How to Use Diatomaceous Earth for Fungus Gnats and Crawling Insects: Seed Starts & More

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Gary Pilarchik
February 6, 2017

Diatomaceous Earth or DE is not a poison and it is 100% organic. It works by getting into insects joints and grinding down their shells and body. DE is a silica that is very sharp to the insects. It is basically the fossilized remains of microscopic sea life. I show you how to use it for your seed starts. The goal is to keep it dry and get the insects to crawl through it.

How to Use Cinnamon & Neem Oil on Your Seed Starts: Damping Off Diseases & Fungus Gnats

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Gary Pilarchik
January 23, 2017

Using products before problems arrive is the best way to keep your seed starts and garden plants healthy. I show you how to use cinnamon to manage fungus, like damping off disease and how to apply Neem Oil spray to best manage fungus gnats.

How To Effectively Spray Cucumbers For Pests & Disease Management Schedule & Products – TRG 2016

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Gary Pilarchik
June 14, 2016

It is best to spray cucumbers and all your vegetables before pests and is diseases arrive. Cucumbers often get spider mites that live on the undersides of leaves. Many types of fungus start on the undersides of leaves. So… spray the tops and bottoms of the leaves every 7-14 days. I show you the sprays I use, the hand pump sprayer I use to make this so much easier and the technique.

(I said 1 teaspoon of neem oil to a gallon of water. It should be 1 tablespoon to a gallon of water)

TRG 2016: Fertilizers in Seed Starting Mixes Can Feed Mold and Fungus: Examples & Principles

Source: Gary Pilarchik
February 18, 2016

Seeds don’t need fertilizers to germinate and grow initially. They get fed from the seed coat. Early fertilizing with organic or chemical fertilizers can cause problems. They don’t feed the plants early on. Fertilizers can feed and lead to fungus, mold and insects. Here are examples of what organic and chemical fertilizer can grow if you use them too early or use the wrong product when seed starting. They grow fungus!

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Here is How Candida May Actually Cause Cancer


Alexandra Preston
January 15, 2016

For many years, the only known link between Candida spp. infections, and cancer was that it is an opportunistic pathogen taking advantage of the immune system damage caused by chemo. Recently, new research has found that Candida albicans can actually also promote cancer by producing carcinogens, causing inflammation, increasing the response of Th17 cells, and molecular mimicry of our own immune cells.

Candida produces the carcinogens known as nitrosamines and acetaldehyde. Nitrosamines activate specific pro-cancer genes, while acetaldehyde is a DNA-damaging carcinogen with many downstream effects. Inflammation promotes cancer by causing tissue damage and production of chemicals that promote angiogenesis, proliferation, migration, and adhesion while inhibiting apoptosis of damaged cells.

Th17 cells, which are dominant in the response to Candida infections, are also responsible for production of chemicals that can increase angiogenesis and tumor growth.

On top of this, antibodies produced against Candida albicans can mimic a receptor on white blood cells, possibly causing antibodies to be formed against our own immune cells. This is another strike against sugar and alcohol consumption in relation to cancer risk, as both alcohol metabolism and sugar fermentation lead to acetaldehyde production.

One real-life report of cancer being in association with fungal infections comes from Meinolf Karthaus, who observed three children with leukemia suddenly go into remission after antifungal treatment for “secondary” infections.

Additionally, one doctor had found fungal spores in every tissue sample of cancer that he studied, as he used saline instead of formaldehyde to transport the samples in order to preserve any possible fungi.

Natural Anti-Fungal Solutions for Candida

While pharmaceutical antifungals can cause even more damage to patients’ liver and kidneys, curcumin, the “main” medicinal compound in turmeric, may be an alternative.

On top of exhibiting potent antifungal activity against Candida, curcumin also has anticancer properties, such as the ability to destroy cancer stem cells. Curcumin has antifungal effects against other species as well. Cryptococcus, Aspergillus, Trichosporon, and Paracoccidioides strains have been shown to be vulnerable to its effects.

Additionally, curcumin can prevent resistance of Candida to the antifungal drug fluconazole. It appeared to be that resistant Candida were able to pump fluconazole out of the cell bodies. Despite curcumin’s poor water solubility and thus bioavailability, nanoparticles and fat soluble delivery methods can overcome this limitation. More traditionally, golden milk is a beverage that increases availability of turmeric to the body, and can be made at home.

Besides curcumin, clove oil may also be effective against Candida infections. In one study, even the vapour of clove essential oil was able to inhibit several species of fungi, though the oil vapor was only strong enough to temporarily stop Candida growth without killing the cells.

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