Today, I bring you another guest post by Dr. Carolyn Dean (pictured left), a medical doctor, naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, lecturer, consultant and author. Dr. Dean has been in the forefront of health issues for over 30 years, and first appeared here on Podcast Episode #54. What do you think of Dr. Dean and her predictions? Leave your comments below this post…some of this post is a bit controversial, but if I get at least 15 comments from people that actually want to see her final 4 predictions, then I'll post them later this week.
Dr. Carolyn Dean's Top 12 Wellness Predictions for 2010
Plenty of grim predictions going about for 2010: War with Iran. The Greatest Depression. More taxes. Zimbabwe-like inflation. Oppressive health care. More taxes. Shock bracelets for airline passengers. More taxes. And yet another Batman movie.
Sheesh… to everything there are two sides. I like to say “not in my universe.” I predict what I see and want to see happening. So here are my Top Twelve Predictions for how 2010 will usher in more health and natural living for you, your family, your community and the world…
Prediction #1: Edible Landscaping and Urban Farming
Millions of families will move away from decorative lawns and use their property to grow their own vegetables and fruits. This will be largely in response to inflated food prices and unemployment. There is a huge side benefit. With this move people will be eating more and more healthy produce again and less genetically modified, chemically sprayed Frankenstein food from the supermarket. (See my message on Victory Gardens Over Factory Farming from last May.)
Prediction #2. More Family Co-Ops
More and more people will stop supporting big-box superstores that deliver sub-quality food from factory farms and cheap products from Asian sweat houses. More conscious consumers will realize they have sacrificed quality for quantity; sacrificed human rights for cheap labor; sacrificed local jobs for big-box discounts; sacrificed Ma & Pa shops for cooperate franchises.
Grouping together, people will make large orders at bulk discounts directly from quality companies. This way they get organic, fair trade, non-toxic products with the lower price they need during tough economic times.
Prediction #3: Less TV and More Video
I think we’ll start to see an ever-increasing dying out of commercial-based TV as people move more and more to watching videos online, through DVD mail order clubs (like Zip.ca or Netflex) or just buying it second hand off Ebay. As free time becomes more scarce people will be more selective about what they watch.
For example, season three of Lost (one of my favorite TV shows) sold over one million copies in the first three weeks after its release (according to the-numbers.com) despite the fact you could watch it on TV for free. So the less commercial TV people watch and the higher quality the programming the better their overall health (as I explain in Module 20 and 24 of Future Health Now!).
Prediction #4: Natural, Self-Care
People will neither have the time, money or patience to waste two hours sitting in doctors’ waiting rooms for a five-minute visit — only to be given an expensive prescription. Especially when the prescription only provides some short term relief while creating long term side effects (resulting in more drugs or even surgery).
Instead, people will be flocking in greater numbers to the internet searching for low-cost solutions to their health problems (and hopefully finding Future Health Now!). The masses will begin changing their lifestyle, improving their diet, exercising more and detoxing their homes (see my post about Gerald Celente’s predictions).
Prediction #5: More Produce From Local Farmers
More people will start “renting” pieces of land from farmers and paying the farmer to toil the soil and supply them with the fruits of their labor. The result will be higher quality, environmentally friendly food while boosting the local economy. People will benefit both from the lack of pesticides but also from eating food in season that only traveles a few miles at most. Because they are buying direct and in advance they’ll save a bundle.
Prediction #6: Rising Fuel Prices Will Lead to More Walking and Biking
I think it’s time to reveal that I’ve never owned a car. I’ve lived in all manner of places – from the Big Apple to Nova Scotia and now Maui. I mainly walk and bike (even swim). It’s one of the simplest ways to become healthier. Even better if you live in hilly country.
So if fuel prices double, triple or quadruple – as many are predicting (whether due to oil scarcity or inflation) – people will be forced to do more walking out in the fresh air and sunshine – often carrying, pushing or pulling something to boot.
Prediction #7: Less Wireless Technology
For many, if the economy really goes sour, the first thing to go (or at least reduce) will be cell phones and BlackBerrys. This will mean people will be exposing themselves less to the dangers of wireless technology. It’ll also mean there will be less cell phone towers broadcasting DNA disrupting microwaves. (For more on reducing the negative effects of wireless technology see Module 18 of Future Health Now!).
Prediction #8: A Simpler Christmas 2010
After commissioning a survey to study the stress produced by Christmas shopping, the managing director of DealTime.co.uk said: “We were very surprised to see that [Christmas shopping] was thought to be a more traumatic experience than working, visiting the dentist or looking after a crying baby, things which usually have people pulling their hair out.” (BBC News)
Next Christmas, people will be more concerned about necessities like food and clothing than luxury gifts. People will be more likely to just make baked goods, knit a sweater or buy fruit for friends and family. It’ll cost less, be easier to plan, and probably more appreciated.
Personally, I gave up Christmas shopping decades ago. Too much stress for a holiday that’s supposed to be about the gift of peace.
What do you think of Dr. Dean and her predictions? Leave your comments below this post….if I get at least 15 comments from people that actually want to see her final 4 predictions, then I'll post them later this week, starting with Prediction #9…