The Immune System Not a One Way Street
It is safe to assume that the human body will tolerate substances with which it has evolved for millennia far better than substances such as DDT or dioxin. With these obviously toxic substances the case is clear. But is the same not true for other substances that officially are not considered toxic, such as dyes, fragrances, and food additives? It is not very bold to suggest that these substances, which are equally foreign to the human body, also put a strain on our natural defenses.
The conventional models and systems for measuring toxicity are not sensitive enough, and are too reductionistic to accurately assess the many possible ways in which the human ecosystem is thrown out of balance. How else can it be explained that substances, known to cause allergic reactions, toxic shock, emotional imbalance, and a number of other serious problems are routinely added to our foods?
It may be not only the obvious or hidden toxicity in our medications and foods but also the one-dimensionality, the loss of diversity (in life), that weakens the immune system. It will be a long time before science admits that the human immune system functions best when external stimuli are complex and varied.
Nonetheless, lay people have made these connections intuitively and have learned to act accordingly: Getting fresh air, a change of scenery, taking vacations - all the things which we associate with health and well-being and that help firm up the body's complex natural processes.
In our technology-driven lives, our innate ability to gather experience is impoverished through processed, one-dimensional products like artificial crab meat, mass-produced wine, PSE (pale, soft, and exuded) pork, hormone-fed chicken, mass-produced furniture with synthetic veneers, as well as digital music and computer-manipulated images on the TV screen.
The loss of diverse stimuli is as present as the one-dimensional substitutes. The most recent culmination of this is "virtual reality", in which the simplified substitute has become a total victory over the original. In the realm of health and well-being, aromatherapy fulfills the urge to leave the world of mass markets behind.
Reference: Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy: Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
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