Suggested Reading List by Topic

I am passionate about learning new things that can help myself and others to lead their best life.  I spend many hours researching, attending conferences and reading books. 

This is a list of some of the books that I have found helpful in my personal and professional journey.  There are many others.  A well written books can have a significant impact and motivate change.   I hope that you find it valuable.   

Be wise and be well!

Dr. Kathy


1.  Families with Autism Journey Guide - Hamilton et. Al. 2016.

Free and available from  Valuable resource guide for where to start with your newly diagnosed           child or teenager.

2.  Healing the New Childhood Epidemics – Kenneth Boch MD

Cases and biomedical treatments for children struggling with Autism, asthma, ADHD and allergies.

2.  Let me hear your voice- Catherine Maurice

A story of a mother using behavioral therapy to recover her children from autism.

4.  Saving Sammy - Beth Maloney

The story of a boy with PANDAS and one family’s journey to recovery.

Behavioral support

1.  Learn to speak Kid, Thomas and Bonnie Liotta

Focuses on learning what motivates your child and rewarding children for good behaviors. Also focuses on teaching children how to do things and allowing them to make choices.

2.  Smart but scattered- Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

There are two renditions of this book, they provide a lot of insight into executive skills management and techniques that may be beneficial in the home and school setting.   

3.  The Verbal Behavior Approach- Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera

Review of therapies beneficial for young children with speech delays.  Great resource for those looking to learn about what they can do at home for their child.

4.  The Heartmath Solution- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Companion to Heartmath program and Cellphone App.  Explains the importance of heart rate variability in relaxing the nervous system.

5.  The book of Tapping- Sophie Merle

Provides detailed information on learning Emotional freedom technique.  This involves tapping on various acupuncture points to decrease anxiety during stressful situations. 

Lyme disease

1.  Why Can’t I get better? -  The Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease- Richard Horowitz

Deep dive into multiple systemic infectious disease syndrome.  Great reference for patients and practitioners.  There is a detailed appendix with treatment protocols and references.

2.  How can I get better?  - Richard Horowitz, MD

The sequel to the first book. This book takes a deeper dive into coinfections and parasites.  There is another detailed appendix and treatment protocol section in the back of the book.

3.  Unlocking Lyme – William Rawls

Easy to read reference for Lyme symptoms, treatment and diagnosis.  This book provides easy to follow information on individual herbs used to treat the symptoms of Lyme disease and the infection.

Stephen Buhner- Reviews Lyme disease and coinfections using herbal approaches to therapy. 

5.  Healing Lyme:  Natural Healing of Lyme Borreliosis and the Coinfections Chlamydia and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, Second edition

6.  Natural Treatments for Lyme Coinfections:  Anaplasma, Babesia and Ehrlichia

7.  Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections:  Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma

Mold illness

1.  Toxic – Niel Nathan MD

Great introduction to Chronic inflammatory response syndrome due to mold illness, biotoxins, bartonella and other toxicants. 

2.  Mold and Mycotoxins – Niel Nathan MD

Quick read that simply introduces the concepts of mold illness.


1.  Breaking the vicious cycle - Elaine Gottschall

Introduction to the Specific carbohydrate diet- Inflammatory bowel disease diet.

2.  Gut and psychology syndrome- Dr. Natasha Campbell- Mcbride

            Autism treatment diet.

3.  Nourishing Hope- Julie Mathews

            Introduction to multiple autism spectrum diets.

4.  Wheat Belly – William Davis MD

Association of metabolic syndrome with grain consumption.  Nutritional approaches to reversing metabolic syndrome.

5.  Nourishing Traditions- Sally Fallon

How to get the most nutrition out of the food you eat by using traditional cooking methods and real food.

6.  Grain Brain- David Perlmutter MD

            Neurologic effects of gluten and other grains in our diet.

7.  The paleo Cure – Chris Kresser

Introduction and explanation of the Paleo diet, removing grains, legumes, sugars and white starchy foods.

8.  Fat for Fuel- Dr. Mercola

Introduction to the ketogenic diet.  Provides information on blood ketone test kits, and other practical ways of introducing the ketogenic diet. Recipe section within the book.

9.  iSmply Keto- Suzanne Ryan

What I liked about this book was the personalized approach to this diet.  Suzanne makes the process of the keto diet easy.  She discusses her success story and personalizes it.  There are some simple recipes in the book that are very helpful.  


The End of Alzheimer’s:  The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline -Dale Bredesen MD

A deep exploration of the root causes and management of them to slow and or reverse cognitive decline.

Self-development and motivation

1.  The pocket guide to the Polyvagal theory- Stephen Porges-

This book explains the importance of feeling of safety and its effects on the vagus nerve.  The vagus nerve impacts the autonomic nervous system and the theory suggests that the stress response may cause certain individuals to freeze and become paralyzed.  This is something that must be addressed to heal from chronic illness and conditions like PTSD.

2.  The Success Principles- Jack Canfield

Great review many fundamentals to success for all aspects of your life.  The book includes inspiring stories and quotes that can provide motivation to get to the next level. 

3.  Awaken the Giant within- Anthony Robbins

Great motivational book that provides hands on strategies for making change in your life and helping you to shape your life.

4.  There's no plan B for your A game- Bo Eason

Ideal motivational book for all ages.  Bo helps you generate a 20 year plan for your success, your child's success and your family's success.  I especially appreciate that it can have such a wide audience range.  Starting our kids young and starting our next 20 year goal now is such a valuable tool.  Get a rid of distractions, find your true passion and strive to be the Best!.  That is the main message from this book.

Other books:

1.  Stop the Thyroid Madness II Janie Bowthorpe M. Ed. Editor

Gives a detailed integrative approach to the management of thyroid disorder, Including Hashimoto’s disease as well as the controversy surrounding reverse T3. Helpful information for Anyone struggling with thyroid dysfunction.

2.  Dirty Genes-  Dr. Ben Lynch

Explains how your genes are not your destiny.  Takes a deep dive into particular genetic snps and what you can do to make your body work efficiently despite them.  Dr. Lynch uses a Soak and scrub involving, rest, exercise, nutrition and supplements to support one’s system. 

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