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Have you hugged a tree today? No?! Well, you should, because it just might improve your health – according to a new book published this year, touching trees and being near nature could actually make you healthier and improve a wide range of health issues. In Blinded by Science, author Matthew Silverstone says he has proven that the vibrational energy of trees and plants gives us health benefits. Although it might feel a little hokey at first, hugging a tree sounds like a much better prescription than drugs and pills from your doctor.

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  1. Craig Schaffer April 10, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Look at it this way > There is too much static in the world. We need to ground ourselves periodically to discharge that static buildup within us. Think of walking around all day with shoes on which have rubber/neoprene,etc. heels.. and you are building up a static charge on your body. You have to ground yourself somehow, to rid your body of that unhealthy charge of electricity.. by touching an earth ground. If you don\\\’t want to take your shoes and socks off, and dig your bare feetsies into the dirt.. then reach out and touch and hug a Tree, which is probably the best grounded thing you could find. Make sure you have good \\\’skin-to-bark\\\’ contact ~

  2. awatrees December 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read. Over the last few decades an increasing amount of research has looked at links between trees, forests and improved mental and physical health. The evidence base is established and growing. It sounds like Silverstone references much of this in his book. However researchers generally agree that such benefits of trees are likely due to a complex mix of learned culturally defined mechanisms and perhaps even partly innate biologically based traits, for humans to respond positively to nature and trees. Thus whilst trees giving off ‘good vibes’ is an endearing theory, my gut reaction is one of skepticism and I fear such ideas may ‘muddy the water’ and even detract from the evidence suggesting that trees provide real practical benefits to health and wellbeing.

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