Good Food Book Club: Effortless Healing? Discover Thriving Health Through Food and Life 

"Effortless Healing will cause a simple revolution in your health.” —Dr. Daniel Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
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Welcome to the New Year and the first Good Food Book Club book of 2018, Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself by Dr. Joseph Mercola. It’s a book to serve as an anchor for the rest of 2018, and our ongoing theme of health, recovery, sustainability, and joy through local food and community.

Among the food-related things we discuss in the Book Club, one of the ongoing themes has been How does food affect our health, our lives? What we choose to eat matters, and as we’ve seen, a massive sea change in our food systems has impacted people (and natural systems) around the world over the last hundred years.

Enter Dr. Mercola. Along with many other physicians, nutrition experts, and holistic mind body healers, Mercola—renowned medical doctor, bestselling author, and natural health visionary—has tapped into what seems to be a powerful, simple approach to both food and life. An approach that for many offers what he calls “Effortless Healing.” Mercola tells of the critical need for this doorway from our conventional food (and pharma!) system to a way of living that aligns with the body/mind’s deepest natural healing systems. By walking through this doorway, he says, we find a world where food and life are partners to thriving healthy relationships with self as well as with others.

Effortless Healing shows a way to live, and eat, that supports the body and mind to flourish, as, Mercola says, is our birthright. The book describes a journey to understanding how to unleash human vibrancy and “let the body do the work” of healing. To make it simple, he pairs this with easy steps he says anyone can adopt. These include (as quoted from the book’s online description at

  • Throwing ice cubes in your water to make it more “structured”
  • Skipping breakfast, as it could be making you fat
  • Eating up to 75 percent of your calories each day in fat for “optimal health, reduction of heart disease, and cancer prevention”
  •  Avoiding certain meat and fish, but enjoying butter
  • Eating sauerkraut (and other fermented foods) to improve your immune system and your mood
  • Walking barefoot outside to decrease system-wide inflammation (and because it just feels great)
  • Enjoying a laugh: it’s as good for your blood vessels as fifteen minutes of exercise

 Please join us to discuss Effortless Healing by Dr. Joseph Mercola (Harmony editions, 2015) on Sunday, January 28, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at a member’s private residence. Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. Remember to email to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Effortless Healing is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow, where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at