Clean Living

Every Illness is Environmental Illness.

Why? Because every organism benefits from cleaner air, water and food. Pollutants are obstacles that every body has to adapt to. Those of us who have learned to survive and thrive with extreme environmental illnesses are ambassadors to the future. We are your tour guides for how to stay healthy in the future (or perhaps present) when all of your inputs (air, water, food) are contaminated.

This module in the Crooked Forest curriculum is called “Biome Management.” This is a master class in how to live without the burden of organic and inorganic toxins, biotoxins, heavy metals, nanoparticle and radioactive pollutants, EMFs, and tick-borne pathogens.

While I’m sure you have heard of “MRSA” and the threat of antibiotic resistance, this module will dive deeply into how microorganisms — fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites–are all radically changing now in response to human pollution. An “infection” is a biome that is out of balance, inside and outside your body.

Diversity equals Resilience; in your soil, in your gut and in society.

Holly Noonan

There is a direct connection between the health of your soil and the health of your gut microbiome. There is nothing that is not connected. Your body is an ecosystem that is in constant conversation with your environmental ecosystem. The “boundary” is only conceptual.

When we over-rely on antibiotics, we wipe out the diversity that can protect us later. In fact, many adults who are contending with complex-chronic illness have something in common: repeated childhood use of antibiotics.

So when it comes to safe and healthy living spaces, we want a positive biome around us, not the absence of microbes. Overuse of antibacterial soaps and cleaners just cultivates gnarlier species that will eat your chemicals for lunch.

When healthy partners go on a wilderness sabbatical with someone who is trying to reboot their immune system from environmental illness, they often report an optimization of their own health, a new awareness of the ubiquity of chemicals and a new understanding of how their body is affected by them.

Living with or around sensitive people improves your health.

In this module we cover:
  • building science and why adobe is better than plywood and drywall
  • air exchange
  • new era pollutants and the “locations effect.”
  • precision decontamination
  • sensitivity as a superpower
  • soil biome management
  • mycoremediation and mycorhizzal networks
  • “From Shoemaker to Stamets”– healing from mold to healing with mushrooms
  • Safe farming practices– growing balanced ecosystems in compost
  • Growing a medicinal herb garden– with its own beehive
  • Stephen Harrod Buhner’s Entire Library

“70 percent of our immune system resides in the gut, so the more diverse our ecosystem of gut bacteria is, the stronger our immune system is, which means we are less prone to allergies, autoimmunity, and chronic disease.”

Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Functional Medicine Clinic

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