Thursday, September 26, 2013

5 Questions with Nora T. Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind

What was the most interesting part of about putting together this book?

Writing Primal Body, Primal Mind was an exciting process of connecting dots many would not readily think to connect together.  The book was a long term culmination of many aspects of health, diet, modern society, longevity research and our evolutionary history that blends surprisingly well together and creates a unique perspective many seem to find refreshing, exciting, quite compelling and even inspiring.

Which section of the book was most enjoyable to write?

This may sound like a cop-out, but it was really a love affair from cover to cover.  I think for me what was best about it were the most “eye opening” aspects—the myth shattering and paradigm shifting elements that truly seem to have an “awakening” effect on those that read it.  I am particularly passionate about that aspect of it.

What was the most challenging part about creating this book?

What was most challenging was the process of drawing together many different (seemingly unrelated) subjects and areas in a way that could make comprehensive sense to anyone that reads it.  So much out there of what is written about any particular subject takes a fairly compartmentalized view.  Compartmentalization is something typical of the way we are conditioned to think and is the way our educational system works, after all.  This book isn’t like that—it draws from many different things and creates a sort of comprehensive and synergistic alchemy.  Much of the information in it came to me over a period of many, many years and resulted in an evolutionary unfolding in my own thinking.  This culminated over time in several generations of “AHA’s”, articles and manuscripts I had written that I finally decided to weave together into a more integrated publication.  It was no small challenge and no small accomplishment putting it all together in a way that really worked.  The result has truly been gratifying.

What has been the feedback thus far on the book?

The feedback on the book has honestly been overwhelming.  It simply never occurred to me the book would have such a powerful impact on so many people and have the kind of success it is enjoying.  I’ve been particularly pleasantly surprised, too, at the number of emails I’ve gotten from all manner of healthcare providers and experts across the board (MD’s, PhD’s, ND’s, DO’s, DC’s, and neurologists) who tell me I’m right on---especially since what my book represents is a considerable departure from mainstream thinking.  I am now receiving in excess of 100 emails a day that include innumerable positive testimonials and responses to the book from many (including even vegetarians and vegans) experiencing their lives and their health in a whole new way as a result of applying some or many of the ideas I present.  Some are real tear-jerkers.  It all feels a little surreal at times.

What’s next for you?

That’s a great question.  I still have my very full time neurofeedback and nutritional therapy practice.  Where the book is concerned, however, there are many new possibilities and opportunities presenting themselves I am currently sorting through and the direction of my career goals seems to be in significant flux.  I think what I would like to do is more speaking and creating more specific information products that can help people both integrate the principles in the book into their lives more effectively, as well as help people more broadly (as opposed to simply one-on-one) with more specific aspects of what might be challenging for them.  I am also working on creating a larger resource network that can give people more of a “one stop shop” for resources of all kinds related to information in my book.  I am quite excited about this and looking forward to promoting the work of many others that are aligned with the principles of Primal Body, Primal Mind.  It seems I am being approached daily with exciting new projects, proposals and ideas and I have a lot of thinking to do around that.  Right now it’s a little overwhelming, but very exciting.I am also about to take all this internationally as I plan to travel to Australia this November on a paid 3-4 city speaking tour there.  The event is being well promoted and is receiving a lot of intense public interest. Primal Body, Primal Mind is already huge in Australia.  I guess we’ll see where it all leads.  Stay tuned!

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