Your health is nobody’s business

Funny how everyone seems to think it is, though…

If I were to shame my relatives who smoke, or even those who drink heavily, I’d be snapped at. “It’s none of your business!” people say. The same goes for people who jump out of airplanes, eat Twinkies every day (without gaining weight), or partake in other potentially dangerous activities.

Yet for some reason, people look at fat people and claim they’re worried about their health when they comment on how they look. They seem to think that by looking at someone, they can tell if they have diabetes, glaucoma, poor blood pressure and a plethora of other issues when really, the only thing you can tell about someone who is fat is that—get this!—they’re fat. Doesn’t that lift a load off your shoulders, now that you know that you can’t tell a damn thing about a fat person other than that they are fat? You don’t have to worry about their health anymore, since you have no idea what said health is like.

Of course, your fat shaming, your unrequested dieting advice or warnings of poor health really have nothing to do with health, do they? It’s pure fun. You want to bully someone, and it makes you feel better about yourself to admonish fat people about their looks. You can’t do it to people based on race or disability anymore without being called out on it, and it’s getting more and more frowned upon to do it to gay people (though any and all of these groups of people still experience bullying and worse daily, to be sure)—but for some reason, society has decided that it’s perfectly okay to mock, jeer at, and even hate fat people “for their health.”

Let me ask you if anyone has ever mocked, jeered or hated you into, say, acing a test, or learning how to hit a ball. No? Then hell’s bells, why would you think it would work to help someone lose weight—particularly when over 90 percent of diets fail?

But there’s an even bigger issue that you should already be aware of, especially if you’ve ever signed a HIPAA form. Ahem, here it is:

Your health is nobody else’s business.

Anyone’s health, aside from your own (and anyone you are caregiver of), is none of YOUR business.

You can sigh a big sigh of relief, since you are now free to stop judging, making fun of, throwing objects at, and bullying fat people for their “health.” It’s not your health to worry about. You’re free!

Christiane Northrup on forgiving ourselves: Total BS

Why are innocent women always being told to forgive themselves?


I used to be a fan of Christine Northrup’s Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. And while I can’t say that I discount her writing entirely, there are some aspects of her book that I just don’t quite get. Much of the book is about women’s intuition. Other parts touch on sensitive topics for women such as sex, pms, and menopause.

One chapter rubbed me the wrong way. Ironically, the chapter was on forgiveness. I’m not an unforgiving person, but a passage in the book struck me as way too benevolent to those who may have offended others. Somewhere in the middle of the chapter “Steps for Healing”: “Now picture someone who has great resentment for you.” And continues with the message that you should let that person into your heart and ask them for forgiveness. That is the kind of bullshit that I am sick and tired of.

First, why should I assume that the person that has resentment for me is right and that I am wrong? Why should I justify their negativity and anger by begging for forgiveness? Second, if I could in fact see people into my heart, why would I first choose the most negative person around me? Wouldn’t I choose the most positive person around me? What would seeing the darkest energy do to my (relatively) pristine soul?

The passage does continue with forgiving all around you, and then, ultimately, forgiving yourself. Again, I think this message is bullshit. The message that the chapter—and many others give—is that we need to forgive ourselves.

I’m sorry, but most of us are not guilty. Most of the women I know are not guilty of anything more than the occasional white lie. Most women I know are not guilty of anything. The chapter possibly relates to the message of shame, but I would like to reiterate that the victims are NOT THE GUILTY PARTIES. Is it so wrong to blame the guilty parties? Or to get angry at the people who resent us because of their own insecurities and faults?

Or do we, as women, have to take everything on our shoulders and constantly blame ourselves? If I’m “guilty,” I’d rather take responsibility for my actions and change my behavior than sit and silently “forgive myself.” Likewise, if someone has a grudge against me, it’s not my job to “ask them for forgiveness in my heart.” As for what the person does with their heart, I have absolutely no control.

Fast Food Nation: 10 Years Later

It may not have changed the world, but it definitely changed my own life for the better
The Daily Beast invited Eric Schlosser to write an essay about what the last 10 years have brought since his mega-hit Fast Food Nation hit the shelves. Unsurprisingly, Schlosser observes that very little has changed at the federal regulatory level. If anything, legislation has been passed that has made it easier for companies like McDonalds to do the wrong thing.
But on the public front, things have changed substantially. Schlosser has never been one to avoid a chance to toot his own horn, and it's true that it's impossible to say how much of the rise of the organic "eat local" and slow food movements have been due to his book. But I think we can safely say that Fast Food Nation had a huge impact for the better on the lives of many people.

It certainly had an impact on my life. When Fast Food Nation came out, I was working long hours at a job I disliked. I would estimate that 90% of my diet was pre-processed food, and that I ate between 5 and 10 fast food meals a week. 
I ate fast food for lunch every day, of course. I would also pick up dinner at the drive through on my way home many nights, and sometimes breakfast on my way into work as well. On the weekends if I was out shopping, I would eat fast food, too. I counted the lettuce on a Big Mac as a serving of vegetables. 
Cooking a meal at home from scratch seemed like an exotic pastime, something I would do on the occasional Sunday afternoon, requiring several hours of shopping and preparation first.
And honestly, I didn't see a problem with this. I vaguely understood that cooking meals from scratch could save me money, but (as I figured it) it would cost me a lot of time. I wasn't very good at cooking, either, so there would be a lot of ruined and not-very-tasty meals. And as far as I could see, food was food, so what's the difference?
"You have to read this," a coworker said, pressing a somewhat dog-eared copy into my hands. And he was right: I DID have to read it. 
It was a long, often frustrating road between then and now. These days I eat fast food only two or three times a month at most, and 90% of my meals are prepared from scratch ingredients. And you know what? It wasn't that hard, after all!
Fast Food Nation may not have changed the world, but it definitely changed my own life for the better. Happy 10th anniversary to this amazing book!

Health Book Club Review: Making the Cut

There's something about Jillian Michaels that has Americans ready and willing to believe in everything she says and in her latest book, "Making the Cut: The 30 Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You" she helps provide yet another example of how every day people can improve their health. The book has received outstanding reviews from a range of different organizations, all pointing to the benefits it offers in a simple, realistic format.

The book, "Making the Cut" provides a way to finally drop off those last 10 to 20 pounds so you look great for any evening out you plan to attend. The goal of the book is to provide a way for individuals to make realistic changes in their lifestyle to get back to being fit. Many people know Jillian Michaels from her stint on "Biggest Loser" a show about extreme weight loss in which individuals compete to become the "biggest loser" to win prizes.

In "Making the Cut" Michaels offers a wide range of tools to help with developing strength and flexibility, improving endurance and coordination and by way of that, improving a person's self confidence overall. The plan is all about metabolic training, something the trainer and super star has pushed for many years. The book does focus on using various mental techniques to improve your ability to gain success at weight loss. The book is ideal for those who want to lose weight but also for those who want to get a firmer, tighter body that has more tone to it. You will look sexier and be healthier as well.

Health Book Review – The Seven Pillars of Health


The book, The Seven Pillars of Health, written by Donald Colbert and Mary Colbert, is an interesting, invigorating look at how you really can be healthy today. The book provides a good overview of the way that people can improve their health and live a longer life if they just know how to do it. The book has received numerous positive reviews and is a New York Times best seller.

What's It About?

The book gives you the facts and all of the straight talk you need to improve your life and to get healthy. It tells you, hands down, that the unhealthy lifestyle you are leading is your own fault and that you can and will be able to do something about it. The book notes that most diseases people are suffering from are caused by poor diets, lack of exercise, unhealthy habits and stress. To change this, the author states you need to understand your health, including in the areas of sleep, water, living food, exercise, stress management, supplements and detoxification.

The author is conducted numerous seminars and has helped many people to move past their health struggles to live longer, healthier lives than they would have if they continued down the same path. The author is well respected and this book, with its Christian influence, continues to be a wakeup call to those who sit and wonder why me and never take the steps to make a change. For those who want a way to get back on track not just with a diet but with a mental breakthrough, this book can help you to do that.

Health Book Club - How About Natural Herbs?


There are many books and products that promise to heal. That is nothing new. However, there's a new book out that could help you to feel a bit better about yourself by offering simple and effective herbs and spices as healing tools. The book, Healing Herbs and Spices: Health Benefits of Popular Herbs and Spices Plus Over 70 Recipes to Use Them In provides a good look at the real uses for these cupboard bound foods.

What's the Book About?

In the book, written by Lee Anne Dobbins, there is a complete look at what herbs and spices can help you in terms of health benefits. The book is getting positive reviews from numerous sources and it could be the ideal choice for everyday users who want to just improve the way they feel. The book not only offers simple and easy to make recipes, but it creates them with health benefits in mind. For example, you are not going to just learn what herbs can help with your memory but you will find tasty foods that can help to make your diet a bit more memory-boosting.

Numerous treatments are included here. The book does not claim to heal big diseases and it does not offer any promises of super weight loss. However, it does provide a range of informative pieces of advice that any home user can benefit from. The book teaches what the best herbs are for various treatments, how to use them and how to cook with them. It is a complete resource. 

Health Book Club - Superfoods

For those who are being health conscious, it pays to know which foods to eat and which not to. There are many foods that qualify as superfoods, which is what the book, Superfoods: The 101 Best Foods to Live Longer and Feel Younger has to offer. The book offers an interesting take on the various foods good for you. Plus, it will teach you what foods can actually help you to look younger.

The Book Review

Superfoods: The 101 Best Foods to Live Longer and Feel Younger, written by the Health Research Staff, provides a good amount of information. We reviewed it to get a better idea if this book can be worthwhile for those looking for opportunities to improve their health. The book offers a wide range of information such as the following:

·         Spices and how they work as antibacterial and antiviral products for your body

·         Antioxidant rich foods

·         Beverages that have no calories but help to speed up the metabolism

·         Fruits that have anti inflammatory effects on the body

·         Foods that can lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes

·         Gluten free foods that help individuals feel better

So, is the book worth the buy? It can be a good investment if you want a simple to use and easy to understand guide to the foods you are eating. In other words, if you want everything in one place, this is the book to get that information. On the other hand, if you just have one problem, you could find most of what's included here online.

Health Book Club Review: Easy Ways to Feel Better

We are often faced with countless books and how to plans of how to get better. The problem for many people is knowing where to start. What I find interesting in the book: "Health: The Reader's Digest Version: Easy Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer" is that it really can be easier to do than most people think. The book makes it easy for individuals to start adding health into their lives and that is what is important.

What's In It?

The book offers some good insight. It does make some bold promises like teaching you the best ways to live to be 100, lower your stress by 75 percent and to avoid hair loss. What makes this book a standout is that it actually makes getting and being healthy far easier to do than most people expect. You can pick up the book and start to use it. There is no long learning process or complex science included. That makes it easier for everyday people to get healthy the way they want to.

What's the Verdict

If you need a way to learn how to get healthy and you want it in the simplest possible way, author Joe Kita does a great job of making that happen in this book. It is not a book that lists a complex way to lose weight and it does not offer advice you could not find anywhere else. However, the beauty of it is that it condenses what you need to know into a simple to find solution. You'll read it, put it into practice and feel better for it.

Health Book Club Review: Is Wheat Belly for You?

As the new year gets underway, it is inevitable that many will take on the resolution of losing weight. It is a great way to get fit and one book may help you to do just that. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health written by William Davis may be the informational book you need. The book promises to help you to finally lose all of that stored body fat by taking smart measures to reduce the wheat and wheat products in your diet. Does it work?

Davis is a cardiologist and he takes the stance in this book that the only way to reduce and prevent fat storage in the body is to do so by eliminating wheat from your diet. It can even improve and reverse many of the health problems individuals have. He states that eating a lot of wheat in the diet can lead to high blood sugar, minor rashes and many things in between. He also says that wheat is the single largest contributor to the country's obesity problems.

What will Wheat Belly do for you? The book promises to help you to dramatically lose weight and to improve to optimal health by simply removing this common food element from the diet.  Those who reviewed the book have a favorable outlook on it, saying that this is a better version of low carbing it. Being gluten free can improve your weight and Wheat Belly is the place to start if you are looking for a good way to improve your health.

Health Book Club Review of the Week: Spontaneous Happiness

In our health book club review of the week, we feature the book Spontaneous Happiness, written by Andrew Weil. As the title suggestions, the book provides guidance and information for everyday people to live a happy life that does not really focus on material things. Rather, the author provides a guide on how to maintain optimum physical health and how in doing so, you'll be happy.

Health Book Information

Dr. Andrew Weil writes Spontaneous Happiness around a series of scientifically proven strategies. These come from various Eastern and Western psychology on how to improve your poor mood and to take steps to enhance your comfort, serenity and contentment. This is done by teaching you how to use mindfulness training, nutritional science and psychotherapy to create the ability to improve your current state. In short, it provides the steps you need to create your own happiness without having to rely on what is happening around you.

What People Are Saying

Those who know Dr. Weil's works will find this book to be very diverse and easy to follow. The research included is outstanding, which encourages you to truly see the value in the information. Some say the book is less about being happy yourself and more about beating depression and depression-like symptoms. Many of the chapters focus initially on depression and emotional well-being.

This book is for those who are struggling to be happy within their life and want a plan to overcome it. The descriptions and plan to get to happiness really does deliver on the elements you need to improve your overall health from an emotional standpoint.