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Prof. Monika Krüger leads the Institute of bacteriology and mycology of the University of Leipzig. She deals with all kinds of researches, including (agriculture) companies that work with EM. An interview.

What is now the centre of gravity in your research?
In my research I am now mainly engaged in the course of digestion. This system is the most intensive dividing line between animal/man and the living environment. In the first place, we think of course about the skin as a barrier. That has however only an area of 2 m2, while the intestinal system, commonly known as 'mucus skin', has an area of 300 m2. In our digestive tract, we take in our environment (air, water, food), which is converted by microbes and bacteria in a digestible form for us. The microbes have multiple functions and in a large-scale influence our immune system, our nerves, our hormones and our brain. In the digestive channel, the mammals with one stomach have ten times more microbes than cells. Every cell is surrounded and cherished by 10 microbes. The microbes protect the digestive tract in a triple way against potentially sickness causing organisms.

Is our microbes’ management not disrupted by our way of life time and again?
Of course we will bring disharmony in our system by our way of life. Stress alone can throw our digestive system upside down. A disturbed hormonal process can change the composition of microbes and will sometimes cause diarrhoea. Means of enjoyment, residues of environmental pollution, medicine and many other factors impair the functioning of microbes in our digestive tract.
"Every bite of food brings bacteria from our surroundings in our digestive system. Thereby changing our intestinal flora"
But also foods are EITHER a support OR a source of damages to our intestinal flora. 

How can food harm our intestinal flora?
Everything we eat is full of microbes, even though we believe it to be 'clean'. Each bite of food brings bacteria from our surroundings into our digestive system. Because of this, our intestinal flora changes. The simplest example is that of travellers who visit distant countries by air. Many of them get diarrhoea because they suddenly absorb a foreign microbial environment and their own system is not getting the time to adapt. The same phenomenon occurs if the traveller returns home after 2 or 3 weeks. But when they go by foot to a strange area, the intestinal system adapts itself 'step-by-step' and no one has complaints.



If we eat fresh, healthy local produce, we absorb the microflora of our immediate environment. Our biological system is set up for this. As such we develop our immunity against the outside world

What can we derive from this?
When we mostly consume processed foods from industrial production, there is only that one source that affect our intestinal flora. If we eat fresh, healthy local produce, then we absorb the micro flora of our immediate surroundings and our biological system is set up for this. As such we and of course the animals develop our immunity to the outside world. If the soil is healthy, the microbes 
in our food are healthy and beneficial for our health. When the soil is microbiologically disturbed, the food of such soil will also weaken our resistance.

What role can EM play in this?
In the course of the research carried out in our institute, we have determined that EM will reduce the germs in the food of the animals. EM strengthens the immunological capabilities of the animals along the natural way. When with EM as a tool to treat the soil, the positive micro-organisms start to dominate again, the addition of EM in the food is no longer needed. Our objective is to restore as much as possible unhealthy damaged soils to a balanced microbial condition so that our food and the animal’s food are again abundantly occupied with positive bacteria. However, it will still take some time before we get there.

How can I, as an individual, best act in this situation?
Myself, I rinse my vegetables in water with a few drops of EM in it. As such I change in a positive way the composition of the microbes in and on my 
food so that my digestive bacteria get the desired boost.

Do you find that a high quality is food is one with as many as possible Effective Micro-organisms?
That would be the criterion of high quality food and beverages. It is very important that animal food and people’s food are composed naturally of optimal positive bacteria. Such plants and fruits are already disease resistant on the field and contain an abundance of vitamins and enzymes. The microbial occupation of it is naturally very balanced and promotes the digestion. 
Probably one can quickly achieve this ideal soil health with the EM technology. That is why I am pleased that the EM-associations exist. They are spreading very useful information about a meaningful and judicious dealing with the Effective Micro-organisms.


Source: EM magazine n°13