
Plume, revised 2000

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Heart health

Dr. Dean Ornish's program for reversing heart disease: the only system scientifically proven to reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery
By Dean Ornish, MD
Random House, 1990

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Herbal medicine & herbs

* An Essential Guide to Natural Home Remedies: Making, Buying and Using Healing Plants
Penelope Ody Cathie (Kyle), 2003


By Lesley Bremness
DK Publishing/Smithsonian Handbook, 2002

Herbal First Aid and Healthcare

By Kyle D. Christensen, DC, MH
Lotus Press, 2000

*† Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest
By Michael Moore
Red Crane Books, 2003

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The Complete Homeopathy Handbook
By Miranda Castro
St. Martin’s Press, 1991

Homeopathy A-Z
By Dana Ullman
Hay House, 2002

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Natural health & wellness − general

*† Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
By Michael T. Murray, ND and Joseph Pizzorno, ND
Prima, 2nd edition, 1997

*† Doctor Murray's Total Body Tune-Up: Slow Down the Aging Process, Keep Your System Running Smoothly, Help Your Body Heal Itself – for Life!
By Michael T. Murray, ND
Bantam, 2001

* How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home or Office By Dr. B.C. Wolverton
Penguin, 1997

* Learn to Relax
By Mike George
Chronicle Books, 1998

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Natural housekeeping

* Better Basics for the Home
By Annie Berthold-Bond
Three Rivers Press, 1999

* The Green Kitchen Handbook

By Annie Berthold Bond
Harper Collins, 1997

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Nutrition/cooking healthfully

* Bastyr Kitchen

* A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives
By Ruth Winton, MS
Three Rivers Press, 5th edition, 1999

* Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods

By Gary Paul Nabhan
W.W. Norton & Co., 2002

* Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Body Chemistry and Nutrition

By Dr. Bernard Jensen
Keats Publishing, 2000

*† Feeding the Whole Family: Whole Food Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents
By Cynthia Lair
Moon Smile Press, 1998

*† Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players and Parents
By Cynthia Lair and Scott Murdoch, PhD, RD
Moon Smile Press, 2002

* Local Vegetarian Cooking: Inspired Recipes Celebrating Northwest Farms
By Debra Daniels-Zeller
LOC Press, 2004

* Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
By Sally Fallon
New Trends Publishing, Inc., revised 1999

* Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook

By Lizzie Vann
DK Publishing, 2001

* Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal

By Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
Avery, revised 2003

* Staying Healthy With Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine
By Elson M. Haas, MD
Celestial Arts, 1992

* The Gluten-Free Gourmet, Living Well Without Wheat
By Bette Hagman
Owl Books/Henry Holt, 2nd edition, 2000

Other titles in this series:
More From the Gluten-Free Gourmet
The Gluten-Free Gourmet Makes Dessert
The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread
The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast & Healthy

* Your Organic Kitchen: Essential Guide to Selecting & Cooking Organic Foods

By Jesse Ziff Cool
Rodale, 2002

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Parenting & children's health

* The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
By William and Martha Sears
Little Brown and Co., revised 2003

* An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children
By Mary Bove, ND
McGraw Hill/Contemporary Books, 2nd edition, 2001

* Gentle Healing for Baby and Child: A Parent’s Guide to Child-Friendly Herbs and Other Natural Remedies for Common Ailments and Injuries
By Andrea Candee
Pocket Books, revised 2003

* Immunization Resource Guide, 4th Ed.
By Diane Rozario
Patter Publications, 2000

* Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook
By Lizzie Vann
DK Publishing, 2001

* Vaccinations: Thoughtful Parents' Guide
By A. Romm

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Herbs for Pets
By Mary and Gregory Tilford
Bowtie Press, 1999

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Various conditions

* Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome
By James Wilson, ND, DC, PhD
Smart Publications, 2002

* Headache Survival, The Holistic Medical Treatment Program for Migraine, Tension, and Cluster Headaches

By Robert S. Ivker, DO and Todd Nelson, ND
Putnam, 2002

* Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver

By Stephen Harrod Buhner
Storey Books, 2000

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Women's health

Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention: The World's Foremost Authorities on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Offer Advice on Healing
Edited by Mary Tagliaferri, MD, LAc; Isaac Cohen, OMD, LAc; and Debu Tripathy, MD
Atria Books, 2002

Menopause, Bridging the Gap Between Natural and Conventional Medicine
By Schoenbeck, Gibson, Barrs and Hudson
Kensington Publishing, 2002

* Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health
By Toni Weschler
HarperCollins, revised 2001

* Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

By Christiane Northrup
Bantam, revised 2002

*† Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
By Tori Hudson, ND
McGraw Hill/Contemporary Books, 1999

You Don't Have to Live With Cystitis

By Larrian Gillespie
Avon, 1988

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* Healing Moves – How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise
By Carol & Mitchell Kracoff, MD
Three Rivers Press, 2000


By Bob Anderson
Shelter Publications, 2000

* Yoga, the Path of Holistic Health

By BKS Iyengar
DK Publishing, 2001

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