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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by Dr. Tracy Darling

Most everyone agrees that being eco-conscious means knowing how the products you purchase and use affect the environment, not only at the point of use, but throughout the product’s life cycle, from harvesting/producing the raw materials, to its manufacturing process, to its disposal. But there’s also another facet to being eco-conscious, and that is how it affects your health...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Many of us think about how being an eco-conscious consumer affects the planet. But it also affects our health. In this article, Dr. Darling explains how most mattresses are manufactured using highly toxic chemicals and their effect on your health.

 

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by Chuck Durrett
Last year Americans drove 5 billion miles caring for seniors in their homes (Meals on Wheels, Whistle Stop Nurses, etc). In our small, semi-rural county in the Sierra foothills, Telecare made 60,000 trips in massive, lumbering, polluting vans-buses usually carrying only one senior at a time schlepping a couple thousand seniors total over hill and dale to doctor's appointments, to pick up medicine, or to see friends. In our cohousing community of 21 seniors, I have never seen a single Telecare bus in the driveway. In cohousing it happens organically by caring neighbors...

 

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by Dr. Tracy A. Darling, MD

On November 9, 2010 ConsumerLab.com{1} reported on their analysis of 10 different forms of valerian root. They found only 3 that met label claims...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Dr. Darling exposes the fact that sometimes you do get what you pay. Referring to analyses performed by ConsumerLab.com, a non-profit, Dr. Darling shows that supplements may, in many instances, contain fillers and other materials, such as heavy metals, that can be impairing your health. These supplements may make you sicker instead of healthier.

As usual, your power is not at the voting but rather at the cash register.

 

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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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Written and performed by Rob Herring with video production credits by Mercola.com, this creative piece communicates the need to examine the growing genetically modified food (GMO's) market and calls for labeling and awareness for this critical issue...

 

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by David Suzuki, PhD

Most people I talk to today understand that humanity is inflicting harsh damage on the planet’s life support systems of clean air, water, soil, and biodiversity.

But they feel so insignificant among 6.2 billion people that whatever they do to lighten our impact on nature seems trivial. I am often asked, “What can I do?”...

 

Editor's NoteThis article discusses such a society that is drenched in consumer culture and the author correlates the planet's destruction of resources through planned obsolescence brought about by an unsaturated market...

 

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by Melissa Breyer

Do you really need that specialized power tool forever, or just for the day? Should you invest in a full set of camping equipment, even if you’re not sure your family will enjoy it? Isn’t there someone out there who wants to trade those size 8 ice skates for a size 9?...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Sugar was once a prized "spice" available only to royalty and nobility. Then, as more acreage was devoted to sugar cane growth, prices came down and just about anyone could afford it...at least in small amounts. In the late 1960s, fat was blamed for growing incidence of heart attacks and other chronic problems. From then on, sugar began to replace fat in foods in order to make the new low-fat foods palatable. This has resulted in an explosion in the consumption of sugar and sugar substitutes...

 

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by Dr. Tracy Darling, MD & Jean-Pierre Ruiz, JD

In nature, food comes in a rainbow of colors. The many hues of the food denote its healthy properties. But processed foods have been, in general, denatured of all nutrients by the very process required to produce them...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Colorful foods are appealing to the eye and make us hungry. While nature comes in a rainbow of colors, artificial colors are added to processed foods to make them more appealing. From making our oranges more orange, to coloring our colas, the food industry uses these coloring agents liberally. These toxic agents have been positively linked to a slew of health problems from increased hyperactivity in kids, to damage to the pancreas and liver, and more. Most of these are banned in the world and food companies, including US-based multinationals, have replaced them by natural coloring agents. However, in the US, the Food and Drug Administration, lead by former food industry executives, continues to allow their uses.

 

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by Jean-Pierre Ruiz

In April 2008, a report titled International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development concluded that industrial food production, also known as Big Ag, was unable to fulfill its promise to end world hunger and was unsustainable long term...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Despite the efforts of Big Ag, the evidence is clear that local, Earth-conscious farming is the solution to the world hunger. What's more, the evidence is also clear that today industrial farming is a long-term disaster waiting to happen. Even the United Nations agree in their latest report which echoes an earlier report sponsored by the World Bank, the World Health Organization and others who have not always been "friendly" to local, small farming.

 

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

As long as we are alive we have a carbon footprint. As conscious consumers, we do our best to minimize it. But do you have to stop being a conscious consumer after you die? Not anymore...

 

Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: As conscious consumers we understand that, as long as we are alive, we have a footprint and we try to minimize it. But what about after you die? This paper presents a brief look at the history of death and what has become a multi-billion industry. It also offers a few Earth-conscious choices.

 

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Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: The debate on Obamacare has not abated since it being enacted. The debate will probably get even more adversarial as the parties use it in the debate to raise the debt ceiling. Forgotten among the "noise" of the participants is why are healthcare costs so high? Moreover, why are we getting so little for so much? We die earlier (both men and women); we have greater infant mortality; are more obese; have higher rate of diabetes and a myriad of other ills than most other developed countries that spend a lot less per capita than we do. What's going on? Out of control jury verdicts? Not really. Some states have enacted tort reform limiting jury awards. It's effect on health care costs...0.01% (not a typo).

This video does a good job of asking the right questions, giving some answers and referring to unbiased studies.

 

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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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