Most of us may well remember the song (Western hymn) “Green green grass of home…” by Porter Wagoner and other musical celebrities. However, there is more involved than just ‘homesickness’. In fact, our whole life (expectancy) depends on some kind of ‘green green grass of home’. According to highly reputed research at Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, women with highest levels of green vegetation surrounding them – yes – have a 12% lower mortality rate than their congeners living a more urban life.
The Philosophy Behind
Tamara Jones from Cincinnati, OH, asks:
I am living a seemingly quiet life in my apartment, watching TV for hours, and dreaming in my tub, etc. Still, my blood count is all but adequate, with some kind of biological irregularities involved. What can I do to improve my health status, Doctor?
Most of us, at least my generation, may well remember (and still love listening to) the song (Western hymn) Green green grass of home…” by music celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, etc. A song about homesickness we all may feel once in a while. Aren’t we?
However, there is more involved behind green grass of home than just homesickness. In fact, our whole life (expectancy) depends on nature’s green environment.
In fact, according to that highly reputable research, women with highest levels of green vegetation surrounding them such as trees, plants, shrubs, etc. – yes – had a 12% lower mortality rate than their congeners, off green nature.
Based on a recent study carried out at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in cooperation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both located in Boston, MA, and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), as part of the U.S. governmental National Institutes of Health. Including more than 100,000 ladies in the countryside to participate.
The result in statistical terms: in this group occurred 34% less deaths for respiratory diseases, 41% less for kidney disease, and 13% less cancer incidences between 2002 and 2008, compared with environments lacking this support from nature.
Nature's Lifesaving Bounty
Leaves us with the question which kind of natural factors in line with ‘green green grass of home’ are acting in this lifesaving direction? Besides much improved mental health when being surrounded by nature (most important mind-body phenomenon at all), this is certainly an increased aerobic physical activity and less air pollution out in the ‘greens’. Just to name the basics.
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Dr. Mark Fritz, NMD, PhD