The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature

The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature

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ISBN-13: 9781683640431
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 821 KB

About the Author

Clemens G. Arvay

Clemens G. Arvay, MSc, is an Austrian biologist who studied landscape ecology at Graz University and applied plant sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Arvay examines the relationship between humans and nature, focusing on the health-promoting effects of contact with plants, animals, and landscapes. The author also addresses a second range of topics that includes ecologically produced food along with the economics of large food conglomerates. Clemens G. Arvay has written numerous books including The Biophilia Effect. More at clemensarvay.com. 

Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition Marc Bekoff, Phd ix

Foreword Ruediger Dahlke xiii

Introduction: The Biophilia Effect: "We have roots, and they definitely did not grow in cement." 1

Chapter 1 What Hildegard von Bingen Could Not Have Known: How Plants Keep Us Healthy by Communicating with Our Immune System 5

Whispering Leaves: Can Plants Communicate? 6

Plants' Impact on the Immune System: More Killer Cells and Anticancer Protection 10

Practical Tips: How to Strengthen Your Immune System in a Forest 17

The Wild Card: Fantasy Meets Forest Atmosphere 20

Chapter 2 Nature and the Human Unconscious Mind: How Plants and Landscapes Communicate with Our Unconscious, Reduce Stress, and Boost Concentration 29

From Archaic Brain Structures 34

The Evolution Wild Card: Relieving Stress in the Reptilian Brain 37

The Savanna Effect 43

The Forest as a Space for Souls 48

Holistic Relaxation in the Lap of Nature 50

Fascination with Nature: Switching the Brain into a New Mode 54

Nature Meditation: Concentration and Attention 61

Chapter 3 Nature as a Doctor and Psychotherapist: The Rediscovery of the Healing Power of Nature 69

Ecopsychosomatics 70

How Woods Help Against Diabetes 72

How Nature Alleviates Pain and Helps Us Recuperate Faster 73

Stress Reduction Through Experiencing Nature 75

Trees, Hearts, and Blood Pressure: Nature as a Cardiologist 78

The Lessons of Wilderness: About Therapeutic Nature 79

Nature as a Time-Out from Society: Healing by "Being Away" 82

When the Mountains and the Moon Taught Me a Lesson 86

Experiencing the Healing Wilderness with Others 90

Sex and Earth: Nature as a Sex Therapist 105

A "Green Couch" 118

Spontaneous Cure at a River 120

The Biophilia Effect in Your Own Home 124

Chapter 4 Your Garden, Your Healer: The Healing Power of Yards and Gardens 129

Gardens: Sources of Inspiration, Happiness, and Health 130

Trading a Career for a Garden: How One Woman Changed Her Life 134

Humans and Garden Plants: A Ten-Thousand-Year-Old Relationship 136

Gardens as Homes and Playgrounds for Children 143

Methuselah's Oasis: A Garden for the Elderly 150

The Anticancer Garden: A Healing Forest at Home 153

The Garden as a Bridge to Another World: Passing Away in a Garden 167

Acknowledgments 173

Notes 175

About the Author 183

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