Book Reviews

Recommended Reading and Book Reviews for Sustainable Living:

Books in a stack, image by austinevanWhat kind of book reviews can you expect to find here at the home of the Hobbits? Oh you know..the standard stuff…pornography, politics, gross and indecent photos of stuffed animals….uh, NOT!

We will bring to your attention anything that we found helpful to live a natural and sustainable life from alternative architecture, to alternative medicine, to alternative people and uh….alternative ideas will be examined and cross examined here.

If you live outside the box of ‘Mass Consciousness’ you are probably gonna love these books, and just to be clear, it is unlikely that you will find any of them in Oprah’s book club. Sorry.

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Recent book reviews and recommended reading

Candida Cleanse: Day 36 ‘Candida Directory, A Book Review’

Nicole Chayka, co-author of Fringe Dweller on the Night Shift,& Canadian gal on a journey to live off the Grid with Middle Earth HomeI, Nikki, am Blogging my crazy thoughts and cravings during my on-going Candida Cleanse, in a step by step journal titled The Candida Chronicles, so I can share with you the The Dietary Rules, the Meal Plans and Recipes, the Tips and Facts, and most importantly, the Results. If I can lick this problem, letting ‘Food be my Medicine’ and only using Herbals then you can too! Day 1 of my Candida Journal STARTS HERE.

Take the preliminary Candida Quiz to see what Candida is,and if you have the Symptoms of this nasty Yeast condition affecting both women, and men.

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Newspaper Front Page for Candida Chronicles, Candida Directory, A Book Review, Alternative Health

…Previous Candida Journal Post

The Candida Directory and Cookbook …a book review.

The book was written by Helen Gustafson (a former sufferer of Candida) and Maureen O’Shea (a Nutritional Consultant) to assist people by putting together an elegant recipe book for this particular cleanse.

I for one appreciate the segment of the book devoted to a 3 stage process to help plan the great cure against bad ‘Yeasties’. I also appreciated the in depth ‘Symptom Chart’ made available for us to chart our progress from one stage to the next making it easier to identify improvements along the road.

Last but not least they also included a chapter on both Pharmaceutical (if you are into that sort of thing) and Herbal Approaches to conquering the beast for those who are unfamiliar with natural methods.

All good news.

I found myself however disappointed with the differences in information between my Naturopaths’ advice and that given by the authors. It was somewhat confusing for me to assess the conflicting dietary advice given that my Naturopath was far stricter with the ingredient list. Therefore, in the end I was unable to take advantage of the recipes in the book as many of the ingredients they allowed…my Naturopath did not – rendering the menu less than useful which is why I bought the book in the first place.

My all over feelings towards this book is that it will make your life a hell of a lot easier where preparing a weekly menu is concerned, but only if you agree with their assessment of what to eat and what not to eat on this cleanse.  I highly recommend you run the menu past a Naturopathic practitioner to gather their input before you make that choice however,  because it does no good to be on a ‘cleanse’ if you are eating foods that shouldn’t be on that cleanse.  Bless their hearts for writing this book and helping others on their healing journey.

Pre-Breakfast:

Acidophilus + Herbals

Breakfast:

Brown Rice Crisps Cereal, for a Candida Cleanse, an Experiment using Food as Medicine, Chronicled by Nicole Chayka

Brown Rice Cereal + Rice Milk

Lunch:

Curry Chicken Vegetable Soup

Brown Rice Chips
Herbal Tea

Dinner:

Beef Burger with Fried Peppers and Onion, Avacodo, Mustard Mayo, Soy cheese on a bed of Lettuce, image by Monica Holy

‘Hamburger Salad’

'Fizzy Bubbala', for a Candida Cleanse Recipe,an Experiment using Food as Medicine,Chronicled by Nicole Chayka, image by Monica Holy
Apple Fizzy Bubbela

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Image Credits: Monica Holy, newagecrap

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‘Eating Alive’ by Dr. John Matsen, ND

The Eating Alive Program by Dr. John Matsen, ND: Book Review of: Eating Alive: Prevention Thru Good Digestion by Dr. John Matsen I first learned of Naturopathic Medicine and Dr. Matsen in particular when I was living in a little basement suite up in Lynn Valley on the North Shore of Vancouver. I was working…

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The Humanure Toilet

First off let me just bow to Joseph Jenkins, author of the ‘Humanure Handbook’, when I say Bill and Ted style, “We are not worthy”. This man has single-handedly come up with the most practical, sane, hygienic, and useful means of dealing with human waste that I have ever heard of.  This is no light…

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