Have you ever wondered why you deal with pain? Well, did you ever think to check the foods you eat, the medicine in your cabinet, or the stress in your day-to-day life? In this health book by Health Coach Cheryl Meyer, you’ll learn one perspective on why people experience chronic pain and how to eliminate the toxins that exist in food, utensils, cosmetics, medicine, water, and even relationships. The step-by-step processes listed in this book will help you get rid of your daily aches and pains.
I want to start this off by saying that I’m a skeptic with everything in life. If I’m going to believe something, I have to see it first. In the case of this book, I have to say, I was extremely skeptical going into it, but I was ultimately happy that I decided to read this.
I have a ton of allergies and sensitivities – including environmental, food, cleaning solutions, makeup, and various other chemicals – so I knew getting into this that many of the healthy tips and tricks that the book advocated for wouldn’t be able to be applied to my life. As someone with a very long list of foods I’m allergic to and sensitive to, I rarely find a so-called “healthy alternative” that works for me when it comes to food, but this book really takes the cake – giving several different options for alternatives. I found myself nodding along and thinking that I could actually do something to help improve my health through eating.
I appreciated the candor of the author. Having had similar experiences myself with my environmental allergies and sensitivities, I felt empathy and companionship with the author from the very beginning as she briefly shared her life story. Everything was laid bare from the get-go: the author took a few very short chapters in the beginning and explained in detail what happened to her to make her choose to live this way. Having the author explain exactly what she’s been through and why she’s doing this helped me to not only be more receptive to what she had to say, but also helped me to realize that I’m not alone in dealing with the junk I deal with on a daily basis.
While the book “encourages you to partner with your doctor on your quest for wellness” (p. 14), it also encourages readers to “become educated enough to find solutions to your own health issues” (p. 14). Instead of assuming that this one structure will work as a one-size-fits-all approach, the author understood and expressed clearly that her stance was only her personal stance, and that it might not work for everybody. I appreciated that very much as a reader, as I’ve dealt with health books that have the pompous view that it is their way or the highway – so hearing a different spin on the traditional health ideal was enlightening and uplifting to me.
However, the one thing that I just couldn’t get past in this novel was the sheer amount of errors. The information presented was fairly professional, but the writing style needed some work. At times, I had to reread a few sentences to understand what was trying to be stated due to the errors in the text. Most of the errors were small enough that I understood what was trying to be said, but a rare few left me scratching my chin, wondering what idea was really trying to be put forth.
In addition to the aforementioned reason, I also rated this book four stars for another reason. This book could be rather repetitive. To emphasize something important, often the author would say the exact same thing twice within a given paragraph or page. Ultimately, I understand why this choice was done – many people need to hear something more than once for it to really sink in.
In addition, another reason for the lower rating was lack of sources in particular areas of the book. The more sources the author could quote, the more likely I was to believe that it wasn’t just her opinion. There were a few places in these chapters that were well-documented in terms of citing sources, but the majority of these chapters felt weak and flimsy in terms of scientific validity. The claims made in these chapters were difficult to believe, and I found myself unmoved by the author’s opinion due to lack of proper sources consulted.
Additionally, I would have appreciated more information about the author’s experiences with Asian techniques to lessen her pain. In later chapters of the book, the author suddenly started sharing about Chi and balancing one’s energy with very little lead-up beforehand. I would have loved to have learned more about this topic instead of having it be a footnote to the other information in the book. I also feel that more information given about this topic would have helped ease into the subject. How it was done felt abrupt and a little confusing.
I did have an opportunity to flip through an attached digital e-workbook the author sent my way, and while it might be helpful for some people, I personally didn't find it useful. The actual book, It Feels Good to Feel Good, was helpful by itself.
While I did not agree with the author on every topic covered, I appreciated the way the information was presented, most notably in a mainly professional yet amusing way. There is always room for improvement, and overall, the book has some notable flaws. However, this book is still a welcome addition to my personal library and truly did inform me of things I had no idea about. I learned a great deal reading this book and am grateful for the opportunity to read and review this tome.