The Healevate Story
Back in the early 2000s, when I first started exploring the world of, let’s call it… unconventional medicine, I felt consumed by the guilt of knowing that whatever savings my parents had were being spent on long-shot health products and consultations. I couldn’t believe how expensive it could be to find vibrant health, something that I had previously believed was a birthright.
While there’s no doubt that your health is at the very top of the list of things to invest in, you want to spend your money on things that will move the needle for you in real life, not just on paper, right? The way to accomplish that is by educating yourself PRIOR to opening your wallet, otherwise you end up squandering money on consultations, products and testing that you simply don’t need.
Fast forward to 2014, as I pondered how to fuse my passion for health with my experience in working on the internet. My vision was to share my knowledge with the rest of the world, in a way that could spare people from wasted time, money and heartache.
And so began the formulation for what would eventually become known as Healevate. I quickly established two goals for the site:
- I wanted to create a site that would provide guidance on how to optimize one’s well-being.
- I wanted to spare people from having to waste precious time sifting through the entire internet, without much of a clue as to who to trust, or where to begin.
With all of the medical disciplines out there (Western medicine, Eastern medicine, functional medicine, integrative medicine, alternative medicine, naturopathic medicine, fill-in-the-blank medicine, and way too many more), people can sometimes develop tunnel vision and become committed to one specific path, while neglecting the potential benefits of the others.
If something has the potential to help you feel well, I’d say it merits your attention. In fact, I bet if you get to the heart of what you’re really trying to accomplish, you’ll see that you’re not a supporter of any one modality, as much as you’re a health detective in seek of the shortest road to a pot of health gold.
The site’s initial purpose was to curate health information from trustworthy health authorities, and present it to you in an easily digestible format. I know how tough it can be to determine whether the information that you’re reading is credible. And at one point or another, we’ve all gotten caught in the Google Search Spiral of Doom.
If only I could go back in time and steer my younger self away from most of the junk that exists on the internet. A lot of what I researched online led to false hope, squandered money, and a few dangerous attempts at restoring my health. But above all, it led to a lot of wasted time.
So with that, almost all of Healevate’s early content focused on deep health issues, ranging from symptoms to root causes, and potential solutions of all kinds. We helped to educate a lot of people.
Like many things in life, the vision got modified along the way. In addition to the great health content that we share, inspiration and people became a big component of this site starting around early-2018. We also began to share stories that make people laugh, relationship ideas, and anything else that we thought could benefit your overall well-being.
Through it all, we stuck to two important commitments:
- We consistently offer the exact type of content that I would have loved to find all those years ago when I was lost and overwhelmed… for FREE.
- While we aim to generate enough money for my team and I to earn a living, that money must be earned in ways that don’t put people who are down and out in a more compromising position than they’re already in.
You’ll notice that there are ads placed throughout the site. While ads can often times be an eyesore, we’ve done our best to minimize their impact on user experience. Now don’t get me wrong, I get annoyed by ads as much as the next person. But when I look at these ads, I smile- and so should you. You see, big companies and ad agencies are unintentionally dipping into their deep pockets to fund your wellness self-education.
As we progress on this journey together, the living that we earn here at Healevate will be a byproduct of the value that we bring to your life. And for that value, hopefully you’ll continue to allow us to be your trusted destination for wellness education, and inspiration.