Toxic Soil Toxic Body - The Biome Connection

If the land is dying then chances are the people living on it are dying too’ – Scott Mathias

Recent studies show conclusively there IS a connection between the bacterial health of our gut and the bacterial quality of soil.

The US based National Institute of Health’s Human Micro-biome project (HMP) released the results of its 5-year study last year. Scientists were astonished by what they found as a result of using cheaper solutions to identify genome sequencing.
Man-or-MircrobeThe research found the human body contains trillions of microorganisms-outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1.  Because of their small size, however, microorganisms make up only about 1 to 3 percent of the body’s mass (in a 90kg adult, that’s 1 to 3 kilograms of bacteria), but play a vital role in human health.  These micro-bacteria are spread throughout the body – the gut, skin, oral and nasal cavities, along with genitalia.

Now therein lies a connection.  Might the human body derive its micro-biome supply from the soil our vegetables are grown in?  It is not a silly question and I will share with you why.

Just last Sunday at my local market, and within the space of a few minutes of each other, I was approached by two soil scientists, who broached this very subject: Two different specialists within moments of each other.  Coincidental or synchronistic?  I was somewhat astounded that this should occur but what they shared with me was nothing short of frightening.

Should We Be Concerned?

In one case the scientist revealed that in Australia, there are vast tracts of  ‘dead land’, which once resembled nutrient rich arable land.  Now, because of prolonged use of ‘weedacides’, the land is immune to the glyphosates and the weeds have taken over. Crops can no longer be grown.

The other gentleman spoke of the relationship between gut biome and soil biome.  He said, in addition to bacteria and fungi, the soil is also filled with protozoa, nematodes, mites, and micro-arthropods.  There can be 10,000 to 50,000 species in less than a teaspoon of soil. In that same teaspoon of soil, there are more microbes than there are people on the earth.
microbiome-blogHe added, that soil microorganisms, particularly bacteria and fungi, cycle nutrients and water to food crop plants, and ultimately to our bodies.

Soil bacteria and fungi serve as the “stomachs” of plants.  They form symbiotic relationships with plant roots and “digest” nutrients, providing nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutrients plants can absorb.

Reintroducing the right bacteria and fungi to facilitate the fermentation process in depleted and sterile soils is about the same as eating yogurt or sauerkraut to restore the right microbiota deep in our digestive tract.  He said, functional similarities, are virtually the same but if the food nutrients coming back into the gut have been compromised by fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and products like Round-UP, then damage done to soil will be replicated in the gut.

He saw a clear relationship between the use of chemicals on the land and the upsurge in ‘gut issues’ and the growing prevalence of chronic illness – autism, cancer, diabetes, arthritis to name a few.

Speaking From Experience!

spraying-waikatoI grew up in New Zealand in an area where fertiliser and spraying was a regular thing. I totally understand that from an early age my gut ‘biome’ was compromised. We were also ingesting large quantities of chemicals and phosphates via our vegetables.

What is the take-away here?  Perhaps grow your own vegetables and most certainly hook-up with a local farmer at the your local weekly market.

It is imperative we do something as individuals or otherwise, we and future generations have no chance of survival.

Please feel free to leave your own comments below.  This matter needs to be discussed widely.  The future of our children and grandchildren depend on it.

If you’d like to find out more about the power of gut microbes to heal and protect your BRAIN… I recommend this book:  Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter

Scott Mathias, Clare Darwish @ Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator who takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘self healing’ experience which led him to create his own iLifeFoods range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the author of‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the acclaimed, ‘Lets Eat RAW’Vegan recipe book. Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare Darwish.



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