Death is the ultimate mystery, but did you know that our bodies are home to trillions of microscopic friends that help us function during life? These little microbes break down our food, produce vitamins, and keep us free from infection. But here’s where it gets really interesting – after we pass on, these dudes are just getting started!

When our hearts stop pumping, the bacteria dive into action, digesting the body from the inside out. And let’s just say you’ll want to cover your nose!

But there’s more. As our remains decompose, the bacteria and their fluids seep into the soil, mingling with a whole new crew of microbes. It’s a Wild West showdown, but the newcomers win the day. DNA clues show that they thrive outside the human body, turning our mortal remains into the building blocks for new life – including essential nutrients like nitrogen.

So next time you take a walk, take a moment to appreciate the little heroes that keep us weird and wonderful, even after death.

 

One thing I have learned in my life is to question everything?   Things are not always as they seem!   For one to know or hold truth, one has to wade through a sea of lies.   As a Live Blood Analyst and a Soil Microbiologist, I’ve had the pleasure and honor to see, study and discern the micro-world.   This is both a science and an art!    Over the years I have come to realize that when we observe the live blood on the slide, we are witnessing a living world that is communicating in more ways than what meets the eye.   What is going on at this micro-level of existence?   

Over the past few years,  I’ve increased in concern for people’s anxiety and fear.   It is probably the most rampant negative emotion that is having a negative effect on health.    Yes, we have all gone through a pretty traumatic experience and paranoia is high!   

I am not denying we live in a world full of toxins, chemicals and  concern over dominion of control.   There are threats and it is difficult to remove the “obstacle to cure”.   I am not denying any of this.  And, I don’t want those challenges or threats to be a burden, especially one that actually does more damage to a human’s health.    If it is true we are under a silent and unseen attack, then instead of putting the fear out there, I’d prefer to offer hope and solutions.    That is part of the mission of Living Ground and our work to be a “good little guy” education center.   

 “Knowing” the threats without having solutions or avenues to protect and provide an antidote, has serious consequences of emotional and physical health.   The one true way to stay safe and healthy is to learn and follow nature and the miracle of nature.   How do we do that?    We observe nature!   You do not have to be a scientist to do so!

To be honest, I am not seeing what others are under the microscope and if I do see strange things, I have other explanations.    Some I have learned from the teachings of Antoine Béchamp, some from Dr Elaine Ingham and the rest is a questioning things and doing my own research.

Many individuals are equipping themselves with microscopes. Substack posts and Rumble videos are showcasing what lies beneath the microscope’s lens, from geo-engineering aerosols in the atmosphere to innovative genetic drugs being introduced into our bodies. Among the presented findings is the term “microbial formations,” which is used to describe some of the phenomena witnessed in various bodily fluids, raising questions about their origins.  

I do not follow germ theory that is the basis of most allopathic and natural (apparently alternative) approaches.   What I mean is that many natural healers are following the germ theory.   It is a war on pathogens.   I practice and research pleomorphic and terrain theory.   Although it is hard to see, the approaches are very different.   Both these theories, Pleomorphic and Terrain recognize the dynamic relationship between microorganisms and the host’s internal environment. There is no war.  While pleomorphic theory focuses on the adaptability of microorganisms, terrain theory places greater importance on maintaining a healthy internal terrain to prevent the proliferation of harmful microorganisms. 

Both theories acknowledge the variability of microorganisms, particularly bacteria. Pleomorphism refers to the ability of certain microorganisms to change their shape, size, and characteristics in response to environmental conditions or the host’s internal terrain (or the environment on the slide). This variability can make it challenging to identify and classify specific microorganisms accurately.  

Both theories suggest that microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses (viruses are debated), are typically present in and on the human body. These microorganisms may become pathogenic or cause illness when the host’s terrain becomes compromised or imbalanced.   

Considering these theories, if we discover a parasite and pathogen, the approach is different.   Germ theory goes to war with “antibiotics” (natural or chemical) as a means to erradicate.    Antibiotic means against life.   What happens to the beneficials?   Terrain theory is much like the new Soil Science that is discovering if you increase the beneficials (health), the pathogens leave!   It is pro-life!

I share this article as I receive so many live blood videos showcasing these “entities”.    My biggest concern is people’s reaction to these videos. Most, even if they are approach disease naturally are following germ theory.    IMHO, this is dangerous!   And, I am concerned for people’s emotional well being at this point because fear of germs and foreign objects is high! 

The latest fear that is growing in the human mind is from the observation of nanoparticles in live blood.  Let’s consider what a Nanoparticle is:  they are typically defined as particles that have a size of between 1-100 nanometers (nm). Therefore, the micrometer (μm) size of nanoparticles is 0.001 to 0.1 micrometers.  Can we even see this with a compound microscope?

And, then there are the Hydrogels. People are reporting seeing Hydrogels in live blood.   Hydrogels are a type of polymeric material that can swell in water to form a gel-like structure. They are three-dimensional networks of hydrophilic polymers that can hold large amounts of water without dissolution.   When viewed under a compound microscope with 1000x magnification, hydrogels may appear as clear or translucent structures with a soft, spongy texture. They can also exhibit a network-like pattern, depending on their chemical composition and preparation method. If a dye or fluorescent label is added to the hydrogel, it may appear colored or luminescent under the microscope.

No wonder people are afraid!  Nanoparticles?  Hydrogels?    Is there a war happening at this microscopic world and do we need to be concerned about it?

However, it’s essential to recognize that these formations are not entirely new and those who are “seeing” these forms in live blood might want to question a few things.  I am!    Yes, I do see crystals, symplasts of different shapes, sizes, colors.  I do see pleomorphic objefcts.   And, I’ve been forced to asked myself how are these “things” showing up in the blood on the slide?

So, let’s question some things….and use our common sense.

To start, most conventional compound microscopes have a maximum magnification of around 1000x.   This is not sufficient to observe nanoparticles that are smaller than 50 – 100 nm. To observe nanoparticles at higher magnification, electron microscopy may be used. Electron microscopes use a beam of electrons instead of light and can achieve much higher magnifications, allowing scientists to study even objects as small as atoms. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) are two commonly used electron microscopy techniques to image nanoparticles.

The Hydrogels!   Did you know that every cell within the human body is essentially a hydrogel, for cells inherently possess gel-like properties.

The videos and photos being shared with me, the structures observed vary in size, ranging from 150 microns in diameter to filamentous gel formations exceeding 1600 microns.    Remember nanoparticles are 0.001 to 0.1

Let’s put this into perspective and let’s question things.

The typical size of a red blood cell, also known as an erythrocyte, is about 6-8 micrometers in diameter.  To put it in simple terms, you could line up about 10 red blood cells next to each other, and they would be as wide as a single hair on your head.  This blood exits the body via capillaries.   Now, capilllaries are the smallest blood vessels in your body, even tinier than red blood cells.   They  are the tiniest blood vessels in the circulatory system. Their walls are composed of a single layer of endothelial cells, which is so thin that it allows for the exchange of oxygen, nutrients, and waste products between the blood and surrounding tissues. The diameter of a typical capillary ranges from about 5 to 10 micrometers (microns).

Did you catch that?   Red blood cells are larger than capilliaries!   

Because red blood cells are larger than capillaries, they must deform (do a yoga move) and squeeze through the narrow capillary passages to travel through the circulatory system, which is a critical part of their function in delivering oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout the body.

So, here’s the interesting part.   How does the blood get out?   When a needle pricks your finger for a blood test, your body employs impressive mechanisms to help those tiny red blood cells leave the even tinier capillaries.   Blood moves very slow in the capillaries.  However, when poked, this acts as a gentle nudge that assists the blood, including the red blood cells, in exiting the capillary.  The capillary’s elastic walls can stretch a little to create some space for the red blood cells to squeeze out due to the pressure from the poke. The walls of capillaries have nearly imperceptible gaps between their cells, like miniature doorways. Red blood cells are supple enough to change their structure to fit through these tiny gaps and exit the capillary.  This is red blood cell yoga!

Additionally, when poked, your body dispatches signals, little messages to your blood cells, making the red blood cells more flexible and prepared to depart the capillary. Blood is still flowing even in the minute capillaries. As a result, when you’re stuck with a needle, the blood keeps moving, facilitating the movement of red blood cells out of the capillaries.

So, how do these other objects seen in live blood analysis appear?     The nanoparticles that I am seeing in the videos and photos are MUCH LARGER than a red blood cell!    How do they appear on the slide if it is physcially impossible for them to exit a tiny capillary?

There is anotherl point that needs to be considered through and through.   The structures we are discussing in live blood may not present in your blood while it circulates in your body. Rather, they form later after a small sample of your blood is placed on a microscope slide.

During this microscopic examination of blood, we do and can see the formations. While the shape or structure may resemble crystals, symplasts, or other forms, it’s important to reiterate that they may not occur naturally in the bloodstream within your body and if they did, how did they exit the tiny capillaries? I am questioning this and how these formations arise when the blood sample is put on the microscope slide. 

At this juncture, it is worth asking what constitutes a toxin? At its core, a toxin is anything for which the body lacks a sufficiently high inherent Zeta Potential (ZP) to disperse and eliminate when necessary.   

Zeta Potential is a key property of colloidal particles, which are microscopic particles suspended in a liquid or gas medium. These particles can range in size from a few nanometers to several micrometers, and they can be found in various natural and man-made systems, such as soils, biological fluids, and industrial suspensions. Zeta potential describes the electrostatic charge distribution around a particle’s surface, which determines how it interacts with other particles and its surrounding fluid.

To understand zeta potential, it’s helpful to first consider the electric double layer that forms around a charged particle in a liquid medium. This double layer consists of an inner layer of ions that are strongly attracted to the particle’s surface, forming what is called the Stern layer, and an outer diffuse layer of ions that are attracted to the particle’s charge, but are not as tightly bound. This outer layer is called the Gouy-Chapman layer, and its thickness and charge density are influenced by the zeta potential of the particle.

Imagine your blood contains tiny particles, and some of them have either a positive or negative charge, like little magnets. Now, these charged particles create a kind of force field around them, and we call the strength of this force field the “zeta potential.”   Basically it’s like a protective bubble around these particles. When the zeta potential is strong (either highly positive or negative), it’s like having powerful shields that keep these particles apart. They can’t clump together.   When it is weak, they clump and stick together.  The shields aren’t doing their job.

Is it possible this is how and why particles are forming in blood on the slide meaning they form due to the Zeta Potential?  The zeta potential helps maintain the balance and proper behavior of the particles in your blood, preventing unusual formations like crystals and symplasts when it’s working correctly.   This is one possible answer to my questions.

And, in the last year, I have been exploring Dr. Harvey Bigelson’s work and his perspective on blood communication and the formation of structures when blood is placed on a slide:  Dr. Harvey Bigelson’s groundbreaking work in the field of holographic blood analysis is deepening my understanding of blood and its dynamic nature.  His work proposes a unique perspective on blood, suggesting that it remains in communication with the individual even when placed on a microscope slide. According to Bigelson, blood is not merely an inert fluid but a living, communicative substance that responds to its environment.

“Living Blood”,  In Bigelson’s view,  is not a static entity but a living medium that maintains a continuous connection with the individual. When blood is placed on a slide, it is believed to retain its vitality and ability to respond to external stimuli. This perspective challenges the conventional notion that blood loses its inherent properties and communication abilities once outside the body.

Bigelson also suggests that blood, when exposed to various conditions or influences, can form specific structures as a means of communication. These structures may include crystals, symplasts, and other formations. According to his theory, these structures serve as a form of language or expression through which the blood conveys information about the individual’s health and well-being.

In other words, the blood samples on a slide are considered a form of biological communication. How cool is that?   Am I looking at this deeper with my clients?  Yes!    Further, Bigelson contends that these structures are not random but purposeful responses to external factors. They may convey insights into the individual’s state of health, including information about toxins, imbalances, emotions, emotional and spiritual health or other health-related conditions.

So, in summary, yes, I question the formations people are reporting and that caused me to question what I do see!    I question how these forms can exit the body from the capillaries (impossible) and I wonder if the formations are forming holographically to mirror a person’s fear?   In other words, what you focus on (or afraid of) will appear on the slide!   

This concept of “what you focus upon appears” suggests that our thoughts and attention play a powerful role in shaping our experiences and the world around us. If we focus our attention predominantly on positive things, we are more likely to experience positive outcomes and events, whereas if we focus on negative things, we may experience more negative outcomes.

Essentially, this concept operates on the idea that our thoughts and beliefs shape our reality, and that our minds have the ability to manifest our desires or fears into our physical experiences. This can be seen in various fields, including psychology, spirituality, and even physics.   Perhaps it is true in live blood analysis too.

The concept of “what you focus upon appears” suggests that if a person is strongly focused on the idea of toxins or poisons being present in their body, there may be a greater likelihood of those structures appearing in the live blood sample due to the power of suggestion. However, this does not necessarily mean that toxins or other harmful substances are actually present in the body.  

This is a personal perspective!    I have done enough live blood and soil samples with the microscope that leaves me questioning more.   I will continue the studying, researching, and exploring further.    My questioning mind and the lack of observation of things presented by other live blood analysts has me wondering if my desire to help people clear fear influences what I see in the blood (and do not see)?

Regardless, I feel deeply and passionately that we need to find solutions and stop the fear!

Keep standing strong and expressing ultimate gratitude.

 

At Living Ground we are always researching and creating products to help the micriobiome (that includes for the soil and the human).

Introducing a new product that combines the power of bovine colostrum, yogurt, probiotic supplements, and vitamin C to boost your immune system and promote overall health.

GcMAF is a protein that is naturally produced by the body’s immune system. It helps to activate macrophages, which are a type of white blood cell that plays a key role in the immune response. GcMAF has been shown to have a number of potential health benefits, including boosting the immune system, repairing damaged tissue, preventing the growth and spread of viruses and pathogens, reducing inflammation, and protecting against cancer.   While GcMAF is naturally produced by the body, some people may not produce enough of it. This can lead to a weakened immune system and an increased risk of developing chronic diseases.

Our new product is designed to help people boost their GcMAF levels and improve their overall health. It is made with a unique blend of local, fresh bovine colostrum, yogurt, probiotic supplements, and vitamin C. These ingredients have been shown to work synergistically to promote the production of GcMAF.

GcMAF is crucial for a healthy functioning immune system. It repairs damaged tissue, supports the immune system in preventing infections, and helps to fight cancer.  GcMAF stands for Gc protein-derived macrophage activating factor. It is a protein that is naturally produced by the body’s immune system. GcMAF helps to activate macrophages, which are a type of white blood cell that plays a key role in the immune response.

GcMAF is not naturally present in blend of bovine colostrum, yogurt, probiotic supplements and vitamin C. However, the cool thing is when these ingredients are combined, they can create an environment that is conducive to the production of GcMAF by the body’s own immune system.

Bovine colostrum contains growth factors that can help to heal and protect the gut lining. This is important because the gut is where most of the body’s immune cells are produced. When the gut is healthy, it can produce more GcMAF.

Yogurt contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that live in the gut. Probiotics help to keep the gut healthy and can also help to boost the immune system.   This this we added a powerful Probiotic supplement that contains concentrated amounts of beneficial bacteria. These supplements can help to further improve gut health and boost the immune system.

Finally we added our homemade Vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant that can help to protect the body from damage. Vitamin C can also help to improve immune function.

When these ingredients are combined, they can create a synergistic effect that can help to boost the immune system and promote the production of GcMAF.

Here is a more detailed explanation of how each ingredient can contribute to the production of GcMAF:

  • Bovine colostrum: Colostrum contains growth factors that can help to heal and protect the gut lining. This is important because the gut is where most of the body’s immune cells are produced. When the gut is healthy, it can produce more GcMAF.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that live in the gut. Probiotics help to keep the gut healthy and can also help to boost the immune system. When probiotics are present in the gut, they can help to produce more GcMAF.
  • Probiotic supplement: Probiotic supplements contain concentrated amounts of beneficial bacteria. These supplements can help to further improve gut health and boost the immune system. When probiotic supplements are taken, they can help to increase the production of GcMAF.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to protect the body from damage. Vitamin C can also help to improve immune function. When vitamin C is present in the body, it can help to increase the production of GcMAF.

Colostrum: A Powerful Immune Booster

When you contract a bacterial or “bad guy” illness, your immune system responds by activating NK cells, which attack and destroy the offenders. Colostrum, the fluid produced by new mothers in the first few days after birth, can help support NK cell function and improve your immune response.   People with lower levels of NK cells are more susceptible to the flu. Colostrum can also help to reduce inflammation, improve metabolism, and protect against cancer.  In addition to supporting NK cells, colostrum contains growth factors that can help to heal and protect the gut lining. This can help to reduce symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, which can lead to inflammation and other health problems.

Colostrum also contains antibodies and lactoferrin, which help to maintain a healthy gut microbiome. A healthy microbiome is essential for overall health and well-being.

GcMAF Probiotic Yogurt can help to support overall health by:

  • Normalizing immunity
  • Normalizing bowel function
  • Improving energy levels
  • Improving mental clarity
  • Reducing food allergies
  • Optimizing athletic performance
  • Promoting longevity
  • Anti-carcinogenic

Our GcMAF Probiotic Yogurt is also beneficial for people with compromised immune systems, such as those with:

  • AIDS
  • Allergies
  • Autism spectrum conditions
  • Bacterial infections
  • Cancer
  • Candidiasis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fungal infections
  • Frequent infections
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Severe IBS
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Viral infections
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Yeast infections
  • Obesity

If you are looking for a way to improve your overall health and well-being, GcMAF Vitamin C Probiotic Yogurt is a great option to consider. It is a safe and effective way to boost your immune system and support overall health.

 

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Most realize that Compost is a mixture of organic materials that have been decomposed by microorganisms. It is a valuable soil amendment that can improve the fertility, structure, and water retention of soil.  Most do not realize the difference between organic compost, obone (manure) and Microbe Compost.  Here we explain the difference and why Microbe Compost is so important….

Microbe compost is made using a science process that encourages the growth of beneficial microorganisms.   Our aim is to remove all pathogens and enhance the environment for the benficial organisms.   We liken this to a probiotic!    Just like in the human microbiome, these microorganisms help to break down organic matter more quickly and efficiently than in regular organic compost.    We often say we are not making compost we are farming microbes.   And, we get to determine how our compost is with the microscope.   This is an important tool of our work.

Regular organic compost is made using a more traditional method that does not specifically target the growth of beneficial microorganisms. This type of compost can still be beneficial for plants, but it may not be as effective as microbe compost.   Also, it takes much longer and in the process may be home to many bad guy microbes.

Obono is pure manure and does contain pathogens most of the time.  Manure also is like the chemical fertilizers as it forces plant growth with Nitrogen.    A big beautiful plant may appear that is air, water and nitrogen and little else.

Here are four key differences between microbe compost and regular organic compost:

  1. Microbe compost is like a probiotic. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are beneficial for the gut. 
  2. Microbe compost is more potent. Because microbe compost is made using a process that encourages the growth of beneficial microorganisms, it contains higher levels of these microorganisms than regular organic compost. This means that microbe compost can have a more immediate and noticeable impact on the health of plants and soil.
  3. Microbe compost is more versatile. Microbe compost can be used for a wider variety of purposes than regular organic compost. It can be used to improve the fertility, structure, and water retention of soil, as well as to suppress plant diseases and pests. Regular organic compost is typically used for improving the fertility and structure of soil.
  4. Microbe compost is more sustainable.  It is mimicking Nature.  It is ensuring life “pro-biotic” literally means “pro life”

Organic Matter OM

In addition to microbe compost and regular organic compost, we also offer specialized Organic Matter.  Our OM is like a Prebiotic.  It feeds the microbes.

Living Grounds OM is a blend of woody materials that is aged and sprayed with microbe extract.   Most wood chips contain “anit-fungals” so the aging process is very imporatant.    Our OMis similar to microbe compost in that it contains beneficial microorganisms, but it is less potent. Organic matter is a good option for improving the structure and water retention of soil, but it is not as effective as microbe compost for improving the fertility of soil.

Which type of compost is right for you?

The best type of compost for you will depend on your specific needs and goals. If you are looking for a compost that is effective, versatile, and sustainable, then microbe compost is a best option. If you are looking for a compost that is less expensive and easier to make, then regular Organic Matter is a good option. And if you are looking for a compost that can help to improve the structure and water retention of soil, then both Microbe Compost and OM is a good option.

It is important to note that organic compost is not always safe. The process of making compost is not always monitored closely, so there is a chance that pathogens could exist in the compost and quite often do.    These pathogens can be harmful to plants and humans. It is important to test compost for pathogens before using it.  Here is where the benefit of our microscope come in.

Another thing to keep in mind is that organic compost can force growth. This means that the plants may grow quickly, but they may not be as healthy as plants that are grown with a more natural approach. The plants may also be more susceptible to pests and diseases.

In a way, organic matter is like the food that we eat, while microbe compost is like the probiotics that we take. Both are important for our health, but they work in different ways. Organic matter provides the nutrients that our bodies need, while probiotics help to keep our gut healthy and functioning properly.

In the same way, organic matter provides the nutrients that plants need, while microbe compost helps to keep the soil healthy and functioning properly. Healthy soil is essential for healthy plants, just as a healthy gut is essential for a healthy human.

If you are looking for a way to improve the health of your soil and plants, then microbe compost is for you.   Remember, we are actively consulting with land owners to regenerate lands, soils and homesteads.   We work within the budget and goals of our clients to bring life back to the soil.   Contact us for more information!   

 

Let’s discuss the similarities between gluten sensitivity and glyphosate toxicity. I believe that many  who think they are gluten sensitive may actually be glyphosate toxic.   

Glyphosate was discovered in 1950 by a Swiss chemist named Henry Martin. It was originally developed as a chelating agent, but later found to be an effective herbicide. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a widely used herbicide that is sprayed on crops to kill weeds. It is also used in other products, such as herbicides for lawns and gardens, and in animal feed.

Glyphosate works by inhibiting an enzyme called EPSPS, which is essential for the production of aromatic amino acids in plants. This causes the plant to die. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, which means that it kills both weeds and crops. However, it is more effective at killing weeds than crops. EPSPS is an enzyme that is involved in the shikimate pathway. It is responsible for the conversion of shikimate-3-phosphate to 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate.  The shikimate pathway is a metabolic pathway that is used by plants, bacteria, and fungi to synthesize aromatic amino acids.

The shikimate pathway is essential for the production of aromatic amino acids, which are used to synthesize proteins, vitamins, and other essential compounds. Glyphosate inhibits EPSPS, which blocks the shikimate pathway and prevents the production of aromatic amino acids. This is what kills plants that are exposed to glyphosate.

A little side note here…..It is interesting that Glyphosate and SARS-CoV-2 both affect the shikimate pathway, although in different ways. Glyphosate inhibits EPSPS, which blocks the shikimate pathway and prevents the plant from producing aromatic amino acids. SARS-CoV-2 hijacks the host cell’s shikimate pathway and uses it to produce the aromatic amino acids that it needs to replicate.   

Here are similarities between glyphosate and SARS-CoV-2:

  • Both can affect the shikimate pathway.
  • Both can be harmful to living organisms.
  • Both can be found in the environment.

Glyphosate is a controversial herbicide. Some people believe that it is safe, while others believe that it is a dangerous chemical that can cause cancer and other health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified glyphosate as a likely not carcinogenic to humans, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified it as a probable carcinogen.

The use of glyphosate is increasing worldwide. In the United States, it is the most widely used herbicide. The use of glyphosate has been linked to the decline of certain beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies. It has also been linked to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Is glyphosate a toxin and danger?

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. This means that there is enough evidence to suggest that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the WHO, has also classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
  • The European Union has classified glyphosate as a likely carcinogen. This means that there is limited evidence to suggest that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans.
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified glyphosate as a likely not carcinogenic to humans. However, the EPA’s decision has been criticized by many scientists, who believe that the EPA’s assessment is flawed.

The debate over the safety of glyphosate is ongoing but I think that anyone with any common sense knows it is a dangerous toxin. The weight of evidence suggests that glyphosate is a toxin that can pose a risk to human health.

There’s evidence that glyphosate harms human health in a few ways, including:

  • Cancer: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, meaning that it is likely to cause cancer. The IARC’s classification is based on a review of several studies that have found an association between glyphosate exposure and cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma. However, the EPA has classified glyphosate as a likely not carcinogenic to humans. The EPA’s classification is based on a review of different studies, including some that have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and cancer. More research is needed to determine the true cancer risk of glyphosate exposure.

    Neurotoxicity: Some studies have shown that glyphosate may be neurotoxic, meaning that it can damage the nervous system. For example, a study published in the journal Neurotoxicology in 2019 found that glyphosate exposure can damage the brains of rats. However, other studies have found no evidence of neurotoxicity. More research is needed to clarify the potential neurotoxicity of glyphosate exposure.

    Endocrine disruption: Glyphosate may disrupt the endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating hormones. This could lead to a variety of health problems, such as reproductive problems and thyroid disorders. For example, a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2013 found that glyphosate exposure can disrupt the production of testosterone in rats. However, other studies have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and endocrine disruption. More research is needed to determine the true risks of endocrine disruption from glyphosate exposure.

    Reproductive problems: Glyphosate may cause reproductive problems, such as decreased sperm count and fertility problems. For example, a study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology in 2018 found that glyphosate exposure can decrease sperm count in rats. However, other studies have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and reproductive problems. More research is needed to determine the true risks of reproductive problems from glyphosate exposure.

    Gut health: Glyphosate may disrupt the gut microbiome, which is the community of bacteria that live in the gut. This could lead to a variety of health problems, such as digestive problems and autoimmune diseases. For example, a study published in the journal Nature Microbiology in 2020 found that glyphosate exposure can disrupt the gut microbiome in mice. However, other studies have not found an association between glyphosate exposure and gut health problems. More research is needed to determine the true risks of gut health problems from glyphosate exposure.

There is growing evidence that glyphosate can damage the proteins in gluten, making it less digestible. This can cause symptoms in people who are sensitive to gluten.   The symptoms of gluten sensitivity and glyphosate toxicity can be very similar. They can include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

It can be difficult to tell the difference between gluten sensitivity and glyphosate toxicity, especially if you have been exposed to both. However, there are a few things that you can do to help you determine the cause of your symptoms.

  • Get tested for gluten sensitivity. There is a blood test that can be used to diagnose gluten sensitivity.
  • Avoid gluten for a period of time and see if your symptoms improve. If your symptoms improve when you avoid gluten, then you are likely gluten sensitive.

There are a few things that you can do to naturally cleanse your body of this toxin.

  • Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help to detoxify your body and improve your overall health. These foods are high in antioxidants and help the microbiome which can help to remove toxins from the body.
  • Drink filtered water. Glyphosate can be found in tap water, so it is important to drink filtered water whenever possible.
  • Supplements. There are a number of supplements that can help to detoxify your body from glyphosate, such as activated charcoal, chlorella, and spirulina. Activated charcoal is a natural substance that can bind to toxins and help to remove them from the body. Chlorella and spirulina are types of algae that are high in antioxidants and other nutrients that can help to support the body’s natural detoxification processes.
  • Use herbs. There are a number of herbs that can help to detoxify your body from glyphosate, such as dandelion root, burdock root, and milk thistle. Dandelion root is a natural diuretic that can help to flush toxins out of the body. Burdock root is a liver tonic that can help to support the body’s natural detoxification processes. Milk thistle is a liver protectant that can help to repair damage caused by toxins.  These herbs are all in our Liver Love The Blood Tincture.

Other ways to reduce exposure to glyphosate

  • Buy organic foods whenever possible. Organic crops are not sprayed with glyphosate.   Even better, buy microbe grown plants.
  • If you do not know where you produce is coming from, wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them. This will help to remove any residual glyphosate that may be on the surface of the food.
  • Avoid processed foods. Processed foods are often high in glyphosate.
  • Avoid drinking tap water. Glyphosate can be found in tap water, so it is important to drink filtered water whenever possible.
  • Avoid using herbicides and pesticides around your home.Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is what gives these grains their chewy texture. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a herbicide that is widely used to kill weeds. It is a systemic herbicide, which means that it is absorbed by the plant and moves throughout its tissues.

Microbe extracts are more environmentally friendly, less harmful to humans, and can be more effective than glyphosate.  Microbe extracts are not known to be harmful. Some studies have shown that microbe extracts can be as effective as glyphosate at killing weeds, and they can also help to improve the health of the soil.

Here are some of the specific reasons why microbe extracts may be better than glyphosate:

  • Microbe extracts are more environmentally friendly: Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, which means that it kills both weeds and crops. This can have a negative impact on the environment, as it can kill beneficial organisms as well as harmful ones. Microbe extracts, on the other hand, are more targeted and are less likely to harm the environment.
  • Microbe extracts are less harmful to humans: There is some evidence that glyphosate may be harmful to human health, as it has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, and gut health problems. Microbe extracts, on the other hand, are not known to be harmful to humans.
  • Microbe extracts can be more effective than glyphosate: Microbe extracts can be as effective as glyphosate at killing weeds. In addition, microbe extracts can help to improve the health of the soil, which can lead to healthier plants.

 

Recently, I embarked on a journey to the Ecuadorian seaside.  The purpose was to write.  Living Ground is creating our education platform to share our knowledge and self-reliance, health and microbes.  We are creating courses on Microbe Compost, Growing Food and Medicine, Layperson’s Guide to Live Blood Analysis, Alternative Protocols, Kitchen Alchemy, and a comprehensive herbal guide.

I wrote!  I wrote a lot.  Amid this ocean waves sound track, a newfound inspiration surged within me, prompting me to embark on a profound new idea that is perhaps uncharted  in thought and creation (to the best of my knowledge)   

I found myself meticulously crafting the herbal course and it underwent a transformative evolution. I’ve selected 43 herbs, each possessing universal adaptability (can grow anywhere) and have detailed their potent medicinal properties and cultivation methods.  I created characters for the herbs giving them a creation story with a special microbe..the symbiotic relationship.

Yet, the journey didn’t end there; it evolved into a deeper inquiry into the symbiotic relationship between these plants and the microbial world.   Those who know me know I am enthralled by the intricate dance between flora and microbes, I also found myself exploring and writing about the delicate equilibrium that shapes our ecosystem and human microbiome.    It was exhilarating  to say the least and I wrote over 250 pages during my coastal sojourn.  I beleive it is maybe 1/2 complete.

The comprehensive manual for the layperson’s Live Blood Analysis course nears completion, awaiting only the addition of visual aids to enhance its depth. The magnum opus of Microbe Compost, an exploration into the art and science of enriching soil vitality,  is in the final stages of formatting. Equally enthralling is sharing my collection of natural health protocols and terrain theory insights, including a treasury of herbal recipes that bridge the realms of health and culinary alchemy.

As these projectss are slowly reaching their fruition.   It is a labour of love!

Our aspiration is to extend this wealth of knowledge to others.   So, Online platforms will soon offer the courses.

Yet, as much as we embrace the digital age, we hold steadfast to the belief that the most profound learning occurs through tangible experiences. With open arms, we will be able to invite learners, students and seekers to our Project Site, where hands-on engagement breathes life into the written word.   It is slowly and surely coming together.  I am grateful for Mama Sea and the Soil Squad who held down the fort amazingly.    It is a blessing to be working with such generous and kind people!

Our ultimate mission is to send ripples of transformation far and wide, just like a drop in the boundless ocean, as we share the fruits of our labor with a world thirsting for knowledge and healing.

We have an array of lovingly handcrafted products that cater to your well-being. From Bug Off Serums that effectively repel pesky insects to herbal whipped butters, salsas, and vitamin C jams, each creation is a testament to our commitment to excellence and quality. Indulge your taste buds with our mouthwatering curries that celebrate the art of culinary flavors.

As the beginnings of our Natural Health Food Store Pod, we aim to offer our community a variety of amazing products that embody the essence of holistic well-being. However, our secret ingredient lies within the microbes of our soil, which we carefully farm to ensure the highest nutritional value in all our plants.

Join us in this journey of regenerative agriculture and discover the wonders of microbe-rich foods, inspired by the abundance and wisdom of the Earth. Together, we can create a sustainable future and nurture a thriving community dedicated to holistic health and well-being.    To learn more about the nutrition loss, here is a great article https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-aND-NUTRITION-LOSS/

At Living Ground, we are on a mission to restore the balance between our bodies and the Earth through nurturing the soil and harnessing the potential of beneficial microbes. Our Saturday market serves as a celebration of this vision, where we invite you to experience the joys of living in harmony with nature while nourishing your body and soul with our thoughtfully crafted offerings.

 

Are you looking for a transformative healing experience amidst nature’s embrace?

Welcome to Living Ground, a sanctuary for health and well-being, where we offer an array of holistic treatments and services to nurture your body and soul.

As soon as you arrive at our Microbe and Health Air BnB, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Begin with a Live Blood Analysis, a cutting-edge assessment that reveals valuable insights about your health. Our practitioner, Leisha, will create a personalized healing protocol, recommending herbs, tinctures, elixirs, and treatments tailored to your specific needs.

Immerse yourself in a realm of healing possibilities as you book one of our rejuvenating treatments. Experience the gentle touch of Bowen therapy, the restorative power of lymphatic and gentle chiropractic, or the revitalizing effects of ozone breathing and insufflation therapy. Each treatment aims to restore balance, promote relaxation, and support your body’s innate healing abilities.

During your stay, you have the privilege of nourishing yourself with our delightful menu of healing juices, smoothies, and soul-soothing soups. Sourced from our microbe-rich market garden, just a 5-minute walk away, these nourishing creations are infused with the goodness of nature’s bounty. 

At Living Ground, we understand that each individual is unique, and so is their journey to well-being. That’s why our menu is thoughtfully designed to be flexible and customizable. After your Live Blood Analysis, Leisha will guide you through our menu, helping you choose the options that resonate with you and align with your health goals.

With our array of healing options at your disposal and the results of your Live Blood Analysis, you have the power to curate a menu that reflects your tastes, preferences, and health needs. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you have a memorable and transformative experience during your stay with us.   Our out door jacuzzi tub can also be blending into your healing regime.   If you are open, we can also add our Microbe Compost full of beneficial microbes (mud bath).    All our microbe compost is microscope tested to ensure no pathogens are present.

At Living Ground, we believe that nourishment is not just about feeding the body, but also about nurturing the soul. Let our healing menu become a source of empowerment on your journey to self-discovery and vibrant health.

Feeling inspired to delve deeper into the world of soil and health? Join us for a tour of the Living Ground Project Site, located just 1 km away. Witness the magic of microbe-grown market gardens and explore the natural health food store, apothecary, and cafe. Let our expert guides unveil the wonders of the soil food web and its profound connection to human health.

At Living Ground, our mission is to educate and empower our guests to take charge of their well-being. We want you to return home not only feeling rejuvenated but also armed with self-knowledge and the tools to maintain your newfound vitality.

So, come and embrace this healing retreat at Living Ground, where the harmony of nature and innovative health practices unite to create a truly transformative experience. Step into a world of healing possibilities, and leave with a heart filled with gratitude and a body empowered with well-being.

Note: We kindly ask guests to pre-book their treatments and “basket of food” to ensure a personalized and enriching experience.   The basket is offerred with a little tour of the market garden to explain what we are growing and what is ready.   All our produce is from microbe grown soils.   We are confident they are full of nutrition.   

We are excited to welcome you to Living Ground, where healing and growth are nurtured in harmony with nature.

 

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Featured Videos

Here is a collection of our little video shorts that we share with the world around us.   They give clues to the fun we are having, the things we are creating and the steps we are taking to create the Living Ground Project.

The two videos presented here are the Project’s campaign videos that describe why we are doing what we are doing.    

We are setting up at Sonia’s Coffee Shop every Saturday morning (9-12)   

Making products..alchemizing from the the gardens

other Videos

Market Garden POD is rising.   This is a weekly cooperative basket program that will provide produce and products from Microbe Rich soils.  We suspect this POD will be offered to the public the first of the new year.     Our baskets will be freshly harvested produce from our certified Microbe Rich gardens.      The COOP Pod is connected to the Market Garden POD. It is all connected and that is our business values structure…the value of our intentions.So, this is a preliminary announcement for locals interested in being a member of this POD. Please send me your email if so!  (info@livingground.art    We will start slow and gentle at first and grow as the gardens do.

 

This POD is about providing a weekly basket of Microbe Rich Grown Food and gourmet products. We will have baskets for singles, couples and families. We are creating and designing this as we go..this will be an experiment in how to service you and nourish the soils at the same time.

A lot of what we are doing is moving with the microbes. Our mission is to change the path of war to raising the “little good guys” in mass. Whether that be the little good guys of the soils or little good guy humans (souls).   When you work and love a garden, you have to create. For me, that is most precious experience. Been doing this for decades now. All that learning, discovering and enjoying. It honestly is my most favourite action of my day….garden to my tummy. I love to alchemize the garden for enjoyment of the senses.

These skills of experience are a part of the Living Ground. Everything is connected. In the last 2 years I have discovered the microbes and learned how to harness and make them happy. They work with the plants to ensure bounty. I harvest the plant with joy. I make food and medicine. I am apart of the microbes and they are a part of me. It is really quite simple.

Living Ground will offer gourmet, nutrient dense, taste bud delight foods. We made Basil Infused Sun Dried Tomatoes, started a wine of basil vinegar (watermelon homemade wine) that is florescent green, buttered up a turmeric pepper horseradish sauce. There is plenty and more than plenty if you try! Last night, we had a meal that literally knocked our taste and digestion into healthy gear.

This is what this about! Diversity. Growing! Alchemizing! Healing! Loving! Deliciousness!   It is all connected.

And, as it is connected, this is a part of the Cooperative POD ..the weekly basket program. It is beyond organic and always alchemized.

We’re in trouble. Our over-reliance on fossil fuels and our taste for foods with a high carbon footprint is causing disruptive climate change. Our throwaway society has flooded the land and seas with plastic pollution. And we face a growing public health crisis triggered by the rise of disease-causing microbes that we cannot kill with antibiotics.

Now for the good news. Living Ground is entering the busy-ness of selling food…but our primary intention to provide a system where people can have ready and affordable access to gut food – that is food grown in microbe rich soils.

Our guts are a real brain. They form part of an intelligent control system which manages our bodies, particularly our appetite and so decides how much and what food we want to eat and how much and where we store fat. Our guts are also home to the bulk of our immune system. Poor guts health is at the source of modern chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and its related heart attacks, dementia etc. A health gut is really important.


But to have a healthy gut means we need the right biology in the first place and we need to feed it the right sort of food. When people find out how gut food is grown the whole idea puts most people off, which is why you can’t buy gut food from the supermarket or in a bottle from the chemist.

Healthy gut biology starts in the guts of creatures that live in the soil.   Read that again!     This microbe biology passes from the guts of the microbes and into the plants where if we eat them soon after they are harvested they will enter out guts and the plants will provide them with food so they will flourish.

We, and all animals, have been doing this for millions of years but the whole idea is totally at odds with our modern antiseptic society so eating gut food will always be for a minority group.   And, humans will diminish!    We can not duplicate Nature as much as science and technology tries.

We know how to grow gut food, you have to have soil which is full of creature of the soil.   To feed the creatures, the soils must be full of organic matter.  We don’t have to be concerned with minerals..there is plenty of that!

And we have to avoid chemicals which will harm the beneficial biology – modern chemicals may not hurt us but they can be a disaster for micro-biology.  And, I will add that Natural insecticides also are harmful.   

And we have to eat the plants shortly after they are harvested before the beneficial biology dies.

All this is a more expensive process than modern chemical industrial farming and supermarket system and to many people quite revolting, which is why we don’t see gut food products on super market shelves.

Good and nourishing food is really about growing food to feed our brain. To do that we have to feed the microbes that already are living in our gut – that’s a pre-biotic.

But we also have to breed new microbes in the soil, which will go into the plants that we will eat and hence from part of our gut brain – that’s a pro-biotic.

To breed these microbes we have to feed and water them – for that we need plants that take the energy from the sun and covert it into microbe food. The plant will exchange this food for the food it needs. So, the microbes go get the plants food.    Now the snag is that there are good bugs which will make us strong and healthy and bad bugs which at best just want to use as a comfy home to breed in – but unfortunately they often get it wrong and kill us.

To breed the good bugs – without the bad bugs taking over – we have to manage the conditions, which means food and water. The good bugs like oxygen and a little water….but not too wet (aerobic) while the bad bugs breed when it is wetter and no oxygen (anaerobic). How is oxygen transported in the human and what does it need to transport oxygen? Iron. But parasites love stored iron. Is this a rabbit hole or what?

Let’s get to the nitty gritty of true health! That means a paradigm shift. It is a 360 on our beliefs about health and microbes. Well, remember, Douglas Adams wrote : “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” We probably only know 5% or less of how Nature works..but we do have some good information to change our ways NOW. And, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT!!!

Will you be apart of this soil revolution?

 

Mainstream alternative health and television news outlets have really highlighted hormone D (vitamin D) the past few years. As always, the goal is to inject more confusion into people’s minds about natural health.⁣
I have always been concerned about people popping vitamins for health.    I don’t think we know enough about nutrition to be able to isolate and make a pill.    Nature always provides the whole picture unknown to our sciences at this point.   Vitamin D is one I am learning about and it is called the  “sunshine” vitamin for a reason.    The phrase “vitamin D” is smurf language. It means nothing! Vitamin D is a psy-op term to confuse you. Are we talking about D3 (cholecalciferol), 25(OH)D (calcidiol), or 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (calcitriol)? ⁣

Biology of the sunshine vitamin

“Vitamin D is unique because it can be made in the skin from exposure to sunlight.[3,8–10] Vitamin D exists in two forms. Vitamin D2 is obtained from the UV irradiation of the yeast sterol ergosterol and is found naturally in sun-exposed mushrooms. UVB light from the sun strikes the skin, and humans synthesize vitamin D3, so it is the most “natural” form. Human beings do not make vitamin D2, and most oil-rich fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring contain vitamin D3. Vitamin D (D represents D2, or D3, or both) that is ingested is incorporated into chylomicrons, which are absorbed into the lymphatic system and enter the venous blood. Vitamin D that comes from the skin or diet is biologically inert and requires its first hydroxylation in the liver by the vitamin D-25-hydroxylase (25-OHase) to 25(OH)D.[3,11] However, 25(OH)D requires a further hydroxylation in the kidneys by the 25(OH)D-1-OHase (CYP27B1) to form the biologically active form of vitamin D 1,25(OH)2D.[3,11] 1,25(OH)2D stimulates intestinal calcium absorption.[12] Without vitamin D, only 10–15% of dietary calcium and about 60% of phosphorus are absorbed. Vitamin D sufficiency enhances calcium and phosphorus absorption by 30–40% and 80%, respectively.[3,13]”

We are still in kindergarten understanding Vitamin D language. There are over 14 different kinds of 25Ds and three different pathways that it follows: hydroxylation, lactonization and epimerization. We only ever hear smurf language from influencers and “health experts”. We never hear secosteroid hormone D talked about in these terms.⁣
The most important thing to note is that D3 supplements will raise 25D (the one they measure) which will then raise your 1,25D (the one they rarely measure). Saying that D3 supplements won’t raise your 1,25D is like saying giving bakers more flour to bake with (25D) isn’t going to make more bread (1,25D). Its a completely nonsensical statement. D3 is a SUBSTRATE to make the other molecules and guess what? You don’t choose what your body makes. It makes what it needs based upon your pathogen load. Even before this situation everyone has been dealing with chronic infections.⁣
When 1,25D gets too high you get an increase in metallothionein production which binds up copper 1000x stronger than zinc (Karasawa et al, 1987). Excess 1,25D from supplementing “Vitamin D” decreases energy production in your kidneys and opens them up to iron-induced damage (Zager et al, 1999). 25D and 1,25D in excess both suppress hepcidin and ferritin synthesis which increases iron storage in the cell (Barcchetta et al, 2014).⁣
With Smurf “Vitamin D” language we also never hear of Lumisterol, Tachysterol or Suprasterol, three compounds that you make when ultraviolet light (sunshine) hits the 7 dehydrocholesterol in your skin. Choose UV light over oral or topical D3 supplements.

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind-healthprofessional/

This article was written by Tim Spector from King’s College London and was originally published by The Conversation.

Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to reduce a vast range of conditions from dementia to cancer.

Medical specialists such as myself have been promoting supplements to our patients with osteoporosis and other bone problems for decades. Many food products contain artificially added vitamin D with the aim of preventing fractures and falls and improving muscle strength although the vitamin also has been claimed to boost the immune system and reduce ageing. I used to sometimes take vitamin D myself and recommended it to my family to survive sun-starved winters.

However, a new paper on the risks that vitamin D may pose finally has convinced me that I was wrong. My view on vitamin supplements and the multi-billion dollar industry behind them altered radically after I began researching my book, The Diet Myth, in 2013. The industry and its PR is supported by celebrities who reportedly have high-dose vitamins drip fed into their veins, and around 50 percent of Americans and Britons take them regularly. But surprisingly, there is a lack of evidence to support the health benefit claims of virtually all vitamin supplements on the market.

One study based on the large SELECT trial suggested that supplements such as vitamin E and selenium actually increased prostate cancer in some men. And last year massive analyses combining 27 studies on half a million people concluded that taking vitamin and mineral supplements regularly failed to prevent cancer or heart disease. Not only are they a waste of money for the majority of us – but if taken in excessive quantities they can actually hasten an early death, increasing your risk of heart disease and cancer.

Virtually no vitamins or supplements have actually been shown to have any benefit in proper randomised trials in normal people without severe deficiencies. Rare exceptions have been lutein nutrients for macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness – and vitamin D, the golden boy of vitamins.

Since the 1980s, researchers (including myself) have written thousands of papers, associating a lack of our favourite vitamin with over 137 diseases. A 2014 BMJ report, however, found these links mainly to be spurious.

Won’t do you any harm?
Our genetic makeup influences vitamin D levels. We can use this information to tell if naturally low vitamin D levels might actually increase the risk of disease (rather than be a consequence of it). The evidence so far suggests (with the possible exception of multiple sclerosis and some cancers) that low vitamin D levels are either irrelevant or merely a marker of the disease.

Until now we haven’t worried about giving people extra vitamin D because we thought “it might help anyway and of course (as it’s a vitamin) doesn’t do you any harm”. With our increasing knowledge, we should now know better. Recent studies in the last five years have suggested that even calcium supplements as well as being ineffective in preventing fracture can increase the risk of heart disease.

While several studies in normal people failed to find any protective effects from vitamin D, others have been more worrying. One 2015 randomised study of 409 elderly people in Finland suggested that vitamin D failed to offer any benefits compared to placebo or exercise – and that fracture rates were, in fact, slightly higher.

The usual prescribed dose in most countries is 800 to 1,000 units per day (so 24,000-30,000 units per month). However, two randomised trials found that at around 40,000 to 60,000 units per month Vitamin D effectively became a dangerous substance.

One study involving over 2,000 elderly Australians, which was largely ignored at the time, and the one just published found that patients given high doses of vitamin D or those on lower doses that increased vitamin D blood levels within the optimal range (as defined by bone specialists) had a 20-30% increased rate of fractures and falls compared to those on low doses or who failed to reach “optimal blood levels”.

Explaining exactly why vitamin D supplements are often harmful is harder. Some people who don’t take supplements have naturally high blood levels which may be due to them spending large amounts of time outdoors in the sun or eating oily fish regularly – and there is no evidence that this is harmful. Higher than average levels can also be due to genes which on average influence about 50 percent of the differences between people. So our obsession with trying to bring everyone up to a standard normal target blood level is seriously flawed, in a similar way to our one-size-fits-all approach to diet.

Until now we have believed that taking vitamin supplements is “natural” and my patients would often take these while refusing conventional “non-natural” drugs. Our body may not view supplements in the same misguided way. Vitamin D mainly comes from UV sunlight converted slowly in our skin to increase blood levels or is slowly metabolised from our food.

In contrast, taking a large amount of the chemical by mouth or as an injection could cause a very different and unpredictable metabolic reaction. For example, our gut microbes are responsible for producing around a quarter of our vitamins and a third of our blood metabolites and also respond to changes in vitamin levels picked up by receptors in our gut lining. Any artificial addition of large amounts of chemicals will upset some sensitive immune processes.

The news that even my favourite vitamin can be dangerous is a wake-up call. We should be taking our worldwide abuse of these chemicals much more seriously rather than routinely adding them to foods. The billions we waste on these products, assisted by the poorly regulated but rich and powerful vitamin industry should be spent on proper healthcare – and people should be educated to go in the sunshine and eat a diverse range of real food instead. For 99 percent of people, this will provide all the healthy vitamins they will ever need.

Tim Spector is a professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London.

This article was originally published by The Conversation. Read the original article.