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EAT COMPOST? Tags: Natural Health Food Take Action

EAT COMPOST?

By Amanda Boyle, Contributor

I was thinking the other day about the application of herbicides and pesticides as well as all of the other agricultural products available now, and what this must be doing to the soil. The soil itself is it's own little ecosystem, scientists refer to the life living inside the soil to be it's microbiome. These little creatures (bacteria, fungi, microorganisms, etc) consume the secretions plant's roots leave in the soil(plant sugars), and when they are consumed by other organisms and decompose themselves they deposit back the many micro and macro nutrients your plants need to thrive and contain nutrients.

I was sitting down having a conversation with my younger brother about a soil microbiologist he had heard discussing soil biology and soil health who had said you must have many diverse organisms, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, etc in soil to retain and release micro and macro nutrients your plants need to thrive and have high nutrient content. You can watch her describe this complex interrelationship in many different youtube videos such as this one: https://youtu.be/x2H60ritjag.

I told my brother about an article I had just read about Roundup weed killer being found in a study linked to the overgrowth of certain strains of fungi, you can read this article about the study with a link to the study here: http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/breaking-study-links-roundup-weedkiller-to-overgrowth-of-deadly-fungal-toxins/ . Some of the overgrowth is likely accounted for by the lack of the other normal soil microbes that are unfortunately killed with the application of the weedkiller, there is no longer a synergistic balance in the soil microflora, so those who are not harmed as much thrive while others die away.

Then I told him about this connection that I was seeing, It was as if the soil microbiome and the microbiome of our intestinal tract are affected in very similar ways. When you are given an antibiotic to take, it is designed to kill off bacteria, most antibiotics kill off certain strains of bacteria while other forms of bacteria have a resistance to the antibiotic. Your doctor tries to find an antibiotic that the strain of bacteria causing you the problem is sensitive to. This is typically done in the lab by growing out the culture for a few days and then testing to see which antibiotic kills it most effectively and which ones it is resistant to, also known as a culture and sensitivity test. What is unfortunate is that antibiotics each kill a wide swath of bacteria, and it doesn't care if it is your beneficial normal flora which keeps your gut health in balance from overgrowth of harmful or too large concentrations of bacterial and fungal strains, or if it is a harmful pathogenic bacteria. The aftermath done to your intestines after you complete a course of antibiotics to rid yourself of an infection is typically going to look like a severe imbalance of the microflora regulating and lining your intestinal walls, many of your natural bacteria are responsible for producing vitimins and nutrients necessary for your health, plus they line and protect your intestinal walls from harmful things you are possibly trying to digest, as well as help you to absorb and digest nutrients in your food. You can see this at work if you have taken an antibiotic for a few days, an upset stomach and diarrhea usually ensue, and sometimes it can be weeks after your have finished the antibiotic that your finally able to return to a more normal pattern of bowel movements. This is because it takes your body a while to recover it's balance of microorganisms. I told my brother that I remember as a child being prescribed yogurt pills or acidophilus capsules to take so that I would not get a yeast infection, because the antibiotic doesn't kill yeast it can grow out of healthy proportions. Many people are not told this any longer, men are even less likely to know about this problem as they are not typically warned about the possibility of a yeast infection, since they don't have the anatomy for the typical overt symptoms a woman has with the vaginal area.

There have been many articles on canadia overgrowth (a common fungus) in the human body and all of the many problems associated with it, here is one: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html …...Here is an excerpt of the symptoms from this article:

 

  • Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus) 

  • Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia

  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea

  • Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis

  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog

  • Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes

  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression

  • Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching

  • Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears

Doesn't this sound like the same problem?? There is an exposure to something designed to kill life (Anti= against; Biotic= pertaining to life), Weedkiller is also designed to kill certain strains of plants(Life) more than others(incidentally includes bacteria in the soil). So the microbiome, or balance in microorganisms, or normal flora is disturbed to the degree that harmful bacteria and fungi, (that is normally kept at bay by the natural now killed of bacteria), can grow rampant and damage your body aka your crops.

So I asked my brother how did that microbiologist suggest she could remedy the situation with the soil? He said well oxygenated compost needed to be worked into the soil because it contains tons of good bacteria and nutrients for the microbes in the soil to live off.

Compost is defined as “A mixture of various decaying organic substances such as dead leaves, manure, kitchen plant waste, used for fertilizing soil. Decaying is defined as “The process of breaking down organic material, such as dead plant or animal tissue into smaller molecules that are available for use by the organisms of the ecosystem. Decomposition is carried out by bacteria, fungi, worms, and other organisms.

So then I asked him, since we are dealing with essentially the same problem, then how can we transfer that solution to healing our own microbiome? He answered with a queer look on his face in a questioning tone, “Eat Compost?”. We both laughed hard about this, imagining people trying to eat compost, I mean come on, can you imagine people trying to eat a mixture of decaying organic substances?! And there I froze in my tracks, huh, decaying organic substances....I had heard of this before in reference to human consumption, what was it refered to again there has been huge news in this area about human gut health, oh yes Fermented Foods! I looked up Fermented foods and told my brother hold on, eating compost might not be a ludicrous of an idea as we thought at first. Fermented foods are “foods which have been produced or preserved with the action of microorganisms”! I read the description to my brother who almost fell on the floor I mean MIND=BLOWN... This sounded just like the process of making compost, except Fresh foods are used instead of kitchen waste and dead leaves etc. Curious about a which foods are produced with fermentation by healthy microbes here are a few, yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, tempeh, natto, here is a list from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fermented_foods .

Now that we see this parallel perhaps we can be more careful when we use things to “help” or soil or body, and look to nature for the answers first instead of trying to arrogantly think we can invent and patent the solutions ourselves. Nature has had the answers for some time, we just need to ask her to share them with us, and be open to see the parallels that exist in this world that are trying to teach us something.

 

Sources:

http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/breaking-study-links-roundup-weedkiller-to-overgrowth-of-deadly-fungal-toxins/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fermented_foods

https://youtu.be/x2H60ritjag

Fermentation. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved May 16, 2015, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fermentation

10 Steps To Gardening With Nature: Using Sustainable Methods To Replicate Mother Nature written by Carole Ann Rollins, Ph.D. and Elaine Ingham, Ph.D.

 

Author: Amanda Boyle Certified Herbalist/LPN

proprietor of Amanda's Herbal Health Alternatives LLC.

www.facebook.com/amandasherbalhealth

amandasherbalhealth@gmail.com

 

 

Stopping A Migraine With Salt In A Second Tags: Natural Health Painkiller Salt Migraine

People who suffer from migraine condition are often troubled to find different ways to get rid of the symptoms and the awful pain.
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There is nothing funny about the migraine and the pain it causes, it can literally ruin your entire day and really take you down. Worse part is that some kind of migraines can't be subsided with ordinary painkillers.
Well, there is something else that does offer a great deal of help and it is very cheap.
That is salt.
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Using a Salt for an express relief of pain
Suffering from migraine, I think I have tried every single way I have known, heard and read about it just so I can stop the pain or at least reduce it.
Pain the migraine causes it can literally turn your ordinary day into a disaster.
After many failed attempts luckily I found out about the way that turned out to be very successful for me.
And what's really amazing thing about it is that I don't have to use common known drugs.

If you decide just like me to use salt to stop the pain caused by migraine there are some basic things you should know.
First one: since you're going to use a salt, make sure it's the best salt known in the world today.
It's called Himalayan crystal salt, and it's scientifically proven to be the best for it's extremely rich composition of minerals, elements and electrolytes.
There are 118 elements known in the science today and this kind of salt contains 84 of them, so you do the math why it's the best salt known to be out there.
What this kind of salt does is simply reduces intensity of the pain, makes our immune system stronger by giving balance to the production of hormone called serotonin, which also results in increased energy levels.
Another benefit of this salt is that it increases the presence of alkaline and electrolytes in our body system by keeping things in balance.
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The whole process of using it it's extremely easy.
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Simply pour the lemon juice in a glass, add one teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt in it and drink it!
It really does work incredibly.
You can try with a small amount: by squeezing only half a lemon first and adding 1/2 teaspoon of this salt.
Works for most people.
source dailynutritionnews.com

 

What Happened After One Family Went Organic For Just Two Weeks Tags: GMO FOOD health freedom natural health organic food

Video

Huffington Post

What would happen if you switched from conventionally grown food to organic-only? One family of five found out after participating in an experiment run by Swedish grocery chain, Coop, and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

It’s not news that organic farming beats conventional practices when it comes to the health of the environment. But this small pilot experiment sought to address what kind of immediate difference eating organic food can make inside the body.

During the first week of the 21-day experiment, the Palmberg family ate a conventional diet and then each member submitted a urine sample to the SERI laboratory, where analysts found a number of insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators. Then, the family switched to an organics only diet, including soaps and personal care items, for two weeks. During the organics phase, the researchers took daily urine samples.

The results were dramatic: The pesticide loads in the family members’ bodies dropped in ways that were observable after a single day, according to the report. And by the end of the two weeks, there was very little evidence of the pesticides and other compounds in their follow up urine samples.

Previous research has established that organic food can pack more nutrients into the same piece of produce than conventionally farmed foods. A recent study from Newcastle University found that concentrations of antioxidants like polyphenolics in organic produce can be 18 to 69 percent higher than in their non-organic counterparts. But according to the Mayo Clinic, one of the main considerations in choosing organic food isn’t the increased nutritional value, but rather the reduction in pesticide exposure. Organic food does indeed pose a much smaller pesticide consumption risk, but what that means for health is still up for debate.

At the beginning of the video, Anette Palmberg explains how her family has chosen to eat conventional because it’s less expensive for their big family. However, she said she was reevaluating that tradeoff by the end of the experiment. “When you hear this, you think about your children,” she said, according to a translation. “There were a whole number of chemicals removed from my kids’ bodies, and I don’t want them back.

 

It is important to note that the experiment was commissioned by a for-profit food company, with an eye toward storytelling rather than rigorous science: Just one family was evaluated. And yes, organic food is typically more expensive than conventional food, so Coop stands to gain from a consumer base that eschews “conventional” fare in favor of the pricier stuff. What’s more, the initial pesticide levels found in this family were considered well within the range of what is considered safe for humans, the researchers noted.

That said, we don’t know a great deal about long-term pesticide exposure and human health: “We know very little about the long-term effects of eating food treated with pesticides,” says Jorgen Magner, a researcher at SERI, in the video above. “Especially if you consider that chemicals can be much more harmful when combined together than they are on their own.”

recent meta-analysis of studies looking at the effects of heavy metal cadmium on the human body and the contaminated produce that often carry it revealed that organic crops (as opposed to conventionally grown varieties) have almost 50 percent less of the harmful substance. James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at St. Luke’s Hospital, then evaluated this new data with potential health effects of this difference in mind.

“We predicted that this reduction in consumption of cadmium (with organic crops versus conventional) may lead to a 20 percent reduction in mortality (due to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer),” DiNicolantonio told The Huffington Post in an email. “We also predicted a 35 percent reduction in cardiovascular risk based on the flavonoid content. While we were unable to find evidence to calculate the health benefits of lower pesticide residue, it is likely that this will also lead to better health outcomes. This is not to say that conventional crops aren’t healthy, but that organic crops are probably that much healthier.”

While we are unsure of the potential role cadmium played for the family tested in the video above, this research provides a clear example of the ways in which pesticides from food can, in fact, prove harmful to human health.

 

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