AIR, maybe one of the most sought-after gases. Without it we would die a most certain death. What is our air comprised of? It is made of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen and trace amounts of other elements from our environment. So, what does this have to do with the farming communities and the agriculture world at large? A LOT. Farmers are not only the world’s producers of our foods, but they also play a vital role in the cleansing and purifying of our air. Who knew, right! Farmers are at the head of so many movements for our future survival! I have always been in awe of the farmer. What he/she has been able to do with a single seed. Just wow. It is such a worthwhile pursuit and one that deserves accolades. So thank you, farmers of America, thank you for all you do, Including improving our air quality.
What affects the air we breathe- well most certainly we are seeing an elevated level of contaminated air from all of the industrial waste and air pollution, fuels and hydrocarbons that are being pumped into our atmosphere. What cleans this dirty and polluted air? Trees and living plants- that’s what. They give us oxygen and store carbon, reducing the greenhouse effect caused by elevated CO2 levels. They also purify the air we breathe and it is now surmised that the microorganisms in our potted plants’ soils also have a part to play in purifying our indoor air. So, I will extrapolate out that if the microorganisms in the soils of potted plants can clean our indoor air then land and soils in our fields and plains can do just the same. Again the farmer comes to our rescue. With his/her ethical practices of sustainable and regenerative farming practices they restore not only the Earth’s microcosm of microorganisms in our soils, increase the capacity of the land to hold water, but now also clean our AIR. What more valuable of a pursuit is there! To you, farmers of America, my hat goes off to you and my heartfelt thanks.
In my office I have seen the gamut of illnesses, many of which are on the rise. Illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and the like are sadly common place in my nutrition/wellness clinic. In addition to these illnesses; I am now seeing a much higher incident of food allergies, ie. nuts, dairy, grains and sugars. Why is this I wondered, what has changed in our society and globally on our planet to give rise to such an increase in food allergies? Well, what I am seeing in my office points directly to the toxic chemicals that are being sprayed on our grasses, weeds and crops and the pollution in our water and air from many-many different sources. I realized that we are all a part of the big picture. We all can take action to lessen the harmful chemicals we use in and around our homes, the pollution being pumped into the air and water by changing our viewpoints.
When I treated my yard many years ago I decided to go with an organic company that only used substances that were safe for the land, animals and me. Yeah, it cost a little bit more, but in the end, it saved me a lot. Not only money, but I also in avoided the suffering others endure in the form of unwanted diseases, etc. I did this because I look not to what this planet can do for me while I’m alive, but what I can do to make this land better for generations to come. What if we all did that?
What if we all operated with the philosophy of, “what can we do to better ourselves, our families, our groups ( i.e. businesses, societies, teams), Mankind, our plants and animals, our planet and beyond.”
Do you think we would all be better for it? Do you think that this would increase each of our survival potentials, our happiness and sense of accomplishment for the greatest good? I find this to be true for me. I have found an increased amount of joy by helping others and being part of a group that is driven by a higher calling of brotherhood with Mankind and our planet. And after all what is life all about. It is about helping and serving others so they in turn become healthier and happier and can help others in return. I truly believe in the “pay it forward” philosophy.
I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of two, my family moved to Lexington, Kentucky; which is about as close as you can come to God’s country.
I remember, as a little girl, growing up in Lexington. It was a simple carefree life full of running barefoot across my neighbor’s grassy front lawns, eating brown beans and corn bread and playing with my friends. Every morning I would get up, eat breakfast, do my chores – either cleaning my room, mopping the floors or going outside and working in our 1/4 acre garden, then going out to play with my friends for the rest of the day, until my momma would call me in for supper.
Our suppers consisted of fresh veggies from our garden that we handpicked, a meat of some sort and usually fresh baked homemade bread. My mom was a REALLY good cook, and more than that, she was a wonderful teacher. Educating me on the importance of eating healthy nutritious foods. When I was young I was not enthusiastic eating all those “healthy” foods, but now as an adult, my body craves hearty, living, nutritious foods.
At the age of 14, we left Lexington and moved up to Illinois where we did NOT have a garden and veered sharply away from my grassroots upbringing. At the time, I thought to myself, “this is great! I can eat all the junk food I want- yay!” But something began to change. I began gaining weight and I didn’t feel as good as I used to, however, I didn’t connect the dots at that time. What I was eating was making me sick.
I continued this way of life until I graduated from chiropractic college and began seeking out alternative ways to eating and feeling better. After 16 years in practice I discovered Nutrition Response Testing® and the rest as they say, was history! I latched onto these principles full heartedly. I was inspired to help myself and others recover their health and well-being.
Then I met Eric, my wonderful husband, who just happens to be a farmer, conscious of giving back to our land what we take from it. He has not used fertilizer for 15 years and as a farmer he uses herd rotational grazing to manage his land and grasses naturally.
I was fascinated at how his farm flourished and prosper even without the touted “synthetics, fertilizers, etc.”. I was amazed at how tall and abundant the grasses in his pastures were and I wanted to know more…A LOT more. So, I began studying about soils and regenerative farming and found that what I do in my clinic and what he does on the farm marry quite harmoniously together.
Water, H2O, agua. We have so many names and nicknames for water. Oh,that clear cool liquid quenches our thirst, bathes our wearied bodies and soothes our souls. Water. A 5 letter word that means survival. Survival along every step, crevice and recess found on this planet. Yet, this precious commodity and vital resource is being threatened now. It is being taken to the brink of existence. Is there a point of no return? Can we damage a resource to such an extent that it cannot recover? Well, of this, I am not certain, but what I do know is that we can harm our resources so greatly that we are then put in a compromising situation. One not of enhanced survival but of meager existence. This is what is happening to our water sources.
Research now shows that our water sheds are full of prescription drugs, hormones, pesticide residues, chemicals and the like. We are no longer drinking clean and pure water that nourishes the body, but a toxic concoction of drugs and poisons that detract from health. Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to drink water that has prescription drugs hormones or toxic poisons in it. I don’t want to take, without my knowledge or consent “other people’s psychiatric medications” that then dull my senses and numb me out or hormones that make men grow breasts and women more like men. These atrocities should not be allowed to continue. But what can we do about it? Is there a solution?
My husband is a senior terminal of Missouri Rural Water Association, and it is his job and passion to go around the entire state of Missouri inspecting our water sources. He ensures that we are safe. If he finds a problem or an issue, he addresses it immediately.
Please dispose of your prescription medications responsibly. The Macon County Sheriff’s office has a disposal site. It is available 24/7
In a society such as ours, a microwave society where we have been bred to believe everything happens in an instant; all cures happen in a moment, and if that doesn’t happen then there something wrong with the technology being used to heal the body or to heal the land or to heal whatever we’re trying to cure. How does nature actually respond to an illness or non-optimum situation? Does it really heal when given synthetic fertilizers and chemicals that don’t rejuvenate the land, or the opposite deplete the soils further and kill the existing bacterial and fungi web underground? What does it take for nature to heal itself?
Time is one element of the process. It takes time to heal all wounds whether it is concerning one’s body or their land. When our lands and soils have been depleted of their organic matter content from 6 – 7% down to 1 – 2% the land is weak. What makes ground strong and fertile? The healthy web of mycorrhizae fungi (the hyphae and mycelium) that spreads as an underground network equivalent to miles of communication lines underneath one footprint. When this is lost the infrastructure of the entire underground world is lost.
The land becomes sterile of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that it needs to stay healthy. Just like when our bodies become deficient in vital nutrients and minerals, they become weak. There is an element of time in re-growing the land and our bodies. Recognizing that this is a problem is the first step toward reclaiming our bodies and soils health. Then, armed with the tools such as cover crops, the no- till principal, herd rotations and a biodiversity of crops, grasses, insects, pollinators and wild life, the land can be restored to the once lush, fertile, living land it once was which made America great and beautiful.
America the Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law!
Written by Katharine Lee Bates as a poem in 1893 and first published in 1895, it was combined with music composed by church organist Samuel A. Ward in 1910.