If youve ever bought into a trendy health fada diet, a supplement, a specific type of exercise equipment, an alternative treatment for this or thatthen youve likely been duped by the $3.7 trillion wellness industry into thinking their products are based on data-driven scientific research.
Dont feel bad. If I were to poll people in Los Angeles, where I live and work, Id no doubt find plenty of smart, well-educated people whove ventured down unconventional paths to wellbeing that have left their wallets lighter.
Illness has become pass. Whats in and what sells is wellness, and this marketwhich includes everything from the real to extravagantnow exceeds the total U.S. health expenditure for sickness. People are apt to spend some big money to look well, feel well, and even act well, oftentimes having nothing to do with staving off illness.
But when do pseudo-cures for pseudo-illnesses become dangerous to ones wealth and health?
Today, wellness takes a lot of workand disposable incometo secure and maintain. It has become a complex formula ...