Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living by Jim Nicolai
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 I wouldn't mention something so seemingly trivial, but when it's about Integrative Wellness, to me 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.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.
There is good information in this book. I'm just not too sure how useful it is to everyone. I'm sure it will be very useful to some & just about worthless to others. I don't hate the book, I 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.
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