Improve-your-health: Links


Links to sites, books and resources of leading alternative health promoters – Updated on 9th August 2018

Research by Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne
Blue-logo7On this page, we have assembled some of the main resources that we have found over the past year or two, and which we find highly credible or helpful.

Over the decades together, we have incrementally taken more and more responsibility for managing our own health.  This includes daily physical exercise, meditation, relaxation; plus healthy diet, including those supplements which make sense to us, based on the available evidence; and various other lifestyle factors.

However, we are not in the business of dispensing health advice, so you should treat links on this page as education and information; and critically evaluate them yourself.  We engage in Lifestyle Coaching, in which we point you towards various options which you could benefit from evaluating and assessing, for their usefulness to you.  Or, as the Buddha said, ‘Find out for yourself!’  It is probably normally wise to consult a reputable physician, dietitian or healthcare practitioner, before making fundamental changes to your life.

Nature-and-health3Dr Kelly Brogan: Own Your Body: Free Your Mind

Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression.


Welcome to CHIS-UK – Complimentary Healthcare Information Service

CHIS-UK alternative medicine and complementary healthcare information service United KingdomThis is the UK’s guide to complementary and alternative medicine, self-development and natural remedies.

This site is growing and is very much a work in progress. We hope that you will benefit from visiting its pages and that you will spare a minute to let us know how you think it can be improved. Simply contact us to give some feedback when you are ready. Thank you.

In the meantime, learn more about the world of alternative and complementary therapies, find a course or a practitioner using our directories, read the articles on natural health and check the holistic health news section.


Alternative, Complementary and Holistic Health Directory

Welcome to the Alternative Health UK Directory … Philosophy Of Alternative Health … The Role Of Alternative Health Care Providers…


Dr David Perlmutter: The Empowering neurologist

David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is the author of many books, including: The Better Brain Book, Raise a Smarter Child By Kindergarten, Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment, the #1 New York Times Bestseller Grain Brain – The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers with over 1 million copies in print and availability in 27 languages, New York Times Bestseller The Grain Brain Cookbook, and New York Times Bestseller Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life.

“Dr. Perlmutter provides sound advice, supported by the latest and most well respected medical research.”

Russell. B. Roth, MD, Past President, American Medical Association


The Website

…looks like an interesting an important resource to explore. They appear to have a comprehensive model of wellness, which in compasses: movement and fitness; emotional health; healthy relationships; healthy sleep; healthy home; healthy weight; healthy eating; and much more besides, including courses of training.


Hardcastle-Crags1Dr Mercola: The New York Times best-selling author

First and foremost, he is an osteopathic physician, also known as a DO. DOs are licensed physicians who, similar to MDs, can prescribe medication and perform surgery in all 50 states. DOs and MDs have similar training requiring four years of study in the basic and clinical sciences, and the successful completion of licensing exams. But DOs bring something extra to the practice of medicine. Osteopathic physicians practice a “whole person” approach, treating the entire person rather than just symptoms. Focusing on preventive health care, DOs help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.


Alternative Medicine | Natural Remedies | Health Articles | 

Alternative medicine resources that include natural remedies and holistic healing techniques. … Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Remedies, Alternative Health Articles…


The Top Alternative Health Blogs: 50 of the Best, Must-Read Blogs for Alternative Health Wisdom on the Web

lady-exercising-with-mental-image-of-rewardThis website, by John Sichel, has collated 50 interesting and varied blogs on alternative approaches to health and wellbeing. It has to be worth a look. This is how they introduce their list of blogs:
“To help you narrow down the most credible, trustworthy, and informative material, we’ve identified 50 of the top alternative health blogs on the web. Many of these blogs are written by medical or naturopathic doctors, or other practitioners working in alternative health and medicine fields on a daily basis.

“These blogs offer valuable insights and information on alternative health, but the information presented is for educational use only. Of course, no advice you read from any blog should be considered an alternative to seeking direct advice from your own health provider. Be sure to share your plans with your physician, and always tell your doctor and pharmacist about any alternative health medicines or supplements you’re taking.”


Patrick Holford – Health and nutrition advice

Patrick Holford, BSc, DipION, FBANT, NTCRP, is a pioneer in new approaches to health and nutrition. He is a leading spokesman on nutrition in the media, specialising in the field of mental health. He is the author of 36 books, translated into over 30 languages and selling millions of copies worldwide, including The Optimum Nutrition Bible, The Low GL-Diet Bible, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind, and The 10 Secrets of 100% Healthy People, 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing and Good Medicine.


Natural Therapy for all



500 Of The Most Important Health Tips – Hazel Courtney

500 Of The Most Important Health Tips – Hazel Courtney

With some help from my friends,  doctor of naturopathy  STEPHEN LANGLEY and  nutritionist GARETH ZEAL,  I have completely revised, updated and greatly expanded my bestselling and popular A-Z health book 500 of The Most Important Health Tips You’ll Ever Need  to give you access to the latest developments in the alternative health field.


what-doctors-dont-tell-youWhat Doctors Don’t Tell You – An informative, monthly, health magazine

What Doctors Don’t Tell You is a unique health magazine. It provides an easy to understand review of aspects of conventional medicine and safer alternatives proven to work. It is a must read for anyone interested in medicine and health. Every month What Doctors Don’t Tell You reveals the therapies that we should consider. This is how their website begins:

“What Doctors Don’t Tell You is a unique health magazine. It provides an easy to understand review of the shortcomings and limitations of conventional medicine and safer alternatives proven to work. It is a must read for anyone interested in medicine and health.”

“Every month What Doctors Don’t Tell You reveals the therapies your doctor should be offering you. By researching the very latest discoveries from some of the world’s most prestigious academies, including Oxford, Harvard and Yale, WDDTY brings you the very latest, and proven, therapies that could make all the difference to your condition. Its pages focus on prevention, too. The best diets, exercises and supplements are highlighted every month, making the magazine the complete health package for everyone of all ages.”

Take a look, and review and evaluate the contents for yourself.



The Shelf...Drawing on the project findings in rural China, the China Study details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The China Study is a book by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and his son Thomas M. Campbell II, a physician. It was first published in the United States in January 2005 and had sold over one million copies as of October 2013, making it one of America’s best-selling books about nutrition.


okinawa-dietThe Okinawa Diet – Official Site

Okinawa Diet: official website of the authors of The Okinawa Diet Plan and The Okinawa Program. Based on the Okinawa Centenarian Study by Doctor Bradley 

About the program – About the doctors – Featured recipe

And here’s another link to some interesting details of the Okinawa Diet – Food List and Recipes.


pH Miracle Living

When Elaine contacted me to get more information about the pH Miracle Program, I could hear it in her voice that this was a very serious woman. 

Supplements – Water & Ionizers


The Paleo Diet – Loren Cordain

Paleo for Beginners: Easy Paleo Recipes for Weight Loss and Optimum Health AudiobookThe Paleo diet emphasizes animal protein, fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy fat sources such as avocado, ghee and coconut oil, according to John Berardi, Ph.D. for the Huffington Post. Variations of Paleo may include legumes and dairy; however grains, heavily processed oils and processed foods are not included.

Paleo diet for beginners!

And last, but by no means least, here’s a link to our main book on Lifestyle Counselling for physical and mental health:

Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person: 

Or how to integrate nutritional insights, physical exercise and sleep coaching into talk therapy

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

Published by the Institute for E-CENT Publications

Available at Amazon outlets.***

The contents

In this book, you will find a very clear, brief, easy to read introduction to a novel approach to ‘counselling the whole person’.This emotive-cognitive approach does not restrict itself to mental processes.  We go beyond what the client is ‘telling themselves’, or ‘signalling themselves’; or what went wrong in their family of origin. We also include how well they manage their body-brain-mind in terms of diet, exercise, sleep, and emotional self-management (including self-talk, or inner dialogue). And we propose that it is better for counsellors and therapists to operate in a primarily right-brain modality, and to use the left-brain, cognitive processes, secondarily.

The most important, and novel, chapters in this book are as follows:

Chapter 4, which summarizes our research on the impact of diet/nutrition and physical exercise on mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Chapter 5, which reviews the science of sleep hygiene, plus common sense insights, and presents a range of lifestyle changes to promote healthy sleep, and thus to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

Chapter 9, which explains how to incorporate the learning from chapters 4 and 5 into any system of talk therapy or counselling.

There is also a chapter (8) on counselling individuals using our Emotive-Cognitive approach, in which there is a section (8.3(b)) on using the Holistic SOR model to explore many aspects of the lifestyle of the client.

For more information, please click the following link: Lifestyle Counselling book.***


And here is the information about our earlier book, which summarises the most important research on the impact of diet and exercise upon our emotional wellbeing:

Front cover, 8This book – How to control your anger, anxiety and depression, using nutrition and physical exercise – provides some clear guidelines regarding those foods which need to be excluded from your diet, in order to be healthy and emotionally well.  It also contains lots of stimulating ideas to help you to produce your own ‘personalised diet’ and exercise plan. And we have expanded Part 6 to provide a comprehensive guide to how to change any habit, so that readers can actually make the kinds of changes to diet and exercise approaches that appeal to them.


And here are some more resources for a range of problems and issues :

A Checklist for Parents with Children with Mental Health Problems

For Teachers: Children’s Mental Health Disorder Fact Sheet for the Classroom

Promoting Mental Health at Home: How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room

Healthy Eating and Depression: How Diet May Help Protect Your Mental Health

5 Ways to Use Feng Shui in Your Home Design

Drug Abuse and Addiction: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Anger Management and Addiction: How to Take Charge of Anger Issues in Sobriety

Elderly Mental Health: How to Help Your Senior

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One


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