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We Are Not The Same is a non-fiction guide to good health and personal wellbeing penned by author Shaneequewa Samuels, which is subtitled The Melanin Guide For Nutrition, Mental, And Spiritual Well-Being. Based on the evidence that American medicinal standards have been founded on Caucasian physicality and Western ways for the last several centuries, this new guidebook aims to advise people of color on how to become their own healers and know their bodies better. It is not intended to replace medicine but provides advice from real life experience on topics such as mental state, food and drink, herbal additions and the vital understanding of how Melanin affects general health.
Author Shaneequewa Samuels writes with a true passion for her subject matter, and in a friendly advice-giving tone that is sure to relax and engage the target audience of her work. She is very clear in her holistic approach with the appropriate disclaimers and uses many real-life examples and instances to substantiate the useful advice given in this guidebook. There are plenty of well-referenced doctors and studies used to exemplify the advice too but explained in an easy to understand way. The formatting is well arranged, with headings, sub-headings, and bulleted lists to give clarity where needed. I also enjoyed the elements of social context and commentary on the development of Caucasian medicine and its neglect of persons of color, which I thought was very interesting and important to learn. Overall, We Are Not The Same will prove a very useful addition to the self-help shelf.