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    the connections we need to understand and take action on.

    World Soil Day

    RTEmagicC GSP WSD 16 WebBanner 150x150 EN 2xwFYZOur soils are the foundation of our Nutrition and yet are in a depleted and polluted state in much of the World.

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    And at no time under greater threat……

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    Where Food Begins

    Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important “silent ally,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on the eve of World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December.

    Healthy soils not only are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and medical products, but also are essential to our ecosystems,  playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, he noted.

    via Where Food Begins

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    This diagram shows 18 of the minerals that are exchanged between soil, plants and our food – the main 3 being N (nitrogen) P (Phospherous) and K (Potassium) and NPK fertiliser is what has been added back into the soil for many years to get higher yields. The main problem is that there are over 75 minerals that are needed by the body to maintain a disease and ailment free state. The World Health Organisation acknowledges the effect that certain other mineral depletion can have on the health of entire populations – one important one is Iodine that is essential for brain development and thyroid function. Then Selenium is also deficient in many areas and leads to higher rates of cancer.

    Soil should also contain a massive diversity of organisms that help support all life on this planet. There should be more organisms in one tablespoon of healthy soil than there are people on this Earth. As with the science of the Microbiome we are only just beginning to realise the importance of these organisms for our immune systems and mental well-being. We are also moving further away from our natural environment and becoming immersed in technology with more contact to our electronic devises than we do to real food and soil.

    As a result of all these changes and the addition of an ever increasing amount of pollution and toxins that our body has to deal with, we are becoming chronically sick. There are no pills that cure this only a change in lifestyle and nutrition that will give our bodies what they need to thrive.

    We have to take responsibility for this by eating fresh, mainly unprocessed food, buying organic and free range where possible and treating our mineral depletion with Celtic sea salt, Himalayan Salt and Epson Salt baths as a minimum. I personally use Celtic sea salt to make sure I get my minerals.

    We also need to eat well to protect our gut and microbiome. Avoid drugs that damage this vital part of our immune system – antibiotics, PPI’s, NSAID’s etc. and take advanced Probiotics to support our gut and brain health. I am in the process of testing a new type of Probiotic that I will write about in 2-3 weeks so if you want to know the results then sign up for my newsletter by Mail-chimp – in the side bar.

  • Cancer./ Healthy Food/ Immune system - healing/ Nutrition and Cancer/ Nutritional Medicine

    The True Magic of Mushrooms

    Mushrooms

    For centuries we have known that certain mushrooms have a beneficial effect on health but only more recently have the active compounds contained within them been isolated and studied.

    Our immune systems are extremely complex and in order to protect us from bacteria and viruses and also genetic mistakes during cellular reproduction that result in cancer growth, these complex systems need to be in balance.

    Nature has provided us with many plants and herbs that enhance overall immunity. Immune -potentiating botanicals are also used to increase the effectiveness of drugs and reduce side effects. The Chinese call this Fu Zheng therapy, which means to support the body’s natural balance. Zheng (also called Zheng Qi) is translated as meaning life energy, activity and resistance and when it is deficient a favourable environment for cancer is created.In Western terms the immune systems surveillance function fails to discover and suppress the growth of cancerous or mutated cells. The flow of “Qi” (sometimes spelled Chi) may be disrupted by poor nutrition, lifestyle, overwork, stress repressed or excessive emotions and lack of exercise. This Zheng qi, or Qi, is also damaged by the core medical treatments for cancer, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and in China and Japan Fu Zheng therapy has been used alongside these therapies with significantly improved outcomes.

    If you have an immune compromised condition (eg. cancer, AIDS, leukemia or chronic infections such as Epstein-barr virus) then learn how to boost your immune system using mushrooms, plants, acupuncture, Qi Gong and with a good diet, supplements and lifestyle.

    The technical advance is that we now know that many of the botanicals used in Fu Zheng therapy contain polysaccharides beta-1,6 glucan and beta-1,3 glucan. Beta-glucans are known as “biological response modifiers” and they specifically stimulate the innate branch of the immune system. Research has shown that beta-glucans stimulate macrophage, NK (Natural killer) cells, T cells and the production of immune system cytokines. They may also enhance Dendritic Cell function. Recent research has shown that frequently immune suppression means that these cells may be produced but may not mature and therefore not function as they should.

    Obviously not everyone has access to an Integrated Oncologist or a Chinese Medicine Practitioner but there are products on the market like ” Immiflex” and “Biobran” (made from rice) and there are mushroom extracts, Astragalus, and other botanicals that can be taken alongside conventional therapy to minimise the damage and the side effects. Some mushrooms have specific action against certain cancers or conditions – for instance Turkey tail and Agaricus have been shown to kill sarcoma in laboratory conditions when few chemotherapy drugs have any effect. For a chart detailing specific actions of each kind of mushroom please see the link to Paul Stamets website, below. Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi and Oyster mushrooms are some of the more well-known varieties with very well documented research.

    So, if you have a compromised immune system, try some Eastern therapies to improve your immune function, your Qi and your wellbeing and you will be amazed by how effective they can be.

    My favourite sites for information on Mushrooms and extracts are:

    www.healthy.net

    wikipedia on Medicinal mushrooms

    Paul Stamets Mushrooms

    See also  http://cancer2resolution.blogspot.com