One of the best things a patient can do after being newly diagnosed with a condition- rheumatoid arthritis or otherwise- is to start learning about the condition and to keep learning about the condition. Our website is a great place to find in-depth, relevant information about RA, but there are also a lot of great books available. Here’s a list, which includes top picks from our expert patient, Cathee McKeown, as well as other recommended titles.
Cathee’s Favorite Titles
Arthritis: What Works (Dava Sobel & Arthur C. Klein)
The Perricone Prescription: A Physician’s 28-Day Program for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation (Nicholas Perricone, MD). A really great book on how to change your diet and keep track of your foods, medications, daily exercises, etc.
The Okinawa Program: How the World’s Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health – And How You Can Too (Bradley J. Wilcox, D. Craig Wilcox & Makoto Suzuki). A magnificent book about the longest lived people in the world- their lifestyle, diet, outlook, etc. It’s amazing and inspirational as well as very educational- one of my favorites!
The Secret (Rhonda Byrne). About the power of positive thinking.
The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics: The Philosophy for Achieving a Radiant Mind and a Fabulous Body (Jessica Porter). Even if you aren't familiar with macrobiotics, this is a great read and offers some interesting alternative menu ideas.
Inflammation Nation: The First Clinically Proven Eating Plan to End Our Nation’s Secret Epidemic (Floyd H. Chilton and Laura Tucker). A great book that has the top foods to avoid as well as tips on what foods to eat to reduce arthritis symptoms.
Heather’s Top Pick
Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis (Miriam E. Nelson)
Recommended Titles from the Arthritis Society of Canada
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Overcoming Common Problems (Philippa Pigache)
The First Year-Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (M.E.A. McNeil)
What to do When the Doctor Says It’s Rheumatoid Arthritis: Stop Your Pain, Become More Active, and Learn How to Talk to Your Doctors (Winnie Yu and Fair Winds Fischer)
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Plan to Win (Cheryl Koehn, Taysha Palmer and John Esdaile MD)
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