What actions do you believe us humans need to take in order to turn around the health of society?
That was one of three questions that I asked for the August epic giveaway. Nearly 500 of you answered at least one of the questions. I have answered some questions on meat before and now I am presenting the thoughts people had on what we can do to turn around the health of society sooner rather than later.
What’s quoted is how you or someone else answered the question. I follow with my thoughts. I’d love to read your thoughts too so please leave a comment below after reading.
1. Stop chasing convenience
We need to stop treating convenience as the ultimate way to happiness. One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is that they can’t “waste” the time to cook for themselves and their family. Really? You’d rather throw some fish sticks in the microwave and watch some crappy TV show than prepare a healthful meal together as a family?
This is a sad reality and I strongly feel that this lost connection is one of the main reasons why we have a disease epidemic in the United States. It’s not that we don’t have time; it’s just not a high priority.
2. Seek prevention before it’s too late
I think that as humans, we need to focus on prevention over reaction, meaning that we should be more focused on how to prevent disease and unhealthy living instead of coming up with more and more ways to treat these conditions.
I whole-heartedly agree with this but I must add that not all diseases are preventable. I’m a perfect example in that I’ve been allergic to the cold since August 6, 2012. A bee stuck his needle into my skin for a split second just 10 days prior. The sting swelled up. One day passed between the vanishing of the swelling and me having my first horrendous hive breakout.
But this does not mean that we can’t prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease, acne, obesity, diabetes and more. And it’s possible that if my immunity was superb I would not have Cold Urticaria right now. We all need to do the best we can. Imagine a world without drugs and medical intervention. Would you take care of your self more diligently?
3. Lead by example
We need to just lead by example and not shove it down people’s throats.
I expand on the “shove it down people’s throats” line of thought inside this post: Dear Paleo Police.
Running around telling people how they should live not only does not work, it’s just not right. If you instead live your own life and are rather joyful and in great health then people will notice and will ask you questions. At this point you can share with them your strategies while not forcing anything onto them.
Do you agree or disagree with the line of thoughts inside this post? Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts.