In It Feels Good to Feel Good: Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reduce Inflammation and Feel Great Again, author and health coach Cheryl Meyer has lived through her own process of eliminating toxins to address her autoimmune system’s issues, and she has now set out a clear pathway for others to follow.
The US now faces its biggest health challenge ever. Many are obese, allergic, or diabetic (or a combination), with a 300% increase in these toxic conditions in recent times. Chronic pain and inflammation often leaves many without good options except drugs, with terrible repercussions. But what if you could eliminate the causes instead of treating the symptoms? Meyer aims to answer this question, and makes good on the promise.
When Meyer had a painful and toxic breakup, and suffered myriad symptoms of ill health, she decided to set herself on a path for wellness, first looking into Functional Medicine. This process is an holistic approach that looks for root causes and not just symptoms. Meyer provides detailed information about the process that is at once authoritative and sympathetic.
The book may come across as evangelical, as Meyer wants to share her discovered system and her joy at being a qualified Health Muse with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, a movement sweeping the world to recruit and train Muses in health. They also provide a Launch Your Own Book course, which Meyer took to produce this book. Therefore, at times the book comes across as salesy, and has jargon that belongs to that system she has bought into, complete with the ™ by even the most basic phrases.
However, the core of this book has valuable and eye-opening lessons about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as body and mind. The book may be of the greatest use to others studying the same path, as she lays out her personal experiences alongside the methodology, but it is also useful for those who are new to the material.
If you are the sort of person to get scared easy, some of the stats in this book are shocking, but it’s also necessary to be scared straight. Everything in life is toxic, or has the potential to be so. The stats in the book show just how sick everyone will be in ten years’ time if we carry on as we are, especially if people carry on eating meat and non-GMO food. These issues are explained in clear detail for those not very science-minded, and will help readers to understand what the food industry is doing wrong to turn a profit.
With cute illustrations to add a charming touch to each chapter by illustrator Nicholas Patton, Meyer has pulled together a solid resource for anyone who feels under-informed on what autoimmune disease is, and how it’s possible to live better by making a few simple changes. Although the choice of cover is maybe a little too cartoonish for the sometimes serious nature of the material, it’s still attractive and inviting. There’s also a handy chapter list in the back, so it’s easy to look up issues and find solutions.
Overall, for anyone looking for a book about holistic solutions in a polluted modern world, It Feels Good to Feel Good is a very good starting point.
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