Many years ago, a wise healer told me that to improve health and heal any condition, it’s imperative that you do NOT watch or listen to the news.
At the time, I was studying communications and media in college.
No news?! How can we survive in the world without being told or shown what is happening?
As it turns out, a teacher in one of my journalism/media classes corroborated that wise healer’s suggestion.
She had been a journalist for a major newspaper and told us that the news is manipulated and molded by “gatekeepers” and what they want you to hear and see. She said that most media outlets promote a negative spin because fear and sensationalism sell, and that essentially controls the masses, keeping them coming back for more.
Gatekeepers, by the way, are the people that control the media… all the media. “Before information can be disseminated to the public, it undergoes strict examination by certain people. These people are known as gate keepers. They limit, expand and recognize or interpret the information the audience receives. This information can be in the form of news, film, graphics art and photographs.”
If you watch and absorb (and believe) the fear and sensationalism being spewed all day in the media, it’s going to negatively impact your nervous system, and more importantly your ability to live healthfully and happily in the world.
This could not be more apparent than watching the C*ovid debacle unfold before our very eyes over the past year and a half.
I’ll give you an example.
Various news and media outlets tirelessly warned everyone to wear masks both indoors and outdoors to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Even though the science said otherwise.
Many media outlets even promoted the idea (fear) of wearing two masks to keep yourself safe. And, to ensure that we knew how to fully protect ourselves they gave us on-air tutorials from well-known public figures on how to properly wear two masks.
But, millions of masks later, we are now seeing and hearing the exact opposite from some of those same media platforms.
In a recent article in the NY Times, David Leonhardt reported that there is NO need to wear a mask outdoors because the risk of transmission is actually less than 1%. Leonhardt quotes Dr. Muge Cevik, a virologist at the University of St. Andrews, who said the CDC benchmark of 10% outdoor transmission was a huge exaggeration. Multiple epidemiologists have also stated that outdoor infection rates are much closer to 1 percent and could even dip below one-tenth of one percent.
I applaud the NY Times reporter for being brave, questioning the fear-based narrative, and sharing his investigative discovery. He will probably get fired or be demoted to work in the mailroom.
OR, this could be a case of the “gatekeepers” giving the masses a breath of fresh air and temporary relief, only to eventually suck people back in again with the next frightful message.
My guess is that the next “scare-you-to-death” message will probably be coming in the fall when flu/cold and c*ronavirus season kicks back into gear.
Unfortunately, even though the positive news about outdoor mask-wearing has come to light, the damage to the human psyche has already been done.
The fear initially created by the media feeding frenzy around masking has petrified people from living normal lives, free from stress and worry.
I live in NYC and witness people wearing two and sometimes three, yes THREE, masks while walking down the street or exercising outside in Central Park.
I’ve been out and about hiking upstate New York and watched hikers wearing masks while climbing up and down the steep trails.
I haven’t been to Spain yet, but apparently, there was so much fear being driven into the masses, that citizens were forced to wear masks on the beaches. They were only allowed to remove them to swim in the ocean.
It seems that the gatekeepers were out in full force around the entire world spreading the message of fear through the various news and media channels.
Every day, I see kids (who have the lowest risk for catching and spreading this virus) playing outdoors with their innocent faces covered by a mask, and sometimes two.
Children rely on us to point them in the right direction to live their best life; their happiest and healthiest life while they are living here on planet earth. Masking them, especially outdoors, is clearly NOT the right direction.
That is a fear-driven direction.
It’s the direction the adults absorbed from all of the negative news being spun by the gatekeepers around the world who control the media.
The message is clear.
I heard it over 30 years ago and it still rings true today.
If you want to improve your health and happiness, don’t watch or listen to the news.
It’s not good for you.
And, when you have a better understanding of what it is that the news and the media promote, or you shut it off altogether, your life could look very different.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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