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Go hug a tree, literally!


I read 2 very interesting articles this few days on an entirely separate entity from different types of source and found that both articles are singing the same tune.

The first article was from the Sunday Times ( Aug 21), captioned, "Save children from nature deficit disorder" [online version here]. It was in local context and spoke of the core truth in today's society: we are losing touch of mother nature. It was more focused on youths these days, but I find that it speaks to the adults as well.

We are all too caught up with our gadgets and internet; and upgrading and improving that we are becoming too urbanized and boxed up in concrete that it is impacting our health and lifestyle:"Some experts believe this severe lack of exposure and connection to nature is an illness, and have coined a term for it - nature deficit disorder. "


When I was still a kid, I remembered going outdoors to catch spiders, ants, grasshopper, earthworm; playing in the sand, catching falling leaves from big trees; perspiring and having lots of fun. There wasn't any wooha about ADHD or any similar disorder that my parents had to take note of. We were all just having fun and being amazed with our specimens.

However, nowadays, all that have been replaced by Wii, Playstation, Apple and the Internet. Gardening to kids may just be about poking a screen or a click of the mouse, in their room with the air con turned up.

Then the second article I read, titled "Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Proven To Improve Health Issues", off a link from my friend's FB page, shone a light on why kids nowadays are facing disorders that are sort of aliens to kids in the past. It is a very interesting finding to me, due to its scientific theory:

"The answer to how plants and trees affect us physiologically turns out to be very simple. It is all to do with the fact that everything vibrates, and different vibrations affect biological behaviours. It has been proven that if you drink a glass of water that has been treated with a 10Hz vibration your blood coagulation rates will change immediately on ingesting the treated water. It is the same with trees, when touching a tree its different vibrational pattern will affect various biological behaviours within your body."

It makes sense because I believe that every living thing radiate a mystic vibes or energy, there is this sense of presence that non living thing, like concrete walls lack. At least now there is a scientific term to coin it: vibrational pattern. But it is interesting, isn't it? So forget about your tv to relieve daily stress, go hug a tree! If you are afraid of looking silly, get someone to do it with you and have a laugh. After all, laughter is another form of medicine!

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