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You will definitely not starve to death fasting for even a week. An I would imagine it would do wonders against a parasitic entity like candida. I would think any kind of antifungal and any kind of probiotic would be fine while fasting, the antifungal stuff might work better, the probiotic might work worse. I don't know anything about inulin either other than what I have read from Sally Fallon and the woman who developed the GAPS diet, so that was just a guess from me. As far as fasting and consumption, the general rule that seems to make it fasting is to limit solid food intake substantially (maybe eating very limited solid foods during a couple hour window). Other than that there are lots of fasts that focus on ingesting certain liquids (tea, juice, lemonade, etc...) so that is kind of up to you. If you have never done it before and are worried about your will power to do it I would definitely recommend planning to ingest some liquid that isn't water just for variety of taste. If you have a good herb shop near you they might even be able to recommend some teas that might help in your quest.
1 day ago
Hey Joseph I got some of the true potato seeds from you but I'm not 100% sure how to go about planting them. Should I start them in a small container and transplant or do they do better direct seeded?
Another option for getting the benefits of sea water for those that don't live near the sea is to use a sea water concentrate like sea-crop. I know that at least sea crop removes the majority of the sodium chloride so the risk of over salinization is low but you still get the benefits of all the trace minerals. And it's pretty affordable, you can get a gallon for 60 bucks with free shipping in the US and that gallon will make 50 gallons of their recommended dosage which you would use once a year or, as I usually do, you can just add a little bit (like 1-3 ml/gallon) to irrigation water a couple times a month. I feel like a gallon lasts in my veggie garden for around 2 years and, like Dr. Redhawk noted, the produce is super tasty and the soil life loves it.
5 days ago
A few things you might consider:

Avoid all sugar for as long as you can. Including simple carbohydrates like white flour products and beer.
Intermittent fasting (14+ hours without any food every day) is supposed to help your bodies natural digestive balance restore.
Consume inulin, this is considered a 'pre-biotic' fiber that feeds healthy gut biology. You can find all kind of lists of foods high in it but it tends to be in roots, especially raw. One way that I have enjoyed it is making oatmeal that includes a fair bit of slippery elm bark. Also raw carrots are supposed to be a good source and easy to snack on.
You could try a guy cleanse, I've had good success with Humaworm (it might be borderline debilitating if your parasite load is high) but I'm sure there's others out there as well.
The best probiotics that I've tried have been from a company called organic 3. I currently take their 'primal gut' as often as I can remember and definitely notice improved digestion when I remember to take it daily. Also notice some digestive distress the first day or two that I return to it after not taking it for a while, many people claim this is the result of detrimental gut biota (like candida) dying off.
Bone broth and fermented vegetables and kefir are all also good ways of providing support for your digestion.

Best of luck to you
6 days ago
I think just plant away while trying to build the soil biology back up. Because you are not planting food crops the risk of pesticide exposure is limited. And yes there may be exposure to the polinators but it seems to me that the damage is done and the exposure will be in the soil more than anything else. As long as there are no more chemical attacks on the area the soil biology should slowly degrade the various toxins and in the meantime you can provide some beauty and some food for our friends.  Definitely working on the mycelial component, through additions of woody carbon and possible innoculation, is the fastest path as it seems our mycelial allies are the best at decomposing complex toxins.
6 days ago
I just heard back from the folks and was told that I could get a 3 Glonn PETG (food safe plastic) shipped to me for 590 USD. This is a smaller, portable, agricultural model meant to be used for making teas in the field. There is still nothing confirmed and I don't have anything in hand (which in flowform world seems to mean that you may never get anything) but this is the farthest I've gotten in the process of ordering one so I will update as it progresses. So far though this seems very much like a real option for folks who would like a flow form.
6 days ago
Peroxide is all about the concentration. At the highest concentrations it is literally rocket fuel. You can usually find concentrations around 35% that are meant to be diluted, those 35% concentrations would cause serious damage to any organic tissue they encounter. Even around 11 or 12% I have burnt myself pretty bad and I know people who have sprayed at that percentage as a cleaner and experienced some respiratory damage as a result of not using a mask. When people use it for the benefit of the soil (i.e. as an oxygen source instead of to kill some pathogen) they are usually using something under 5% as far as I understand, although I don't have any explicit experience in that vein.
As far as using to kill pathogens, I think that even if you nuked an area with 20% solution or something you would do a ton of damage to your soil microbiome but you would definitely kill most any pathogen and if you followed up with positive innoculation there shouldn't be any residual danger once the initial killing wave has oxydized all it can. You would burn off a ton of your organic matter though as well
6 days ago
This is a seemingly impossible predicament in our modern society. I do wish I had better suggestions but this is what has worked for me. If you don't have the kind of savings for retirement accounts or even bank accounts, silver can be a great long term store of wealth. You can get ounces of bullion at pawn shops and the like for something around 15$ a piece. There is the issue of storing them safely, but they are hard enough to spend that you aren't going to convert them back to cash for something petty, and there is a decent chance they will grow in value even in the short term. If you can keep them for the long term you can gain some real value.
6 days ago
Hmm, interesting takes. My experience has been somewhere between 50 and 75% decrease in volume from the starting pile to the finished compost. I also tend to compost with lots of woody chips that I keep in the finished product so that probably helps. I'm not really clear on what the point that Paul is making though. I know that he is not a fan of compost for various reasons but the purpose of compost seems to me to be to take a wide array of waste products and decompose them in a controlled manner so that you can put the biology where you want it without having to deal with as much volume as mulch (which can also be hard to spread in certain areas at certain times of year depending on what's growing there). I don't think that compost is intended to supply organic matter (that would be the job of mulch, green manure, cover crops, companion plantings, etc) so the fact that much of the organic matter is lost to the air isn't a terrible loss in my view.
1 week ago