A New Era of Wholeness and Holiness.
I was born with holistic genes, that have been expressed over the past fifty years as a result of choosing to study, teach and live in a natural health-centered way. Since I co-founded the Berkeley Holistic Center in 1976 and co-authored the iconic Holistic Health Handbook in 1977, I have witnessed a renaissance in the healing arts revolving around the principles of wholeness and holiness. I love teaching people to be well. I have focused on working in the clinical, community and vocational fields of Holistic Nutrition. Growing up in the 1950s, I recognized the pernicious influence of fast food nation that saturated the media and rooted the psyche of children and families wanting comfort, convenience and cost savings. Food for profit, not for health.
Holistic Nutrition is Evolving into Sustainable Nutrition.
In 1989, I founded Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts to teach the Eating for Health approach. This flexible, non-dogmatic, non-commercial, alternative to the USDA food pyramid has formed the foundation of professional and community education programs I have developed and taught others to bring forward. Now, holistic healing arts have morphed into the mainstream through the LOHAS (lifestyle of health and sustainability) cohort worldwide. They have become mindful of how the overconsumption of processed food and synthetic home and health care products are a detriment to human health and global ecology. Increasingly, people are reading labels, eschewing chemical-laden, and genetically modified, processed, packaged, denatured food. People are shopping at farmers’ markets and natural food stores. Some are cooking more and more are cooking less, though buying fresh, local, mostly healthy takeout food.
Holistic nutrition is evolving into sustainable nutrition. People are making food and lifestyle choices that are good for the economy, ecology, and health. Shopping for value rather than price and convenience shows a new level of awareness and social responsibility.
What’s Next? Affordable Nutrition.
The pivot toward wellness is for holistic educators to offer community programs that encourage folks to make traditional foods that connect them to their past and that they can share with their children and family with rich stories and pride.
I have recently created an Affordable Nutrition workbook and program to provide practical tools on how to eat and live well on a budget for folks in our community, at high risk for costly mental and physical disease. Health care for all, not Medicare (largely poly-pharmacy) for all, must be the rallying cry for the 2020s. Affordable Nutrition broadens the definition of holistic health and nutrition to include the environment, economy, and community along with the integrity of body, mind, and spirit. Affordable nutrition and self-care is a vital antidote to the problems of our age; hunger, poverty, violence, illness and climate change. It is time to support the health of all life forms, humans, plants, soil microorganisms, birds, bees, animals. We need to reach the hearts and minds of business leaders and policymakers to shift from profit motive to karmic redemption so we all can live well, and bring in a new era of wholeness and holiness.
-Dr. Ed Bauman