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Bill Maher Speaks Out Against the Pharmaceutical Industry and More

Tuesday Oct 30, 2007 | BY |
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Today’s posting is for your guys–the health renegades. I’ve received a bunch of comments over the last few months and wanted to share them with you. Here are three that I think deserve some discussion… so take a look and post your own comments. The first one is a YouTube video of Bill Maher on an anti-pharma rant. The second an interesting view on weight loss. And the third a short commentary on the raw food lifestyle.

I do this because I want everyone who reads regularly to know that I’m not the only source of information. There are 1000s of people who read what I write weekly and I want you to know that you have a voice as well!

Enjoy!

Item #1:

Item #2:

I received this email when I recently wrote about weight loss…

Kevin, Btw, I’m in total opposition to the term weight loss. If you’re
interested, I’ll tell you why. I wish you
Health and peace,
Merideth

So… obviously I was a little curious… so I asked her what her view was! Here it is, I’m sure you’ll appreciate it…

OK, Kevin, you asked for it, so here it is: This is such a capitalistic society, that we tend to look upon every gain as a good thing, and every loss as a bad thing. The SOLE exception is our body weight. This is one of the reasons we have a multi-billion dollar weight loss industry. Our brains are programmed to see loss as cause for pain and despair. Imagine how I would feel if I’d lost the ruby ring my mother had given me the year she died. I would search everywhere for it until I found it. I would feel terrible if ultimately, it was gone & I had to give it up. Well, when our brains hear that we’ve “lost” weight, subconsciously we do the same thing — we search for it, usually until we’ve not only found it, but added another 5 (or 10, or 50!) pounds, to avoid that happening again. Thus, when someone says to me, “Merideth, you look great! Have you lost weight?” My answer is always, “Thank you, no. I haven’t lost anything.” In every other language I speak or understand or have inquired about, there is a verb: “to slim.” Dutch, German, Turkish, all the romance languages have this in common. What we’re really doing when we “lose weight” is releasing waste. So, I’ll use terms like “drop weight” or “take off weight,” but never “lose weight.” And I’m on a campaign to add a new verb to the English language. That verb is “to slim.” Wouldn’t you rather hear, “Kevin, you look terrific? Have you slimmed since I saw you last?” instead of something your brain will interpret as cause for fear or mourning? Please join me on my campaign to add this conscious verb to our lexicon! Feel free to quote me or to include this note in one of your mass emails. We know that proper nutrition, i.e. alkaline-forming food, consisting primarily of greens and organic raw fats, be they soaked nuts, sprouted seeds, avocadoes, young coconuts, or unrefined organic oils, with adequate intake of pure water, is the best way to vibrant health (along with other things I won’t get into now). Why on earth would we want to call our successful clients “losers?” As always, I wish you Health and peace, Merideth Genin

Item #3:

After the Logotherapy email and comments about Viktor Frankel, I received this email which is an intersting take on how people search for their own health…

Speaking of manifesting fear…

One interesting thing about “relentless” health seekers Kevin is that they (often) are rabidly looking for health because of an unconscious morbid fear of sickness and death. George Carlin wrote a book “Eat healthy, become Vegetarian and DIE ANYWAY” (or something like that).

One thing I do to get healthier is focus on Spirituality, coming to terms w my own death as my Guru used to advise and stay away from people who r obsessed w becoming healthier instead of becoming holier… health-obsessed friends are sometimes a really depressing lot…

Brooks “Rawnu” Blackwell
www.Raw.Nu

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Indie says:

    What Meredith said makes a lot of sense, and the compound verb “to slim down” is already in use – says 322K Google hits.

    Thanks for a great blog and another great post!

  2. Phil Payson says:

    I have an Austrian friend who speaks excellent English yet every now and then when searching for a word she misses the standard English phrase. Recently she told me that she has not been running and so “has been earning weight”. I liked that bit of creativity. Which makes the point that pounds don’t come by magic but because of choices. I know that some raw foods people talk of “releasing” weight. Now, that is freeing. I don’t gain and lose, I earn weight and release weight.
    best,
    coyote

  3. J.Shergold says:

    I love the Bill Maher clip. Good to see someone who is in the public eye a lot to speak out.

    Not so sure about the Health obsession that Blackwell writes about. I usually find that those who want to have a good diet are surrounded by those who dont care about their diets, but say they do.

    These poeple usually just make token efforts and then make the excuse that they need to take cholesterol tablets ‘cos diets dont work.
    Obsession is about finding control in thier lives I suspect and maybe they dont feel good about themselves?? But are trying to find a way??
    More videos please that was so funny and so true- till they put a gag order on bill.

  4. Cathy says:

    Thank you so much Kevin for putting the Bill Maher Youtube video on your site. It was fantastic ! Well done to him for speaking the TRUTH. I was in the States recently for the Raw Spirit Festival and was shocked and amazed at the ads on your TV, if it isn’t crap junk food it’s crap pharma drugs ! We did have a fantastic time though and am pleased that proper health news is slowly filtering out to the general public. The more people are weaned off the brainwashing by these big industries, the better we will all be.

    We also visited Flagstaff and were at some traffic lights waiting to cross and this lady must have heard my partner and I talking (In our English accents !) And she just started talking to us, general chit chat and we mentioned about the raw festival and she said how she had heard that going raw is really good and how it can also higher your consciousness. She left us by saying how we may have sparked something within her and she is going to look more into raw…and all this was said in about 5 mins ! Just goes to show, if you can help even one person :-)

    I also emailed the Breast Cancer charity, but like others, no response from them!

    Wow, Bill Maher really hit on so many truths, he said exactly what I have been saying for years.

    Thank you again Kevin

  5. Sunny says:

    What a wonderful set of insights. Being someone always carrying a few extra pounds I have frequently “lost” them only to go find them again (with my new insight using the new terms). I will never use those words again – thank you!!!! Calling the success stories “losers”!! WOW!!

    And I also love no. three – similar take in a different direction – I will try this one on for size.

    thank you Kevin

  6. Vanessa says:

    Just commenting on the obbession end of the health field. I do agree that people take it to far. I too was at the raw food fest in Sedona and was imagining that all the speakers would probably be laughing at us with each other after words of how gullible we as a society are. How people are dying on raw foods as well but it is always a different scenario isn’t it? What I’m getting to is -people were claiming to be 100% raw foodist and yet taking supplements of all sorts. Isn’t that a modified form of food that is manmade. My mother raised me to be raw food. I was born at home and never saw a doctor until the age of, well never! I never saw a dentist either. No immunization, vaccinations, you get the point. No, I’m not sure you do. You see I had severe toothache’s growing up and instead of taking me to a dentist I was suppose to jump on the trampoline and take an enama to get rid of it. Finally all my baby teeth eventually fell out. By the way I was raised on distilled water. I coninued to have these teeth problems into my teenage years. I was 15 yrs old and was in such agony with a toothache once and this was going on for years, What was my mom’s response was to just fast on water for days on end. Finally, I begged my friend to drive me to the nearest dentist which was about an hr. away and I had him pull my tooth as I didn’t have much money to spend. If you think this is about giving dentists credit you still are missing the point of this. I realize dentist are out to make a buck at the first chance as well. The point of the story when I was at a birthday party everyone would have their cake and I was just sitting there. Friends would come over and need something to drink and all I could offer was watermelon juice or carrot. Christmas stockings were full of carob covered almonds and raisins (which are really good ) but it was to much. My brother was humiliated with teenage acne. Yet my mother would just have him steam his face for hours on end. We would sunbath every morning we are as redhead as you get. We would fast for days on end and my mother would fast for weeks on end. My sister got pneumonia and finally my mother broke down and took her to get vitamin shots in her bottom. Every kind of alternative medicine was introduced and yet we were probably the most disfunctional, hurtful, saddest family around. One time when I was about 11 yrs old we were at the Optimum Health Institute In San Diego and after one of the speakers was finished we saw him smoking in behind one of the buildings. When I was at the raw food fest. There was a speaker going on and on. And I know he wasn’t even a raw foodist. I’m sorry this comment is taking way to long. When I write my book cause everyone seems to have something to write about don’t they? The title will read ” THE SCAM WITH RAW FOODS!

  7. Laura says:

    Merideth

    It looks like you and I are on the same page when it comes to the term “weight loss”.

    As a former coach for BeachBody before it changed to Million Dollar Body, I was always encouraging those looking to drop pounds to stop referring to themselves as “losing weight” because it became totally clear that in the weight loss industry, they want you to lose it alright, because most of the time, when you lose something, you will find it and losing weight is no different. You lose it, it will find you again. Especially when following crazy diet fads.

    Therefore, I always refer to releasing the weight, rather then losing the weight. How much weight do you want to release? You can release something and let it go forever. When you lose something, the chances are it will find you again.

    Eat clean, exercise and drink that water! You will release the weight.

    Laura

  8. ALEX NEWELL says:

    Wonderful to see the piece by Bill Maher. I would not call it “anti pharma” since that turns it into a political pitch; I’d rather say that he satirised the conventional mindset around health.

    So let’s talk about food and exercise but let’s also talk about a “health mindset” and what that means in practise.

    And then how that fits in with a real life,where health is only one component of a spiritual life

  9. Susan RN says:

    Looks to me like the saddest comment I have ever read: Vanessa. Some time ago I reacted very strongly to some red writing on an ad that Kevin had posted here, pointing out that there is deception in advertising (it was a drug company promoting their wares). In some ways I regret the way I expressed my disgust with the credibility of the raw food world. Vanessa illustrates a flaw in the raw food “movement”: it’s not perfect. It’s just people looking for a better way to live. Perhaps it was illness, family alcoholism or an abusive doctor, something scary, which drove her mother to behave in such an extreme way. Fear driven life is such a bummer. Vanessa grew up with a Mom who loved her dearly, in a flawed human way. I feel so sorry for her that it has colored her life so that she is looking for the trickery and scamming instead of being able to see the health and glory of a raw foods lifestyle. Smoking (as in the speaker at an event she saw) is a dreadful addiction, and tender heartedness is a way to help the addicted. When we each care for one another, our flaws don’t even show up on the map of life. So, Kevin, thanks for your crusade to bring knowledge and understanding to the world. I love you for this website and all of your work and wish you great joy. And Vanessa, my deepest love to you. May you find peace and contentment, and a loving circle of friends. I hope you come to New England sometime and we can meet. My hug to you.

  10. Ieva says:

    Thank you Kevin for sharing so many useful things with us including Vanessas letter. It helps everybody find their own approach on path of health.
    I have been vegetarian for 18 years and started my raw journey 4 years ago. In these years I got used to being different and attracting attention. I also practice spirituality. I really strongly believe that the worst possible thing on any path is fanatic approach. It causes the biggest damage ever. Like in Vanessas case. There are very few truces that are absolute. Most of other true things are relative to person, situation, time, location…
    Look at the great religions and philosophies of our Planet, they all speak about same goals but they have so many different ways to approach it. The same with the health.
    Eternal question has been how to choose my way? My experience says to me that you have to try out things which seem interesting for you and then choose the one which gives you the most joy! If you will find joy in what you are doing it will not matter for you too much what it is called by others and if you will slip of the path for some reason remember that joy and it will help you to return. And never choose anything that does not give you any joy, because that will never make you happy. And what it is to be healthy than not to be happy. Remember unhappy people are never healthy. Misery attracts misery. If you are intensely trying to find an answer then answer will come and if you follow your inner feeling of beauty and childlike joy you will never get lost. And if you will remember that everybody are actually going the same way only somebody are lucky enough to find some shortcut and are free to encourage others by their sample.

    So follow the lead of your joy what ever name it has and be as happy as possible and never stop.

    Ieva

  11. Brent says:

    a few home truths delivered to us through humour i love it:)

  12. Ricki says:

    Bill Maher hit just right. You have a drug for every aliment. They try to put you on at least 4 drugs for life! I even heard a news cast, that they even have a drug for the healthy people. My theory is if nothing is wrong with your health, don’t fix it. These drugs cause more harm then good. If you are sick, stick to what God has made for us to use, you can’t go wrong. Education and ph miracle, which God has richly blessed us with.

    Ricki
    Promote2life@yahoo.com

  13. naomi says:

    yes, Bill was great!
    The other two comments, reiterate what you’ve said in the past, Kevin, re: having fun with it all (don’t become obsessed with perfection); and also the importance of choosing your language carefully, we say so many words each day that we often don’t realise the power in spoken words!
    Vanessa, i think you are choosing the wrong aspect of your life, to be angry with…

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