Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden of Eatin

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could point to a Golden Age of dietary bliss as a standard for living?

I’ve been looking for the perfect diet for the last 4+ years of my life. Over that time I have continued to refine my own dietary and lifestyle practices in accordance with everything I am learning. If there is something I find that I have been doing that could be improved, I don’t hesitate. Out with the old and in with the new. My willingness to change for the sake of improvement is about the only thing still the same after these 4+ years.

One thing that has remained consistently true the whole way is efficiency and conservation of resources. That my body benefits the most when I meet its overall needs at the overall lowest metabolic cost. The greatest amount of nutrients assimilated for the least amount of effort. Simply put…Be easy on my body. Don’t make it work any harder than it needs to in accessing its energy and building blocks composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus.

I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this is with an uncooked, whole-food/plant-based diet. And I’ve come to this conclusion, because of the design of our digestive tract, how it functions, and finally taking into consideration the microbial life that inhabits our digestive tract. Some five to eight pounds of microbial life just like the life I find in an acre of topsoil. Some 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria containing nearly 2 million genes living happily with other tiny organisms like archaea, viruses, and fungi, they make what’s known as the microbiota, or the microbiome.

So I’m thinking…

What are the preferred foods of bacteria and the rest of his gut buddies? What would a thriving acre of topsoil best be served by? What would be the easiest for those topsoil inhabitants to digest and what would be the most difficult?

Seems like the answer should be simple for anyone to answer. Feed our body by properly feeding our microbes.

More reading on topsoil feeding in agriculture: To restore our soils, feed the microbes

Life’s Not Easy When You’re ‘DIS’easy.

Reading Time: 2 Minutes – Life’s Not Easy When You’re ‘DIS’easy.

I don’t think I could demonstrate this any better myself.

As I’ve been researching human physiology and disease pathology over the last four years, one thing has stood out very clearly. That everything associated with all forms of virus is ultimately resulting in the body detoxifying itself so that it can make it further down the road.

And detoxification is ALWAYS a good thing for longevity. However, some people live such a toxic lifestyle and are so filled with toxins that a detox event could ultimately be FATAL.

And this is the downside of viruses as we are now witnessing in the world today.

Please take a moment and consider this. Yes, we call it ‘DIS’ease because quite frankly, it’s not easy. It is just the opposite. ‘DIS’easy.

Michael J. Loomis | Editor at Chew Digest | Scribe at Terrain Wiki

Ten Physical Differences Between Carnivores(Meat Eaters) and Herbivores(Plant Eaters). Is the Human Body Designed to Eat Animal Products?

Ten Physical Differences Between Carnivores(Meat Eaters) and Herbivores(Plant Eaters). Is the Human Body Designed to Eat Animal Products?

  1. A carnivore’s teeth are long, sharp, and pointed. These are tools that are useful for the task of piercing into flesh. Omnivore’s (meat and plant eaters) teeth are similar to that of carnivores. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s teeth, are not pointed, but flat-edged. These are useful tools for biting, crushing, and grinding.
  2. A carnivore’s jaws move up and down with minimal sideways motion. The jaw motion of an omnivore is similar. These are tools that are useful for the tasks of shearing, ripping and tearing flesh and swallowing it whole. Omnivores swallow their food whole and/or with simple crushing. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s jaws cannot shear, but have good side to side and back to front motion. These are tools that are useful for extensive chewing, crushing and grinding of grains and other high fiber foods. Animal flesh cannot be crushed, ground and chewed with the tools Yahweh gave man without some degenerating process such as cooking or frying.
  3. A carnivore or omnivore’s saliva does not contain digestive enzymes. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s saliva is alkaline, containing carbohydrate digestive enzymes.
  4. A carnivore’s stomach secretes powerful digestive enzymes with about 10 times the amount of hydrochloric acid than a human or herbivore. The pH is less than or equal to “1” with food in the stomach, for a carnivore or omnivore. For humans or other herbivores, the pH ranges from 4 to 5 with food in the stomach. Hence, man must prepare his meats with laborious cooking or frying methods. E. Coli bacteria, salmonella, campylobacter, trichina worms [parasites] or other pathogens would not survive in the stomach of a lion.
  5. A carnivore’s or omnivore’s small intestine is three to six times the length of its trunk. This is a tool designed for rapid elimination of food that rots quickly. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s small intestines are 10 to 12 times the length of their body, and winds itself back and forth in random directions. This is a tool designed for keeping food in it for long enough periods of time so that all the valuable nutrients and minerals can be extracted from it before it enters the large intestine.
  6. A carnivore’s or omnivore’s large intestine is relatively short and simple, like a pipe. This passage is also relatively smooth and runs fairly straight so that fatty wastes high in cholesterol can easily slide out before they start to putrefy. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s large intestines, or colons, are puckered and pouched, an apparatus that runs in three directions (ascending, traversing and descending), designed to hold wastes that originally were foods high in water content. This is so that the fluids can be extracted from these wastes, now that all the useful nutrients and minerals have been extracted and the long journey through the small intestine is over. Substances high in fat and cholesterol that have been putrefying for hours during their long stay in the small intestine tend to get stuck in the pockets that line the large intestine.
  7. Animal flesh, composed of the most highly complex type of protein that exists, requires vast amounts of uric acid to process. Uric acid is released into the system in amounts necessary to break proteins down into amino acids. Uric acid is a toxic substance responsible for the aging process and must be flushed out and dealt with. That is one of the jobs of the liver. In relative terms, a carnivore’s liver is a tool designed with the capacity to eliminate ten times as much uric acid as the liver of man or other plant eater.
  8. A predator has a gait, large paws and claws, which enable him to hunt, chase and trap his prey. These are tools meant to kill. Man’s gait, as well as other herbivore’s is designed only for mobility. Examine your hand, fingers and fingernails. Is this an apparatus properly designed for catching, trapping, killing and ripping apart cattle, hogs, chicken and fish? How does this work for picking fruit from trees or harvesting vegetables? The foods your hands were meant to gather are typically, high in water content, high also in fiber to sweep the wastes out of those intestines, and collectively contain every vitamin and mineral necessary to sustain human life.
  9. A carnivore’s frame of mind is totally geared for hunting and killing. Man’s frame of mind is compassionate, friendly and reveres life. When the lion spots another furry animal, something might instinctively click in his head that tells him to hurry up and get dinner. When man spots a furry animal, rather than show his children how to take its life and eat it, a more likely instinct is to pull over, get the camera out and take a picture. Put a young baby chick and an apple in a crib with a six-month-old baby. What will he instinctively attempt to eat and play with?
  10. Man is not a natural hunter. Every predator, in order to go hunting, MUST be hungry. Man cannot go hunting if he IS hungry! He must have a meal first. Hunger must precede a predator to go hunting. Hunger must follow man’s desire to go hunting, it cannot precede it.

Soma Nature

Chewy Bits – Reading Time: 2-3 Minutes

Just like the natural world around me, my body, in a sense, has a “Mother Nature.”

Let that sink in and simmer for a moment. I call It “Soma Nature.”
Soma Nature is a personification of my body’s nature that focuses on the life-giving, life-preserving, and nurturing aspects of my body by embodying it in the form of a parental figure.

It has become clear that Continue reading Soma Nature

A Facebook Answer. What I would do. What I did

There is nothing…noooothing that can replace what chewing does physiologically.

Let me address this then I can share a few other things with you.

I personally believe that it is the biggest single factor under our control that can change the course of our body health overall.

I am a survivor of cancer and even before I was diagnosed my body started me headed in a healing direction for which I am very grateful. One of the first things I started doing was chewing my food 100X. I literally started liquefying everything like a juicer and then swallowing the worn out flavorless pulp. I wouldn’t try that overnight but you might want to work up to that as quickly as you can comfortably. This practice alone will began a long term change that improved many things in my life. Not only did my oral health improve but my jaw corrected to a better alignment and my sinuses are much healthier too.

It literally fixes a whole load of problems.

I don’t count anymore because I eventually learned to just chew everything until there is no liquid left. How ever long that took. It has been so revolutionary to me that I dedicated a whole site to it…LoL

NO mouth breathing. It was little rough at first but over time my sinuses improved greatly because of these two physical practices that focused on my mouth and nose. My inputs.

My body has a natural cycle; a rhythm. Very much like clockwork. I found that my body performs its best when I do the following religiously.

My body follows a very simple schedule that has nothing to do with me but the day/night cycles. It is immutable as far as I can tell.

  1. 12 Noon to 8 PM: Feed
  2. 8 PM to 4 AM: Assimilate what you ate from 12-8.
  3. 4AM to 12 Noon: Eliminate and cleanse.

    I eat no solid foods outside the feeding window. I’m ready to fall asleep before 9 and laying down with something good to read or write ready to fall asleep. My body takes off during this 8 hour shift. So I go to bed. I usually wake up around midnight and have a glass of water or two then back to bed. But sometimes I’m inspired to write and will for a couple hours. Then I sleep in till 6’ish.
    I almost always wake up religiously at 4 AM. Strangely when our body’s assimilation shift is over. It’s like it hands me back the keys…LoL
    When I first get up I juice 2 limes, 1 lemon and 1 orange and top off in a pint glass with distilled water. That and I ONLY drink distilled water.

I will have a big cup of green tea usually after 9am with some honey and lemon in it.

If I can’t make it till Noon I will have an orange. That usually gets me there.
I eat only fruit from Noon till 6 PM. I eat only one thing at a time but enough to fill me up. 2-3 times till dinner which is a huge leafy green salad with all the other good tomato, cucumber, carrot, etc. and then done by 8.

A few other factors I removed from my diet that made HUGE improvements in circulation and hydration levels were, coffee, dark chocolate and SALT. It’s all the same no matter the color, price or origin…LoL. It’s a rock no matter how wet we make it.

This is basically a high performance lifestyle/diet that optimally observes what my body needs to heal, recover and rebuild at the fastest rate.
I intuited most of this on my own by trial and error over a 3.5 year period. I’ve written about that too…LoL.

It was more than just a dietary change but a tuning if you will of my will with the will of my body.

And it just keeps getting better for me every day. I’m almost 50 and people think I’m in my mid twenties when they meet me. And that is after cancer too.
I can’t tell you what your body want’s, but I know what worked for me. And I don’t think I am anyone special. My body was wrecked and I was scared straight.

The Journey-2020.03.11

Well…It’s going to have to start somewhere. So let’s see if this is it. Giddy up!!!

Oncolytic Viral Therapy is currently on my radar. Specifically as it relates to lymphoma.

Oncolytic Viruses—Interaction of Virus and Tumor Cells in the Battle to Eliminate Cancer

Sleep. Working on this one each and every day. It does take time to make lasting changes when it comes to sleep. I’ve always been overly optimistic all throughout my own recovery. I can’t imagine I am the only one that does that.

I am however not bothered that my own self imposed timelines and expectations keep getting pushed back a little further. I want lasting change and by right I should expect that the process of making right be one that only happen in real time. There is no shortcut to lasting change.

I want to better understand circadian rhythm better. I have a feeling it is something that might be holding many secrets captive. Secrets one can access by participating in the rhythm in real time. Like watching a movie before VCR’s and DVR’s.

Strongyloides and its Stranglehold. A Tale of a Tail of a Fleeing Serpent.


Classification: Taxonomic ranks under review (cf. Encyclopedic Reference of Parasitology, 2001, Springer-Verlag)

Metazoa (Animalia) (multicellular eukaryotes, animals)
Nemathelminthes (nematodes)
Secernentea (Phasmidea) (with chemoreceptors known as phasmids)
Rhabditida (early-stage larvae with rhabditiform pharynx)
Rhabdiasoidea (threadworms, parthenogenetic females embedded in mucosa)

Family: Strongyloididae

These slender cylindrical worms have a long oesophagus and uterus intertwined, giving the appearance of a twisted thread, hence their common name of ‘thread-worms’. They are unique amongst nematodes, being capable of both parasitic and free-living reproductive cycles. Only parthenogenetic female worms are parasitic, living in the small intestinal mucosa of various mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Transmission involves a geo-helminth phase, where rhabditiform larvae in the soil form infective filariform larvae which penetrate the skin of their hosts. Sometimes, however, larvae develop into male and female worms which undergo one or more free-living cycles in the soil before producing infective larvae again.Strongyloides stercoralis [this species causes enteritis, Cochin diarrhoea, larval currens in humans]Parasite morphology: The parasite has an unusual developmental cycle involving the formation of eggs, free-living and parasitic larvae, free-living male and female adult worms, as well as parasitic parthenogenetic female worms. Eggs appear as small oval thin-shelled bodies, measuring 50-58µm in length by 30-34µm in width, and are partially embryonated at the 2-8 cell stage of development. Free-living larvae (L1 and L2) measure up to 350µm in length and have a rhabditiform pharynx (with a muscular oesophagus for feeding on particulate material). Infective third-stage larvae (L3) measure up to 600µm in length and have a filariform pharynx (with a long fine oesophagus for sucking fluids after penetrating host tissues). These larvae do not feed in the soil and are ensheathed with a closed mouth and a pointed notched tail. Parasitic worms are all parthenogenetic females, measuring from 2-3mm in length and characterized by the presence of an extremely long filariform pharynx (one third of body length) and a blunt pointed tail. Free-living male and female worms have a rhabditiform pharynx and are smaller in size, measuring up to 1mm in length. Males have two simple spicules and a gubernaculum, and a pointed tail curved ventrally. Females are stout with the vulva located around the middle of the body.

Host range: Thread-worm infections occur in a range of mammalian species throughout the world, particularly in tropical and temperate regions with warmer climates favouring the survival of parasite developmental stages in soil. Different species vary in their host-specificity, the species S. stercoralis being found in humans and companion animals, and thus should be considered zoonotic.

StrongyloidesspeciesHostsLocationClinical signsGeographic distribution

S. stercoralis – humans, primates, dogs, cats. Small intestine, bloody diarrhoea.Worldwide, esp. warmer regions in South America and southeast Asia

S. fuelleborni – apes, humans. small intestine, bloody diarrhoea. Africa, Asia

S. ransomi – pigs, small intestine, bloody diarrhoea. worldwide

S. planicepscatssmall intestinenon-pathogenicworldwide

S. cati (felis)catssmall intestinenon-pathogenicworldwide

S. tumefacienscatslarge intestinesmucosal tumoursworldwide

S. papillosussheep, cattlesmall intestinediarrhoea, anorexiaworldwide

S. westerihorses, donkeys, zebra, pigssmall intestinediarrhoeaworldwide

Site of infection: Parasitic female worms become embedded in the small intestinal mucosa, forming tunnels in the epithelium at the bases of villi in the small intestines. Eggs and first-stage larvae are passed with host faeces. Infective third-stage larvae penetrate the skin and undergo pulmonary migration before forming parthenogenetic females in the intestines.

Pathogenesis: Light thread-worm infections remain asymptomatic, even though they may persist for years due to auto-infection or re-infection. Heavier infections, however, can cause several forms of disease in humans; including dermal, pulmonary, enteric and disseminated disease. Migrating larvae can race through the skin (up to 10 mm per hour) causing larval currens, characterized by urticaria, pruritis, eosinophilia, dermatitis, and inflammation. Pulmonary migration may cause a mild transient pneumonia, with coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and transient pulmonary infiltrates (Loeffler’s syndrome). Lesions caused by adult worms generally consist of catarrhal inflammation, although severe infections may result in necrosis and sloughing of the mucosa, haemorrhage, epigastric pain (may mimic peptic ulcer or Crohn’s disease), vomiting, abdominal distention, diarrhoea with voluminous stools and a malabsortion syndrome with dehydration and electrolyte disturbance, peripheral eosinophilia, and possibly reactive arthritis. Hyper-infections can develop when individuals are stressed or immuno-compromised resulting in the production of large numbers of filariform larvae which can penetrate the bowel and disseminate, causing colitis, polymicrobial sepsis, pneumonitis or neurological manifestations, such as meningitis and cerebral or cerebellar abscesses.

Mode of transmission: Even though thread-worms may form parasitic or free-living adults, they all have direct life-cycles involving a geo-helminth phase where infective larvae in soil penetrate the skin of their hosts. Parasitic parthenogenetic females produce partially embryonated eggs (several dozen per day) which hatch prior to excretion with host faeces. The emergent rhabditiform larvae (L1) feed on bacteria and organic debris, moult to second-stage larvae (L2) which feed and then develop either as parasitic or free-living stages. Homogonic strains develop directly into infective third-stage filariform larvae (L3) which can live in moist soil for several weeks. Heterogonic strains moult twice to form a generation of free-living males and females which feed on bacteria with a rhabditiform pharynx before producing unembryonated eggs which grow and moult twice to form infective filariform larvae. All filariform larvae penetrate the skin (or oral mucosa) of their hosts where they enter the circulation. Most larvae are carried to the lungs where they undergo pulmonary migration by penetrating alveoli and moving up the trachea to be swallowed (other routes of larval migration have been shown in experimental animal models). Parthenogenetic female worms parasitize the small intestines and only live for a few months, yet infections can continue indefinitely because hosts undergo self-infection (auto-infection). This occurs when eggs hatch in the intestines and develop into infective larvae which directly penetrate the lower gut or peri-anal region, thus leading to a new cycle of infection. 

Differential diagnosis: Infections are diagnosed by the detection of larvae in faecal samples, as most eggs hatch internally within the host releasing rhabditiform larvae. Filariform larvae may occasionally be detected, especially during hyper-infection, and they can be identified by their notched tails. Although eggs are rarely detected in faeces, they are similar in size, shape and appearance to hook-worm eggs. Faecal culture can increase the sensitivity of microscopic diagnosis, by either concentrating larvae (Harada Mori technique) or amplifying populations through a generation of free-living males and females. Larval cultures also differentiate between thread-worm (Strongyloides) and hook-worm (Ancylostoma and Necator) infections, an important undertaking as treatment options differ (thread-worm larvae have a smaller buccal cavity and a larger genital primordium). Non-nutrient agar plate cultures of faeces have also been used to detect motile larvae. Several immunoserological tests have also been developed to detect host antibodies against thread-worm antigens, but they have difficulty in distinguishing between past and active infections.

Treatment and control: Several anthelmintics are reasonably effective against threadworm infections, but none are entirely satisfactory. Thiabendazole has been widely used but it has unpleasant side-effects, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise and smelly urine. Albendazole and levamisole have also shown some activity, but infections are not responsive to mebendazole or pyrantel. Treatment should be repeated after a week because of difficulty in confirming cure. Immuno-suppressive treatments should be avoided as they can result in rampant auto-infection. Preventive measures include the wearing of solid shoes in endemic areas, thoroughly washing salad vegetables, prohibiting the use of nightsoil to fertilize gardens, the sanitary disposal of faeces, the provision of latrines in poor areas, and public education campaigns.

Further Reading: Enjoy!!! – SCIENCE.GOV –

Worming in Harmony with Lunar Cycles – Worming, Herbs and Lunar Cycles

The practice of worming horses and farm animals in accordance with the lunar cycles is an old tradition that can offer a surprising degree of success

Did you know you can effectively control parasites with magnetism and the moon? Trust us, it’s not lunacy!

Giddy Up!!!


Digestive Enzymes

Through my continued experimentation with digestive enzymes, I am becoming more convinced that we need to start trading some of the money we are spending on food for money spent on enzymes. To the point that we can probably easily consume 1700 or less calories a day with proper digestive enzyme supplementation and end up with a greater nutritional impact, lower financial and metabolic cost resulting in better health and extended longevity.

Currently taking Serrapeptase, Bromelain, Pancreatin, Garden of Life Organic Digest(multi-enzyme blend), Enzymedica Digest Gold(multi-enzyme blend), Rutin and Nattokinase.

Further thoughts to follow.

Chew Digest…The Publication

This is where you will find updates to the coming publication. If you would like to follow along with my discoveries and research visit The Fungal Underground. There you will find some of my original thoughts and personal practices, but for the most part the Fungal Underground Q’n’A or FUQNA.COM is a place where I collect all of the relevant data my future publication.

Cheers…Michael J Loomis