More Trouble in Paradise

I’m just wrapping up my latest book, Dharma Diet, which will be on sale in about a week. One of the major themes of that book is how we continue to think that the answers to our problems lie “out there” somewhere, when in fact many of our answers lie within ourselves. In the case of our weight loss issues, we look for answers in the form of a pill, a fad diet, or an expensive piece of workout equipment or technology.

Anyway, I was taking a break from writing the other night and thought I would watch a little TV. For no particular reason other than the fact that I prefer to stimulate my brain rather than contribute to its demise, I was scanning my options for something educational, when I stumbled upon an intriguing documentary called American Addict.

I am only about halfway through watching it, but I’ve seen enough to recommend it to every American. It is eye-opening to say the least, infuriating at most. I saw the same trend going on in the drugs and prescription medicine industry as in the food industry. Namely, that we are heavily addicted to things we should not be—food, sugar, salt, drugs—and rather than helping us, government and big business are working together to keep us that way. At least it seems that way after watching these films and doing my own research.

I will have more to write on this topic after I watch the documentary in its entirety, but I wanted to recommend it to you now. In fact, I think American Addict is part of a two- or three-part series, with the second film being The Big Lie: American Addict 2.

You should check it out, especially if you or someone you love is taking medications that you suspect are not entirely necessary. If you are an Amazon Prime member, the film is free to view on Prime Video.

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