Books We Recommend:

These are books by authors we know, or whose work we regard highly. A few are

referenced elsewhere in this webpage

conquering-concussion-2.gifConquering Concussion

Powerful advocacy for an emerging therapy.Esty, a seasoned neurofeedback practitioner, and Shifflett (Migraine Brains and Bodies, 2011, etc.), a science and technology writer, argue that public ignorance and medical dogma plague the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries  (used synonymously with concussion). In this primer, aimed at both lay readers and professionals, they deliver a searing indictment of the status quo and an impassioned plea for a new paradigm. 




Rosavin, or Rhodiola Rosea:

Employing sources as far-ranging as Greek mythology, ethnobotany, and the hidden monographs of Russian cold-war scientists, as well as responsible modern medical research, Dr.s Brown and Gerbarg have written a tour-de-force of a book on the healing plant Rhodiola Rosea. The reader is not only carried along effortlessly and elegantly through Brown and Gerbarg’s accessible prose, but led to the inescapable conviction that this adaptogenic herb definitely enhances quality of life! In fact, after reading it, you probably won’t want to wait to try Rhodiola-for everything from chronic fatigue to depression, to enhanced immune response, to generic revitalization in a sometimes tiresome world, to optimal performance (as demonstrated by the studies on astronauts and elite athletes.)
This book offers healing modalities for the body, mind and spirit in an age in which our personal resources are so over-spent that we need reliable ways to replenish them. The authors show that “Rosavin,” or Rhodiola Rosea, is almost a candidate for the “Panacea” (heal-all) of the ancient Greeks, or the Golden Pill of Immortality of the Chinese sages. How can a heretofore little-known plant-substance do all these things? You will have to read the book to find out how adaptogens really fills in the gaps in our physical and energetic functioning. In our challenging world and time, we need all the help we can get to cope with the stresses that come our way every day. This book shows us that if you neglect to try Rosavin, you may be missing a really important ally!

SAM-e (pronounced “sammy”), short for S-adenosyl-methionine, will revolutionize the treatment of depression in the U.S. as it has for two decades in Europe, claim authors Richard Brown and Teodoro Bottiglieri. Not an herb, not a prescription drug, SAM-e is an over-the-counter natural supplement that has undergone extensive testing and has just become available in the U.S. “Study after study has confirmed that SAM-e works as well as or better than any other antidepressant,” say the authors. It also works faster and with far fewer side effects, and it seems to help osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia as well.

Stop Depression Now is more than a book about SAM-e. It also presents a four-step program to lift you out of depression and prevent a recurrence. Step 1 is a self-assessment test to determine the severity of your depression. Step 2 includes information on how to use SAM-e. Step 3 is a diet plan that emphasizes foods and vitamins that will help you feel better (and avoid those that will make you feel worse). Step 4 offers lifestyle changes and therapeutic techniques to help you in the long term.

The authors’ credentials show that they know their subject: Richard Brown is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, a psychiatrist in private practice, and a research physician; Teodoro Bottiglieri is a senior research scientist, director of neuropharmacology, and associate professor at Baylor University Medical Center, and has been studying SAM-e for 15 years.

If you are severely depressed or suicidal, have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or are already taking an antidepressant, confer with your health professional before taking SAM-e–do not self-treat. Otherwise, the authors certainly make this supplement sound like a breakthrough tool for depression. –Joan Price –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


For more information on the work of Dr’s Brown and Gerbarg see


This is an extraordinary book that shows just where modern-day healing veered away from an understanding of the energies that course through us–along with the chemical reactions that are their concomitant (which science seems to have no problem with.) In the bargain we are introduced to the world of emergent properties, and self-rectifying dynamical systems–principles we believe must be taken into account in understanding the action of the LENS.

Below is Oschman’s work on how the energy medicine approach works in human physiology and performance. (We are talking about the ancient Chinese concept of chi, and the yogic concept of prana, as it is actually implicated in our attempts to be healthy and optimal in our performance.

Norman Doidge’s book The Brain that Changes Itself could be considered life-changing. It was for me–and my brain changed as I read it. Though the text is oriented around inspirational stories of people suffering a variety of brain injuries and syndromes, as well as scientific (cultural) creatives facing obdurate orthodoxies, the overwhelming message this book transmits is optimistic about the vast possibilities inherent in our brains.

We are not talking, however, about a self-cheerleading or naive self-healing approach. Every foray into the miraculous that Doidge accomplishes is referenced in hard science. And even the inspirational stories contain enormous personal and therapeutic hard work. Likewise the dangers of neural plasticity are not ignored in the process of proving its potential. Addictions and other horrible forms of self-enslavement await the unwary and undisciplined. Nonetheless the book can be treated as an instruction manual for how to surpass our limitations, and cultivate our freedoms and potentials.

Stephen Larsen