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Granny Reads: Review of Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live LongerNatural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As many of the previous reviewers have suggested, this book by Ehrenreich is a series of essays with a general theme related to taking a more realistic approach to life and death than our selfist, sentimental, superficial generations are generally willing to take (my impression of the author's impression of today's people).

Every essay in the book had at least a kernel of information that was gold for me-- something I had never before thought about, and that seemingly explained some conundrum that had come up in my life or reading/thinking.

While there were invaluable learnings for me in this book-- virtually the masterful distillation of wisdom from dozens of books and academic manuscripts-- there was also an almost verboten (or maybe, almost unfamiliar) negativity and cynicism that permeated the text. I live with a kind, joyful man who grabs onto "positivity" and alternatives to doom, gloom, and suffering wherever he can find them. He also proselytizes, and since I am the sole other member of this household, I tend to be the #1 recipient of his bonhomie. I love his attitude and aptitude to cheer people up and get them on a seeming healing path. But as Ehrenreich states in several ways throughout the book, "agency" is useful for living beings to exercise. So, if a fruit fly can decide what direction it will take to survive a while longer, I choose to not too deeply worry about dying in a "dead world" without a physician-monitored psilocybin trip(s)-- which was my favourite learning in the book-- and just continue to bumble along with my sweet, absurdly positive, faithful Christian husband.

And I won't recommend the book to people who are already struggling with issues of let-down by authorities or medical protocols, but I think it is a good read for people who are pretty much opting for 'realism' over the extreme other side of the coin.

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