Book Review: What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness – Lessons from a Body in Revolt by Tessa Miller #BookReview #ChronicDisease #Autoimmune #ChohnsDisease


What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness – Lessons from a Body in Revolt

by Tessa Miller

Blurb:

The riveting account of a young journalist’s awakening to chronic illness, weaving together personal story and reporting to shed light on living with an ailment forever.

Tessa Miller was an ambitious twentysomething writer in New York City when, on a random fall day, her stomach began to seize up. At first, she toughed it out through searing pain, taking sick days from work, unable to leave the bathroom or her bed. But when it became undeniable that something was seriously wrong, Miller gave in to family pressure and went to the hospital—beginning a yearslong nightmare of procedures, misdiagnoses, and life-threatening infections. Once she was finally correctly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Miller faced another battle: accepting that she will never get better.

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Book Review: The Healthiest Diet on the Planet by Dr. John McDougall #Health #BookReview #Diet #Vegan #Starch

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

by Dr. John McDougall & Mary McDougall

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My Thoughts:

This book is a perfect example of why people need to choose the foods that work for their bodies and not just go by what one person says.

In The Healthiest Diet on the Planet, Dr. McDougall warns against eating dairy, oils, eggs, meat (including fish), taking supplements, and any kind of fake meat or heavily processed food.

While I do agree with some of Dr. McDougall’s suggestions, I certainly do not believe that his recommendations will work for everyone, and that begins with me. Do I believe starchy foods are healthy? Yes, some, but I’m not a person who believes in wheat and corn because I do have sensitivities to them. Have I been diagnosed with celiac disease? No, but many people (including myself) have what’s called ‘gluten sensitivity’ which can be just as bad, causing a wide range of problems including autoimmune disease. Soy can also be an issue. I can understand where the author is coming from with going against the use of supplements, but some people (including myself) must take supplements like iron and vitamin D. There’s just no way around it unless you want to risk deficiency.

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Book Review: The Doubt Factor by Renée Paule #TheDoubtFactor #BookReview

The Doubt Factor

By Renée Paule

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My thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed all of Renée Paule’s books, but The Doubt Factor has become my favorite this far.

Having an analytical mind, I always tend to question and find myself in deep thought often. It’s probably true that anyone can benefit from deep thought in one way or another. I personally believe that it can better lives, but the challenge for me has always been acting on it. Perhaps this is what draws me back to Renee’s books: she always has a way of directing my mind toward profound thoughts because it’s easy to resonate with her, yet I still remain a seeker.

In The Doubt Factor, Renée Paule includes essays on habits, boredom, diet, escape, authority, and other subjects on human nature. It’s a fairly short book, but overflows with some thought-provoking ideas and, dare I say it, harsh realities that many of us probably won’t feel comfortable admitting to.

What are rights? If they belong to any one of us, then they belong to each and every one of us – no one human being has the right to cause the suffering of another. To cause the suffering of another human being is a terrible thing that reduces us to a state of barbarian, and we do cause the suffering of others – sometimes deliberately and sometimes inadvertently – to such a large extent that I often feel ashamed to be a member of the human race. To spend small fortunes on for example, going into outer space, when we haven’t ensured the right of every human being to have adequate food, water and shelter saddens me beyond the realms of grief. If we can’t live intelligently on our own planet, what atrocities are we destined to commit on others? We speak of ourselves as ‘advancing’ but when we look at this objectively, it couldn’t be further from the truth – technology is advancing, yes sure, but humanity is in rapid decline; what’s the good of the one without the other, and to whom?

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Book Review: Free Your Mind by Darryl D. Diptee #Anxiety #Depression #Selfhelp #Book Review #FreeYourMind

Free Your Mind

By Darryl Diptee

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My thoughts:

I’ve read a ton of self-help books on anxiety and controlling emotions. This one tops the list. Not only does the author explain how to get yourself out of negative mental states, but he also explains how we get ourselves there in the first place, and how to recognize the patterns. I’ve been suffering on and off with anxiety and depression for nearly 14 years. I never realized the power of one tiny thought and how it can cause so much pain.

ALL thoughts should uplift you and the current situation in a positive, supportive way, and if they don’t, then immediately reject them as toxic, poisonous, garbage! Why? Because in a life that can end in any given moment, why would you ever deliberately allow unhappy or painful thoughts to take root in your mind and manifest in your body for even a second?

Some of the book contains common advice that I find (for myself) a need for reiteration, so none of it felt repetitive to me, but others might find these parts redundant. Having a chronic illness seems to almost redirect my brain toward anxiety with each new ailment; then the need to distract my brain arises. It’s interesting how the author explains the brain and how it works in a survival pattern to remove us from pain, and how these thoughts are truly unintentional. I found these sections most helpful for myself.

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