Homeostatic Soil Organisms
What Do Homeostatic Soil Organisms Do?
According to much of what has been published, homeostatic soil organisms do a lot, as far as curing various ills and generally promoting our health is concerned. There are two areas that need to be clarified a bit, although the term "soil organisms" is more or less self-explanatory. Soil organisms are organisms that live in dirt, but what are homeostatic soil organisms?
Homeostasis is defined as the ability of an organism, whether it be a single cell or a good-sized animal, to continuously adjust its physiological processes to maintain internal equilibrium. Homeostatic is an adjective applied to something that is characterized by homeostasis. Warm-blooded animals are able to regulate their internal temperatures to remain constant despite changes in the surrounding temperature, thus could be said to act homeostatically as far as temperature is concerned. Cold-blooded animals on the other hand cannot directly regulate their internal temperatures. If it gets too hot or too cold they must seek a place where it is cooler or warmer.
The Theory - In other words homeostatic regulation allows an organism to function effectively over a wide range of environmental conditions. Extending this principle to homeostatic soil organisms, the theory is that by ingesting these organisms, our body will be able to regulate its internal functions more efficiently, and when everything inside of us, down to the cellular level, is working like clockwork, we are by definition healthy.
If everything, our immune system, our cardiovascular system, or digestive system, and so on, works as it should under the homeostasis principle, we should not only be fit as a fiddle, but what diseases we may have should slowly be regulated away. In other words, eating soil organisms might be good for you. As our parents may have told us at one time another, "Eating seven pounds of dirt a year is good for you". Maybe that's an old wives' tale, or maybe there's something to it.
Mostly Promotion - The problem with the information you can find on homeostatic soil organism supplements, is that almost everything that is written is written to promote a product. What you're reading is perhaps 10% medical study, and 90% marketing. Some of the medical studies seem to support the theory behind what homeostatic soil organisms might do for us, but by and large, the medical people have either neglected the subject or taken a somewhat neutral stance on it. These products might work or they might not. They might be harmful or they might not be. No one really seems to know, and no one besides the marketers seems to care much.
Age And Instability - What we do know for certain is that many diseases result from a disturbance in the homeostasis naturally occurring in our bodies. These disturbances create instability in the environments our organs function in. Aging is very much a factor here. As organisms age, they start to function less and less efficiently. Ultimately, vital functions become so unstable that death soon follows. This is natural, but anything we can do to slow down this process will obviously keep us in better health in our later years. The question is, will supplements slow down or reverse the process?
Is The Water Really Fine? - Those promoting homeostatic soil organisms may be speaking the truth in some areas, but some of the arguments border on the outlandish, and the supplements risk being placed in the same category as snake oil and other supposedly miracle drugs or supplements. From the medical side, the argument isn't that these supplement are bad for us, it's more a matter of not knowing what the long term effects, if any, may be. If you're ingesting spores, and that's what you're doing, and those spores perform good works in your digestive track, will they continue to do good works, will they eventually die off, or are they setting the stage for a condition we'd rather not have? No one seems to know for certain, so it may be best to approach these products with a degree of caution.