Recommended Reading

What with the internet, mass media and all the publishing houses it is essentially impossible for any of us to keep up.  Furthermore, there is so much stuff out there it is really hard to know what is dependable and what is not.  In no particular order, these are some  of the books that I (being Dr. Randall) have run across that seem to me to be pretty well thought out and pretty dependable in their recommendations.  So, in my opinion, these are well worth reading and worth paying attention to.

Spontaneous Healing
Dr. Andrew Weil sets forth a rationale for us to place more confidence in our bodies ability to heal itself (sounds a lot like chiropractic to me.) The principle shortcoming I find in this book is that Dr. Weil doesn’t seem to place much confidence in chiropractors or chiropractic. I found it fascinating, though, to note his critique regarding his own education in that, in his years in medical school, essentially, healing was never discussed, except in the very limited context of the healing of a wound. He then tells us that after medical school he set about traveling the world in order to find out about healing.

All of the practitioners of natural health care rely very heavily on the body’s ability to heal itself. Unfortunately, modern western medicine seems to have left us with a complete lack of confidence in our bodies ability to undertake these endeavors. Dr. Weil, to his credit, helps to restore in us this confidence and then guides us to a number of excellent tools that can help us to facilitate natural, or spontaneous, healing.

This is one of the all-time classic self-help books. Written approximately 50 years ago Dr. Maltz, a plastic surgeon, took it upon himself to try and find out why his surgical patients responded the way they did to his surgical procedures. He found on many occasions the response his patients had to their outcomes was entirely disproportionate. In his studies he found that the mind can very much be considered to be analogous to a computerized system controlled by an operator. He leads us on a clear and concise journey to an understanding of how we might modify not only the programs in our computer, but also the parameters under which the operator functions. The timeless quality of his work becomes self-explanatory when we consider how long this book has been in print.

Happiest Baby on the Block
Having a cranky or colicky baby can be one of the most challenging situations a parent ever faces. Dr. Karp has some marvelous recommendations based on the principle that adapting to life outside the womb can be a very stressful time for baby. He calls the first three months of post birth life the fourth trimester and has some excellent suggestions to help baby through this difficult transition.

Pain Free
The primary principle that a chiropractic rehabilitationist, or medical physiatrist, works under is that; “chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions can be most effectively managed through an active managed care program; in which, the patient is instructed in the proper methods to restore and correct normal neuromusculoskeletal function through, in large part, the application of appropriate exercise programs.” Egoscue, as an exercise therapist ,has developed his own protocols to achieve this same end and has presented us with a clear and easy to follow format for those who wish to strike out on a self guided program of rehabilitation.

What Would Jesus Eat?
In order to most effectively change our weight we need to not so much go on a diet, but rather, change our diet. This book, written by a medical doctor, presents a wonderfully well-balanced dietary plan based on modern medical research and a combination of Mediterranean dietary habits, coupled with Old Testament Hebrew dietary habits.

All in all it seems to be one of the most well-balanced dietary plans that we can find.

How to Win Friends & Influence People
This book is without a doubt the pièce de résistance in regard to interpersonal relationships and communication. Although it has been continuously in publication for over 70 years, human beings haven’t changed much in that time.

This book is an absolute must for every one of us who has to deal with other earthlings at home, at work or at play. Provided, of course, you want to do that with maximum effectiveness

Rehabilitation of the Spine
This is a textbook (booorring! Except of course to guys like me.) It pretty much functions as the primary resource manual for how to rehabilitate the musculoskeletal system. It has been edited by Dr. Craig Liebenson and has as contributing authors some of the most prestigious names in the fields of orthopedics and kinesiology. Each chapter is exceptionally well-referenced and very few things that I say or do are not supported by the material in this book. It is a must read for anyone who treats, or intends to treat, chronic non-malignant pain.

Lucky Man
Like most of us, I have seen Michael J. Fox being interviewed with regard to his Parkinson’s Disease, and I finally got around to reading his book.

He is truly an amazing man. The bible tells us that “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” Romans 8:28a (NIV)

Michael J. Fox tells us that early onset Parkinson’s was a gift. He leads us on a wonderful journey which reveals how even a devastating illness can bring great good into our lives. He is one of my personal heros. Just read it.

The Biology of Belief
Bruce Lipton was one of the earliest researchers in the newly unfolding field of epigenetics. His work was so new, and so astonishing, that his university forced him to repeat the research because they just could not accept his results. Nevertheless his work was accurate.

Dr. Lipton explains to us in clear, concise, easy-to-understand terms how it is that our relationship to our environment can alter our very genetic makeup. This is totally mind-blowing stuff. He has a really fun website at If you believe you’re ready to think outside the box, this is a great place to go.

The Anatomy of Hope
I love this book! Dr. Groopman is an oncologist (a cancer doctor) who is also a failed back surgery patient. He candidly shares with us some of the processes, and patients, which led him to the understanding that we, as health care practitioners, should above all work to instill hope in our patients. He teaches us the difference between false hope and real hope, and then shares with us his own experience, and success story, of rehabilitation for his own spine. His website has some interesting downloads and information, and is worth a look (