Disease 101: Understanding health by understanding your lawn
Posted Sep 14 2008 4:43pm
Our global "health" system is built on one main misunderstanding. The misunderstanding that microorganisms are the cause of disease. This fuck-up, also know as the Germ Theory of Disease, is responsible for our modern medical machine and the trillions of dollars that are spent on treating symptoms instead of the root cause. Nice work Louis.
The reality is that disease is caused by toxicity of the internal environment and toxicity attracts nature's scavengers aka microorganisms. Basically, the dirtier the kitchen the more likely the rats are to show up to get their feast on.
Raw Food works because it provides the body with nutrition (minerals) without the attached toxicity that comes with most of the processed foods that people are eating today. Less toxicity means that the blood is cleaner. Clean and nutritionally powerful blood means a healthy body that thrives of everything it needs.
It's tough to grasp the enormity of this concept, but I recently heard anecdote that I felt would help readers make sense of all this.
This weekend organic gardener Paul Tukey, founder of Safe Lawns, was on the public radio program " You Bet Your Garden". Paul covered a lot of topics, but it was his riff on weeds that was truly amazing.
Paul's manifesto goes like this: Weeds are nature's opportunist. They show up in places that are nutritionally deficient where other plants have a hard time growing. Why? Because it is nature's job to spread life and these weeds have evolved to bring at least some form of life to stressed areas. Remove the stress, and the weeds don't have an opportunity to grow.
Here are some examples of how weeds take over, why and how to get rid of them:
Crab grass, the ugly grass, takes over when there is too much shade on a patch of lawn. Also, if the soil is lacking fertility (minerals) it makes it tough for nicer grasses, like Bermuda grass, to grow.
Bindweed, aka Possession Weed, shows up when the lawn is low on calcium and high on magnesium. This forces the soil to get too tight and creates an environment where there isn't enough room for the grass to grow. Adding compost to the lawn brings back the organic matter and takes care of the issue.
Nutsedge grows when there isn't enough air in the soil. Incorporating some liquid compost in the soil and taking your lawn through an aeration process would fix it right up.
And what about bugs and bacteria that take over plants and trees? The concept is the same. Bugs move in when plants are stressed and vulnerable. Here's a good example:
Chinch Bugs move in and starting eating grass when lawns are stressed due to lack of water. By improving water flow you can feed the grass and by using organic rosemary oil you can kill the bugs.
See, a stressed environment, that come from some lack of nutrition, sunlight or water, makes the soil weak and valuable to opportunist like bugs and weeds. The same exact thing is true for your body. Lack of nutrition and too much toxicity stresses the blood and creates an environment that welcomes opportunists likes bacteria and viruses. The bacteria and viruses are always around, but when the soil/blood is healthy, they never have an opportunity to proliferate.