Bust­ing myths

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

Nat­u­ral Causes: Life, Death and the Il­lu­sion of Con­trol, by Bar­bara Ehren­re­ich, €12.97 The Amer­i­can au­thor, a po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist who de­scribes her­self as “a myth buster by trade” re­veals in her book that she is now open to dy­ing at age 76. Rather than this be­ing a neg­a­tive death-wish, how­ever, she uses it as a plat­form to tackle the well­ness and med­i­cal world, ar­gu­ing that it pro­motes money–mak­ing rou­tine “rit­u­als” of un­nec­es­sar­ily pok­ing, scan­ning and needling our bod­ies to keep our fears of dy­ing at bay. Ehren­re­ich — who holds a PhD in cel­lu­lar im­munol­ogy — ap­plies sci­en­tific rigour to her ar­gu­ments as well as per­sonal de­tail re­gard­ing her own at­tempts at healthy longevity.

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