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Is the Wellness Industry Taking Advantage of You?

author image Michelle Vartan
Michelle is a mission-first journalist and content producer, telling stories that will help better other’s lives. She covers environment, health, human-interest, community and travel. Michelle lives in Santa Monica, Ca.
Is the Wellness Industry Taking Advantage of You?
Danielle LaPorte is rooted in the wellness industry, which is why she can scoop on all of its flaws. Photo Credit: Catherine Just

Yoga pants that cost $100, juice bars popping up on every block and inspirational Instagram posts by spiritual gurus have us all marching to the beat of wellness. And if you’re into health, wellness companies and influencers are after you.

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Danielle LaPorte is one of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a motivational speaker and best-selling author. But she's also very, very real. We're launching our podcast Stronger with a conversation with LaPorte about the dangers of the spiritual industry — if you can even imagine there are any.

When trying too hard to find inner peace, sometimes we are actually left with self-criticism and emptiness. According to LaPorte, less is more when it comes to finding your spiritual happy place. But where do you draw the line? Download the first episode of Stronger and find out!


LaPorte dishes on the flaws of the commercial wellness industry and shares a few tales of self-help gone wrong. (And if you secretly hate yoga, this is the episode for you.) You’ll also get some bonus practical tips on how you can keep it real on your own unique and amazing spiritual path — and it’s a lot more simple than you think.

LIVESTRONG.COM’s Stronger, a podcast that demystifies healthy, releases every other Tuesday morning. You can subscribe on iTunes.

LaPorte’s book “The White Hot Truth” goes into even more dirty details and will be available May 16.

What Do YOU Think?

What health topics would you like us to discuss on Stronger? Who are some guests you’d like to hear? What do you like to do while listening to podcasts?

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