Unintended gardens: How the Probiotics of Home Fermentation can Expand our Immunity Beyond our Bodies, by Adam Lake

me4.jpg After burning out from a double major in biochemistry and linguistics and a year of medical school, Adam Lake took a year off to travel through Central and South America studying permaculture and herbal medicine. In 2008 he returned for his second year of medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia and helped start their alternative medicine interest group. Aside from medicine, Adam is interested in economics, rock climbing, wilderness survival, and all things food related.

After learning of Adam’s adventures with fermentation, I asked him if he would use his medical knowledge and practical experience to write a short article on the medical value of unpasteurized fermented foods. –Didi Pershouse

“Hey Adam!” my roommate Steve calls to me while looking in the fridge. I turn from the pile of dishes built up in the sink from a day or two of bachelor-pad living, and see Steve holding up a half-full container of milk. “Do you think this went bad?” Cautiously I swirl the jug a bit looking for obvious lumps. When nothing awry appears, I take a distanced whiff…but it smells more like sour cream than rancid milk.

“Huh,” I say, glancing over at the several bubbling jars next to the sink, “It’s not really bad…it’s soured instead. You could still drink it.” I take a sip to back up my guess. Nothing thrilling, just sour milk, on its way to becoming yogurt or some new cheese. The common bacteria that would tend to make milk rancid appeared to have been out-competed by tastier lactobacilli , and I suspect the sourdough and lacto-fermenting oat cultures next to the sink are the cause. I make a mental note about that, as this is the first kitchen I’ve lived in with so many fermentation projects going on.

A few months prior, I had run into a book by Sandor Katz called Wild Fermentation, which appealed to me for several reasons.

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Combining Life and Work at the Center for Sustainable Medicine, Part 2

When I tell people that I have moved into my former office and created a home-office type situation, a lot of them look a bit sorry for me, and many of them ask “Why?” as if they can’t think of a single reason why I might do that. I elaborated on many reasons in my last posting on the subject, but now that I have tried it out for two months, I am realizing that

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Community Acupuncture is Working in Vermont!

The community acupuncture days are working beautifully here in Thetford Center. Word has spread like wildfire that people can get acupuncture for $20-$45, and the phone is ringing and the emails are coming in (the current going rate in the Upper Valley is

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Death by Medicine–Iatrogenic illness

Gary Null has given permission to reprint this article, which has circulated fairly widely and received much applause as well as ample criticism. The authors acknowledge up front that there may be some overlap in the counting of certain statistics, however, even if you go with the lower numbers, many of which come from mainstream medical journals such as JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), the un-sustainability of our current system of medicine is shocking.

For researchers looking for citations of studies looking at iatrogenic illness, go to Medical Errors and Adverse Drug Reactions.

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