While speaking to a group of elementary school teachers, I asked them, “Is it true what I read about children acting less disciplined during a full moon?” They answered together with a resounding “YES! You bet they do!”
That began my search on the relationship between nature influencing man in our society. The teachers bore witness to the lunar effect on children’s behavior, as do emergency staff and police department personnel and evidenced by increased hospital admission and higher suicides and homicides during a full moon. Are we being robbed of health by nature or is knowing it impacts our health a key to getting more energy and vitality?
Aristotle, Pliny the Elder and contemporary authors like Dr Arnold Lieber conjecture that the full moon’s effect on behavior come in part from its influence on water (ie: ocean tides), and as the human body is 80% water, well, then of course we’re affected. One survey in the USA found that about 40 per cent of the general population, and 80 per cent of mental health professionals, believe that the phase of the Moon affects human behavior.
Another example of natures influence on our health is the seasonal slump we often call the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), where a person feels more depressed, sleeps more, is more cranky and irritable and has less desire to engage in fun things. Animals and humans respond to the changing seasons, sunrise and sunset and light as well!
The Mayo Clinic defines SAD as a depressive state occurring in times of less light where you feel moody and your energy is sapped. Their recommended treatment of choice is light therapy or photo therapy.
It’s further been shown that a natural environment improves cognitive function, healing, physical fitness, social connections and more. Nineteen parks exist in New York, including Central Park, and people flock to them to de-stress, socialize, run and walk and interact with trees, grass and nature.
Natural landscapes have been shown to stimulate the parasympathetic system (promotes calmness and homeostasis) and reduce blood pressure according to a study by Roger Ulrich in The Biophilia Hypothesis. They also find it improves your mood and sense of well-being.
- The Healthy People 2020 Environmental Health group highlight outdoor air quality, ground water quality and hazardous wastes as having a profound influence on human health and our very existence.
- Oriental Medicine has been around for thousands of years in several nations including China, Japan, Korean, Tibet and Hong Kong. The foundational premise of this healthcare system is that that nature and humans are highly interconnected.
- The five elements of nature that contribute to oriental diagnosis and healing include Fire, Water, Earth, Metal and Wood.
- Oriental Medicine goes beyond acupuncture, chakra’s, meridians and herbs.
- It also implies that because nature influences our health, it is crucial that you get out in nature as much as you can.
- We are healthiest when we are in balance with our environment and don’t hide from it.
What can you do to allow nature’s positive influence into your body function? Take more walks outdoors, spend more weekend time outside, swim, hike, fish, run, bike outdoors, eat food directly from nature with the least amount of tampering and breath a lot of outside air to allow more natural health into your life.
Remember, When Your Body Works, Your Life Works!
Everyone around you at the outdoor music concert did NOT get mosquito bites, but you sure did! Why you? Do vampire mosquito’s really do exist or is something making you a “mosquito magnet?”
Maybe mosquito larvae were hatched near a nuclear reactor which bred vampire mosquito – but probably not. It’s most logical that something within you is drawing those pesky bugs to your blood.
The sum total of your body chemistry is attracting them or put simply, you have “yummy blood!” Sugar in your blood makes it desirable to mosquito’s and is a sign you DON’T want to ignore.
Over consuming sugar puts a stress on your insulin production – because insulin deals with sugar in blood and takes it to different places to be used as energy. Low energy, fatigue and craving coffee often accompany being a mosquito magnet.
Remember also that there are only 3 food groups- fat, protein and carbs. Consuming too many is as bad ad having a sweet tooth because your body breaks them down the same and insulting is required. Remember too, that alcohol is a carb too!
You may not show positive on a blood test for diabetes, but being a mosquito magnet is an even more sensitive sign you may need to reduce your carbs/sugar consumption.
Here are 3 main ways to become LESS of a magnet to mosquito’s:
Sweat! The more you sweat, your body’s metabolism can rid itself of excess sugar and other toxins and utilize nutrients for faster healing. Be sure to wash it off your skin as soon as possible- sweat is full of internal toxins and could promote acne or a rash.
Move more. Have you heard that sitting is the “new smoking?” People who sit 8 hours a day or more are more likely to be overweight, have diabetes or pre-diabetes, be constipated, have sciatica and back pain and have a heart attack.
Keep hydrated. This keeps you more physically active, dilutes your blood sugar concentration, helps you stay alkaline and revs up your metabolism.
When you do these three things, even if there were vampire mosquito’s, you would be less attractive to them.