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Elements of Health

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Foundation Diet:

Non- Toxic Environment:

Chemical Time Bomb (Doris Rapp, MD; Bantam, New York, 1996); Dr. Rapp does brilliant work for kids with allergies and behavioral problems. Other highly recommended books by Dr. Rapp include Our Toxic World, also available from Dr www.drrapp.com.

Detoxification and Fasting:

Aerobic Exercise:

Anaerobic Exercise:

Flexibility Exercise:

  • Yoga: The Iyengar Way (Silva, Mira, & Shiyam Mehta; Knopf, New York, 1990).
  • Stretching for Everyday Fitness (Bob Anderson, Shelter publications, 2000); order from Stretching Online, 800-333-1307, www.stretching.com.
  • How to Use Yoga (Mira Mehta, Rodmell Press, 1998).
  • Relax Into Stretch (Pavel Tsatsouline, Dragon Door); to order 800-899-5111, articles online at www.dragondoor.com.
  • Superjoints (Pavel Tsatsouline, Dragon Door); to order 800-899-5111, articles online at www.dragondoor.com.

Neuromuscular Exercise:

Mind Body Mastery (Dan Millman, New World Library, 1999); available from www.danmillman.com.

Energetic Exercise:

  • Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth (Peter Kelder, New York, Doubleday, 1998); book set and an accompanying video are available from Harbor Press, www.harborhealth.com or 253-851-5190.
  • Yoga: The Iyengar Way (Silva, Mira, & Shiyam Mehta; Knopf, New York, 1990).
  • The Way of Qigong (Ken Cohen, Ballantine, 1999). The Way of Energy (Lam Kan Chuen, Fireside, 1991).
  • Step-by-Step Tai Chi (Lam Kan Chuen, Fireside, 1994).

Sleep, Rest and Relaxation:

The Promise of Sleep (William Dement, Delacorte, New York, 1999).

Being Present and Doing Nothing:

  • How to Think Like Leonardo daVinci (Michael Gelb, Delacorte Press, New York, 1998).
  • Touching (Ashley Montague, Harper, New York, 1971).
  • The Pleasure Zone (Stella Resnick, Ph.D, Conari Press, Berkeley, 1997).
  • Fear of Life (Alexander Lowen, MD; Collier Books, New York, 1980).
  • Toward a Psychology of Being (Abraham Maslow, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1999).
  • Radiance: Breathwork, Movement & Body-Centered Psychotherapy (Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks, Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1991).


  • Handbook To Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Living Love Publications; Coos Bay, Oregon; 1975).
  • Gathering Power Through Insight and Love (Ken Keyes, Living Love Publications; Coos Bay, Oregon; 1987).
  • Man's Search For Meaning (Viktor Frankl, Touchstone, New York, 1984). The Meditations (Marcus Aurelius, Modern Library, 2002).
  • An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life (Dalai Lama, Little Brown & Co., 2001).

Recreation (Play):

  • Joy: The Surrender to the Body and to Life (Alexander Lowen, MD; Arkana (a division of Penguin), New York, 1995).
  • Deep Play (Diane Ackerman, Random House, New York, 1999).
  • Healthy Pleasures (Robert Ornstein, PhD, and David Sobel, MD; Addison-Wesley, New York, 1989).
  • The Pleasure Connection (Deva Beck, RN and James Beck, RN; Synthesis Press, San Marcos, CA; 1987).
  • Flow (Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, Harper Perennial, New York, 1994).
  • At The Speed Of Life (Gay Hendricks, PhD and Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD; Bantam, New York, 1990).

Meditation, Contemplation and Prayer:

  • The Relaxation Response (Herbert Benson, MD, Avon Books, New York, 1975); available from The Mind Body Medical Institute
  • The Heartmath Solution (Doc Childre and Howard Martin, Harper, San Francisco, 1999); articles, research, books and tapes on validated stress management techniques, 800-450-9111, www.heartmath.com.
  • Breath by Breath (Larry Rosenberg, Shambala, Boston, 1999).
  • The Contemplative Journey (Father Thomas Keating, Sounds True, Boulder, CO), audiotape set, 800-333-9185, www.soundstrue.com.
  • The Present Moment (Thich Nhat Hanh, Sounds True, Boulder, CO), audiotape set, 800-333-9185, www.soundstrue.com.
  • Putting on the Mind of Christ (Jim Marion, Hampton Roads, 2000).
  • The Direct Path: Creating A Journey To The Divine Through The Worlds Traditions (Andrew Harvey, Broadway Books, 2001).
  • Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self (Kabir Edmund Helminski; Jeremy P. Tarcher/Perigree (a division of Putnam), New York, 1992).
  • The Science of Mind (Ernest Holmes, J. P. Tarcher, 1998).
  • Pure Unlimited Love: An Eternal Creative Force and Blessing Taught by All Religions (Sir John Templeton, Templeton Foundation, 2000).


  • Conscious Loving (Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. and Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D.; Bantam, New York, 1990); available from 800-688-0772 or www.hendricks.com.
  • The Conscious Heart (Gay Hendricks, PhD and Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD; New York, Bantam, 1997).
  • Intimate Communion (David Deida, Health Communications, 1995); David Deida has a number of brilliant books and tapes available from 888-626-9662 or www.deida.com.

Mission and Purpose:

  • Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill); also available as an audiotape set from Nightingale-Conant, 800-525-9000 or www.nightingale.com.
  • Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success (Napoleon Hill), also available as an audiotape set, the Science of Personal Achievement from Nightingale-Conant, 800-525-9000, www.nightingale.com.

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