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Rescue Resources: Health, Wellness and Food Books

The China Study - Dr. T. Colin CampbellSeven Pillars of Health - Donald ColbertDiet for a New America - John RobbinsEat This and Live - Donald ColbertOmnivore's Dilemma - Michael PollanFood for Life - Dr. Neal BarnardForks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to HealthFood Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal - Eric SchlosserThe Food Revolution by John RobbinsPrevent and Reverse Heart Disease - Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.The Real Food Daily Cookbook - Ann GentryIn Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto - Michael PollanSugar Blues - William DuftyHealing With Whole Foods - Paul PitchfordGrub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen - Anna LappeFire Your Doctor - How to Be Independently Healthy - Andrew W. Saul Ph.D.The Gerson Therapy - Charlotte GersonChew on This: Everything You Don't Want...

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Rescue Resources: Health, Wellness and Food Books


  • The China Study - Dr. T. Colin Campbell
  • Seven Pillars of Health - Donald Colbert
  • Diet for a New America - John Robbins
  • Eat This and Live - Donald Colbert
  • Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
  • Food for Life - Dr. Neal Barnard
  • Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health
  • Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal - Eric Schlosser
  • The Food Revolution by John Robbins
  • Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease - Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.
  • The Real Food Daily Cookbook - Ann Gentry
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto - Michael Pollan
  • Sugar Blues - William Dufty
  • Healing With Whole Foods - Paul Pitchford
  • Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen - Anna Lappe
  • Fire Your Doctor - How to Be Independently Healthy - Andrew W. Saul Ph.D.
  • The Gerson Therapy - Charlotte Gerson
  • Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food - Eric Schlosser
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver
  • Conscious Eating - Gabriel Cousens
  • Radical Vegetarianism - Mark Matthew Braunstein
  • Caffeine Blues - Stephen Cherniske
  • Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System - Raj Patel
  • Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer

Rescue Resources: Health, Wellness and Food Movies

Queen of the Sun (2012)Vegucated (2011)Fork Over Knives (2011)Burzynski, The Movie (2011)May I Be Frank (2010)Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)Food Inc. (2009)Simply Raw (2009)Dirt: The Movie (2009)The Gerson Miracle (2009)Food Matters (2008)Food Fight (2008)The Beautiful Truth (2008)Fresh (2008)The World According to Monsanto (2008)Flow (2008)Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)The Garden (2008)Killer at Large (2008)King Corn (2007)The Price of Sugar (2007)Dying to have Known (2006)Our Daily Bread (2006)The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)Super Size Me (2004)The Future of Food (2004)

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Rescue Resources: Health, Wellness and Food Movies


  • Queen of the Sun (2012)
  • Vegucated (2011)
  • Fork Over Knives (2011)
  • Burzynski, The Movie (2011)
  • May I Be Frank (2010)
  • Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)
  • Food Inc. (2009)
  • Simply Raw (2009)
  • Dirt: The Movie (2009)
  • The Gerson Miracle (2009)
  • Food Matters (2008)
  • Food Fight (2008)
  • The Beautiful Truth (2008)
  • Fresh (2008)
  • The World According to Monsanto (2008)
  • Flow (2008)
  • Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)
  • The Garden (2008)
  • Killer at Large (2008)
  • King Corn (2007)
  • The Price of Sugar (2007)
  • Dying to have Known (2006)
  • Our Daily Bread (2006)
  • The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)
  • Super Size Me (2004)
  • The Future of Food (2004)

Various Thoughts and Aphorisms

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Wellness Questions and Answers

"I am 38 year old woman and I was a super energetic person, happy and always smiling. I loved to dance for hours, to ride my motorbike, to go out with my friends... I suffer from endometriosis stage 5. These last 7 years my endometriosis got worse and worse, so much that I spend almost all my day in bed. My body lost muscles and shape. My hair and skin got weak and lifeless. All my body hurts, joints, knees, etc. It has been a domino effect. I have tried to get more active but after a while, I get a lesion or my endo gets worse and I can't exercise anymore. I read in your article that pain can be also improved? Is that true? My weight is 70kg and I am 1.68cm. I am just thinking that the rest of my life is going to be like this and honestly, is not very encouraging. Congrats for your...

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"I am 38 year old woman and I was a super energetic person, happy and always smiling. I loved to dance for hours, to ride my motorbike, to go out with my friends... I suffer from endometriosis stage 5. These last 7 years my endometriosis got worse and worse, so much that I spend almost all my day in bed. My body lost muscles and shape. My hair and skin got weak and lifeless. All my body hurts, joints, knees, etc. It has been a domino effect. I have tried to get more active but after a while, I get a lesion or my endo gets worse and I can't exercise anymore. I read in your article that pain can be also improved? Is that true? My weight is 70kg and I am 1.68cm. I am just thinking that the rest of my life is going to be like this and honestly, is not very encouraging. Congrats for your success."

Any condition, which makes you feel miserable, is "improved" when any part of your energy and vital strength is increased--making you feel less miserable. So yes, you can be improved, but to what extent is a complicated matter. I understand the domino effect, and something to consider is that the domino effect works regarding achieving health as well. The systemic implications of even taking one vitamin, for example, relating to Scurvy, can be incalculably far reaching. Each little "bit" helps. To get the "dominoes" falling for your benefit, do every little thing you can, and see what chain of well-being those actions set-off. Some things will work and others will not. Only you can be the judge of what makes you feel better. You need to research, read, learn and take action with experimentation, determination and patience. I wish you the very best in your search for health. Your friend in hope, Bryant.


Question by Fiona W: "Thank you so much for sharing. I'm at my desk at work desperately trying not to cry. I hate this vessel so much it hurts sometimes; I need to find my way back to peace once more. Thank you a million times over for your journey. I guess it all starts with a single step; you are living proof of that! xo"

Answer: Fiona, the power of your emotion, that you feel, is a wonderful thing--that is the feeling of your love for yourself! That emotion you feel is the part still holding on to your dream, and it is saying, "I WILL NOT GIVE UP!" Don't hate it--instead focus on accepting and receiving the change. If you have tears, then you are in a great place and there is hope. Keep caring about yourself, and make it happen. :) Sending you love, Bryant.

Question by D A Syed: "Well , this is really impressing. sometimes i get very tired too . you won't blv bt i am struggling since last more than 3 years i lost 10 kilo but now i dont lose anymore. my weight keeps fluctuating for some reason . yes i have disease called PCOS , that is another main reason why i cant lose weight like a normal person can . i have worked very hard , now when i don't see any results ive lost it i don't feel like doing anything any work out . but this story of yours has again motivated me to hit it again . and keep working hard , unless i reach my goal!"

Answer: Along with the answer I gave Anna M on this page, also applicable to you, I would also like to give you a tip. Be careful about working too hard. A lot of people work so hard in gyms and with mental exertion (otherwise known as stress) and they never lose weight. When you work too hard, your body perceives this as another stressor, a war/survival situation--and it protectively holds onto the weight. Work steadily, but gently and peacefully. With love, Bryant. :)

"I guess this is the reason why I can't lose any more. I will just relax and workout ... oh by the way I have one more question, I came across many different answers but didn't get the correct one. First i lost 10 kg on scale ... after that on scale I did not lose even a single pound. But yet my dress size was UK 16 after losing 10 kgz and now it is UK 12 . How come I have dropped my clothes size but no weight on scale?"

The way the body distributes fat and water weight is very complex. When there is not much change in your body composition, there is a homeostasis within the system, even if you are overweight. This homeostasis is based upon your habits and regularity. When you shock your system with weight-loss things can happen. The bodily system can quickly reorganize, in a bodily "butterfly effect" if you will. Losing weight, or any significant stimuli (addition or reduction of stress, etc.) can easily set-off a chain-of-events of changes within. I know how tempting it is to look at clothing size and weight, especially when we are trying to lose weight! :) We can easily answer this body composition question by saying that this is simply what your body wants to be right now. The question is what do you want it to be next. Look at this from a balanced and inclusive viewpoint and over a long period of time. Experiment with your routines and try to just focus on how you feel in terms of how much energy you have, how happy you are and how active you are. As you apply changes to your life with food, activity and love the body will respond and reorganize itself in the ways it "feels" best for survival. Your complex bodily system does not think in terms of clothing size; it thinks in terms of support and survival of your consciousness. Give your body the supportive environment it needs, and the rest will happen.


"Hi Bryant..Its so inspiring. I am on my way to lose weight and I am able to do it. I agree that the real tip is to treat ourselves with a lot more care and trust ourselves that we can do it. I am able to do it. I agree that the real tip is to treat ourselves with a lot more care and trust ourselves that we can do it. Any particular diet which you followed please?"

The way you articulate tells me you are on the right path. Your words are powerful. The "diet" word is a complex topic, because that word means so many different things to people. I will just say that regarding the food part of "diet" the less processed, less laden with unnatural man-made chemicals and the closer to the original you can get, the better. But also look at the "diet" of water, breathing, sunshine and especially love. I do not endorse any particular "diet" because there are many ways you can get where you want to go that fit your own personal taste and preferences. Some people are very extreme; and extremist thinking is another form of violence and anger—which is caustic to the mind/body system. Be at ease and peace and have love and laughter. This is the best diet. Then follow up with beautiful, vibrant natural foods that work for you. Good luck and have a beautiful day, Bryant.

To Heal the World We Must Heal Ourselves

Stress Reduction, SLEEP, Breathing, Water, Sunshine, Walking, Fruits, Vegetables, Yoga, Meditation, Love, Community, Laughter, Dreams, Perseverance, Purpose, Humility, Action (As Seen in Origin Magazine) I was born in the deep south, in Mobile, Alabama, also known as the Azalea City because of the vibrant landscapes colored by these beautiful flowers. I had been adopted away from an abusive family situation, and had almost died twice as a toddler. I grew up on a small, dirt road in the country, and my family had few resources, so college was seemingly not an option. I had no connections, no education, few positive role models, and making matters worse, my self-esteem had been crushed through years of secreted childhood bullying and abuses, which would take me decades to overcome. What I...

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Stress Reduction, SLEEP, Breathing, Water, Sunshine, Walking, Fruits, Vegetables, Yoga, Meditation, Love, Community, Laughter, Dreams, Perseverance, Purpose, Humility, Action (As Seen in Origin Magazine)

I was born in the deep south, in Mobile, Alabama, also known as the Azalea City because of the vibrant landscapes colored by these beautiful flowers. I had been adopted away from an abusive family situation, and had almost died twice as a toddler. I grew up on a small, dirt road in the country, and my family had few resources, so college was seemingly not an option. I had no connections, no education, few positive role models, and making matters worse, my self-esteem had been crushed through years of secreted childhood bullying and abuses, which would take me decades to overcome. What I remember the most about my childhood is constant fear -- and "good food."

I was raised in a culture of quietly "polite" judgments; a pressure-cooker of seething hatred, prejudice, violence and ignorance. But hey, the catfish and fried chicken were amazing! I was never really taught about healthy eating. To the contrary, my cultural inheritance was learning to "treat yourself" at "special occasions" by gorging on every horribly delicious food you can imagine. I don't want to get into the greasy, buttery, deep-fried, fatty, sugary, meaty, barbecued details here, but let's just say if gluttony really is the second deadly sin, then I knew a lot of people on their way to hell. With no knowledge of positive psychology, real foods or healthy lifestyles, time took its toll on me, and the invincibility of my youth diminished as my gut and waist-line expanded.

Much later in life, I found myself living (dying) in a suburban basement, like a hunchback shut-in, not leaving for months at a time because of embarrassment and chronic pain. It was really bad, and sad. I had no one to help me with my plight. I cried out for help to those closest to me, but my pleading was met with cold detachment and uncaring. There was a time when I was really worried and afraid that I was going to die, because I was so unhealthy. I could not even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I was truly and frighteningly, unwell. I was on my own and I was debilitated. I felt old and tired, and I could see the grave rapidly approaching. My body had become an entombment of fat covering the pain and loneliness of a broken heart and spirit. Hope and life seemed very distant.

But there was something still in me; a dream I had always dreamt of living a beautiful life. I had a calling in my heart; a great calling for a great work. But, to carry out my calling I would need strength and vitality, both things that seemed so far away. I longed to be free of the bodily pain, stiffness and decrepitude. I remember when I was just a little boy running around bare-foot on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere Alabama. I may have been a hick, but I could run! At dusk, often on my way home, I would run bare-foot through a five acre field of dew-covered grass. I was running wildly on the tips of my toes with such speed, that all I could hear was the loud winds blowing in my ears. I felt like Mercury, or an Indian brave, and my energy seemed inexhaustible. I could run like the wind; feeling my power rushing through me. I wanted that joyous, youthful vigor and spring back.

One of the first steps to achieving wellness for me, was learning humility. To abuse the gift of life and one's own precious body is a form of extreme arrogance and self-hatred. So one of the keys for me was reacquainting myself with the beautiful gifts that exist, for those who have respect, gratitude and appreciation for all that is available to heal and sustain our bodies. I also made a very deliberate decision that I wanted to live life with health and vigor. I decided I wanted the energy and vitality to do and experience all of the wondrous things in life that are available to all people. I wanted the strength and stamina to lead a life of activity, exploration and true excellence. Ultimately it came down to me deciding whether I wanted to advance toward the grave in a state of decrepit stupor, or rise and advance in life as a fresh, vital being, full of youthful energy and joy.

In my quest for understanding, I realized something very important one day. That the human body is an unfathomable and miraculous microcosm of divine order. The intelligence, complexity and order of even a single cell rivals that of a large modern city. Our bodies love us! Just think about it. The universe within--your trillions of cells all cooperate in a grand orchestration to serve and heal you. Your cells work around the clock in total unison and harmony cleaning, repairing, restoring and nourishing your entire physical being. Every person's body wants nothing more than to cooperate with them in achieving optimal health. But I realized that I was at WAR with my OWN body. I was waging a terrible war of violence against my body by bombarding it with stress, toxic environments, lack of sleep, and the most terrible and dreadful toxic foods known to man, otherwise known as, the modern American diet and lifestyle. When you are obese, you are chronically diseased and you are moving toward the grave at a rapid pace. My body had become completely addicted to heavy greases, oils, animal fats, highly refined carbohydrates, sugars, salts and an endless array of toxic chemicals. All of these self-inflicted bodily assaults kept my body's own rescue and repair mechanisms overloaded and unable to keep up with my deteriorating state.

Even through my pain I worked toward my heart's highest calling to be an instrument of healing for the world, but little did I know, that those whispers were really calling for my own healing. As destiny would have it, I found myself catapulted onto the world stage, and was given a rare opportunity to be a voice of reason and peace for the voiceless. However, with the opportunity came a humbling lesson. I was advocating for world peace, but I was waging a violent war against my own body. I was speaking about poverty and starvation, but I was eating more than my fair share. I was a hypocrite. This epiphany laid open my pride to the providence of self-love as I invoked the sage wisdom of Gandhi to become the change that I wanted to see in the world.

I discovered that simply by getting out of my own body's way, and letting it do its job, and cooperating with my body, IT would heal itself from the dreadfully debilitating sickness of obesity. To lose weight I did very little outside of gentle and peaceful cooperation with the inherent wisdom and intelligence of my own body. Through meditation and gentle cooperation, the body will heal itself with little or no effort. When we are at peace with ourselves the total expression of that true peace includes our outer being; our body. Losing weight and being healthy is so simple and easy. Your goal should never be weight-loss, but rather to have true health and respect for the gift of life.

I know intimately the deep struggles and perseverance it takes to reclaim your health, because I have been there. This is not theoretical for me. I have personally lost over 100 pounds and shrank my waist from a size 48/50" to 30". I freed myself from all medications and healed all of my dis-eases: extreme obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, bad cholesterol, extreme acid reflux, candida, stiffness, glaucoma, arthritis, bursitis, knee and joint pain, gout, angina, insomnia, breathlessness, fatigue, chronic back problems, post nasal drip and sleep apnea. I believe I have extended my life by decades, reversing my heart condition, and clearing my arteries. I healed myself with totally natural methods, and I now have the energy, vitality, stamina and flexibility of a healthy twenty-year old.

What one person can do, another can do. You can reclaim your life and get back on track to becoming your full potential. It is never too late to love yourself again. Don't give up. You can accomplish almost anything, if you really want it. Let me be your proof that it is possible. Start educating yourself and learn how to take proper care of yourself through self-love. I will be here to support you with the best information I can provide, to help you on your journey. The unification of the mind, spirit and body is the triad of focus that gives one the clarity and resolve to deliver. I have used these, and many other techniques to completely transform my body and my life. My strength, vitality and health are important parts of my secret to how I live a life of activity, exploration and creative excellence. And now, it's your turn!

"The only hope of transforming the world from the 'tsunami of violence' is for each of us to Become the Change We Wish To See in the World. Bryant McGill shows us the way."

Dr. Arun M. Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi




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"I live in Southern California with my life partner Jenni, and I have three amazing daughters. I am a simple person, who as a boy, ran around barefoot on a dirt-road in Alabama — dreaming of being a writer. I am probably best known as a writer of pithy sayings and small, simple aphorisms which have found their way into tens-of-thousands of publications, including by some of the biggest publishers in the world. I love to inspire people and show them their inner-beauty. I see the world spiritually. My mission is to cause people to consider kinder ways in which we could do business, structure our relationships and treat the world." Bio


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