Your doctor may prescribe spending more time in nature instead of drugs – AHA

I’m glad to see a doctor prescribing this! I mentioned the health benefits of nature recently: “What’s Your NatureScore?”:

Wellness Secrets of a SuperAger

Dr. Robert Zarr loves to write prescriptions that you don’t have to take to the pharmacy.

Instead, he sends patients outside to soak in the healing powers of nature, combining the benefits of exercise with the therapeutic effects of fresh air and green space, according to the American Heart Association News.

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“Going back millions of years, we’ve evolved outdoors,” said Zarr, a pediatrician who recently relocated to Ottawa, Canada, from Washington, D.C. “Why should we exist indoors? We need to be outdoors. The health benefits of being in nature are obvious.”

The idea isn’t new. The 16th century Swiss physician Paracelsus declared that “the art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.” In Japan, public health experts promote shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, as a key to physical and psychological health.

The premise is backed up with science. A 2018 meta-analysis…

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3 thoughts on “Your doctor may prescribe spending more time in nature instead of drugs – AHA

    1. biking helped me with hip replacement rehab a lot. Riding in low gears lets you just spin the hip easy and that loosened it up nicely for me. Have fun in the forest and enjoy nature!


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