“I’m fond of exposing how much the drug, chemical, and junk food industries spend to manipulate and distort our perceptions. While the drug companies spend more than $21 billion a year, the food industry is spending twice that much to persuade you and your kids to choose highly processed convenience foods that will accelerate a massive decline in your health (and facilitate your need to use drugs to control your systems).
A whopping 90 percent of the foods that Americans purchase every year are processed foods. In a typical recent year, 2,800 new candies, desserts, ice creams, and snacks were introduced to the marketplace, compared with just 230 new fruits or vegetable products.”
– Dr. Joseph Mercola
The current generations of teenagers are the first in recent history that will live shorter lives than their parents because of their diet and obesity-related issues. Obesity rates are at an all-time high, and among children, one in five uses at least one prescription medication. In its 2014 World Cancer Report, it was noted that cancer rates were predicted to rise from 14 million new diagnoses in 2012 to an estimated 22 million annual diagnoses twenty years from now. With scary statistics like this, I was thrilled to read a book that emphasized an alternative approach to healing and health.
Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself was such a treat. Rather than being a traditional health book that promotes weight loss or superficial healing, Effortless Healing gives authentic insight into the current state of health concerns (ranging from issues like high blood pressure and high cholesterol to body fat and low Vitamin D levels). It also provides an engaging and easy-to-read guide to addressing problems and then giving suggestions for natural, easy healing. By focusing on food, sleep, and certain activities, Dr. Joseph Mercola makes it possible (and realistic) to heal your body and spirit. Recipes, facts, menu plans, and practical advice make this book an ideal fit for anyone wishing to heal wholly. I thoroughly enjoyed this book not only as an insightful self-help book, but as a thoughtful read that felt like a conversation with an informed health-aware friend.