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Book Review: The Obesity Myth

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Paul Campos, a lawyer, pulls about the myth of obesity.  The first two chapters deal with the scientific studies that allege that America is suffering from an obesity epidemic. 

The truth is: we aren’t.  

He looks at the actual studies and their results and demonstrates from the science how being 75 pounds “overweight” is much healthier than being 5 pounds “underweight”. He covers how the weight tables and BMI are pretty useless and worthless in determining health and wellness because they are based off self reported weights for white men to insurance companies in the 1950s and 1960s.  Activity is a much better indicator of health.

He then goes on to discuss the eating – disordered culture we live in and how we celebrate anorexic behavior.  Campos also shows how fat shaming/obesity is the last acceptable prejudice which allows us to be racist, classist, and sexist all under the veneer of “health”. 

He covers the politics of fat and how government has legislated anorexic behavior all in support of the $50 billion plus diet industry. 

Overall, a very excellent read.

A definite recommend

Book Review: Mother, Mother

Major trigger warning for the book if you have ever been abused by a narcissist, been verbally, mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually abused.   I would advise not reading this book if any of that applied to.

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This book was triggering for me because the way Josephine talked and behaved towards Violet and Will was so reminiscent of my mother and the friend I’m having issues with.

The book starts off with Violet being admitted to a psychiatric hospital after allegedly attacking her brother Will with a knife.  The story flips between her and Will’s point of view.  There is also Douglas, the alcoholic father, whom Will and Josephine thinks is having an affair (he’s not; it’s his AA sponsor), that he’s abusive (he’s the one being abused by Josephine though he honestly doesn’t have any sort of backbone). 

There is also Rose, the oldest daughter, who ran away from home.  But may have come back to hurt the family.  You learn about her abortion that her mother manipulated her into and then tortures her afterward for getting the abortion.  But she ran away over a year ago. And yet, did she really run away?

Will is his mother’s champion as pretty much sides with her in everything.  The autism diagnosis, the epilepsy, the homeschooling are all used to isolate him.  Add in Josephine’s picking out his clothes, dressing him for bed, using him as a confidant and confessor, using him as a full in for Douglas her husband, and you can see how twisted and evil and abusive Josephine really is.  She punishes him by putting a sticker on the back of her office door, makes put his nose to it and stand there while she reads the Bible to him.  Will is messed up but he is too ensnared, enmeshed in his mother’s grasp to notice.

This is one twisted, fucked up family.  I was pretty  sympathetic to Violet since I knew what it was like to have my words and actions manipulated.  Not to the extreme she did but it was family.  So was the isolation of siblings from each other.  My mother did that too.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book after only being 30-40 pages in and being triggered.  I’m not sure I’m glad I finished it but it was interesting to see I was right about a few things.

A recommend, see warning at top of post

Friday the 12th

Almost half way through September.

1. Yay, next door neighbors are completely gone.  I hope the next tenants are better.

2.  It might be September but we’re supposed to be in the 90s the next three days.  I want rain.

3.  The naughty droids are back to the library.  That was an excellent read and now I know the plot of The Empire Strikes Striketh Back.  Yoda in haiku, what more needs to be said?

4.  After all the mental stress she has caused me lately, I am banning myself from thinking about my friend for the next three days.

5.  The ability to request books on my to read shelf on Good Reads through interlibrary loan is awesome.  I’ve requested five so far and will be working my way down my list.  If I can’t find the author or book in the library catalogue, then it gets deleted.  I not only get books from my local library but all the libraries in the county.  A very, very awesome thing.  I can even check out e-books if I want.  That might be awhile.

6.  Since I can’t go for my walk today (my workout clothes had to,be washed and are now drying), I ended up cleaning up,my apartment a bit.  Went through receipts, threw dirty socks in the laundry, put items away.  So things look a bit neater.

7.  Don’t know what to put for seven.

Monday/Tuesday

I had wanted to post these seven things yesterday but the previous post preempted that.

1. New mug.

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I won this at the bridal shower.  Finally won something.  By the way, what is a tea caddy?  It’s the small box in the mug and it’s shaped like a teapot but it doesn’t look like it will hold anything but a teabag.  Not knocking, just don’t know what it is.

2. I have now been to Newburg and Sherwood, OR.  Having been to neither place before Sunday, I see this as an accomplishment.

3.  If my grandmother were still alive, she would have turned 96 yesterday.  She lived to 90 after surviving two husbands and breast cancer.  She had three kids, seven grandkids (of course I am one), and five great-grandkids at the time she died.

4.  Apparently, summer isn’t over yet here in Oregon.  Upper 80s on the weekends and upper 70s and low 80s during the week.  I want rain.

5.  The obnoxious next door neighbors are moving out.  Finally.  The grandson is still staying, last I heard though if he does I figure I’ll be making more calls to the police.  There are very good reasons for that.  I just want them all to move out.  Druggies, alcoholics, bullies, and all.

6.  Still working on the naughty Droids.  Yes, still reading The Empire Striketh Back.  It would be hilarious to see this performed as a play.

7.  It’s interesting to read book reviews on Good Reads, then read the book, and not see what the negative reviewers are griping about.  Sometimes, I think some readers expect too much from a book and are glad to be disappointed when it falls to meet their expectations. Or they refuse to give the story a chance.  Maybe I just expect books to be books and it’s dependent on me to find the good and bad instead of the book making that decision for me.

Friday the 5th

Again, seven.  Not sure how quick these really are.

1.  My library is awesome.  They had the strap for my wallet.

2.  Shakespearean Star Wars is the win.

3.  Yay, no more running toilet.  Well, it’s been fixed so we’ll see.

4.  Some people need to learn how to drive.  Peeling out and nearly running into me when I had the right of way pisses me off.  And I saw several other accidents as well.

5.  Two days to my first bridal shower.

6.  My friend’s cat is weird.  He decided to sleep in a paper bag that was on the floor.  He took the phrase “letting the cat out of the bag” seriously.

7.  Naughty droid.  Enough said.

Thursday

Nope, not a Friday Quick Takes.  Just way to use seven.

1. I’m never eating Crazy Bread from Little Caesars again.  Just too plain and tasteless.

2. I lost the strap to my wallet at the library.  I’ll go back tomorrow to see if anyone turned it in but I’m calling it a loss.

3. Another off day.  But I was up before noon, made it to both the library and the post office.

4. Again, some people should not have blogs. 

5.  News writers: Learn to spell and use correct grammar.  I’ve read three different stories/articles where I found incorrect spelling and grammar.  All in the last 24 hours.  Theses stories were written for major news publications so they should have been edited yet these were blatant mistakes.  Yes, my inner grammar teacher is on the rampage.

6. Smoking in front of my apartment window just pisses me off.  I wish these people would finish moving out so better tenants could move in.

7. I now have a copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars The Empire Striketh Back Part the Fifth to read.  I love my library.

A Fifth of The Library Made Me Do It

Summer reading program is almost over though I am finished completely.  The party was Wednesday night so it’s all done.  Don’t worry I’ll have more books to write about. 

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Two Novellas along a few short stories all set in Africa.  All told from the point of view of a child. Nairobi, Kenya at Christmas told through the eyes of a ten year old boy whose oldest sister (12) is a part-time prostitute to support the family.  A brother and sister who are sold into slavery by their uncle though they don’t now that until the very end.  A Muslim teen who is escaping his fellow Muslims even though he submitted to Sharia law and had his hand cut off for theft. Two six year old girls whose parents are divided by religion and belief.  Rwanda through the eyes of a girl who sees her own father kill her own mother because of Hutu-Tutsi violence.  A very excellent read.

A definite recommend

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Mystery with international intrigue and the archeological hunt for objects from the Second Temple in Jerusalem.  Between the theft of archeological artifacts, the deliberate destruction under the Temple Mound, the journey through Time, the flooding of the Coliseum this book keeps you on your toes.  There are a few minor historical inaccuracies but they aren’t that relevant and don’t detract.

A definite recommend

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How did we go from tribes to the governments we have today? And what are some of the elements necessary for a state to exist?  That’s what this book covers from Ancient China which developed bureaucracy before Christ but not a rule of law which plays an important part in stabilizing governments up to the French Revolution.  He does get a but repetitive but only to reinforce a point.  And he does admit in the beginning that he is biased which helped me to accept conclusions I didn’t and don’t agree with.  I do disagree with several elements he brought into the book but overall it was a decent read.

A recommend

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Let’s twist Southern history on it’s head and try to repeat it.  Read my review at http://pacboxbooks.wordpress.com under Forty Acres: A Review.

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The second Inspector Lynley novel.  It’s interesting to read the books after having seen the BBC series first (which I now want to watch again). This one involves the murder of a playwright in Scotland and Lynley is called in because the director is a fellow peer. This book has lots of twists and turns and has you guessing who done it till the end.

A definite recommend

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The first in the Rizzoli and Isles books though Isles isn’t in this one.  Well developed plot.  No unnecessary information.  The medical stuff is spot on but then the writer used to be a doctor.

Someone is killing young women in Boston and removing their uterus.  But this isn’t the first time this happened though those cases took place in another city.  And there’s a survivor.  Again, you don’t know who the killer is until the end but it’s interesting to get there.

A definite recommend

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The Maori version of Inspector Rebus.  I kid you not.  Excellent read though it takes a few pages to get going because you’re given relevant info in the beginning that won’t make sense until the end of the book.  Contract killer? That’s the stuff of movies but in this case it’s the truth and why Tito Ihaka was sent to the boonies when he refused to close the case of a wife hit by a car.

A definite recommend

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Poetry.  I read this on a whom wanting to expand my reading genres.  Interesting.

A recommend

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Yes, I’ve started reading more Y.A.  This is good light reading for me.  The characters are entertaining and the author has taken a page from Terry Pratchett and made.fairies, goblins, trolls, and the like characters with attitude, if not a lot of sense.

A definite recommend

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The third Inspector Lynley novel.  Murder of a student at a boarding school.  This one really points out the differences in social status of the students (rich, historical families) and how that plays a role.  There is a whole lot of backstory to the victim which is fascinating to watch develop and to see how that info ends up changing the color of the motive.

A definite recommend

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The first in the People of North America stories (though don’t necessarily have to be read in order).  This one deals with the migration of people over the Bering Straight into what is today Alaska.  Power struggles, war, love, spiritual battles all play a role.

A recommend

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The third novel in the series (library didn’t have the second).  It is funny that a Chicago gangster plays a part.  Artemis has created a computer made from fairy tech and it’s fallen into the wrong hands.  Now he has to get it back but he needs the help of his fairy friends.  Did I mention Butler, Artemis’s protector, has been fatally wounded?  This is more light reading for me and I enjoyed the book.

A definitely recommend


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