** Natural Causes by Barbaba Ehrenreich

I have not been a great fan of Barbara Ehrenreich because she seems to have just one mode of expression: bitter ranting. Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer started out a lot better than I expected, even made me chuckle as she described how she just bowed out of the endless and futile check-ups foisted upon her as a no-longer-young woman, or mocked the overeager exercisers her age trying to forget the inevitable sagging and weakening. But then the author veers into a strange discussion of how our immune system may turn against us (with only wobbly “proof” that it’s actually happening), and then I was not sure what I was reading about anymore.

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