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The climate ...
Traditionally the climate played a substantial part on impacting upon peoples’ health.
You could imagine how difficult it must have been for someone who lived one or two hundred years ago to suffer from an illness like the flu in the middle of a harsh cold winter. Living in a cold, poorly heated house, it would have been very difficult to get the energy needed in the immune system to create white cells to fight off the flu or even a cold.
You could imagine how hard it would have been to get rid of a lingering chesty phlegm filled cough while living in an old damp house in the countryside during a freezing and wet winter.
You could envision also working out on the land in the wind or the rain, or in cold stone-floored factories at the turn of the century.
Suddenly, little illnesses could turn into big life threatening ones. This would have been particularly problematic for the elderly, or for people with pre-existing conditions or weak constitutions.
This exposure to the harsh elements and extremes of nature would have been responsible for many diseases and even deaths in times of the past.
Such was their importance that Chinese doctors often referred to extremes of weather as external evils. They characterized these elements into categories of cold, damp, heat, fire, summer heat, dryness and wind.
Nowadays, we are not so vulnerable to the climate. We have radiators and central heating to keep us warm in the winter and air conditioning to keep us cool in the summer. Because of this, many of us have become complacent and unaware of just how damaging the weather can be. But even if we are not as directly exposed to the extremes, we can still be badly affected by them...
And we will see, how we can use diet and other methods to bring balance and harmony to our systems to avoid any ill consequences from exposure to elements such as too much cold, heat, dryness and dampness.
The seasons work in a yearly cycle to create a balance in nature. If things remained too hot for too long, then they would start to dry up, burn up and eventually die. If things stayed cold and inactive, then everything would become lifeless and nothing new would grow.
So hot summers full of life and energy, where physical things start to get used up and become depleted, turn to cooler autumns and colder winters, wherein physical things start to gather and rebuild their essences. They then lie dormant and wait for spring for new growth and blossoming to begin the cycle all over again.
Everything in us and in nature constantly ebbs and flows back and forth in a cycle of events.
Although, modern technology has caused us to become somewhat out of sync with nature and the seasons, they still play a big part in our lives. They force us to change our lifestyles, becoming more active in summer and slowing down in winter. This helps our bodies stay balanced, not burning up too much or at the other end of the scale, gathering too much.
In the next article we will discuss this cycle further through each individual season. We will see ways they can help us and the ways they can hinder and harm us.