Well, the worlds of nutrition and fitness/exercise are teeming with guru's, sages and other purported mystics ready and willing to give you the answer's to all of your problem's (all major credit cards accepted). Before you fall victim to the next fad diet or exercise craze (I could rattle off at least 5 of each but I don't want to get sued...) here are some things to consider. Thanks to the Rick Ross Institute (www.rickross.com) for this list:
- Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
- No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
- No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
- Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
- There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
- Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
- There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
- Followers feel they can never be "good enough".
- The group/leader is always right.
- The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing "truth" or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
You have been warned......