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Bringing Self Into Balance Helps the Planet

From eNewsletter 4/15/2019

DID YOU KNOW why tree nuts almost always out perform peanuts in research studies?

The reason is that tree nuts tend to be consumed with the skin or outer peel, in which most of the antioxidants reside (at least the common nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts).


Steve and Bonnie: An extremely thought-provoking perspective, from some of our foremost wellness thinkers, appeared in the February issue of Challenges. The full perspective can be read here.

In essence, they're saying is that in order bring our planet in balance, we must bring ourselves in balance. Each of us have our own unique ecology, and when we are ecologically balanced, it will, in turn, help the planet be balanced. The authors are imploring health professionals to practice "Clinical Ecology".

One of the most exciting things about this perspective is that the authors cite the advances of "omics" technology as being a seminal moment for clinical ecology. Genomics is something we have woven into the fabric of our practice and has become an indispensable tool. As you ponder the thought of yourself as a micro ecosystem of our broader planetary ecosystem, enjoy the authors' conclusions: "If there was ever a time when health professionals needed an effective means to demonstrate how health and biodiversity are connected at macro, meso, and micro scales, the microbiome and omics revolution has arrived not a moment too soon. As we attempt to exit the Anthropocene and imagine a new, symbiotic way of existence, the ability to visualize the biological underpinnings of the personal, public, and planetary health continuum is a remarkable asset. It has the potential to, at once, truly personalize healthcare, and at the same time undo the untenable status quo that otherwise maintains grotesque social inequities and the global spread of products that are unhealthy for person, place, and planet. The ability to biologically witness these underpinnings-not simply theorize as when the term clinical ecology was first en vogue-will help to underscore that in the 21st century, all healthcare providers are, in effect, clinical ecologists. The need for ecologic perspectives in medicine is now obvious. It's time to (re)claim the vital term clinical ecology-a label that once represented a fringe field focused on sick building syndrome. The structure that human society and all terrestrial life live upon-planet Earth-is sick. The evidence-base for that "sick building" is voluminous and scientifically undeniable. There is no time to waste."


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