World’s Largest Study on the Human Gut Reveals Connection to These Mental Health Problems

The largest study of all time on the human gut has been underway since 2012 and they are discovering some remarkable things.

Scientists have been collecting fecal samples from around the world and tirelessly analyzing and comparing samples. Believe it or not, people have been paying $99 each to send their own stool samples along with oral and skin samples of bacteria to the research scientists. They also answer questions including those about their diet and lifestyle.

Three PhDs, Rob Knight, Jeff Leach, and Jack Gilbert founded the American Gut Project in 2012 on a quest to discover more about the human microbiome, more commonly referred to as ‘the gut’.

The microbiome is essentially a diverse world of different kinds of bacteria that live within our digestive system. These bacteria, some beneficial, some villainous, form a microscopic world of activity that can either fight disease, or give it the perfect atmosphere to thrive.

Many health problems have been linked to certain types of bacteria that live in our microbiome that are either foreign invaders or simply types that overgrow their beneficial bacterial counterpart and ruin the natural healthy balance.

So Far the American Gut Project Has Made the Following Discoveries

Firstly, they have noted that people who eat a wider variety of plants have a wider variety of bacteria in their microbiome. They haven’t necessarily stated that it’s better to have a more complex microbiome but they have noted that those people eating extra plants have less antibiotic resistance, which is noteworthy for sure.

This lack of antibiotic resistance could simply have to do with the subjects who favor a wide variety of plants eating fewer packaged and processed foods that contain animals raised with antibiotics.

The scientists have also discovered that people who have similar bacterial profiles tend to suffer from the same health problems. This was determined by matching subjects to controls with the same age, gender, and body mass index that did not suffer from the ailment.

Gut Bacteria and Mental Health

Some of the health problems that were found to have subjects in common with similar bacterial profiles were mental health problems, take PTSD for instance. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, depression, or bipolar disorder have stood out in the study thus far as having a very strong link to gut bacteria diversity.

In other words, subjects who suffer from PTSD tend to have the same bacteria in their digestive tract. The same goes for depression and bipolar disorder.

When you consider how many mental and physical health symptoms are linked to nutritional deficiencies and also how vital a role our gut plays in absorbing and utilizing nutrients, this all starts to make a lot of sense.

Medical News Today puts it very well:

The results demonstrated that people who reported mental health issues had more bacteria in common with other people who reported similar problems than they did with the controls.

This association was strong regardless of gender, age, or geographical location. Also, the research suggests that some types of bacteria may be more prevalent in people who live with depression.

The MNT article also points out that a certain recent study found a connection between anxiety and a lack of healthy gut microbes. Another study discovered that certain bacteria are altered in people who suffer from PTSD.

“We observed a much greater microbial diversity than previous smaller studies found, and that suggests that if we look at more populations, we’ll see more diversity, which is important for defining the boundaries of the human microbiome,” said Daniel McDonald, PhD, the scientific director of the American Gut Project at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

The ultimate goal of the project is to map the human microbiome. Essentially it is to be able to tell people, ‘Alright, you’re suffering from this ailment, well here’s what is missing or different about your gut bacteria and here’s what you need to eat (or not eat) in order to fix it.’

Dr. Rob Knight said, “The human microbiome is complex, but the more samples we get, the sooner we will be able to unravel the many ways the microbiome is associated with various health and disease states.”


Links between gut microbes and depression strengthened

The once-wild idea that intestinal bacteria influence mental health has transformed into a major research pursuit.

Just ten years ago, the idea that microorganisms in the human gut could influence the brain was often dismissed as wild. Not any more.

Links between the central nervous system and the trillions of bacteria in the gut — the microbiota — are now a major focus of research, public interest and press coverage. But how does this ‘gut–brain axis’ work? The mechanisms by which microorganisms shape aspects of brain functioning such as memory and social behaviour, and how they might contribute to conditions such as depression and neurodegenerative disease, are tenuous and often controversial.

Much of what we know so far is based on studies showing correlations between specific gut bacteria, their metabolites and neurological symptoms. But these correlations do not prove cause and effect. Many studies use animal models, which don’t accurately mirror human traits or behaviours. Human studies have been limited: they’re usually based on relatively small numbers of people, and might not control for a wealth of confounding factors — such as unusual diets, antibiotics or antidepressants — that can affect the microbiota.

A study published this week in Nature Microbiology tackles some of these issues (M. Valles-Colomer et al. Nature Microbiol.; 2019). The authors used DNA sequencing to analyse microbiota in the faeces of more than 1,000 people enrolled in Belgium’s Flemish Gut Flora Project. The team then correlated different microbial taxa with the participants’ quality of life and incidence of depression, using self-reported and physician-supplied diagnoses. The researchers validated the findings in an independent cohort of 1,063 individuals in the Netherlands’ LifeLines DEEP project. Finally, they mined the data to generate a catalogue describing the microbiota’s capacity to produce or degrade molecules that can interact with the human nervous system.

The researchers found that two groups of bacteria, Coprococcus and Dialister, were reduced in people with depression. And they saw a positive correlation between quality of life and the potential ability of the gut microbiome to synthesize a breakdown product of the neurotransmitter dopamine, called 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid. The results are some of the strongest yet to show that a person’s microbiota can influence their mental health.

These are still correlations, not causes. Researchers know that the gut microbiota can produce or stimulate the production of neurotransmitters and neuroactive compounds, such as serotonin, GABA and dopamine, and that these compounds can modulate bacterial growth. The challenge now is to find out whether, and how, these microbe-derived molecules can interact with the human central nervous system, and whether that alters a person’s behaviour or risk of disease. At least now, answering these questions is a wise pursuit, not a wild one.

Nature 566, 7 (2019)


Workshop Bokashi maken voor de tuin

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Roeach organiseert twee informatieve workshops over Bokashi met de Bokashi-keukenemmer.

Bokashi is het Japanse woord voor “goed gefermenteerd organisch materiaal”. Het is een manier om je organische resten om te zetten tot een zeer rijke bodemverbeteraar. Bokashi is het resultaat van een eeuwenoude techniek: fermentatie. Janet Pasveer van Roeach legt uit: “Tine en ik werken al enige tijd met Bokashi. In onze perma-tuin voeden we de bodem met Bokashi. Je doet groenteafval in een Bokashi-emmer, voegt effectieve micro-organismen in de vorm van Bokashi-starter toe en drukt het allemaal goed aan. Door het verwerken van je resten zonder zuurstof, maak je van je eigen organische resten een waardevolle bodemverbeteraar. De firma Agriton is al 25 jaar, wereldwijd, bezig met dit mooie product. Simone Vos van EM Agriton Natuurlijk Actief komt, samen met ons, op twee avonden uitleg geven over deze manier om je groenteresten te verwerken tot voeding voor de bodem”. De kosten zijn € 5,- p.p. De avonden zijn op:

  • dinsdagavond 26 februari in Leeuwarden (hier is nog plek)
  • woensdagavond 6 maart in Joure (is al bijna volgeboekt)

Wil je komen? Meld je dan vóór 24 februari aan:
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A gut punch fights cancer and infection

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Microorganisms in the human gut can affect immune-system cells. Gut bacterial strains have been discovered that boost immune cells that have cell-killing capacity and that can target cancer and protect against infection.

The bacteria that live in our bodies have a pivotal role in the maintenance of our health, and can influence a range of conditions, such as obesity and cancer1–6. Perhaps the most important role for the community of microorganisms that live in our gut — termed the microbiota, which include bacteria, fungi and archaea — is to aid immune-system development7. Writing in Nature, Tanoue et al.8 report the identification of 11 strains of bacteria that reside in the guts of some healthy humans and that can boost immune responses that fight infection and cancer.

A particularly potent type of immune cell that recognizes and kills infected and cancerous cells is the cytotoxic CD8+ T cell. These cells identify target cells through interactions between their T-cell receptor proteins (TCRs) and peptide fragments called antigens from the target cell. Harnessing an approach used previously9,10 to identify bacterial strains that can boost certain subsets of T cell, Tanoue and colleagues used mouse models in their search for bacteria that drive production of the subset of CD8+ T cells that produce a potent immunostimulatory protein called interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and are known as CD8+ IFN-γ+ T cells. They found that mice housed under normal laboratory conditions had this type of T cell in their colons, but that such cells were mainly absent in mice raised in a germ-free environment.

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#125 EM Disaster Recovery Support Projects in 2017

The certified non-profit corporation, United Networks for Earth Environment (U-net) has been developing various EM disaster recovery support projects since the beginning the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred, not only in Eastern Japan, but also where there was flood damage in various places, and after the Kumamoto Earthquake, and so on.

Among these, they are addressing radiation pollution control in Fukushima as their biggest issue. Last November 25, the 7th Environmental Forum, “EM Utsukushima Paradise 2017” was held. The following is a summary up to 20

Holding the 7th Environment Forum

The certified non-profit corporation, United Networks for Earth Environment (U-net)
Board Chairman, Teruo Higa

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 sustained an accident during the Eastern Japan earthquake. This year will be the seventh Forum.

Since the 1st Forum, the following has been confirmed and various applications are moving forward.

1. In farmland where organic material was used, 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 confirmed that the absorption of radioactive cesium by pasture grass was suppressed.

3. If you continue to spray activated EM, without exception the radioactive contamination level will be lowered, and if it is sprayed when the soil is moist after rain, etc., it will be even more effective.
4. When you use EM or EM・X GOLD it is possible to completely prevent damage caused by exposure to ionizing radiation, and it is also possible to prevent 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 several dozens of meters from areas that have been sprayed with EM.

7. In follow up 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 to the world the tremendous effects of EM, the movie “SOSEI-Rejuvenation” was completed, and has been in theatrical release since last year and more and more people are learning that radiation countermeasures are possible using EM.

9. By adding seawater or a salt similar to seawater to activate EM, adding charcoal to EM mudballs, and creating EM barriers, markedly reduces radioactivity, farming without agricultural chemicals becomes easy, and the soil also becomes remarkably fertile.

10. With multifaceted applications of EM technology, it is possible to produce high-quality agricultural crops that are safe and excellent for one’s health, to implement unsurpassed measures against birds and wild animals, as well fundamental countermeasures against harmful rumors regarding radioactivity levels in crops.

Based on this reality, in order to broaden the acceptance of the use of EM to eliminate radioactivity, from last fiscal year we have been shifting our emphasis to the utilization of EM, focusing on producers, and to sales of the products by these producers, who have been steadily advancing down the path of independence through the utilization of EM technology.

Based on these achievements in Fukushima, it became possible to clarify the utilization of EM in terms of quantum mechanics, which is covered in the book I co-authored with Ms. Mori and Mr. Shiratori, Everything About Love and Microorganisms (published by Hikaru Land.) This book was compiled to provide creative information that can be freely utilized for the future use of EM, and it is my hope that it will help raise the EM capabilities of stakeholders.

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Figure 1 shows the volunteers’ independent efforts to reduce radioactivity. The utilization of EM branches off from each group, has become more widespread, and steady results are being achieved. A part of the activities of currently done by each volunteer group is as shown in the photograph. At the Fukushima Forum, I received rice from the Kikuchi Farm (in the center of the photos) that has been cultivated with EM for over 25 years. The rice had the highest hado wave value among over ten samples of rice sent to me this year and I thought it convincingly showed the power of EM. I also got a handmade brochure so I will introduce it as is.

The principle of quantum mechanical function of EM is summarized in the Higa Theory that microorganisms undergo atomic conversion. Its ultimate form can be expressed thusly: “The most noble human noble thought (love) is a switch, stimulating the gravitator that revitalizing microorganisms like EM have; gravity acts as a universal superconducting element, and infinite energy can be obtained from gravitational waves that control all of the universe.”

The most basic application is to use seawater or the water equivalent, make good quality activated EM solution, make an energy field and barrier using charcoal and salt, and simply repeat over and over making thorough use of EM. From a quantum mechanics point of view, it is quality over quantity; if the quality is the same, the results will differ depending on the number of times you use it.

This number of times used is called quantum overlay effect. In other words, the number of times you carefully and wholeheartedly apply EM, is exactly recorded as is in the crops.

Mr. Tabata in Fukui Prefecture is a very notable person for having used EM for the first time in rice fields in Japan and for having contributed to the development of nature farming methods; the way he handles EM with such care was outstanding. The farmers who started to use EM later used a large amount of EM and attempted to outdo Mr. Tabata, but the hado wave value of his rice was always at the top, and no one was able to overtake it. Mr. Tabata lived for over 90 years and he was active his entire life. After that his son took over and he has been sending me rice every year. The hado wave value of his rice has increased year by year, reaching a level that no one can exceed.

However, I got Mr. Kikuchi’s rice for the first time this year and the hado wave of his rice was above the wave value of Mr. Tabata’s rice. Mr. Kikuchi started using EM five to 6 years later than Mr. Tabata, and his special care towards EM was basically the same as Mr. Tabata.

Mr. Kikuchi provided much valuable information at the study meeting on radiation contamination countermeasures in Fukushima, namely that the amount of radioactive cesium is extremely low in fields and rice fields where EM cultivation has been continued. The amount of radiation in left over potatoes put in a recycling bucket with EM ceramics decreased remarkably. Furthermore, the amount of radiation in the dried persimmons treated with activated EM has become significantly lower. In addition, I also received reports on various cases in which EM cultivated rice is able to resist disastrous weather.

Since EM has the power to make harmful energy such as radioactivity useful, I believe that the wave value of Mr. Kikuchi’s rice was enhanced through this power, putting it at the top. When I have the opportunity I would like to talk about the principle of quantum overlay effect, which is the essential part of EM utilization technology.

What was very clear this time is that the rice with wave values reaching the level of Mr. Tabata’s or Mr. Kikuchi’s is the best, most healthful rice, and even if only 1 to 3% of it is mixed in with ordinary rice it will become rice with a very high wave value. Therefore, I hope these results will be utilized in everyday use of rice, or in commercial use.

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Greetings from Kikuchi Farm!
I have been using EM for almost 27 years. Since I heard that vitamins and minerals in vegetables are steadily decreasing due to the use of chemical fertilizers, I wanted to provide safe and nutritious food for our families. Thus, I began using organic fertilizer mixed with EM (effective microorganisms) in rice bran, oil cake and fish cakes.

Thanks to EM, even with the bad weather this year, we had fine ears of rice. I have been implementing what I have learned. If you like the rice, we can take some limited number of orders.

24 Tsukiyobatake, Tosawa, Nihonmatsu City
Kikuchi Farm
Hajime Kikuchi
Tel: 0243-46-2864 Fax: 0243-46-2865
Cell phone: 080-6008-3490

Radioactivity (Nuclide) Inspection Report 52680
Client Name: EM Research Organization, Inc.
Sample Name: Kikuchi Farm White Rice (FY 2017)
Sample Volume: 1050g
Result Reporting Date: November 9, 2017
Reporting Number: RIN17EH009CR2

Representative Director Yoshino Hanawa

1-1-40 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-City
c/o Yokohama Municipal Collaboration Research Center
TEL: 045-718-5457 FAX 045-502-4555

ISO/IEC 17025 Certified Analytical Institution (PJLA L12-175)
Radioactive Substance Nuclide Analysis (Cs134, Cs137, 1131)

Inspection and Method for Evaluation: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Measurement of nuclide by Ge y ray spectrometer according to Manual of radiation measurements of food in emergencies. (Measurement of nuclide at minimum determination limit 1 Bq/kg)

Analysis result: Ge determination 1

Nuclide Analysis of items subject to classification Measured Value Unit Minimum determination limit
Iodine-131 Rice ND Bq/kg 0.7 Bq/kg
Caesium-134 In Japan, the total regulation value ND Bq/kg 0.8 Bq/kg
Caesium-137 In Japan, the total regulation value ND Bq/kg 1.0 Bq/kg
Radioactive cesium meter Rice ND Bq/kg

When the measured value is expressed as ND, it means not detected (Not Detected) at the minimum determination limit.

Minimum determination limit: minimum determination limit when measuring based on background, etc. for each measurement.
(Depending on the amount of the specimen and the state of nuclide in the specimen, minimum determination limit may be higher by actual measurement.)