Heal the Planet, Heal Yourself

You try to eat healthy. You buy organic. You travel to the farmers market to get fresh, local produce. You try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink the proper amount of water. You exercise. So how much is this helping amidst a toxic environment? Is this enough to stay healthy? To keep cancer at bay? Asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease? How much does the environment affect you despite your “healthy” choices? What, if anything, can you do about it?

These are questions that cross my mind. I can’t help but wonder how my environment is affecting my food, body, mind and health, despite my best efforts.

Food, the environment and our health are inextricably linked. Toxic chemicals are added to our food, bodies, soil, water, and air. Pollutants infiltrate our environment from our cars and factories. These substances cause cancer, asthma, allergies, birth defects, and more. The planet is changing, temperatures are rising and as a result farmland and crops are being affected. This can be overwhelming to think about and make one wonder, what can I alone do about it?

The health of the environment is definitely a problem, and needs to be addressed. At the same time, what we put into our bodies does matter. We should eat quality food, drink plenty of water, exercise, work to reduce stress, etc. These choices can help us deal with an unhealthy and unnatural environment. For instance, many healthy plant foods have proven cancer fighting abilities. Components of plant foods help the body to flush toxins out before they can do harm. A healthy diet and lifestyle also have many other health benefits, including reducing stress  – a major cause of disease – and the risk of diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease. So it all helps but we must also do what we can to help heal the planet. But where do we begin?

How can we help heal this suspended blue ball we call “Earth” that must sustain us?

I recently watched the documentary: “How to Let Go of the World and Love all the Things Climate Can’t Change.” I was inspired for change and have a better understanding of what is going on with our planet, on a macro-level. On a micro-level, I firmly believe that awareness is the key to solving these and other problems. One person at a time, and one click at a time can change the world. I encourage you to watch and share this fabulous documentary. We can heal our planet and ourselves, but only if enough of us wake up make it happen.

Poison in Food Supply

pesticideThe process of producing much of the US food supply involves poisoning it, the surrounding areas and its inhabitants. More and more people in this country are coming down with asthma, autism, and cancer due to an unhealthy diet, lifestyle and environment. Yet, this process of poisoning our food and environment continues.

I can personally attest to the effects of these powerful chemicals, including pesticides that are used in commercial farming. I relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to an area called the worlds “salad bowl” in central CA, which grows much of the world’s produce. During my daily commute through the vast, spectacularly beautiful farmland, I regularly felt a burning sensation in my throat and chest, which I had never experienced before. When I changed my route away from the farmland, this strange burning sensation in my respiratory system completely ceased. I am confident however, I am still coming into contact with chemicals in the food I eat, water I drink, and air I breathe, and so no doubt are you. Obviously the field workers are being regularly exposed as they cannot “drive around” the area.

This chemical processing is only one part of the problem. There is much more being done to our food and our environment as man continues to try to make money and outsmart Mother Nature. For instance, plant DNA is being modified, and soil is often not replenished with nutrients in between plantings. This further weakens an already compromised food supply and planet. Man-made “mystery” food is being created with unknown effects on people, animals, and the planet, and less nutrient dense foods with toxic chemicals added to it are being produced. We are consuming this unhealthy mix and it is making us sick.

Contributing to this “sicklic” cycle is lack of awareness. Consumers do not see these processes or microscopic chemicals and farm workers who experience it first-hand, have little to no power to speak up or change it. And so the sicklic-cycle continues and will continue until something forces it to alter course.

Most companies that mass produce food do not operate on the basis of kindness; they operate on the basis of profit. Cheap processing methods are therefore preferred and since people still buy this unhealthy food, producers have no reason to switch to healthier methods. Period. Let’s change the part of the equation we can control; let us the consumer pay more attention and vote more with our dollars and voices, loud and impactful enough to force change.

Then wait for it…as the chemotherapy and other sickness industry profiteers will quiver at the thought of a clean, healthy planet. And for the record, the same recipe of greed and ignorance applies to that sick-cycle as well.

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