From time to time ENTS discussion about the feelings you get from
Below are links to a couple of recent articles and studies that
members might find of interest.
Agenda item: Recent findings on Forest Health and No child
Left Inside. Non-native invasive species would give off
fewer kinds of aromas and other characteristics of biological
diversity which appear to be a cause of the health benefits.
On page 20-21 of The Wilderness Society magazine that I received
as a member in October 2008 there is an article, Breathing Trees
by Jennifer Ackerman, about recent scientific studies that showed
reduction in blood pressure, diabetes and cancer by walking in
old growth broad leaf forest:
"In their experiments, the Japanese scientists uncovered hard
evidence that walking in the forest decreases the blood glucose
levels of diabetic patients and that people who view forest
scenery for 20 minutes have a 13 percent lower blood concentration
of the stress hormone cortisol than people viewing urban settings.
They have revealed that forest walking compared with city walking
boosts the activity of natural killer cells, immune cells that
fight cancer- an effect that may last for as long as 30 days.
And in 2008, they reported that people living in areas with a
higher percentage of forest cover had lower mortality rates for
cancers of the lung, breast, uterus, prostate, kidney, and colon,
compared with people living in areas with lighter forest cover,
even after factoring in socioeconomic status."
The article is now available on the
website (blog, page 2).
English translation of the research.
Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Vol. 26 (2007) , No. 2 pp.123-128
Physiological Effects of Shinrin-yoku
(Taking in the Atmosphere of the. Forest)—
Using Salivary Cortisol and Cerebral Activity
as Indicators—. Bum-Jin Park ...