#109: Changes in the Natural Environment by EM Barrier Domes in Okinawa

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In the previous article, I explained how to create an EM barrier in the agricultural field, and we received various positive reports from people who performed this method. They have reported that growth is stable, yield and quality have improved, wildlife damage has been significantly reduced, and so on. Also, applications are progressing in the livestock and fisheries fields.

The basic method is to set up plastic bottles that are Hado sources at the four corners of the barn, connect these with a mini rope, and if possible connect this to an electric pole or power supply. In the case of fisheries, it is done in the same way as in fields. Since the space inside the barrier is rectified and the harmful energy is significantly reduced, if combined with EM, it is possible to achieve various limit breakthroughs.

As I have often mentioned, in November three years ago, an EM barrier produced by the return electrical current from the EM Wellness Resort Costa Vista Okinawa, Hotel & Spa and the EM-X GOLD manufacturing factory was completed throughout the main island of Okinawa. This barrier now has a dome shape of 55km.

The level of rectification in this space is about the same level as SPACE MATE, which is made of EM-X ceramics solidified with plastic. In other words, this space of 55km has the function of EM SPACE MATE, the antioxidant and non-ionic functions and the ability to transform harmful energy into useful energy.

Over 20 years ago, I performed experiments on the functionalization of water by EM-X ceramics. Place 10 pieces of EM-X ceramics (Ring Stone)* in 100 liters of water, spray the water on the leaf side of the crop after 5 to 7 days, add the same amount of water that was used, and repeat. It is an easy method to always have 100 liters on hand.

As a result, the virus that infected papaya became much less virulent, when cucumbers were inoculated with the virus the outbreak of disease was suppressed, and when this water was sprayed on cucumbers and tomatoes infected by the virus, the viral symptoms of the sprouts disappeared and normal growth began.

Similar results also appear in soil application, and the soil gradually becomes more soft and porous. It was also confirmed that the water clusters of water in contact with EM-X ceramics became smaller, and dissolved oxygen rapidly increased.

(* Currently, “EM-X Ceramics (Ringstone)” is no longer sold. Please use “PIPE 35” or “Ii〜Mizu KAGEN” as a substitute.)

As an Effect of the EM Barrier

I have previously explained that things became clean throughout Okinawa. For example,
exhaust gas on highways and tunnels in Okinawa has been purified, the level of particulate matter (PM2.5) blowing over from China remains extremely low, and previously dirty buildings and cars are now quite clean.

In addition, the greenery in mountains and urban areas has become much more abundant, and because of a reduction in the shock waves caused by typhoons, agricultural products such as sugar cane, and other crops and fruits, have grown in a stable way we have never experienced before.

This huge barrier also rectifies ultraviolet rays, so the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays are also significantly reduced. At the same time, the rain falling within this barrier has the same antioxidant power as the water immersed in the EM SPACE MATE, which made EM-X ceramics even more functional, producing non-ionization and converting harmful energy to useful energy.

Since these effects accumulate, the natural environment of Okinawa is steadily becoming more abundant year after year. This year is said to be a poor harvest year, with the harvest down by 30% compared to a normal year’s crop, but because there has been no typhoon attack, as shown in the photos, Rembu (Photo 1), Bananas (Photo 2), Shiikuwasha, flat lemons (Photo 3), Guava (Photo 4) etc. have grown in an abundance we have never seen before.

Rembu (Photo 1)

Bananas (Photo 2)

Shiikuwasha, flat lemons (Photo 3)

Guava (Photo 4)

Even though mangos were not sprayed with pesticide, they are surprisingly fruitful in open ground, and passion fruits are also impressively fruitful. In addition, the sprouts of papaya that had been infected with viruses have grown normally (Photo 5), an example we have never been before, for usually infected papaya shrink at the tip and the fruits are misshapen.

Compared to a few years ago, the soil has become more soft and porous year by year, gradually becoming more fertile, the number of banana weevils, which are fatal to banana cultivation, has also drastically decreased, and the damage from beetles has also been contained. Diseases such as viruses, anthracnose and others have drastically decreased, and there are considerably fewer pests. As a result, the capabilities of horticultural enthusiasts and farmers throughout Okinawa have improved dramatically, with every field and garden growing impressively, and sugarcane etc. experiencing unprecedented growth.

Although I cannot say anything conclusive yet, this has had a great influence on the ocean, too. That is, due to the strong anti-oxidation and non-ionization power of rain falling in the EM barrier, rust caused by salt damage (sea breeze damage) has disappeared, and even if it rains heavily there is no severe pollution as in the past. Most of the pollutants present in the water are ionized through electricity. Therefore, contamination is easy to disperse and is hard to clean up.

In recent years I have heard that the ocean in the main island of Okinawa has become cleaner, more fish are caught, and the revival of coral is proceeding rapidly. These desirable phenomena are due to the contamination on land being cleansed by rain with antioxidant and nonionic effects, so the ocean no longer becomes polluted.

In the past, Okinawa’s rainwater caused many problems since metal machinery would quickly rust when washed with rainwater, and most of the buildings and cars in Okinawa gave the impression of being “dirty” because of conspicuous rust. Nowadays we don’t see this at all, and most people are under the impression that Okinawa’s buildings and cars have always been this clean.

These days, when you immerse rusty equipment in the rainwater falling on the main island of Okinawa, rust comes off and the items become completely clean. Rainwater has become exactly like the pure sacred water used at shrines. When such rainwater flows out into the sea, the natural result is that the antioxidant properties and nonionizing function of the sea increase, water clusters become smaller, and the amount of dissolved oxygen increases.

We have had very few typhoons this year, and the sea surface temperature in July reached 30.1℃ , the highest on record. In a situation like this, bleaching will occur in coral reefs in the entire area of Okinawa Prefecture. But according to divers, while large-scale coral bleaching has occurred since the middle of July in the outlying smaller islands of Miyako and Ishigaki, contrary to these examples such bleaching has not occurred in the main land of Okinawa.

If there is no typhoon in August and the seawater temperature rises even more, this coral bleaching phenomenon may occur in the main waters of the main island of Okinawa. However, according to many divers, while the surface temperature of the water abnormally high, the temperature at the bottom is unexpectedly low, and the coral remains healthy. In other words, we are seeing the phenomenon of reverse entropy produced by EM’s rectifying power.

(August 18, 2016)

BRON: https://www.emrojapan.com/living/106

Lezing Bokashi op Rotzooi festival 24 sept Rotterdam

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Meer dan 25 workshops en lezingen tijdens ROTZOOI fermentatiefestival op 24 september

Lekker eten én leren over fermenteren? Op zondag 24 september 2017 organiseren ‘de rotjongens’ Christian Weij (Verrot Lekker) en Meneer Wateetons (Over Rot) in Rotterdam de tweede editie van het leukste -tevens enige- fermentatiefestival van Nederland ROTZOOI. Het festival komt tot stand in samenwerking met Keukengeheim – culinaire evenementen en Uit Je Eigen Stad.

Film, foodkraampjes en workshops

De toegang tot het festival is gratis. Iedereen is dus welkom om een hapje te komen eten bij een van de meer dan twintig fermented foodstands, een fermentatiedocu te bekijken of je starter in te ruilen voor een andere. Maar, fermenteren kun je leren. Dus biedt ROTZOOI ook meer dan 25 workshops, lezingen en Q&As waarin je kennis over fermenteren kunt opdoen of vergroten. Zo leer je je eigen hotsauce, tempeh of kimchi maken, alles over frisse gefermenteerde frisdranken als waterkefir en komboecha en hoe je je voedselresten kunt gebruiken in een rotpot of ze te verwerken tot bokashi. Deze lezing is om 12.00 uur. En ben je thuis nog niet zo succesvol met fermenteren, boek dan een consult bij de zuurkooldokter die je precies vertelt waar dat vreemde schimmeltje in jouw zuurkoolpot vandaan is gekomen. Zie hieronder de timetable van het festival, die uiteraard ook op de site te vinden is

Boek nu

De tickets voor de workshops en lezingen zijn inmiddels in de voorverkoop. Je schaft ze aan via de rotzooi-facebookpagina of via de site. Op de website www.rotzooi-festival.nl vind je uiteraard het complete programma van ROTZOOI 2017 (het groeit nog elke dag).

ROTZOOI fermentatiefestival 24 september 2017 11:00 – 20:00 uur.

Locatie: Uit je Eigen Stad – Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG, Rotterdam

www.rotzooi-festival.nl

BRON: https://www.emnatuurlijkactief.nl/lezing-bokashi-op-rotzooi-festival-24-sept-rotterdam/

FOR THE FIRST TIME, GUT BACTERIA HAS BEEN SPOTTED EATING CHEMICALS IN THE BRAIN

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Scientists are finally starting to understand the gut and brain connection, and this understanding can lead to huge breakthroughs in regard to various mental disorders, and how what’s going on in the gut could actually be a culprit for many of these illnesses. Many are surprised to learn that an estimated 90% of the serotonin produced by the body actually comes from the gut! This may lead us to believe that proper nutrition, gut microbiome, and digestion might be a key component to a healthy mind.

 Recently, bacteria have been discovered in the gut that depends solely on one of the chemicals in our brains for survival. These bacteria consume a molecule known as GABA; this molecule is crucial for calming the brain. This shows directly how gut bacteria can affect our mood.

Philip Strandawitz and his colleagues from Northeastern University in Boston have recently discovered that a species of recently discovered gut bacteria, called KLE1738 could only be grown if it was provided with GABA molecules. While announcing his findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Boston last month, Strandawitz said, “Nothing made is grown, except GABA.”

GABA acts by inhibiting signals from nerve cells, which calms down the activity of the brain. This is why it’s so surprising that a bacteria in the gut needs it in order to grow and reproduce. Interestingly enough, low levels of GABA are directly linked to depression and other mood disorders. The findings of this study just provide further evidence that the bacteria in our gut are directly affecting the function of our brains.

What Does This Mean For Treatment Of Depression?

An experiment performed in 2011 showed how a type of gut bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosus can actually alter the GABA activity in the brains of mice, as well as directly influencing how the mice are responding from stress. Researchers involved in this study found that this effect disappeared when they surgically removed the vagus nerve, linking the gut to the brain, in the mice. This suggests that it plays a role in the influence that gut bacteria have on the brain.

Now, Strandawitz is looking for other gut bacteria that consume, or alternatively produce GABA. This way he can test their effects on the brains and behavior of animals. This research may eventually lead to alternative treatments for various mood disorders including depression and anxiety.

Is It Really As Simple As Diet?

Perhaps. We can’t really say for sure, but having a healthy gut can relate to having a healthy mind. There are more and more instances being documented from people who have completely changed their diets, and the impact it has had on their mood, symptoms of depression and, believe it or not, on autism as well.

There are many different contributing factors leading to an imbalance of gut flora, which in turn can lead to various mental and physical issues. Overuse of antibiotics without taking probiotics can cause this, not being breastfed as a baby could lead to gut issues down the road, also, being born from a C-section can also cause issues later on, as the beneficial bacteria that would normally be passed to the baby during birth is bypassed. These factors and more can lead to many different ailments and allergies.

After all our guts go through, it is no surprise that many of us are struggling with so many health disorders and allergies, but having this awareness – that so much is dependent on an optimal functioning gut and digestive system – is the first step towards taking back our health!

I highly suggest the book, Medical Medium by Anthony William, where these topics are explored on a much deeper level.

Have you changed your life by changing your diet and bringing balance to your gut flora? Let us know your story!

Much Love

BRON: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/09/05/for-the-first-time-gut-bacteria-has-been-spotted-eating-chemicals-in-the-brain/

EM- Verenging: EM-Actief (zoals Microferm) wordt gebruikt als probiotica. Er zijn mensen die merken dat ze bij het drinken van EM-Actief minder tot geen negatieve hebben!

Gut bacteria found to trigger gene that protects against type 1 diabetes

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Researchers have discovered that a powerful guardian gene known to protect against a variety of autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, is triggered by the bacteria in our gut. This finding offers a clue to the complex interaction between our genes, immune system and gut microbiota.

Scientists at the Harvard Medical School set out to investigate what factors influence the activity of a powerful gene complex known as the human leukocyte antigen (HLA). It has been known for some time that specific variants of HLA genes in humans and major histocompatibility complexes (MHC) in mice can protect against diseases such as type 1 diabetes, but how that influence is exerted has been a mystery.

The team focused on gut bacteria as being a potential catalyst for modulating the genes’ activity. In a series of experiments, non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice engineered to carry a guardian gene were treated with gut bacteria killing antibiotics at various times in their development.

The mice treated with antibiotics during the first six weeks of life were found to subsequently develop symptoms of early stage type 1 diabetes despite holding the protective guardian gene. On the other hand, when treated with antibiotics at between six and 10 weeks of age, the mice still displayed signs of genetic diabetic resistance.

These results imply that early-life formation of gut microbiota has a significant effect on gene modulation influencing immune system behavior. The experiment also delivered antibiotics to mother mice in the 10 days before giving birth and discovered this also disrupted their offspring’s genetic protections. This particularly highlights the influence of a mother’s microbiota on her offspring.

Exactly how the bacteria in the gut affects gene activity is still unknown, but the researchers suggest that this offers clear evidence of how disrupting the early development of an individual’s gut microbiome can usurp any genetic predisposition and alter proper immune function.

“Our findings need to be borne out in further experiments,” says co-lead of the study Diane Mathis. “However, our results powerfully illustrate the notion that early antibiotic exposure can modulate disease risk and that avoiding or at least minimizing antibiotic treatment in infants and pregnant women during critical periods of development may be a good idea.”

The last experiment the team conducted involved fecal transplants from mice with the guardian gene to mice without that genetic protection. The mice receiving the fecal transplant displayed a reduction in pancreatic cell inflammation, the general marker signaling the onset of type 1 diabetes. This solidifies the role gut bacteria plays in regulating our immune system and suggests future treatments for autoimmune diseases could be targeted at the gut microbiome.

The new research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: Harvard Medical School

Onze bron: http://newatlas.com/guardian-gene-gut-bacteria-diabetes/51190/

#108: Multi-purpose Utilization of Activated EM with Seawater and Salt

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Dr. Higa Living A Dream nieuwsbericht #108:

When we make activated EM we use seawater, but high quality activated solution can also be made by adding salt so the content is equivalent to seawater (3 to 3.5% salt). Since bacteria are completely suppressed, this solution does not deteriorate even after one year has passed, as long as it is saved in air-tight containers. Therefore, it can be used in a stable manner as an inoculum for secondary activated liquid.

If this good quality activated solution used as an inoculum is increased by using seawater, theoretically, repeated long-term usage is possible. However, in order to maintain the balance of microflora, you need to add 1:5,000 to 1:10,000 of EM Super Cera C powder and about 1:1,000 to 1:2,000 of stock solution.

If it is hard to collect sea water but you need to make a large quantity of activated EM, use a corresponding 3 to 3.5% amount of salt in order to produce a large amount. If you do not store secondary activated EM for a long time (2-3 months), you can reduce the salt content up to about 1%, so if it is to be used as soon as possible, you can reduce the amount of salt content.

The activated EM with seawater made in this way can be used for pest control, with a 1:50 dilution used for once-per-week foliar application. This will have a sufficient preventative effect. However, if pests do appear, add EM Super Cera C powder to the 1:50 dilution at a dilution of 1:1,000 to 2,000, and use once every 2 to 3 days.

We often receive questions asking whether salt damage is a cause for concern, but so far there have been no complaints from the people who have used it correctly, and we have actually received many reports of appreciation. When applied to the soil, too, apply it once a week, a 1:50 dilution if the soil is sufficiently moist after rainfall, and a 100 to 200 dilution if it is dry. When using it constantly for watering (irrigation), aim for a 1,000 to 2,000 dilution.

There are various reasons for adding salinity, the first one being that it suppresses saprophytic bacteria and produces high quality EM activated solution. Second, it produces a spreading agent effect when used in foliar spraying. In addition, because salt ions carry energy efficiency to plants, photosynthesis efficiency is further enhanced and the absorption of trace elements (which are contained in salt) from leaves is also promoted.

Even when it is applied to soil, it will rectify the resistance of various types of electricity and magnetism etc. in the soil, so it helps to prevent hardening of the soil. The salt, as I already mentioned, will over time be converted to fertilizer by EM. In order to enhance this effect, it is necessary to manage use so that the density of EM is increased through the application of organic matter; at the same time one should use coal (smoked charcoal etc.) in combination, or bury EM mudballs with charcoal and EM Super Cera C powder (containing 20 to 30% charcoal, 1% EM Super Cera C powder) 30 to 50cm deep in the ground every 1 to 2m. Every year the soil will become increasingly fertile.

Additionally, to 500 cc of activated EM made with sea water add 10g of charcoal, 10g of EM Super Cera C powder, and 1 cc of EMX GOLD, take two 3V lithium ion batteries (available at dollar shops) to make 6V, tape these up in a plastic bag to prevent moisture from entering the container, and this will be a perfect Hado source for a barrier.

The points are as shown in the figure and explanations below. Since the effects of EM are amplified resonantly, if you use EM as freely as air or water, the effects of the barrier will be doubled.

Multipurpose Utilization of Salt

As I have frequently written in this series of website articles, when we continue to apply EM, the soil will be converted to fertilizer. I have also explained how, one week before planting, if we spray activated EM made with seawater so that the undiluted solution moistens the surface of plants, weeds will subsequently be kept under control.

In past studies, salt starts to turn into fertilizer after 20-30 days, therefore it is clear that a multipurpose application is possible, since it can act as supplementary fertilizer, the salt has herbicidal effects, and it can cope with soil pests including snails and slugs.

Rough salt similar to natural salt is available for 25kg for ¥1,500. Spread 50 to 100g per square meter of this rough salt on the entire surface of the area after plant preparation is completed. When you plant seedlings, get rid of the salt on the surface and then it is all right to plant right away. If you are going to sow the seeds, one week later apply a 500 to 1,000 times solution of EM (apply 3 liters per 1 ㎡) until the salt is dissolved, or after the salt has dissolved due to rain, and then sow the seeds.

Also, when weeding measures are taken after planting, salt is spread between the rows so as not to touch the crops. After that, lightly spray the 500 to 1,000 times activated EM on the leaves just in case.

1. Spread salt between the bunches of plants and put some weeds to mulch.
The leaf lettuce on the left is an example in which weeds are suppressed by spreading salt after planting and there is a remarkable fertilization effect in the latter half of growth. Salt, which mainly contains NaCl, is completely soluble in water, so if appears to be causing harm, apply 500 to 1,000 times activated EM so the soil is sufficiently moist (3 to 5 liters per 1㎡), and no salt damage will occur at all.

If you use salt well, it will control weeds, snails and slugs will also decrease and will soon be gone, and it is a perfect measure against soil pests. Spreading 50kg of salt per 1,000 square meters for solar thermal disinfection and using 500 to 1,000 liters of activated EM in combination will allow you to attain optimal conditions.

2. Almost no weeds have grown, and the growth of the plants in the second half will be faster.
As a result, the amount of weeds will be greatly reduced and they will be easier to remove. With the synergistic effect of EM, the soil also will become soft and crumbly, and after that change the salt concentration as necessary.

In the case of rice paddies, after the rice planting, when the seedlings are fully rooted, drain water thoroughly and apply sufficient activated EM with sea water to moisten the soil, then spread a mixture of 30 to 50 kg of dried rice bran and 30 to 50 kg of salt per 10 ares. Then apply water after 4 to 5 days, and the highest grade herbicidal effects will be obtained, and yield and quality will be greatly improved. Try this first of all on a small scale area of about 10 ares.

3. A side view. It is the first time I grew them so easily.
Where seawater is freely available, spray 3 to 5 tons of seawater per 10 ares about one week before planting. Then just before planting, apply 500 to 1,000 times activated EM to sufficiently dissolve the salt. By this method the soil will be fertilized, soil pest insects will be reduced, and weeds will be controlled. The point is, if there are no effects, increase the amount, and if there is concern about salt damage, do commonsense measures to dilute the salt with enough water.

 

・ Tie the plastic bottles that are Hado sources at a height of about 50cm, using rope made of strong fiber (mini rope with a 2 to 5mm diameter), which will last for about 10 to 20 years.

・ Attach a boundary line to the top of the pillar and connect it to the Hado source.

・ Connect the mini rope to the barrier line and set it on the top of the crops or in the center of the rows.

・ In order to prevent damage by birds, lay the boundary lines crosswise at the highest point, at 1.5 to 3m. intervals.

・ If the area is less than 500 square meters, one plastic bottle as a Hado source is sufficient, but when the area is about 1,000 square meters, set the bottles on diagonal corners. If the area is even larger, set them at all four corners.

・ For wildlife protection over a wide area, set the Hado sources at intervals of 50 to 100m.

・ The more the Hado sources, the greater the effect. If after setting them they seem ineffective, this is due to the degradation of the quality of the EM activated solution used, or else is due to an insufficient overall number of Hado sources.

・ When using with fruit trees, set a Hado source on each tree at a height of 1 to 1.5m, and connect them all with a mini rope.

・ If there is an electric pole next to the field, and it does not cause any problems, as explained in the 100th issue of this series it is even more effective if latent voltage can be induced using a line (mini-rope).

(July 8, 2016)
BRON: https://emrojapan.com/living/105

Your Gut Can Help Fight Depression and High Blood Pressure

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By Dr. Mercola

Trillions of bacteria live in your gut, influencing your body’s homeostasis daily. Far from being restricted to the confines of your intestinal tract, your gut microbiota is intricately tied to other body systems via a number of complex pathways, including the gut-brain axis and a recently revealed gut-brain-bone marrow axis, the latter of which may influence your blood pressure, mood and more.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that your brain, your immune system and your gut microbes are intricately linked, so it’s not a stretch to add bone marrow to the list of connections. Immune cells stem from bone marrow, and bone marrow inflammation, which may result from high blood pressure, is known to be caused by a signal from the brain. In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology, researchers further revealed that immune cells in bone marrow play an important role in signaling between the brain and gut.1,2

Gut-Brain-Bone Marrow Connection Revealed

In an animal study, researchers replaced natural bone marrow in mice with bone marrow cells from genetically engineered (GE) mice. The marrow had been modified to be deficient in adrenergic receptor beta, making it less responsive to messages from the brain.

“In this way,” researchers wrote in The Conversation, “we could investigate how the host brain-immune communication will modify gut microbiota. Indeed, by studying this new mouse model, we determined that our nervous system — directed by our brain — can modify the composition of gut microbiota by communicating directly with the bone marrow immune cells. The brain, therefore, can change our gut microbiota indirectly by talking to the bone.”3

In short, when bone marrow was less able to communicate with the brain, a “muted inflammatory response” was observed in the gut, which in turn led to a more diverse (i.e., healthier) microbiome. The study shed light on one of the complex ways your gut health may be implicated in that of your heart and brain, with researchers noting:4

“In the context of cardiovascular disease, this muted inflammatory response appears to be beneficial, as it leads to beneficial lowering of blood pressure in our experimental mice.

Most interestingly, a link between gut microbiota and our mental health has recently become clearer. In particular, some have suggested that gut microbiota influence the stress and anxiety pathways in the brain in a way that can alter mood and behavior both positively and negatively, giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘gut feeling.'”

Imbalanced Gut Microbes Play a Role in High Blood Pressure

Imbalanced gut microbes, known as gut dysbiosis, have been previously linked to heart disease and high blood pressure, but a recent animal study shed further light on the unique connection.5 Researchers gave rats antibiotics for 10 days to wipe out their natural microbiota, then transplanted hypertensive microbiota into rats with normal blood pressure. Rats with high blood pressure, in turn, were transplanted with normal microbiota.6

The results were surprising in that the rats treated with hypertensive microbiota developed high blood pressure, while the transplantation of normal microbiota led to only a slight reduction in blood pressure among the hypertensive rats. “We conclude that gut dysbiosis can directly affect SBP [systolic blood pressure],” the researchers wrote, adding that manipulating gut microbiota, such as via the use of probiotics or eating fermented foods, may be an “innovative treatment for hypertension.”7

However, it’s not the first time such a link has been revealed. A systematic review and meta-analysis of nine randomized, controlled studies found significant benefits among people with high blood pressure who consumed probiotics in products like yogurt and milk.8 On average, compared to a placebo, the probiotic consumption lowered systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 3.56 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by 2.38 mm Hg.

It appeared that at least 100 billion colony-forming units of probiotics a day were necessary to trigger such improvements, and the benefit was only seen in those who consumed probiotics for eight weeks or more. In 2015, meanwhile, certain gut microbes, namely firmicutes and bacteroidetes, were associated with increased blood pressure in rats.

“Products of the fermentation of nutrients by gut microbiota can influence blood pressure by regulating expenditure of energy, intestinal metabolism of catecholamines, and gastrointestinal and renal ion transport, and thus, salt sensitivity,” according to research published in the journal Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.9

Probiotics Found to Benefit Gut Diseases, Mental Health

The addition of beneficial microbes has been found to benefit people struggling with serious gut diseases, including necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which often occurs in premature infants and can be fatal. An Australian study revealed that probiotic supplementation significantly reduced NEC risk and mortality in preterm neonates, lowering the incidence of NEC in premature babies by at least 30 percent.10

Probiotics have also been found to benefit irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), of which disturbances in the gut microbiota are often seen.11Compared to placebo, probiotic therapy was found to reduce pain and symptom severity among people with IBS,12 and probiotics are also known to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children.13

On the mental front, a small study involving adults diagnosed with IBS and depression found the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum provided depression relief. At six weeks, 64 percent of the treatment group had reduced depression scores compared to 32 percent of the control group that received a placebo.14

Those receiving the probiotic also reported fewer symptoms of IBS and improved overall quality of life. At the end of 10 weeks, approximately twice as many in the treatment group were still reporting lower levels of depression.

Interestingly, functional MRI scans revealed a link between reductions in depression score and actual changes in brain activity, specifically in areas involved in mood regulation, such as the amygdala. As noted by Dr. Roger McIntyre, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, who was not involved in the study:15

“We know that one part of the brain, the amygdala, tends to be red-hot in people with depression, and it seemed to cool down with this intervention. It provides more scientific believability that something in the brain, at a very biological level, seems to be affected by this probiotic.”

Are Personalized Probiotics the Answer?

As for which strains of probiotic are best, the answer may be harder to come by. Emma Allen-Vercoe, a microbiologist at the University of Guelph in Ontario, told Scientific American, “Bacterial strains are so genetically different from one another, and everybody has a different gut microbiota … There will probably never be a one-size-fits-all probiotic.”16

Studies suggest, for instance, that some people may benefit more from probiotics than others if they’re “low” in a certain variety that is then added to their diet. As Scientific American reported:17

“In other words, their gut ecosystems had a vacancy that the probiotic filled. That is exactly the kind of insight that clinicians need to create and recommend more effective probiotics. If a doctor knows that an individual with severe diarrhea has an undersized population of a particular beneficial microbe, for example, then prescribing the missing strain should increase the chance of a successful treatment.”

Other research has looked into the benefits of certain strains of bacteria, such as Bifidobacteria, which tend to be abundant in babies’ intestines but typically make up less than 10 percent of the gut microbiome bacteria in adults.18 Low levels of Bifidobacteria, in turn, are linked to chronic diseases like celiac disease, diabetes, allergic asthma and even obesity, while supplementing with them has been found to benefit IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, psoriasis, depression and more.19

Another type of bacteria, lactobacillus, has been shown to reduce anxiety in animal studies,20 while taking a probiotic with eight different bacterial strains reduced aggressive and ruminative thoughts in a study of adult volunteers.21,22

The Lectin Connection and How Leaky Gut Can Destroy Your Health

It’s important to be aware that gut dysbiosis, also known as leaky gut, is not only a major gut disrupter linked to digestive disorders, but may also contribute to other chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s and possibly cancer. If your gut is leaky, your blood-brain barrier is also leaky, which means toxins can go right into your brain, affecting your cognitive and mental health.

Further, leaky gut can be triggered by a number of factors, including imbalanced gut microbiota that result from dietary factors, such as the consumption of sugar as well as lectins. This latter component is very important. Lectins are plant proteins, sometimes called sticky proteins or glycan-binding proteins, because they seek out and bind to certain sugar molecules on the surface of cells. There are many types of lectins, and the main difference between them is the type of sugar each prefers and binds to.

Some — including wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), found in wheat and other grass-family seeds — bind to specific receptor sites on your intestinal mucosal cells and interfere with the absorption of nutrients across your intestinal wall.

As such, they act as “antinutrients,” and can have a detrimental effect on your gut microbiome by shifting the balance of your bacterial flora — a common precursor to leaky gut. Dr. Steven Gundry, author of “The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain,” makes a strong case for a lectin-free diet, stating:

“Our microbiome is, I think, our early warning system, because about 99 percent of all the genes that make up [the human body] are actually nonhuman, they’re bacterial, viral and fungal … [from which] we’ve uploaded most of the information about interacting with our environment … because the microbiome is capable of almost instantaneous changing and information processing that we actually don’t have the ability to do.

We’re beginning to realize … that the microbiome is not only how we interact with plant materials … like lectins, but probably more importantly, our microbiome teaches our immune system whether a particular plant compound is a friend or foe [based on] how long we’ve known that plant compound. There are lectins in everything.

But the longer we’ve interacted with lectins and the longer our microbiome has interacted with them, the more our microbiome kind of tells our immune system, ‘Hey, guys, it’s cool. We’ve known these guys for 40 million years. Chill out. They’re a pain, but we can handle them.’

From an evolutionary perspective, if you look at modern foods — say the grains and the beans, which we started interacting with 10,000 years ago, which is a blink of time — our microbiome [regards them as] foreign substances … [T]here’s no lectin speed dating in evolution.”

Lectins are strongly associated with autoimmune disorders of all kinds, primarily by triggering leaky gut. They’re found in many of our most cherished foods, such as:

Potatoes Eggplants Tomatoes Peppers Goji berries Lima beans
Cashews Peanuts Sunflower seeds Chia seeds Pumpkin seeds Kidney beans
Squash Corn Quinoa Soybeans Wheat Lentils

In addition, according to Gundry, glyphosate, which is not only sprayed on GE crops via Roundup but also is used to desiccate wheat in the U.S., is also highly problematic, decimating your microbiome and increasing leaky gut. It’s yet another reason to eat organic as much as possible.

To learn more, I highly recommend picking up a copy of “The Plant Paradox,” especially if you’ve already cleaned up your diet and still struggle with excess weight and/or health problems. Certainly, anyone with an autoimmune disorder would also be wise to take a closer look at lectins.

How to Support a Healthy Microbiota

Supporting your microbiome isn’t very complicated, but you do need to take proactive steps to encourage its health while avoiding factors known to cause harm. In addition to the lectin information above, consider the following recommendations to optimize your microbiome:

Do Avoid
Eat plenty of fermented foods. Healthy choices include lassi, fermented grass fed kefir, natto (fermented soy) and fermented vegetables. Antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary, and when you do, make sure to reseed your gut with fermented foods and/or a high-quality probiotic supplement.
Take a probiotic supplement. Although I’m not a major proponent of taking many supplements (as I believe the majority of your nutrients need to come from food), probiotics are an exception if you don’t eat fermented foods on a regular basis Conventionally-raised meats and other animal products, as CAFO animals are routinely fed low-dose antibiotics plus GE grains loaded with glyphosate, which is widely known to kill many bacteria.
Boost your soluble and insoluble fiber intake, focusing on vegetables, nuts and seeds, including sprouted seeds. Chlorinated and/or fluoridated water. Especially in your bathing such as showers, which are worse than drinking it.
Get your hands dirty in the garden. Exposure to bacteria and viruses can help to strengthen your immune system and provide long-lasting immunity against disease.

Getting your hands dirty in the garden can help reacquaint your immune system with beneficial microorganisms on the plants and in the soil.

Processed foods. Excessive sugars, along with otherwise “dead” nutrients, feed pathogenic bacteria.

Food emulsifiers such as polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols and xanthan gum also appear to have an adverse effect on your gut flora.

Unless 100 percent organic, they may also contain GMOs that tend to be heavily contaminated with pesticides such as glyphosate. Artificial sweeteners have also been found to alter gut bacteria in adverse ways.23

Open your windows. For the vast majority of human history, the outside was always part of the inside, and at no moment during our day were we ever really separated from nature.

Today, we spend 90 percent of our lives indoors. And, although keeping the outside out does have its advantages it has also changed the microbiome of your home.

Research shows that opening a window and increasing natural airflow can improve the diversity and health of the microbes in your home, which in turn benefit you.24

Agricultural chemicals, glyphosate (Roundup) in particular is a known antibiotic and will actively kill many of your beneficial gut microbes if you eat foods contaminated with it.
Wash your dishes by hand instead of in the dishwasher. Research has shown that washing your dishes by hand leaves more bacteria on the dishes than dishwashers do, and eating off these less-than-sterile dishes may actually decrease your risk of allergies by stimulating your immune system. Antibacterial soap, as it too kills off both good and bad bacteria and contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance.

Bron:  http://wakingtimesmedia.com/gut-can-help-fight-depression-high-blood-pressure/

Probiotic cure for peanut allergies shows long-term success

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Sometimes the slow, measured pace of medical research is frustrating. On average it takes about 12 years for a new drug to move from discovery to general practice, but each step towards approval is important as it validates whether or not these new medicines actually work and are safe. A new four-year follow-up study on the efficacy of a probiotic-based peanut allergy cure has revealed the majority of the original participants are still displaying tolerance to peanuts, paving the way for the final phase of trials to bring the treatment to the public.

In 2013, a team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, completed a study involving over 60 children suffering from peanut allergies. Over 18 months the children either received a placebo or a combination of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus with a peanut protein. At the end of the study 82 percent of the children receiving the probiotic treatment could safely eat peanuts.

“It appears that we have been able to modify the allergic response to peanut such that the immune system produces protective responses rather than a harmful response to the peanut protein,” said pioneer of the therapy Professor Mimi Tang, four years ago after the original study was published.

A big question that remained was whether this degree of peanut tolerance would hold over the long term. Now four years later the long-term data is in – and it’s extraordinarily positive. Eighty percent of those subjects that were tolerant of peanut by the end of the original study were still regularly eating peanuts years later with no problems.

“These children had been eating peanut freely in their diet without having to follow any particular program of peanut intake in the years after treatment was completed,” says Professor Tang of the recent follow-up work.

The research also suggests that a tolerance-based treatment for food allergies could be a realistic and effective target for addressing other food allergies.

The next step for the researchers is to move into Phase III clinical trials, which are often considered the most expensive and time-consuming part of the development process as they involve large patient groups across multiple locations. In the US the FDA can sometime approve treatments to market while they are still undergoing Phase III trials.

The team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has already jointly set up a company called Prota Therapeutics with a goal of moving this treatment through to public use as quickly as possible. No specific timeframe has been outlined, but the treatment should be available in the near future and could dramatically change the lives of many people suffering from this dangerous allergy.

The new follow-up study was published in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

Source: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

BRON: http://newatlas.com/peanut-cure-probiotic-long-term-study/50954/