We as Vital20, think it is important to share with you what we read and what gets us inspired.
Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world’s top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe’s secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long. With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.
The Autoimmune Solution – Amy Myers M.D.
Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure. Minor irritations like rashes and runny noses are ignored, while chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn’s and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In The Autoimmune Solution, Dr. Amy Myers, a renowned leader in functional medicine, offers her medically proven approach to prevent a wide range of inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases, including allergies, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBS, chronic headaches, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Het CelHerstelConcept – Rinno Heidstra
This book is written for those of you that do not want to hear: “You will have to live with that”. The book Het CelHerstelConcept® describes the coherence between symptoms and the emergence of diseases in a logical and clear way. The ‘rules’ of your body are explained in a clear way with a solid foundation, through which you will gain the understanding how to make healthy choices in your life. When you stick to those rules your cells will not have to warn you and you will stay energetic and healthy!
Gut – Guilia Enders
“When your gut doesn’t feel well, your head feels the same.” An old saying that gets a new foundation in the book ‘Gut’ from Giulia Enders. Who reads this book, immediately knows how to live in order to gain an optimal gut flora. And who does not want the latter? Giulia Enders updates us in this short masterclass about new insights in a new world.
De Voedselzandloper – Dr. Kris Verburg
A lot of people think that old age is an inevitable consequence of the wear and tear of the human body. However, research shows that becoming older is not just the consequence of wear and tear. It is not inevitable and can be influenced, by our genes as by our lifestyle and eating habits.
Grain Brain – David Perlmutter MD
“Researchers have known for some time now that the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions, including CVD & brain disorders, is inflammation. But what they didn’t have documented until now are the instigators of that inflammation—the first missteps that prompt this deadly reaction. And what they are finding is that gluten, and a high-carbohydrate diet for that matter, are among the most prominent stimulators of inflammatory pathways that reach the brain.”
― David Perlmutter, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers
Superfoods – David Wolfe
“Calcification is the hardening of body tissues by calcium salts or deposits. Although calcification itself is not considered a disease, it has been shown to be a significant contributing factor in nearly every known illness and aging condition, including heart disease, kidney stones, gallstones, chronic inflammation, arthritis, cancers, cataracts, eczema, psoriasis, and even wrinkles.”
Healthy Heart – Paul C. Bragg MD
“Longevity is really a vascular question. A man is only as old as his arteries, a man of 28 years may have the arteries of a sixty year old, and a man of forty may have vessels as degenerated as they could be at eighty”
Prevent and reverse heart disease – Caldwel B. Esselsteyn Jr. MD.
“This tragic sequence helps explain the fearful loss of cognition in coronary artery bypass patients. But neuroradiologists also report that using magnetic resonance imaging, they can detect little white spots in the brains of Americans starting at about age fifty. These spots represent small, asymptomatic strokes (see Figures 18 and 19 in insert). The brain has so much reserve capacity that at first these tiny strokes cause no trouble. But, if they continue, they begin to cause memory loss and, ultimately, crippling dementia. In fact, one recently reported study found that the presence of these “silent brain infarcts” more than doubles the risk of dementia. We now believe, in fact, that at least half of all senile mental impairment is caused by vascular injury to the brain.”
The CHINA Study T. Colin Campbell
“So how does the plant manage these complex reactions and protect against errant electrons and free radicals? It puts up a shield around potentially dangerous reactions that sponges up these highly reactive substances. The shield is made up of antioxidants that intercept and scavenge electrons that might otherwise stray from their course.”