Trickle-Down Wellness

Derek Beres
A study on Conspirituality: pseudoscience & grifting in the wellness industry (and other thoughts)
Created 01 May 2020
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  • Forever Chasing the Sun
    11 Mar 2022 16 6
    Osiris enjoying sun time for the last time. Cats do not plan their lives; they live them as they come. Humans cannot help making their lives into a story. But since they cannot know how their life wil...
  • Race & Class at Spotify
    14 Feb 2022 12 0
    On January 31, India Arie posted that she was leaving Spotify. Neil Young threw open a door that she was now forced to walk through. Musicians supplementing Rogan’s $100M salary with pitiful streaming...
  • Why are chiropractors particularly susceptible to Conspirituality?
    31 Jan 2022 5 0
    On Conspirituality 88, we investigated one question: Why are chiropractors particularly susceptible to pseudoscience and grifting? To reiterate the context of the episode, this is not a takedown of ch...
  • Changes...
    21 Jan 2022 3 0
    Hello, I’m deeply grateful for your patronage of my Substack over the past two years (or whenever you happened to become a paying subscriber). Your support has helped me produce a weekly Monday newsle...
  • A Matter of Language (part 4)
    17 Jan 2022 1 0
    Part 4 of a four-part essay exploring language and spiritual consumerism. Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The peak of El Toro rests nearly 400 feet above sea level in the hills of Orange County. From up...
  • A Matter of Language (part 3)
    10 Jan 2022 1 0
    Part 3 of a four-part essay exploring language and spiritual consumerism. Read Part 1 | Part 2. The prolonged maturation of children seems to facilitate the development of a complex communication syst...
  • A Matter of Language (pt 2)
    03 Jan 2022
    Part 2 of a four-part essay exploring language and spiritual consumerism. Read Part 1. Communication is indispensable for any species. Humans didn’t evolve thanks to our brute strength or incredible s...
  • A Matter of Language (pt 1)
    27 Dec 2021 1 0
    Part 1 of a four-part essay exploring language and spiritual consumerism. June 2006: a warm evening in Atlanta. Hundreds meander around downtown malls and on the streets, gathered to enjoy the emergin...
  • Fear & Loathing in New Jersey
    20 Dec 2021 1 0
    There’s a sentiment that you can never leave home, and in some sense, perhaps that’s true. Part of New Jersey will always remain with me: a penchant for sarcasm; an instinctual understanding of why a ...
  • 5 Charities to Support This Season
    19 Dec 2021 1 0
    I usually keep my donations private, as it’s a personal act. As I go through my end-of-year charity list, however, I realized that supporting organizations goes beyond money, so here are the five char...
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