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American Detox

The Myth of Wellness and How We Can Truly Heal

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Narrator Kerri Kelly

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Length 10 hours 38 minutes
Language English
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For readers of Hope in the Dark and Natural Causes--The myth of wellness is a lie. And until we learn to confront and dismantle its toxic systems, we can’t ever be well.

Better, stronger, healthier, whole--we’re an America obsessed with self-seeking and self-perfection. We've bought into the idea that with enough intention, dedication, and green smoothies, “wellness” is ours for the taking. But despite a $650 billion industry and infinite good vibes, we don’t feel good. We aren’t happy or healthy. We’re isolated, unwell, and inequitable--and the myth of wellness is making it worse.
 
In American Detox, yoga activist, wellness disruptor, and CTZNWELL founder Kerri Kelly sounds a wake-up call. We don’t need more green juices and self-care fads--we need to divest from the separation and scarcity that fuel the modern wellness movement and hold us back from making truly positive change for self and society. In the single-minded pursuit of feeling good, we fail to ask: is all this self-focus really making the world a better place? How does the stuff we consume in the name of “wellness” hurt communities and the planet? Whom do we harm when we divorce wellness practices from their cultural origins, and who’s left out?
 
To build wellness models designed for everyone, we need to dismantle a culture rooted in exclusivity, individualism, consumerism, and white supremacy. We need to resist, disrupt, and dream better futures of what being well can really mean--and do the inner work necessary to unlearn the harmful messages that we’ve internalized about what “healthy” looks like, who gets to be well, and why wellness is not a solo pursuit. 
Each chapter includes personal reflections and prompts for collective action to help readers reimagine wellness, understand positionality and privilege, and become agents for whole wellness on a society-level scale.

KERRI KELLY is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement that is democratizing wellbeing for all. A descendant of generations of firemen and first responders, Kelly has dedicated her life to kicking down doors and fighting for justice. She’s been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is known for making waves in the wellness industry by challenging norms, disrupting systems and mobilizing people to act. A community organizer and wellness activist, Kelly is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social justice. Kelly is a powerful facilitator, TED speaker and is the host of the prominent podcast CTZN. You can learn more about her work at kerrikelly.co and ctznwell.org.

KERRI KELLY is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement that is democratizing wellbeing for all. A descendant of generations of firemen and first responders, Kelly has dedicated her life to kicking down doors and fighting for justice. She’s been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is known for making waves in the wellness industry by challenging norms, disrupting systems and mobilizing people to act. A community organizer and wellness activist, Kelly is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social justice. Kelly is a powerful facilitator, TED speaker and is the host of the prominent podcast CTZN. You can learn more about her work at kerrikelly.co and ctznwell.org.

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Reviews

"With a crusader’s spirit and an activist’s mindset, Kelly joins a bounty of historical, sociological, and medical evidence in an informed understanding of how injustices intersect under the banner of wellness. Anyone interested in a more equitable approach to alternative medicine should read this."
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"An intimate, honest, accountable, and thorough invitation into healing."
—adrienne maree brown, author of Pleasure Activism

"American Detox
is not only a wake-up call but a call to remember that if some of us aren’t well, none of us are well."
—MICHELLE C. JOHNSON, author of Finding Refuge

A magnificent gem of a book that anyone who cares about healing, wellness, health care, justice, democracy, anti-racism, equality, and inner or outer peace must read."
—LISSA RANKIN, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine

"Urgent and unflinching."
—NICOLE CARDOZA, founder of Reclamation Ventures, author, and magician

"This book is a powerhouse."
—ASHLEY JUDD, American actress and political activist

"A brilliant call for the reimagining of what it means to be well in our world."
—TARA BRACH, author of Trusting the Gold

"American Detox [reminds] us that we cannot purchase our way into well-being. It is built of the materials of interconnectedness and belonging, and without them we can’t manifest the highest form of wellness which is humanity’s wholeness."
—SONYA RENEE TAYLOR, author of the New York Times best seller, The Body Is Not an Apology

"Kerri Kelly is radically committed to our well-being by teaching us how to 'be well'—within ourselves and with one another.”
—LAYLA F. SAAD, New York Times best-selling author of Me and White Supremacy

"American Detox is a blueprint for collective wellness, from an activist and healer who walks the walk with integrity, grace, and a revolutionary love."
—VALARIE KAUR, Sikh activist and best-selling author of See No Stranger

"This book offers the reframe that is needed in a culture desperately seeking wellness and perfection while being bankrupt of the remembrance of our inherent wholeness."
—TRACEE STANLEY, best-selling author of Radiant Rest

"Kerri, with her trademark dedication to fierce and honest self-examination, holds both herself and the culture of wellness accountable for the social dis-ease that continues to segregate health among its diverse citizenry."
—SEANE CORN, author of Revolution of the Soul

"This book is a valiant, brave, and timely compass and tool that we need right now as so many navigate the often wild, predatory, and ailing space of the so-called wellness industry."
— OCTAVIA RAHEEM, founder of Starshine & Clay, a meditation and yoga studio for Black women and women of color, and author of Pause, Rest, Be

"... a call-to-action to improve the wellness of our communities and the world at large, too."
—SAH D’SIMONE, spiritual revolutionary and best-selling author of 5-Minute Daily Meditations Expand reviews

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