Return to Human @live_damn_well

About the Book

This isn’t your typical “back to nature” book. This isn’t a book where I tell you that we should denounce all modern medicine and live like our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Instead, in search of what truly makes someone healthy, this book is my journey in learning to question everything at a time when the world is as polarized as ever before.

Unsubstantiated assumptions fueled by emotion rather than critical thinking have run rampant––on all sides. Science is incredible––it’s given us antibiotics, vaccines, and life-saving surgeries. But are we putting the cart before the horse? As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, a troubling phenomenon has emerged. Rather than assessing data objectively, following the precautionary principle, and upholding the true values of science, blatantly obvious biases have crept in. A blind, dogmatic belief in “the science” has emerged. In parallel, a fanatical “back to nature” movement, which tends to reject most of modern science, has created an additional problem. Which side is correct? The answer is not so simple.

A much-needed antidote to pandemic polarization, I hope to not only share both sides of the story but also to empower you with a comprehensive guide to dramatically reduce your risk of virtually all chronic diseases.

In this book, I hope I can begin to answer these critical questions, as well as empower you with a comprehensive, science-backed guide to a healthy life.

About the Author

Certified Health Coach. Host of the Live Damn Well podcast.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

My book is simply about my journey in learning how to learn. A few years ago I realized I fit the exact definition of a depressed individual. I despised myself. I had no motivation. I found no real joy in anything. After brutal internal conflict and contemplating taking my own life for a year, I finally decided I couldn’t go through with it. I couldn’t cause so much pain to the people I loved. So, if I was going to live, I committed myself to learn everything I could about health and wellness to try to heal myself and enjoy life again. I needed to cut through the crap and find what REALLY makes someone healthy or sick.

The pandemic didn’t help. Misinformation from all sides made it increasingly difficult to figure out what was going on in the world. In a world plagued by dietary and health dogma, I wanted to not only get myself out of depression but also bring all of the health information I was learning to as many people as possible. At a time when most people feel disempowered about their health, I wanted to provide a comprehensive, no-BS guide to improving their health, enhancing immune function, and dramatically reducing the risk of most chronic diseases which plague humanity.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

I think people who are generally confused about health, nutrition, and fitness would be interested. People in the ancestral health community who are into keto, paleo, vegetarian, carnivore, or vegan diets would also be interested. Anyone looking for a more complete picture of health without all the dogma and black-or-white messaging about health would find my book interesting.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

Not in any particular order: 1.) Naval Ravikant – Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It. This book helped me to move past my depression and change my relationship to myself. 2.) Leo Tolstoy – A Confession. This helped me to see the thoughts of someone who was depressed and how Tolstoy moved past it. I felt that his thoughts often mirrored my own and helped me create compassion for myself. 3.) Michael Bungay Stanier – The Coaching Habit. This book has helped me massively in creating behavior change in my health coaching clients and also being a more curious, patient, smarter, and innovative person.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?

I would say to start NOW. Just write. As often as possible, for as long as you can. If you’re just starting, expect it to suck (at least a little and more often than you’d like). That’s OK. Trust the process and keep on writing. Read as much as you can from anyone and everyone. As you read more, you’ll start to unconsciously weave in their writing styles in a way that’s unique to you.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

My podcast: The Live Damn Well podcast. I interview guests with conflicting opinions in order to share with my audience what is most true about a given health subject.
Instagram: @live.damn.well

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