Microben als opruimers in Artis


EM- Vereniging: “Ook Artis gebruikt EM! Onderstaande is een tekst uit het artikel -Recordaantal bezoekers voor ARTIS-”

Microben als opruimers in het park
ARTIS-Micropia werd dit jaar onderscheiden met de prijs Project of Influence voor innovatie. Microben hadden een belangrijke rol in het ARTIS-Park, bij het ontwikkelen van duurzame compost. ARTIS gebruikt de allerkleinste organismen, microben, om de poep van de allergrootsten, de olifanten, op te ruimen. Olifantenmest is heel rijk aan half verteerde plantenresten. Daaraan voegden de laboranten van ARTIS-Micropia een mengsel van 80 soorten microben toe, die samen de olifantenpoep fermenteren tot ‘bokashi’, een Japanse term voor gefermenteerd organisch materiaal. Net als bijvoorbeeld zuurkool. De bokashi wordt gebruikt als bodemverbeteraar voor de planten in ARTIS.

Lees het hele artikel hier: http://pretwerk.nl/topnieuws/recordaantal-bezoekers-artis/52823

#112 International Conference on Universal Village


International Conference on Universal Village

The 3rd International Conference on Universal Village held by the co-organizers below, was held at Nagoya University on October 6-8. The organizing organizations of the conference are ITSS (Intelligent Transportation Systems Society), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nagoya University, and Beijing Aeronautics and Astronautics University. In 2013 at the 1st conference, I made a presentation on EM Eco City (See the Web Ecopure, Living A Dream, 71th and 86th), completed in Johor, Malaysia. EM Eco City has 1,230 units, a useful life of 800 years or more, a power saving effect of 30 to 40% or more, realizing a high-quality natural farming method that makes raw garbage a highly functional organic fertilizer and does not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides at all. It is a smart city, an ecological city and a universal village that treats all sewage with EM, purifies the river, cleanses the sea, enriches the ecosystem, and actively contributes to the protection of biodiversity.

It felt like fate had brought us together, and using the opportunity of this presentation, I started exchanging information with Dr. Masaki, the director of the ITS Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he showed deep understanding about EM.

A Brief Profile of Dr. Ichiro Masaki, Universal Village Advocate.

After graduating from Waseda University, he was engaged in research on image sensors for FA robots at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.. In 1981-1993, at the research institute of General Motors in Detroit, while advancing research on intelligent cruise control that combines automobile and television, he established an international conference on intelligent vehicles at IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He was invited to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. Currently, he is the Director of the Intelligent Transportation Research Center at MIT. He served as Vice Chairman of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Council. He has served in an advisor and consultant to government agencies and private corporations not only in the US but also in Japan.

Dr. Masaki views the utilization of microorganisms as indispensable to fundamentally solving the collapse of the global ecosystem, which is the fundamental issue this conference is concerned with, and has asked for my cooperation in this effort.

As I talked about EM information and future development, he fully understood the essence of EM (antioxidant, nonionic, conversion of harmful energy into useful energy).  As a result, I have helped co-author Dr. Masaki’s book The Law of the Global Ecosystem and my part has been completed and will be published next year. I am not sure if the Japanese version will be published or not, but this book is intended to be read by world leaders working on environmental issues.

With this background, at this conference, ten sessions including EM related issues and radiation contamination countermeasures were made in the session on microbial technology and environmental conservation. The opening remarks by Dr. Masaki at the beginning of this International Conference are especially worth noting. I will only touch on the main points here, but please see information on DND (University venture Start-up support site) for additional details. (Note: The ellipses (….) indicate parts omitted from the original remarks.)

–Introduction Summary–

It is important to discuss the concept of Universal Village…..
When it comes to a method to solve all the problems facing us, however, one that will convince all people, a solution, in other words, in keeping with the laws of the ecosystem, even ecologists lament that they have no clue as to whether the Earth can be successfully managed or not. To solve this situation, in 2013, I have found the International Conference on Universal Village, which aims to bring researchers in various fields together as one to discuss these issues. At the same time, I started working on research of the laws that govern the entire global ecosystem. As a result, in light of the fact that the ecosystem is largely dependent on the role of microorganisms, in order to protect the ecosystem I came to the conclusion that we urgently need to solve problems in the following three fields: 

Key Research Goals for Universal Village

1. Protect diversity of microorganisms in the soil by developing materials to replace pesticides and chemical fertilizers 
2. Protect diversity of microorganisms in the ocean by developing new materials to replace oil and petroleum products 
3. Protect diversity of microorganisms underground and in seabed where radioactive waste have been dumped by nuclear power plants by developing new energy sources to replace nuclear power plants   

Indeed, we human beings, living on the Earth, which is part of an orderly and beautiful universe, have the duty to protect the ecosystem so that the diversity of microorganisms is protected. However, so far the human race has seen the oceans as the world’s sewer, has destroyed rainforests, has carried out underwater nuclear tests in coral reefs, and has used the beautiful Alps as illegal dumping grounds for radioactive waste. That’s why we researchers, recognizing that the Earth is beautiful and is part of an orderly universe, and determined to make an effort to regain a sustainable global ecosystem again, named this Conference Universal Village.

Knowing there are plans to continue to increase nuclear power generation in China and Africa, and also the United States, even Japan and many other countries are not intending to stop nuclear power generation, what should our stance as researchers be? Above all we should keep people safe, and research and develop, as quickly as possible, technology that will detoxify all harmful radionuclides that currently exists in nuclear weapons, nuclear power generation, and spent nuclear fuel, as well as develop medicine to maintain the health of victims of radiation illness. 

Naturally doubts will arise as to whether human science in the 21st century has reached a level where it can provide answers to these challenging questions…… 

In fact, with some exceptions, most researchers believe that such technology does not exist. One person in the world, however, does possess the knowledge to answer these questions, a person who is active in over 140 countries around the world. 


  • Dr. Teruo Higa – professor emeritus of University of Ryukyus
  • EM: combination of microorganisms centered mainly on lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and phototrophic bacteria
  • EM used in over 150 countries to solve issues of air, soil and water pollution

I first learned about him at the 1st International Conference on Universal Village in 2013. I am referring to Dr. Teruo Higa, professor emeritus of the University of the Ryukyus. 

Dr. Higa’s work involves a combination of microorganisms called Effective Microorganisms (EM). In Egypt spraying EM in orchards that were damaged by salt made them fruitful the following year. In rivers that were dirty and foul smelling because of sludge deposits, use of EM over a few years transformed them into clean rivers where flathead mullet, Japanese sea bass and redfin dace abound, and where Ayu fish and salmon have appeared. 

In agriculture, the basic way of utilizing EM is to mix weeds or other organic matter with EM, let it ferment, and use it as an organic fertilizer. Not only will harvested crops taste excellent and be highly nutritious, but crop yields will increase 1.5-2 times…… 

In order to, at all costs, avoid this frightening forecast for Japan, and also to rid people around the world of the deeply rooted fear that humanity and the global environment will be destroyed through nuclear war, accident, or a massive explosion of nuclear material due to terrorism, I finally succeeded in developing a new theory that scientifically proves Dr. Higa’s idea about “element conversion by microorganisms,” the sole method of addressing these problems. I will discuss these matters further in my book that will be published in the near future. If element conversion of radioactive substances by microorganisms is possible, then in theory radioactive substances can be transformed into non-radioactive substances. Furthermore, I am preparing to publish on the “global ecological laws” I began in 2013 with the goal of fundamentally solving the destruction of the global ecosystem. Dr. Higa and many other friends have helped in this effort and through their help the big picture has come into focus. Therefore, what we need to do now is fully ascertain the essence of the “scientific progress” that we human beings have unquestioningly accepted up till now, and evaluate this in light of the global ecological laws. By doing so, we should be able to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past….. 

In addition to the three areas we have aimed at up till now, from 2016 onwards Universal Village’s goals will be as follows. 

To rescue humanity and the global environment from this dire situation, we must protect the microorganisms that are “lead actors” in the environment. In order to accomplish this we should: 
1. Develop material that can replace agrochemicals and chemical fertilizers. (Dr. Higa’s EM is extremely effective, but of course it is necessary, through further research, to create even better products.) 
2. In order to protect diversity of microorganisms, we need to create ecologically-friendly new materials to replace plastics and other petroleum products. 
3. In order to protect diversity of microorganisms, we must create forms of green energy as alternatives to oil and other fossil fuels and nuclear power. 
4. We must raise as an urgent challenge the study of specific technology for the detoxification of radioactive nuclear material by using element conversion through microorganisms. 

When many researchers are determined that they must help rescue humanity and the global environment, and add one of these to their research agenda, then we can hope to contribute to finding solutions to all the problems facing the Earth’s ecology, namely nuclear issues, and pollution of the soil, air, and oceans. 

It is when we scientists come together like this to address these that we will overcome this crisis facing humanity and the Earth.

Dr. Masaki has thoroughly examined EM and gave the four items as the above-mentioned Universal Village issues and goals from 2016 onwards, and basically it can be said that all of these can be solved using EM Technology.

In Japan, there are scholars and mass media officials who deny EM entirely and treat me as representative of a pseudo scientist, but these people themselves are absolutely pseudo scientists who have never met me and have never verified the effects of EM, and are part of the attempt by a malicious mass media and others trying to destroy EM.

Environmental Forum on Radiation Measures

On November 26, the following environmental forum will be held at the prefecture education hall in Fukushima City. Steady results have been seen and we expect many people to participate.

This Environmental Forum is held in order to help recover a beautiful Fukushima, “Utsukushima EM Paradise,” through the application of EM in Fukushima Prefecture to solve radioactive contamination in the wake of the damage caused by the March 11, 2011 disaster that occurred when the Eastern Japan Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged during the Eastern Japan Earthquake. This year will be the sixth Forum.

In the 1st Forum, the achievements up to 2012 were presented and these contents have been reconfirmed in the 2013 and 2015 Forums.

  1. In farmland where organics were administered, creating conditions where EM could fully function, and where cultivation management was done to increase the population of EM, absorption of radioactive cesium by the crops was completely suppressed. At the same time, yield and quality of the crops also improved.
  2. In dairy farming using EM, not only were all the sanitation issues related to barns resolved, but even if the cows were given contaminated grass from the area, the level of radioactive cesium in the milk was below 5 Becquerel (the standard in Japan calls for a level below 50 Bq), and the radioactivity levels of meadows sprayed with their manure (slurry) became lower, and it was observed that the absorption of radioactive cesium by pasture grass was suppressed.
  3. If you continue to spray activated EM, in all cases the radioactive contamination level will become lower, and if it is sprayed when the soil is moist after rain etc., it is even more effective.
  4. When you use EM or EM・XGOLD it is possible to completely prevent damage caused by exposure to ionizing radiation, and it is also possible to deal with internal exposure.
  5. EM has a significant effect on the suppression of radioactive strontium absorption in crops, which is expected to be a problem in the future.
  6. There is also a reduction in the amount of radiation a few meters or tens of meters from areas that have been sprayed with EM.
  7. In followup experiments by the Belarus National Radiobiology Research Institute and EM Research Organization it became clear that radiation cesium significantly decreases even in containers.
  8. In order to publicize tothe world the tremendous effects of EM, the movie “SOSEI-Rejuvenation” was completed, and has been in theatrical release since last year and the information that radiation countermeasures are possible is steadily spreading to many people.
  9. By adding seawater or a salt similar to seawater to activate EM, it is clear that the addition of charcoal to EM mudballs markedly reduces radioactivity, farming without agricultural chemicals becomes easy, and soil also becomes remarkably fertile.
  10. With multifaceted applications of EM Technology, it is becoming possible to produce high-quality agricultural crops that are safe and excellent for health, and fundamental countermeasures against harmful rumors regarding radioactivity levels in crops are becoming possible.

Based on this reality, in order to broaden the acceptance of the utilization of EM to eliminate radioactivity so far, from this fiscal year we are shifting our emphasis to the utilization of EM, focusing on producers, and to sales of the products by these producers, steadily advancing the path of independence through the utilization of EM Technology.

Inner Lake of Isahaya Reclaimed in Nagasaki Prefecture Has Become an EM Lake

EM leaders in Unzen City

I happened to pass through the area of reclaimed land along Isahaya Bay when I went to attend the “Virtuous Cycle of Nagasaki Meeting in Unzen.” Thanks to that, it provided an opportunity to check the quantum entanglement (*2) in the inner lake and on the sea side. To my surprise, the resuscitation waves of the inner lake were far beyond the level that constitutes so-called holy water. [*2 The phenomenon has been proven in quantum mechanics that if one is conscious of it everything that exists is mutually reactive. In order to check the strength of the quantum, various methods such as O-ring test, chi measuring, and dowsing devices used for fortune telling are used, and all the findings conscious of entanglement are consistent. (Reference material:  Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology by Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden, translated into Japanese by Atsushi Mizutani, first published in Japan September 2015 by SB Creative Co., Ltd.)]

This water is also used for agriculture in the reclaimed land. If you further increase the EM level of this water and continue to use it for agriculture, in the near future it will be possible to produce high-quality agricultural production with high yields without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides at all.

This surprising result is due to the long-term project by a coalition of women’s associations of Isahaya City to promote a water purification campaign using EM. The poor water quality of lakes in reclaimed land in various parts of the country is a serious problem. By thoroughly implementing the Isahaya system, it is possible to simultaneously realize both advanced promotion of agriculture and promotion of inland fisheries.

As is well known, Unzen City used the merger of seven towns as an opportunity to begin a garbage recycling and environmental program (budgeted at 9 million yen) that systematically utilizes EM. As a result, it has been lauded as a nationwide model city of regional revitalization through cooperation between local government and residents, and there has been steady progress toward making EM a central part of people’s lifestyles and society.

Using waste oil in soap making with EM

Activity base of Unzen City Eco Activities Association

Unzen Municipal Hijikuro Elementary School has been “EM-ized”

A weakened Zelkova Serrata tree at Unzen Municipal Hijikuro Elementary School garden has been revived by EM

BRON: https://emrojapan.com/living/107

Elke bacterie lijkt een eigen persoonlijkheid te hebben


En dat niet alleen: bacteriën hebben ook ‘stemmingswisselingen’.

Dat schrijven Nederlandse onderzoekers in het blad eLife. Ze baseren zich op experimenten met de bekende bacterie E. coli.

Bacteriën zijn eencellig en hebben dus geen zenuwstelsel. Maar ze kunnen dankzij een netwerk van eiwitmoleculen – die met elkaar samenwerken op een manier die sterk lijkt op hoe zenuwen in ons brein functioneren – wel hun bewegingen beheersen. “Zo ‘weet’ E. coli – een onschadelijke darmbacterie – wanneer hij zijn rechtdoorgaande zwemrichting moet veranderen door af en toe te tuimelen, waardoor hij in een nieuwe, willekeurige richting verder zwemt,” legt onderzoeker Tom Shimizu uit. “E. coli gebruikt signaaleiwitten om voedselmoleculen of giftige stoffen te detecteren. Daarmee beslist de bacterie al zwemmend of zijn leven beter of slechter wordt, en hoe vaak hij moet tuimelen om op een goede plek terecht te komen.”

Al jaren onderzoeken wetenschappers hoe deze moleculaire netwerken in bacteriën reageren op veranderingen in de omgeving (zoals bijvoorbeeld een plotselinge overvloed aan voedsel). Maar daarbij was het tot voor kort niet mogelijk om te achterhalen hoe het eiwitnetwerk in elke individuele bacterie reageert. In plaats daarvan moest het signaal gemiddeld worden over honderden bacteriën. Shimizu en collega’s hebben nu echter een microscopiemethode ontwikkeld waarmee ze de reactie van moleculaire netwerken wél in individuele bacteriën kunnen vaststellen. En dat levert verrassende resultaten op.

Een eigen persoonlijkheid
De onderzoekers werkten met bacteriën die – net als eeneiige tweelingen – exact hetzelfde DNA hadden en onder dezelfde omstandigheden gekweekt waren. Je zou op basis daarvan misschien dan ook wel verwachten dat het netwerk van eiwitmoleculen zich in elke bacterie hetzelfde gedraagt. Maar niets is minder waar. In elke bacterie gedroeg het eiwitnetwerk – zelfs als de chemische omgeving gelijk was – zich weer anders. “Elke bacterie lijkt een eigen persoonlijkheid te hebben,” vertelt onderzoeker Johannes Keegstra. “We vonden bijvoorbeeld dat de chemische drempelconcentratie waarop ze reageren, aanzienlijk verschilt tussen bacteriën.”

Daarnaast blijkt uit het onderzoek dat de moleculaire activiteit in bacteriën ook aan verandering onderhevig is, zelfs als de omgeving niet verandert. De onderzoekers noemen dat stemmingswisselingen. Het betekent heel concreet dat het mechanisme waarop bacteriën hun ‘beslissing’ – om gewoon rechtdoor te blijven zwemmen of te gaan tuimelen en van richting te veranderen – baseren, dus behoorlijk onberekenbaar kan zijn. De wisselende moleculaire signalen zijn volgens de onderzoekers wellicht het resultaat van toevalsgebeurtenissen in de bacterie. Shimizu legt uit: “We denken dat de bacteriële individualiteit niet komt door nature (de DNA volgorde) of nurture (omgevingsinvloeden), maar veel meer door willekeurige gebeurtenissen zoals botsingen van moleculen binnenin de bacterie.”
Tegelijkertijd heeft de bacteriepopulatie mogelijk wel baat bij deze stemmingswisselingen, vertelt Keegstra. “We waren verrast door hoe drastisch de stemmingswisselingen waren,” vertelt Keegstra. “De aanzienlijke variatie in stemmingen zou kunnen betekenen dat sommige bacteriën zich gedragen als verkenners die afgelegen, grote gebieden onderzoeken met slechts soms een belangrijk resultaat, terwijl anderen dichtbij blijven en efficiënt gebruik maken van wat daar te vinden is. Zo’n verdeling van de arbeid kan gunstig zijn voor de hele populatie.”

Het onderzoek heeft verschillende implicaties. Zo kan meer inzicht in de verschillen die er tussen het gedrag van bacteriën zijn wellicht helpen om ziekteverwekkende bacteriën te bestrijden, zonder dat daarbij ook ‘goede’ bacteriën worden uitgeschakeld.

BRON: https://www.scientias.nl/bacterie-lijkt-eigen-persoonlijkheid/

How to Optimize Your Gut Health


What is Gut Health?

Although Hippocrates hypothesized that all diseases begin in the gut over 2,000 years ago, research is recently beginning to truly understand the massive impact that gut health has on overall health, wellbeing and disease control.

The truth is, the gut and its functions are extremely complex. The human body is composed of equal if not more bacteria than cells. We are basically bacteria-bipeds wandering this planet. Only about 10% of our cells are truly human, while the majority is microbial.

We are in an age when transplanting fecal matter (poop) from one person into another is a “thing.” An extremely effective “thing” curing over 90% of patients with Clostridium difficile. But nonetheless, that’s how damaged human’s microbial systems have become.

Better questions we can now answer: How did this happen? And how do we fix it?

The human body is one ecosystem with trillions of micro-organism inhabitants. This is called the human microbiome. We could not live without this massive colony of bacteria. They are in our eyes, skin, digestive and respiratory system.

The largest colony of microbes reside in our digestive system. There’s an entire world going on in there, with certain species performing different functions. Without gut flora, humans would not be able to survive.

Gut flora can be categorized into three groups:

● Beneficial (essential) flora: These are the most important and most abundant microbes (bacteria) found in a healthy individual. Key beneficial players: Bifidobacteria, Lactobacteria, Propionobacteria, E. Coli (physiological strains only), Peptostreptoccocci and Enterococci.

● Opportunistic flora: These microbes have various functions in different combinations. In a healthy body, opportunistic flora is tightly controlled and regulated by the beneficial bacteria. However, in a compromised immune system, these guys can stray and cause health problems. Key opportunistic players: Bacteroids, Peptococci, Staphylococci, Streptococci, Bacilli, Clostridia, Yeasts, Enterobacteria, Fuzobacteria, Eubacteria, Catenobacteria, etc.

● Transitional flora: These microbes are consumed on a daily basis through the environmental toxins and processed food. As long the gut is protected by beneficial bacteria, these microbes will pass through our digestive system without harm. But if it’s damaged, transitional flora can lead to disease. Key transitional players: toxins, chemicals, parasites, bacteria in undigested food and drink.

Immune System & Gut Health

Approximately 80% of our immune system is located in the gut. Basically if your beneficial microbes are M.I.A., there’s a good chance you’re getting sick, my friend. The Mucosal Barrier of the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract is built to allow very small fully digested particles through.

However, when the GI tract becomes stressed, the tight junctions between the cells lining of our GI tract or enterocytes become loose. This allows the unchecked entry of bigger particles into the bloodstream. Your body then sees these larger particles as foreign and activates the immune system just like it would for any pathogen.

The problem is that your immune system has a great memory (via memory B cells). They don’t care what exactly that large particle is. To your immune system, it’s just an intruder that needs to be pulverized. Thus, if you have intestinal permeability depending on what larger particles get through, your immune system can start attacking literally any items that you commonly eat like tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, even a lean piece of grass-fed steak.

The problem doesn’t end there because if a large particle gets through that looks similar to thyroid, ovarian, adrenal, or mucosal tissue, you may have just set the stage for an auto-immune disease – your own immune system now sees yourself as foreign. This is called molecular mimicry and this chain of events is not something to take lightly.

Energy Metabolism

Without a well-balanced gut flora, digestion and absorption cannot be optimal. This bacteria has the ability to break down protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber. “By-products of bacterial activity in the gut are very important in transporting mineralsvitamins, water, gases and many other nutrients through the gut wall into the bloodstream.”

Take Away: Even if you followed a ‘perfect’ diet consuming all the “superfoods” in the world, you cannot combat a damaged gut flora. It’s essential to heal the gut first. Then you will be able to able to efficiently digest and absorb healthy foods and supplements. Fiber and lactose (milk sugar) are two substances that require good bacteria for digestion.

Most people don’t produce lactase–the enzyme that breaks down lactose–after infancy. But why then can some people handle dairy while others cannot? This is because these individuals have a lot of lactose-digesting bacteria; one of the most notable ones being E. Coli. Yes, this is same bacteria that also can make us sick.

However, if your gut is populated by physiological strains of E. Coli, you are better equipped to fight off the pathogenic (bad) species of E. Coli.

What Compromises the Microbiome?

The integrity of the gut flora has its roots far before your parents conceived you. Did dad follow a strict Ramen-noodle diet in college? Was mom hanging out with Ben & Jerry on the reg while you were in her tummy? Not to put the blame on our folks’ diet, but it is one contributing factor to a baby’s microbiome among many other factors, including:

Birth & Infancy

● C-section babies
● Bottle-fed babies


● Penicillins
● Tetracyclines
● Aminoglycosides
● Antifungal antibiotics
● Antibiotics wipe out all bacteria–the bad and the good. So, although necessary at times, a dose of these drugs will inherently leave you immune-compromised.

Other Drugs

● Pain killers
● Steroids
● Contraceptives
● Sleeping pills
● Heartburn medication

Processed Foods

● Sugar & processed carbohydrates
● Grain fiber
● Food sensitivities – common allergens and food sensitivities wreak havoc on your digestive system eventually leading to GI tract shutdown, a blunted brush border, dysbiosis, and poor gut health.


● Infectious disease
● Viral infections
● Chronic illness
● Alcoholism
● Dysbiosis – or inappropriate ratio of good vs. bad bacteria residing in the gut. This is the topic of entire books and articles, but in the simplest terms: you are the wolf that you feed. Healthy bacteria thrive on colorful fruits and vegetables, bad bacteria thrive on sugar, artificial  sweeteners, and unhealthy fats. Also, if you have transit time issues, it is very likely that you have some kind of dysbiosis and brain to gut axis issue.


● Short-term stress (recovers fairly easy)
● Prolonged stress (permanent damage)

Other Factors

● Old age
● Over physical exertion
● Surgery
● Pollution
● Toxic substance exposure/ingestion
● Extreme climates
● Environmental Toxins – items like BPA, BT Toxin (found in GMO corn), and Glyphosate (AKA Round-Up).
● Intestinal parasites, microbial infestations, or fungal overgrowth – this is much more common than you might think. 80-90% of our population is believed to have some kind of unwanted GI intruder.

Take away: Think twice before taking antibiotics and popping any over-the-counter or prescribed medication. Please, do not take this fundamentally. Just don’t go running to the doctor the second you have the sniffles. Sure, a Z-Pack will probably make you feel better in the short term, but you’re wiping out all of the good bacteria along with the bad. Plus, overuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance. So when you really need those meds to work, they may not.

Avoid processed food. It sounds simple, but it’s not with over 80% of the American food supply being altered or processed in some way.

Control “extreme” behaviors. This can be any obsessive act or habit from partying too much to over-exercising to everything in between. Too much of a bad OR good thing causes stress to the body and damages the gut flora.

Practice TLC in the most natural environment possible. You probably won’t witness the lasting effects of recycling that glass bottle but your body will. By removing yourself from life’s stressors aka your 8×8 work cubicle and entering a local park surrounded by lots of green, you will inherently avoid many of those damaging factors.

How to Establish a Healthy Gut?

The information on how to help fix gut health could fill an entire book, let alone an article. While we obviously can’t go into that kind of detail here, we can give you some simple fixes that will get you started on the right track.

Restore Stomach Acid Production

The first step in restoring stomach acid production is addressing any factors that are inhibiting it. This means getting tested for H. pylori if you suspect it, taking steps to manage chronic stress and avoiding acid-suppressing drugs.

The next step is to take hydrochloric acid (HCL). Taking HCL can often help kick start the body’s own acid production. HCL helps limit digestive problems as well as the potentially serious consequences of low stomach acid (such as decreased nutrient absorption, bacterial overgrowth, and increased susceptibility to infection.

Be aware that HCL should always be taken with pepsin — or, better yet, acid-stable protease — because it is likely that if the stomach is not producing enough HCL, it is also not producing enough protein digesting enzymes.

Replace Digestive Enzymes

As mentioned above, the single most important step in increasing digestive enzyme production is by restoring stomach acid production.

This will give the chyme entering the small intestine the proper pH level (acidity), which is what stimulates the pancreas to produce enzymes. Managing chronic stress and ensuring adequate micronutrient (co- enzyme) intake are also important.


This one is a little harder to give a quick overview of, because there are so many potential causes, and some of those causes require a fairly complex approach. What we can do is give you a few general tips that are helpful in most circumstances, regardless of the cause.

The first step would be to cut out gluten. Gluten leads to increased intestinal permeability if you have a gluten allergy/sensitivity or not (via activation of the zonulin pathway). Gluten is not your friend.

Also, just two alcholic beverages will cause damage to the intestinal lining and in turn intestinal permeability. A night of bottle service and pizza is a fantastic way to ramp yourself for an incredible inflammatory response and maybe even good ol’ autoimmune disease.

None of this sounds sexy or fun. Sorry, but we don’t make the rules and we’ve found a fair number of people who are weight loss resistant in our practice.

These people try everything but can’t lose body fat and constantly crave sugar. This is because whenever your immune system is running wild, you will be in a perpetual state of sugar burning and have zero shot at burning stored fat no matter how little you eat or how much you exercise.

Fixing the GI tract and securing up the junctions between our enterocytes is the first step on the road to putting out the inflammatory fire and having a real opportunity to incinerate visceral fat or the bulge around the middle.


The next step would be trying some tweaks to your existing Paleo or “real food” diet. (You are on a Paleo or “real food” diet, aren’t you? If not, that is the first step. Here are three diet fixes we’ve found to be helpful, and they’re listed in the order we suggest you try them:

● Add Fermented Food. Raw, fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or beet kvass are rich in enzymes and should be consumed regularly if tolerated.
● Try an Elimination diet. Cut out all gluten, dairy, and sugar for a minimum of two weeks (6 weeks is ideal). Begin to add one food back into your diet. A piece of sprouted, whole-grain bread is a good start. Now you begin the waiting game.
● GAPS diet. The GAPS diet is a comprehensive, anti-inflammatory, gut-healing diet. It’s especially helpful with SIBO, dysbiosis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

How to Optimize Your Gut Health

Along with these diet tips, we suggest you start adding these probiotic strains and supplements to you daily protocol. Supplemental nutrients can be helpful for immediate relief. These include:

● Ox bile. While not technically an enzyme, ox bile is one of the most effective supplements for improving fat absorption.
● Acid stable protease. Improves protein digestion; acid-stable protease is able to survive the low pH of gastric juices to further aid in protein assimilation.
● Pancreatin. A mixture of enzymes produced by the pancreas, including lipase (fat digesting), protease (protein digesting) and amylase (carbohydrate digesting).
● Bromelain. An enzyme found in pineapple that helps with protein digestion, and may have systemic anti-inflammatory effects.
● Ginger. A time-tested digestive remedy. As with HCL, in most cases you will only need to take these nutrients temporarily, until you are able to address the underlying issues. But they can be incredibly helpful in the meantime.

Probiotic Bacteria

More and more research has shown the effectiveness of daily probiotic supplementationon energy metabolism, immune system strength and disease controlProbiotics are strains of beneficial bacteria. Of course, there are thousands of strains of probiotics, so it’s virtually impossible to get every single strain through one probiotic supplement, but there are some heavy hitters that are widely available and crucial to take on a daily basis.

● Lactobacillus acidophilus
● Lactobacillus plantarum
● Lactobacillus rhamnosus
● Bifidobacterium infantis
● Bifidobacterium lactis

Probiotic Yeast

● Saccharomyces Boulardii


● Organic Jerusalem Artichoke (root)
● Organic Dandelion (leaf)

Digestive Enzymes

● Amylase
● Protease
● Lipase
● Cellulase
● Alpha Galactosidase
● Maltase
● Lactase
● Glucoamylase
● Pectinase
● Xylanase
● Beta Glucanase
● Invertase
● Hemicellulase
● Serratiopeptidase
● Pepsin

Bitter Herbs

Another way to stimulate acid production in the stomach is by taking bitter herbs. “Bitters” have been used in traditional cultures for thousands of years to stimulate and improve digestion. More recently, studies have confirmed the ability of bitters to increase the flow of digestive juices, including HCL, bile, pepsin, gastrin and pancreatic enzymes. The following is a list of bitter herbs commonly used in Western and Chinese herbology:

● Dandelion
● Fennel
● Gentian root
● Ginger
● Beet root
● Goldenseal root
● Milk thistle
● Peppermint
● Wormwood
● Yellow dock

Hydrochloric Acid

● Betaine Hydrochloride


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BRON: https://www.onnit.com/academy/how-to-optimize-your-gut-health/

Weidevogel en boer zijn gebaat bij ruige stalmest


In agrarische graslanden spelen rode wormen een sleutelrol in de bodemvruchtbaarheid en in de voedselvoorziening van weidevogels. Jeroen Onrust onderzocht de wisselwerking tussen boeren, wormen en weidevogels. Hij concludeert dat de rol van rode wormen wordt gehinderd door uitdroging en een gebrek aan ruige stalmest. Zijn bevindingen zijn van belang voor het natuurinclusief boeren. Op 15 december verdedigt hij zijn proefschrift aan de Campus Fryslân van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Onrust onderzocht hoe het graslandbeheer van melkveehouders de regenwormen in de grond en de toegang van weidevogels tot die wormen beïnvloedt. Daarnaast onderzocht hij welke ecotypen regenwormen belangrijk zijn voor weidevogels. Onderscheidend naar kleur duidt hij de twee ecotypen – detritivoren en geofagen – aan als respectievelijk rode en grijze wormen. “Rode wormen zoeken aan het oppervlak naar voedsel en grijze wormen blijven altijd onder de grond”, zegt Onrust.

Speciale kar
Zichtjagende weidevogels als de kievit speuren naar wormen óp het gras. Om de toegang van dergelijke vogels tot regenwormen te meten nam Onrust daarom geen bodemmonsters, maar ontwikkelde een nieuwe methode: “Ik heb een kar gemaakt waar ik met mijn buik op lag en die ik met de benen voortbewoog. Zo heb ik de wormen geteld die ik op de grond zag.” Daarbij haalde Onrust menig nachtje door, want regenwormen komen alleen ’s nachts omhoog. “Dat was heel rustgevend”, lacht hij. “Kieviten, goudplevieren en andere zichtjagende weidevogels zijn ’s nachts het meest actief. Ik hoorde de vogels meer dan ik ze zag, of ze vlogen vlak voor me op als ik er aan kwam op mijn buikkar.” Onrust voerde zijn onderzoek uit in weilanden van melkveehouders in Friesland. Niet alleen is daar 90% van het agrarische land in gebruik van melkveehouderijen en bevinden zich daar de hoogste dichtheden weidevogels van Nederland, ook is Friesland de meest wormenrijke provincie.

Onrust ontdekte dat de hoeveelheid rode wormen aan de oppervlakte afhankelijk is van de mate van uitdroging van het land en de bemesting. “Voor weidevogels is vooral droogte het probleem”, zegt hij. “Als de bodem vochtig blijft, dan blijven de wormen ook actief en hebben de vogels geen probleem. Maar zodra de bodem uitdroogt, gaan de rode wormen in rusttoestand en komen ze niet meer aan de oppervlakte. Uiteindelijk wordt de bodem ook zo hard dat een tastjager als de grutto er niet meer met zijn snavel door kan prikken.” Ook voor de boer is een uitgedroogde bodem niet fijn, want daarin zijn wormen inactief en staat de hele vruchtbaarheidscyclus stil. Experimenten met een hoger grondwaterpeil brachten niet altijd het gewenste effect. Onrust: “Waarschijnlijk heeft dat te maken met de verstoring van de bodem. Door bewerkingen als mestinjectie, ploegen en machinaal doorzaaien verliest de bodem zijn sponswerking, met als gevolg dat het water in de toplaag niet wordt vastgehouden.”

Ruige stalmest
Het zijn vooral de rode wormen die organisch materiaal aan de oppervlakte verzamelen en in de grond brengen. Juist rode wormen zijn als biobouwers belangrijk in het ecosysteem van het grasland. Maar deze detritivoren doen het steeds slechter, voornamelijk omdat boeren overwegend drijfmest uitrijden. “Ruige stalmest, met daarin uitwerpselen maar ook stro, is zeldzaam geworden, terwijl dat het belangrijkste voedsel voor rode wormen is”, zegt Onrust. “Ze moeten echt het grove organische materiaal zoals strootjes en blaadjes hebben. Met drijfmest kunnen ze niet zoveel.” Al met al zijn de bevindingen van Onrust ook van belang voor ‘natuurinclusief boeren’, dat momenteel in de belangstelling staat.

Het proefschrift Earth, worms and birds is te vinden op de website van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 12/12/17

Foto: Lars Soerink

Onze bron: https://www.emnatuurlijkactief.nl/weidevogel-en-boer-zijn-gebaat-bij-ruige-stalmest

Bokashi op TEDx


In Venlo werken wij samen met EM verkooppunt Provinos. Provinos biedt niet alleen advies voor schapenhouders, ook is er veel kennis over Bokashi voor de landbouw en huis & tuin. Mede-eigenaar Philippe van der Grinten heeft onlangs bij TEDx in Venlo gesproken over het belang van een viale bodem en het bodemleven. En hoe Bokashi daar een belangrijke en positieve rol in speelt.

Bekijk het filmpje hieronder of bekijk het direct op YouTube: https://youtu.be/_51j5nL4H5s

BRON: https://www.emnatuurlijkactief.nl/bokashi-op-tedx/