Hi, I’m Al. Welcome to Cure of Nature!
The way we live as modern humans is changing at an exponential rate. The changes technology brings means we’ve seen more difference between how we live now vs 20 years ago, than 20 years ago vs 80 years ago.
Technology and modern life, especially in the developed world, brings us incredible convenience. The Internet, smartphones, digital technology, affordable mass air travel, highly industrialised manufacturing and food processing and production have made our lives much more efficient in many ways. But, many are asking, at what cost?
The further we get from nature, the more hazards we face to our health.
What makes this so dangerous is that many of these hazards and their symptoms are completely unseen. That is, until the aftereffects become clear later – often, too late.
Understandably, few want to give up all modern conveniences. Nobody really wants to go back to wearing loincloths, hunting and foraging daily just to survive. Industrialisation, science and modern medicine have contributed immensely to life expectancy and quality of life across the world.
But now we have new problems which didn’t exist before. Social media, rather than bringing us together, makes us more isolated. It can even lead to depression and suicide. Indeed, one of the aspects of our overall well-being that suffers most in the modern world is mental health. Rates of depression are going up along with the ever increasing numbers of mood disorders we’re seeing nowadays.
We are surrounded by unnatural, man-made substances – and increasingly vast numbers of chemicals used in the production of nearly everything. One of these substances, found nearly everywhere and in many different varieties, is plastic. Given the exponential advances in technology, science and manufacturing, it is a fact that many of these materials simply haven’t been around long enough for us to know how harmful they might be to us in the long term. Asbestos, Thalidomide, smoking, parabens, endocrine disruptors – how long were these things around before the evidence of their extreme harmfulness came out? And are we safe from these things even now? Absolutely not. And the dangers we know of are just the tip of the iceberg.
Mass produced, highly processed food causes obesity and a slew of other related and non related health issues. Despite efforts to improve recycling and the growing popularity of organic food, unnatural, man made substances are still being introduced to our lives at a tremendous rate. Unless you find an uninhabited island, grow and hunt your own food, live like a caveman and avoid all modernity, it is indeed impossible to avoid coming into contact with them.
“You can’t avoid these things anyway, so why worry about it?”
I’ve heard this countless times when discussing reducing exposure to unnatural substances, chemicals and plastics in daily life. I find this ‘argument’ plain ludicrous. It’s as bad as the ‘If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to worry about’ attitude towards maintaining online privacy. It’s an attitude derived from laziness, weakness, passivity, fatalism, and a stark absence of logic. The fact you can’t avoid something completely is no argument whatever for not reducing or mitigating it as much as possible. Because the simple fact is:
We can do something about it. Despite the odds, we do in fact have a very large degree of control over our lives. We’re not forced to use certain products. We have control over what we put into our bodies, what we put onto our bodies, what we come into contact with on a daily basis, and how we choose to interact with the world around us. I for one want to minimise my exposure to the known and unknown toxins that surround us and live as long and healthy a life as possible, and I want to share that with the world. That’s why I started this website.
“Who do you trust, if you don’t trust chemists?”
Someone said this to me recently during a discussion about GMO foods. She cited various ‘scientific studies’ which had ruled GMO safe. When I pointed out to her that many such studies have vested interests, she looked at me in astonishment and said those words – ‘”who do you trust, if you don’t trust chemists?”
It never occurred to her to simply trust herself. I guess some people just need authority figures to tell them what to trust and what not to.
I’m not a scientist. I’m not a chemist, or an environmentalist, or a doctor. I’m just someone with a healthy scepticism of ‘authority’ figures, especially those with vested interests, and the mainstream media. I am not anti-science – far from it. In fact, it’s science revealing to us – sadly, often too late – that things we were told were safe in the past, have in fact proved not to be so.
Man was designed to co-exist with his natural habitat. We’ve grown further away from that, and are increasingly living out of harmony with our natural surroundings. I hope you find this resource useful!