Your body and mind are big business. Mind Body Myth is a new publication that subverts the sensationalism that's found in most health, wellness, and nutrition content.

We report on the facts (and the fiction) in a simplified, science-backed way.

  • No clickbait.
  • No overblown claims.
  • No judgment.
  • And no ableism.

If you live with chronic illness or you’re disabled, you’ve likely felt targeted (and probably burnt) by the “wellness,” food, or diet industry. That’s because most of it grew out of ableist, racist, and sexist beliefs about what the ideal person should be.

Ironically, that’s what healthcare and alternative medicine have most in common: they emerged from a fundamental desire to erase the others, the defectives, and the different from society.

Nowadays, medical healthcare and the wellness industry engage in perpetual mudslinging. Patients and people are invisible, lost in the pursuit of power, politics, and profits.

Even with ethical providers, it becomes increasingly difficult to “do no harm” in systems and industries that transit a capitalism-centric universe.

Chronically ill and disabled people are frequently ignored, gaslit, rejected, and blamed by both paradigms.

These systems argue that you can be better if you work hard enough.

People are promised cause and effect as if the American dream can be applied to personal health:

  • Medications will help
  • Supplements will help
  • Dies will help
  • Exercise will help
  • Tests will help
  • Therapies will help
  • Specialists will help
  • Treatment will help
  • Your efforts will help

And when things don't help, the patients are blamed. You didn't try hard enough. It's all in your head. It's “only” anxiety or depression. You just need to sleep more and eat less. Exercise more and stress less. Be happy more and be poor less.

But disability and chronic illness can't be fixed with positive thoughts and calorie deficits.

The reality is nestled in the gray area of reality—a zone practitioners can’t afford to dabble in because nuanced detours aren’t efficient or profitable.

America hates logic but passionately adores the alluring naïveté of the Ableism Equation:

  • Diet + Exercise = Good health

It’s rarely that simple. Especially if you’re already chronically ill, disabled, or otherwise marginalized.

Tragically, that inconvenient truth doesn’t diminish the Ableism Equation at all. Society is squeamish and prejudicial, propped by the capitalist ideology that with enough elbow grease and American spirit, anyone can bootstrap their way to good health.

And if they can’t? They (probably) don’t deserve it.

Whether you traverse the halls of modern American healthcare or navigate the landscape of complementary, alternative, integrative, or functional wellness, the healing industries leave much to be desired.

Sifting through news and “research” has become a full-time job.

✓ Anyone can claim to be an expert.
✓ Everyone's got an opinion.
✓ Basic things like “science” and “facts” are up for debate.

The “science” of health and wellness has become a parade of personal opinions, curated fakery, and pseudo-professional influencers.

It feels impossible to make sense of it all.

So—let’s just start with some.

Mind Body Myth writes from vantage points of disability theory and crip theory. In the academic world, these are transformative frameworks. They allow researchers to center equity, justice, and the rights of marginalized people. They make these actual lived perspectives the forefront, not the afterthought.

There are many newsletters and publications written by experts to debunk myths in specific areas of health and wellness, but not many are written by an expert who also lives the everyday reality of chronic illness and disability—and has for 30+ years.