The Fruit Cure by Jacqueline Alnes: 3.5***

What do you do when modern medicine is unable to diagnose a medical condition and there seems to be no hope for your return to normalcy. People, for years, have turned to alternate medicines or alternate attempts to treat these problems and it is their plight that is highlighted in this new book by Jacqueline Alnes. Jacqueline, herself, was a college athlete when she was struck down by a mysterious medical condition that none of the doctors could cure. They ran her through batteries of tests with no positive results. She could no longer run, she could barely walk, she couldn’t eat she couldn’t speak at times, and yet at other times things mysteriously got slightly better before another setback. This is all detailed in “The Fruit Cure” a book which tells the tale of a normal college girl who no longer can function in society, as well as all those others who have had issues or ailments or beliefs that lead them away from normal patterns of living, lifestyle, and eating. Many have become either proponents or followers of those who have preached the gospel of vegetarianism, fruitarianism and the drastic change to their lives, all in an attempt to solve the mysteries that modern science cannot unravel. Jacqueline takes us to Banana Island along with some rather unique individuals who go by the name Freelee and Durianrider and who used the Internet and YouTube to expound their beliefs that eating 30 Bananas a Day will cure you of your medical problems. They preached that eating nothing but bananas and raw food will cure you. That meat and fats are poison and that anything other than what they believe in will cause you harm. The author traces the history of vegetarianism, fruitarianism and takes us on a journey that is most fascinating and educational as we get to read some of the actual transcripts of the YouTube messages and see how body shaming also plays a big part in causing people going to the extreme in order to lose weight. While the author never completely adapted to the 30 Banana a Day diet, she admittedly began to change her eating patterns and behavior, none of which cured her medical condition. Eventually the author was able to lead a normal life, is now a college professor, and therefore has approached this subject in a clinical manner. I appreciated this approach to these issues because I think that is the best way to explore all that was 30 Bananas a Day, fruitarianism and “The Fruit Cure”. 3.5 ***

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