In 1862, Henry David Thoreau wrote an essay for The Atlantic Monthly that described the effects of trees on his personal well being, “I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagement.”
The benefits of facial rejuvenation surgery are amplified in an individual who has built a foundation of beneficial habits. Patients who have developed these habits and stay with them for a long time tend to look younger than their age, have fewer chronic conditions, and often radiate vitality.
I recently spent five days at the rim of the Grand Canyon. On four of the five days I hiked into the canyon on different trails. The experience was significantly different from mountain hiking, which is one of my favorite activities. I found that hiking into the Grand Canyon provided a profound disconnection from the numbing aspects of daily existence and really helped to reset all of my senses.
The quality of air in Chicago has improved in many significant ways over the past several decades. Unleaded gasoline and catalytic converters have significantly reduced emissions from our autos and industrial emissions are under better control.
In my opinion, the realization that our nervous system is in a continuous process of self-renewal is one of the most important advances in medical knowledge of the last twenty five years. This renewal process is known as neuroplasticity.