February 2010

I Can Make You Thin

Okay, from the get-go, this book is very suspicious. Any title that tells me it can make me do, say, or be anything is not only suspicious—it’s already got me on the defensive. “How dare you make such a claim to me! You don’t even know me, you—you bound pile of pages!”

But Paul McKenna (hailed as the Dr. Phil of the U.K.) seems to have something going on with his “Revolutionary System Used by More Than 3 Million People.” For one thing, the book comes with a subliminal CD to hypnotize your brain into the brain of a thin person (that or a cult member of McKenna’s; I haven’t listened to it just yet.). It also has a 70% success rate, according to the book’s jacket cover—which is pretty high for any diet, fitness, or other weight loss program, though it’s still a far cry from 100%.

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup

I felt uncomfortable getting pap smears and the likes when I was living in Asia because most of the doctors were males who spoke limited English. As a result,

I had to rely on my own female intuition to get me through some of the discomforts of being a woman. When I first arrived, you could only buy tampons in pharmacies and it wasn’t easy to get  other feminine products. I decided to be my own doctor in a manner of speaking and was happy to find Christiane Northrup’s “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” which covers the full spectrum of women’s health and became my own personal bible.