Repair Your Body and the Earth
How to Bring Minerals Back Into the Soil and Food Supply
There are now many studies clearly documenting that if you eat processed foods, you're being exposed to toxic herbicides. These toxic chemicals have been found in everything from breast milk to umbilical cords and placentas.
This of course means that children are now born with a chemical burden unknown to previous generations. What are some of the relatively unknown consequences of this exposure?
In this interview, Dr. August Dunning, chief science officer and co-owner of Eco Organics, helps answer this important question. His company specializes in mineral products for hydroponics and home gardens. More specifically, Dr. Dunning's expertise is in ionic mineral extraction from ocean water for use in sustainable agriculture.
While contraindicated for citrus, these mineral extracts can do "miracles" for most flowering plants, fruits, and vegetables. Dunning recounts one of his earliest experiences with his partner Pam McKenzie, which led to the formation of Eco Organics:
"We tried some of these ocean minerals on some roses in the backyard of her house in Bakersfield, California. At 105-degree heat, these almost-dead roses came back in full bloom in 21 days. We saw the power of mineralization in foods and decided to put a little company together."
Glyphosate Use Has Rapidly Increased Disease Rates
"But then something really weird happened," he says. "We see this exponential increase in disease since 1988 or early '90s, which was when genetically modified (GM) food was introduced.
GM food is a patented food because it can be used with their patented herbicide, glyphosate and Roundup... That seems to have a very detrimental effect on what exists on the ground...
In commercially grown food, the mineral depletion has caused a vulnerability to the biological systems in human beings. When you start introducing these very strong chelators and endocrine disruptors, which are what glyphosate and polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) are, you see this huge burst in illnesses and disease rates.
I mean, it's exponentially off the chart. It's not just the mineral problems so much; it's this introduction of... in my opinion, toxic endocrine element into the food supply."
How Chemical Farming Destroys Food Quality
In 1946, the introduction of ammonium nitrate fertilizer stimulated greater yields, but also changed the sub surface chemistry of the soil structure to lock up calcium, burn out the Humus, and cause acidic conditions to occur. This altered the subsurface decomposition chemistry to where gasses like formaldehyde and alcohol started attracting pests.
Unfortunately, instead of replenishing the mineral content to fix the pH and re-establish microorganism/mineral balance (which is the natural way to combat pests), toxic chemistry was introduced in the 1950s. These pesticides effectively killed the pests and fungi. But they also killed microorganisms, along with nature's ability to provide ionic elements needed for proper plant growth and nutrition.
As explained by Dr. Dunning, by the mid-1990s, when genetically engineered (GE) seeds and glyphosate were introduced, any minerals left were hyper-chelated and made unavailable to plants except the patented GE plants. The United States alone applies 200 million pounds of glyphosate to croplands each year. Worldwide, more than one billion pounds of glyphosate are used each year.
Fewer Minerals = Greater Disease Rates
Roundup Is Even Worse Than You Thought
"What they really aren't telling you is that it's inert in that it doesn't kill bugs, but that doesn't mean that it's not toxicologically harmful. It's inert as a bug killer, but might not be inert as a human killer," Dr. Dunning says.
POEA has actually been shown to be cytotoxic (toxic to cells) at doses far lower than glyphosate itself. It also amplifies the toxic effects of glyphosate. Dr. Dunning also notes POEA causes hemolysis—a condition where the membrane of your red blood cells burst. This removes the hemoglobin, which decreases oxygen transport in your body. If your blood isn't transporting oxygen to your brain for example, it may contribute to a wide variety of neurological problems.
"Glyphosate has several different formulations, but most of it has this additive—POEA—which is a surfactant. In other words, glyphosate tends to be hydrophilic. It doesn't want to go through the leaf surface, so they have surfactants that get dried into the leaf," Dr. Dunning explains. "Because it dries into the leaf, it doesn't wash off. It gets into the system of the plant...
POEA [also] has extremely strong detrimental effects itself. It destroys the cytochrome P450 enzyme in the liver, which is designed to detoxify toxins. When that enzyme system is damaged, these toxins are way more effective. It also destroys the ability of glutathione to be used.
Moreover, there's an interesting phenylalanine issue. Phenylalanine is needed for tyrosine, which also gets your epinephrine and norepinephrine made. If you decrease your phenylalanine [production], you don't get that cascade of chemicals. It also destroys tryptophan. Tryptophan is needed for serotonin and melatonin, so you can sleep at night. We're seeing a lot of sleep disorders in the population. Well, if you're destroying your tryptophan and your serotonin and melatonin cascade, you're going to see sleep disorders.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has studies that show that these chemicals mimic adrenaline, which is also a big part of that because norepinephrine makes your adrenaline. We're seeing these illnesses occur in humans that are very similar to endocrine-disrupting systems. We're seeing the introduction of chemicals in food that do exactly that, and no one wants to really address this issue."
How to Improve Soil Health, Naturally
In terms of food quality, his method, which involves adding naturally-occurring ocean minerals back into the soil in which the sodium has been removed, results in food with higher mineral content. This typically results in a 10-15 percent jump in the food's mineral content, compared to foods grown in untreated soils.
"We also found that when you grow organically, you get better mineral content even if you don't mineralize, because you don't have these constricting chemicals in the soil," he notes.
"What's nice about our stuff is you can mix it with water and just pour it in because it's only ionic minerals; there are no plant hormones, additives, or anything. The plant will use what it needs, because it's ionic. It only takes little, teeny, microliter sizes of the minerals to produce millions of available ions... Within a week or two, you'll see this huge greening and this growth effect."
As for application, you can use it as a soil treatment to get the roots going. The plant will develop a very large root mass, very early, which will make the plant grow very strong, very quickly. When you want to really infuse your plant with minerals, you can use it as a foliar spray.
Do You Have Earthworms?
"They're top tiller of the soil, you know," Dr. Dunning says. "By the time it gets out of the rear end of the worm, those minerals are ionic. The reason worm castings work is they're ionic minerals. In the carbon sink, it is great. The biochar is fantastic... You need carbon because cellulose is sugar. Plants are cellulosic materials. You need the carbon to make the sugars. You need the carbon sink and all those materials to lock the minerals, because these are anions and cations.
They're positive and negatively charged ions. When they go in the soil, they're going to grab onto something of its opposite force and dwell there... Microorganisms are producing the electrolytes, which then chelate out these ionic elements to make it available for the roots in the soil. It's a beautiful, beautiful system going on in the soil, [and] the worms are the key here. If you've got good worms, generally speaking you've got good soil."
Compost Tea and BioChar
Biochar is created by slowly burning biomass like wood chips, corn stalks, coconut shells, or any similar organic material, in a low-oxygen environment, such as a kiln. When burned this way, about 70 percent of the carbon in the organic material is not released into the atmosphere as CO2; rather it traps the carbon and forms a type of charcoal that has a reef-like structure, which serves as a magnificent microbial home. This is completely different than wood ash, in which nearly all the carbon is released as CO2 and only minerals are left.
The introduction of Biochar into soil is not like applying fertilizer; rather it's the beginning of a process—most of the benefit is achieved through the activity of the microbes and fungi that take up residence in the treated soil. They colonize its massive surface area and integrate into the char and the surrounding soil, dramatically increasing the soil's ability to nurture plant growth. As explained in a recent Ecologist1 article, research shows Biochar can more than double a plant's yield! Besides providing excellent living quarters for soil microorganisms, Biochar also has a number of other benefits, including:
1. Serving as a magnificent home for soil microbes, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa, that are ultimately responsible for extracting the nutrients from the soil and feeding them to the plant
2. Improving overall soil quality and fertility. Biochar serves as a magnet for nutrients and time releases them back to the plants when they need it
3. Raising the soil's water retention ability and helps regulate the moisture in the soil much like a humidistat
4. Returning much of the depleted carbon to the soil (carbon sequestration), where it can remain for hundreds or even thousands of years
5. Potentially helping to "filter" toxic chemicals in the soil, much like carbon-based water filtration systems can filter toxins out of your water
In the end, you cannot optimize your health without good food. It's just impossible. And this is why learning what we need to do to reverse the massive destruction of our global crop soils is absolutely imperative—both on a personal and global scale. To learn more about Dr. Dunning's ionic mineral products—which include two lines: EcoVie and My Grow Minerals—please see www.EcoOrganics.com. Acres USA is another great resource where you can find a lot of information about the minerals needed for optimal soil health.
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From Dr Mercola @ http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/25/food-minerals-soil-health.aspx
For more information about soil remineralisation see http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.com/search/label/soil%20remineralisation
For more information about Roundup see http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.com/search/label/roundup
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