The Connection Cure | Book Review

Welcome to a book review bonus episode of the Health with Hashimoto’s podcast. Today, I’m diving into The Connection Cure by Julia Hotz. Trust me, this book is a game-changer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The subtitle says it all: The Prescriptive Power of Movement, Nature, Art, Service, and Belonging. This isn’t your typical health book; it’s a refreshing take on how we can get well beyond just medications.

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Book Review: The Connection Cure

I recently read a remarkable book that I’m eager to share with you. I absolutely loved it and am giving it a five-star rating without hesitation. The book’s subtitle, “The Prescriptive Power of Movement, Nature, Art, Service, and Belonging,” perfectly captures its essence. It delves into various non-medication approaches to wellness, emphasizing how elements like movement, nature, and community contribute significantly to our health.

What makes this book truly remarkable is its affirmation of the many facets of life that contribute to our well-being beyond traditional medicine. It’s a refreshing reminder that elements such as movement, connecting with nature, engaging in art, serving others, and fostering a sense of belonging are essential to our health. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to explore these vital aspects of healing and wellness.

The Connection Cure is not anti-medical or anti-pharmaceutical. Instead, it opens up a world of additional health-boosting strategies. From nature walks and art classes to community farming and cold-water swimming, the book provides numerous examples of how social prescriptions can lead to better physical and mental health.

The book will be released on June 11th, and you can pre-order it now. It’s an encouraging and uplifting read, filled with stories of people finding better health through meaningful, community-based activities.

If you’re looking for ways to enhance your well-being beyond traditional medical approaches, I highly recommend The Connection Cure. Happy reading!

From the Back Cover of The Connection Cure

In this combination of diligent science reporting, moving patient success stories, and surprising self-discovery, journalist Julia Hotz helps us discover lasting and life-changing medicine in our own communities.

Traditionally, when we get sick, healthcare professionals ask, “What’s the matter with you?” But around the world, teams of doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers have started to flip the script, asking “What matters to you?” Instead of solely pharmaceutical prescriptions, they offer ‘social prescriptions’—referrals to community activities and resources, like photography classes, gardening groups, and volunteering gigs.

The results speak for themselves. Science shows that social prescribing is effective for treating symptoms of the modern world’s most common ailments—depression, ADHD, addiction, trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, dementia, diabetes, and loneliness. As health care’s de facto cycle of “diagnose-treat-repeat” reaches a breaking point, social prescribing has also proven to reduce patient wait times, lower hospitalization rates, save money, and reverse health worker burnout. And as a general sense of unwellness plagues more of us, social prescriptions can help us feel healthier than we’ve felt in years.

As Hotz tours the globe to investigate the spread of social prescribing to over thirty countries, she meets people personifying its revolutionary potential: an aspiring novelist whose art workshop helps her cope with trauma symptoms and rediscover her joy; a policy researcher whose swimming course helps her taper off antidepressants and feel excited to wake up in the morning; an army vet whose phone conversations help him form his only true friendship; and dozens more. The success stories she finds bring a long-known theory to life: if we can change our environment, we can change our health. By reconnecting to what matters to us, we can all start to feel better.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review.

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