Book #1: “The Spirit and Science of Holistic Health, More Than Broccoli, Jogging, and Bottled Water… More Than Yoga, Herbs, and Meditation” (2004). By Jon Robison & Karen Carrier.
This is One of My Favorites
I could write an entire white paper on why this book is the best book ever published on wellness. My own paper copy is dog-eared, marked up, stained, and includes hundreds of my own notations. But because the name of our organization is Hope Health, here’s one of my favorite quotes from this book.
“…we can’t create what we want by opposing what we’ve got. The spirit of opposition is not a creative spirit. Acts of opposition are not creative acts. The goal of healing is not to oppose, which comes from fear, but to create, which comes from hope.”
Robison’s and Carrier’s observations about what causes people to change behavior are powerful, compelling, and ring true. The war metaphor (i.e., the war on obesity) doesn’t cut it with these authors. But what they do propose is like a breath of fresh air. It is from their teachings that I’ve come to say, “It’s more important that people have a buddy to team up with than it is what they do once they are teamed up.”
One of the most compelling messages of this book is about America’s obsession with weight loss and dieting.
“Weight is irrelevant to health and mortality except at the most extreme levels of thinness and fatness.”
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“Continued reliance on weight loss programs as a solution to being ‘too fat’ is based on and justified by the medical premises that (1) weights above recommended levels cause poor health and decreased longevity and (2) weight loss increases longevity and improves health. Although these premises are taken for granted by the medical establishment, they are, in fact,’not well supported by existing studies.’”
One thing you learn from Robison and Carrier is that our intuition is often confirmed in good science. This book is loaded with resources that back their claims that often seem to be advising exactly the opposite of what is considered common knowledge. For more information, here’s a link to Jon Robison’s blog: http://jonrobison.net/
Check out the other books in The Health & Wellness Promotion 2013 Summer Reading Program – click here.
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Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read, and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.