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My undergraduate minor in library science and penchant for learning served me well as I began my healing journey. Depending on your age, you may not understand this, but it’s a wonderful thing to no longer have to fool around with those monster microfiche machines in order to read a journal article. (Though I have to admit I still have a soft spot for the card catalog).

At any rate, what you are looking at here are some of the experts in the various areas of specialization and the materials they have produced.  There is also a section for the videos I’ve posted on my YouTube channel that you can access with the link beside the video. Some of the videos include the menu items you’ll find on the Learning to Cook with Friends service page, while others are things that I’ve enjoyed eating and cooking with my family.


  1. Adrenal health – Christianson, Alan, The Adrenal Reset Diet, New York, Harmony Books, 2014.
  2. Brain Function – Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere, with Paul Grewal, M.D. Harper Collins, 2018.
  3. Candidiasis – Gates, Donna, The Body Ecology Diet. Atlanta, GA, B.E.D. Publications, 1993.
  4. Fermented Foods – Schwenk, Donna, Cultured Food for Life, New York, Hay House, Inc., 2013.
  5. Fermented Foods – Katz, Sandor Ellix, The ART of FERMENTATION: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World, White River Junction, VT, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.
  6. Fermented Foods – Katz, Sandor Ellix, Wild Fermentation, 2003.
  7. Gluten – Perlmutter, David, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers, 2013.
  8. Gluten – Davis, William, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and find Your Path Back to Health, 2011.
  9. Gut Health – Perlmutter, David, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life, 2015.
  10. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – Wentz, Izabella, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Root Cause, 2013.
  11. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – Wentz, Izabella, Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back, 2017.
  12. Hormonal health – Gottfried, Sara, The Hormone Reset Diet: Heal Your Metabolism to lose up to 15 Pounds, 2016.
  13. Healing Arthritis – Blum, Susan, Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally, 2017.

Local Stores and Farms

  1. Local Cracker – Chris and Suzanne provide farm goods and services to Marion County, FL.
  2. Pastured Life Farm – Dave and Ginger Shields produce great tasting organically raised chicken, beef, and pork. Convenient pick-up place in Gainesville, every other Tuesday at Root & Pecker.
  3. Wards – Local grocery store. Corner of NW 23rd and NW 6th Ave., Gainesville.


  1. – Dr. Susan Blum, Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York. Dr. Blum is a functional medicine pioneer and specializes in arthritis.
  2. CFYL YouTube channel – Demos for following food preparation:
  3. – Personal cooking coach service by Mary Ann Hastings
  4. – Dr. Mowll is known as the “diabetes coach” and has been on many summits.
  5. – Dr. Sam Berne, Functional Ophthamologist.
  6. – Grocery delivery service.  Available w/Publix, Costco, Winn Dixie, & Target.
  7. – Known as “America’s Pharmacist”. She has a weekly (Tuesday) article in the Gainesville Sun and lots of great tips through her newsletter and website.
  8. ThriveMarket.comThrive Market: Organic, Healthy food delivery online, where you can get coconut aminos, ghee, kelp noodles.
  9. – Dr. Izabella Wentz, considered the “thyroid pharmacist”. Her website sells high quality supplements.