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14/11/2013 at 17:59

I thought I would start this tread after reading this on the internet after looking for a photo for my blog.

Did you know that soil has a neuro-chemical effect on the brain similar to Prozac? I certainly didn’t. Apparently, soil contains a bacteria that activates brain cells into producing the brain chemical serotonin, a mood booster also stimulated by antidepressants. If you were thinking about breaking into gardening and/or food growing this summer, consider this some extra motivation.


so my challange is for folks here to add little know facts


14/11/2013 at 18:06

Do we have to eat the soil James? 

14/11/2013 at 18:25

I'm not sure Nut I will have to revisit the web page again

14/11/2013 at 18:33

Yes please James, it's not that I mind eating soil but I like to get it right

14/11/2013 at 18:35

Much as I would like to believe this and without doubt gardening has been a major contributor to my improving mental health, I do think you have to be very careful about what you believe from the internet. Whilst being a wonderful source of knowledge and fun, it is also populated by the weird, wacky and a source of downright dangerous information.

14/11/2013 at 18:35

But what about all those little invertebrates Nut?   You couldn't eat those!!!  

(I could )

14/11/2013 at 18:42

It's the taste and texture of meat I don't like Dove. There's no religion or animal sympathy involved. Worms might be a bit meaty, leatherjackets too. Small insects might be Ok if nicely served 

14/11/2013 at 19:20

Too right, punkdoc.  I always laugh when I see some conspiracy theorist write "do some of your own research" and then proceeds to list dozens of conspiracy theorist sites, none of which usually has any scientific evidence whatsoever.  Mind you, our governments (of whatever flavour) don't help - if they commission research and don't like the results, they sack the head scientist instead of examining their own political dogma!   Whoops - rant over!

14/11/2013 at 19:33

As a child I was really interested in the lives of indigenous Australians, and always believed that if I was in the bush I'd know how to find and eat a Witchety Grub - now I watch I'm a Celebrity and see people make such a fuss - I'd be absolutely fine about it ......... of course I would 

Apparently insects are very good deep fried 

14/11/2013 at 19:39

I might prefer to char grill a few celebrities (not necessarily for nutrition or anything).

Interesting about the soil seratonin Clueless - I've often gone out to the garden in a rage and come back calmly contented.

14/11/2013 at 20:11

As a child my wife used to eat "dirt" until one day her brother, who collected worms, pulled a big juicy specimin from the handful of soil she was about to devour!

14/11/2013 at 20:43

Here's a LKF for CluelessG and others:

The original Granny Smith apple tree grew from a pip which had sprouted on a manure heap belonging to an Australian grandmother called Smith.

[Source: "Secreta and Tips from Yesterday's Gardeners" Reader's Digest ISBN 0-276-42844-7]

14/11/2013 at 22:59

As a biological fact, any human activity the subject enjoys, produces serotonin.

As another medical fact those who are active gardeners, and dog owners live longer and are more healthy.

So by a dog and enjoy gardening!

15/11/2013 at 10:06

did you know that the snail has more teeth than any other living creature. 25,000. that explains a lot that does. We don't stand a chance.

15/11/2013 at 10:13

Izzy8 Good fact no chance at all

15/11/2013 at 14:30

I use to work on  a neuro ward.and when you come to think of it where do we all come from in the very beginning.

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