Nuture Yourself with Nature
Apr 10, 2011 11:55PM
Exposure to natural environments can result in decreased stress related illnesses, reduced healing times, a reduction in the amount of pain medicine needed postoperatively, fewer head aches, fewer sick days, and reduced blood pressure. In addition, it can increase coping skills of caregivers of the elderly and increase a sense of community spirit. All people can benefit. Studies indicate exposure to nature benefits people with dementia, psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and brain injuries. Benefits are noted among diverse populations such as people with sensory disorders, stroke and a multitude of other disorders. Being immersed in natural settings is outstanding preventative medicine for all age groups. Reports also indicate that health care costs decrease as does violence and crime. Interaction with plant-rich areas has a web like effect that benefits, not only human health, but the health of the larger world environment.
Pat Bratianu is an RN with 31 years of nursing experience and a PhD in Natural Heath. She is the owner of Simply Health, a consulting herbal and educational practice. Pat specializes in women who have breast cancer or want to prevent breast cancer. For more information call 321-727-7273, email [email protected] or visit www.simplyhealthdoc.com.