Is Modern Living Making People Sick?
Have you ever considered that moving away from a Natural Way of Living may actually be making people sick? When did we move so far away from the basics of pure living, respecting and appreciating what Mother Nature provides? Today there is more disease (dis-ease) than ever before in human history. We are literally witnessing a society of dis-ease and illness. People are falling into categories more and more every day of obesity, heart dis-ease, cancer, depression, ADHD, Autism, mental illness, addictions, and the list goes on and on.
Modern Society demands that chemicals are breathed, bathed in and eaten. Many foods and drinks are synthetic versions of what was once all natural. Did you know that children are developing at a much earlier age than ever before, starting puberty as young as 7 or 8, though most may start at ages 12 or 13 This is still earlier than historical ages of the 19th century, when the average age of puberty was 15 for girls and 16 for boys. Marcia Herman-Giddens and colleagues published a landmark study in 1997 about a reduction in the age of puberty among American girls. Herman-Giddings’ work revealed that by age 8, 48% of African American girls and almost 15% of Caucasian girls were showing signs of sexual development.
Generations past ate eggs, bacon, biscuits with butter and hash browns daily, yet did not have the prevalence of high blood pressure, heart dis-ease, or high cholesterol we witness today, and that was only breakfast. These foods were farmed and prepared at home with little to no processing or bought locally from neighbors. Today, imports from all across the world may cross the dinner plate and oversight and inspection are minimal, so it is unknown what additional additives may be consumed along with the foods.
Water is used in baths and toilets, which is then sent to open waterways to eventually contaminate the oceans; or, the dirty water is “cleaned and purified” to be re-used. Modern Factories spew plumes of chemical cast off into the air causing air pollution. Antibiotics and hormones are pumped into livestock and cloned animals are sold for food without being labeled as such. Seeds are genetically modified and large corporations are suing the small farmers if it’s thought trademarked GMO seed has contaminated the small farmer’s fields. It is a large, complicated issue with many opinions, but for the individual it may be as uncomplicated as deciding to be healthy.
Today, the question is how to live in the modern world while living a natural, Holistic Life? The answer is simple though the implementation may be more complicated for some. Change is not always easy, but it can and will result in better health for you and your family!
- Eat whole foods from an organic source
- Drink water, yes, filtered water
- Clean with natural cleansers, avoiding chemicals
- Use natural personal products
- Waste less
How is this done?
- Buy local and in season Natural Foods
- Plant a garden or shop at a farmer’s market
- If you eat meat and seafood, buy only free range, grass fed or wild caught
- You can make cleaners that contain no chemicals with little effort
- Look for alternatives to western medicine such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbals, even daily affirmations which help with stress
- Get in touch with a new you, exploring who you really are, and not what society thinks you should be – you will find many answers there
Start slow by making a few changes at a time. Every little change helps the environment and the body. There are many resources available online and in print. The myth is that it takes much more money to live a healthier lifestyle, but take into consideration the skyrocketing costs of healthcare. Each person must decide what their health is worth. In reality, HEALTH IS WEALTH!
Guest Author ~ Malissa Bordelon is a Massage Therapist practicing in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi while continuing her education in the Mind-Body Transformational Psychology program online at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Graduating from the Blue Cliff College Massage Therapy program first in her class, she is now a full-time student at SWIHA Online, where she is incorporating her new knowledge in her family’s every day life.
Inspired Life With Malissa promotes a more natural and less stressful lifestyle through Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Life Coaching, many Intuitive Services, Aromatherapy, Meditation, and Fitness Products.