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Health Resource Roundup: Our Team's Favorite Books, Podcasts & More

October 12, 2018

Health Resource Roundup: Our Team's Favorite Books, Podcasts & More

Every individual has experienced difficulty understanding health information at some point.

It doesn't help that on a day-to-day basis, we encounter a barrage of contradicting medical advice and information from television, internet, emails, and more. 

No matter how  educated and literate you are, unless you're a medical professional, being able to understand complex medical information can be enough to make your head spin.

Making informed health decisions shouldn't be a chore. So our team compiled some of our personal favorite sources of health information. We hope these resources will make learning about health not only understandable but enjoyable for you.


WEBSITES

1. NutritionFacts.org

Created by medical physician, Dr. Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org is an incredible source of evidence-based information about health and nutrition. The goal of the website is to present the latest science on these subjects in a way that is easily understood. Dr. Greger reviews thousands of scientific studies from medical journals and presents the information in “bite-sized videos”– allowing viewers to learn. assimilate, and make responsible, well-informed health decisions

2. Examine.com

This is one of our favorite go-to resources. Examine.com gives science-backed answers and opinions (based on the most current research available) to the most common questions in health, nutrition, and supplements.

3. TheMedicalFuturist.com 

Founded by Dr. Bertalan Mesko, The Medical Futurist explores the future of medicine, healthcare, diseases, treatments and technologies shaping the coming years through  exciting news, and stories. 


PODCASTS

1. The Doctor's Farmacy

Dr. Mark Hyman is a New York Times bestselling author, the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, and an internationally known speaker and thought-leader. In this podcast, he explores the issues surrounding health, nutrition, and more, through insightful conversations with expert guests.

2. TEDTalks Health

If you enjoy TED Talks, you'll love this podcast. Pulling from all current health-related TED or TEDx talks given around the globe, the podcast exposes listeners to everything from  “way-new medical breakthroughs to smart daily health habits”.

3. Ben Greenfield Fitness 

Ben Greenfield–fitness guru, speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author–was named  one of the world’s top 100 most influential people in health and fitness (2013 & 2014), and his podcast reflects his expertise. T he research-based podcast covers all aspects of health and wellness–from biohacking and anti-aging, to fat loss and fitness. Both entertaining and informational, anyone that is remotely interested in their health and well-being will find something to learn. 

BOOKS

1. Brain Maker:  The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life

We firmly believe that the gut is your epicenter of health. This book dives into the r esearch that's revealing the power of our gut microbes to heal and protect our brain. It shows how these little microbes can influence everything from ADHD, asthma, and autism to chronic fatigue, mood disorders, skin problems and obesity. If you're seeking to optimize your health, this is a must-read.

2.   Digestive Tune-Up

Let's face it. Talking about your digestive system doesn't sound exactly riveting. But this is FAR more than a book on simply the digestive system. veteran MD, Dr. John McDougall, takes a complicated subject like digestive health and breaks down each step of digestion and what happens in the body, through real-life parallel explanations. Engaging, humorous, easy-to-understand, and incredibly helpful, this books speaks to the daily habits you can change and choose to experience the healthiest version of you. 

3.  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

“Beautifully written . . . In his newest and best book, Gawande has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at theharms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.” ―The New York Review of Books

This thought-provoking book ultimately encourages us to consider what we want for ourselves and loved ones at the end of our lives. Bestselling author, Dr. Atul Gawande, gives eye-opening insights into the difficulties of end of life care and offers many potential ways of making things better on a small and large scale. Dr. Gawande tackles a topic that people are typically uncomfortable talking and thinking about and provides an incredible guide for having those tough conversations as we and our loved ones approach our later years. If you’re getting older, not younger, read this book. Then read it with the one you love most. Then share it with anyone you care about.  

MOVIES

1. Resistance

90-some years ago, the discovery of antibiotics revolutionized medicine. That incredible discovery has saved millions of lives. But there's an alarming issue at stake. We've become a society with a penchant for popping an antibiotic at even a hint of a malady. As we flood our food, our animals, and ourselves with more antibiotics than necessary, we put ourselves at risk for unknown peril. Every time someone takes an antibiotic they don’t need, they contribute to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  With at least 700,000 people dying every year from antibiotic-resistance illnesses, this film offers timely insights to a global problem that is still reversible (if swift action is taken).  


2. Rotten  

Netflix Original Series, this 6-part  documentary series explores the global food production industry and exposes the rising dangers that start at our dinner plate – from the rise of food allergies, and the rising risks within the growing honey industry, to the regulation of the fishing industry.  

Although difficult at first, Rotten soon becomes a riveting watch.

 
3. Sugar Coated

We all know that sugar isn't great for us. This documentary sheds some alarming light on its vast influence. In fact, the film states that the  world's daily consumption of sugar has increased by 46% over the last 30 years. Available on Netflix, watch this rather provocative documentary to learn about the dangers behind this sweet substance. 

Sugar Coated Trailer from The Cutting Factory on Vimeo.

 

Do you have any resources you'd add to this list? We'd love to hear! Share your thoughts in the comment box below. 

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Content from the Aussie Health Co website and blog is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. The information provided on this website is intended for general consumer understanding and entertainment only. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

 


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