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Things to read, watch and eat in 2020

Welcome back and Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that it’s 2020, right? It’s also hard to believe that in a month and a half, I read, watched and ate all the things I am about to share with you. Here we go!

Things to read:

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

It took me a year to read this book. I just kept it in the bathroom and when I would poop in peace, I would read it in peace! I know I shouldn’t have been but I was surprised by the drug use among artists and their insomnia. I kept finding myself calculating their age, and seeing how that would relate to their lifestyle choices. Whew. Very interesting indeed. There are many paths up the creative mountain which can best be summed up by the following quote from the book:

“There’s no one way – there’s too much drivel about this subject. You’re who you are, not Fitzgerald or Thomas Wolfe. You write by sitting down and writing. There’s no particular time or place – you suit yourself, your nature. How one works, assuming he is disciplined, doesn’t matter. If he or she is not disciplined, no sympathetic magic will help. The trick is to make time – not steal it – and produce the fiction. If the stories come, you get them written, you’re on the right track. Eventually everyone learns his or her own best way. The real mystery to crack is you.”

-The novelist and short story writer Bernard Malamud (p234)

The Metabolic Approach to Cancer: Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Nontoxic Bio-Individualized Therapies by Dr Nasha Winters

“Fat is our friend, it always has been and always will be.” (p260)

Everyone should read this book – simple as that. We live in a toxic, nutrient deficient, stressed world which the perfect recipe for cancer. Now, what I don’t recommend is reading this book on a cruise. Here I am sitting by the pool with my EMF meter in hand lit up like Christmas tree (there were 700 WiFi routers on the boat) watching people drink their sweet drinks and play with their phones and my brain screaming, “We are THE cause of cancer!” It’s like reading about Nazi Germany on your vacation - depressing! But the book is also filled with hope. Real food, good quality herbs, and conscious lifestyle choices do matter. The reality is that we should all be living as if we already have cancer. This book will teach you what to do. So many tips beyond cancer as well – definitely worth your time.

Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by Ann Louise Gittleman

This is probably the best book I’ve read about EMFs for the average person. She pretty much covers it all in a relatable way. The author herself even suffered from a benign salivary gland tumor on the side of her face she used her phone! That said, I have two criticisms. One is that she writes about foods that help our bodies deal with EMF pollution. It’s good information, but trust me when I say that for the past 16 years, I’ve been eating really, really well and I still developed a sensitivity to EMFs. Sometimes a toxic exposure can overwhelm a nourished body. Second, she is way too gentle, i.e. keep your phone, just don’t use it. Bullshit. I’m not here to make you feel good about your compromises and shitty decisions; I’m here to make you see things in a new way and wake you the fuck up! Your phone is dependent on the cell tower. If you want your phone to work, then there has to be a signal coming in from a tower to make a connection. Wherever that cell tower is located, a child, a pregnant woman, men, women, pets and wildlife are ALL being radiated. That’s not ok. Our home is now officially cell phone free. She doesn’t even really bring this up as an option. I’m guessing she doesn’t want to “lose” her readers. Nonetheless, Zapped is a worthy read, especially if this is a new conversation for you.