paul wheaton wrote:After three weeks with Sepp Holzer, while listening to Michael Pollan on CD, topped off with another excellent presentation by Paul Stamets ....
So many different sources of so much different information and this one, really important factor ...
Right now, do you take vitamins? Herbs? Medication? Do you eat a certain way in order to mitigate some health issue?
Our biological existence comes from having evolved to eat certain foods from a hunter/gatherer society. 100% of the food we ate either grew in a polyculture, or it was from an animal that ate from a polyculture.
The organic food you buy at the store: was it grown in monocrop rows?
When you plant your gardens this year, will it be in rows? Even if you use companion planting, will you have one or two companion plants or dozens?
Add in to all of that: we are only beginning to barely understand what we need for nutrition. Every few years scientists come up with some new thing that we didn't really know about before - something we need that isn't in food as much as it used to be. So we find ways to compensate. There must be hundreds or even thousands of things we still don't know about. And for all sorts of problems we are perpetually medicating ourselves. Maybe wiith vitamins or lotions, or herbs or chemical medicines either OTC or prescription. It seems like damn near everybody it taking something for some problem.
With a polyculture .... mycelium excahnges wee bits of stuff with lots of plants for other wee bits of stuff. So it makes sense that a carrot growing next to an onion would have a bit of exchange going on there. A little bit of the onion would end up in the carrot. And if there was an oak tree - a bit of that would end up in the carrot. And if there were a thousand species of plants around the oak tree, then a little bit of all of those would end up in the carrot. Including little bits of plants that we never would think to eat.
And I just wonder .... what if damn near all of ickiness would go away if we just replaced row crops with polyculture. The poly-er the better.
Just a thought.
Rachel Klucjasz wrote:I've always had asthma, I've always had to use some drug to breath. Every now and then one stops working and I'm shuffled through a buffet of chemicals to find my new controller medicine. Most days I'm resigned to this but deep down it pisses me off lol pardon the outburst.
It's a total long shot but has anyone found a better way? I read years ago about a dude who infected himself with hookworms saying it created a symbiotic relationship, the hookworms poop keeping his immune system from going haywire.
I'm not going to run out and do anything rash, but I am curious if anyone here has had any good results self managing their asthma?