Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Public Health Threat Hardcover by Julian Walker

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Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Public Health Threat Hardcover by Julian Walker

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Canada (June 13 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1039005535
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781039005532
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 567 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.8 x 3.02 x 23.57 cm

Conspirituality takes a deep dive into the troubling phenomenon of influencers who have curdled New Age spirituality and wellness with the politics of paranoia—peddling vaccine misinformation, tales of child trafficking, and wild conspiracy theories.

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a disturbing social media trend emerged: a large number of yoga instructors and alt-health influencers were posting stories about a secretive global cabal bent on controlling the world’s population with a genocidal vaccine. Instagram feeds that had been serving up green smoothie recipes and Mary Oliver poems became firehoses of Fox News links, memes from 4chan, and prophecies of global transformation.

Since May 2020, Derek Beres, Matthew Remski and Julian Walker have used their Conspirituality podcast to expose countless facets of the intersection of alt-health practitioners with far-right conspiracy trolls. Now this expansive and revelatory book unpacks the follies, frauds, cons and cults that dominate the New Age and wellness spheres and betray the trust of people who seek genuine relief in this uncertain age.

Each of the three authors has witnessed firsthand the use of fear-based political agendas to manipulate the human desire for spiritual fulfillment. They throw a spotlight on the telltale signs of cult dynamics and expose how influencers have stoked suspicion of public health initiatives. And they show how charlatans and pseudo-doctors encourage their followers to oppose mainstream advice as a form of spiritual quest.

With analytical rigor and flashes of irreverent humor, Conspirituality offers an antidote to our times, helping readers recognize wellness grifts, engage with loved ones who've fallen under the influence, and counter lies and distortions with insight and empathy.

About Author

DEREK BERES is a multi-faceted author and media expert based in Portland, OR. He is the Senior Editor at the DeFi company, Eco, and co-host of the Conspirituality podcast. A former reporter and magazine editor, he has written for Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Women’s Health, Big Think, and Yoga Journal. Derek taught group fitness at Equinox Fitness for 17 years, where he created Flow Play, an innovative program at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and movement. He is author of numerous books, primarily in the health and wellness space. MATTHEW REMSKI is an author, freelance journalist, and cult researcher, with bylines in The Walrus and GEN by Medium. He’s published eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. JULIAN WALKER grew up in South Africa and toured the country in an Anti-Apartheid rock band before fleeing the military draft to attend music school in Hollywood. He has been teaching yoga in Los Angeles for 27 years. Julian has run teacher training programs, led retreats, and taught workshops at Esalen Institute and Kripalu. He has been writing critically about New Age spirituality, gurus, and Western yoga culture since 2004.

Author Residence: Los Angeles (Derek/Julian), Toronto (Matthew)

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