The Surprising Healing Qualities of Dirt

January 20, 2014 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

by Daphne Miller M.D., reposted from YES! Magazine, Dec 6, 2013

photo by Paul Dunn

photo by Paul Dunn

I spend my days in a sterile 8×10 room practicing family medicine and yet my mind is in the soil. This is because I’m discovering just how much this rich, dark substance influences the day-to-day health of my patients. I’m even beginning to wonder whether Hippocrates was wrong, or at least somewhat misguided, when he proclaimed, “Let food be thy medicine.” Don’t get me wrong—food is important to our health. But it might be the soil where our food is grown, rather than the food itself, that offers us the real medicine.

Thinking of a healthy body as an extension of a healthy farm, and vice versa, is a paradigm shift for many of us. But when we consider that all of our cells get their building blocks from plants and soil then, suddenly, it all makes sense. In fact, it is not too much of a stretch to say: We are soil.  Read more about this fascinating connection HERE>>

Related article: The surprising outcome of research on the addition of Lactobacillus reuteri to baby’s diet to reduce the incidence of colic HERE>>


Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Food, Gardens, Health/Wellness.

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