Originally published September 7 2015
Ants self-medicate by changing their diet - and you can too!
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) When compared to humans, ants work much better in groups, moving fluidly as one unit to accomplish incredible tasks. The work ethic of ants and their incredible faith and strength - ants can lift more than 50 times their own weight - set an example for humans to follow. Now, scientists are discovering that ants are also wiser than humans in the art of healing. New findings from the University of Helsinki in Finland suggest that ants intelligently self-medicate using their own premonitions and natural surroundings.
Today's humans, who typically destroy their own bodies with prescription drugs and poisonous food chemicals, could surely learn a thing or two from one of the most thriving, self-sufficient populations on Earth: ants.
Ants intuitively know when they are becoming sick and take preventive measuresScientists are now discovering that ants "self-medicate" when faced with a life-threatening fungus. Intuitively, the ants seek out a substance that treats their condition. The ants' inner knowledge or premonition of their own sickness is ultimately what saves them, drawing them toward the right substance to correct their imbalance. If these premonitions are neglected, the ants would be very likely to die.
This is an important observation for humans. Each individual is ultimately responsible for understanding his or her own body and its potential imbalances. For humans, this means understanding what they are feeding their cells, whether the food is acidifying or alkalizing. Body signals such as mucous buildup point to an imbalance that can lead to sickness. Inflammation is also a signal of problems developing in the body. Knowing the right natural substances to reduce this inflammation and rid the body of this mucous is essential to preventing life-threatening illnesses.
If ants can read their own body signals, humans can too. Humans have access to volumes of knowledge on how the things they eat can ultimately create the perfect conditions for fungus to thrive in their own body. In this understanding, humans can make proper self-medicating adjustments to their lifestyle to maximize cellular energy and harmony between body systems.
Humans must take initiative to self-medicate and trust their own instinctsIn the study, ants that were infected with the fungus Beauveria bassiana would instinctively know it and do something about it. They chose to eat small doses of hydrogen peroxide, reducing their chance of dying. According to the ants' wisdom, simply knowing what foods are bad for the body is not enough. Humans must intuitively seek out the substances that promote healing. This takes research, diligence, an open mind, and the willingness to eat natural herbs, roots, seeds, barks and berries that don't always taste good to the tongue. For example, the willingness and dedication to consume turmeric, dandelion and burdock root for a month can provide powerful blood cleansing, anti-inflammatory results, restoring the capabilities of the liver and gallbladder.
Why aren't more people willing to self-medicate? The possibilities are endless when one seeks the answers within. So many imbalances that are not self-medicated ultimately require risky medical intervention. This inability to think for oneself and self-medicate is ultimately the root problem of an expensive and dangerous medical system. Why should people be taken advantage of by drug companies when the answers abound inside themselves an can be reaped from the earth?
The study also found that the ants were wise when it came to how much of the hydrogen peroxide they needed. This is important to understand for humans because too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing in natural medicine. The ants, understanding that too much hydrogen peroxide could actually kill them, were careful to only consume it a quarter of the time instead of eating it as often as normal food. The ants that did not understand this dosage were more likely to perish.
Speaking for the New Scientist, researcher Nick Bos said, "It is not known yet how ants know they are infected, but it's very clear that they do somehow change their behaviour once they are." He also pointed out that ants will leave the nest when they are close to death and will go off to die alone.
Jessica Abbott of Lund University confirmed the ants' healing intuition, saying, "I think this is good evidence of self-medication. They showed that the ants deliberately ingest hydrogen peroxide when infected - and that doing so increases the survival of the ant and decreases the fitness of the parasite."
The ability to self-medicate is a survival mechanism that ants have learned as they have evolved to keep their populations strong. Humans could most definitely learn a thing or two from ant philosophy.
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