Sunday, October 23, 2005

The story behind the best-seller: Wait, there's more!

Washington Post has a piece on Kevin Trudeau, author of the number one bestseller Natural Cures: "Trudeau's publishing company -- which he happens to have founded -- says he's sold 4 million copies of 'Natural Cures,' many of them through phone orders. While those numbers can't be verified, his sales through traditional outlets have been astonishing -- so far he's spent 16 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

For those who want to save their $29.95, here are the secrets to health the government is keeping from you, according to Trudeau:

Get an electromagnetic chaos eliminator. Do some 'bioenergetic synchronization.' Give yourself some enemas, and then give yourself some more enemas. Wear white, for positive energy. Don't use a microwave or an electric tumble dryer or fluorescent lights or artificial sweeteners; don't dry-clean your clothes or use swimming pools or eat pork. Don't use deodorant (causes cancer) or nonstick cookware (causes cancer) or watch the news (stress alters your body's pH, which can make you get cancer). Remove the metal fillings from your mouth, and you're all set!

Trudeau's 'Natural Cures' also references several helpful Web sites. One claims that if you stare into the sun every day while barefoot, you won't need food anymore. Another sells an instrument that looks rather like an index card but which promises to open a 'temporal and spatial gate' that 'enables an individual's entire etheric system to interface with a very large, complicated, partially automated, predefined healing process.'

Lastly, if you have depression, Trudeau writes, stop taking your medication and by all means stop seeing doctors, who can't be trusted. Rather, go for a long stroll outside every day and 'look far away as you walk.'

If that fails, the book advises you to try Scientology."

You know, I saw this book in Borders the other day, having seen it perched atop the NYT best seller list, thinking this might be a good thing to read and get some insights about good health. I skimmed through it and was surprised about the few suggestions I saw. Most summarized above. The story behind the story is fascinating. Amazing what people will believe these days.


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