Interesting Information: “How The Microbiome Destroyed the Ego, Vaccine Policy, and Patriarchy”

Interesting Information:  May 31, 2016

“How The Microbiome Destroyed the Ego, Vaccine Policy, and Patriarchy”

Here’s a fascinating read by Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo:

Here’s a quote from the piece:

Source: How The Microbiome Destroyed the Ego, Vaccine Policy, and Patriarchy

The relatively recent discovery of the microbiome is not only completely redefining what it means to be human, to have a body, to live on this earth, but is overturning belief systems and institutions that have enjoyed global penetrance for centuries.

A paradigm shift has occurred, so immense in implication, that the entire frame of reference for our species’ self-definition, as well as how we relate fundamentally to concepts like “germs,” have been transformed beyond recognition. This shift is underway and yet, despite popular interest in our gut ecology, the true implications remain unacknowledged.

It started with the discovery of the microbiome, a deceptively diminutive term, referring to an unfathomably complex array of microscopic microorganisms together weighing only 3-4 lbs. in the average human, represents a Copernican revolution when it comes to forming the new center, genetically and epigenetically, of what it means in biological terms to be human.

When we work with the natural world, when we honor and acknowledge what is unknown about the complex web that we all share, we will bring back a vital health that now seems so far out of reach. When we engage technologies positioned in the war against germs and organisms, however, we are doomed to fail and to cripple not only our species but our home.


Turkey Tracks: Cold Frame Lettuce

Turkey Tracks:  May 31, 2016

Cold Frame Lettuce

Do you happen to remember the recent blog post where lettuce that had reseeded itself in the cold frame–“Spring Joys,” I think?

That lettuce is full grown now and looks so pretty.

It looks even better in a salad, which I had last night:


That’s herbed goat cheese, French breakfast radishes, avocado half, cherry tomatoes, snipped chives and chive flowers from the garden, watery cukes from far away, spring onion, red onion, THE LETTUCE, a drizzle of good olive oil, a squeezed lemon half, sea salt, and pepper.

It’s all a gift of nature.

Turkey Tracks: May’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks

Turkey Tracks:  May 31, 2016

May’s Farmer’s Wife Blocks

Those who read this blog may remember that I am part of a Coastal Quilters (Maine) group whose members are making eight blocks a month from the book THE FARMER’S WIFE 1930 SAMPLER QUILT buy Laurie Aaron Hird.  AND that I’m going to set these blocks in this lovely teal fabric.

I’m down to the wire this month–so many wonderful quilt projects and not enough time–but here are my eight May blocks.  This eight makes 40 of the 99–so not quite half way.









On to the June blocks!