Recommended Books (Click the book image to go to Amazon.com):
One book referred to often in the podcasts is Mindset by Carol Dweck.
While not exactly a ‘health’ book… the concept she discusses in it, that you can change, is one of the most important concepts you need to know for your health.
Because if you don’t believe you can change your health then you won’t take action to change your health.
The Relaxation Revolution is a ‘health’ book that anyone with any health problem should read. It tells us why stress is so harmful to our bodies
and why learning to relax may be the most important skill you can learn!
If you have widespread pain or fibromyalgia I highly recommend Unlearn Your Pain by Howard Schubiner, M.D.– especially the first five chapters (where he talks about pain).
The rest is a workbook to help you get better. It isn’t easy but it works.
If you’re thinking about back surgery for back pain, here’s a book by a spine surgeon.
And not just a “spine surgeon” but a “complex spine surgeon.” He’s one of the guys other surgeons send their most difficult patients to.
Anyway, the book is Back In Control and it gives a unique perspective on spine surgery which is missing from most discussions about back surgery.
Chip Heath & Dan Heath’s book, Switch, changed my life.
While it is also not a ‘health’ book, once you understand how change occurs…
It’s easy to see why our healthcare system is in the state it is in.
Reading this book reveals that almost everything we do in healthcare is NOT an effective way to change.
Publications from Straight Shot Health:
This short and easy-to-read book helps you get what you need from your doctor’s appointment:
The book describes a process that helps you communicate with your doctor effectively and efficiently. That way your doctor knows how to help you best.
Unfortunately, most other recommendations you’ll commonly find like, “Write all your questions down about everything you want to ask your doctor and bring that list to them.” are NOT helpful!
This is because those suggestions ignore the key limiting factor in healthcare–time.
For a traditional office practice there simply isn’t enough time in an appointment to talk about “everything” AND get specific recommendations on what your most pressing health concern is.
However, by using the process described in The 7 Questions… you’ll find your appointments with your doctor–whether for a new problem or an old one–go much smoother and are more satisfying.
And you’ll help your doctor to spend more time addressing your concern and less time trying to figure out what that concern is.