All Things Gardening forum: Article in Discover Magazine - Dirt is like prozac.

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Name: Greg
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Brinybay
Jun 3, 2015 11:54 AM CST
I can personally vouch for this, it's what got me started.

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jul/raw-data-is-dirt-the-ne...
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 3, 2015 6:25 PM CST
I know I always perk up after working in the garden, but I thought that was the exercise, fresh air, sunlight and endorphins.

Not entirely! It's also from inhaling the soil.

"Eat dirt, be happy!"

There are worse philosophies of life.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 4, 2015 7:59 AM CST
My grandma to me, 'You have to eat a pound of dirt before you die.'

Me to my sons, 'Rub some dirt on it.'
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 4, 2015 12:18 PM CST
There was a nutritional study done on Chinese villagers some decades ago, whose diet did not seem to include enough vitamins for human health.

Sure enough, when they subjected undergraduates back in Connecticut to an imitation of that same rural diet, they got nutritional deficiencies.

It turned out that, in China, they were not washing off the veggies as thoroughly as the Yale researchers did. The small amount of soil bacteria in the small amount of soil that clung to leaves and stems provided enough vitamins for health.

"Eat dirt, be healthy!"


Name: Greene
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greene
Jun 4, 2015 1:18 PM CST
There was also a study that showed soil-based organisms could help improve Autism.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 4, 2015 2:17 PM CST
Funny, Rick. I read that same study. See, you CAN be TOO clean! Hilarious!
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Name: Reine
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Reine
Jun 4, 2015 8:02 PM CST
I started out playing in (and my mom said eating) red Oklahoma dirt. Still playing in dirt. And building things from clay is a favorite pastime since childhood.

I'm happiest when my hands have been in dirt or clay. Hurray!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 4, 2015 8:43 PM CST
And not just dirt, but pets. I've read studies that show that children who have pets tend to develop fewer allergies. Heh, I should be bullet proof. Hilarious!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 5, 2015 1:39 AM CST
I have a "Play in the dirt" sign in my yard. I abide by it as much as i can....now after reading the article , i can say it's for health reasons !
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 5, 2015 2:15 PM CST
Medicinal soil.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jun 5, 2015 4:13 PM CST
I must say that I have always thought there was something about digging in the dirt being part therapy and part just plain old fun! I have many friends that agree! Now I know why that might be. Great topic thread! Thanks for sharing that 2007 Discover article, Greg!
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