I’m sure everyone knows by now that the baby carrots marketed to the masses aren’t real baby carrots, right?
They are actually bigger carrots that have been peeled and shaved, chopped into smaller pieces, and then repackaged as baby carrots.
You can see the difference between a real baby carrot and faux baby carrot below.
Shaving the outer layer of the carrot leaves us closer to the core, which has the sweetest flavor, and is much more desirable to most people. And, thus… you can sell more carrots.
The baby carrot is a brilliant idea that was successfully marketed to the masses of hungry people for increased profitability, but it didn’t actually deliver a baby carrot.
Now… I’m not getting down on those little bags of wet carrots. I’ll sometimes grab a bag when I’m headed to a picnic and want something that’s already prepped and easy to dip into a container of hummus.
But, here’s something to think about…
What else is marketed to us that isn’t actually true?
Unfortunately, almost everything.
That’s the world we live in.
So, I’m just going to focus on one thing.
Healthcare (and health insurance) is another brilliant idea that has been mass-marketed, but it doesn’t actually deliver true healthcare.
The healthcare systems we have in place are actually disease-care systems.
What we understand as “healthcare” detects disease, and then applies a disease-care formula that either destroys that disease and pieces of your body with it, or suppresses symptoms of disease (using prescription drugs), contributing to more diseases in the future.
This system doesn’t promote good health. It’s not designed to.
There’s a LOT of profit in promoting and perpetuating the disease-care system that has been marketed to us.
I remember when I was first starting my health-coaching business a doctor/client said to me, “If you teach people how to naturally heal their conditions, they are going to get well and you are going to lose your clients. How are you going to make money?”
I assured her that there were millions of people struggling with health issues, and I didn’t think I was ever going to run out of clients.
As an aside… could you imagine what this world would be like if I actually did run out of clients?
Wow! That would be a pretty awesome world, no?
From where I’m standing, true healthcare looks completely different than our modern healthcare system.
Instead of paying money into a system that promotes disease-detection and destruction of the body/mind and spirit, money would be spent on teaching people about true healthcare, disease-prevention, and nourishing the body from all aspects.
Ideally, we would start teaching this type of healthcare at a very young age… like kindergarten and pre-school.
I understand that there are other things taking center stage on the kindergarten agenda these days. Like sex education, which of course is vitally important, but not necessarily to five and six-year-olds.
Before those little squirts grow up, they are going to need the raw materials to develop and maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
True healthcare marketed to the masses (at any age) could look something like this:
Eat Great Quality Food
Get back to the basics of eating real food.
This is pretty simple and could alleviate the vast majority of sickness and disease that people are suffering with.
Everyone, old and young, needs to understand that we literally are what we eat.
What we eat becomes our body on a cellular level, and feeds all of our organs, glands and internal systems. We are walking, talking, breathing, food.
If we eat pesticide-laden food, that contains endocrine disrupting chemicals and known carcinogens, we create disease-ridden bodies with hormonal systems that aren’t working properly.
Instead, opt for pesticide free, organic, local, seasonal and delicious foods. You can even include wet faux baby carrots into your diet if it makes you happy.
Every culture around the world has incorporated a wide variety of herbs and spices in cooking and in their medicine cabinets.
These are non-toxic home remedies that have been used for centuries.
From herbal teas that date back thousands of years ago, to culinary and wild herbs that contain various properties that create a wide range of physiological reactions in the human body, this is true medicine.
BTW – If you think the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest on the planet due solely to the ingestion of extra-virgin olive oil and garlic, you’ve been mass-marketed to again.
Rosemary, oregano, basil, bay leaf, parsley, sage, marjoram, savory, thyme, hot pepper flakes, and fennel are all part of that cuisine’s healthy equation, too.
Start using a wider range of herbs and spices to improve health. Learn more about using food and herbs as medicine here.
Stress Reduction Techniques
Stress is the number one killer and/or contributor to disease in the world.
If we want to create a true healthcare system, it must include strategies to help people deal with stress better.
- Fear of disease (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.)
- Fear of viruses (flu, cold, coronavirus)
- Fear of war (there’s a new war every few decades)
- Fear, fear, fear
Fear keeps stress levels high ALL the time and your body, mind and spirit can’t get a break from it.
First and foremost, turn off the fearmongering media, and get outside into nature as often as possible for a daily walk.
There are also many stress reducing techniques to promote better health and normalize/relax our nervous system.
Breathing and meditation are two of the best.
Meditation can calm your mind and reset your entire body/mind/spirit.
If you don’t know how to meditate and breath properly, follow the simple guidelines here: Feed Your Mind
I couldn’t imagine a health care system that does NOT include some form of daily exercise.
Unfortunately, our modern world is set up so that people don’t need to move to do anything.
We don’t even have to leave our homes to go to work, get food, or be entertained. Everything can be done at the push of button on our phone or computer.
And, we are setting up our kids for a similar sedentary existence.
I was shocked when my city (NYC), and many other cities in the United States, advocated to cut recess and daily exercise in public schools and increase more time for academics.
I’m all for higher learning, but not at the risk of creating unhealthy, physically weak humans.
This sets in motion an entire species suffering with muscle atrophy and a congested lymphatic system. We absolutely need movement to support lymphatic and immune health.
Even sloths move… albeit very slowly, but they still move.
I vote for MORE movement to create true healthcare.
Movement could be in the form of:
It’s simple… move your body until you cannot move it anymore.
Community and Loving Relationships
True healthcare advocates look at populations that have enjoyed long, healthy lifespans to gain insight on what works.
There is one thing the longest-lived people ALL have in common: community and loving relationships
The vast majority of people with the longest (and healthiest) life-spans do NOT live alone.
As John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself.”
We are connected.
If we can live together, harmoniously in community, and have strong family bonds and loving friendships/relationships, we can build true healthcare.
You won’t find it marketed to you on any health food store shelves, or in any media advertisements, or promoted at any medical centers.
This is the truth of the real baby carrot.
And, it’s worth more than anything.
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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