Mariel’s Personal Best

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Mariel Hemingway is a natural health icon with superior literary DNA. So it should come as no surprise that she provided one of the best quotes in Natural Health Writer Celebrity Interview history:

NHW: You have a history of promoting this personal health responsibility; especially in your work to uphold Americans’ free access to vitamins and supplements.

Mariel Hemingway: There is a tremendous power in self-healing through our ability to make choices in vitamins and supplements. Yet there’s a whole load of crap out there, too. We’re Americans and we need to be able to make those choices on our own because they’re still selling us big ads. Merck wants us to buy this anti-inflammatory something and stuff for our heart and cholesterol crap medicine. I love all those side effect warnings: ‘May cause symptoms of insanity’ but other than that it’s all good. So if we’re being pushed to do those things, then we have the right to make healthful choices. Why should that be taken away? The FDA is so influenced by drug companies; it’s big business. Big business is not going to go away. But don’t take my other health food choices away.”

The Lesson: Any goofball can interview a celebrity. But to really make the story sparkle, you need creative, insightful questions that unearth powerful truths. The question guides the answer.

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