'Wellmania' -- a new book looks at what's well and what's not in the alternative health-care industry

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Brigid Delaney, her best selling book Wellmania & the pros & cons of the health industry.

Who doesn't want to eat, sleep and feel better? It’s a simple question and something so many of us struggle with, focus on and often over commit to. Finding a balance with respect to all things healthy has never been easy in a fad-crazed world of the next best quick fix. Cold-pressed juices, ‘clean’ eating, colonic vacations, mindfulness apps, and Paleo: health-care trends and miracle diets seem to be more plentiful each year. But do any of these tactics actually work? What does 'wellness' even mean?

Brigid Delaney and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new best selling book Wellmania, the pros and cons of the health industry, loneliness and fasting, community and connections, meditation and how sleep is free.

In the book, journalist Brigid Delaney tackles the good, the bad, and the just-a-little-ridiculous of the wellness industry, using herself as the guinea pig. Starting with a brutal 101-day fast, she leaves behind her thirty-something-year-old lifestyle of late-night parties and all-day hangovers to test the things that are supposed to make us healthy and whole -- yoga classes, meditation, CBT, Balinese healing, silent retreats, group psychotherapy, and more.

Writing with self-deprecating wit and refreshing honesty, she sorts through the fads and expensive hype to find out what actually works, while asking, what does all this say about us? Is total wellness even possible? And why do you start to smell so bad when you haven’t eaten in seven days? According to comedian Judith Lucy, the result is "a bloody entertaining read that leaves you wondering whether you want to do yoga or get mindlessly drunk and despair at the state of the world."

About the Author: Brigid Delaney is a senior writer for the Guardian and the author of two books in her native Australia: This Restless Life and Wild Things. As a travel journalist, she has written about wellness trends from all over the world, and her work has been featured in Vogue, ABC online, CNN, Condé Nast Traveller, and many other outlets. She lives in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

Image Copyright: Brigid Delaney & GreyStone Books. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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