In the Afterword the author says, "Hopefully you've found this book to be a quick & easy read. That was my goal." Quick & easy it is. The chapters are incredibly short. Some only two pages long. If the layout was more compact & more environmentally friendly, the book would probably be half as thick. Normally we wouldn't mention something so seemingly trivial, but when it's about Integrative Wellness, to us wellness is also expressed in our lifestyle choices. So choosing to use more paper than necessary to write a book would go against the healthy vibe.
Onto the contents of the book. There are tips "rules" for improving your life. Most you probably already know. Owning a pet is good for your emotional health as is laughter. Music can negatively or positively impact your state of mind. Physical exercise in all forms are good for you.
He discuses the spiritual benefits of helping others. He discuses his spiritual beliefs quite often. There is a definite religious aspect to this book. He makes mention of how prayer helps him, he even prays to God to help him get out of bed in the morning. He encourages the reader to be spiritual. Matter of a fact there is a chapter devoted to it & it's one of the longer chapters.
Mention of where he works & Dr. Andrew Weil are constant & often. He mentions both just as much if not more than he does religion. In the Dietary Supplements chapter he explains what vitamins you need & tells you what to look for. Then pushes for the reader to purchase Weil Nutritional Supplements. There is also a chapter on 'The Anti-Inflammatory Diet' by Dr. Andrew Weil (who else?) The chapter is a seven page summery of the diet with the web address (drweil dot com). If you are a fan of Dr. Weil & are interested in Dr. Weils diet & his supplements you should go to the website or get some of his books.
Basically this book is about Dr. Weils practices, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at Miraval Resort & Spa & it touches on what the day/night/morning is like for the author. Sadly what information we learned was not elaborated on. Two examples:
- He gives mention that too much sugar in the diet can cause watery stools. We thought he would elaborate on this statement, but no such luck. So really this is just a statement by him. Is it true? What else can he tell the reader about this? Obviously eat less sugar, but how much less? How much is too much? Is it a problem only in people with very sensitive digestive systems? What about people with digestive disorders? What type of sugar causes the watery stools? Is it all sugars including natural sugars from fruits or mainly highly processed sweetener? What about honey? No mention about FODMAPs either.
- He mentions celery (as well as some other vegetables) as being unhealthy. He doesn't elaborate on this. We happen to consume a decent amount of celery. We eat it cooked & we juice it. So why is celery bad for us? Looks like we'll have to look it up on line to try to find out.
There is good information in this book. We're just not too sure how useful it is to everyone. We're sure it will be very useful to some & just about worthless to others. We don't hate the book, we just think it's a waste of time & money because there are a whole lot of other books out there that are jam packed with useful information.