Stress Management with Nrf2 Activation

When stress exceeds our ability to cope, it impacts every area of our life.   Diet and lifestyle changes that reduce our exposure to stressful situations while improving our ability to cope with stress are both critical stress management tools. Why diet?  Because at the cellular level, stress creates an abundance of free radicals-a condition known as oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress ...

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The Johnson-Su Bioreactor Enriches Beneficial Soil Fungi

Stop Turning Your Compost Composting offers a terrific way to culture native microbes that benefit your soil. However, there is more to a good compost than simply building a pile of manure or and yard waste. Proper aeration is important to prevent overheating and to ensure that aerobic microbes dominate the mixture. This is why many large scale composting facilities ...

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Five Important Health Facts Your Doctor Never Shared With You

1. Doctors Don’t All Take the Hippocratic Oath. I learned about the Hippocratic Oath from my parents, who believed all physicians took a Hippocratic Oath that bound them to serve the patient and “do no harm.”  Only recently did I revisit this information.  I learned that only about 11% of contemporary physicians even take the oath.  Furthermore, the oath itself ...

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Chemical Dependencies That Are Impacting You!

Thinking Beyond Opioids and Street Drugs Chemical dependency is often viewed narrowly, as dependence on drugs. The phrase itself conjures up images of meth labs in trailer parks, and homeless addicts shooting heroine in dark alleys.   But most of us know deep inside that this is only one tragic aspect of a much deeper problem.  In recent years, we are ...

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Microbial Analysis As a Tool for Second Responders

2017 Will Be Remembered as a Year of Disaster The year of 2017 will no doubt be remembered for its stream of natural disasters.   From the fires in Montana to the hurricanes that struck Houston and Puerto Rico…from the earthquakes in Mexico City to the floods in Peru…we are most cognizant of the disasters striking our hemisphere.  Yet we are ...

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Where Are LV Herbs Coming From?

Knowing Where Your Food Comes From is Fundamental – Shouldn’t the Same Apply to Herbs and Supplements? Not so long ago, a majority of consumers held fast to images shared in grade school about farm animals grazing in lush pastures, and chickens scratching outdoors.  We thought these settings were where our food was coming from.  People today are awakening to ...

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Finding Freedom Within the Herd

  Most of us claim we want freedom to do as we please.  Yet throughout history we see examples of individuals and civilizations alike fighting for freedom only to gravitate back to states of oppression.  Whether we describe the Hebrews asking Moses to be their king after leading them out of Egypt,  American revolutionaries asking George Washington to be king ...

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Humic Acids and Lignins: Prebiotics for Soil

Humic Acids and Lignins are like Prebiotics for Soil

Every grower knows beneficial microbes like rhizobia and mycorrhizal fungi can help plants produce strong, resistant, and resilient crops.  Many growers know that having the right microbes in the soil can reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.  Far too many growers have fallen for the “bug-in-a-jug,” spending various sums of money on biofertilizers only to see ...

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Six Traits Keep Angels Standing Tall In New Mexico’s Economic Whirlwinds

  Changing Times are Troubling We often hear about challenges we are facing in modern times.  Real and/or perceived effects of climate change, globalization, big data, and the largest human population ever are undoubtedly stressing contemporary society.  Some of these have been put into perspective with the popular YouTube Video, Did You Know.  I’ve inserted it below for your convenience. ...

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Welcome to Cultivating Victory!

Welcome to Cultivating Victory. Here is where we share ideas that are shaping journeys towards healthier microbiomes and more secure food systems. Here we discuss a spectrum of issues related to healthy soils, healthy people, healthy environments, and healthy economies. We hope the seeds we plant will cultivate victory in the battle for healthy and sustainable living.