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Protect Nature and Be Protected

02/07/17 | View Comments

We are approaching nearly 40 years of research about the linkages between nature experiences and human disease prevention and health promotion. Outdoor spaces that offer sanctuary and support relaxation and reflection provide mental and physical health benefits. When we commit to protecting and conserving our nearby nature spaces, we ultimately protect and heal ourselves.

The western medical community dismisses the . . . . sacred experience in healing or health because it [is assumed it] cannot be measured. [Yet] we are approaching scientific standards [and] the ability to measure our [body’s] response[s] . . . .
If people have a desire for heightened experiences, just like a need for food or water, why not begin to understand how?
—Integrative Health Physician
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