Biodynamics Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition Podcast

Our guest this evening is author and social visionary Richard K. Moore.

Richard is an American expat who escaped from a successful Silicon Valley career to Wexford Ireland where he spends his time communicating to the world through several blogs and websites about how We the People can organize into a truly democratic and sustainable new society in the face of the hyper-capitalism that is destroying our health and well-being on every level.

I first became aware of Richard's work  through his article Escaping the Matrix, which appeared  in Steward Brand's The Whole Earth Review back in 1999. Using the metaphor of "the red pill" from the movie The Matrix, Richard opened my eyes to the deceit that passes as 'the official truth' in the mainstream media and our daily lives. 1999 was a much simpler time. SInce 911 it's not uncommon for even popular tv shows to accept that we cannot trust our government. In 1999, even after the revalations of the Pentagon Papers or The People's History books, though, it wasn't quite as common. Richard simply and clearly exposed how corporations use taxpayers dollars and the military powers of our government to forward imperialistic programs around the globe for the benefit of their own bottom lines. It doesn't matter to corporate planners how many trillions of dollars are spent to support access to oil or other commodities if the expenses are shouldered by the taxpayers and don't cost them anything at all, probably not even taxes on their own income.

Richard has expanded on this essay and the resulting book, Escaping the Matrix,  is available at his website. There's a link at the show note at

What's unique about Richard's writing is that he doesn't dwell on exposing the lies we live in. He's more interested in helping to create a more perfect social structure and a society that is both democratic and Earth friendly.

We only touch the surface of Richard's work in this interview. Richard is more than happy to submit himself to further discussions on the BD Now! podcast. Please leave any questions you have for him at and we'll incorporate them in later interviews (but I wouldn't be surprised if he answered questions through the blog in the meantime) Richard is also interested in doing a 'live' program. If you are interested in taking part in such a program in the future, please let me know through the site.

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BD Now! Podcast 015 Dr. Kate Rheaume Bleue: Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox

The secret to avoiding calcium-related osteoporosis and atherosclerosis

While millions of people take calcium and Vitamin D supplements thinking they're helping their bones, the truth is, without the addition of Vitamin K2, such a health regimen could prove dangerous. Without Vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it's needed; instead, the calcium resides in soft tissue (like the arteries)—leading to a combination of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, or the dreaded "calcium paradox." This is the first book to reveal how universal a Vitamin K2 deficiency is, and the risk (in the form of cancer and diabetes, among other ailments) the absence of Vitamin K2 poses.

Written by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, a popular health expert on Canadian television and radio, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox sounds a warning about the popularity of the calcium and Vitamin D craze, while illustrating the enormous health benefits of Vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to dental cavities, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

The book demystifies this obscure supernutrient—a fat soluble vitamin that humans once thrived on, ignored by scientists for almost seventy years

  • Details how the consumption of grass-fed animals led to adequate Vitamin K2 intake—while grain-based animal feed helped eradicate Vitamin K2 from our diets
  • Describes how doctors are raising recommended doses of calcium and Vitamin D—without prescribing Vitamin K2
  • Details more damning facts about transfats—and how the creation of a synthetic Vitamin K interfered with the body's Vitamin K metabolism

An essential book for anyone interested in bone health, or maintaining their overall health, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox is the guide to taking the right combination of supplements—and adding Vitamin K2 to a daily regimen.


Publisher's Press Release

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life

Are you taking calcium or vitamin D? This news could save your life. Millions of people take calcium and vitamin D supplements for bone health, but recent research shows that this can actually increase the risk of heart attack and stroke as the added calcium builds up in arteries.

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life is the revealing new book that explains the secret to keeping bones strong and arteries clear with vitamin K2, a little-known super-nutrient that humans once thrived on and that has been ignored by scientists for almost 70 years.

Written by Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, a popular health expert on Canadian television and radio, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox sounds a warning about the popularity of the calcium and vitamin D craze while illustrating the enormous health benefits of vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to osteoporosis, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

  • How much vitamin K2 is needed and how to get it;
  • Why vitamin D and calcium must be supplemented by vitamin K2;
  • The health benefits of vitamin K2, including straight, cavity-free teeth, fewer wrinkles, cancer prevention and strong bones in children;
  • Which delicious “sinful” foods are brimming with heart-healthy vitamin K2 vitamin;
  • How vitamin K2 plays a role in healing almost every major disease of our day;
  • Vitamin K2 as the ultimate anti-aging vitamin;
  • The recent studies on Alzheimer’s and how vitamin K2 may slow or prevent this disease.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Chapter 1: The Calcium Paradox 1

Why you need to read this book, whether or not you take calcium supplements 4

Osteoporosis: Calcium deficiency 5

Atherosclerosis: Calcium excess 8

Why vitamin D won't save us from the Calcium Paradox 10

How vitamin K2 comes to the rescue 12

The calcium cycle of life 18

We all need more: Vitamin K2 deficiency is widespread 19

Chapter 2: The Undiscovery and Rediscovery of Vitamin K2 23

A brief history of vitamin K: A tale of two nutrients 24

The mysterious activator X 27

Finally understanding vitamin K2 after 70 years: What it is and isn't 39

Vitamin K1: Greens and clotting 41

Vitamin K1 deficiency is rare and obvious 43

Vitamin K2: Animal fat and calcium metabolism 44

Vitamin K2 deficiency is common and invisible 45

Vitamin K2: A new essential nutrient 47

Chapter 3 – How Much Vitamin K2 Do We Need, and How Do We Get It? 49

The lack of vitamin K2 in our diet: What went wrong? 50

The grass-fed vitamin 53

The pastured egg hunt 56

Ghee and butter oil from grass-fed cows 61

Yet another reason to avoid trans fat 63

Two types of vitamin K2 65

Natto, the slimy superfood 69

Recommended vitamin K2 intake 74

Vitamin K2 from supplements 76

Vitamin K2: Friend or foe of blood-thinning medications? 80

Chapter 4: Vitamin K2: The Ultimate Antiaging Vitamin 85

The triage theory of aging 86

Vitamin K2 for heart health 89

Rethinking cholesterol 90

Atherosclerosis: Plaque accumulation 92

What really causes heart disease? 95

Vitamin K2 trumps K1 for heart health 96

You can reverse heart disease 97

How much is enough? 100

Even more evidence for vitamin K2 and heart health 100

Vitamin D deficiency: Another risk factor for cardiovascular disease 102

Vitamin K2: Building better bones 102

The renovation of you 103

Calcium alone is not enough 104

Vitamin K2: The missing link for bone health 106

Testing for your vitamin K2 levels 109

Vitamin K2 for Alzheimer's disease 110

Vitamin K2 for wrinkle prevention 114

The way we were 115

Vitamin K2 for healthy veins 117

Aging well with vitamin K2 119

Chapter 5: Even More Health Benefits of Vitamin K2 121

Vitamin K2 for diabetes 122

Vitamin K2 for arthritis 126

K2 for brain and neurologic health 127

Vitamin K2 for cancer prevention 129

Vitamin K2 for kidney disease 137

Vitamin K2 for fertility 138

Vitamin K2 for normal facial development 140

Vitamin K2 for easier labor 147

Vitamin K2 for strong bones 150

Vitamin K2 for dental health 151

Anatomy of a tooth 152

Chapter 6: Measuring Your Vitamin K2 Levels 161

Undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) tests 163

Bone density scanning 168

Tracking your plaque 172

Chapter 7: Vitamins K2, A and D: Better Together 181

A, D and K2: A balancing act 182

Understanding vitamin A 185

Understanding vitamin D 204

Are vitamins A and D hormones? 219

What about vitamin E? 221

Chapter 8: Toward a New Definition of Nutritious 225

Defining a healthy diet 229

A whole grain of truth 230

Calcium and magnesium 233

Endnotes 237

Index 267



Crusading American tea importer David Lee Hoffman supports China's endangered organic farmers by searching out fine, chemical-free teas for sale to the American quality tea market, a market of Mr Hoffman's creation.

Mr. Hoffman, who has been called the Indiana Jones of tea, may be the ultimate do-it-yourselfer. But the county has issues with the 30 or so structures he has built over the years.

"My love of the planet is greater than my fear of the law" David Lee Hoffman

He's been called "The Indiana Jones of Tea" by nothing less than The New York Times, more accurately, though, he's the best candidate I've seen for the title of "The Worlds Most Interesting Man." 

Here's just a few of his qualifications for that title:

As a young man, invented a unique sonic cleaning system for cleaning valueable ancient textiles, artifacts and fine art that is used to this day by major museums

Spent over 10 years as a consciencous objecter wandering over 100 countries

He was amongst the first Americans to visit the remote Tibetan kingdom of Dolpo.

In the early 1960s, Hoffman befriended the Dalai Lama while living in Dharamshala, India. Several Tibetan monks have contributed to the construction and creation of Hoffman's eastern-inspired sustainable research center in Lagunitas, California, which he calls "The Last Resort".[1]

Met and became a friend of  His Holiness, the Dali Lama while living in Dharamshala, India

Started the first quality tea companies in America and pretty much started the modern Tea Movement in the US, single handed finding quality artisinal organic teas in remote areas of China (well before China loosened up), importating them in the US and then conducting 'tea tastings' across the country promoting knowledge of team among Americans and awakening many of today's tea gurus to the wonders of quality tea

He became known in China as the “the American Pu-erh Tea King"

Sold his tea company and started growing heirloom grains and doing artisinal baking. 

Started a new tea company for which he hunts for teas, imports and sell wholesale and direct over the internet

 He is the subject of filmmaker Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht’s 2007 documentary All In This Tea

 As an architect he designed and continues to build THE LAST RESORT, an environmental model of sustainable and harmonious living that attempts to assimilate both natural methods from the past with modern know-how to create a living system that effectively demonstrates possibilities of thriving in a non-polluting healthy environment. Its mission is to discover and perfect practical low-cost sustainable methods for waste management, water re-use, and food security.

 Was trained by acrobats from Circques Sole on how to safely install tiles on the highest roof 

  Several Tibetan monks  contributed to the construction and creation of "The Last Resort"

  Probably the the most interesting: Marin County wants over $200,000 from David Lee Hoffman right now to pay for 40 years of failing to get permits for his projects - - or licensing for his tea businesses

Direct download: 14_BDNowPodcastEpisode014DAVIDLEEHOFFMANteaexplorer.mp3
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Mark Shepard is an agriforester and permaculturist He founded and manages Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farm an 106-acre commercial scale perrennial agricultural ecosystem that was converted  to a self suffecient food forest from a row-crop annual grain farm.

Trained in mechanical enigineering and ecology, Mark has combined these two passions to develop equpment and processes for the cultivation, harvesting and processing of forest-derived agricultural products for human foods and biofuel. Mark is a certified permacultlure designer  who took his training directly from permaculture founder Bill Mollison .  As a student of Mollison, Mark brings a robust masculinty into his permaculture work, working with the larger patterns of the land rather than focusing on the rather dainty features that are often put  forward  by American permies.

Mark teaches agroforestry and permacluture around the world. He lives with his family in Richland County Wisconsin Mark is the author of Restoration Agriculture, Real World Permaculture for Farmers which was published by ACRES USA this past year. It's a remarkable work of agricultural writing, one that I hope everyone will make the time to read in the near future.  You can pick up a copy from Amazon through the show notes at

I want to thanks Anders Skarlin bdnow and Steve Diver of bdnow and for submitting questions for Mark that made this conversation more valuable for everyone. 

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Around the globe most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

Direct download: 13_BDNowPodcastEpisode013MarkShephardRestorationAgriculture.mp3
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Peg Shafer and Jean Giblette are two of the most important Asian Medicianal herb growers and teacher in North America

Peg Schafer is the author of the  wonderful Chelsea Green book The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production Including chapters on cultivation as well as herb quality, conservation, and medicinal use. Pegs website is full of resource links for herbalists and horticulturists. (in fact there a link to  a complete course in medicinal herb production taught by Peg and Jean through the University of New Mexico and it's free!)

Jean Giblette is a medicinal plant grower, an Asian medicinal plant conservationist, a teacher, an investigator in Chinese medicinal plant production research, and contributor to Mending the Web of Life: Chinese Medicine and Species Conservation. She can be reached at

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

A leading light in the field of medicinal herb cultivation, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is the first cultivation guide of its kind, and presents invaluable information for growers interested in producing high-quality efficacious herbs in all climates of the US, with the historical connectedness of ancient practitioners.

It has become increasingly important-especially as the market for herbal medicine continues to grow-that we transition to local and domestic medicinal cultivation. Increasingly there are concerns in regards to not only the quality but the purity of imported herbs, and wild herbs picked for medicinal purposes are ever more endangered than in past years both at home and abroad.

Peg Schafer, longtime grower and teacher, guides readers with information on propagating, cultivating, and harvesting Chinese herbs, and presents fascinating new scientific data that reveal the age-old wisdom of nature and the traditional systems of Chinese medicine. Through 79 detailed herb profiles--all tested and trialed on Schafer's certified organic farm-Schafer offers easy-to-follow information, suitable for both growers and practitioners, for growing efficacious wild-simulated herbs. Also included is important information on species conservation, crop integration, and how to avoid the introduction of invasive species. Sidebars on traditional medicinal uses for each herb and delicious recipes are also featured throughout.

Vegetable and CSA farmers will find this book of great interest for adding value-added crops to their repertoire, and beginner growers looking to incorporate medicinals into their gardens will find this an invaluable guide to understanding where herbal medicine comes from, and will make eating-your-medicine more accessible than ever. <Chelsea Green>

Paul Jaminet, Ph.D., was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Paul’s experience overcoming a chronic illness led the Jaminets to develop the views of aging and disease presented in Perfect Health Diet.

Suffering from chronic illness and unable to get satisfactory results from doctors, husband and wife scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet took an intensely personal interest in health and nutrition. They embarked on five years of rigorous research. What they found changed their lives— and the lives of thousands of their readers.

In Perfect Health Diet, the Jaminets explain in layman’s terms how anyone can regain health and lose weight by optimizing nutrition, detoxifying the diet, and supporting healthy immune function. They show how toxic, nutrient-poor diets sabotage health, and how on a healthy diet, diseases often spontaneously resolve.

Perfect Health Diet tells you exactly how to optimize health and make weight loss effortless with a clear, balanced, and scientifically proven plan to change the way you eat—and feel—forever!

Direct download: 11_BDNowPodcastEpisode011PaulJaminetPerfectHealthDiet.mp3
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