Category Archives: Books

Four Podcasts Ready to be Listened to

In case you haven’t heard about my podcasts, you can scoot over to them on my Let’s Talk Real Health podcast site ( and either download to a podcatcher like iTunes or just listen to it online.

I have already covered subjects like CODEX and DSHEA, cholesterol myths and truths, catecholamines, arabinose versus D-arabinitol as a yeast marker, and a few book, website and journal reviews.

Enjoy them and sign up to hear more of them. You can also find the link at my new company website, Lab Interpretation LLC. It has lots of other great info as well.

My Book is Out and Available

My book, Achieving Victory Over a Toxic World is now available through multiple outlets. It is the story of a child, my daughter, and her battle with a rare type of epilepsy, given little chance of recovery by the medical world, but through it all she has made it through, not perfectly, with the ability to live a normal life.

It also deals with what I believe caused her disorder, environmental toxicity. We are polluting our world at a staggering ratewhich is causing epidemics of diseases unheard of in human history. Big corporations would want you to believe this is not happening but my book shows you the truth.

The scariest part of my research delved into the effect these toxins are having on our most vunerable citizens, our children, and the up coming generations. In the final two parts of the book, I give you real world ideas on how to cope with the toxins and how you can begin the movement toward changing our world before it is too late. The increase in the rate of autism, asthma, epilepsy, ADHD, childhood cancers, cannot be explained by a “genetic epidemic”. We are poisoning ourselves and we can change that.

To order the book, you can go to either, Barnes and or for faster service my publisher –  AuthorHouse’s web site . This book represents my 20+ years of research along with the passion that comes with fighting for a daughter’s life. I can guarantee one thing about the book and that is it will move you, both emotionally and physically to help us change the world.

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Achieving Victory Over a Toxic World – Book Due Out Soon

In the next two weeks, my book Achieving Victory Over a Toxic World will be coming out. Three years in the making, it first tells the story of how my daughter Tasya has dealt with epilepsy and how this battle has driven me to research the effects of toxicity on human health, especially children. It is a guidebook that hopefully will have people understand how important it is for us to clean up the mess we are making, if not for us than for the coming generations. Here is a review from a friend, Dr. Robert Zieve, an MD from Arizona.

Mark Schauss has written a very important book, a book that needs to be required reading for all practitioners. The title, “Achieving Victory Over a Toxic World” wakes us up to the reality that we live in a toxic world. While we sit around and debate whether our world is toxic, or watch media headlines about lead poisoned toys from China, headlines that soon disappear, the volume of toxins that are affecting our daily lives and especially the lives of our children, continues to grow in both amount and in harmfulness.

Mark begins his book with his personal story of his daughter’s neurological illness, and how this led to his commitment to this work. Our stories are what makes us most human. They enable others to see into our lives and conflicts, and awaken our heart’s interest and need to continue reading. Mark’s story does just this, so that we do not become overwhelmed with statistics.

He then moves on with “Today’s Toxic World,” and he does not mince words with the title “The Loaded Revolver Theory of Toxicity.” It is important today the we use words that remind us of what is at stake; we have a gun to our heads, with toxins that threaten our lives much more than any foreign terrorist. Mark provides specific and simply organized guidelines for the reader to steer his or her way through the maze of information that we now have access to about the severity of effects these accumulated toxins are having upon our health. Even more important, he informs us of what specifically we can do about each of these toxins.

Mark has listed the important labs that must become commonplace in every practitioner’s work with patients. Testing for the presence and concentration of these toxins in our bodies, and testing for the adverse results of the presence of these accumulated toxins, such as Mark has outlined with depth and simplicity simultaneously, must be part of our health care system. I would venture to say as a practitioner that the results of these tests provide more useful information in developing effective therapeutic programs than many of the routine CT scans, PET scans, ultrasounds, and MRI’s that are done today. These tests show the results of the accumulation of toxins that Mark has detailed here.

There is a huge denial today about the magnitude of the effects of these toxins upon our health. They are scarcely mentioned in any medical training, in any product advertising, or by medical doctors in their work with patients. And yet, as we can clearly see in this well-organized and humanly written book, the health effects of these toxins are at the foundation of virtually all of our current illnesses. After reading this book, I wondered what good it is to even discuss health care from any political or economic perspective without placing the topics in this book at the center of the discussion of how
we develop a system of effective and affordable health care for everyone. The reasons this has not happened are due to many factors, which include the financial strength of corporations that make these toxic products and promote them in warm, fuzzy advertisements, and our general resistance to changing our lifestyles. The only way to end denial is to name the realities and claim responsibility for these realities. This book enables us to do this.

Much of what causes illness, and much of what an effective practitioner does with patients, is common sense. Towards the end of his book, Mark provides very good Common Sense Tips that the reader can take and put into activity.

If our commitment is to healing, this book must be part of our core reading program. It really should be part of core political discussions in the halls of those who are outlining sweeping plans for health care reform. It should be discussed at Grand Rounds at major medical centers. It should part of the central dialogue in local communities throughout the United States. And it needs to be discussed in the highest echelons of the corporate business world.

We must have the courage to look with clarity and purpose at the fundamental causes of our epidemic of chronic disease today. It is an epidemic that has as one of its fundamental causes, our toxic world. We can no longer afford to shy away from discussing the effects of today’s toxins in our lives and health.

Robert Zieve, M.D
Pine Tree Clinic
Prescott, Arizona

Fascinating Book About Restaurants and Chefs

Anthony Bourdain is not just a pretty darn good chef, but he turns out to be a very good writer. After reading, Kitchen Confidential, I could never eat a seafood frittata again (or any seafood on a buffet on a Sunday). He writes with such bite and wit that I was thrilled to see he had written another book on food called The Nasty Bits.

While this isn’t related to health or nutrition, I really recommend it to everyone who likes to read. It is a nice book to read in bed, or by the fireplace. Be forewarned through, Anthony pulls few punches, especially in the chapter called “The Evildoers” where he skewers the fast food industry being one of the main reasons the world is becoming obese. The book is worth the price just for that chapter alone.

 The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones

The End of Food – A must have book. Be forewarned, it is scary!

The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Food Supply–And What We Can Do About It“>The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying our Food Supply – and What You Can Do About It by Thomas F. Pawlick is an eye-opener. This investigative science journalist uncovers the ugly truths about what we eat. His two part book goes into the problems with our food supply and the solutions on how to eat better and healthier. There are a couple of instances where I disagree with him, like the part where he puts down the need for nutritional supplements (his argument is truly weak sauce), but for the most part, it is a spot on indictment of greed over health.

Click on the book below to get your copy of this excellent piece of work.

The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying Our Food Supply--And What We Can Do About It 

It’s Easy Being Green – A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living

While browsing the book shelves at the local Barnes and Nobel, I came across this handy book that I believe is a must own for anyone interested in being earth-friendly.  It’s practical, readable and worth the effort to get. Click on the link below to pick up your copy.

Here are a few tips from the book:

“Always cover pots when cooking. It speed up cooking and uses less energy.”

“Reuse water leftover after common household uses to water plants instead of pouring it down the drain (e.g., from a double boiler, washing produce, steaming vegetables, cookin pasta, soaking beans, soaking frozen meat in its packaging, etc.) Transfer leftover water to a watering can for later use. Make sure water is cool beofre using it to water plants.”

“Before discarding empty latex paint cans, leave the top off and allow the remaining paint to dry completely. Latex paint is not hazardous once it iis solidified.”

“Fix slow drains. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it with half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for twenty minutes to a half hour, then pour boiling water down the drain (about two quarts).”

“When buying packaged products, all other things being equal, buy the brand that uses the least amount of packaging.”


It\'s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living

The Healing Nutrients Within – A Must Have Book

This highly informative book in its third edition, is a veritable treasure trove of information about amino acids, the basic building blocks of life. I believe that everyone interested in their personal health and well being must have this book on their shelves. It is well-written, easy to understand yet based in science. Orignally authored by the legendary Carl C. Pfeiffer, this book was recently updated by Dr. Eric Braverman, M.D.

The Healing Nutrients Within: Facts, Findings, and New Research on Amino Acids

The China Study – Everyone Needs to Get This Book

The complete title of this book should be more than description enough to convince you to buy it today – The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.

This book reveals information that came out of the largest study of its kind that should turn the medical profession on its head. A review on summed up what the book is about and why it is so important.  Howie Jacobson, “America’s Fit Family Coach” said:

The main point of this book is that most nutritional studies that we hear about in the media are poorly constructed because of what the author terms “scientific reductionism.” That is, they attempt to pin down the effects of a single nutrient in isolation from all other aspects of diet and lifestyle.

While this is the “gold standard” for clinical trials in the pharmaceutical world, it just doesn’t work when it comes to nutrition. Given that the Western diet is extremely high fat and high protein compared to most of the rest of the world, studies that examine slight variations in this diet (i.e., adding a few grams of fiber or substituting skim milk for full fat milk) are like comparing the mortality rates of people who smoke five packs of cigarettes a day vs. people who smoke only 97 cigarettes a day.

If you want to find the truth behind what really matters in nutrition, get this book today by clicking on the link.

 The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health

A Guide to Making Intelligent Choices Regarding Our Environment

So which is worse, using synthetic “peanuts” to ship or shredded newspaper?  In the book “The Consumers Guide to Effective Environmental Choices” from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Drs. Brower and Leon give you easy to apply tips on how to lower your impact on the environment. Instead of suggesting that we go back to living in caves, the authors focus on which things make the most impact on the environment and how the decisions we make on the major things are vastly more important than small ones.

The answer to the question?  Actually, there really isn’t much of a difference. While the synthetic peanuts are slightly more toxic than the newspaper, their weight difference means lower fuel costs in transportation of products so its a wash.


The Consumer\'s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists