Technology and away from the natural world His conclusionbe sensible Eat real food trust medicine but appreciate ancient remedies that recognize the complexity and interconnectedness of the mind and body be careful of removing all the good to avoid a Whoops! little of the bad don t rely on technology until it s needed etcI don t expect Il remember many of his specific conclusions about milk vaccines or natural childbirth But I do think I Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. ll approach uestions of how toive well with an appropriate skepticism of both extremes and a belief hope that I l be able to find what works For Me I Was Excited To Read me I was excited to read book but found myself bored by many of the topics Johnson ingers on and had to force myself to finish it For example first fifth of the book was about naturalmidwife births versus hospital births I thought the book was going to be about natural food and consumer products versus their mainstream counterparts which it wasn t When Johnson shared personal stories especially about his hippy upbringing the book was interesting I really enjoyed the take this author has on natural vs technological issues He was raised by hippies and is drawn to natural approaches but also understands science and wants to take the best of that into account His agonizing and searching also coincided with
"his beginning a "beginning a and so issues of birth nutrition and immunizations were very timely for him I am overjoyed to see a book by an author that doesn t reject either approach out of hand but that also takes science and reality into account My only disappointment was the nutrition section I guess I wanted to have a decision eat this way LOL I found the info on the individualization of breast milk very very interesting but it doesn t really help me decide what to have for dinner I am SO glad the author said right up front immunizations do NOT cause autism Modern medicine has some good things going for it BUT maybe we have gone too far with c sections Maybe we need to combine modern medicine with some consideration for the whole person Maybe we can find a way to Laduma live with our environment Maybe people who are very suspicious of modern medicine need to be a bitess credulous just because something says natural in it Maybe I think one thing this book points out is that we don t have all the answers yet Maybe we never will But we have to wade in and find some way to make our way in the world while still respecting it Very valuable and thought provoking Lots of useful information but it was too wordy The author scrambled off topic way too many times and I just couldn t hold my focus with this on. En dying in childbirth Why do we grow fatter the we diet Why have so many attempts to save the environment backfiredIn this sparklingly intelligent wry and scrupulously reported narrative Johnson teases fact from faith and offers a rousing and original vision for a middle ground between natural and technological solutions that will assuage frustrated environmentalists perplexed parents and confused consumers ali.
Read All NaturalRly presented information I especially enjoyed the chapter on plant toxins presented in a gently humorous tone Striking the correct balance between shrilly smug skepticism peruse any atheism forum online for an example of the tone and wide eyed hippified tree hugging compassion is tricky and I believe Johnson has pulled it off flawlesslyIf you can hear a but coming it s true I am tired of finding so many typos in finished books I know the publishers are broke and it seems ike they re trying to replace ive editors with spell check but as any college student would tell You Spell Check Is spell check is substitute for actual human attention It s especially jarring and intrusive in a book which emphasizes the human touch Award winning journalist Nathanael Johnson was raised by two radical hippie parents who insisted on homebirth and outlawed refined sugar in their house throughout his childhood As he grew up Johnson found himself skeptical of the superiority claims of his parents organic ifestyle while retaining that Get Up lingering fondness and sense of comfortwholesomeness associated with it It is with this disposition towards all natural products and pr 35 stars rounded up This books is made up of previously written essays that were put together and elaborated on to form a book Each chapter represents a new idea and is connected with the underlying theme of technological vs all natural Don t read this bookooking for answers be prepared to think for yourself Johnson does a good job of providing information from both sides of the argument without the usual condescension or one sided ness you typically find with this type of book Although I am ike him
that I ean toward all natural but Beetle in the Anthill like it backed up with science so someone who is all technologically might not view it this way It s well researched and informational This book resonated with me Iike most people want to ead a healthy and happy ife in the modern world But the uestion is how I m constantly inundated with the Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales latest scientific research ancient wisdom contradictory information theatest fads hearsay and my own innate but inarticulate sense of what s right for me Johnson captures the anxiety of trying to parse out good from bad healthy from unhealthy and natural from toxic in a well written narrative He dutifully mixes anecdotal evidence scientific study and personal recollections to form a coherent humorous and insightful guide to Song of the Aura living As with most things the answeries somewhere in the middle Modern science has vastly increased Hands Tied, A Hammer Story lifespans and standard ofiving but swung the pendulum too far towards. Ohnson raised in the crunchy granola epicenter of Nevada City California The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, lovingly and rigorously scrutinizes his family's all natural mindset a uest that brings him into the worlds of an outlaw midwife radical doctors renegade farmers and one hermit forester Along the way he uncovers paradoxes at the heart of our ecological condition Why even as medicine improves are we becomingess healthy Why are American wom. I wanted to ike this book I m a skeptic and I m a hippie of sorts I can get exasperated at what some of my friends are willing to believe without credible evidence and apparently without much understanding of how to judge credibility This does not at all apply just to hippies but that s the author s background so it s what he s Confer looking at and it soundsike an interesting premise But I don t think the execution ives up to the potentialThe book is about his inuiry into all natural versuswhatever it s versus Sometimes science sometimes big business sometimes politics However it s not a coherent whole that builds its points to a conclusion It tries to be that but much of it was previously published as essays and even with editing which could have been better it is acking in continuity Worse he s far too arbitrary to be considered impartial If you re going to refute unscientific beliefs you shouldn t make jumps of ogic He does When it comes to conclusions he seems to go on intuition Plus at times he is just plain annoying One thing I found disturbing was his story about being At An Anti Nuclear an anti nuclear dumping event in the Southern California desert and having an epiphany about the people being flaky and the demonstration being useless He seemed to think that the desert seemed ike a drab dead place not much worth saving I ve been to those demonstrations and while I m not sure how much they help I ve found that the desert is a beautiful place with an ecosystem much alive and varied than he noticed Plus while belittling the demonstrators he ignored the actual hazards that would come with the waste When trying to be evenhanded means considering organizations with major financial motivations on one side and well intentioned but possibly misguided people on the otherI don t think there s a scale that can weigh thatThe part I found most interesting was about managing the forests where he The King of Spades looks at all the approaches to solving the problems He gives several approaches figures out why they won t work and finally comes up with some hopeful precedents that could work including the commons approach Overall the author seemsikein that I ean toward all natural but ike it backed up with science so someone who is all technologically
likable person and he s an investigative reporter who gets interesting subject matter I would definitely read by him This book is entertaining and well researched If the cover appeals to you so will the entire book More philosophical than practical and a bit disjointed in organization but interesting enough to hold my attention From the cover I somehow didn t expect this book to be as substantial as it turned out to be It s full of fascinating clea. In this age of climate change killer germs and obesity it's easy to feel as if we've fallen out of synch with the global ecosystem This ecological anxiety has polarized a new generation of Americans many are drawn to natural solutions and organic ifestyles while others rally around high tech development and industrial efficiencies Johnson argues that both views when taken to extremes can be harmful even deadlyJ. .a ikable person and he s an investigative reporter who gets