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Eight Need-to-Read Natural Living Books You've Probably Never Heard Of

Eight Need-to-Read Natural Living Books You've Probably Never Heard Of
I'm Lauren, creator of this natural health blog and co-owner of eco home-focused Lauren + Warren. Natural living has been a priority of mine since I was 19. I've given birth 'naturally' and at home to my kiddos. My family lifestyles around eating unadulterated food that's uncontaminated by GMOs, pesticides, and so forth. I believe optimizing oneself comes through well-informed health decisions governed by diligent, unbiased research. The below are natural living books I own and entrust for natural living and prep-minded insight.
Note: I have no affiliation with these books and their publishers or authors. Please see our Terms of Service to understand third-party affiliation and links.
The Pathology of Dental Infections and Its Relation to General Diseases by Weston A. Price
Summary (book listing):
In the year 1905 a committee of dentists of Toronto was formed to communicate with the manufacturers of the tooth preparations then on the market to ascertain the composition of each, because they believed that a dentist should not recommend any preparation of which he did not know the ingredients.
The Hidden Messages in Water Paperback by Masaru Emoto
I can't say enough about how interesting this book is. The idea that water responds to words? To frequencies? The first time I heard of this, years back, I thought the person explaining the book premise to me was nuts. After reading the book, prepare to believe the study of 'frequencies' and water structure as legitimate and fascinating!
Summary (back of cover):
The Hidden Messages in Water introduces the revolutionary work of internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, who has discovered that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings. Since humans and the earth are composed mostly of water, his message is one of personal health, global environmental renewal, and a practical plan for peace that starts with each one of us.
Your Body Never Lies: The Complete Book Of Oriental Diagnosis Paperback by Michio Kushi
Summary (back of cover):
Too often, conventional medicine fails to detect illness--especially when it first begins and is easiest to cure. But Oriental diagnosis, an ancient holistic system of knowledge, can often discover physical problems even before they arise. Now Your Body Never Lies helps you both understand and use this natural, noninvasive approach to restoring good health.
Your Body Never Lies starts by explaining the principles of Oriental medicine. It then shows you how to detect and understand health problems simply by looking at the mouth, lips and teeth; eyes; nose, cheeks, and ears; forehead; hair; hands; feet; and skin. Clear diagrams and easy-to-use charts assist you in quickly recognizing signs of illness so that you can begin working towards a state of balanced wellbeing.
Western medical practice often focuses on a specific ailment while ignoring the interconnectedness of the human body. Your Body Never Lies is a complete guide to Oriental diagnosis, a revolutionary yet centuries-old way to identify and prevent disease while preserving health and harmony.
Forgotten Mountain Wisdom & Basic Survival Skills: Survival Tips from the US Military & Our Appalachian Ancestors by Appalachian Magazine
Maybe we're angling a little away from natural living as one would expect, but survival skills from the past, from gardening to homemade self-defense? As more and more feel the world is shifting in ways we wouldn't expect, this book feels like more of a treasure than an oddity.
Summary (book listing):
In this 294-page guidebook, Appalachian Magazine pulls survival and "living off the land" information from three incredibly reliable sources: The United States Military, our Appalachian ancestors and the American farmer. This illustrated book goes into great detail covering topics ranging from timeless farming and gardening techniques, to how make homemade protection weapons, navigating and weather forecasting, and how to read "the signs" to topics such as trapping and cold weather survival.
Akin to the above, along similar premise, this is another suggestion I have:
Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Subsist in the Wilderness Paperback by The Editors of Stackpole Books
Summary (book listing):
Survival Wisdom is a large-scale practical guide, jam-packed with information on every aspect of outdoor life and adventure.
Survival Wisdom & Know-How is the most complete, all-in-one volume on every aspect of outdoor adventure and survival ever, from orienteering to campfire cooking to ice climbing and beyond. Culled from dozens of respected books from Stackpole, the industry's leader in outdoor adventure, this massive collection of wilderness know-how leaves absolutely nothing to chance when it comes to surviving and thriving in the wilderness—and appreciating every minute of it.
Topics include Building Outdoor Shelter, Tracking Animals, Winter Camping, Tying Knots, Orienteering, Reading the Weather, Identifying Edible Plants and Berries, Surviving in the Desert, Bird Watching, Fishing and Ice Fishing, Hunting and Trapping, Canoeing, Kayaking, and White Water Rafting, First Aid, Wild Animals, Cookery, and much more. Useful illustrations and photos throughout make it easy to browse and use. With contributions by the experts at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as well as the editors of Stackpole's Discover Nature series, Survival Wisdom & Know-How is the definitive, must-have reference for the great outdoors.
Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants Paperback by Samuel Thayer
Summary (back of cover):
We are surrounded by free groceries--gourmet, organic, super-nutritious foods--that we have never tasted and do not recognize. This book not only identifies these fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables for you, it also teaches you where to find them and shows you how to prepare them.
Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory Hardcover by Boericke William
Homeopathy? What's that? some wonder. Way too quacky! others think. But when I noticed a beloved doctor-friend of mine who entrusts homeopathy, its effects on my childhood battle with eczema, and the fact that the Queen of England and her family entrust it despite its being deemed a 'placebo' and 'controversial,' I started scratching my head and buying books. Not completely unlike The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto (highlighted above) in the sense that frequencies and harmonics impact living beings, homeopathy nods to the notion that human optimization depends on ideal, supportive frequencies. This book isn't to convince anyone of the merits of homeopathy, though, and I'm not trying to take on that impossible quest, either; it's a "compact" resource for those who are interested in or subscribe to the notions already.
Summary (back of cover):
The most authoritative book on homeopathy ever published. The book contains the well-known verified characteristic symptoms of all our medicines besides other less important symptoms aiding the selection of the curative remedy. In its present compact form it contains the maximum number of reliable Materia Medica facts in the minimum space. This book is often the first real materia medica to be studied by anybody who wants to study homeopathy.
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration Paperback by Weston A. Price
Summary (book listing):
For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself to understand how they achieved such amazing health. Dr. Price traveled to hundreds of cities in a total of 14 different countries in his search to find healthy people. He investigated some of the most remote areas in the world. He observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, high immunity to tuberculosis and overall excellent health in those groups of people who ate their indigenous foods. He found when these people were introduced to modernized foods, such as white flour, white sugar, refined vegetable oils and canned goods, signs of degeneration quickly became quite evident. Dental caries, deformed jaw structures, crooked teeth, arthritis and a low immunity to tuberculosis became rampant amongst them. Dr. Price documented this ancestral wisdom including hundreds of photos in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
Have you read any of these natural living and/or prep-geared books? What others do you recommend?

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