The desire to be healthy is anything but new. But what we’re witnessing today is completely unlike its predecessors. Wellness, in its current form, is almost an obsession for the American woman. What’s the reason everyone is guzzling kombucha and taking to aromatherapy now? Why, in this moment, do we find ourselves at what seems to be the peak of alternative health practices? The Gospel of Wellness examines how and why American women were led down this costly kale-covered path. Part investigative report, part sociological analysis, part personal account, this book will dive deep into this booming movement, bringing the reader inside the sprawling landscape of wellness and introducing them to its many trends and blind spots. Blending traditional reporting, first-person narrative, and social critique, Rina Raphael guides readers through a journey of the modern American woman and why she’s so dissatisfied with the status quo. Women are searching for meaning, purpose, community, and certainty — and trying to find it through health practices. But what happens when the cure becomes as bad as the disease?
The Gospel of Wellness: Gyms, Gurus, Goop, and the False Promise of Self-Care
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2021
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