Recommended Resources

There are some wonderful individuals and organizations out there that are providing quality information to guide your health choices, to inspire you, and to support good work in the world. Here are some recommended resources for East Asian medicine and natural health.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Yin Yang House
Very good information on Chinese medical theory, including yin and yang, qi and blood, meridian systems, and acupuncture point discussion, as well as a Chinese herb database with Chinese and botanical names, and herb functions.

Sacred Lotus
Excellent site for acupuncture and herbal medicine theory and diagnosis, articles and links for information on special topics, and database for referencing Chinese herbs and formulas.

TCM Health Info
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine database with detailed information on herb formulas with ingredients listed in pinyin and botanical names, WHO (World Health Organization) reports on acupuncture research.

 

Diet and Nutrition

Gluten Intolerance Group
A comprehensive resources with detailed information on many aspects of gluten-free (GF)diet, health and nutrition, including GF labeling and and interactive GF guide.

The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
A great website for information and tips on whole foods diet, elimination diets, and going gluten free, with a useful blog by the authors of the fabulous book “The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook”.

Elana’s Pantry
Extensive collection of recipes (with photos) for a variety of special diets: paleo, candida, gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, nut-free”, by the Elana Amsterdam, the author of 3 best selling cookbooks.

 

Daoism and Asian Philosophy

Dao House
A wide range of great resources on Daoism (Taoism), including Daoist history, philosophy. poetry. literature, yijing, feng shui, and more.

Yijing Dao
Introduction and links for resources on Yijing (I Ching).

 

Women’s Health, Fertility, Pregnancy

Dr. Susan Ott: Osteoporosis and Bone Physiology
Great educational website by Dr. Susan Ott (University of Washington) gives a detailed explanation of osteoporosis and osteopenia, prevention and treatment options from a Western medicine point of view, and clear discussion of pros and cons of drug and nutritional treatment approaches.

Resolve: The National Infertility Association
Links and resources for fertility issues, with information on the Resolve national network, sponsored events, and support groups around the country.

Fertility Friend
Very popular site for free interactive ovulation charting and course on chart analysis, with handbook on fertility, hormones, and BBT chart interpretation available for free download.

Childbirth Solutions
Wonderful resource for information and online classes on many aspects of fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum issues, including online childbirth classes.

Debra Betts: Acupressure for Labor
Excellent booklet by Debra Betts, available for free download, with detailed instructions and point location diagrams for using acupressure during labor.

 

Pediatrics and Family Health

LaLeche League
Offering information and encouragement to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies, and a support system to help parents understand how to best care for their infants and children.

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)
Dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education, providing assistance to parents whose children have suffered vaccine reactions, promoting research to evaluate vaccine safety, effectiveness and factors which causing high risk for vaccine reactions.

Birthing the Future
Promoting the well-being of mothers and babies by supporting their physical, psychological and spiritual health and the development of their full potential, in the context of family, community and society.

Kids With Food Allergies
Helping to enhance the quality of life for children with food allergies by providing peer support, news, cooking help, tips and practical resources for families.

 

Health and the Environment

Bioneers
An innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet, and honors indigenous knowledge, restorative food systems, resilient communities, and women and youth leadership.

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)
A group of organizations and individuals dedicated to advancing knowledge and effective action to address the link between human health and environmental factors, including information from special working groups on breast cancer, infertility, women’s health, asthma, Parkinson’s, electromagnetic fields, learning disabilities, and more.

The Green Guide
National Geographic’s site for useful information on green living and buying guides to help consumers make healthy choices for themselves and the planet.

Environmental Working Group
Extensive research and news on chemicals, toxins, natural resources, and energy use, exposing health threats and discussing solutions.

The Story of Bottled Water
Story of Stuff Project presents how “manufactured demand” pushes what we don’t need and destroys what we need most, exploring how the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

The Story of Cosmetics
Story of Stuff Project examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo, and ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.