Let the Primal Edge Health Recommended Reading List guide you through greater self-education on the topics of diet, nutrition, history, philosophy, and worldview formation. These books are hand-picked by us as quality resources to teach you more about the nuances of health. Each book informs a different aspect of the body, mind, and soul.
Books about Health and Nutrition
We can get many positive health improvements just by making simple dietary changes. We work with clients all over the world and it never fails to impress us just how profound the low-carb, keto diet can be.
In addition to a general low-carb diet, the carnivore diet is proving to be a highly effective reset for people with long-term chronic autoimmune and digestive conditions.
We want to see everyone take their health back and feel good in their bodies. Learning how our bodies work, what kind of food we are should be eating, and how to cook that food will lead to a better understanding of our physiology. With a solid view of what we need and how to move forward, it’s easy to take responsibility for our health and make the changes needed to achieve long-term success.
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are more than what we eat
Because we have a holistic view of health, we know we are more than just what goes in our mouth. To be a fully healthy, thriving human being, we need to have an honest understanding of reality and stand rooted in a non-contradictory worldview.
For many of us, learning about diet and debunking many of the nutritional myths like vegetables being the best thing for you ever (when they may not be) and other keto diet misconceptions is a gateway down the rabbit hole of dietary dogma and nutritional propaganda. There is a messy web of contradictory studies, conflicts of interest, lobbying efforts and big money business that influences what we, as a general population, are taught about nutrition.
The natural progression of coming across this knowledge is to extrapolate out and consider other aspects of modern society and wonder if there is a similar muddying of the waters in those areas also. How do we know what we know? Who is writing the narrative? How are our social norms established? Why is the modern world the way it is?
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We discuss such topics extensively and reference further reading material in our live streams and long format podcasts on the Primal Edge Health youtube channel. I’ve selected the most often referred sources and included the titles in the collection below.
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This is more than a simple recipe book, it is packed with information to make your low-carb, ketogenic lifestyle easier. The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook is a complete collection of information, resources, and recipes that teach the ins and outs of a ketogenic diet. You will be equipped with strategies for long-term success and healthy lifestyle change.
Jessica has demystified the preparation of animal foods in over 100 recipes carved down to the most essential ingredients: meat and animal fat. The Carnivore Cookbook contains a solid core of strict zero-carb recipes with a focus on nutrient density and nose-to-tail variety. Steaks are amazing, but don’t stop there. This collection teaches all you need to know about preparing ultra simple, nourishing recipes.
An epic study demonstrating the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods. For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health.
This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to eat an all-meat diet or wants to learn more about the health benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet of meat and fish. Arctic explorer and anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson chronicles things he learned from spending years with the Inuit and Eskimo people and his 1928 scientific experiment, conducted by the Russell Sage Institute of Pathology at Bellevue Hospital in New York, in which Stefansson and his colleague Dr. Karsten Andersen ate a meat-only diet for one year. The two men stayed healthy and fared very well, leading him to claim that we should reexamine our notion of what foods constitute a healthy diet.
Food can shape or destroy an entire civilization. Regenerating soil is the basis of food freedom; the result of this practice is health independence. This book will guide you to a deeper and more practical understanding of what a regenerative lifestyle looks and feels like, you will gain more conscious awareness of the potential depth and breadth of the power you have over your own health and personal food sovereignty.
Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a leading cardiovascular research scientist, has reviewed over 500 publications to unravel the impact of salt on blood pressure and heart disease. He's reached a startling conclusion: The vast majority of us don't need to watch our salt intake. In fact, for most of us, more salt would be advantageous to your health. The Salt Fix tells the remarkable story of how salt became unfairly demonized--a never-before-told drama of competing egos and interests--and took the fall for another white crystal: sugar.
The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body. He found clues to the healing process in the long-discarded theory that electricity is vital to life.
This skillfully researched book focuses on the effort of a tiny socio-political American elite to gain control over the very basis of human survival: our daily bread. Control the food and you control the people. It's no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader into the corridors of power, into the back rooms of labs, behind closed doors of corporate boardrooms. He cogently reveals a diabolical world of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain control over food production worldwide.
This fascinating study examines the rise of American molecular biology to disciplinary dominance, focusing on the period between 1930 and the elucidation of DNA structure in the mid 1950s. Her study explores a number of vital, sometimes controversial topics, among them the role of private power centers in shaping scientific agenda, and the political dimensions of "pure" research. It also advances a sobering argument: the cognitive and social groundwork for genetic engineering and human genome projects was laid by the American architects of molecular biology during these early decades of the project.
This is a guidebook on world control and management, a program that Wells believed should be orchestrated (and would be successful) through what he called the "Open Conspiracy". This conspiracy is fully outlined in this work and is designed to be run by many separate organizations working together, as opposed to being run by just one group.
Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was an influential British philosopher, logician, mathematician, and political activist. The Scientific Outlook is an early classic on science and illuminates his thinking on the promise and threat of scientific progress. Russell considers three questions fundamental to an understanding of science: the nature and scope of scientific knowledge, the increased power over nature that science affords, and the changes in the lives of human beings that result from new forms of science.
Charles Galton Darwin, the author of The Next Million Years, was a physicist and eugenicist and the grandson of Charles Darwin. Published in 1952, Mr. Darwin's book is amazingly prescient about what the next fifty years would bring: energy shortage (oil), food shortage, and the "pressures" of overpopulation. While the author speculates what the remedies can or might be implemented for resolution of these problems, Mr. Darwin is primarily interested in the essential problem - Man -- and how his essential problematic human nature can be perfected from the wild animal that he is to one that is controlled and perfected so as to reach his or her maximum effectiveness in a world of limited resources.
Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.
Like no other book before it, this work delves into the deep, dark and mysterious undertones hidden in Tinsel town’s biggest films. Esoteric Hollywood is a game-changer in an arena of tabloid-populated titles. After years of scholarly research, Jay Dyer has compiled his most read essays, combining philosophy, comparative religion, symbolism and geopolitics and their connections to film. Readers will watch movies with new eyes, able to decipher on their own, as the secret meanings of cinema are unveiled.
Fr. Seraphim reveals the core of all modern thought and life—the belief that all truth is relative—and shows how this belief has been translated into action in our century. Today, four decades after he wrote it, this essay is more timely than ever. It clearly explains why contemporary ideas, values, and attitudes—the “spirit of the age”—are shifting so rapidly in the direction of moral anarchy, as the philosophy of Nihilism enters more deeply into the fiber of society. Nietszche was right when he predicted that the 20th century would usher in “the triumph of Nihilism.”
The book examines a broad spectrum of issues facing modern Christians-each from the perspective of the early Church Fathers. Addressing soberly and directly the trends of pseudo-spirituality which loom enticingly today, Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future provides a beacon of discernment in these times of widespread spiritual deception. As the New Age is becoming a household concept and is moving into wider acceptance by mainstream society, the new religious consciousness can be seen progressing precisely along the lines described by the late Fr. Seraphim.
A vital answer to the contemporary "crisis of meaning," this book sheds startling new light on the mysteries of our origin. The Divine vision of the ancient Fathers opens up unforeseen dimensions of the creation: deeper levels of reality that cannot be reached through rational or scientific means. Now for the first time in the English language, this teaching has been gathered together and set forth in a thorough, detailed, and above all honest manner.
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If your goal was to read more this year, pick up any of these books and dedicate time to empowering yourself with the tools and understanding to better take responsibility for your life.
Reforming old habits and making new ones takes work, time, and focus.
To have the most success, make realistic goals, that you can stick to. You’re not going to do yourself or anyone else any favors but setting lofty goals that sound nice but can never be met.
The science behind habit formation is quite interesting, it explains a lot about why it can be hard to stick with new habits. Just like in the gym, habits take time to train and knowing how to fix them can make a world of difference!
Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes. With a focus on from scratch, homemade cooking, animal-based nutrition, and easy DIY beauty and personal care recipes, there’s always something new going on in her kitchen! Jessica will teach you exactly how to thrive with all the best ingredients and enjoy the journey along the way.