Springclean your wonderful Body

Spring is a joyful time to clean up and clear out – and this applies beautifully to our bodies as well as our homes

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We believe that there are several basic steps to restoring or furthering great health, for everyone :

 

 

Step 1

Clean up and clear out.  This would include a good detox with products such as Zeolite and Diatomaceous Earth which will remove harmful toxins

 

 

Step 2

A self-help test to check for fungus / candida is easy. Place a glass of water next to your bed and first thing in the morning just spit into it.  Check after half an hour – if there are tendrils or strings in the water it is a positive sign of fungus

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A gentle herbal remedy is available – called Fungus (and Candida)  Eliminate from Natsolve

 

 

Step 3

Eliminate worms and parasites. These uninvited passengers can cause havoc in the body.  BIO-SIL has a gentle three-month herbal remedy in capsule form from Natsolve, called Parasite and Worm Eliminate which is designed to capture and eliminate the on-going hatching of eggs.  You might find that cravings (e.g. for sugar or refined carbs) disappear once this process has been completed!  Tip: Best to not do an internet search for parasite pictures – eeeeeek …… it’s for fainting!!!!

 

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Step 4

Restore a good and proper gut microbe balance. This is quite critical to health throughout the body.   A wonderful product is available to this end: Probiotic 1 litre

 

 
We are here to help anyone with queries : info@biosil.co,.za
and wish you a magical and joyful glide into the months ahead

Electro Pollution – important to understand and take measures to counter it

 

 

 

It is almost impossible to visualise living sans cellphones, internet and other forms of wifi!    While these gadgets will not totally eliminate the very harmful effects of EMF (electro magnetic fields), they do provide a good protection.

It is important to switch cellphones to “airplane mode” at night and keep them away from children.  you might find everyone sleeps more peacefully!  Use speaker / mike mode as much as possible and locate hollow tube headphones which are both helpful.  EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than adults and cause great damage.

These not only functional, These not only functional, but beautiful artworks will help to counter the very harmful frequencies emitted by wi-fi, cellphones, microwave ovens, etc.but beautiful artworks will help to counter the very harmful frequencies emitted by wi-fi, cellphones, microwave ovens, etc.

 

 

 

Children’s brains and nerves are also still developing so they are likely to be more sensitive to exposures of RFs. Today’s children have started to use cell phones at a younger age, therefore their lifetime exposure to cell phone RFs will likely be greater.

IMPORTANT: Place protectors next to routers, smart meters and wireless hotspots. They have been created with love, orgone and plasma technology;  have been tested with high technology, dowsing and kinesiology and found to be effective in providing protection from the harmful frequencies.

 

Neurosurgeon Dr Teo elucidates ………

Here is a link to an informative site with much further advice and facts on this important subject:  https://www.emfwarriors.com/

Cell Phone Radiation The Right To Know

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSM – what is this marvellous supplement?

 

What is MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)?

Bio-Sil’s MSM is the purest available.  It is GRAS-designated, developed through a unique process which ensures optimal 99.9% purity.  It is Kosher and Halal certified, vegan, non-shellfish-derived, gluten-free, non-GMO and allergen-free.

Where MSM may assist:

  • Anti-ageing – helps hold on to a youthful appearance, since it seems to help prevent wrinkles, scar formation, dark spots and sun damage. How’s this possible? MSM is necessary for collagen production, and collagen is what helps keep skin from becoming saggy, wrinkled, cracked and dry
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatism & joint pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bursitis, tendonitis, musculoskeletal pain
  • Digestive problems such as leaky gut syndrome
  • Skin problems e.g. rosacea, allergies, wounds
  • Muscle pain and spasms
  • Restores hair growth
  • Help the body adapt to stress
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Yeast infections

 

 

 

 

More on Marvellous Magnesium

The Power of Magnesium Is Dose Sensitive

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Written by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)  Dr. Sircus is the Director International Medical Veritas Association and Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

 

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There is no healing system more powerful than that which employs Nature’s primordial substances; materials so pure and close to nature that they yield benefits without the typical side effects of most drugs. The secret to safe and effective medicine is found in using medicinal substances that do not have side effects in reasonable doses. This is the very meaning of safe, something that will not harm or hurt you.

I received a letter from a professional colleague named George Eby in 2007 that stated that his daughter was destroyed by the terrible side effects of a special type of antibiotic called fluoroquinolones. He said,

“My daughter was stricken with this horrible affliction. Cipro sensitivity causes long term (multiple years to life) chronic pain, weakness and tendon weakness leading to tendon breakage and many other horrible effects, some physical and some mental. This is something that everyone needs to know about. We have been destroyed by cipro. I don’t think there is much anyone can do, except to give her magnesium, which is somewhat of an antidote. I am very worried but I haven’t lost hope, but I am being realistic. Some of the tendon damage is necrotic and permanent. However, we have studies with rattlesnake venom that produce necrosis on animals and simply applying magnesium (chloride) and zinc (gluconate) topically, the necrosis vanishes.” Ten days later I received this email from George.

Topical magnesium chloride for 10 days = well daughter!

There is a power and a force in magnesium chloride that cannot be equalled anywhere else in the world of medicine. There is no substitute for magnesium in human physiology; nothing comes even close to it in terms of its effect on overall cell physiology. It goes against a strong gale wind of medical science to ignore magnesium chloride used transdermally in the treatment of any chronic or acute disorder.

 

 

The Power of Magnesium

In the emergency room medicines have to be safe while delivering an instant life saving burst of healing power. Magnesium obviously is the heavy weight champion in this regard though there is a terrible ignorance about this fact. It’s like medical hypnosis; doctors cannot see what is in front of their very eyes. They have a medical super weapon that unfortunately no one can make much money off, so it’s not supported in the literature or in medical schools. Talking about the blinding light of conflict of interest, in the area of medicine it kills millions. In the area of magnesium medicine there is a mountain range of scientists who have for decade’s penetrated magnesium’s secrets. There are four hundred references in my eBook “ Transdermal Magnesium Therapy”, the majority linking to original medical research.

Magnesium is life saving and that is power. It is as simple as that! Magnesium has the power to reduce human suffering in a wide variety of clinical situations. Results of a 10-year study published in the August 28, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that magnesium sulfate administered to women delivering before 32 weeks of gestation reduced the risk of cerebral palsy by 50 percent.[ii] The Beneficial Effects of Antenatal Magnesium Sulfate (BEAM) trial was conducted in 18 centers in the U.S., including Northwestern Memorial, and is the first prenatal intervention ever found to reduce the instance of cerebral palsy related to premature birth. Magnesium sulfate is traditionally used in obstetrics to stop premature labor and prevent seizures in women with hypertension.

Obviously if a medicine is safe and strong enough for emergency situations it is going to help us with chronic diseases. The field of cardiology has to deal with heart disease as both an acute and chronic disorder and that is just one more reason they should fall heads of heels in love with magnesium chloride. Magnesium is truly astounding in terms of safety, low cost and proven effectiveness.

Put in the clearest terms possible, our suggestion from the first day for cancer patients is to almost drown oneself in transdermally applied magnesium chloride. George Eby used on his slight daughter approximately one ounce applied to the skin a day.

Magnesium is life saving, it is as simple as that.

How to treat Magnesium Deficiency?

First I would suggest that you get a copy of “ Transdermal Magnesium Therapy”, so you can learn more about this revolutionary method of bringing your magnesium levels up. I recommend the use of magnesium chloride over any other form. I also recommend to use magnesium oil and apply it transdermally to skin in massage or baths as opposed to taking oral tablet which take too long and have to go through the digestive tract first where many problems can affect absorption.

If it irritates your skin at first, dilute it half and half with spring water till you get more used to it. You can also use it in baths, but the bath flakes are more economical for this…..and you can alternate the baths with the body applications. If you can get someone to give you a massage with magnesium oil this is a wonderful way to obtain even more benefits.

Although a person take months to correct a deficiency in magnesium, the benefits of supplementation can be noticed in the first few days of its use. Next after transdermal magnesium chloride I prefer the use of a liquid form taken orally, but these might cause diarrhea that limits the purpose of taking the magnesium to raise up levels.It is possible to raise levels even more by using magnesium oil on the skin and by taking it in orally indrinking water. Simply spray a few sprays into a glass of water (5-10 sprays/glass of water) and drink it.If this causes diarrhea cut back on the amount put into the water…..just do this once a day along with the spraying on the skin, bath or footbath use.

Magnesium oil does not require specific dosages as any excess used will be excreted by healthy kidneys (unless someone goes way off base in taking/using too much).

Combining Oral with Transdermal

One of the most luxurious medical treatments on earth is to receive magnesium massages on a consistent basis. Having at least an ounce of what is called magnesium oil rubbed all over one’s body by either a trained or even untrained massage therapist is simply heavenly. One can also do this oneself meaning cover one’s body all over with the magnesium oil like one would sunscreen and go out in the sun and have some fun.

Another method of administration is pouring magnesium chloride into ones bath at high concentrations and soak in a hot tub, perhaps with a cup of sodium bicarbonate in it. On page 201 of my Transdermal Magnesium Therapy book I recommend 2-8 oz (56, 6 -226, 4 g) of Magnesium Oil for a full body bath (ca 100liter). These initial recommendations for baths were very low. My excuse is the inexperience of the early days of transdermal magnesium therapy and also that here in Brazil we don’t have a bathtub so my experience has been with body spraying and magnesium massage. I am now recommending much higher dosages for baths ranging anywhere from 2 to 4 pounds to even six pounds for professional use in clinics and spas.

A third avenue of administration is to simply drink magnesium chloride in ones water or juice. The best way is to combine one of the transdermal routes with oral[iii] for concentrated doses that achieve maximum therapeutic effect.

Each spray of Magnesium Oil contains approximately 18 milligramsof elemental magnesium.[iv] An ounce would contain just over 3,300 mg.Five sprays in a glass of water would thus be almost 100 milligrams.[v]

Three to five to even ten sprays of magnesium chloride in a glass of pure water or juice is an excellent way to take magnesium internally. It assists digestion, counteracts excess acidity in the stomach, and delivers magnesium swiftly into the bloodstream for distribution to all the cells of the body. Minerals like magnesium in ionic liquid form are vastly superior to pill forms. Much more magnesium will get absorbed and absorption will not depend on hydrochloric acid levels.

A sane rule of thumb for magnesium supplementation (not for therapeutic effect) is approximately 6-8 mg/kg (3-4 mg per pound) of body weight per day. That translates into a total dietary magnesium intake of 600 to 900 mg per day for a 200-lb man which is already way above the RDA, about double. With children some researchers indicate that 10 mg/kg/day are appropriate because of their low body weight and increased requirements for growth. Athletes also need more depending on their stress and training levels and we can always adjust upwards when under great emotional stress or when seriously ill.

Our cells are best served when they are brimming with magnesium reserves.

In general, for a large adult, spraying one ounce of Magnesium Oil a day all over the body is recommended for six months to recover cellular levels with that adjusted downward for children depending on their age and size. This coupled with oral intake, especially for adults, is necessary to get the maximum kick out of magnesium. When magnesium levels are at extremely low levels intravenous application is an option and is often necessary in emergency situations. See Magnesium – The Ultimate Heart Medicine for more information on this. Very strong therapeutic magnesium baths yield another level of effect which competes quite handedly with intravenous applications but they are not a substitute for them in emergency situations.

Strong therapeutic foot soaks are another option and are especially important for diabetics who suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Soak the whole body or just the feet in bath water for 20-30 minutes, at a temperature of about 108 degrees The most effective protocol for this therapy is to begin with a daily body or foot bath every day for the first 7 days, (starting at lighter concentrations and building up) then continue with a maintenance program of 2-3 times a week for 6-8 weeks or longer. Sensitive care must be taken especially with children as to dose levels, water temperature and magnesium concentrations. Muscle spasms might occur on rare occasions if one forgets to get out of the tub so it is necessary to supervise children and the length of time they remain soaking in magnesium chloride. All strong reactions like redness in local areas to diarrhea or even muscle spasms are indications to reduce concentration.

[i] German research have shown Dead Sea salts have ultimately been the reason for reduced amounts of LangerhansA cells in the epidermis, and conversely salts of sodium chloride were void of any effect at all. (al G. S., 1990 December). Magnesium chloride is also discussed when the topic of dermatitis comes into play as an excellent treatment protocol. The anti-inflammatory result of utilizing hypertonic Dead Sea solution on atopic dermatitis by means of magnesium ions is well known. (al., 2002) Further studies also revealed that the magnesium solution greatly reduced inflammation in allergic contact dermatitis. The study involved five patients with an identified nickel allergy, where magnesium chloride (not sodium chloride) stifled nickel-sulfate induced contact dermatitis. (Greiner J, 1990 November)

[ii] Diffusion is the mechanism by which components of a mixture are transported around the mixture by means of random molecular (Brownian) motion (cf. permeation: the ability of a diffusant to pass through a body – dependent on both the diffusion coefficient, D, and the solubility coefficient, S, ie, permeability coefficient, P = D.S). Flynn et al. cite Berthalot as postulating, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, that the flow of mass by diffusion (ie, the flux), across a plane, was proportional to the concentration gradient of the diffusant across that plane. http://www.initium.demon.co.uk/fick.htm

[iii] Dr. Raul Vergin offered the following guidelines for oral intake of a 2.5% Magnesium Chloride hexahydrate (MgCl2-6H2O) solution (i.e.: 25 grams or approximately one ounce of pure food grade powder in a liter of water). The quantity of elemental magnesium contained in a 125 cc dose of the 2.5% solution is around 500 mg.

Dosages are as follows:

Adults and children over 5 years old 125 cc

4 year old children 100 cc

3 year old children 80 cc

1-2 year old children 60 cc

Over 6 months old children 30 cc

Under 6 months old children 15 cc

125 milliliter = 4.2267528 ounce [US, liquid]

cc and ml are equivalent

Dr. Vergin indicates that “In acute diseases the dose is administered every 6 hours (every 3 hours the first two doses if the case is serious); then space every 8 hours and then 12 hours as improvement goes on. After recovery it’s better going on with a dose every 12 hours for some days. As a preventive measure, and as a magnesium supplement, one or two doses a day can be taken indefinitely. Magnesium Chloride, even if it’s an inorganic salt, is very well absorbed and it’s a very good supplemental magnesium source.”

[iv] Magnesium chloride is an ionic compound because it has a metal, magnesium, and a nonmetal, chlorine. Magnesium will lose two electrons and form a +2 charge. Chlorine will gain one electron to form a chloride ion with a -1 charge. The formula for the compound is MgCl2. To get the formula weight, find the atomic weights and add them together taking the subscripts into account. Magnesium is 24.3; chlorine is 35.5; so two would be 71.0. The total gives 95.3 as the formula weight.

[v] Magnesium Oil from the sea weighs 12 pounds per gallon. Distilled water weighs only 8 pounds. Thus we can calculate in a straight away manner how much elemental magnesium is in each gallon.

[vi] “I was saturated at about 3 grams of elemental Mg per day, but went to 20 grams for over a year. I now take 5 grams, and stools are semi-formed, and the surrounding water is clear, 3-4 per day.” “Mg is very safe, since the gut absorption is regulated by serum Mg levels, and then the Mg stays in the gut and results in varying degrees of diarrhea. Then the dose is too high. Want soft semi-formed stools. Mine, while on high dosages of magnesium were liquid every 2-4 hours for 2 years, the electrolytes every month were normal, but for low potassium, part of my urinary Mg wasting, both,” wrote Mansmann.

Dr. Mansmann concludes, “I have had diabetic neuropathy for over 10 years. The most significant symptom is my neuropathic pain of burning feet, called erythromelalgia. With the aid of Mg I can completely suppress the symptom, but if my blood glucose level is acutely elevated, because of a dietary indiscretion, the pain flares in spite of an apparent adequate dose of Mg. It goes away with extra Mg gluconate (Magonate) in an hour or so in either case. Without the Mg it will last for six plus hours, even though the blood glucose level is normal in about two hours.” “It is my belief that every one with diabetes should be taking Mg supplementation to the point of one’s Maximum Tolerated Dose, which is until one has soft-semi, formed stools. In addition, anyone with neuropathy, without a known cause, must be adequately evaluated for diabetes and especially those with poorly, slowly, healing foot sores of any kind. Since the use of Mg is safe I see no reason that this should not be “the standard of care”.

[vii] Seelig, MS. Athletic stress, performance and magnesium in consequences of magnesium deficiency on the enhancement of stress reactions; preventive and therapeutic implications:a review. J Am Coll Nutr, vol.13, no. 5, pp. 429-446, 1994

[viii] Auroleus Phillipus Theostratus Bombastus von Hohenheim, immortalized as “Paracelsus,” was born in 1493. Paracelsus, a Swiss doctor, pioneered the use of chemicals and minerals in medicine. His name appears as a significant figure among voluminous numbers of works on homeopathy, natural medicine, alternative medicine, and botanical studies. Many see him as the predecessor of chemical pharmacology and therapeutics and the most original medical thinker of the sixteenth century.

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Quickstep to health with BIO-SIL

BIO-SIL has three wonderful all-natural products to assist everyone :

1. 

SynerChi Organics Hemp Protein  is the most natural & complete source of protein in the plant kingdom, naturally rich in 20 essential amino acids (Protein building blocks), fatty acids & dietary fibre. Structurally it contains 65% Edistin, the most superior of all plant based proteins. Edistin is a globulin protein which is closely related to that of the human blood, allowing the muscles to readily absorb this protein.

While protein is a crucial component for muscle repair,  so too are essential fatty acids (Omega – 3 and Omega – 6), vitamins, minerals, fibre, enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants, as well as other nutrients,  all  found in SynerChi Organics Hemp Protein. Quick and easy:  Mix 2 scoops with your favorite smoothie* or breakfast 1-2 times daily in the mornings or as a snack after activities.

 

*Delicious Hemp Smoothie Recipe :   

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300 ml coconut milk or water

1x medium banana

2x pitted dates / or agave syrup

1x tablespoon of your favourite nut butter

1x heaped tablespoon raw cocoa powder

2x heaped tablespoons of Syncherchi Hemp Protein

Blend to perfection.   Relaxxxxxx, breeeeeeathe …….. and enjoy!

 

Key nutritional benefits:

  •   62% Pure Protein
  •   Advanced core nutrition
  •   Assists in weight loss
  •   Increased energy levels
  •   Strength, power, delivery
  •   Accelerated recovery compound

Ingredients:

100% Organic Hemp Protein

 

2.

BIO-SIL Magnesium Spray

Magnesium is also present in every organ in the human body. In fact, it’s considered a vital mineral for over 300 biochemical reactions that regulate our health and wellness. But unfortunately, most of us simply don’t get enough magnesium in our bodies to the point that we unknowingly suffer from a magnesium deficiency.  Some of the conditions which could benefit from magnesium supplementation include:

  • ADHD
  • Ageing
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arrhythmias
  • Asthma
  • Ataxia
  • Cardiac Infarction
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Circulatory disturbances
  • Cluster headaches
  • Cramps
  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypertension
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Tinnitus
  • Tremors

 

Handy, easy to apply spray bottle (100 ml).   Just spray on the body after a shower or bath and gently rub the area until it is absorbed. Skin may tingle a little.   



 

 

3.

Natsolve Essiac Tea capsules and Herbal Blend vege-capsules

Contents : slippery elm, rhubarb root, burdock root, sheep sorrel

  • Essiac Tea herbs – sufficient to make up four litres.   Some reported successes of this wonderful tea are:
  • allergies
  • alzheimers
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • circulation
  • CFS
  • diabetes
  • fibroids
  • hemorrhoids
  • impotence
  • hypoglycemia
  • malignancies
  • MS
  • parkinsons
  • prostate
  • sleeping disorders
  • urinary disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colloidal Silver Beats Ringworm Infection

 

 

Ringworm is a topical skin condition that causes a red, crusted, scaly-appearing rash that’s often circular in form, erroneously causing people to believe a worm is involved. 

 

Known medically as tinea (which is Latin for “worm”), it can also cause blister-like lesions.  And when found on the head, its symptoms can include scaling of the scalp and even patches of hair loss.

 

Occurring most often areas with warm, moist climates, it’s highly contagious and can be passed from person to person by physical contact, or by sharing combs, brushes and other personal care items, or even clothing. 

 

Ringworm affects millions of people each year in the United States, and tens of millions more worldwide, including millions of children.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called it “a major public health concern.”

 

But what exactly is ringworm?  And is colloidal silver known to be an effective treatment for this contagious skin condition?  Here’s the scoop you need to know…

 

 

 

Stubborn Cases

 

Another method some people have found to be very effective for extremely stubborn cases of ringworm is to take a small empty shot glass and put a dollop of colloidal silver GEL  (i.e., a glob of it about half the size of a marble).

 

 

 

 

Then add four drops of a good, high-quality Tea Tree Oil (i.e., Melaleuca oil) and use a plastic spoon or other clean implement to mix it together really well in the shot glass.

 

The gel will turn from clear color to whitish color in the process of being mixed with the Tea Tree Oil.

 

A small amount of this mixture is then applied two or three times a day to the affected areas of the skin (being careful to stay away from the eyes, as Tea Tree Oil can be a bit caustic and will definitely burn the eyes).

 

Put a piece of Saran Wrap or other covering over the shot glass to keep your mixture fresh for repeated use throughout the day.

 

You can judge how long to keep applying it to the affected area simply by watching the skin condition clear up. When it’s clear, stop using it. But continue to spray a good liquid colloidal silver product on the previously affected area for another seven days, to prevent recurrence.

 

Experts tell me they’ve never seen this mixture fail to work on stubborn ringworm and other fungal skin infections. But if you don’t see significant clearing of the condition beginning within three days of using this mixture three times a day, then you’ll have to switch to something else.

Another frequently mentioned home remedy is to disinfect the area around the site of the ringworm infection with vinegar. Then further wash the site with liquid colloidal silver. Then apply tea tree oil unmixed with any other substance.

 

(Again, experts say you need to be very careful about getting Tea Tree Oil too near the eyes.  And don’t touch the treated area with the hands and then touch near the eyes. If Tea Tree oil gets into the eyes, thoroughly rinsing the eyes with water will help, but many experts claim that rinsing the eyes with milk is even more effective, as the fats in the milk cling to the caustic oils in the Tea Tree oil and rinse it out of the eyes faster than water can.  Naturally, a visit to the local Urgent Care Center might be necessary if Tea Tree oil gets into the eyes and cannot be sufficiently rinsed out.)

 

The Experts Agree

 

Regardless of which method of treatment you use, the consensus of experts is that colloidal silver is extremely effective against ringworm.

 

Indeed, way back in 1920 Alfred B. Searle, author of Use of Colloids in Health and Disease wrote, “Colloidal silver has been used with marked success in treatment of ringworm of body, tinea versicolor, soft sores, pustular eczema of the scalp and pubes…

 

 

 

And even earlier than that, in 1912, the British medical journal Lancet stated that colloidal silver had been used successfully to treat ringworm and other fungal skin conditions.

 

More recently, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine stated in their Physician & Practitioner Administered Procedures and Therapies, “Among the conditions colloidal silver has controlled are severe burns, acne, boils, candida and yeast infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive problems and colitis, ear and sinus infections, herpes, shingles, lupus, malaria, viral and fungal infections, blood parasites, rheumatoid arthritis, and ringworm.”

 

And in a clinical study titled, “Antifungal effect of silver nanoparticles on dermatophytes,” published in 2008 the prestigious Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, researchers demonstrated that silver nanoparticles were even more effective than prescription antifungal drugs in the treatment of Trichophyton species of fungus – the most common cause of athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and hair and nail fungal infections in humans.

 

To learn more about silver’s powerful antifungal properties, see:

 

 

 

Beautiful Earth Beneath Our Feet

We’re only beginning to understand soil’s hidden world


(Jon Hughes for The Washington Post)

 Gardening columnist August 9

 

The gardener has a long, touchy-feely relationship with the soil. As every good cultivator knows, you assess the earth by holding it. Is it dark and crumbly, is there an earthworm or beetle in there, is it moist, and when you smell it, are you getting that pleasant earthy aroma?

All these signs are reassuring, and have been through the ages, but they are mere indicators of something much greater and infinitely mysterious: a hidden universe beneath our feet.

This cosmos is only now revealing itself as a result of scientific discoveries based on better microscopic imaging and DNA analysis. There is much still to learn, but it boils down to this: Plants nurture a whole world of creatures in the soil that in return feed and protect the plants, including and especially trees. It is a subterranean community that includes worms, insects, mites, other arthropods you’ve never heard of, amoebas, and fellow protozoa. The dominant organisms are bacteria and fungi. All these players work together, sometimes by eating one another.

The awareness of this biosphere should change the way gardeners think about cultivating plants and heighten everyone’s understanding of the natural world. In other words, don’t ever call it “dirt” again.

Nematodes convert nitrogen into a form that plants can use. (Jon Hughes for The Washington Post)

The sheer vitality of it is mind-bending: A teaspoon of good loam may contain a billion bacteria, yards of fungal strands, several thousand protozoas and a few dozen nematodes, according to Jeff Lowenfels, a garden writer based in Anchorage and co-author of “Teaming With Microbes.”

This is, basically, how it works: Plants manufacture carbohydrates through photosynthesis, but not just for themselves. They release some of their carbon sugars into the soil, which causes the bacteria and fungi to show up to feed. The bacteria crowd around the root zone, and the fungi form vast networks of interlocking strands that often link one plant to another. The bacteria convert nitrogen and other nutrients into forms the plants can use, often by getting devoured by other microbes.

The fungal strands, the mycelium, effectively increase the root mass of its host plant by as much as a thousand times and transport a bevy of goodies to the host plants, including phosphorus, copper, calcium and zinc. There is also evidence that trees use this network to send signals to one another if, say, leaf-eating pests have arrived.

In his Ted Talk, mycologist Paul Stamets referred to mycelium as “Earth’s natural Internet.”

Although some plant (and human) diseases are caused by soil-borne fungi and bacteria, most of these microbes are beneficial and keep the bad ones in check. The organisms assist in other ways, by increasing the size of soil particles, which improves the ability of the soil to hold water and air.

Even in the middle of a city, the subterranean world is thriving.

Scientists took almost 600 soil samples from across New York’s Central Park and discovered a surprising diversity and richness. They identified more than 120,000 types of bacteria and more than 40,000 species of fungi, protozoa and arthropods.

Fungi break down organic matter, which is why you will see mycelium strands in compost piles and under leaf litter. (Jon Hughes for The Washington Post)

Among the unexpected findings: The microbial species were the same, more or less, as those found in parts of the world with dramatically different flora and climates from New York’s, including Antarctic cold deserts, tropical forests and grasslands.

There was a strong association between the diverse organisms in each sample. “Unravelling these relationships will be critical to building a more integrated understanding of below-ground ecology,” the researchers wrote in a paperpublished by the journal for the British Royal Society. “Our work highlights that most of the diversity found in soil remains undescribed.”

Enough is known, however, to create a 21st-century subset of farming known as regenerative agriculture. The farmers have discovered that if you foster this biosphere, you don’t need expensive fertilizers because the microbes repay the plants with nutrients. They also, for obvious reasons, avoid pesticides that would kill this soil life.

The farmers do as little soil digging as possible because traditional tillage destroys the fungal networks and the desirable soil structure. Cover crops keep the soil life happy between growing seasons.

Advocates of this low-impact farming say it can restore soil carbon lost by the historic conversion of forest and prairie to farmland and help to mitigate greenhouse gases. In the 1990s, an Agricultural Research Service scientist in Beltsville, Sara F. Wright, discovered a sticky coating to fungal threads named glomalin that, it turns out, is a major reservoir for carbon.

Lowenfels says it’s also time for gardeners to adopt practices that nurture the soil biosphere. To say he thinks deeply about this subterranean world is an understatement. In addition to “Teaming With Microbes,” he has written “Teaming With Nutrients.” His latest title is “Teaming With Fungi,” which dwells on the type of fungi that directly associate with plant roots. They are known as mycorrhizal fungi, and he’s a big fan of adding them to his plants when they are installed, either as a spray or in powdered form available from the garden center. “It works. My tomato plants are bigger than the control, they’ve got more fruit on them, the plants are so healthy,” he told me. “My carrots are unbelievable this year.”

Some gardeners turn to compost tea to build soil microbes. This is made by aerating sugars, compost and humic acids in non-chlorinated water and then spraying the brew on plants and soil. Others are not convinced that this is needed, though everyone agrees that the way to foster the soil food web is to top-dress growing beds and lawns with organic matter such as shredded leaves or finished compost.

James Nardi, a biologist at the University of Illinois in Urbana, offers this advice: “Work with your fellow non-human gardeners. I never use synthetic fertilizers, and I never use pesticides.” Nardi’s 2007 book, “Life in the Soil,” remains an excellent introduction to the subject.

In the fall, he mixes horse manure with fallen leaves, shreds the mixture and applies it as a mulch to his growing beds. “In the spring, I have this lovely, spongy soil,” he said. Lowenfels shreds autumn leaves on his lawn and lets the biosphere use them over the winter.

The organic gardener’s mantra has never seemed more appropriate. Feed the soil, not the plant.

The players

● Earthworms: Earthworms (and other worms) play an important role in the hidden biosphere. Most worm species in the garden were imported by Old World settlers, and some worms in certain regions have caused a problem by processing organic matter too efficiently. The latest culprit is a creature called the Japanese crazy worm (Amynthas agrestis), which multiplies like, er, crazy and damages the soil structure through mass feeding. It is long established in parts of the Southeast but has spread recently to Wisconsin and Illinois, where it is causing problems.

But the European earthworms familiar to most gardeners are helpful.

Worms provide critical assistance to smaller organisms by breaking down and incorporating leaves into the soil, so all may eat. Worm castings are rich in nutrients, including calcium, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

The most famous observer of earthworms, Charles Darwin, estimated that they could add as much as 40 tons of casts per acre annually.

● Insects: Thousands of insects (and spiders) live in a patch of soil. Some are considered pests by humans — Japanese beetle grubs, termites and weevils, for example — but others are beloved or at least beguiling and include the larvae of lightning bugs and cicadas. Dung beetles convert animal waste into humus, a service we take for granted. Ants are the most abundant soil insect. Although some species are pests or nurture pests such as aphids, ants with their highly organized colonies are essential members of the soil biosphere. They assist in the conversion of litter to humus, move and mix large quantities of soil, and spread the seed of bulbs and other desirable plants.

● Other arthropods: The more conspicuous of these include millipedes and centipedes, as well as woodlice. Millipedes feed on plant debris and microbes; centipedes eat other arthropods. Woodlice, or sowbugs, are crustaceans that like soft plant debris and make quick work of green plant material and newly fallen leaves.

One of the most abundant, but barely visible, arthropods in the soil are springtails. They are named for a tail-like structure that allows them to jump when threatened. As many as a billion or more can live in an acre of soil. Depending on species, they cycle plant debris or feed on fungi, algae or other springtails.

Mites are generally regarded by gardeners as pests, and some are — sucking sap from plants and spreading disease. But the soil houses an immense community of non-pest species that are essential to the cycle of life. Half the known species of mites live in the soil, where they feed on decaying plant litter. Nardi writes that they “set the stage for smaller decomposers like bacteria and fungi to free most of the energy and nutrients stored in those leaves.”

Some mites are predatory and attack nematodes and other small creatures.

● Nematodes: Nematodes are tiny wormlike creatures that have traditionally been viewed in agriculture as serious pests that harm plants by feeding on their roots. More recently, the view of nematodes has become more nuanced because some species are now commonly used (and purchased) as predators of garden pests such as slugs, vine weevils and white grubs, to name a few. In truth, the world of nematodes is much greater and can only be imagined. Experts believe there may be close to a million species, of which only a fraction have been described scientifically.

Some nematodes eat soil bacteria and fungi, while others prefer to consume other soil arthropods and protozoa. Their value to the garden is in converting nitrogen into a form that plants can use.

● Protozoa: Protozoa are microscopic creatures that live in vast numbers in the film of water between soil particles. The most well known is the amoeba, but these microbes come in several forms, including species that move with a single flagellum or with hairlike cilia.

They are the major predator of bacteria, and in consuming them they release nitrogen and other nutrients to plants.

Protozoa, in turn, are eaten by nematodes and other small arthropods.

● Bacteria: Historically, bacteria have been associated with germs. Some of the nastiest human diseases — anthrax, typhoid, tuberculosis and syphilis, for example — are the result of bacterial infections. But we have come to know too that our guts are full of beneficial bacteria and essential to our health.

The soil is the same way — the bad actors are outnumbered and usually outwitted by the good ones. Healthy soil is loaded with bacteria, and because they’re not very mobile, they tend to hang out in vast numbers on and around the roots of plants, a zone known as the rhizosphere. There can be as much as 100 times more bacteria around plant roots than elsewhere in the soil, and with good reason. The plants feed them carbon sugars. The microbes give back nitrogen.

● Fungi: Fungi break down organic matter, which is why you will see mycelium strands in compost piles and under leaf litter. Two basic forms of fungi form a symbiotic relationship with plants. One exists in proximity to root tips and associates with hardwood trees and conifers. The other penetrates the cell wall of the roots and is found in plants of the domestic landscape — flowers, shrubs, grasses and vegetables.

The fungi grow tiny, fragile strands called hyphae. They are a tenth the thickness of human hair, but there are so many of them that they form a vast network, effectively extending the reach and efficiency of plant roots. In her book “The Soil Will Save Us,” science writer Kristin Ohlson says there can be as much as 320 miles of hyphae in a cubic foot of soil. At least 80 percent of the plants on Earth connect to these fungal partners.

“Gardeners need to know this stuff,” Lowenfels said. “A thinking gardener is a better gardener.”

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