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Health & Healing

    • By Donald Epstein, whose insights and genius has made Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI) possible. While all of his books touch upon ideas that are fully honored in the practice of NSA and SRI, there are no books on the subject of NSA in and of itself.
      • “Twelve Stages of Healing” Perhaps you’ve noticed different tendencies at different times in your life. This book gives you a map.


      • “Healing Myths Healing Magic” Beliefs are more powerful than we may think. A good book for discovering and waking up to our collective unconsciousness.


      • “Boomerang Principle” Almost presented as a visual poem. A gentle inspiration for appreciating our thoughts, feelings and what lies underneath to be discovered.


      • Somato Respiratory Integration Workbook A quick, handy guide to basic principles of facilitating our growth and healing by using our touch, attention, and body rhythms. This workbook on SRI is best used as a reference. Unfortunately, at this time, it does not seem possible to learn SRI from a book.


    • “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser It’s a good idea to know what you’re eating. If you don’t like to read, you might enjoy watching the documentary, “Food, Inc.”


    • “Caffeine Blues” by Stephen Cherniske An industry that’s bigger than you might think. Gives you a historical perspective. Tells you what your body would like you to know.


    • “What if Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong?” by Christine Maggiore A must read for anyone concerned.


    • “Dentistry Without Mercury” by Sam Ziff & Michael f. Ziff, D.D.S. (((UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR Click here for what my dentist has to say about this – an interesting newsletter article from easyspine, dated Oct 2007)))


    • “Your Own Perfect Medicine” by Martha M. Christy Yes, your body makes it, it’s clean, it’s natural,…and, well, just don’t get too carried away. J May not be the be all and end all the author makes it out to be.


    • “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma” by Peter A. Levine How animals and humans internalize trauma.


    • “Spontaneous Remission” – An Annotated Bibliography, by Brendan O’Regan and Caryle Hirshberg No matter what the disease or condition, the human spirit can triumph through just about anything. This book provides a wealth of documentation testifying to this statement, with almost every disease out there. Spontaneous remission is the technical term used when a patient’s disease “mysteriously” went away. Since this book is meant to be a source of scientific documentation, it is anything but enjoyable, fun or easy to read. Nonetheless, just knowing it exists can be inspiring.


    • “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, MD The upshot: Prolonged stress can obscure our natural cues for thirst. Just start drinking, good, clean water more frequently, and you’ll soon find your body’s thirst mechanism waking up. You’ll feel much better overall if you weren’t drinking enough water before. Most, if not all of this book is for providing clear understanding of how dehydration can be a major, contributing factor in many of today’s common ailments.


    • “Take Off Your Glasses and See” by Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D Our eyes were not meant to be used for the close-up reading we do so much of in today’s high-tech world. Even if you’re like me in not doing most of what’s recommended in this book, just doing a little bit can at least keep your eyes from getting worse. And if you’re just starting to need glasses, a must read.


  • Parenting
    • “Real Boys” by William Pollack, PhD How to channel that playful energy into mature manhood without feeling threatened by it.


    • “Natural Childbirth – The Bradley Way” by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg There are many helpful sources on this topic. This just happens to be one I read which seemed to make sense. For more info, visit our blog page on Natural Childbirth Support.
  • Inspiration
    • By Joseph Chilton Pearce Books by this author will blow your mind, as long as you can get beyond some of the paragraphs that may seem a bit difficult to follow in its abstractions. So many of the interesting facts he mentions are powerful wake-up calls to who we are and what we are made of.


    • “Evolution’s End: Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence”
    • The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit”
    • “Magical Child”
    • “Magical Child Matures”
    • “The Crack in the Cosmic Egg”
    • “The Bond of Power: Meditation and Wholeness”


  • Sports
    • “Barefoot Running Step by Step” by Ken Bob Saxton and Roy M. Wallack. With light-hearted humor along the way, Ken Bob explains how well the body is designed to have fun running barefoot, even across sharp-stoned terrain, and even without those “barefoot shoes”, called Vibrams FiveFingers. But watch out for B.R.E.S. – Barefoot Running Exuberance Syndrome, he cautions. Better to take it a little bit at a time, which is all you may need to retrain your running form from what you learned over years being in shoes. It turns out, shoes alters the foundation of how we load our weight into the earth, causing the all-too-common pains and injuries — ankle, hip, knee, and low back pain — of shod runners. And with regards to speed, the best coaches often have their runners incorporate barefoot running into their training.


    • “Body, Mind, and Sport” by John Douillard The zone, that high athletes would often reach by accident, was meant to be our starting place. By contrast, most of us were introduced to sports under the “no pain, no gain” mentality, creating a perpetual feeling of a body in resistance. There’s nothing like 100% cooperation between body, mind, and spirit.


  • Understanding Our Nature
    • “Energy Medicine”, by James Oschman How does the body coordinate it’s activities? The nervous system of brain, spinal cord, and network of nerves is understood to convey information through its digital style of on-off switches. Hormones can also be thought of as another system of communication within the body. And yet there is at least one more system the body uses for communicating between cells – information that fits an analog mechanism – information conveyed in “shades of gray”. A system that makes use of the fluctuations in the electro-magnetic field, which has no boundaries in physical space. This system relays the message of every minute event, literally at the speed of light, to everywhere else in the body and even, to some degree, outer space. This book is a perfect fusion of biology and physics. It starts with the historical context of our current understanding – a good place to start for guiding future scientific research. Although somewhat technical for the average reader, it’s very well-written, on sound, scientific terms, and a major contribution towards explaining how our body interacts with its environment.



  • “Molecules of Emotion”, by Candace Pert, Ph.D, neuroscientist and pharmacologist, discoverer of the opiate receptor, the cellular binding site for endorphins in the brain. In her very personal style, Dr. Candace Pert, renowned speaker and leader in her field, takes us through the journey of her life’s work. While working at NIH at a time when a male dominated culture made it difficult for women to share their talents, she discovers molecules that make it possible for us to feel. She has also written “Everything You Need to Know to Feel Good”.


  • “A Natural History of the Senses” by Diane Ackerman A fun read. Full of many interesting facts.


  • “Handwriting Analysis” by P. Scott Hollander This can be a fun topic for parties. More importantly, it’s an example of where our coordination reflects our traits, talents, fears, intellect and emotional nature. ((((UNDER CONSTRUCTION: For a quick summary, click here to see our newsletter written September 2006.))))


  • “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell A fun read on rapid cognition, the snap-decisions we make before we have time to think about it.


  • History

Everything in nature seems to have a rhythm. Two books on repeating cycles in history:

  • “Lost Star of Myth and Time”, by Walter Cruttenden This book is about a 24,000 year cycle. Cruttenden presents a compelling argument for the wisdom of ancient cultures agreeing with modern astronomy. If he is right, we are approaching a golden age.


  • “The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss & Neil Howe Can history be repeating itself about every 80 years, in a cycle of four generations, each of the four generations having the same characteristics of its predecessors? Incredibly, the historical record seems to concur.



  • “Chiropractic – An Illustrated History” by Dennis Peterson, M.A. & Glenda Wiese, M.A. If you love history, especially with regards to how our present healthcare system got to where it is today, you might find this enjoyable. Some very colorful characters. You’d think Hollywood would have made a movie out of it.


  • Self-Empowering
    • “Gift of Fear”, by Gavin de Becker. Quoting from the cover: “A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust — and act on — our gut instincts. In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation’s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger — before it’s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including…how to act when approached by a stranger…when you should fear someone close to you…what to do if you are being stalked…how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls…the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person…and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.”
  • “Ignite Your Intuition” by Craig Karges Yes, you can develop your intuition. In my opinion, this can be with or without using a device such as the pendulum, which the book focuses on perhaps a bit too much.


  • “Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting” by Lynn Grabhorn Written in a very down-to-earth style, this book teaches us how to encourage the feelings that are useful for shaping the life we want.


  • “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman


  • “Jouney of Souls” by Michael Newton, Ph.D What if the tragedies inflicted upon us were part of a loving, divine plan to help us grow in our capacity for compassion and serving in the world? This book, in telling us what people under hypnosis consistently reveal about the afterlife, presents an understanding of the world that you may find very uplifting, as long as any religious commitments you may have allow for the belief in reincarnation.

Dr. Gardner was one of the first 100 chiropractors to be fully certified in Network Spinal Care. He also successfully completed the first course in becoming certified as a practitioner of Network Care’s home instruction practice – Somato Respiratory Integration