Recommended Reading

From Dr. Scherger’s Book: Lean and Fit - A Doctor’s Journey to Healthy Nutrition and Greater Wellness


Terry Wahls. The Wahls Protocol (2014). Avery (Penguin Group.

Terry Wahls is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa.  At the peak of her career she developed disabling multiple sclerosis (MS).  After failing to improve on both standard and new experimental medications, she sought relief through healthy nutrition and lifestyle.  An anti-inflammatory low carbohydrate Paleo diet reversed her disease and she is back at work and lecturing widely (See her TED talk and YouTube presentations). She has an ongoing clinical trial helping others to reverse MS and other auto-immune disease.  Anyone suffering from such problems, or even persons wanting to avoid such diseases, should read this book and follow the protocol.  She has three levels of diet depending on how intense a person wants to be with their nutrition.


Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living (2011) and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance (2012). Both by Beyond Obesity, LLC.

Jeff Volek, RD, PhD is an academic nutritionist at The Ohio State University and Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD recently retired from the food science department at the University of California, Davis. They provide the hard science behind the benefits of low carbohydrate nutrition. In their book on performance, they describe how great endurance athletes such as the tennis player, Novak Djokovic, excel without eating carbohydrates except for what is in whole foods. Being a fat burner during long athletic events results in a steady blood sugar and steady performance compared with athletes that get tired, dizzy or cramp when they bottom out their limited supply of carbohydrates.


T. Colin Campbell & Howard Jacobson. Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (2013). BenBella Books. 

Colin Campbell is a distinguished nutrition scientist at Cornell (now emeritus). His research focused on nutrition and cancer and he conducted the largest epidemiologic research in the world showing that cancer and animal protein are strongly associated. He is a champion of a whole food plant based diet (vegan). He first published The China Study in 2006 and Whole summarizes those findings and provides a critique of how most nutrition science falls short in providing the information we need due to attempting to study single nutrients rather than whole foods. He also describes how the food industry in America is suppressing vital information about healthy and unhealthy foods.