Naturopathic Medical Doctor, Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine - vis medicatrix naturae
With the rise of covid-19 cases both nationally and locally it is becoming more import to understand how the virus interacts with the immune system. Gaining this insight can go a long way in helping us learn ways we can protect ourselves and decrease our risk factors for developing severe symptoms and complications.
To this end, I will be giving a lecture entitled "Nature Cure and the Biophilia Effect" at Shared Harvest Community Gardens in Coeur d'Alene. This presentation will be supported by Pilgrims Market as they will be broadcasting it live on Facebook, Wednesday August 12th at 6 pm. It was originally scheduled for July 22nd inside the Market's education center, but we decided with the rise in Covid-19 cases, it would be better to have it outside, and what better a place than the beautiful Community Gardens. Shared Harvest Community Gardens is located at 1009 E Foster Ave.
l will review the science behind the healing bond between humans and nature and how interacting with nature through nature cure and forest-bathing increases the immune system, helps fight viruses, and heals the body, mind and spirit. In addition, I will share my personal healing journey in the Alps of Tirol, Austria and relate this to current research in nature cure therapies.
“Nature Deficit Disorder” is rampant and a major obstacle to health. One of the most important things we can do at this time is get outside and get our vitamin N – nature, this includes being outside in the sun and raising our vitamin D3 levels. Vitamin D3 is just one example of why it is important to get outside and reconnect with nature. Currently, there are over 20 international studies looking at the benefits of having sufficient vitamin D levels in relation to a number of aspects of this pandemic.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO, in his self published paper entitled “Vitamin D in the Prevention of Covid-19” documents in great depth the case for how important it is to raise your vitamin D3 blood levels to over 60 ng/ml. He states, “Vitamin D deficiency represents a global pandemic afflicting more than one billion individuals across all age groups worldwide and it has been estimated that in excess of one billion people have vitamin D deficiency. The current pandemic of vitamin D deficiency has collided with the COVID-19 pandemic and likely radically increased the number of deaths because of vitamin D insufficiency.” I have included a pdf copy for download in my Handouts section which can be accessed by clicking here. I believe having sufficient vitamin D levels is one of the most important things we can do during this pandemic.
For more detailed information, please join me for my lecture at the Shared Harvest Community Gardens or stream live on Pilgrim's Market Facebook site. This is a timely lecture I am very much looking forward to presenting and I hope to see you there.