Subtle Energies and other new areas of thought 
in Sustainable Ag 

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Books/Subtle Energies
If you're open to having your mind stretched, read some of these books. The concepts may seem hard to believe or understand, but the scientific findings are irrefutable.

 Paramagnetism - suggested contact: Phyllis Murray in Paw Paw, Michigan (269) 674-3078

The Magic of Ormus, by Roger Taylor, PhD, BVSc 

A concentrate of special elements abundant in sea water
has exciting potential in improving the soil, increasing crop
yields, assisting human and animal health, and even in
combating climate change.

Barry Carter on Ormus & Paramagnetism:

I would like to introduce myself and introduce some new information on soil and biological systems. I work as a forest activist. I have always been concerned about the damage that logging does to soils. Some of my writing on this subject can be found on our web page at:

Many of the problems with forest soils are also problems with agricultural soils.

I have also been an organic gardener for about half of my 50 years and I understand the necessity of providing trace elements and other nutrients which are not provided by chemical fertilizers.

In 1995 I learned about some materials which are difficult to identify using conventional methods but which appear to be essential to many biological systems. We call these materials ORMUS or m-state elements at the suggestion of a couple of their modern discoverers. One of these modern discoverers, a gentleman named David Hudson, has patented some of the ORMUS elements and one process for obtaining them. Transcripts of several of Hudson's lectures on this subject are available on the web at:

Full article at

Here are some other links I found I found:

(3) Orchestrated Objective Reduction of Quantum Coherence in Brain Microtubules: The "Orch OR" Model for Consciousness -

(8) ORMUS Production Methods - (Methods)

A Permaculture discussion of ormus & water



Carbon in the soil - Biochar

Terra Preta

Terra preta is the name given to ancient black fertile soils recently discovered in the Amazon basin. Essentially it comes from low temp-made charcoal mixed with the poor soil. These soils show all the signs of being human-made and are in areas that at one time supported extremely large populations on very poor jungle soils.  The discovery of these population centers has been very recent - in the last 4 years or so, and is being studied at Cornell University. Adding charcoal to soils has been common knowledge in Japan and China. Research is ongoing there also.

The terra preta soils are along the Amazon basin in Brazil. They appear to set up conditions that protect and feed tremendous populations of micro-organisms. This allows very lush plant life to develop.

Terra preta is one aspect of a project at the University of Georgia called EPRIDA which deals with air quality. There is more at )

One aspect of the EPRIDA project is looking at plant growth with various soil amendments of charcoal. The results look very promising.

Here are more links to terra preta:     


Saving The Planet While Saving The Farm
How soil carbonization could save the planet while it saves the family farm
A personal essay by
Scott Bidstrup
includes a method for producing the charcoal

A contrary view:
Biochar a Critical View Through the Ecosystemic Lens by Karl North
in which he points out the shortcomings and questionable sustainability of biochar production and reminds us of the other more ecological ways of increasing soil carbon.  - see directions for making biochar from natural charcoal available at Lowe's or Ace Hardware. 

Producing Biochar using pyrolysis

Biochar stoves  

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture (in Oklahoma) Biochar page  


Comment by one of our BrixTalk experts, Jon Frank:

Some time ago a man by the name of Leonard Ridzon wrote a couple books about carbon called The Carbon Cycle and The Carbon Connection.  Leonard's work with coal dust drew inspiration from Marian Sigfried who worked with
charcoal back in the 50's in Europe.

Here is the link for more info on Nutricarb (now only available in Australia combined with urea ).

Not sure the effect on Brix.  Leonard's approach was to use his proprietary product called Nutricarb in place of nutrients.  I do not agree with that but I do believe that his product could fit into an overall program and help the soil improve in its carbon levels.  In RBTI theory carbon is very important to establishing a strong electro-magnetic field in the soil.

Ream's Biological Theory of Ionization. See

The Real Dirt on Rainforest Fertility
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Hydrogen Peroxide

Gardening with Hydrogen Peroxide