In an earlier incarnation I helped coordinate and tutor a complementary therapies programme at NorthTec here in the Far North. I have a keen interest in natural health and I‘d like to dedicate this month’s column to a few books that just might help you on your personal health journey.

The Healing Code is co-authored by Alexander Lloyd PhD and Ben Johnson MD. Dr. Alex Lloyd dedicated years of his life to finding a solution for his wife’s depression. In the midst of his search he discovered a method that he claims eradicates the source of 95% of all illness and disease. It’s a simple method he calls the Universal Healing Code. Ben Johnson, the only medical doctor featured on the acclaimed documentary, The Secret, cured himself of Lou Gehrig’s disease using Lloyd’s discovery. Together these two men have penned a book outlining how you too can improve your health while eliminating the root causes of disease—harmful beliefs, cellular memories and images—the carnage we each carry from our past experiences. Once you get past the hype that there has never been a discovery like this in the history of medicine and health, you can get down to actually applying the principles clearly enunciated in the text. I have and I must say it works. I do recommend this book as another weapon in your personal health arsenal.

Stop Pain takes on one aspect of disease—inflammation—and gives a comprehensive approach that can surely assist anyone experiencing pain. Physician and sports-medicine specialist Vijay Vad outlines traditional and complementary approaches to the pain so many experience in the form of arthritis and other inflammation disorders. I was particularly interested in the Ayurvedic herb he recommended based on the experiences he had growing up in India. That herb is boswellia, sometimes known as Indian frankincense.

Here’s another interesting title: Japanese Foods That Heal. The Japanese are a long-lived race with very low incidences of cancer and heart disease. One of the foods mentioned in the book is miso (particularly Hatcho, a soy bean product aged and fermented for over two years, which is available for purchase in Kaitaia at It’s Healthy) and its health claims are myriad. The average Japanese adult receives 90% of their calcium from non-dairy sources, particularly miso soup. So, miso is effective in preventing osteoporosis. Studies also show that miso contains arginine, known to suppress the growth of tumours and cancer by enhancing immune function.  And miso is only one of many traditional Japanese foods outlined in the book. A wide range of recipes are included. Japanese Foods That Heal is an informative, fascinating read. I just wonder how untainted these foods will remain in the wake of the recent nuclear fallout in Japan.

One last book to mention is Drugs in Pots. You don’t have to worry about a police raid if you read this. The book includes 40 home-made remedies for everyday ailments from herbs you can easily grow yourself. Included are herbal combinations to improve memory, relieve pain, de-stress and help overcome arthritis and gout.

I wish you great health.


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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See


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