Bill's Book List
Growing up as I did without television until well into my junior high school years, ours was a family of readers. Among my fondest memories was traipsing down to the Olympia Public Library every Tuesday evening after dinner. Upon our return, the only sound you'd hear was the turning of pages and the ticking of the grandfather clock.
Lacking a formal education, I continue to do a lot of reading. Most of my library contains books on marketing, communications, the Internet, spirituality, health and of course my favorite chiropractic books.
I'm only recently moving from actual books to electronic versions on my iPad. There's just something about the feel of holding an actual book (and being in bookstores) that I find pleasing. But physical books have become a storage problem.
Here are some of the books I've been reading recently.
The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization by Peter Zeihan. Not my usual read, but it was a fascinating study on the confluence of supply chain disruption, demographics, energy, financial, climate, manufacturing and food supply. The world has underappreciated the safety of shipping lanes which have permitted an unprecedented movement of resources. When that changes, everything will change. And change it will, in this decade. This is an illuminating (and a bit terrifying) ride packed with foresight, wit, and some irreverence that makes it a fun read—in spite of the subject. September 2022
True Age by Morgan Levine, PhD. The author is the head of aging in the Living Systems Lab at Yale University. This book captures some of the current research and lifestyle choices that can distinguish our biological age from our chronological age. Granted, there is a pharmacological mindset that emerges from time to time, but the scientific proof undergirding lifestyle choices is included as too. Namely, calorie restriction, Mediterranean diet, intermittent fasting, exercise, the importance of sleep and of course stress. Learn the many ways to slow or reverse the aging process and in the process improve lifespan and health span. May 2022
Why the Universe Is the Way It Is by Hugh Ross. A fascinating book that explains the scientific basis for a designer and creator of the universe. Ross explores countless aspects of our expanding universe, our location within the Milky Way galaxy and even the second Law of Thermodynamics that reveal the signature of a designer who fine-tuned hundreds of cosmic constants necessary to make a place that would uniquely support human life. A slight increase or decrease of any one of these variables and life wouldn’t be possible. Scriptural citations, along with ample scientific references, support his conclusion that the universe was designed by God for His good purposes. April 2022
Metabolical by Dr. Robert Lustig. This retired pediatric neuroendocrinologist warns about the health damage from processed foods and makes the case for Real Food. He connects the dots between our eroding health and the increased intake of processed, high sugar, low fiber, nutrient poor, addictive convenience foods. Because of the resulting metabolic compromise, today's most common (and expensive) chronic diseases aren't "druggable," but they are "foodable." Based on the corruption among government agencies, continued subsidies and the economics of Big Food and Big Pharma, choosing Real Food is the key for better health. For starters, only shop the perimeter of the grocery store. April 2022
Life Force by Tony Robbins. I first heard Tony speak in 1986 and I've read each of his books since then. While it was fascinating to read about the many innovations and breakthroughs designed to prevent or maximize health, I couldn't help but get a strong whiff of self-promotion, since he seems to have an ownership stake in most of the companies mentioned. That complaint aside, it's an enjoyable read. Chiropractic is mentioned, but only in passing. I found the testing technologies fascinating, as well as the mention of EFT and Ouraring, which I've been enjoying since November. Chapters 25 and 26 at the end are classic Tony Robbins and the perfect cherry on top. March 2022
52 Ways to Walk by by Annabel Streets. Since I'm a walker myself, the title caught my eye. During the summer I might walk 15-16 miles a day, so anything that might bring some novelty sounded appealing. Not only does she provide some fresh ideas, but she also explains the science behind them, which include memory enhancement, better sleep, improved gait and even deeper spiritual connections. Modern life compels us to fight for the closest parking spot and take the elevator. This little book will inspire you (or your patients) to practice one of the best-kept (and inexpensive) secrets for strengthening our bodies, calming our minds and lifting our spirits. March 2022
The Clot Thickens by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick. We all know that "good" and "bad" cholesterol (or their ratio) doesn't cause cardiovascular disease. But what does? This is a 150-year-old detective story to discover the biggest killer of the western world. (Spoiler alert: it's the clotting to heal damaged arteries.) It's a story complete with villains, unsung heroes, fascinating facts and obvious clues hidden in plain sight. Plus, a huge dose of laugh out loud Scottish humor and great metaphors that make reading this a complete delight. Dr. Kendrick is a brilliant, articulate, modern-day David up against a formidable Goliath. He'd probably make a great chiropractor. February 2022
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. Absolutely a brilliant book that should be a must-read for anyone in a leadership position—in their home or business. Divided into three sections, Aspire, Success and Failure, each five-page chapter explores some facet of ego, pride or arrogance. His cautionary examples using historical figures, plus his own brushes with ego, create riveting reading that offer warnings to tame our own. This is one of those books I carefully metered out to delay the moment of finishing it. Now, I have the pleasure of rereading it! February 2022
The Sleep Fix by Diane Macedo. This easy-to-read book about sleep is chock full of practical tips and suggestions for improving one of the most overlooked aspects of better health. Macedo is a television news anchor and correspondent which has necessitated working hours that are out of sync with our circadian rhythms. The journey to resolve her own insomnia issues and jet lag has produced a wonderful little book that is written in a breezy style but substantiated with ample research citations. February 2022