A by-no-means comprehensive list of the books and websites I’ve found valuable, in some way or another, during my investigations of various nutritional deficiencies and their associated symptoms. Most of the books were published before 2012. I last updated this page on 9/19/2022.
See also the page on internet research tips.
- Could It Be B12? (2011) by Sally M. Pacholok, RN and Jeffrey J. Stuart, DO — Describes the many conditions that can be attributed to a B12 deficiency and how testing for it is unreliable. A good look into the weaknesses in US medical establishment conventional wisdom about testing, dosage, and the forms of supplements used.
- The Cortisol Connection (2007) by Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., FACSM, and Why Am I Always so Tired? (1999) by Ann Louise Gittleman — Two books on the role of the adrenal glands and cortisol in the body and how they contribute to other health conditions. For years this was the first thing that complementary / alternative practitioners would bring up if you mentioned fatigue.
- The Diet Cure (2012) and The Mood Cure (2003) by Julia Ross, M.A. — Ignore the sensationalist titles. Lots of info about how body chemistry affects eating habits and mood and vice versa.
- How to Save Your Own Life: The Savard System for Managing–and Controlling–Your Health Care (2009) by Marie Savard, M.D. with Sondra Forsyth — The websites she lists were outdated six months after publication, but the book was still a good intro on how to get the best possible care out of the medical establishment. It includes tips on how to handle the situation “if your doctor seems threatened by the new paradigm of a partnership with you.”
- Nutrition and Mental Illness: An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry (1988) by Carl C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., M.D. — The granddaddy of nutritional therapy discusses the many links between mental illnesses (autism, schizophrenia, depression, senility, etc.) and deficiencies or imbalances in vitamin B6, zinc, histamine, copper, etc.
- Prescription for Nutritional Healing (2010) by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC — I was never really impressed with this book, but it was the best-known reference on this subject for a long time. It had introductory-level information on a lot of topics — nutrient roles, toxicity and deficiency symptoms and cofactors; many supplements and herbs; and environmental influences on health such as food additives and water impurities. However, the largest chunk of the book, which gives supplement recommendations for various conditions, was never of any help to me at all. An updated version is due in March of 2023.
- Real RDAs for Real People: Why “Official” Nutrition Guidelines Aren’t Enough and What To Do About It (2003) by Mike Fillon — Describes what goes into the RDAs and why they’re useless. Not a lot of detail about what individual nutrients do but he does cover a lot, even phytochemicals and antioxidants. Of more interest is his look at the politics behind current research. I have never researched the topic anymore than the info found in this book, by the way, and I’ve never seen it referenced anywhere else.
- Staying Healthy with Nutrition: the Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine (2006) by Elson Haas and Buck Levin — I read this online at the old Health World Online site, which for several years posted the book in its entirety and included far more info than I had seen elsewhere for any one vitamin.
- Survival of the Sickest (2008) by Dr. Sharon Moalem — Discusses discoveries about the role of disease in evolution and how they’ve upset our understanding of what health and sickness are. Of special interest is the chapter on how nutritional supplementation can affect gene expression.
- Your Body’s Many Cries for Water (2008) by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. — Describes all the ways you need water and its link to many conditions. This is a much-maligned classic, probably due to his inclusion of letters of appreciation he’s received, but I found it useful.
- Acu-cell (also mentioned on the About Dosages page) — Ronald Roth’s site has an extensive amount of information about nutrients and their effect on the body and how they can cause various conditions and interact with each other. I used it more for the therapeutic amounts and the descriptions of synergistic and antagonistic relationships with other nutrients.
- Iherb product reviews — NOPE, NOT ANYMORE — This was once a great source for articulate reviews by supplement-positive customers, but the site has been swamped with shit content, presumably due to the 10-cents-per-review reward program. There are now tens? hundreds? of thousands of reviews translated from Russian saying the same vague things, almost none of it first-hand experience. This is a big loss. I have not found such good user data anywhere else, except maybe the old Life Extension forums. So far Amazon has been a reliable backup source.
- Amazon supplement reviews — luckily I can still find helpful customer comments here.
- The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine archives — You can access pdfs of all issues of the journal from 1967 to 2008.
- Life Extension Foundation forums — Down for maintenance? Remind me to check back later.
- Micronutrient Information Center at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (also mentioned on the About Dosages page) — Linus Pauling is known for his vitamin C research, but he was famous first for his two Nobel Prizes — in 1954 for his work on chemical bonds, and the 1962 Peace Prize for his efforts in promoting the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Entries include conditions associated with deficiency and mainstream research on the nutrient. The site goes into more detail than most sources about how the Upper Tolerable Intake limits were arrived at for each nutrient.
- Mark’s Daily Apple — Mark and his guest bloggers follow the Paleo diet (meat, vegetables, and fruit, more or less). They are usually well-versed in nutrition research and self-experimentation, as are some of the commenters. It’s not a reference source but it’s interesting to read, although they are a bit puritanical about paleo.
- PubMed Central — PMC is an archive of free and complete biomedical articles at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. It’s a subset of PubMed, which lists millions of articles, many of them behind a paywall. On PMC, the research reports are often summed up tidily in the last line of the abstract. I’ve found books on nutrition that are based entirely on searches in these databases.
I concluded after several years of experimenting that this type of data is of almost no use to me. Anecdotal info from other biohackers is much more helpful. But this is a lesson most of us need to learn for ourselves.
Don’t miss these articles on scientific misconduct incidents (from Wikipedia) and Former NEJM editors on the corruption of American medicine.
- ScienceDaily.com — They aggregate articles from a gazillion journals, academic studies, and magazines including Science and New Scientist. They have a ton of categories to subscribe to, including vitamins.
- Trace Element’s website’s nutrient interaction wheels — In addition to Acu-cell’s lists of synergistic/antagonist relationships, I have occasionally used this laboratory’s diagrams.
When this content was published or posted
This page was first published on 10/19/2011 and last updated on 9/19/2022.