Monday, January 30, 2012

what I thought about "the gabriel method"

Hoo boy, what a sack of bobcats this was.

This is a book written by a guy who was enormously, alarmingly fat about ten years ago. He was miserable, he almost went on United 93, he went broke . . . it was a lot of stuff. Then he moved to Australia and the details get a little sketchy here . . . but he lost a bunch of weight doing what he calls "The Gabriel Method," and what one disgruntled Amazon reviewer calls "loving yourself thin."

I got this book from the library because I heard about it recently, and I'm always interested in hearing about people whose nutritional principles are similar to mine. When I saw that it was a weight-loss book with hyperbolic claims on the cover I felt very suspicious. Then when I started reading it I thought the guy was a total dingbat. The first part of the book is full of fruitcakey tell-the-universe stuff, and I just about gave up. Look, I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe that meditation and visualization techniques can be very effective. I think it's highly likely that part of the reason I'm chubbier than I'd like to be is because I am also very mean and negative. I think I, as a Mormon, know a little something about asking people to believe weird stuff, and there's currently no way to cite obscure Eastern medicine and encourage people to "eat the sun" and chant "infinite abundance" without sounding like a nincompoop. It was hard going. But I soldiered on into the nutrition section, which I generally agreed with.

I also agree that we are surrounded by toxins all the time, which is hard on our bodies. But I had to part ways with him when he said he wouldn't consider a vaccine unless the disease is life-threatening, and "even then I would still rather rely on my body's natural defenses." Good luck with that, buddy. Good luck with smallpox and German measles and polio and diptheria. Because people did great fighting those off with their natural defenses, back before these modern times of industrialized food and sedentary desk jobs. Are there gross things in vaccines that are dangerous to us? Should they be cleaner? Almost definitely. But I'm not going to make the perfect the enemy of the good, and vaccines, in my Western-medicine-brainwashed opinion, are a net good.

And this book is also a net good. Did I surprise you? With all its warts (and there are many), with all its cheesy names like FAT Programs and SMART Mode and Jessie's Law and the Gabriel Method, with all its logic holes, there is still some very useful information in it. I will read it with my rolling eyes.


tipsybaker said...

Infinite abundance of fruitcakes in this world.