Biophilia: Healing Connection and Love of Nature

APRIL 12, 2018

Biophilia : healing connection and love of nature

Biophilia : healing connection and love of nature

Painting by Magurite Jill Dye

by Magurite Jill Dye

Vermonters and fellow nature lovers know the power our magnificent mountains, forests, and woods have on our wellbeing. If I hadn’t experienced nature’s healing effect myself, I may not have understood the forest’s curative energies on the human immune system.

Years ago, after travels in Turkey and Greece, I arrived in Austria to attend a University of Graz summer program. Austria has always reminded me of Vermont, and Graz is the sister city of my hometown, Montclair, N.J. But I’d taken ill after Istanbul with a very sore throat, high fever, and chills. A kind young mother I met on the tram took me to her home for a traditional cure. After a nap and cups of hot tea, she led me outside into the cool forest. While she and her children picked wild blueberries, I rested under a pine tree. Little did I realize how quickly breathing in the moist forest air would help me heal and regain my strength. But the science became clear when I heard an interview on Sounds True (soundstrue.com) with Austrian biologist Clemens Arvay from the University of Graz.

We are eco-psychosomatic beings, according to Arvay, author of “The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature.” Biophilia is the love of and our interconnectedness with nature. In the 1960s, German-American psychoanalyst Eric Fromm wrote that humans have a biophilic force in our psyche that connects us with other species and creates a desire to be close to nature. He said that our biophilic force creates a flow that keeps us healthy, but when we are disconnected from nature, we become ill.

Since then, Arvay said, much progress has been made in the field. In 2013, studies were published that measured the increase in human immune system function from breathing in terpenes in the forest air. Terpenes are the complex biochemical compounds that are released by trees and plants and that have a healing effect on the human body. They rise dramatically in April and May and peak in June and August. After spending just one day in a forest, the “natural killer cells” in a person’s blood increase by 40 percent and their activity increases too. They work to eliminate bacteria and viruses as an important part of the immune system.

There is also evidence that breathing in terpenes increases anti-cancer proteins perforin, granulysin, and “granzymes,” which attack existing tumor cells and dangerous cells that may lead to cancer. Terpenes not only improve our immune system function but also protect us from heart attacks by increasing the body’s production of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), according to Japanese studies published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine. A Korean study also found a significant decrease in depression.

Another Japanese study determined that terpenes distributed overnight through vaporizers in hotel rooms also had a therapeutic effect on the body’s immune system, although not to the same degree as exposure to the millions of terpenes in nature.

The Ulrich study in Sweden and Denmark proved that seeing a tree through a hospital window shortened hospital stays and reduced complications and medication (including pain meds). The tree view activates the parasympathetic nervous system of regeneration and growth and the vagus nerve, causing balance and calm. Seeing a photograph or painting of nature or hearing the sounds of nature also have a calming effect that decreases the stress hormone cortisol in the blood.

The opposite is true, as well. Stressful, noisy, city life switches our reptilian brains into fight or flight mode. Seeking out parks and pockets of nature in the city, growing potted trees, house plants, and rooftop gardens, are especially important to provide balance and relief.

This connection between the psychological, physical, and ecological is a new science called ecopsychosomatics. It recognizes the human organism’s interconnectedness with the natural world.

“Forest bathing,” which I introduced in Mountain Meditation last year, is an ancient Chinese healing art called “Senlinyu” that began 2,500 years ago with qi gong and tai chi, to heal and increase “chi” energy. In the 1980s, “Shinrin-yoku” was studied in Japan and has become a popular healing technique.

Next week we’ll further explore ecopsychosomatics and the field of plant sociology, which includes the other main function of terpenes: to enable communication within and between communities of trees.

Marguerite Jill Dye is an artist and writer who divides her time between Vermont and Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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APRIL 12, 2018

Biophilia : healing connection and love of nature

Biophilia : healing connection and love of nature

Painting by Magurite Jill Dye

by Magurite Jill Dye

Vermonters and fellow nature lovers know the power our magnificent mountains, forests, and woods have on our wellbeing. If I hadn’t experienced nature’s healing effect myself, I may not have understood the forest’s curative energies on the human immune system.

Years ago, after travels in Turkey and Greece, I arrived in Austria to attend a University of Graz summer program. Austria has always reminded me of Vermont, and Graz is the sister city of my hometown, Montclair, N.J. But I’d taken ill after Istanbul with a very sore throat, high fever, and chills. A kind young mother I met on the tram took me to her home for a traditional cure. After a nap and cups of hot tea, she led me outside into the cool forest. While she and her children picked wild blueberries, I rested under a pine tree. Little did I realize how quickly breathing in the moist forest air would help me heal and regain my strength. But the science became clear when I heard an interview on Sounds True (soundstrue.com) with Austrian biologist Clemens Arvay from the University of Graz.

We are eco-psychosomatic beings, according to Arvay, author of “The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature.” Biophilia is the love of and our interconnectedness with nature. In the 1960s, German-American psychoanalyst Eric Fromm wrote that humans have a biophilic force in our psyche that connects us with other species and creates a desire to be close to nature. He said that our biophilic force creates a flow that keeps us healthy, but when we are disconnected from nature, we become ill.

Since then, Arvay said, much progress has been made in the field. In 2013, studies were published that measured the increase in human immune system function from breathing in terpenes in the forest air. Terpenes are the complex biochemical compounds that are released by trees and plants and that have a healing effect on the human body. They rise dramatically in April and May and peak in June and August. After spending just one day in a forest, the “natural killer cells” in a person’s blood increase by 40 percent and their activity increases too. They work to eliminate bacteria and viruses as an important part of the immune system.

There is also evidence that breathing in terpenes increases anti-cancer proteins perforin, granulysin, and “granzymes,” which attack existing tumor cells and dangerous cells that may lead to cancer. Terpenes not only improve our immune system function but also protect us from heart attacks by increasing the body’s production of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), according to Japanese studies published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine. A Korean study also found a significant decrease in depression.

Another Japanese study determined that terpenes distributed overnight through vaporizers in hotel rooms also had a therapeutic effect on the body’s immune system, although not to the same degree as exposure to the millions of terpenes in nature.

The Ulrich study in Sweden and Denmark proved that seeing a tree through a hospital window shortened hospital stays and reduced complications and medication (including pain meds). The tree view activates the parasympathetic nervous system of regeneration and growth and the vagus nerve, causing balance and calm. Seeing a photograph or painting of nature or hearing the sounds of nature also have a calming effect that decreases the stress hormone cortisol in the blood.

The opposite is true, as well. Stressful, noisy, city life switches our reptilian brains into fight or flight mode. Seeking out parks and pockets of nature in the city, growing potted trees, house plants, and rooftop gardens, are especially important to provide balance and relief.

This connection between the psychological, physical, and ecological is a new science called ecopsychosomatics. It recognizes the human organism’s interconnectedness with the natural world.

“Forest bathing,” which I introduced in Mountain Meditation last year, is an ancient Chinese healing art called “Senlinyu” that began 2,500 years ago with qi gong and tai chi, to heal and increase “chi” energy. In the 1980s, “Shinrin-yoku” was studied in Japan and has become a popular healing technique.

Next week we’ll further explore ecopsychosomatics and the field of plant sociology, which includes the other main function of terpenes: to enable communication within and between communities of trees.

Marguerite Jill Dye is an artist and writer who divides her time between Vermont and Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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APRIL 12, 2018 Biophilia : healing connection and love of nature Painting by Magurite Jill Dye by Magurite Jill Dye Vermonters and fellow nature lovers know the power our magnificent mountains, forests, and woods have on our wellbeing. If I hadn’t experienced nature’s healing effect myself, I may not have understood the forest’s curative energies on the human immune system. Years ago, after travels in Turkey and Greece, I arrived in Austria to attend a University of Graz summer program. Austria has always reminded me of Vermont, and Graz is the sister city of my hometown, Montclair, N.J. But I’d taken ill after Istanbul with a very sore throat, high fever, and chills. A kind young mother I met on the tram took me to her home for a traditional cure. After a nap and cups of hot tea, she led me outside into the cool forest. While she and her children picked wild blueberries, I rested under a pine tree. Little did I realize how quickly breathing in the moist forest air would help me heal and regain my strength. But the science became clear when I heard an interview on Sounds True (soundstrue.com) with Austrian biologist Clemens Arvay from the University of Graz. We are eco-psychosomatic beings, according to Arvay, author of “The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature.” Biophilia is the love of and our interconnectedness with nature. In the 1960s, German-American psychoanalyst Eric Fromm wrote that humans have a biophilic force in our psyche that connects us with other species and creates a desire to be close to nature. He said that our biophilic force creates a flow that keeps us healthy, but when we are disconnected from nature, we become ill. Since then, Arvay said, much progress has been made in the field. In 2013, studies were published that measured the increase in human immune system function from breathing in terpenes in the forest air. Terpenes are the complex biochemical compounds that are released by trees and plants and that have a healing effect on the human body. They rise dramatically in April and May and peak in June and August. After spending just one day in a forest, the “natural killer cells” in a person’s blood increase by 40 percent and their activity increases too. They work to eliminate bacteria and viruses as an important part of the immune system. There is also evidence that breathing in terpenes increases anti-cancer proteins perforin, granulysin, and “granzymes,” which attack existing tumor cells and dangerous cells that may lead to cancer. Terpenes not only improve our immune system function but also protect us from heart attacks by increasing the body’s production of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), according to Japanese studies published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine. A Korean study also found a significant decrease in depression. Another Japanese study determined that terpenes distributed overnight through vaporizers in hotel rooms also had a therapeutic effect on the body’s immune system, although not to the same degree as exposure to the millions of terpenes in nature. The Ulrich study in Sweden and Denmark proved that seeing a tree through a hospital window shortened hospital stays and reduced complications and medication (including pain meds). The tree view activates the parasympathetic nervous system of regeneration and growth and the vagus nerve, causing balance and calm. Seeing a photograph or painting of nature or hearing the sounds of nature also have a calming effect that decreases the stress hormone cortisol in the blood. The opposite is true, as well. Stressful, noisy, city life switches our reptilian brains into fight or flight mode. Seeking out parks and pockets of nature in the city, growing potted trees, house plants, and rooftop gardens, are especially important to provide balance and relief. This connection between the psychological, physical, and ecological is a new science called ecopsychosomatics. It recognizes the human organism’s interconnectedness with the natural world. “Forest bathing,” which I introduced in Mountain Meditation last year, is an ancient Chinese healing art called “Senlinyu” that began 2,500 years ago with qi gong and tai chi, to heal and increase “chi” energy. In the 1980s, “Shinrin-yoku” was studied in Japan and has become a popular healing technique. Next week we’ll further explore ecopsychosomatics and the field of plant sociology, which includes the other main function of terpenes: to enable communication within and between communities of trees. Marguerite Jill Dye is an artist and writer who divides her time between Vermont and Florida’s Gulf Coast. BIOPHILIAMAGURITE JILL DYEMOUNTAIN MEDITATION SHARE THIS ARTICLE FacebookTweetGoogle +EmailLinkedInPinterestShareThis Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website KES sixth graders give new spin to Greek tragedy Three overlooked keys to successful investing SEARCH MOUNTAIN TIMES NEWSLETTER Sign up below to receive the weekly newsletter, which also includes top trending stories and what all the locals are talking about! Email Address MOST POPULAR NEWS BRIEFS News Briefs: Lakes Region 01 JULY, 2015NO COMMENTS SPORTS The 2014 Spartan Death Race takes endurance athletes on an “exploration” 14 JULY, 20141 COMMENT FEATURED Rutland group boycotts Mac’s, again: Unsafe work environments and mistreatment of employees is at the heart of the protest 13 AUGUST, 201427 COMMENTS STATE NEWS Lawmakers discuss cost, number of special ed teachers in Vermont 24 FEBRUARY, 2016NO COMMENTS LOCAL NEWS Rutland Regional Planning Commission names Edward Bove as new executive director 20 AUGUST, 2014NO COMMENTS MOUNTAIN TIMES TWITTER 15 days ago #killington Select Board just fired Town Manager without cause. /t.co/6kRQqQElKy 21 days ago RT @KillingtonMtn: Now you can send it into all four seasons with the NEW Beast 365 Year-Round Pass with convenient monthly payments of jus… 37 days ago RT @robmitch802: Pittsford 2-yr Select Board race ends with tie: Alicia Malay 181 – Susan Markowski 181 , per asst. town clerk #TMDVT 42 days ago RT @KillingtonMtn: What’s on tap at the @VermontBrewers Festival at Killington? Over 100 different breweries, featuring 31 different Vermon… CATEGORIES Arts, Dining & Entertainment AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Breaking News Ticker Column Editors Picks Events & Activities Explore Killington Featured From the Vault Getaways Horoscope Archives Killington Killington Signature Events Killington TV Lifestyle Lift Lines Archives Local News Mother’s celestial inspirations News Briefs Opinion Previous Edition Archive Show Segments Sports State News Uncategorized NAVIGATION Home Horoscopes Events Calendar Discover Killington Classifieds Opinion Column Lifestyle Contact Us About The Mountain Times FIND US ON FACEBOOK MOUNTAIN TIMES NEWSLETTER Sign up below to receive the weekly newsletter, which also includes top trending stories and what all the locals are talking about! Email Address ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN TIMES The Mountain Times is, and has always been, a family-owned independent newspaper located on Route 4. Founded in 1971, the paper has gone through many transitions, now expanding into web and mobile platforms in addition to its weekly newspaper and semi-annual magazines. – See more at: Here The Mountain Times PO Box 183 (Postal address) 5465 Route 4 (Physical address) Killington, VT 05751 Telephone: (802) 422-2399 Fax: (802) 422-2395 Copyright© The Mountain Times, All Rights Reserved. Website designed and built by Group6 Interactive APRIL 12, 2018 Biophilia : healing connection and love of nature Painting by Magurite Jill Dye by Magurite Jill Dye Vermonters and fellow nature lovers know the power our magnificent mountains, forests, and woods have on our wellbeing. If I hadn’t experienced nature’s healing effect myself, I may not have understood the forest’s curative energies on the human immune system. Years ago, after travels in Turkey and Greece, I arrived in Austria to attend a University of Graz summer program. Austria has always reminded me of Vermont, and Graz is the sister city of my hometown, Montclair, N.J. But I’d taken ill after Istanbul with a very sore throat, high fever, and chills. A kind young mother I met on the tram took me to her home for a traditional cure. After a nap and cups of hot tea, she led me outside into the cool forest. While she and her children picked wild blueberries, I rested under a pine tree. Little did I realize how quickly breathing in the moist forest air would help me heal and regain my strength. But the science became clear when I heard an interview on Sounds True (soundstrue.com) with Austrian biologist Clemens Arvay from the University of Graz. We are eco-psychosomatic beings, according to Arvay, author of “The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature.” Biophilia is the love of and our interconnectedness with nature. In the 1960s, German-American psychoanalyst Eric Fromm wrote that humans have a biophilic force in our psyche that connects us with other species and creates a desire to be close to nature. He said that our biophilic force creates a flow that keeps us healthy, but when we are disconnected from nature, we become ill. Since then, Arvay said, much progress has been made in the field. In 2013, studies were published that measured the increase in human immune system function from breathing in terpenes in the forest air. Terpenes are the complex biochemical compounds that are released by trees and plants and that have a healing effect on the human body. They rise dramatically in April and May and peak in June and August. After spending just one day in a forest, the “natural killer cells” in a person’s blood increase by 40 percent and their activity increases too. They work to eliminate bacteria and viruses as an important part of the immune system. There is also evidence that breathing in terpenes increases anti-cancer proteins perforin, granulysin, and “granzymes,” which attack existing tumor cells and dangerous cells that may lead to cancer. Terpenes not only improve our immune system function but also protect us from heart attacks by increasing the body’s production of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), according to Japanese studies published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine. A Korean study also found a significant decrease in depression. Another Japanese study determined that terpenes distributed overnight through vaporizers in hotel rooms also had a therapeutic effect on the body’s immune system, although not to the same degree as exposure to the millions of terpenes in nature. The Ulrich study in Sweden and Denmark proved that seeing a tree through a hospital window shortened hospital stays and reduced complications and medication (including pain meds). The tree view activates the parasympathetic nervous system of regeneration and growth and the vagus nerve, causing balance and calm. Seeing a photograph or painting of nature or hearing the sounds of nature also have a calming effect that decreases the stress hormone cortisol in the blood. The opposite is true, as well. Stressful, noisy, city life switches our reptilian brains into fight or flight mode. Seeking out parks and pockets of nature in the city, growing potted trees, house plants, and rooftop gardens, are especially important to provide balance and relief. This connection between the psychological, physical, and ecological is a new science called ecopsychosomatics. It recognizes the human organism’s interconnectedness with the natural world. “Forest bathing,” which I introduced in Mountain Meditation last year, is an ancient Chinese healing art called “Senlinyu” that began 2,500 years ago with qi gong and tai chi, to heal and increase “chi” energy. In the 1980s, “Shinrin-yoku” was studied in Japan and has become a popular healing technique. Next week we’ll further explore ecopsychosomatics and the field of plant sociology, which includes the other main function of terpenes: to enable communication within and between communities of trees. Marguerite Jill Dye is an artist and writer who divides her time between Vermont and Florida’s Gulf Coast. BIOPHILIAMAGURITE JILL DYEMOUNTAIN MEDITATION SHARE THIS ARTICLE FacebookTweetGoogle +EmailLinkedInPinterestShareThis Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website KES sixth graders give new spin to Greek tragedy Three overlooked keys to successful investing SEARCH MOUNTAIN TIMES NEWSLETTER Sign up below to receive the weekly newsletter, which also includes top trending stories and what all the locals are talking about! Email Address MOST POPULAR NEWS BRIEFS News Briefs: Lakes Region 01 JULY, 2015NO COMMENTS SPORTS The 2014 Spartan Death Race takes endurance athletes on an “exploration” 14 JULY, 20141 COMMENT FEATURED Rutland group boycotts Mac’s, again: Unsafe work environments and mistreatment of employees is at the heart of the protest 13 AUGUST, 201427 COMMENTS STATE NEWS Lawmakers discuss cost, number of special ed teachers in Vermont 24 FEBRUARY, 2016NO COMMENTS LOCAL NEWS Rutland Regional Planning Commission names Edward Bove as new executive director 20 AUGUST, 2014NO COMMENTS MOUNTAIN TIMES TWITTER 15 days ago #killington Select Board just fired Town Manager without cause. /t.co/6kRQqQElKy 21 days ago RT @KillingtonMtn: Now you can send it into all four seasons with the NEW Beast 365 Year-Round Pass with convenient monthly payments of jus… 37 days ago RT @robmitch802: Pittsford 2-yr Select Board race ends with tie: Alicia Malay 181 – Susan Markowski 181 , per asst. town clerk #TMDVT 42 days ago RT @KillingtonMtn: What’s on tap at the @VermontBrewers Festival at Killington? Over 100 different breweries, featuring 31 different Vermon… CATEGORIES Arts, Dining & Entertainment AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Breaking News Ticker Column Editors Picks Events & Activities Explore Killington Featured From the Vault Getaways Horoscope Archives Killington Killington Signature Events Killington TV Lifestyle Lift Lines Archives Local News Mother’s celestial inspirations News Briefs Opinion Previous Edition Archive Show Segments Sports State News Uncategorized NAVIGATION Home Horoscopes Events Calendar Discover Killington Classifieds Opinion Column Lifestyle Contact Us About The Mountain Times FIND US ON FACEBOOK MOUNTAIN TIMES NEWSLETTER Sign up below to receive the weekly newsletter, which also includes top trending stories and what all the locals are talking about! Email Address ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN TIMES The Mountain Times is, and has always been, a family-owned independent newspaper located on Route 4. 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