All Natural

All Natural

A Skeptic's Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier

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Scrutinizes "all-natural" philosophies to consider the negative aspects of extreme approaches to health care, an investigation that explores potential sources of health-care paradoxes.

McMillan Palgrave

In this age of climate change, killer germs, and obesity, it's easy to feel as if we've fallen out of synch with the global ecosystem. This ecological anxiety has polarized a new generation of Americans: many are drawn to natural solutions and organic lifestyles, while others rally around high-tech development and industrial efficiencies. Johnson argues that both views, when taken to extremes, can be harmful, even deadly.

Johnson, raised in the crunchy-granola epicenter of Nevada City, California, lovingly and rigorously scrutinizes his family's all-natural mindset, a quest that brings him into the worlds of an outlaw midwife, radical doctors, renegade farmers and one hermit forester. Along the way, he uncovers paradoxes at the heart of our ecological condition: Why, even as medicine improves, are we becoming less healthy? Why are more American women dying in childbirth? Why do we grow fatter the more we diet? Why have so many attempts to save the environment backfired?

In All Natural* - a sparklingly intelligent, wry, and scrupulously reported narrative - Johnson teases fact from faith and offers a rousing and original vision for a middle ground between natural and technological solutions that will assuage frustrated environmentalists, perplexed parents, and confused consumers alike.



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An award-winning journalist scrutinizes the all-natural philosophies through which he was raised by hippie parents to consider the negative aspects of extreme approaches to health care, an investigation marked by his interviews with radical doctors, renegade farmers and a hermit forester that explores potential sources of health-care paradoxes.

Publisher: New York : Rodale, c2013
Description: xvii, 334 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781605290744
1605290742
Branch Call Number: 640 Joh

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Dandoona1999
Nov 03, 2013

This was an amazing book that addressed almost all the questions I've had going through my mind, all the present issues...very good points of natural childbirth, and the conditions of pork and where our food is coming from.
Definitely recommended for people who don't usually read non fiction, the author is a journalist and a very talented writer who really engages you.
I savored reading this, and gaining knowledge without being bored to death.
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Then again, health is never boring...it's awesome. Read this book!

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Bill_R
Sep 06, 2013

The mix of memoir and reporting is effective as the author seeks the middle ground reality between ‘natural’ and ‘industrial’, to get past the sound bites and the shouters. Part of what we learn is that this dichotomy itself is a pretty mushy one. For example vaccines are highly reliable and high tech, but with smallpox and polio what they do is restore the immunities urbanization and sanitation took away, ones we used to get from mom, dirt and cows. These are complex issues so no one book can cover all the bases, but there is enough substance here to make one rethink the conventional wisdom, presented in a gentle readable fashion (fans of This American Life or RadioLab will recognize the tone). Have a look.

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maven
Mar 09, 2013

An interesting premise to look at an interesting question: is natural really better? The subjects examined seemed like a bit of a mish-mash, though the author had some personal connection to all of them. Not all of them were handled with as much detail though, especially later on in the book, and some relevant questions were overlooked, especially when looking at health/healing and how pigs are raised. An ok book overall though, and it can certainly lead to pursuing some topics further.

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