There’s a very good article in The Nation by Sonia Shah about a new approach to managing pathogens and pandemics. Shah looks at the development of disease over the past two hundred years and suggests changing the human-created conditions that foster disease rather than looking for pharmeceutical solutions that don’t work and contribute to the root cause of the problem.
The viral diseases that we see these days are primarily caused by overcrowding, overpopulation, and the reduction of wildlife habitats. As we encroach on their territorities, wild animals are forced to live in close proximity to humans, and pathogens that aren’t a problem for them cross over to us, wreaking havoc. Shah’s closing paragraph reads:
We can write a new story for this pandemic and the next ones. We must if we hope to survive a future punctuated by outbreaks. In this new story, the microbial other will fade into the background, and the nature of our relationships to one another and the environment will claim the foreground. Instead of being the passive victims of microbial invaders, we can emerge as the makers of our own destiny who can rebuild the postpandemic world anew.
We can also do a lot to protect ourselves from disease by improving our individual health. As we’ve seen, most people who have died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions that led to their demise. Diet is our primary tool to maintain health, and a plant-based diet will help to protect you from many diseases as well as the primary causes of death — heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
In closing, I want to let you know about a class with Charles Eisenstein called “Political Hope” that’s currently streaming on the Commune platform. It’s nine short videos, presented one a day, and it’s free through August 12th. He’s a wonderful teacher, and this class about transformation and the health of humanity and the planet is enlightening and uplifting. You can sign up here for free.
What are your views on health and disease? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Collage at top: “Madonna and Child,” 14 x 11 inches, collage on wood panel.