HOLLYWOOD, CA– Americans are being lured into addiction. And what we’re hooked on isn’t necessarily illegal or even hard to come by. Prescription medications are making us high. Fast food is making us fat. The Internet keeps us constantly distracted with everything from gambling to porn, to compulsive social networking. Television seduces us into buying more stuff we don’t need while we drown in debt. Massive profits fill the pockets of a handful of “pushers” at the expense of everyone else.
In her new book Addict Nation-An Intervention for America (HCI Books, Feb. 2011), bestselling author Jane Velez-Mitchell says, “It’s time to take our power back!” She believes Americans have unwittingly supported a number of dysfunctional business practices that threaten our health and the earth.
According to Velez-Mitchell, women are especially vulnerable to manipulative marketing; applying more than 100 chemicals to their skin each day through cosmetics, and exposing themselves to toxic cleansers in the home. She believes women should lead the way to a more natural lifestyle that is gentler to the earth by voting with their dollars.
She writes, “Frankly, if we hope to survive as a species, the future better be female . . . or at least centered on matriarchal values and respect for women and girls. This is where American women come in. We are the most powerful nation on earth, and about half of us are female. As Americans who pride ourselves on helping others, we need to get our own “house in order” so that we may carry the message to others.“
Addict Nation tackles the issue of cultural addictions, and promises to shine a light on those who would profit off of our misery. Velez-Mitchell says she’s got a blueprint for change, but first we must see what is really going on. This is an intervention!
About the bestselling author: Jane Velez-Mitchell (b. September 29, 1955) is an award winning television journalist and author. She currently has her own show on HLN, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.” She is often seen commenting on high-profile cases for CNN, TruTV, E! and other national cable TV shows. Velez-Mitchell is an “out” lesbian, animal protection advocate, vegan, and recovering alcoholic with over 15 years of sobriety.
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