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!
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,
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
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