Friday, August 10, 2018

Natural Causes

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich, 234 pages

Barbara Ehrenreich has a bit of a beef with the medical industry, and in Natural Causes, she lays it all out. From anti-aging products to unnecessary medical tests to restrictive diets and exercise regimens meant to "add years to your life," Ehrenreich pokes holes in all of them, focusing on the central idea of aging comfortably while realizing that we're all going to die anyway. While I appreciated Ehrenreich's many feminist takes on medical history, as well as her dry sense of humor while discussing the whole "anti-aging" industry, I felt that these belonged to a completely different book from the cell biology that makes up almost half of the volume. That said, I did enjoy this book, and would recommend it to those who are fed up with all of the contradictory health advice we receive on a daily basis.

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