An article in the New York Times newspaper featured an old folk remedy used in Eastern Europe for generations that helped to control bedbug infestations. It seems that the bedbug gets stuck on the kidney bean leaf and can't escape. The bean leaves are spread around on the bedroom floor at night and in the morning, when there are upteen trapped bedbugs, the leaves are collected and burned to rid the household of bedbugs. Wow, talk about simplicity! Mother Nature is truly amazing. And to think, this was accomplished without the use of pesticides, DDT, or other toxic chemicals.
Capitalism being what it is, scientists have been trying to replicate the mechanism whereby the bean leaves trap the bedbugs, but have woefully failed so far. It seems that Mother Nature has the perfect system here and the scientists have been unable to successfully replicate the mechanism to trap the bugs in the same way that the bean leaf succeeds in doing so. I guess this just goes to show once again, you just can't mess with Mother Nature and get better or even the same, results.
As I was thinking about this whole scenario, it made me think about another similar situation. This situation has taken years for us to realize that Mother Nature can rarely, if ever, be improved upon. Advertising and psychological marketing still make us think that Mother Nature is just inadequate with this situation. What I am referring to in this instance, is the marketing of commercial infant formula vs breast feeding to feed infants. Mother's milk is best for a human infant. Mother Nature knows best. Human breast milk can't be improved upon. Yes, I realize that there are instances where mothers are unable to breast feed and infant formula serves a purpose under those situations. However, there is still a pervasive attitude promulgated by advertising, advice by some medical professionals (sadly, but true), and media psychology that women should skip the breast feeding and take the 'better' route for all.........infant formula. The only sense this makes is an economic one for the formula companies (and this is not 'sense' but rather 'cents'.)
Educating Moms about breast feeding and supporting those who have chosen to feed their child this way is the best policy for human babies to obtain optimal nutrition. Let's support Mother Nature and look for more ways to keep things natural......and safe!
What are your thoughts about this? Please post your comments below and let me know.