Prescription Sunshine – a dose of sunshine a day might keep the doctor away!

Prescription Sunshine – a dose of sunshine a day might keep the doctor away!

Prescription Sunshine – a dose of sunshine a day might keep the doctor away!

We all know sunlight is good for us, and we all know that it gives us Vitamin D, and even the idea of a day spent outdoors in bright warm weather made us feel good. But as a nation wrapped in a blanket of searingly high UVA and UVB rays, we are heavily cautioned never to bake in the sun, for the risk of skin cancer is very real.

But is our effort to avoid premature ageing and skin cancer making us sick in other ways?

Australia is a sunbaked continent.

We have grown up being trained by mass media campaigns and schooling to be conscientious of our time in the sun. Our country is well known for a sun that bites, and to avoid the sting and agony of a summer sunburn, we vigilantly follow the advice of years and years of social conditioning to; “slip, slop slap”. 

Australian schools adopt a policy of – ‘no hat, no play! As the primary intervention for teaching an unsafe attitude in a country with summers that can reach the high forties and older generations are well aware of the risk of too much sun.

But in our efforts to protect our appearance and save lives combined now with a dramatic shift in the way we live, socialise and work, Australians young and old are increasingly at risk of a Vitamin D deficiency

 

It is estimated that at least 1 billion people don’t get enough Vitamin D. Could the spike in depression, auto-immune diseases, and ADHD be related?

Your Headaches Might Be a Vitamin Deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency can cause depression, fatigue, body aches, headaches, insomnia, back pain, bone fractures and osteoporosis. Vitamin D is essential for healthy brain function, cellular renewal and memory and getting enough time outside can improve concentration and focus in kids with ADHD.

Because Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system, without enough of it, you will get sick all the time and wounds on your body will take longer to heal. Lower Vitamin D makes you more susceptible to colds and flu, so it’s a good idea to get your Vitamin D checked by a doctor, especially if you live in a place like Melbourne, which has long grey winters and is further from the equator.

How Much is Enough?

To get enough Vitamin D, we need at least 10 – 30min direct sun exposure daily (it depends where you live in the world). To gather Vitamin d from the sun, you need UVB, and to get that, you need to be outside; light filtered through glass only delivers UVA, which is only going to burn your skin.

Other ways of introducing Vitamin D into the body are through a dietary supplement or eating foods like oily fish, beef liver and eggs.

Watch the film to learn more.

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Prescription Hugs – The Healing Benefits of Hugging

Prescription Hugs – The Healing Benefits of Hugging

Prescription Hugs – the healing benefits of hugging

A hug is such a simple remedy to handling the complex and sensitive emotions we have as human beings, and its intrinsic value to our health and happiness is overlooked.

 If you have experienced a lockdown in the era of COVID-19 for two weeks or more, you might have an insight into what it feels like to be deprived of human interaction, meaningful touch and companionship?

The Pain of Separation

Last year for so many of us in Melbourne and around the world, we were alone for prolonged periods of time. It was a huge test of our resilience to cope with sudden change, intense grief, impeding financial ruin and social isolation.

Like myself, many endured a prolonged lockdown alone. My family and friends well and truly out of reach I struggled at times to feel ok. I was lucky enough to have my little dog Neumann as a solid and noble companion and it made a world of difference.

But some people had no one, and unlike the lucky folks with backyards, terraces, families, pets and sunlight, they were locked up in small apartments that closed them off from the world entirely.

What Now?

The implications of these ongoing lockdowns can not really be quantified socially, emotionally or economically. Nevertheless, the effects of loneliness, hopelessness and future uncertainty on our way of life continue.

 We know there are harrowing statistics regarding mental health and suicide rates due to the pandemic, and it continues to rise. And there is not a single person I know that hasn’t been emotionally and psychologically affected by the pandemic we are still in. And the solution to the mounting health crisis that impacts all of us is totally insufficient, and we know it.

The COVID_19 lockdowns have highlighted the realisation of how unwell we can become when we don’t have enough interaction with other living beings. Depression, anxiety and the feelings of grief and hopelessness among the many is expediential.

How long might it take for us to recover – unknown?…

Hugs could save lives!

After my experience of prolonged isolation,  loneliness and grief, I learned what it was like to be touch-deprived and how serious its effect was on my health. I had depression for quite some time last year, and the lockdown we just had triggered feelings of doubt, angst and irritability in me and many others.

When I  finally had the opportunity to properly and consistently interact with friends again, I recognised immediately how impactful being physically close to another being was for me and how quickly bad vibes and anxious feelings were subdued when hugged.

 My experience got me thinking – how many of us could have our lives transformed by regular touch and meaningful hugs?  How many of us are unaware that our society’s lack of human contact might be why we are unwell and critically imbalanced?.

We have a mental health crisis at our door, and accompanying this is the loneliness epidemic, and the two go hand in hand – could hugs help?.

It is factual that regular social contact, physical touch and big warm hugs help us handle the difficult emotions, grief and pain we all experience. Science says it’s so – and there is plenty of good evidence that proves that hugging heals.

Take one dose of hugs daily!

I am interested to see if you, too, can benefit from a good old fashioned dose of hugs?

I am prescribing 1 month of hugs and love to be taken daily.

Whenever possible, take the opportunity to connect with fellow humans through physical touch and cuddles. It important you make sure you choose someone who wants to hug you back.  There is nothing worse than an empty hug; you will know the difference; it feels weird, and you won’t feel any better afterwards.

In the videos above there are  some good guidelines and ideas for building up to a good long cuddle and how to provide and experience maximum benefits to your health and heart.

  • I would recommend a diary to track your feelings, your health and your overall view on life throughout your hugging experience.
  • I recommend hugs every day or as often as you can. Track in a diary whether there is an improvement to how you feel – and does it make your bond closer to your buddy?
  • I would be curious to know if you experience any changes to your mood, health, and social and emotional bonds. So please send me an email, comment on my social media feed or post a letter to let us know how it goes.

Goodluck Fellow Huggers xxx

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The Worlds only Flying Mammals – Bat Facts for Kids

The Worlds only Flying Mammals – Bat Facts for Kids

The Worlds only Flying Mammals – Bat Facts for Kids

Bats live almost everywhere on earth, except the Arctic and Antarctica.

There are 1300 species of bats, and only three of the species are Vampire Bats. So yes, Vampire Bats are real, but they are also tiny and not interested in drinking human blood.

Australians, we have an incredible catalogue of bat species, and many of them adorable and curious to look at. My favourite could be the ‘Eastern Tube-nosed Bat from Queensland. They have gorgeous yellowish specs of colour on their bodies – check out the link to learn more on Australian Bats.

https://australian.museum/learn/animals/bats/eastern-tube-nosed-bat/

 

Bats are significant to the health and balance of all-natural ecosystems. For example, bats are pollinators, and we rely on them for many of the fruits we eat. A single bat can eat up to 3000 small flying insects in an hour. Bats keep our flying insect populations in check; imagine if there were no bats?

Bats do carry diseases, so be very careful not to handle a wild bat without supervision.
Although very rare – bats can give you Rabies, it is important to be careful not to be scratched or bitten by a wild bat.

 

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Prescription Sound – An Immersive Sound Healing Activity

Prescription Sound – An Immersive Sound Healing Activity

What To Do

Our inaccessibility to nature makes us all really sick, and the less time we spend in the natural world, the worse things are getting for us.

To counter the effects of a world not so well, I  am prescribing you – one dose of natural sound to be taken daily until you have access to your own patch of nature (or you tire of listening to this track and request I make a new one). There are others available on Youtube and Vimeo for free; follow the links.

These sounds and samples are collected from the natural world and transported to you with love.

 

You will need

  • Headphones on both ears.
  • Find somewhere quiet to go while you listen, or lay down before bedtime.
  • Try listening and relaxing to this track for one whole week
  • We will love to hear from you if you notice anything unique happening. 

Prescription Sound – An immersive sound healing activity

Our society has officially become an urban species, and by 2050 it is estimated that 75% of the entire world will live in an urban environment. The implications of life being removed from nature, and the remnants of the real world (the one we are actually from and not the one we are creating), being sectioned off into carefully manicured squares of lawn, smattered here and there amidst the empire of doom we are creating, is to be a harrowing thought.

But it’s the truth, and I am worried. I think of these things as I walk along the sullied banks of the very dirty Yarra River in Melbourne. Almost every day for the last three months, I have walled the overridden path that follows the curve of the Yarra to its bend. This tiny scrap of wilderness that clings to the cliffside that hangs below the road above has become my own little wonderland and a place I have found healing.

 

Hidden Treasures

High enough where people and dogs can not reach are hidden treasures tucked away in long weepy grasses. Spiders with silky doorways spot the cliff sides and hide underneath the exposed roots of old trees. Colourful fungi spring to life in little families hugged closely together after enough rain, and good green moss coats the high side of the hill, and it’s always wet. That’s because there is water coming out of the rock, and I don’t think anyone even notices that there is a natural spring right there?.

On the other side of the river is the backside of the brewery, and tank sized industrial machines rumble all day. The giant world of industry and manufacturing topple the sweet sounds made by tiny animals hiding in this minuscule corridor of green and the thick, sickly smell from the brewery coats the whole forest. Any scintilla of eucalyptus or blossom is stained by industry and filth, and it’s only after deep rain and public holidays that the air gets cleared enough to let the plants and animals breathe.

And yet, amidst the disfunction from one side of the river to the other, harmony can still be met – between two distinctly different worlds. Here on the opposing bank to the doom and gloom of the polluted world, there is life: important tiny life, and if you listen closely and patiently, sounds and songs of native animals and insects emerge. The joy and wonderment this tiny fractured landscape has given me can not be really measured; it’s an experience. And to give you a window in, I collected the sounds that I hear as I walk alone in the forest.

Knowing that the sounds and songs made in nature have the capacity to heal and transform the human mind and body, I hope that spending time listening to these carefully selected sounds will help you to feel a sense of wellbeing and sanctuary-like I do on my walks alone.

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Prescription Nature – Natures Medicine Cures All

Prescription Nature – Natures Medicine Cures All

Prescription Nature – Natures Medicine Cures All

As our world moves further away from the natural and merges into the digital, the gulf between what we are and who we once were widened. Our animal self, our relative ancestry and organic life move toward the artificial and synthetic, and because of this, we are unwell.

The industrial world is eating the natural one. And we do not seem to understand the fallout from the giant global environmental nightmare.
Our disassociation from the natural environment is a major contributor to every illness you could think of almost…

Nature Is Medicine.

“Yes. We have all heard the catch cry -‘ Nature is the best medicine’, but what does that exactly mean, and if true, how so?.

 It is a fact that almost every medicine available for the treatment of major medical illnesses like cancer, leukaemia and Parkinson’s are derived from nature. We take compounds from the wild and synthesise them into costly medicine. So, where did the knowledge of these compounds and drugs originate? Native medicine men and women. But that is another story.

This one is about nature being a salve to all that ails us and how she does it.

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