In anticipation of my upcoming free Truth About Fat Loss Summit—(which, by the way, is going to be AWESOME)—I decided to put together a dream “reading list.”

These are books that I think are really important and have changed the national dialogue about health and nutrition.

And, I have a guarantee for you: If you read every one of these books, I guarantee you will know way more about nutrition and health than 90% of the conventionally trained medical doctors in America.

No kidding.

  1. Nutrition Made Simple by Robert Crayhon.This was written a number of years ago by my nutrition mentor, the late great Robert Crayhon. I’ve never seen a better explanation of nutrition basics.
  1. Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD. This revolutionary book changed the conversation about grains. You’ll never look at “whole grains” in quite the same way.
  1. Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD. What cardiologist William Davis did for the belly, integrative neurologist David Perlmutter does for the brain. A beautifully written exposition of how grains affect our brains—and our bellies.
  1. Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, MD. Perlmutter turns his attention to the hottest topic in nutritional research: the microbiome. No one explains it better.
  1. Eat Dirt by Josh Axe, ND. One of America’s greatest naturopaths explains the topic of leaky gut—and why it matters to anyone concerned about their health.
  1. The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson, NMD. Dr. Christianson—a naturopathic medical doctor—gives the clearest explanation I’ve seen about how adrenal dysfunction can stop weight loss in its tracks. Best of all, he tells you what to do about it!
  1. Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel Amen, MD. Daniel Amen is the guy I turn to when I want to know anything at all about the brain. The new, revised edition of his classic book, Change Your Brain Change Your Life, is a great guide to the care and feeding of your most important organ.
  1. The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden, PhD, and Stephen Sinatra, MD. Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra and I debunk the myth that lowering cholesterol has anything to do with lowering the risk of heart disease. If your doctor is thinking of putting you on a statin drug, you should read this book first—and then give it to your doctor!
  1. Smart Fat by Steven Masley, MD, and Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS. Dr. Steven Masley and I discuss the widespread—and completely false-- notion that that “good” fat is vegetable oil and “bad” fat is saturated. In this book, you’ll learn the real truth about what makes fat “good” or “bad”, and how to incorporate the healing power of fat into your daily diet.
  1. Fat Chance by Robert Lustig, MD. Probably the best book ever written on what sugar really does to the body, and definitely the best book ever written on high-fructose corn syrup.
  1. The New Health Rules by Frank Lipman, MD. Dr. Frank Lipman—a giant in the field of integrative medicine—answers every single question you might have about eating and exercise. (I bought 12 copies to give as holiday presents.) PS: Dr. Lipman’s interview is part of the gift package of eight celebrity doc interviews for those who buy the complete summit recordings.)
  1. The Urban Monk by Pedram Shojai, OMD. The Urban Monk is a unique book about “life hacks”—simple, shortcut solutions to everyday problems that derail us, zap our energy and drain our vitality. There’s great info on eating well, but more importantly, there’s great info on living well. And after all—what’s the point of eating healthy if the rest of your life is all screwed up?
  1. Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes by Gary Taubes. Gary Taubes is the award winning science writer whose NY Times magazine article—“What if it’s all been a big fat lie?”—changed the conversation about high-carb low-fat diets. A must-read.
  1. A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD. This revolutionary book—an internet sensation—will make you rethink everything you’ve ever learned about depression. Integrative psychiatrist Kelly Brogan blows the lid off the myth that anti-depressans actually work. She tells you what depression really is (hint: it’s not an imbalance in brain chemicals) and how to treat it in a wholly natural, non-pharmaceutical, and completely effective way. A must read!


I’m thrilled to be able to say that with the exception of Robert Crayhon (who died way too young  in 2010) and Robert Lustig, MD (who simply doesn’t do summits), every one of these authors will be interviewed on The Truth About Fat Loss Summit.

And that’s just the beginning!


Can’t wait to see you on April 25! Register now (it’s free).


Dr. Jonny



Jonny BowdenJonny Bowden, “the Nutrition Myth Buster”™ is a board-certified nutritionist and the best-selling author of The Great Cholesterol Myth and 13 other books. Visit him at www.jonnybowden.comJonny Bowden’s latest book—written with Steven Masley, MDis called “Smart Fat” and is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

Posted on WholeFoods Magazine Online, 4/15/16

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