The Gospel of Wellness (Ebook)

Gyms, Gurus, Goop and the False Promise of Self-Care

Rina Raphael

A startling look at the booming wellness industry and the extraordinary power it wields today.

'Excellent ... Rina really knows her shit ... I'm so grateful for this book' Jameela Jamil

'Next level revelatory' Sarah Knight, internationally-bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

What happens when the cure becomes as bad as the disease?

Women are pursuing their health like never before. Whether it's juicing, biohacking, clutching crystals, or sipping collagen, today there is something for everyone, as the wellness industry has grown from modest roots into a $4.4 trillion movement, promising health and vitality in the most fashionable package. So why are we suddenly all feeling so unwell?

Vividly told and deeply reported, The Gospel of Wellness reveals how this obsession is a direct result of gender inequalities and structural sexism within medicine and society. And while wellness may have sprung from good intentions, we are now relentlessly bombarded with exploitative offerings, questionable ideas, and a mounting pressure to maintain an illusion of control.

Balancing the good with the bad, wellness industry journalist Rina Raphael offers a clear-eyed exploration of what wellness can actually offer us, knocking down the false idols that have taken hold and ultimately showing how we might shape a better future for the movement - and for our well-being.

Publication date: 22/09/2022

£13.99

ISBN: 9781782838609

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09PZJ1K8M

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

The Gospel of Wellness (Audiobook)

Gyms, Gurus, Goop and the False Promise of Self-Care

Rina Raphael

A startling look at the booming wellness industry and the extraordinary power it wields today.

'Excellent … Rina really knows her shit … I'm so grateful for this book' Jameela Jamil

'Next level revelatory' Sarah Knight, internationally-bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

What happens when the cure becomes as bad as the disease?

Women are pursuing their health like never before. Whether it's juicing, biohacking, clutching crystals, or sipping collagen, today there is something for everyone, as the wellness industry has grown from modest roots into a $4.4 trillion movement, promising health and vitality in the most fashionable package. So why are we suddenly all feeling so unwell?

Vividly told and deeply reported, The Gospel of Wellness reveals how this obsession is a direct result of gender inequalities and structural sexism within medicine and society. And while wellness may have sprung from good intentions, we are now relentlessly bombarded with exploitative offerings, questionable ideas, and a mounting pressure to maintain an illusion of control.

Balancing the good with the bad, wellness industry journalist Rina Raphael offers a clear-eyed exploration of what wellness can actually offer us, knocking down the false idols that have taken hold and ultimately showing how we might shape a better future for the movement – and for our well-being.

Publication date: 22/09/2022

£19.99

ISBN: 9781800810549

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09Q7C5ZYV

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Read by: Rina Raphael

The Gospel of Wellness (Paperback)

Gyms, Gurus, Goop and the False Promise of Self-Care

Rina Raphael

A startling look at the booming wellness industry and the extraordinary power it wields today.

'Excellent ... Rina really knows her shit ... I'm so grateful for this book' Jameela Jamil

'Next level revelatory' Sarah Knight, internationally-bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

What happens when the cure becomes as bad as the disease?

Women are pursuing their health like never before. Whether it's juicing, biohacking, clutching crystals, or sipping collagen, today there is something for everyone, as the wellness industry has grown from modest roots into a $4.4 trillion movement, promising health and vitality in the most fashionable package. So why are we suddenly all feeling so unwell?

Vividly told and deeply reported, The Gospel of Wellness reveals how this obsession is a direct result of gender inequalities and structural sexism within medicine and society. And while wellness may have sprung from good intentions, we are now relentlessly bombarded with exploitative offerings, questionable ideas, and a mounting pressure to maintain an illusion of control.

Balancing the good with the bad, wellness industry journalist Rina Raphael offers a clear-eyed exploration of what wellness can actually offer us, knocking down the false idols that have taken hold and ultimately showing how we might shape a better future for the movement - and for our well-being.

Publication date: 12/01/2023

£16.99

ISBN: 9781788168236

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Reviews for The Gospel of Wellness

'Next-level revelatory ... You'll never look at an Instagram ad for organic face wash the same way again'

Sarah Knight, internationally-bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck 

'Excellent ... Rina really knows her shit ... I'm so grateful for this book'

Jameela Jamil 

'Her aim isn't to demonise wellness ... What she does is unmask the way that the wellness industry has taken good ideas about nutrition and fitness and made it into this individualist mandate that's filled with fear and productivity pressure'

Jessica Grose The New York Times

'An utterly juicy deep dive for wellness devotees and skeptics alike. The perfect balance of criticism and empathy for a movement that meant well'

Jane Marie, creator and host of The Dream 

'A deeply honest look from a woman's perspective ... a well needed antidote to the usual victim-blaming and cruel optimism by helping us see the wider structural and social issues underlying our cultural angst'

Ronald E. Purser, author of McMindfulness 

'Readable, entertaining, surprising, and illuminating'

Harriet Brown, author of Body of Truth and Brave Girl Eating 

'A smart, reassuring read that you'll want to keep on hand for the next time Instagram tries to convince you that this supplement or that expensive new workout trend is The One'

Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct 

'Shows us with startling prose why this industry deserves more scrutiny and oversight'

Nick Bilton, New York Times bestselling-author of American Kingpin 

'You'll never hear the phrases "natural," or "free from harsh chemicals,"' "detox," "clean eating," or "cleanse" the same way again'

Katherine Goldstein, journalist and creator of The Double Shift podcast 

Rina Raphael

Rina Raphael

RINA RAPHAEL is a journalist who has covered the wellness industry for Fast Company magazine as well as for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Global Wellness Institute, among other outlets. Her industry newsletter, Well To Do, covers wellness trends and offers market analysis. Previously, she served as a senior producer and lifestyle editor at Today.com and NBCNews.com. She lives in Los Angeles.