I love working in our gardens especially with our grand kids. They all love digging in the dirt.
Here I am with my Grandson Garren. Playing (uh, I mean working) in the garden.
We believe in multi dimensional living and if you can grow and supply some of your own food there are enumerable benefits. The food cost less… is healthier and tastes better. Plus there is joy and fulfillment in the process and watching those impossibly tiny seeds of intelligence grow!
However, there are other health benefits to be gained by sticking your hands (and feet) in dirt!
Merri and I lived and worked with the Ecuador Yatchak for many years. He always gardened barefoot and produced incredible rich crops. He was also always sticking his patients in the fields.
At first I thought this was some Machiavellian Tom Sawyerish plan to get his gardening done. Then he explained the healing power of the earth.
He often prescribed…. “stick your hands in dirt“. He even had one serious purification where he buried a patient in earth up to his neck!
There is a lot of scientific evidence to back this up!
A report by the National Wildlife Federation entitled “The Dirt on Dirt” says: Children who don’t spend time outside run the risk of serious health issues, such as obesity (CDC, 2008), myopia (Reuters, 2009), and vitamin D deficiency (AAP, 2009). The good news is that outdoor activities kids love, like running, jumping, climbing, playing games with friends, and taking nature walks are a great strategy for keeping children healthy.
In addition, experts say, if we dig a little deeper—literally— there are even more benefits to be found. Playing in the dirt and even ingesting a little along the way, some researchers say, helps children build stronger immune systems. The Hygiene Hypothesis, first put forth in the 1980s, holds that when children are too clean and their exposure to parasites, bacteria, and viruses is limited early in life, they face a greater chance of having allergies, asthma, (Yazdanbakhsh, 2002) and other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type-one diabetes during adulthood (Platts-Mills, 2005).
While no one disputes the wisdom of basic, common- sense sanitation measures, such as washing hands and using hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available, experts say some exposure to dirt and germs does not hurt children, and may very well help.
Dr. Mary Ruebush, immunologist and author of Why Dirt is Good: 5 Ways to Make Germs Your Friends, counts letting kids play in the dirt as immune-system-building step number one. “Let your child be a child,” she says. “Dirt is good. If your child isn’t coming in dirty every day, they’re not doing their job. They’re not building their immunological army. So it’s terribly important.”
(CBS News, 2009).
According to Dr. Joel Weinstock, director of gastroenterology and hepatology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, “Children raised in an ultraclean environment are not being exposed to organisms that help them develop appropriate immune regulatory circuits.” For their own benefit, Dr. Weinstock argues,
“Children should go barefoot in the dirt, play in the dirt and not have to wash hands when they come in to eat.”
Dirt’s healing power is not limited to children. Adults can gain health benefits from dirt and earth.
The Earth is a Huge Antioxidant
An Olivebranch.org article entitled “Why Does Walking Barefoot on the Earth Make You Feel Better?” by By Dr. Joseph Mercola says: Do you notice you feel better when you walk barefoot on the Earth?
Recent research has explained why this happens. Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth. Research indicates that electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect your body from inflammation and its many well-documented health consequences.
For most of our evolutionary history, humans have had continuous contact with the Earth. It is only recently that substances such as asphalt, wood, rugs, and plastics have separated us from this contact.
It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.
There is an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth, which has is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to your health and completely safe. Earthing appears to minimize the consequences of exposure to potentially disruptive fields like “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.”
Some of the recent evidence supporting this approach involves multiple studies documenting Earthing’s improvement in blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduced effects of stress.
A key to good health is regular antioxidant cleansing… so next time you feel like puttering in your organic garden… do it barefoot. This makes gardening even more healthy and fun.
Natural Health Blues
Beat the Natural Health Blues with Blueberries.
In the summer we grow and feast on berries at our farm. This is good for natural health.
Fortunately when the weather turns to this we have an alternative.
Blueberries are good for natural health!
Antioxidant berries can be extremely beneficial for your health. Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that can prevent or slow the oxidation that damage to our body.
When human cells use oxygen, oxidation can produce free radicals that can cause damage long term health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Antioxidants remove free radicals. They help prevent prevent and repair the free radical damage. Numerous berries are highly concentrated with antioxidants.
The six berries with the most anti oxidants include Blueberries, Strawberries, Grapes, Kiwi, Cranberries and Acai Berries.
Blueberries are the most powerful antioxidant fruit.
A single half cup of blueberries doubles the normal antioxidant intake and has anti-aging effects. Blueberries are associated with the prevention of cancer, brain damage, high cholesterol and age-related health diseases. Blueberries also have other important vitamins and minerals that are extremely beneficial to natural health.
Blueberries are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.
A new message at John Douillard’s healthspa.com site confirms the importance of blueberries when it says: A 2010 study in the Journal of Nutrition measured the effects of blueberries on a variety of cardiovascular risk factors.
Four men and 44 women were split into two groups. One group drank 50 grams of a frozen blueberry drink and the other group drank an equivalent amount of water for eight weeks.
At the end of the eight week study, the group that ingested the blueberry drink had a significant reduction in both, systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels. This group also experienced a significant reduction in oxidized LDL (low density lipoproteins). Known as “the bad cholesterol,” increased LDLs are linked to arterial damage and cardiovascular disease risk.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol, along with extra abdominal fat or obesity and elevated blood sugars, are cardiovascular risk factors. When experienced together, this cluster of symptoms is referred to as Metabolic Syndrome.
This is not news to me as our long time friend and health care provider, Joe Spano, MD has often shared with us the natural health benefits of blueberries.
When Joe gives me a health message, I listen. His resume shows why.
Joe attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans from 1959 – 1963. His internship was done at Mixed Medical and Surgery; Kings County hospital center, Brooklyn, New York. His Medical Residency was at Veterans Administration Hospital and Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans. He had special training at Resident in Clinical Cardiology under John H. Phillips M.D., Chief of Cardiology, Veterans Administration Hospital, New Orleans.
Joe was an instructor in Physical Diagnosis at Tulane University School of Medicine. He was a Research Fellow in Medicine for gastroenterology at Harvard University, Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. He served in the Military from 1967 to 1969 in the USAF, 3560th USAF Hospital, Webb AFB, Texas; Chief of Internal Medicine; Chief of Professional Services; Chief of Laboratory Services; Chief of Radiology.
Joe has honors, membership and diplomat to American Board of Internal Medicine, Harvard Trained Gastroenterologist, American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity. He is listed in ” Best Doctors in America“, America’s Top Physicians (Research Council of America) and was chief of staff at Naples Community Hospital.
So when Joe sends me information about health, I take it seriously. Here is what Joe sent: I have taken the liberty of sending you a few bottles of blueberry extracts that the business I am involved with provides. Try them and see what you think.
One droperful is equivalent to 10 cups of the blueberry juice. It requires this much to get the various health benefits that have been ascribed to blueberries.
The convenience is a major advantage, I add the extracts to my water, oatmeal, and cereals.
One still has the benefit of the super food berries, even in the off season.
The bottle of this blueberry extra says is can help:
#1: Support cognitive function
#2: Concentration and memory
#3: Maintain eye and retina health
#4: Promote urinary tract health
#5: Support healthy glucose metabolism
The formula contains:
Blueberry powder (whole fruit) 65 mg †
Bilberry extract (fruit) 20 mg †
Elderberry extract (fruit) 20 mg †
Pomegranate extract (fruit) 20 mg †
Proprietary blend of Lo Han
extract (fruit) and Stevia extract (leaf) 20 mg †
Blueberry extract (juice) 15 mg †
purified water, vegetable glycerin, natural
flavor, ascorbic acid
This extract helps fight free radicals and is an excellent addition to weight loss
programs. Plus it provides immune support.
The normal price is $29.99 but due to our large readership I was able to obtain a discount code GS1 for readers so they save $2.95 per bottle.
You can order a bottle of Blueberry extract for $27 by clicking here.
Read the National Wild Life Foundation Report The Dirt on Dirt
Olivebranch.org Why Does Walking Barefoot on the Earth Make You Feel Better?