Sunday, June 25, 2017

We are Creatures of the Soil

What did people do to repopulate their gut microbiome before probiotics were available to purchase at the store?

I will give you a hint. The answer is related to why people who live close to the earth, such as native people, or back to the earth organic farmers, have a healthier microbiome than a city person. These people have healthy soil on their hands, and on their food,. They are also not afraid to eat a little dirt. This is the key. Most societies also make some sort of bacterial cultured food, that was allowed to ferment. Examples would be kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut. I have cultured most of the vegetables I have grown, as well as many berries. My Grandmother use to culture meat. I have tried my hand at dry culturing pork, but not wet culturing meat in a crock like she did. My dad says it was barely edible. Most of what I have cultured has been a good experience.

Our food normally has a variety of bacteria on it that repopulates our gut. If you are living on healthy soil, growing/harvesting food from that healthy soil, and you eat fresh food right out of the garden, you end up with a variety of beneficial microbes repopulating your gut. (Watch out for dog, racoon, cat or other poo.)

With the advent of the use of chemicals on our food and soil, the microbes and fungus that once maintained a healthy soil life and fed our gut became different. The soil was no longer teaming with these wonderful organisms and minerals have either disappeared or become chlelated and unavailable due to them binding with chemicals. People started washing their food really well before eating as now their was concern about toxic microbes, and toxic chemicals. Our whole food chain changed. However, there are ways to enliven and nurture your soil back to health.

Once again, people are learning to repopulate their soils with healthy organisms. There are a variety of choices of how to do this. The concepts are pretty simple, but people approach it from different angles.  Everything from a spiritual point of view such as you get from Biodynamic Farming, which uses small energetically potentized preparations teaming with good critters and nutrients to support the soil and plants,  to scientific microbiolgoical examination of soil and application of organisms with compost, and compost type sprays. Both angles use additional common sense activities to support a good soil environment.

Nutrient cycling is possible because of the beneficial organisms in the soil.  The soil requires a variety of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes. In a perennial system it also requires microarthropods. You can read more about nutrient cycling by looking at David Coleman and the Soil Ecology Society publications, or check out Elaine Ingham on line.

If you have an interest in biodynamics, there is a wonderful local group where I live. You can also check out the article I wrote on biodynamic farming.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How to Change the World

I was asked recently what my number one environmental concern was. I found it impossible to come up with one, most important environmental concern.  We should be living in a paradise, but there is so much to be improved in our world. Our air, water and food are tainted. We are indoctrinated as little children to accept our tainted planet and society as it is. We are taught to become good little worker bees. We learn to take our place in society. However, recently many more of us worker bees have been waking up and realizing there are some serious problems in our world. Problems created from the types of activities all of us worker bees are undertaking at the command of some not so nice Queen bees (The Banksters).  These Queen bees and our acceptance as their worker bees are the root of many of our environmental problems.

When we wake up, we notice that the entire environment, the environment within us and the environment outside of us is struggling to survive, while hoping for a better future. There is much that needs to be done. Education is paramount. More people need to be educated as to the large-scale socio-political concerns that affect the planet. There are people who like to collect power/money who use their power and money to gain control over food, water, medicine, energy sources etc. Their aim is to continually gain more power and more money. In their plan we all remain their worker bees by whatever means is necessary.  These misaligned Queen bees have infected our society. We have to stop working for and feeding the Queen bees. We need to support only healthy aspects of our society.

As we educate each other, more and more people are waking out of their stupor and realizing they are automatons for these greedy Queen Bees. The Queen Bees have been able to control the worker bees as they have made the worlds population think they are all dependent on the Queen bees for their survival. People are no longer taught to be independent in thought or action. People lack the daily survival skills necessary to create their shelters, grow their own food, to take charge of their own health care. These are things we once knew how to do. These skills are easy to gain again and some worker bees have continued to pass the wisdom on to others.

We can provide for ourselves in a much healthier manner than the misaligned Queen bees can. The shelters they provide are built with toxins and are expensive. The health care provided is really sick care and is not affordable. It does not actually keep people healthy. Even the food provided is laced with chemicals and now is genetically modified. Science has shown the dangers of the toxic chemicals and genetic modification of the food. However this data until recently was kept under wraps by the people who benefit from selling toxic seeds and food (AKA Queen Bees). It is easy for them to buy silence and easy for them to use massive advertising to control the minds of the worker bees as long as the worker bees stay in their stupor.

Once we are awakened from this hold the Queen Bees have had on us, it is through gaining self-sufficiency skills and learning to be independent from the Queen bees mega corporations that we will be able to say goodbye to their control. We need interdependence with others of like mind rather than dependence on ill intentioned Queen Bees.  Learning to reconnect and support each other on a community level is necessary and brings great joy and a feeling of greater purpose to individuals in the community. It is imperative that we learn the skills necessary to live on this planet in a harmonious way with each other and all planetary beings.

The process of learning physical skills is necessary, fun, self-empowering and will change our society. All of us need to learn as many life skills as possible. Touch the Earth: Start a garden if you don’t have one. Community gardens exist in most cities. If there are not enough community garden spaces, find out what needs to be done to get more city land available for gardeners.  Knowing how to grow your own food is not only important for survival; it will enhance your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Take the time to learn other self-sufficiency skills you have an interest in. You can never have too many life skills.

Learn to preserve the food you grow by drying, canning, fermenting, freezing and salting. Grow and preserve herbs so you can provide your own medicine.  Chickens are easy to raise and many cities allow hens. Some cities allow goats in the yard under certain conditions. If your city does not allow chickens and or goats, get the laws changed. Goats can provide milk and it is easy to make cheese. Most people don’t realize fresh goat milk tastes great. Goats are easy to care for once you understand them. Learn to use your hands to create a beautiful living environment. Learn how you can become less dependent on the electrical grid and all aspects of our out of control socio-political system.

We need to change things quickly. The fastest way to change society is to work from an energetic level. Each and every one of us on this planet, including the planet is all a twitch in the mind of Spirit whom we are intricately connected to through the breath of life. It is through the spiritual realization that we are all one that true change takes place. The more people realize this, the faster change will take place. It is necessary for us to realize we are all interconnected to understand what affects one, affects all. If you understand this, you know the most important thing that any of us can know. Help others to understand this.

The spiritual level is where change can take place the quickest. Many people realize that they co-create reality with others. The place where this creation begins to take place is on the energetic level. We have to be responsible for what emotions and thoughts we will support and nourish into reality. We, and all that exists in our environment are made up of the emotions and thoughts that we allowed to become reality in the past. We need to nourish our current thoughts and emotions that will lead us into beautiful dreams of the future for our planet. To do this we need to stay in the moment and pay attention to our emotions, and our thoughts. We need to nurture those emotions and thoughts that will create beauty and harmony in our lives.  We must all take responsibility for our current creation and work towards the changes necessary for us all to live a beautiful life. It is possible and it is already taking place around and within us!

Things to Remember & Do:

Government is not in control of our financial system. A group of large private banks and large corporations are in control. They manipulate us through the central banks and government as well as financial markets. Our feeding into this system keeps it alive.

Voting for governmental office may not change much, but voting with how we spend our money changes everything. Pay attention to where you invest all your time and energy including your money. Don’t support the large private banks and corporations if you don't see them doing good in society. Look for options. Giving them our money, gives them power.

We can take back the power we have given the mega-corporations (not all are bad). We have the power to transform our society by withdrawing your money from those who engage in destructive behavior and by channeling our money to those who are engaged in positive behavior. Be careful and educate yourself as to who the real problem corporations are. The mainstream news will not identify them for you. In fact the mainstream news will disguise the true culprits and make them look like they are your saviors. They will vilify those who are truly out to do good by the masses.

We have the power to refuse to work for companies that are not beautifying the world. Choose to only work for people who are doing good in the world. Start your own business, if you can’t find anyone in your line of business, who is providing a safe and beautiful world with the items they are selling or the service they are providing.

Learn about alternative currency, community currency, and barter systems.

Invest locally, invest with people you trust.

Get down to the nitty gritty: Money is a form of solidified energy. Where do you deposit your money. Is the bank, credit union etc. local? Does it focus on lending locally and giving money back to the local community? Where do you purchase your groceries and other things you need? Is the money staying in the local community or does it have a headquarters that is outside of your community? Where do these businesses invest their money? Is it in your local community?

This is an exciting time to be alive. We are creating a beautiful world. Our dreams lead to ideas, our ideas lead to actions and our actions lead to the materialization of our beautiful world. If we dream carefully, and choose ideas for their goodness and beauty, we can take action and be blessed by what we have created.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blueberries A Healthy Treat And an Agent to Decrease Obesity

We all know berries taste good, and many of us know they are healthy for us. Scientific research has shown berries support immune function, mental health, reduce obesity, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes. I think of berries as being helpful to prevent or reduce on-going inflammation in the body. Therefore they are a source of protection for many of todays chronic diseases that afflict humans.

Basically all bright colored edible berries will contain anthocyanidins that are associated with anti-inlammatory activity and the health benefits berries are known for. These berrries include but are not limited to blueberries, huckleberries, elderberries, cranberries, currants, strawberries, lingonberries, chokeberries, blackberries, thimbleberries, raspberries and marionberries.

Some of you know how I love to ferment things. It is interesting to note that fermented blueberry juice was recently found to have an anti-adipogenic activity in petri dishes and with mice. In real people talk that means it decreases fat cell creation and may have anti-obesity properties for humans. 

Serratia vaccinii is a bacteria found on some blueberry skins. It had been found that fermentation of blueberries with this bacteria found on the skins of the berries, was able to greatly increase the phenolic content and  increase its antioxidant activity.   This same fermented blueberry juice has been used on mice to decrease high blood sugar levels in diabetic mice and to reverse adiponectin levels which the researchers think will have an anti-obesity action. (Adiponectin is a protein made by fat cells that circulates in the bloodstream, acting as a messenger. It plays a role in how the body uses sugar, or glucose, and fat for energy.)

Recently researchers took freeze-dried fermented blueberry juice and found it reduced adipogenesis but not as much as the intact fermented blueberry juice had done previously.

Basically this recent research ended up identifying fermented blueberry juice as being a potential agent to use for obesity and diseases related to obesity. Additionally, the researchers identifed  chlorogenic acid and catechol as the active components of fermented blueberry juice in this case.

I would point out that chlorogenic acid is a major component of green bean coffee extract. It has been reported to reduce blood sugar levels and potentially exert an anti-diabetic effect as well as being implicated in weight loss in humans 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Mold Related Illness From Water Damaged Buildings

The Issue
Water-damaged buildings are not just stinky, they are a health problem. It is now quite apparent that people who have been diagnosed as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromylagia, Post Lyme Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalitis or any other similar inflammatory condition who are not being helped by their treatment, should take a look around them and see if they might be living, working or being educated in a water-damaged building

What If You Are Ill From A Water-damged Building
For many people, removing themselves from these buildings will remedy their condition. For others, they can recover faster with treatment. However, for 25% of these people they may have a genetic susceptibility to the mycotoxins, endotoxins and volatile organic compounds found in these buildings that keeps them from removing these toxins from their bodies adequately. This group of people will not recover fully after removing themselves from the water-damaged building and they usually need treatment to recover.

What Causes the Health Problem
These water-damaged buildings contain mycotoxins, endotoxins and volatile organic compounds that are released from the mold and bacteria. Additionally, there may be release of toxic chemicals from the building materials. Depending on the types of building materials and the type of molds and bacteria as well as their stage of growth, the toxins in the air can vary greatly. Volatile organic compounds are released in water-damaged buildings by all three of these troublemakers. So, the person living in a water-damaged building may be living in an environment where tiny bits of microscopic toxins as well as toxic, volatile organic compounds are floating around in the air getting in their lungs and landing on their skin.

How Does This Happen
Almost all modern buildings experience minor to more serious water damage during their life time. Any time a building has a moisture issue that is unattended or is not remediated appropriately it can lead to increased levels of microbial, and fungal agents along with the toxins and volatile organic compounds that they release into the air. This exposes those living, working or schooling in these buildings to unhealthy levels of inflammatory toxins. This exposure can lead to respiratory as well as non-respiratory complaints. The symptoms are quite diverse and you can find a list of them at this link.

Details on Mold/Bacteria And Their Toxins
Molds make both mycotoxins and microbial volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The VOCs are chemicals with low molecular weights  (don’t weigh much compared to other molecules), a high vapor pressure (will vaporize easily like essential oils) and are not very water soluble. This means they will evaporate into the air easily. These volatile compounds that fungi release are alcohols, aldehydes, amines, ketones, terpenes, aromatic, chlorinated hydrocarbons and sulfur-based compounds. They are all variations of carbon based molecules. They usually have some sort of odor.

Fungal VOCs come both from their primary and secondary metabolism. In primary metabolism, they are breaking food down from their environment to use nutrients needed to maintain themselves. This creates fungal VOCs in the process. In secondary metabolism the VOCs are due to competition for resources in a nutrient-poor environment.

In studies, the greatest production of VOC production seems to happen during spore formation (especially terpenes and sesquiterpenes) and mycotoxin production. Mycotoxins are different from VOCs in that mycotoxins are relatively large molecules that are not volatile and do not easily evaporate or “off-gas” into the air. This means what you smell in a “musty” house is the VOCs from mold, bacteria or chemicals and not the actual mycotoxins. However, if you smell fungal/microbial VOCs there are also mycotoxins/endotoxins there and the fungus may be actively making spores. Remember that bacteria and many chemicals in building materials also give off VOCs, it is not just mold. Each of these organisms effect each other as they compete for nutrients in the environment. Additionally, the building materials they are growing on can make a difference in which VOCs or how much VOCs are released. The building material itself gives off VOCs.  There is even a theory that building materials that have some type of antifungal and/or antibacterial chemicals built into them will kill off many of the fungus and bacteria and select for only the strongest to live. Thus creating super bacteria and fungi that end up populating the building when it becomes water-damaged and is not properly remediated.

If you want to know more about mold illness or moldy buildings, let me know by responding at the bottom of this article.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Alzheimer's Relationship to the Ulcer Causing Bacteria Helicobacter pylori and other Bacteria and Viruses

For years people thought stomach ulcers were caused by stress until Dr. Barry Marshall and Dr. Robin Warren won the Nobel Prize by proving the bacteria Helicobacter pylori was the primary cause of gastric ulcers. It took them years to convince the medical community of this fact. Dr. Marshall actually had to ingest a flask of the bacteria and develop ulcers to prove this fact, to an unbelieving community of practitioners. He and Dr. Warren won the Nobel Prize for medicine due to this discovery.

Helicobacter pylori is a Gram-negative bacteria that has have been found colonizing the stomach in over 1/2 the people in the world. It can cause chronic active gastritis which can progress to peptic and duodenal ulcers, and gastric cancer, and MALT lymphoma.  The person's immune system is unable to clear the infection and it persists unless treated. Luckily, not everyone is negatively effected by the bacteria. The reasons for this are not entirely known at this point.

These bacteria are being implicated in a variety of unusual health conditions. One of them is Alzheimer's disease. There are many research articles that suggest this relationship. One study showed a relationship between Alzheimer's and Helicobacter pylori.  Another study showed that eradication of the bacteria induced a improvement in cognition of people with Alzheimer's disease.

It is known that people with H. pylori infection in the stomach lining have low levels of B12 usually. Low levels of B12 are a risk factor for Alzeihmer's disease. H. pylori also creates inflammation and inflammation is also a risk factor for Alzeimer's disease. 

These bacteria are not the only critters that may be implicated in Alzheimer's disease. There are significant associations between Alzheimer's disease and a variety of pathogens, including Herpes simplex virus type 1, Cytomegalovirus, and other Herpes virusesChlamydophila pneumoniae, spirochetes, and various periodontal microbes. Like Helicobacter pylori, these pathogens are able to evade destruction by the host immune system, leading to persistent infection. 

These bacteria and viruses increase the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules and activate the innate and adaptive immune systems. There is evidence that pathogens directly and indirectly induce Alzheimer's pathology, including amyloid-β accumulation, phosphorylation of tau protein, neuronal injury, and apoptosis. Chronic brain infection with Herpes simplex virus-1, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, and spirochetes can result in complex cyclic processes of uncontrolled neuroinflammation leading to neurodegeneration. Infections such as Cytomegalovirus, Helicobacter pylori, and periodontal pathogens have been shown to induce production of systemic pro-inflammatory cytokines that may cross the blood-brain barrier to promote neurodegeneration contributing to Alzeihmer's disease.

Currently treatment for Alzheimer's is ineffective. We need to start looking towards causes of inflammation, be they infectious, environmental or otherwise induced.