From helpful nutrition infographics to in-depth articles about disease, it’s no secret that most people are seeking to improve themselves as well as the environment they live in. From preventing cancer to protecting the planet, a great deal of individuals are interested in learning more. In fact, over hundreds of millions of results appear when typing in “how to prevent cancer” or “how to save the environment” in the Google search bar.
Still, eager as we may be to make our health and the Earth a better place, issues such as pollution, disease, obesity, pesticides and diminishing groundwater levels persist.
Are there other ways to break through to people in the hopes that they will be motivated enough to take action?
Music as a Way to Help Create a Better Mind, Body and Planet
It would appear so, and it seems to be in the form of music videos, an entertaining way to remind individuals to take care of both Mother Earth and their own bodies.
D.J. Cavem, who raps about the need to pay more attention to sustainability and healthy living, creatively defines hip-hop through the acronym, “Higher Inner Peace, Helping Other People.”(1) Indeed, his efforts are well received; he’s appeared on TEDxYouth@MileHigh, sung at summer camps and has educated others in classrooms with his “Going Green, Living Bling” philosophy that stresses shunning GMOs and outlandish politics and instead, creating a better world through recycling, drinking and planting greens and eating raw foods.(1)
My slogan, ‘Going Green, Living Bling,'” he says, “is my mission, redefining the image of wealth in hip hop culture for our youth, trying to make it cool to be healthy, to be aware, to be conscious of ourselves and the world around us.”(2)
Others like D.J. Cavem are adamant about wanting to provide more awareness about the food people eat, ingredient cover-ups and the general turning of a blind eye when it comes to doing right by our health. For example, many music videos are quick to point out that beef may be made up of horse meat, or that deep pockets come into play when it involves diet and disease. From the plight of the bees to improving air quality and fighting obesity, most every aspect of health is brought to light.
Another video, the “Raw Food Rap,” encourages others to focus more on plant-based foods with lyrics such as, “detox, cleanse your body, the raw food diet / all organic, I dare you to try it.”(3) Another catchy line that aims to get people on board with a better way of living in this video is, “You see, eating plant foods gives your body a break / provides you nourishment and can bring you to a healthy weight.”(3)
Indeed, weight loss has been achieved with a raw food diet. For example, one man lost 95 pounds while also healing his psoriasis due to his 95 percent raw food diet, and DeAnna Taylor lost nearly 90 pounds by consuming ” . . . foods in as close to their natural state as possible.”(4,5)
With music as part the way in which health-minded messages are delivered, hopefully others will become more inspired to make better choices about their health and the world around them.
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