Chemical Dependency Starts in the Soil

Chemical dependence begins in the soil where our food is grown. Chemical Dependency Is About So Much More Than Recreational Drugs Growing up on the edge of Generation X, I learned early on about the most universally recognized forms of chemical dependency.  In our community, we were exposed to a number of people who drank too much, smoked too much, or ...

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Guest Post: Defining the Word Healing by Dawn Cheney

Reasoning cannot be truly multi-dimensional unless diverse perspectives are represented. From time to time, I like to invite guests to share their perspectives on sustainable health, nutrition, and lifestyles.  Guests simply see the world differently than I do. I enjoy it when we arrive at similar conclusions taking very different paths. Dawn Cheney is an energetic healer, an artist, and ...

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Sharing the Spirit of Victory

Marjorie Jane and David Ivan Clowe managed a Victory Garden during WWII Paula Clowe, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, has contributed this photograph of her grandfather, David Ivan Clowe, and her aunt, Marjorie Jane Clowe Adams during WWII. At the time of the photo, Marjorie was the only child remaining close to home. Her husband served in the Philippines during the war, and ...

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What Endophytes Reveal about GMOs

As mainstream media in the US continue to downplay concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods, bloggers, independent news providers and social media groups continue to voice concerns in and beyond the United States.  Debate centers around the dietary and ecological safety of genetically modified organisms (hence “G-M-O’s”) in our food system. Figure 1.  Endophytic microbes like these blue ...

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Repurposing Victory Gardens

During World Wars I and II, families on the home fronts in many countries were encouraged to plant victory gardens. Home food production was recognized as fundamental to national security, and victory gardens became a source of national pride and patriotism. Food grown at home provided critical relief from the death, famine, and destruction created by the wars. You see, ...

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Why Strawberry Clover in a 21st Century Victory Garden?

     The victory garden of the 21th century must be ecologically balanced so that no chemicals are needed.  To maintain balance, one should choose a variety of plants from different families.  Because space is often limited, plants that serve multiple purposes are always good to have. As a legume, strawberry clover has an ability to associate with microbes of ...

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Challenging the Wisdom of Nrf2 as a Target for Drug Development

A little regulatory protein called NF-E2 related nuclear transcription factor, commonly abbreviated Nrf2, interacts with DNA upstream of many cellular defense genes, in conjunction with other proteins, to control toxins that contribute to oxidative stress. Since oxidative stress, a condition characterized by overabundance of free radicals, is associated with aging, inflammation, exposure to environmental toxins, and almost every disease known ...

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Water and Organic Matter Make Gardens Productive in Desert Soils

Gardening in the desert presents challenges that are rarely addressed by gardening experts who honed their skills in more humid climates.   Here in the Southwest, it is not uncommon to see precipitation values for the entire year that equal rainfall received in a single storm in more humid climates. When annual precipitation falls below 15 inches, soil, which can ...

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Ending the Fight with Diversification

Soil, water, and air pollution. Chronic disease epidemics (Heart Disease, Obesity, Diabetes….) Chemical dependencies Civil unrest Food insecurity…. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one set of simple and affordable actions could address all of these problems simultaneously? End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC was built on the premise that the most significant common denominator among all these problems is the uniformly regulated management ...

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Sowing the Seeds of Victory

Home gardening is vital to the security of any nation During the first and second World Wars, victory gardens were popular in countries on both sides of the fighting.   The ability to produce food close to home was considered a vital component of national security, and was recognized as crucial to the war effort.  This first half of the ...

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