Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow and a doula specialist, says that the health and wellness industry is not always inclusive.
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Thomas says that many wellness practices today are derived from cultures other than our own. This can result in cultural appropriation, as companies profit from a group’s rituals. She says there are “too few products” being pushed to consumers in the health and wellness sector. In fact, many of the most effective wellness practices are free.
Sonia Baghdady: “We must look at how capitalism works when it is part of the wellness system.” Advocate Now. “There are many ways to practice wellness and do so without spending a fortune. “I think that there are ways to practice wellness and to engage in it in a way that helps you to ground yourself in your own tradition… I don’t believe these things have to be expensive.”
Thomas says that certain products can have a negative impact on the workers who make them. Veganism may ensure that animals aren’t harmed by the food one consumes, but fruits and vegetables are often produced by workers who are underpaid and mistreated, including many immigrants.
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