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Hope this finds you doing great. Time for true confessions. I have an obsession that is not related to health and there has been an exciting development pertaining to it this last week.

I was born the day that Apollo 8 lifted off for its historic orbit around the moon.  Soon after Apollo 8, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, barely a decade after humans got the first unmanned satellite into space.

Our knowledge of the universe around us grew more over the next few decades than any other time in human history.  My biggest hero growing up was a man who helped us understand these mysteries.  His name was Carl Sagan and he was the lead scientist on all of the missions to deep space in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  As the Galileo satellite was leaving the orbit of Saturn, Carl Sagan had the foresight to get an image of Earth from that distance.

One of the most powerful images we have is Earth from the moon, but Dr. Sagan thought it would also be powerful to see how it looks from further out.  There is a video in which he shows and describes this picture that is one of the most moving things I have ever seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M

I was first exposed to Dr. Sagan’s work through a PBS series he did called Cosmos.  It instilled a sense of wonder and curiosity that I still feel today.  The new development is that a young student of his, Neil Tyson Degrasse, has made a brand new series also called Cosmos, in commemoration of what we have learned in the last 35 years.

If you watch the new or the old Cosmos or read Dr. Sagan’s works, I think you will find that a sense of wonder and appreciation for the majesty of the world we live in can be as powerful to promote health as any pill or diet.

In GREAT Health, 

Dr. Christianson

 

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