This is a web-book
So what is a web-book? Well it is neither a
regular book nor an e-book
which is just a regular book in e format. A web-book is
a living book which changes with events. It is the
exact opposite of a conventional web expecting a 90 sec
attention span - it goes deep.
This web-book has
hundreds of articles and thousands of pages and would
just be impossible to sit down and read like a regular
book, particularly as it has been written over twenty
years and things have kept on changing. So we have a
library where you can find what you are looking
The original focus was on
soil and water conservation which started with led
to the development of Wicking Beds. The focus swung
to how to grow food which makes us healthy and more
recently has focused on reversing chronic diseases
particularly how to reverse Type 2 diabetes.
A common view was that diabetes was not reversible -
it just got steadily worse. This is simply not true
but to reverse diabetes requires a combination of
diet, exercise and stress reduction. Diabetes is
essentially a hormonal malfunction particularly of
insulin, cortisol, ghrelin and leptin ;which lead to
excess storage of fat in the liver, pancreas and
Many hormones are produced by the
gut biome which can be compromised by a combination
of harmful foods and toxic chemicals. Much research
has been undertaken on Gbiota beds which were
developed from Wicking Beds but aiming to restore
the gut biome.
This is arranged on a both date and subject
To access the file on reversing diabetes go to library then go to the nutrition section.
The section giving technical details on the Gbiota bed is reserved for Gbiota club members which is a citizen science project which you are welcome to join.
Stay at our eco village.pdf
7 Aug 18
summary of how diabetes can be reversed in an eco village
Yangtou_way.pdf 6 Aug 18 Reversing
diabetes and chronic diseases at Yangtou eco-village
reviewing the scientific evidence showing that diabetes
is reversible and
reversing diabetes which give a plan
on how to
And if you want more information from previous articles
you can go to Nutrition inside the
library and find many articles
on nutrition and health which is the real focus of this
And if you want a quick overview go to
This index page is like a preface in a
regular book - it tells you what is in the book so you
can go and find the bits that turn you on (and don’t
have to plough through pages of stuff which don’t and
are probably out of date anyway - but could interest
Bugs (or more correctly
micro-biology but this is not a politically correct
web-book) beat our ancestral creatures to land so when
the creatures crawled out of the slime the bugs were
ready and waiting and immediately saw that these
creature provided a nice warm and safe home with an
inbuilt food supply so they took up residency - a
beneficial relationship which has lasted many millions
This web-book is about what must
be among the greatest story of all times - the story of
food and humans.
But the bugs quickly worked out that
it was in their interest to keep their new home alive -
so in addition to helping their host digest their food
they set up a control system to tell them when they
were hungry and needed to eat, when they were full and
should stop eating, when they should store food for a
hungry day and when to get rid of any waste.
They also set up a management system for the immune
system. When we die our bodies start to decompose
immediately - in times gone by some slimy reptile would
come along and eat the decomposing flesh so the bugs
would have a new home - now we burn the dead bodies
together with our helpful bugs - as thanks for keeping
us alive and healthy for all our life.
we have found a way of killing them off while they are
still living inside us and keeping us alive - we call
this progress and comes in the form of toxic chemicals
which we put into our food and onto our skins, and into
our homes and cars.
This is leading to the
greatest health epidemic since the Black Death which
wiped out two thirds of the population in some
locations. We call these chronic diseases and form a
long list including diabetes, heart attacks, strokes,
dementia, obesity etc.
These are affecting between a
third and a half of the population and while we have
come to expect that life expectancy will keep on
increasing it is now going backward as average age at
Now humans have intelligence and
we know exactly how to stop this - but will we? No one
knows - humans have done some remarkably silly things
in their time - we just have to wait and see and that
is why we need a living Web-Book so we can watch it
like a weekly TV drama.
The story of humans and
food really start when the last ice age finished and we
climbed out of the trees and started to explore the
rapidly forming plains.
We made two particularly
important findings - first there was plenty of food on
these new plains (which they put into the good basket)
and also there were other wild animals which had a
great tendency to eat us (which they put in the not so
(To avoid any argument with a
pedantic archaeologist I am assuming that basket making
was an early skill of these pre-humans. In information
science this is classified as flexible data and is in
widespread use in certain professions).
a period of very rapid scientific advance - we quickly
learned that these animals had particularly sharp claws
and teeth and could run much faster that we could so we
were easy meat.
New science leads to new
technology and the technology these pre-humans
developed was the discovery that standing up was good -
you could actually see these animals coming before they
They also developed a basic principle
that it is not much good knowing something if you don’t
do anything about it - a principle which is still not
So they all sat around and
decided that what they need to do was eat lots of
nutritious food so they could grow extremely powerful
brains so they could invent all sort of protective
tools like spears and form organised groups so they
could protect themselves from these wild animals.
Actually that is not strictly correct - it just
happened by accident - but it did lead to the formation
of another principle of science - if you find out
something by accident just pretend that it came from your
So humans learned to feed
and protect themselves and carried on a life of hunter
gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years enjoying what we
imagine to be a happy tribal life. Note you need to
imagine it as it was probably pretty awful.
is a very important word in telling stories) humans
discovered that they could grow crops and feed
themselves more easily than wandering around looking
What I don’t understand is that humans
after thousands of years being hunter gathers humans
appeared to discover agriculture in multiple places
simultaneously round the world (America, Mesopotamia,
China etc.) evidence of an early Google maybe?
But whatever the reason it caused a big shakeup in
humanity. They discovered inequality - if you had land
you were wealthy and if you had no land you were poor.
This led to another of human’s significant discoveries
- war. If enough of you all got together you could
invade someone else’s land, kill off the people and
take the land for yourself. Then you would be rich for
a bit until another mob came along and killed you and
took the land.
Despite these difficulties the
number of people on the earth kept on increasing
exponentially. No doubt there were many people before
Malthus who could see that exponential population
growth may not be such a good idea.
But there appeared
to be a bit of a break in the information chain as
people really liked having sex - but hadn’t quite
closed the loop that this led to babies - which grew
into full sized people which ate a lot of food.
At first this was not was not so much of a problem as there was
still plenty of land available and so one of the most
significant developments in human history occurred -
slash and burn agriculture. This worked fine for a few
centuries until all the available and farmable land was
But by this time humans were sorting
out the science and technology and thought that this
could all be solved simply by producing more and more
food from a limited land area.
This appeared to
work quite well as food production shot up but as often
happens with technology there are social issue that
cropped up. Many people are familiar with this as if
you do not have a mobile phone you are immediately
excluded from modern society and cannot pay freeway
tolls or access social security.
It is a bit
like the old song ‘ there is a hole in my bucket dear
Martha’, if you cannot access social security you
cannot get a mobile phone and if you don’t have a
mobile phone you cannot access social security.
But for poor farmers the technological divide was even worse
- if you could not afford the modern farming technology
you could not survive so were forced to beetle off to
the local city to find a job but in reality become a
bum while - at the other extreme other parts of the
food chain become very wealthy.
So as many
people became hungry other people became worried that
this was not a good way to run the world - for a start
it did not seem ethical that some people should be so
far into the poverty zone that they were starving while
others were enjoying excessive wealth.
has shown that ethics are not so powerful a motivator -
but being killed is.
It was very quickly realised that
gross inequality leads to war - or at least violence
and terrorism so the food inequality got serious
Many well intentioned people and
organisations thought the problem was that we were
simply not producing enough food so yet more effort was
put into increasing food production - which amplified
the problem - when the real problem was in
We are producing enough food right
now to feed the current world population and to cover
expected growth for some time into the future. We just
waste food rather than diverting it to the hungry.
But a few people - and I was one of these - worried
that the this increase in high tech agriculture could
be putting unreasonable pressure on natural resources -
particularly soil and water.
In the earlier sections
of this web-book you can read about my efforts to solve
the soil and water problem - not that it had much
impact at the time. I developed what I thought was good
technology to improve water use efficiency by
subsurface irrigation, improved irrigation scheduling
This phrase ‘it went over like a lead
balloon’ could have been invented to describe how well
these technologies were received.
However one of
my inventions did receive wide spread adoption - the
This was originally developed to provide
sustenance food in time of drought in developing
countries and had the overriding virtue of being simple
Just dig a hole, line with plastics, throw
in a few weeds and backfill - just so easy - but no product to sell.
However some bright sparks thought the
technology could be improved by making it more complex
and less effective. This process is called
productisation and gives the benefit of providing a
product which can be sold for profit.
numerous articles on this saga in theWicking Bed
But the other
twin in the soil and water story is soil which is now
taking a much more dramatic course.
some pretty dramatic scenes in books like ‘Dirt The
Erosion of Civilisation’ by David Montgomery which
paints the picture of the earth covered in a thin film
of delicate soil which sustains civilisation and
describes how civilisation after civilisation collapsed
when they destroyed their soil.
wisdom has it that soil takes centuries to regenerate
but I try and show that soil biology can regenerate
soil on a much short time scale.
But the real impact of soil biology is it is part of
the tool kit for restoring gut biology which is a key
to fighting the chronic disease epidemic. My work on
Wicking beds was not entirely a waste of time as it led
to the development of Gbiota beds which is a far
superior system - particulalry as it aims to restore gut biology.
For more information got to library
It has separate zones for growing, water storage and composting which allows much greater control.
Plants are growing in a biologically active medium which helps the process of restoring gut biology compromised by toxins.
It also has the advantage or being suitable for large scale production.
The current project is to set up an eco-village in Yangtou where food will be grown in Gbiota beds
and will provide a farm stay for people suffering from diabetes. Guest will be fitted with continuous
blood sugar monitoring so we can see which foods and exercise help to reverse diabetes for that
The fact that we - or
at least our guts - are all so different means we must focus on what works for
a specific individual.
Diabetes is just one of a whole family of related diseases like heart attacks, strokes, dementia etc. so why
focus on diabetes? It is like a canary as using technology such as continuous blood sugar monitoring gives
immediate results of what works or does not work with minimal risks.
If we can find out what works for
diabetes we have a pretty good clue for what will work with the other diseases.
These diseases have exploded in the last thirty years so we need to do the detective work to find out
what has changed.
Many experts say it is because of the increase consumptions of carbohydrates, sugar or fats.
But the fact is these have been around for centuries without cause a major problem. May be we are just
eating more than people use to but why are we eating more?
What has changed in the last thrity years?
It is not simply an issue of availability
there - is something else at work.
My hypothesis is that it is the change in our gut biome which acts as the control system for our bodies.
This has been compromised by the increase in toxins in our life - both in our food and our surroundings.
The Yangtou experiments will enable us to test this hypothes.
But Yangtou is also a farm so may help us
direct the future of agriculture.
You must admit we live in interesting times.
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