In the world we live in, our paradigm for health and healing is dominated by allopathic medicine with an emphasis on surgery, tests and doling out prescription drugs. It is a multi-billion-dollar industry and while it provides many important and life-saving solutions, it leaves out a holistic approach to health and almost completely discounts a nutrition and food-based approach to health.
Thankfully, that is changing, albeit slowly! Not only do we have access to cutting-edge nutritional science; we are remembering the importance of listening to our bodies. Food is truly thy medicine and more and more of us are tapping into thousands of years of ancient nutritional wisdom.
But with all the information online and on the shelves, how do we really know what is good for us and what isn’t??
I’ve seen countless folks walking around the aisles of Whole Foods Market not knowing what to buy. For instance, not too long ago, I bumped into a Hispanic man with red swollen eyes who had been exposed to Asbestos on the job. He wanted to buy a heavy metal cleanse. No one told him that without first changing his diet and doing a colon cleanse, he could make himself VERY sick.
I know what it’s like to be caught between these worlds and utterly confused. After a terrible SUV-vs-pedestrian accident, I went from a healthy go-getting journalist to a confused young woman in pain. Frustrated with the traditional medical system, I did my own research, pouring hours into reading about nutrition and holistic healing.
Luckily, I am persistent and resourceful. But it made me wish there was a way for other people in my situation to find reliable information in such a confusing world.
The solution: HoneyColony
After finishing my documentary Vanishing of the Bees, it became evident how integral these virgins of toil (aka honeybees) are to our human food system. Not only do they pollinate one-third of our fruits, veggies and nuts, they also illustrate what can be achieved when a society operates with hive mentality and the greater good in mind.
Bees teach us so much about living cooperatively and harnessing the power of community! They are my heroes and not one day goes by where I don’t thank my sisters for their sweetness and splendor.
Their success depends on sharing information. Together they create a super-organism. When the hive works together, it becomes more intelligent than any single bee.
On a basic level, the honeybee’s dilemma is a tale of two flower patches. Foragers use a figure-eight motion, better known as the Waggle Dance, to alert the hive that one bed of lavender is yielding better nectar and pollen than the other. Each element of the dance — including motion, scent and possibly even sound — gives eager followers clues to the nectar’s whereabouts.
Their success depends on sharing information transparently. HoneyColony replicates this model for humans by allowing users to find products based on knowledgeable recommendations and real reviews from experts and community members. Products that are good for human health and the health of the earth will naturally generate a ‘buzz.’
To find out more about HoneyColony please check out the Indiegogo campaign and the short video below.