It seems clear that we’re collectively riding yet another wave of the year’s events, but 6 months down the line in order to manage the situation the overarching advice continues to revolve around what you can’t do, or shouldn’t do…
All governmental suggestions overwhelmingly focus on arresting behaviour in order to ‘prevent’ the dis-ease and although this approach may have been warranted early on – when no one knew what was afoot. However, despite a wealth of new data and information, the same messaging persists as the only solution for curbing the health pandemic, and it consists of:
Don’t go near anyone. Definitely don’t do that essential-to-health thing and touch anyone.
Limit your ability to breath fresh air or see facial expressions through the wearing of a faskmask. ‘Clean air’ is an essential for health, as is meaningful connection to others; our communication is significantly reliant on reading facial expressions, and our mental health is an essential pillar of our overall health. What’s more, a significant proportion of the population already have dysfunctional, stress-oriented breathing patterns; covering your airways at all costs will only enhance this pre-disposition for many.
That we should remain indoors to combat the dis-ease. The well and the ill alike, the message is the same: stay indoors to ‘stay safe’. What about exposure to sunlight for health and wellness? How about that clean fresh air again? How about connection to nature (and others) for mental stability and wellbeing? How about exercise?!
Clearly there are variations to how much these are enforced in different areas in the world, but the range of options has been limited to these.
This messaging has not only spread fear of being ‘in contact’ with anyone, but is also inducing the latest wave of society obsessions and also a generation of neurotics – both youthful and old.
Equally as worrying is that it’s also spreading subliminal ideas about health which are not correct: that we need to be apart to be healthy. Wrong: we need contact and interaction for foundational elements of our health to prosper. Not to mention our mental health.
And also incorrect: we must be so super clean at all times to be healthy. Wrong: we need to be exposed to germs, bacteria and viruses to create healthfulness.
Hand washing is good, don’t get me wrong. Killing ‘99% of all germs’ is not good, for us, them or the ecosystem at large. Doing anything to an extreme obsessively is not good, and we’re already stuck in a society syndrome of compulsively considering ‘me, me, me’ and at almost any cost…
The Downward Spiral
What’s more, the fear and the stress involved with these measures has a hugely detrimental impact on the immune system, furthering a downward spiral of diminished health.
As said, it’s possible that some of the above measures have been useful at the absolute outset of the spreading emergency – when the situation was really new and the data wasn’t yet in. When everyone was experiencing this for this first time, and clearly we’re still experiencing an extraordinary moment in time, but it will pass from the extreme that we’ve been living through for the past 6 months.
And it is now 6 months since it all started, and the messaging hasn’t changed – don’t do this, this or this, or there will be penalties.
It’s not that we’re suggesting not taking health and illness seriously, on the contrary in fact – we’re querying why aren’t we seeing measures, at least by this stage in the game, which are useful, health-enhancing, and which truly enhance the population’s base-line health?
Because let’s face it, the ‘threat’ of illness is around us all the time. And people become ill all of the time. Although we don’t all become ill at all times…and that’s because our immune systems are generally speaking robust enough.
In this case of a novel virus, it’s becoming very clear that our collective immune system is depleted and frankly, struggling, so why aren’t we seeing more promotion of enhancing our real means of preventing becoming ill?
Particularly in the light of unfolding health-oriented evidence (but which is being (deliberately?) kept to the fringes)…
Why is that?
Addressing the Broken System
Is that because there is an unspoken ‘collaboration’ on a governmental and corporate level perhaps not to promote enhanced health…? It’s simply a suggestion in the stark void of widespread health-enhancing measures.
You see, were we all to be healthy – through natural, inexpensive means – then we would have no need for expensive drugs nor expensive hospital care. On a deeper level though, if we demanded that our real health were prioritised, this would require a fundamental shift to the current modus operandi in our society. It would require that instead of leaching the earth’s soil of its essential nutrients through mass monoculture farming (and then replacing those lost nutrients with synthetic, pelleted fertilisers), mixed farming, permaculture farming and sustainable farming and replenishing the soil would all be encouraged – which would doubly reduce the need for toxic pesticides and insecticides, which incidentally end up in our water supplies.
Speaking of our water supplies, if real, lasting, holistic health were to be promoted, it would require that nothing else harmful to health were added to the water supply – fluoride as a prime example – nor that toxic products were permitted elsewhere in the chain, such as the hundreds and hundreds of chemicals found in everyday household cleaning and cooking (!) products, which find their way straight down the drain…(or directly into our airways).
Perhaps this is why? Perhaps really digging into what facilitating health for the world citizen’s means opening a can of worms (one where the big guns will no longer be able to rule unchallenged). Don’t we need to open that can?
(For everyone’s sake, as well as for the sake of everything else on the planet?)
Our Sick Collective Self
What we’re also being shown on the collective level is the level of dis-ease in our society. The extent to which our health is in dire straits.
(And a(nother) jab in the arm with a concoction of unbelievable ingredients is not going to fix this. We should all be incredulous and angry that this is the ‘best’ suggested idea to keep us ‘safe and protected’. How about we’re just supported to stay well and healthy…?)
First of all, as we know and unsurprisingly, the elderly and immune-comprised succumbed to the new virus. Concurrent to this though, what we were really being shown is just how poor health is for literally huge swathes of people. We’re a sick society. We were a sick society before this virus whipped up a fury around the world.
Isn’t this stark reality what we should be extracting from this? Is wearing a facemask really the answer to the underlying problem??
And now the second wave is reaching the masses – from young adults all the way through to those in their middle years. What does this tell us…? That even from youthful adulthood under the surface of any façade, collectively we’re not deeply healthy, well and thriving.
Real Food for Real Change
So we’re back at the real arguments for change because our food chain is corrupted to the depths and is not supplying us with our essential building blocks (as it should readily do); because there are too many quick fixes of junk food available at every corner; because we’re predominantly living indoor, sedentary lives (which is counter to health on so many levels) and that through all of this, we’re disconnected from our food and nature and that we’ve palmed off the responsibility for our health.
Perhaps the underpinning message that we need to take from this episode is that we all need to take back ownership of our health (because it’s very, very clear that no one on a governmental level has your back on this one…).
Promoting Positive Health
In Part 2 we’re going to expound on a multitude of the health-inducing measures that are inexpensive, readily available and accessible for everyone to support their own system.