Written by John Immel,
What will you do if your business is targeted by local medical boards for your views on vaccines? Or your videos are censored because they offer health & wellness tips for people with COVID? Would your business survive if any one company decided to erase all your data? In the new era of Big Tech, it is important to decentralize ownership of your beliefs, and reduce your dependency on Big Tech companies like google, facebook, and instagram. Instead, find smaller 3rd party suppliers. Store backups of your health & wellness legacy at multiple addresses.
When I first started my career in business, colleagues told me to never put all my eggs in one basket - especially when it comes to data storage and technology. Technology companies go out of business all the time. Or, they raise their prices without warning. If your business is dependent upon one provider, it could be a single point of failure.
The Big Tech Company That Owned My Life, and Monopolized My KidsWhen I surveyed my phone, I found that google had taken over my 1) email (Gmail), 2) phone location & GPS (Gmaps), 3) Internet search engine, 4) Cloud storage & collaboration (Google Drive), 5) Kids' computers (Chromebooks), 6) Social connection (Google Meet), 7) Kids learning environment (Google Classroom), 8) Video Entertainment (YouTube), 9) My App source (Google Play Store), and 10) my phone's operating system (Google Play Services).
That's alot of power to give to one company. Plus, our Amazon Alexa was listening to our personal family conversations. Facebook was mediating my social interactions. Microsoft Windows was showing me ads during work.
So, I decided to make a break with Big Tech and support the little guy. I uninstalled and disabled their apps on my phone. And, I installed these alternatives.
Generally, Use Decentralized TechnologyCompanies that mediate contact between individuals have influence over your social group. The alternative is to use decentralized technologies with point to point encryption (P2P). Remember how the music industry couldn't stop Napster? That's what is needed for social media - so friends can be friends without a 3rd party listening. Bitcoin is a decentralized currency alternative to the American $. Clear United is a decentralized phone.
Alternatives to Big TechFor very little effort, you can play a part in preserving the freedoms of alternative medicine. Here are the alternative apps to use to decentralize your business. Download them on your phone from your favorite App Store. Finally, uninstall Google and Apple play store, and replace them with Aptoid (android) and GetJar (iPhone). Finally, replace your phone altogether with a decentralized phone like ClearUnited.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.