Updated: Oct 29, 2021

Hi, my name is Samantha, co-owner of Nature IS Health. I wanted to share a little peak into our library of books, textbooks and virtual learning. I have gathered this information through education, experience and interest and much of the information we write about on this website has been inspired and is explored further here:

Samantha's Education:

  • Bachelors: Brock University- St. Catharines, Ontario (Bachelors in Physical & Health Education)

  • Certificate: Institute of Holistic Nutrition- Toronto, Ontario (Certified Nutritional Practitioner)

Brian's Education:

  • Diploma: St. Lawrence College (Culinary Management)

  • Certificate: Durham College (HVAC)

Below is our textbook shelf:

Fats the Heal and Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus

  • A fantastic and revolutionary book, but not a light read. I enjoyed it, and he explains the molecular structure of fat in a very simplistic way-plus there are great scientific studies. He takes a controversial topic and dissects it, no doubt- but without an intense motivation to learn this book could blow someone away.

  • This book is somewhat famous in the health world- I was introduced to it because it was a course textbook at my nutrition school.

  • Topics include the commercialization of our food industry, labelling laws and the power big companies have over the information released to the public. It explains side effects impacting society since mass-produced vegetable oils. This book relates degenerative disease, chronic imbalance, and many extreme states with long-term rancid fat intake + deficiency in essential fatty acids.

Ayurveda: the science of self-healing by Dr. Vasant Lad

  • This book one of the two by the same authors in this picture.

  • This book is a read-through, compared to a textbook-style. It focuses on the traditional healing practices of Ayurveda, where and when they originated, a break-down on the tastes, craving distinctions and then goes on-to to speak of the doshas and how to balance them. It includes specific/common conditions with solutions.

  • This books is very educational and a smooth read. I love it, and reference it still today.

Healing the Planet: one patient at a time by Jozef J. Krop, MD, FAAEM

  • This book introduces the healing practices of environmental medicine- it raises awareness about pesticides, common moulds, commercial toxins, Candida, heavy metal toxicities, food additives, hormone disrupters in our foods and other environmental hazards we are exposed to in our daily life

  • It is a super cool read, very simple, and great motivation towards living a natural life. It shows us how our choices impact our health, trickle down our genetic line, and directly impact our surrounding environment, and set the stage for generations to come.

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc.

  • This was my very first Ayurvedic book, I bought it in Kensington Market, Toronto.

  • What attracted me to this book was the straight-forward and simple solutions for every condition, ailment, concern, cut and bruise imaginable. It has a great index and is organized somewhat alphabetically.

  • It introduces the concept of Ayurvedic healing, how to determine a person's constitution and includes lists of foods, oils, herbs, routines, exercises and holistic practices for each particular dosha.

  • I really love this book- it inspired me to enrol in holistic nutrition school, a fantastic buy!!

Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes by Monique Ryan (1962)

  • This book fell into my lap while exploring a second-hand bookstore. At the time I was beginning to train for my first half-marathon, so it seemed like a logical buy.

  • This book is a very simple read. It doesn't go into too much detail of biology/chemistry of why things are being recommended, and is largely based off of a food guide model. This book was published during the commercialization of the food industry and the beginning of our colourful grocery stores. It is largely based off of recommending common grocery store foods.

  • I do enjoy reading this book because it sets a foundation model for athletic performance- the importance of carbohydrates for endurance athletes and the basic needs for recovery. It also gives some nice examples of how to build sample training programs etc.

  • I am sure there have been more productive or updated books published since.

The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D. (1980)

  • This was my very first pocket herbal book that I bought while travelling out in British Columbia my first season tree planting. This book is extremely well-written!! It is organized and contains a broad spectrum of plant knowledge. I love this book very much and still bring it with me whenever I travel.

  • The first 7chapters introduce the concept of balancing with plants, collecting plants, specific types of therapies, applications, and types of treatment plans. It even touches on a gentle and balancing diet for optimal herbal action within the body.

  • Herbs are broken down by their active constituents, actions within the body, by region and similar/synergistic herbs.

  • This is one of my favourite books of all time and it makes me so happy it is relatively pocket size!

Staying Healthy with Nutrition : The complete guide to diet and nutritional medicine by Elson M. Haas, MD with Buck Levin, PhD, RD. (updated 2006 edition)

  • This textbook touches on pretty much every aspect of nutrition you could think of. There are blurbs/chapters on each vitamin, mineral, food, herb, common ailments and many simple recommendations.

  • This book is well written. When I first started out this website I referenced it frequently just to organize my thoughts.

  • Although I reference this book, I do not feel fully comfortable with many of the suggestions. This book is heavy into supplementation and less to do with rebalancing with food and routine, it is also bias towards American products, brands and data. That being said, I would be momentarily heart broken if I were to lose or ruin it, since it is like 'google-in-print' for nutrition.

The Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford.

  • This book is simple. It touches on some heavy aspects of nutrition and explains it well. There isn't too much detail, but a great reference to further confirm information.

Advanced Sport Nutrition by Dan Benardot.

  • I got this book when I was in my sport nutrition class in nutrition school. It is a simple run-through of pre, during, and post-activity care for the body. It includes top nutrients, activities and foods best to fuel the athlete body. I like to read this book come spring when it's time to ramp-up the fitness game!

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Murray & Pizzorno.

  • This book is great. It is easy to use and touches on many aspects of health. It gives vitamins, minerals, herbs and homeopathic solutions to imbalance- plus top foods and activities. It is among the crew that I often reference to double-check facts, and a book I truly am grateful for.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PhD

  • This is almost my favourite book! It is colourful, simple and literally nails everything right-on. It gives a completely holistic perspective.

  • There are DIY home remedies, natural tinctures, infused oils, infused honey and herbal solutions. There is a section on specific conditions, each vitamin and mineral + what they do for our body, and what foods to find them in high concentration.

  • I LOVE THIS BOOK :) I would highly recommend it for anyone!

Digestive Wellness 4th Editon by Elizabeth Lipski, PhD., CCN, CHN

  • This book is an amazing breakdown of the digestive system. It goes through every organ and gland involved beginning in the brain, mouth, all the way to the finale. It breaks-down what an efficient system does and compares it to what can go wrong, or become imbalanced and why. It then brings simple solutions and recommendations that are very practical!

  • There are checklists, questionnaires and common medications.

The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz

  • This book is nuts (in a good way)! It gives an alternative to gallbladder surgery. It explains the process of flushing gallstones, liver stones and kidney stones at home. It explains the importance of flushing once or twice a year due to the environment and food we eat. It explains (with pictures) everything that happens throughout the experience and why. It also provides a simple diet plan plus encouraging words.

  • This flush is not something that I was jumping off the bed ready to try. . it is invasive and requires a strong mindset. Stay tuned, I will be completing my first flush this spring.