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manwithnoname
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"Humans have enjoyed forest environments for ages because of the quiet atmosphere, beautiful scenery, mild climate, and fresh, clean air. In the present study, we found that visiting forest parks, but not a city, enhanced human natural killer (NK) activity, increased anti-cancer proteins, such as perforin, granzymes A and B, and granulysin in NK cells, and reduced the level of stress hormones in both male and female subjects. Moreover, this effect lasted for more than 30 days after the trips, suggesting that visiting a forest park once a month would enable individuals to maintain a higher level of NK activity. Phytoncides released from trees and the decreased production of stress hormones may partially contribute to the increased NK activity. Because NK cells can kill tumor cells by releasing anti-cancer proteins, and visiting forest parks increases NK activity and the amount of anti-cancer proteins; therefore, the above findings suggest that visiting forest parks may have a preventive effect on cancer generation and progression."

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21329564

 

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Some people go to church for comfort.  I go out into nature.

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from one of our favorite backpacking sites on the Washington coast.  The ocean is about the most healing place imaginable.

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I  agree that the ocean is the most healing place....Hawaii is my healing place, as my picture shows.....a sunset from my favorite restaurant.....wonderful idea for a post!  Wishing calm and relaxation for everyone.....~ Ann

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in the interest of complete disclosure, that this scene ended up being a little less than serene during the course of the night.  It was a full moon (which apparently has an affect on the tides-who knew?!?), and our tent was just about ten feet back from what we thought was the high tide mark (you can see it in the pic).  Turned out there was highER tide mark that ended up lapping at our tent at around 2 AM.  Pretty exciting.

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knows it but he may have started another Pets! thread (thank you AA). I would love to see images folks posts of nature. -- C

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Like

Beautiful photo!

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We moved to the Mountains a year ago.  A little transistion issues, where to buy things etc....  No regrets at all!  We walk every day, usually twice a day.  The people are friendly, they all wanted to escape the Big City also.   The trails are always available and it is really neat seeing Elk, Deer, skunks, Javelina, Coyote, and squirels in my yard every day.

 

We knew we over consuming junk.  Being away from the junk, makes us not want the junk. When we go to the city it is for a specific purpose, else we would rather walk or Kayak in the mountains.  We actually makes a list for the next time we go down to the city.

 

Best Always, mike

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Since moving from an urban environment twenty-five years ago my husband and I decided that even if we had to forgo some cultural experiences and convenience and live in a smaller, older home ... we were going to always live where we could easily access and view nature.  But, obviously folks don't have to live in a rural area as you can always seek out, support, and protect natural environments. Healing for one and all. 

Deer on our property and no we don't eat 'em :)

Thank you for posting this Tony. -- C

 

 

 

 

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Reminds me of country roads in the area where I grew up.

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Love to grab solitude or sort my feelings at parks or bike/walking trails.

Aaah, the ocean -how beautiful....

We have lots of forest preserves and an old farmhouse with a huge lot with towering pines.
Great for bonfires....

Nice post -spring is on its way!

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Lake

This is the lake in the middle of our town, that I grew up ice skating on. The High School and Football field are in the background. I went there, and so did my 5 children. In fact my youngest is a Junior there and their football team won State, and my oldest son is Head of the English Dept....meaningful memories and a beautiful day!  ~ Ann

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that's really pretty!  Very serene.  It's nice having a little patch of nature right in town.  We have a small lake in the middle of Seattle (we have a big lake too, but this one is little and near my home) where everybody goes the minute we get a hint of sun.  It has a path all the way around it for walking, biking, etc.  No ice skating though, never gets cold enough.  You must live in a chillier part of the country!

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Chicago gets chilly!

PatchAdams
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I read the study and followed some other links.  I think this is awesome.  I always feel mentally better when out 'in nature', even if it's out in our own wooded property. 

I wondered if some of the air freshners I enjoy have the tree saps as an ingredient.  Certain fragrances really lift my mood.  I'm going to do some label reading when I head out to shop today.  

 

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Taking my grandchildren to walk on nature trails is my favorite thing to do with them. I have a picture collag in my expressions gallery on my about me page, of one of our nature outings, if anyone is interested in seeing any of my photos I can only share them in the expressions gallery. I cant insert them in the comments from my phone. Love looking at everyones beautiful pics. I do believe nature is healing. Sometimes I just get a longing to smell the ocean or take off to the mountains for a few days.

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I moved from England to the barren Northern Nevadaa dessert.  The desert has its own beauty, but it doesn't hold a candle to my England. 

I totally agree with you, nature is a healer. 

The picture below is spring in Oxford. 

England

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So very pretty.  On my list to get back there someday, hopefully soon.  Do you think you'll ever live there again, Sue?

 

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I long to live there, but with children living in the states I can't see it happening. As much as I love my Englan, I love my boys more. 

sailor_on_a_lee...
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Jan and Rick's Backyard Pond

The view out of our back picture window.  Sorry it was during the early spring before rainy season when the pond is low and the aerator pipes are visible. 

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That's the view from your house?  I'm jealous.

sailor_on_a_lee...
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Thank you and it is a joy to overlook the pond and butterfly garden while savoring my morning cup of coffee and enjoying a good book. 

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It counts indeed. 

What a wonderful view to be able to look on each new morning.  It really makes me wish that the Nevada desert wasn't my home. I love nature, I especially love trees, which we are short of here in the desert. 

Thank you for sharing. 

sailor_on_a_lee...
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You are welcome and yes it is delightful to sit in our sunroom every morning, although I'm no longer working I still get up early, savor a cup of freshly brewed coffee, read a good book, and look up to gaze upon this scene.  Unfortunately, it's not as nice as when this picture was taken nearly a decade ago.  Hurricanes and drought have taken a toll on the woods in the background.  Nearby development has altered the ecosystem to a degree, I believe, allowing increasing numbers of exotic invasive species to get a foot hold and displace native species, despite our best efforts to keep them at bay.  Still it is delightful. 

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Did you make that pond. We have ducks and are in the process of making a small pond for them.

sailor_on_a_lee...
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Yes, the pond is manmade, but I didn't dig it.  It is approximately 1/4-acre in surface area and well over 15 feet deep.  The original owners/buiders dug the pond tpo obtain "dirt" to use to raise the level of my house and the one next door.  This part of SW Florida is subject to "sheet flow" wherein rainwater from the county north of us runs "downhill" to the river about one mile south of us.  It runs in a "sheet" about 1-6" deep straight across land to the river, hence the need for raising the foundation levels of the houses.  My particular home is a stilt house raised about 11 feet in the air.  The following picture illustrates typical "sheet flow" during a rainy season afternoon thunderstorm (no this isn't duing a hurricane).  Once the rainy season begins, within a few weeks the ground is saturated and what you see in the photo below is common until winter time when the dry season.  The photo bellow is the same approximate ares as the original photo, although the butterfly garden is not as well developed.

  Pond During a Midsummer Thunderstorm Showing Sheet Flow

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I know this is not cancer related, but I found this story inspiring.

You can't tell me that his love and nurture of nature has helped him live to the grand age of 104. 

May we all be so blessed. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-21996172

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Every night I walk, rain or shine and I always look up.  In the year I have been doing the walk I have been amazed each time.  I have not seen the same sky twice. 

Just look up tonight, you will know what I mean!

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