The back-to-nature movement

By | May 3, 2012
I'm noticing more and more people interested in staying natural. That's a different approach to staying healthy, as 'healthy' today often refers to medical literature, and staying natural does not. Yet both have the same goal of improving health and lifestyle.

This isn't the first observation that western conveniences are overrated. Other recent re-discoveries in the western world include anything ranging from natural eyesight restoration to non-stick ceramic cooking pans. It raises the question: Just how far has industry lobbying and marketing manipulated us into self-destructive and unnecessary behaviours?

While I do not believe throwing science out of the window is a good idea, and I also believe that many industrial developments are beneficial, I am concerned that destructive bells and whistles are no longer escapable. I do have a choice of using one of the many brands of laundry detergent in the washing machine, or washing with wash nuts by hand. I do have the choice of eating packaged foods or cooking my own from fresh ingredients, of self-conserved ingredients.

But I don't have a choice if I'm not aware that an alternative exists: how many glasses wearers reading this post have heard about an alternative eyesight restoration method which requires no surgury, no cost, and only eye excerxises and a strong, determined will? …You get the point. The 'no cost' factor is not attractive to commercial lobbyists, nor is it attractive to doctors who would lose their patients. So we never hear about such alternatives – that is, if the lobby campaign is successful.

/via +Vladimir Kelman 

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5 thoughts on “The back-to-nature movement

  1. JR Snyder Jr

    Interesting about the eyesight correction. I grew up in the fifties in Bermuda and my left eye was "cross-eyed" when I was born. It was corrected by my mother using objects such as a pencil to redirect it as that was the advice at the time by the British doctors. As I got older and could follow instructions and concentrate I had to sit there while we went through exercises. I still ended up with eyeglasses but not a "cross-eye." When we moved to the US I found out that the standard procedure was surgery.

  2. Ulrich Starke

    All the experts are liars and betrayers. I am a doctor and since years I am fighting against that kind of health – publicity

  3. Joshua Hocieniec

    I see doctors refusing to see patients with risk categories, and I see patients being diagnosed later and later rather than as soon as possible to get early treatment.

  4. Sophie Wrobel

    +Joshua Hocieniec What about this: a health care system where doctors are paid for the number of months their patients are healthy, and not paid when their patients are sick? (Yes it would need to be a socialist universal health care system, details varying around specializations but with the same general principle of motivating the medical industry to cater towards health instead of pills.)

  5. Joshua Hocieniec

    On the whole Americans have largely abrogated their health and wellness to the medical industry. They'd much rather take a pill or submit to a surgery to "fix" what their poor lifestyle and habits have wrought.

    The backlash to such behavior are those like Steve Jobs, who probably could have lived with more traditional treatments but who eschewed them in favor of alternative means.

    The answer is probably in the middle, using the most natural means for preservation of health in the first place, with medical intervention for those illnesses that aren't treatable by other means.


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