Booklist compiled by
Daniel Vicario, M.D.
Edited by Mary Hollander, R.N.

These are just a few of the hundreds of wonderful books that have been written, to inspire us to become better human beings and help in our own healing.

We would like to recommend three outstanding books written by 3 dear colleagues, friends, and collaborators of our SDCRI Integrative Oncology Team. You can click on the links below for more information:

1. Dr. Paul Mills: Science, Being and Becoming. The Spiritual Lives of Scientists
2. Dr. Shamini Jain: Healing Ourselves. Biofield Science and the Future of Health
3. Dr. Tiffany Barsotti: The Biology of Transformation.


  • “Healing and Cancer” by Wayne B. Jonas and Alyssa McManamon (2024)  “Reading it gave me a sense of optimism, inspiration, and gratitude.” ~ Dr. Daniel Vicario
  • “Coping with Chemotherapy” by Nancy Bruning. (Revised 1993) 
  • “Return to Wholeness: Embracing Body, Mind and Spirit in the Face of Cancer” by David Simon, M.D. (1998)
  • “The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person” by Jeremy Geffen. (2000)


Complementary Modalities

  • Draw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal Paperback” by Samantha Dion Baker  (2018)
  • “Fortify Your Life; Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals & More”, by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.  (2016)
  • “Healthy at Home” by Tieraona Low Dog M.D. (2014) 
  • “Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness” by Elana Rosenbaum, Jon Kabat-Zinn (2007) 
  • “Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth – Open the Door to Self-Understanding by Writing, Reading, and Creating a Journal of Your Life” by Kathleen Adams (1990)
  • “May Cause Happiness: A Gratitude Journal” By Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB (2018)
  • “Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A Step-by-Step MBSR Approach to Help You Cope with Treatment and Reclaim Your Life”  by Linda E. Carlson (2011)
  • “National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants” by Tieraona Low Dog M.D. & Rebecca L. Johnson. (2012) 
  • “The Artist’s Way Workbook” by J. Cameron (2006)
  •  “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” by J. Cameron (2020) 
  • “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh, (1975)
  • “The Yoga of Herbs” by David Frawley and Vasant Dattatray Lad. (1986)
  • “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise L. Hay. (1984)
  • “Zen Heart: Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion” by Ezra Bayda, (2009)
  • “Treatment and Reclaim Your Life”  by Linda E. Carlson (2011)
  • “Pranayama: The Vedic Science of Breath: 14 Ultimate Breathing Techniques to Calm Your Mind, Relieve Stress and Heal Your Body”  by Advait (2017)
  • “Breathe: The New Science of a Lost Art”  by James Nestor (2020)

Dr. Paul Brenner

  • “Buddha in the Waiting Room: Simple Truths About Health, Illness, and Healing” (2002)
  • “Health is a Question of Balance” (1978)
  • “Life is A Shared Creation” (1981)
  • “Love Made Visible” (2015)
  • “Seeing Your Life Through New Eyes” (2012)



  • “The Art of Happiness” by His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV & Howard C. Cutler. (2020)
  • “Closing the Gap” by Todd Duncan. (2000)
  • “Cycle of Lives”  by David Richman (2021)
  • “How to Live Between Office Visits: A Guide to Life, Love and Health” by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. (1993) 
  • “Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal” by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. (1996) 
  • “Love is Letting Go of Fear” by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. (1979)
  • “Love Is The Answer: Creating Positive Relationships” by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane Cirincione. (1991) 
  • “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Dr. Victor Frankl & Harold S. Kushner. (1946) 
  • “Notes to Myself” by Hugh Prather (1983) 
  • “Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer (2005)
  • “Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives” by Wayne Muller. (2000) 
  • “The Five Invitations” by Frank Ostaseski (2017)
  • “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz, M.D. (1997)
  • “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. (2006)
  • “Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity” by Peter Attia MD & Bill Gifford (2023)
  • “Death is But a Dream” by Christopher Kerr & Carine Mardorossian (2020)
  • “Why Our Minds Wander: Understand the Science and Learn How to Focus Your Thoughts” by Arnaud Delorme (2023)


  • “Eating Mindfully” by Susan Albers, Pysd. (2012)
  • “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan (2009)
  • “How Not To Die” by Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM
  • “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan (2008)
  • “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”, by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.M.D. (2008)
  • “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. & Thomas M. Campbell II (2006)
  • “The Future of Nutrition” by T. Colin Campbell PhD (2020)
  • “UnDo It!; How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases” by Dean Ornish M.D. (2022)
  • “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” By T. Colin Campbell PhD. (2014)

Personal Stories

  • “Getting Well Again” by O. Carl Simonton, M.D. (1978/2009)
  • “The C Card and Me 2: How I Beat Stage IV Cancer (Again and Again)” by Ali Gilmore. (2015)
  • “The C Card and Me: How I Beat Stage IV Cancer (to a Pulp),” by Ali Gilmore. (2012)
  • “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom. (1997)


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