Thursday, April 6, 2017

a couple of books

Hillbilly Elegy

I do like a good memoir.  This one is TERRIFIC, and it explains so much culturally in our own country.  I have a few similar roots in some of the more distant family history--I can identify with a few things he says.  But mostly, as a middle class family, it's extremely foreign.  Vance is a good communicator though so you'll feel that familiar "I'm smellin' what you're steppin' in" sense as you read.  (As a sidenote, in addition to Jeff Sharlet's reporting on religion in America and his wonderful book "The Family," this book is required reading if you want to understand part of what elected Trump.)

The Secret Life of Fat

So interesting--did you know fat is actually an organ?!  She really makes a case about all the ways fat helps/protects us, and then she works with how to keep it in balance.  She also uses the science and then personal journey experiences to get to the nitty gritty of actually losing it.

Monday, January 16, 2017

When the Body Says No

Gabor Mate's book When the Body Says No was an eye-opener.
It looks at cases and studies around how some people are more vulnerable to being stricken by life-threatening diseases due to the repression of emotion among other things. It's through self-denial and self-betrayal that we get into problems.  So much of what brings about the series of problems that contribute to immune system weakness stems from what we lack attachment-wise in our childhoods.  It made me all the more passionate about Dr. Neufeld's material and about providing emotionally for our girls.

The idea of stress is developed in the book too.  It's not the external factors we often associate with it--those daily vexations.  Surely they matter and add to our difficulties.  Still, it's the internal lack of support that attachment and being freely individuated that really makes us vulnerable.