CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM

What is Conscious Consumerism? Spending and investing your money consciously, consuming resources responsibly, and finding out what happens when you don't. Help our economy and society heal and move toward the ultimate goal with conscious consumerism articles and videos here at All Things Healing. For more consumerism articles and consumerism videos, visit us online today!

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Jean-Pierre Ruiz is the founder of EcoStar Health, Inc., a California-based e-tailer of Earth-Conscious products with a mission to empower people to take control of their health. EcoSta...
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We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Many people may think that alternative medicine is a relatively new practice but types of alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, have been around for over 2,000 years...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: "Medicine" has been around probably since the dawn of man. Over the ages it has evolved into a profit-making business, where the bottom-line often seems more important than healing. With ever more pills to "cure" us (I was amazed that we now have a prescription drug to enhance eyelashes --- really?!?) but with side effects often more dire than the original "disease" (I fail to understand how a pill that "treats" depression "may" cause suicidal thoughts --- wouldn't that be contra-indicated?), more people are turning to "alternative medicine." That's really a misnomer since it is Western-based medicine is "alternative" given that we describe as "alternative" was used long before Big Pharma. And isn't homeopathy's theory (i.e., "like cures like") the basis of vaccines (i.e., introduce an inert or weakened strain of the virus to let the body "kill" it)?

 

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by Anup Shah

Observe a child and parent in a store. That high-pitched whining you’ll hear coming from the cereal aisle is more than just the pleadings of single kid bent on getting a box of Fruit Loops into the shopping cart...

 

Editor's Note: Anup Shah works hard to maintain the information he presents to his readers. Carefully regarding the fact that certain information is subject to change over time, Shah respectfully updates the research and data provided...

 

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by Stephanie Davis

Every day we are presented with opportunities to make conscious decisions, especially with our monetary consumption. When purchasing any products, I often ask myself a series of questions. Where is my money actually going? How do these profits filter through this capitalistic system and what ideas/ethics do they support?...

 

 

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by Chaya
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Fortunately, those of us with years of rural living experience have some skills we can bequeath to you when it comes to the garbage reduction department, because there are few things we enjoy less than taking a load of trash to the dump...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Did you know that, in 2011, the average If you pay for garbage service, getting that monthly bill can sting, especially with prices rising across the US in response to rising costs for handling fees and programs intended to encourage people to cut down on their waste production. The agony is even worse when you don’t just pay for it: you’re also the one who takes your trash to the dump. Even if you don’t pay for garbage service, reducing the amount of waste you generate ought to perk up your ears, because it makes a big difference to the environment.

 

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In order for the "USDA Organic" label to remain meaningful, it is critical that consumers continue to put pressure on the USDA to uphold the highest organic standards. Only reputable certifying agencies should be accredited, and only food that is grown in accordance with current requirements should be certified...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: This is both a very informative and extremely funny video on a supremely easy way to help save the rainforest, which accounts for more than 20% of the oxygen produced on the planet. Yet, it is being razed at the rate of 1 1/2 acres every second! That's a football field every 78 seconds!

 

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Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers a holistic approach to the production of sustainable food grown in urban areas. In this story, we learn of one urban farmer who successfully uses the CSA model to produce long-term sustainable crops that are fresh, cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and that offers local members a stake in the harvest crops. I have my first pickup today with my local CSA today, actually. I'm very excited and this video made me even more excited.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: We create 750M tons of garbage a year. In the US, each of us creates 10 times our weight in garbage. While 80% of what we throw away is recyclable, only 28% is recycled.

Just because you no longer see it, it doesn't mean it's gone...this is closed eco-system.

 

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by Jean-Pierre Ruiz, President & CEO of Ecostar Health, LLC,
ATH Co-Editor of Conscious Consumerism

A famous line from the movie “The Graduate”  declared that plastic was the future. Perhaps a better line would have been that man-made chemicals were the future. Today, an astounding 80,000 man-made chemicals are used in our country. Yet, only a few hundred of theses have been tested for safety...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Our lives have been made easier with man-made chemicals. But there is a price to be paid in its impact on the environment and your health. This article explores 10 "everyday" chemicals, their toxic effects, and gives some suggestions on how to minimize their toxic effects.

 

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A Note from ATH President, John Sewell: Genetically modified foods are showing up in many of the foods we all grew up with and the ramifications regarding your health and the environment are staggering. According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system...


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by Jean-Pierre Ruiz, President & CEO of Ecostar Health, LLC,
ATH Co-Editor of Conscious Consumerism

For the past few years, it seems every where I’ve been I’ve seen litter all over the place. In fact, statisticians tell us that 75% of the population admits that they litter. Again, according to statistics, 50% of all litter is cigarette butts, and 33% is fast food containers...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: It seems we have become immune to the plight litter creates to our environment. In fact, 9 billion tons of litter is thrown out to sea every year. Yet, disposing of litter properly (trash cans are usually fairly close by) is an easy gesture. Picking up litter as we walk around is also so easy. Join EcoStar Health in a litter-free campaign and submit your videos. Be a hero, pick up litter. Be a super-hero, take the time dispose of litter properly.

 

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by Jean-Pierre Ruiz, President & CEO of Ecostar Health, LLC,
ATH Co-Editor of Conscious Consumerism

There are probably millions of apps out there. There is new one, however, that conscious consumers might want to download and, best of all, it’s FREE...


Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Find out about a free app that will let you know whether the product you are buying violates your principles. When you scan a product bar code with Buycott, the software traces the ownership back to the parent company and, if you join one of the many campaigns, it also lets you know whether the product is produced under conditions or using raw materials that you approve. It even lets you find products that support your principles. All in a nifty and free package.

 

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Socially Responsible Investing: Empowering An Untapped Resource for Change

by Ann B. Alexander

When you consider the vast amount of money we have invested as individuals, institutions, foundations, non-profits, etc., imagine the effect we could have on how corporations do their business if we weren't "silent investors" but instead used this incredible untapped resource for change in the way things are done. By not using this power, we leave it up to corporations alone to decide what is best for the world. In these economic times, we can clearly see that letting corporations make unbridled decisions is not a great idea...

 

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