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Hyper-chondriac: One Man's Quest to Hurry Up and Calm Down (edition 2007)
by Brian Frazer
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743293398, Hardcover)Does your blood pressure surge if the car in front of you turns without signaling? Do your neck veins pulsate when a cashier takes too long to ring you up? Does relaxing seem like it'll have to wait until you're dead? Then your name could very well be Brian Frazer.
On paper, Frazer is the world's healthiest guy. He eats right, exercises regularly, gets plenty of sleep, has never smoked and has missed only one day of flossing in the last five years. But inside he's a swirling vortex of angst, capable of contracting a new malady every month. Once Frazer realized that all his ills were tied to stress, he went on a quixotic quest for calm, venturing into everything from Tai Chi, serotonin blockers and Kabbalah to an unfortunate incident involving pineapple-chicken curry at a Craniosacral therapy session. Never has the road to wellville taken so many unforeseen turns.
Achingly funny, uncomfortably true and always entertaining, Hyperchondriac is just the medicine for anyone who wants to take it down a notch.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:43 -0400)
"I'm a hyper-chondriac. My prescription? Whatever you've got. And quickly, please. I'm in a hurry." With these words, journalist Frazer strikes the keynote for his quixotic quest for total wellness--a seemingly paradoxical goal for a young man who doesn't smoke, rarely drinks and never misses an opportunity to floss. Chronicling his relentless search for inner peace, Frazer takes readers on a guided tour of his dysfunctional childhood, marked by an extraordinary ability to contract a new disease almost every month, a disturbing obsession with bodybuilding and a veritable sampler platter of disorders, and cures, of every imaginable type. As an adult, his forays into analysis, Kabbalah, yoga, anger management, psychopharmacology and puppy rearing are all attempts to achieve some sort of lasting happiness and inner peace. He discovers that almost everything works. For about five minutes.--From publisher description.
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