Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
Why did I choose this book?
It is one of the most comprehensive collections of references for animal health. It covers the necessity of a healthy diet, the relevance of emotions as well as a holistic therapy section.
If your pet has a specific condition, this book would be very helpful in choosing a treatment. In addition, if your breed of pet is known to get a specific health condition as they age, each reference page includes preventative measures.
Four Paws Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs
It is broken into three parts: Theory, Diagnosis and Treatment. What I like about this this book is that the theory section is very thorough. After taking the Acupressure courses with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute it is an excellent resource for referencing and to expand my understanding of the 361 acupressure points.
Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature
This lovely book covers how to tune in to your intuition, basic techniques for receiving information, advanced methods, and how to apply what you've learning to animals and nature. I loved how comprehensive it was!
If you're interested in learning how to communicate with animals intuitively, I highly recommend this book.
In the Shadow of Man
Why did I pick this book? Jane Goodall was a pioneer of her time. She showed people that animals have emotions just like people do. She fights for animal and environmental rights even though she is in her 80s. She is one of my biggest inspirations and I actually had the opportunity to meet her while I was in university. She came to give a talk and my friend Amy and I went together. Her speech was so personal and moving.
This book talks about her experience with the chimpanzees and what she discovered along the way. Fantastic read.
The Essential Life
There are 6 sections. The first is an overall introduction and how to use the products followed by a quick reference section (search by ailment). The third section is Natural Solutions. This is where they go through each oil or blend individually and what each one is best for. Section 4 is broken down into body system or focus areas such as sleep, first aid, and cellular health. The fifth section is natural living recipes which covers cleaning, cooking, on the go, pets, etc. The final section is a supplemental section with charts and tables on specific aspects of use.
The reason why I like this book so much is because if I know the specific issue I want to fix, I can look up which oils to use. If I was recommended to a specific oil I can look up a whole page about what it does and it's specific energetics. Then if I want to spice up my culinary dishes I can look up a recipe based on which part of the meal it is! There isn't a more comprehensive collection of knowledge for essential oils!
Animal Healing and Vibrational Medicine
It has four main parts: The first about different animals and their inside stories. It even has pictures of the chakras on lizards, dolphins and owls! Part two is all about vibrational medicines such as flower essences, pendulums, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Part three is about Energy Healing Modalities and Technology such as aromatherapy and infrared treatments. The last part is all resources.
One of the reasons I like this book is because it covers so many modalities. If you don't like one of them, there are so many others to choose from! There are so many natural health modalities in general, not just for pets! There is so much out there to learn! Never stop learning !
Paw Therapy: Reflexology and Colour Healing for Dogs
Why did I pick this book? It demonstrates the parallel between human and animal physiology. It not only goes through therapy techniques, and how to apply colour therapy, but even where the reflexology points are for specific issues (see Diarrhea on left).
Fairly extensive for such a small book! A great reference guide for those wanting to practice on dogs.
Dr Kidd's Guide To Herbal Dog Care
*Note that he also has this in-depth a guide for cats and horses*
Why do I like this book? Not only does it introduce what herbs are and how they work, but it shows you a step-by-step guide on how to use them. It also includes a section suggesting which herbs are best for which conditions or organs and a repertory to look up functions, chemical compositions, and side effects of each specific herb!
It is an excellent place to start if you are interested in learning about herbs for your pets and a great reference if you are a well-versed herbalist.
Healing Horses Their Way!
Marijke van de Water
This fabulous book is a compilation of natural ways to heal horses and teaches about how their bodies work. The Chapters titles are "When Horses Eat", "So What Goes Wrong","The Natural Equine Diet", "Health Foods, Whole Foods, Vitamin & Minerals, Herbs & Homeopathics", "Important Body Systems: Physiology & Function", "How To Make It Right: Natural Treatment Programs". If this interests you, this book is available at Turquoise Wholistic at 78 Main St. N in Markham.
Eliminate your Pet's Allergies: Explore NAET
Devi S. Nambudripad
Why do I like this book?
Because it explain a natural process to treat allergies. It goes through everything from different types of allergens, to how the various testing protocol work, to the natural methods of how to treat allergies. It even includes how to change your pet's environment to help them, stories of different pets helped by the method and a list of types of allergies it can treat.
Definitely a good read!
A Modern Horse Herbal
Hilary Page Self
Why is this book so amazing?
Not only does it tell you how to choose an herb, prepare it, and use it but it gives you an A-Z Material Medica! It has just about everything you need to know about how to help your horse with their problems!
If you don't know where to find a supplier or other additional therapies you can do alongside the herbs, it even includes those!
While this book isn't for animals, it gives you a perspective about your health that you may not have considered before.
"This book reveals the root causes of disease and conditions that medical communities either misunderstand or struggle to understand at all. It explores all-natural solutions for dozens of health issues including Lyme Disease, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, MS, depression, chronic inflammation, etc."
It even covers how to recover emotionally and spiritually after chronic health issues. What else could you ask for in a book!?
Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone
Abram Hoffer and Andrew W. Saul
Why did I pick this book? As reference books go, this is fantastic. Not only does it include what each vitamin and mineral is used for and how to take them optimally, but it goes into how to use them to help specific conditions such as arthritis, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, epilepsy, allergies, skin problems, multiple sclerosis, etc.
It explains the processes in a clear way that people who don't understand the heavy medical terms will understand. This book shows the studies and research done for each condition which satisfies the science-based naysayers.
A very through read if you have access to high quality vitamins.
This book is for those very busy, highly organized, or business-minded people who miss a creative outlet in their lives.
If you like to keep your notes, lists, schedule, quotes, plans, reminders, doodles, brainstorms, hopes and dreams all in one convenient book then this is for you! You can use it to keep track of your workouts, your school schedule, your work schedule, your healthy eating, your travelling, your kid's milestones, your business, or your everyday life. Whatever you want really!
They come in three sizes, with both Monday and Sunday starts and a variety of types. Undated can be started any month, Dated version run from January to December and Academic versions run from August to July. Even better that they are all made with recycled paper and the purchase of each Dated one gives back to a selected charity.
If you do decide to purchase one, use this link to get a 10% discount !
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
Why? By only reading through the first 3 habits it can change how you organize and prioritize your weeks. As an entrepreneur this is how I manage and cope with everything I'm responsible for as well as grow as a person.
1. Be Proactive
2. Start with the End in Mind
3. Put First Things First
4. Think Win-Win
5. Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood
7. Sharpen the Saw
He even wrote a follow up book with an 8th Habit! To learn what these mean, the psychology behind them, and how to apply them to your life, check out this bestseller!
The Power of Generosity
Why did I choose this book?
After doing my live video about pit bull awareness, I realized there needs to be a discussion about the other problems plaguing our planet.
This book talks about the importance of positivity and humanitarian efforts to all groups regardless of their religion, skin colour, or country of origin. We can improve our state of living and enhance the future for our children by working together rather than against each other.
The Truth About Dogs
What's so great about this book?
After reading the Animal Mind by Time Magazine, I knew there has to be more to animal consciousness than most people know. So I read this book.
This book talks about the majestic oddities of dogs, their ancestry, their social manners, how their senses operate, how their brain functions, and how they connect with humans emotionally. Very Good Read.
Energy Healing for Animals
Why did I choose this book?
"Animals are so receptive to healing energy," explains Joan, "that they're often easier to work with than our fellow humans. In this engaging do-it-yourself pet therapy resource, this gifted healer offers a broad spectrum of guidance and tools to help our animal companions with behavior issues, pain relief, anxiety, and overall well-being. Here she presents practical instruction in pet Reiki, massage, feng shui, chakra systems, acupressure, Healing Touch, and much more-including breed-specific guidance for cats and dogs.
*While I don't recommend practicing the more technical therapies without proper training, this is an excellent resource guide *
Crystal Healing for Animals
Martin Scott & Gael Mariani
Why did I choose this book?
Not only does it take the time to explain the history behind healing with crystals, and how to use them with animals, but it shows how to set up grids, a guide to the 30 most popular healing crystals AND an index of common animal ailments and problems!
It even follows this up with case studies and essence combinations so you can learn the application more thoroughly! What else can you ask for in a book!?
The Ultimate Book of the Horse and Rider
Judith Draper, Debby Sly and Sarah Muir.
Simply because it is not only an encyclopedia of horse breeds, but a guide on how to care for your pony or horse, a photographic explanation on the basics of how to ride, the basics of the various horse sports, and a catalogue of riding equipment. For those of us not raised with horses or long-time riders, it's nice to be able to find a book that answers my probably 'newbie' questions.
Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man
This is a biography of her life changing the world's opinions of animal behaviour. Not to mention challenging the world's perception of what a woman is capable of.
The Dog Who Saved Me
A heartwarming story about how powerful a dog's love can be. The bond between pet parent and dog is life changing.
Bach Flower Remedies for Animals / Horses / Dogs / Cats
Scott & Mariani, Marion Brehmer, and Graham & Vlamis
This fabulous series of books break down the purpose of each remedy for humans and relates it to the species. Then it presents groups of remedies for the most common issues. Lastly it goes through each remedy individually and what various issues you can use it for.
Dog Cancer Series Transcript (vol. 1)
Dr. Karen Becker & Rodney Habib
This little book is a transcript of hundreds of hours of interviews with the world's leaders in holistic pet nutrition.
It has 5 chapters: Cancer 101, The Broken Cell, The Pet Food Industry's Billion Dollar Problem, Dogs and Ketosis and The New Hope. Then a wonderful section about frequently asked questions, tips and tricks on how to look after your pet's nutrition and diet hacks.
Definitely a great reference for pet parents
The Essential Book of Traditional Chinese Medicine (vol. 1: Theory)
Firstly, this book is strictly about theory and can therefore be applied to humans or animals depending on which you work on. It can be quite heavy, so don't take it on lightly and take lots of breaks to let the material sink in!
Chapter One covers the basic principles and the history of TCM, while the second chapter covers two of the main theories, Yin and Yang Theory and Five Element Theory. Chapter Three covers the Zang-Fu system and Chapter Four talks about the Meridian System and how it functions. Chapter Five talks about the causes of Disease and the major Pathogens and Emotions. The sixth Chapter discusses the course of disease, and what it looks like when any of the major substances of the body fail to function properly. Chapter Seven covers Methods of Examination or how to use the Four Exams. The Last Chapter is on Differentiation of Symptom Complexes.
Highly recommend for those who love to learn
Animals as Guides for the Soul
Susan Chernak McElroy
The way she talks about animals and their energy makes me so happy inside. She has chapters about the language of the heart, service, messengers, dreams and visions, grief, guilt and atonement and how to transform the relationship between humans and animals.
PSA: Her first book is called Animals as Teachers and Healers.
Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs
An excellent resource for those who want a homemade diet for their dogs. Not only does it cover basics of canine nutrition, but it discusses digestion, how to feed for specific life stages or conditions and has over 100 pages of well-balanced recipes!!
My favourite part is where he talks about different digestive health diseases and conditions and how to recognize them in your dog. Very handy for pet parents who haven't experienced these issues.
The Origin of Species
While this one is definitely a throwback it was a good read.
This book covers the basis behind the theory of Natural Selection. Darwin discusses Variation under various conditions, and explanation of the Survival of the Fittest, Instinct, Hybridism, and how variation changes over geological periods and locations.
What I enjoy is that he talks about objections to his own theory and explains both sides. While the language is a bit heavy, if you enjoy evolution or biology this is a good book.
Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us
I chose this book because of the way the author writes and what she represents. Zooburbia is "the extraordinary, unruly, half-wild realm where human and animal lives overlap".
She talks about life lessons she has learned from animal encounters and experiences in her life. She discusses how these moments shaped her mission to protect wildlife. I would totally be her friend in real life
Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small
If you are in the spiritual or animal field and you haven't heard of Ted Andrews, I would be surprised.
The book covers Symbols in the Natural World, Winged Creatures, Animal Medicine and Understanding Insects and Reptiles. You can learn about what each animal totem means and how they can help you in your life.
So not only can it help you get more in tune with nature, but it can improve your relationships with yourself and the animals around you. Very powerful stuff.
There is also a matching workbook that goes with this.
Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself
This book shows the life changing benefits of having a dog (or pet) and how they can bring you out of the deepest darkest place you can imagine. A great reminder of how powerful having an animal companion can be.
Acu-Dog, Acu-Horse, Acu-Cat: Guides to Animal ACupressure
Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis
These beauties were written by the founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis and they are full of great information. It is kind of a 'beginner's textbook' to the world of Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Animals.
Highly suggest a read if you are interested in learning the therapy for your own animals or to become a full practitioner, as they make great reference guides. Not to mention, the high quality anatomical drawings making finding acupressure points a breeze.
High Performance Habits
I wanted to share this one specifically because when I went through a slower, unmotivated period it got me going again. The section called 'Who Needs Your A Game Right Now?' was reminding me why I do what I do and who I do it for.
Some of the little tips and tricks help a lot but I recommend doing the associated worksheets available on his website to help you work through the Performance Prompts.
Girl, Stop Apologizing
I read this book this summer and WOW. If you ever need a 'Life Audit' and redirect yourself, this is a fantastic resource. Not only does she cover how to get yourself to be more committed and focused but she gives exercises on how to dial in on one big goal and break it down in order to get there.
Great for my fellow planners that are getting prepared for next year!