It’s commonly known that a little bit of nature can improve one’s health and well-being. However, how can we describe it in true medical terms? Is there a proper “dosage” or “prescription” that is optimal? Little is truly known about the underlying mechanisms of the nature-health connection, and that needs to change.
According to new research published in the June issue of BioScience, biologists and public health experts are working to “address the knowledge gap by examining nature through the lens of medical thinking.” By examining and studying nature through dose-response modeling as one would a new medicine, a precise “dose” would be evaluated for its ability to produce a health response and help in the understanding of how urban nature could be manipulated to enhance human health.
Personally, I believe studies of this nature are of great importance. As more and more medicines come onto the market, and with more side effects than ever, we need to evaluate and practice a more holistic approach to our health. Perhaps one day your doctor will prescribe two nature hikes per week for your mental health, 30 minutes of sunshine for your tennis elbow, or even 3 houseplants on your office desk for stress and anxiety. Being able to put these things into a tangible amount will, I believe, greatly offset the radical toxins we put in our bodies from the medicines we’re prescribed. Let’s hope the medical community embraces this thinking as much as I do.
I’m excited to find out what becomes of the further research that is needed on this topic. In the meantime, in my ongoing battle with agoraphobia, I plan to get back out in my vegetable garden today. And perhaps open my windows, turn on the tunes, and get my creativity on.
Enjoy your “Funday Sunday” my friends! Art is not a destination; it is a journey that never ends.
This post is based on materials provided by the American Institute of Biological Sciences.