I get excited about all the books I feature at World Wise Beauty, but this new book released this week is one I have been anticipating for months! It’s an important book because it makes the connection between our health and the planet’s health backed by scientific research, and it illuminates how our environment ( which we are part of) has everything to do with the quality of our health and wellness. Currently we are experiencing extreme weather around the world and in we’re in the middle of a climate crisis. This is a scary prospect for us all, no matter where we live. What we are now learning through good scientific research is that beyond the physical danger of becoming injured or losing our homes in a storm, our health is also affected by climate change and extreme weather.
So now that I’ve shared some sobering reality with you, I am very excited to share my Q&A with Bonnie Schneider, author of ‘Taking the Heat–How Climate Change is Affecting Your Mind, Body and Spirit’, and What You Can Do About It’. Her guidance and tips in this extremely resourceful book will help you to feel more empowered to take care of yourself and the planet. Let me first share a little background information about the author, as when we talk about the weather we want to know there is solid expertise.
Bonnie is a meteorologist and a Peabody Award-winning journalist who has provided on-camera insight and expertise on everything from hurricanes to snowstorms for CNN, HLN, Bloomberg TV, and The Weather Channel. Bonnie has also created the platform Weather & Wellness©, and has successfully launched its original video content focusing on climate change and health for New York-based Newsday’s digital site.
What is the important takeaway before you go on to read my Q&A with Bonnie? Empowerment over fear! The more you cultivate wellness wisdom and understand the the planet you are a part of, the better you will navigate your beautiful ( and challenging) wellness journey. I am thrilled Bonnie has come to visit World Wise Beauty. Run out and get this book, it will become an important resource in your wellness library whether it be digital or old school!
Laura Connolly, Founder of World Wise Beauty
Lauroly Q- I would like to get started with a basic question for you Bonnie. What is the difference between weather and climate? I think it is important to understand how both can affect our health and context is often needed. We need to connect the dots and your book does an amazing job at putting weather, climate, health, and scientific research into contextual perspective.
Laura Q- In your book, you share the following sobering information…“According to the BBC reports, scientists estimate that three out of every four new emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals. Why are zoonotic diseases on the rise or have they been slowly getting worse?
Lauroly Q- Your research and voice is so important. I think it’s hard for people who aren’t in the science or academic world to understand biodiversity when we have been essentially living in a modern society cut off from nature. Sometimes it has to hit us directly to connect the dots. More and more people seem to have allergies and this affliction seems to be how people pay attention to weather and their environment. How does climate change and certain weather patterns exasperate allergies and asthma? For example, in your book, you talk about how doctors report more ER visits for asthma when thunderstorms appear in the forecast.
Lauroly Q- There is a whole chapter devoted to autoimmune conditions and I was so happy you covered it extensively. As you state in the book autoimmunity is now one of the most common disease categories ahead of cancer and heart disease. This is a sorry situation because autoimmune conditions can be chronic for many, and the weather is often a trigger. I grew up with a mother who had Rheumatoid Arthritis and certain weather systems and patterns caused a lot of her painful flare-ups. As I grew up attuned to pain and triggers, I noticed many other people with different health conditions seemed to be affected by barometer changes too. People always dismissed my interest in the weather, but my observations were reinforced over and over. Can you help explain why the weather and climate extremes affect autoimmune conditions and other ailments?
Lauroly Closing – Thank you so much for writing this book Bonnie. It is so timely, and it will hopefully help everyone connect the dots. This is not just a book about climate change, it’s a book about holistic wellness and the interdependency we have with our planet, our environment, and the climate all around the world. A must-read for 2022!
Bonnie Schneider Closing: Thank you, Laura. It was a pleasure to answer your questions. My website is weatherandwellness.com. I appreciate the opportunity to share more details about my new book, TAKING THE HEAT, with the readers of World Wise Beauty.