Mold Biotoxin Illness and its Correlation to Agriculture

I want to share what has been happening with me lately that may impact you or someone you know.  I’ve been recovering from toxic mold exposure.

I never thought much about mold.  It was just an annoying thing I had to clean off of leather items, like my saddle.  Come to find out, 1 in 4 people are genetically susceptible to mold biotoxin illness. (“Lucky me”, the 1 in 4.)  That means they cannot clear from their bodies the biotoxins that molds put off.

The biggest source of toxic mold is water-damaged buildings.  The US government claims that 1 in 2 buildings in the US is water-damaged.  This was the case for my illness.  Living in a humid environment tends to further compound matters.  You may not be able to see or smell the mold, but it can still make you gravely ill.  I hope you can realize the enormity of the issue.

These biotoxins create havoc by poisoning the body, causing inflammation throughout the body systems.  Symptoms are extremely variable depending on the other genetics and how well the various body systems can defend themselves.  Headaches, fatigue, brain fog, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are probably the most common symptoms, but there are many others.  Most doctors don’t have a clue as to the cause of the condition, and write it off as some other disease or that it is all in one’s head.

My symptoms were unusual and none of the many doctors, holistic or conventional, I have seen through the years have understood the cause.  Yes, I was tested for many things, including allergies.  It was not that and, yes, the allergy doctor concluded that it was “in my head”.  Not!

More than one doctor offered me chemotherapy to suppress my immune system.  I told them “No!  I want to determine and remedy the cause, not just suppress my immune system so it won’t react.”

Another doctor prescribed oral, broad-spectrum antibiotics.  I told her I didn’t want to further impair my intestinal flora.

You really have to be your own advocate!

Fortunately, some functional medicine doctors do understand mold illness. However, good luck trying to get health insurance companies to pay for office visits or tests ordered by functional medicine doctors.

The genius researcher who has uncovered the truths about mold biotoxin illness is Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker.  He has an extensive testing and treatment protocol.  He no longer sees patients, but is training a growing number of physicians, who are listed on his website, www.survivingmold.com.

Mold biotoxin illness is not a new illness, but the incidence has increased with changes in building materials and construction.  With the effort to cut energy costs we now have “tight building syndrome”, which results in a greater concentration of indoor air pollution due to less air exchange.  In 1969, mold-retardant paints were introduced.  Just as antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains have developed due to the overuse of antibiotics, super-toxic molds have developed due to the use of mold-resistant paints.  What happens is that the organisms that aren’t killed develop more resistance over subsequent generations.  They proliferate because their weaker competitors have been killed off by the agent (mold-retardant paint or antibiotic).

The same thing can be seen in agriculture.  When nature is in balance, it is a self-regulating system, and life is good.  When humans interfere in the system with toxic agents, good and bad aspects of the system, i.e. microbes or insects, are all impacted, with the bad becoming more prevalent over time due to the resulting selection and lack of competition.

I am delighted to report that I am feeling much better now that I moved to a drier location, cleaned or discarded everything I own (while wearing a mold remediation mask), and got some truly helpful medication.  Yes, mold remediation is a huge undertaking.

Now I am happily back to my regular work of helping to grow the best foods ever!

Dr. Jana

Grant received for Nutrition Grown research and teaching garden

Please celebrate with me this new grant for Nutrition Farming for Hawaii™. a project of the North Kohala Community Resource Center.  Working together with the Hawaii Institute for Pacific Agriculture, a research and demonstration garden for Nutrition Grown™ foods is being established.  We will have a large variety of vegetable crops in production and track their nutrient content over time as the soil is improved through the analysis and amending process.  Visitors–from school kids to farmers–will be welcomed to learn from the garden.

I hope you can join with us in whatever way you can, such as by participating in the new online Nutrition Grown™ course, Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health and True Success.  Sign up for the updates to receive more info on the course or contact us at info@beyondorganicresearch.com.  We are working on a webpage for it currently.

Blessings,  Dr. Jana

Nutrition Farming for Hawaii Research and Demonstration Garden at HIP Agriculture

 

Nutrition Grown™ news–Online Course to help you grow the Best Food Ever starting soon

Hi,  I hope your holiday season is going well!  My apologies for my lack of blogging lately.  I had to move home and office.  However, I am still on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.

I have also been busy putting the finishing touches on my new online course called Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health and True Success.  I’m so excited to share this information in a personal way about growing the best food ever with an enthusiastic, committed group of growers!  There will be videos, group calls, and more.  Each participant will get their soil analyzed as part of the course.  There’s even a certificate program.  So stay tuned for more info coming shortly.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Jana

Merry Christmas from Beyond Organic Research!

Try these fun veggie Christmas ideas to put more fun in your holidays!

 

Mangoes Grown the Right Way

At the local market the other day, I was shopping for mangoes.  Most of the mangoes I had recently were insect contaminated or partly rotten, even if they looked OK on the outside.  Then on one table, I spotted a gorgeous mango for sale, so I enquired as to the farm from which it came.  Turns out I had done soil analysis at that farm.  This mango, pictured on the left, stayed good for a week in the refrigerator.  It was perfect!  It was sweet (high Brix level), and had great texture and flavor–perfect in every way.  The mango on the right looked like most of the mangoes in this area–covered with a fungus called anthracnose (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides).  When plants get the nutrients they need, they are much more disease resistant.  They also more pest resistant, taste better, have a longer shelf life, and yield more abundantly.

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Give Yourself a Spiritual Boost with the All Things Spiritual Telesummit!

Does your spirit soar? Or do you feel exhausted and like something is missing? If so, I have a special treat for you!

I’m honored to be a featured speaker amongst 21 amazing spiritual leaders who will be sharing with you information for life transformation.

But don’t worry — it’s 100% absolutely free…

Fill yourself up each day with positive messages!

You just need to know how to make that powerful shift in your life.

That’s why I’m excited to invite you to Rev. Lisa Giroux’s All Things Spiritual Telesummit!

SIGN UP HERE (it’s free)!

There’s just ONE presenter per day, and here are just a few of the topics:

1. How Get the Most out of the Law of Attraction

2. How to Increase Your Energetic Frequency

3. How to Integrate Key Techniques Into Your Daily Practice to Create Peace During a Crisis

4. How to Connect More Deeply with Animals

>>> Plus 21 more presenters… (including me presenting on the Spiritual Aspects of Nutrition Grown Foods on Wednesday, August 17th!)

The summit kicked off on August 1st, but it’s not too late to catch many free interviews and free gifts from the presenters! Each day at 6am Hawaii Time (9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST) you’ll receive a link to that day’s interview!

So come and join me to hear more, and learn my action steps for building up YOUR spiritual self.

SIGN UP HERE (it’s free)!

Much Aloha,

Dr. Jana Bogs

P.S. If you missed an interview, not to worry! You can grab your Lifetime access pass and enjoy all the summit interviews–no limitations!

Interview of Dr. Jana Bogs by John Kohler of Growing Your Greens

John Kohler came to the Big Island, found my book, and did a great interview with me.  John is quite famous in the gardening world.  Enjoy!

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”, but where are the Medicinal Quality Foods?

Hippocrates was revered for his great teachings, one of which was:  “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”  Yes, we need to look to nature for health and healing.  Natural foods contain a vast array of naturally-occurring phytonutrients.  “Phyto” means plant.  In addition to containing the always-important vitamins and mineral complexes, plants contain the genetics to be able to produce thousands of additional phytonutrient molecules, many of which have medicinal qualities.

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Most of today’s foods are only a shadow of their former selves.  They have been bred or genetically-modified without thought for their nutrient content.  They have been produced on soils lacking essential nutrients needed to produce medicinal-quality foods.

Plants actually have a lot greater array of genetic material than we humans do.  They have to create their own food through photosynthesis.  We can’t do that!  They also create certain compounds to protect themselves from pests and diseases.  Some of these special compounds are useful to us to prevent or treat our own diseases.  This is where many medicines start.  The drug companies isolate specific phytonutrients which have certain effects and then create similar patentable molecules.  Unfortunately, this is not the way of nature.  Isolated compounds do not have the same effects as those with naturally-occurring complimentary phytonutrients.  Also, similar, but not bio-identical, compounds do not have the same effects either.  Then we can get undesirable side effects.

Phytonutrients are also what we sense as flavors.  Oranges taste like oranges and cinnamon tastes like cinnamon because of the varying arrays of phytonutrients.

Growing plants in properly balanced soil allows them to express their full potentials for forming phytonutrients because they have the raw materials they need to do so.  If plants don’t get the specific nutrients they need as building blocks, the production of specialized compounds will stop.  The plant may not die, but it cannot express its full potential either.

The love and care we give our plants by our supplying the raw materials they need will return to us many fold when we eat them.  The plants will supply us with abundant yields of tasty foods, packed with health-giving phytonutrients.  It all starts with a comprehensive soil analysis, followed by amending the soil.  Plant leaf tissue analysis can also help us know what the plants need so we can help them out with foliar nutritional sprays.

Go forth and grow yourself some medicinal quality foods with long forgotten flavors!

To your health,

Dr. Jana Bogs

Learn more by clicking around on the various pages on my website, www.BeyondOrganicResearch.com.  For a more indepth look, check out my book, Beyond Organic…Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor.  It is available on my website (with free shipping) as well as on Amazon.com, where the e-book version has hit #1 in two categories.

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Vog or other Air Pollution got you Down? Maybe you need Molybdenum

Respiratory distress and irritated eyes can be caused by sulfur compounds called sulfites which are present in smog and vog (a combination of volcano smoke and fog).  These are real concerns for some Hawai’i residents, especially children living in voggy areas.

Molybdenum (Mo) is an ultra-trace element (mineral) which is needed as a cofactor to enable certain enzymes in the body to work.  Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, a biochemist and physician who helped run the Princeton Brain Bio Center, felt that sulfite sensitivity may be due to molybdenum deficiency since he had seen consistently low blood levels of Mo in his patients.  Molybdenum is needed to activate the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which changes toxic sulfite to harmless sulfate.  The oxidation of sulfites is necessary to prevent neurological damage and allergic/asthmatic symptoms.  Other Mo-activated enzymes are responsible for some aspects of amino acid metabolism.

Also, be aware that sulfites are added as preservatives to many foods, such as wine and dried fruits to preserve the colors.  Ever heard of someone having a sulfite allergy?  Probably just a lack of molybdenum.

We should be getting adequate molybdenum in our well-grown foods.  However, molybdenum levels in soils or foods are rarely tested.  Because of its importance, this element is included in the Beyond Organic comprehensive soil analysis.  I often see very low (deficient) levels.

In the crop growing world, molybdenum is an enzyme catalyst for changing nitrate (NO3) to ammonium (NH4+), a plant-useable form of nitrogen.  This trace element also enhances protein formation.  Molybdenum is needed for atmospheric nitrogen fixation by bacteria growing symbiotically with legumes as well as non-symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria.  Molybdenum is used in the conversion of inorganic phosphorus to an organic form and is necessary for ascorbic acid (vitamin C) metabolism.  Gross deficiency symptoms include chlorosis of leaf margins, distortions in leaves and flowering bodies, and decreased fruit set due to less viable pollen.

Ultra-trace elements such as molybdenum and others can be supplied to soil with applications of naturally-occurring rich sources of trace elements such as Azomite, greensand, seaweed (i.e. kelp), and ocean fish.  When soil levels are very low, it is good to supplement the soil with small amounts of a concentrated version of molybdenum, such as sodium molybdate.   Seaweed and fish hydrolysates can also be used as ingredients in fast-acting foliar sprays.

Rejoice!  Help with vog and smog is on the way!  You might just need Mo’ molybdenum!

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You’re invited to the 9th Annual Kona Coffee Farmers Expo

Come to the Kona Coffee Farmers Expo this year to hear special guest speakers, see displays of various resources, and talk story about technical issues.  It is being held at the Old Airport Pavilion in Kailua-Kona on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 10am-4pm.  Beyond Organic Consulting will have a free prize drawing and show specials.  Hope to see you there!

Beautiful coffee flowers turn into...

Beautiful coffee flowers turn into…

...loads of coffee cherries!

…loads of coffee cherries!

Dr. Jana Bogs at the Kona Coffee Expo 2015

Dr. Jana Bogs at the Kona Coffee Expo 2015