The following article on the benefits of sunlight is a chapter from the newest book I’m working on tentatively called “Powered by Nature”. In this book will be all the ways and methods in which nature is good for our health, happiness and even peak performance. It covers why it is in our best self-interest to be in ecological harmony with nature. I share this chapter to give you a sneak peak. (The book should be finished and released at some point this year.)
As I was preparing for traveling to the Amazon there was a whole list of packing supplies and preliminary steps to follow.
One of these had to do with contracting malaria. Specifically, they said:
“The rainforest region we will be visiting has a history of malaria, and we recommend that each participant take preventative medicine. Prescription Malarone has proven most effective without strong side effects, and the herbal tincture Artemisia (Wormwood) is a good option.”
This is something I’ve used in the past to stop a cold dead in its tracks and it worked pretty well. It’s not the best experience for the senses, but it’s much better than sneezing, coughing and laying in bed for a couple of days or more.
This method works best if used at first sign of a cold. You’ll need ginger, garlic, green onion and some reishi powder (or any medicinal mushroom). Take a bit of ginger, a whole scallion and one big or 2-3 smaller cloves of garlic. You’ll need to take these raw, besides the mushroom, and that’s why you wouldn’t want to do something like this on a daily basis, but just on special occasions when you feel you’re coming down with a cold.
What is Healthy Immunity?
We all long to be healthy. No one enjoys being sick or injured. Enjoyment is never the issue here. So it is of utmost importance to have an immune system working at the highest levels.
So what does a healthy one look like? Well, for starters it means sickness doesn’t take place, like ever. Our culture thinks that being sick is normal, it is not, it is actually the opposite. Being sick is falling out of normal operating parameters. The process and symptoms we experience in sickness are the body’s efforts to bring us back to those parameters. Mind you that these parameters are constantly changing depending on the environment (weather, activity, heat, cold, dryness, dampness, social interactions, plants, air quality, soil quality found in our food, types of food, time of day, etc.). But when viewed in that light, being sick is not a bad thing. It isa fallback mechanism to reorient ourselves with the environmental conditions we live it. Thinking otherwise can often hinder the process of healing.
By Logan Christopher
This past weekend was the 41st annual Fungus Fair in Santa Cruz, California. This was the second time I’ve gone to it.
They even have an ID table where you can bring in mushrooms and they’ll tell you what they are. I learned that I had just discovered a patch of edible Honey mushrooms.