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Health Obsession and Fear-Mongering

A few months ago, I spent time with a guy who’s well known in some raw food circles. He considers himself to be quite an expert in the topic of raw foods and alternative health, and indeed knows a lot about it.

In my opinion, he probably knows *too much*.

First of all, his conversation always revolves around either food or things that could be bad for your health. You can’t spend 10 minutes with him without being informed about the “dangers” about all sorts of things, from cell phones to concrete floors.

In fact, if you spend an hour with him, you’ll probably end up completely discouraged and either start to feel hypochondriac, paranoiac, or both — unless you can keep things in perspective and realize that everyone has their own truth.

Being health is a worthy goal that many people have. But often, this interest in health becomes an unhealthy *obsession*.

There’s a lot of fear-mongers in the natural health movement. You could call them health freaks, or health nuts… but basically, the syndrome involves an irrational obsession about anything that could potentially cause health problems.

When it’s not just plain annoying to anyone around those people, it can also become a very unhealthy obsession in itself.

A few months ago, we offered some memberships to our center in Costa Rica, where a limited number of people could invest a set fee and be able to come every year for life to our center for a health vacation, and take part in the other programs we offer.

One man was very interested in this, and we ended up spending a lot of time e-mailing back and forth. He was ready to go ahead and finally live his dream of spending time in a tropical paradise… but one thing held him back. He was afraid of cell phones, and wireless Internet.

Although we were able to calm his irrational fears, they eventually overtook him and he bailed out of the entire project. He was very concerned about being *around* anyone with a cell phone, or computers that used wireless Internet.

For that reason, he was not willing to get out of his little hole and experience something new, something he thought he really wanted.

He preferred to live in fear and isolation.

It makes sense to take care of your health, and avoid things that could potentially harm you, but there’s a point where this interest in natural health no longer is healthy.

There are some people who are so worried about getting sick, that health is the only thing they think about. When they’re not preoccupied about the food they are putting in their body, they’re worrying about cell phones, or the dangers of tap water, or the “evils” of electric lines, and what not.

To be perfectly honest, when I’m around one of those people, and they go on one of those endless monologues about this stuff, the only thing I’m thinking about is, “when will he finally shut up?”.

And being polite, I acknowledge their attempt to talk with a few “yeah” and “eh eh” and “wow”, and other meaningless nonsense.

At times, I have told these people that they are obsessed, and that this obsession is not healthy, and that it’s even annoying no anyone around them.

And here’s what I really want to tell them: Get a Life!

Alright, take care of your body, eat well, avoid the things that can harm you, but then forget about health a little bit and live your life.

The guy could get hit by a truck tomorrow, and what would we put on his tombstone? “Here lies Joe, who lived a very healthy life. He got hit by a truck.”

You attract what you think about.

If what fills your thoughts are fears about what could harm your health, what’s wrong in the food you eat and everything that’s potentially unhealthy… you’ll live a very sad life. You won’t be the type of person people will want to be around, and you’ll likely attract a lot of crap into your life.

There’s a point where too much *thinking* about anything becomes unhealthy.

Do you think a lot about food? How much you eat, what you’re going to eat next, what you ate that didn’t make you feel great, how you should improve what you eat, what’s in the food that you’re eating, etc.

If you are thinking about food more than a few hours a day, you are obsessed.

Often that’s a harmless obsession. After all, some people are obsessed about worst things, like drugs and gambling.

But sometimes, this health obsession can lead you to make irrational choices, or just annoy people around you.

A far better way to go is to learn what you need to learn about health, apply it, but make sure you are not obsessed with it, and you have other interests that drive you.

Here are the best resources I have found so far:

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Learn the information in 3 hours, apply it, and then forget about it. No need to become obsessed there.

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I have tried to make all my information useful, to-the-point, systematic, and balanced. In fact, the essence of the comments and testimonials I receive all the time talk about how much people enjoy the fact that I’m not a health fanatic. That my information is useful, it works, and it leaves room for individual choices.

My point is, learn what you need to learn to be as healthy as you can, and then just apply it and get along with your life!

Who cares about cell phone towers, if you’re missing out on what truly matters.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.