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Native Americans knew that humans are plagued by parasites. Other native peoples, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, also knew that humans, like animals, have parasites. They frequently purged themselves by inducing diarrhea or vomiting to rid themselves of their slimy invaders.
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Native Americans knew that humans are plagued by parasites. Other native peoples, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, also knew that humans, like animals, have parasites. They frequently purged themselves by inducing diarrhea or vomiting to rid themselves of their slimy invaders.
Many cultures continued such practices right up to my childhood . I remember being forced to swallow a spoonful of sulfur and molasses and raw onion! How dreadful it seemed, but it reduced the body’s burden of WORMS and other parasites, which we all have. Where have we gone astray? Why have we forsaken these wise practices ?
I have seen that eczema is due to roundworms. Seizures are caused by a single roundworm , Ascarts, getting into the brain. Schizophrenia and depression are caused by parasites in the brain. Asthma is caused by Ascaris in the lungs. Diabetes is caused by the pancreatic fluke of cattle, Eurytrema. Migraines are caused by the threadworm, Strongyloides. Acme rosacea is caused by a Leishmania. Much human heart disease is caused by dog heartworm, Dirofilaria. And the list goes on and on.
Getting rid of all these parasites would be absolutely impossible using clinical medicines that can kill only one or two parasites each. Such medicines also tend to make you quite ill. Flaghl is used for Amoebas and Giardia. When the correct dosage is used, it can cause extreme nausea & vomiting. Quinine used for Malaria is quite toxic. Imagine taking 1O such drugs to kill a dozen of your parasites! That may be a great strategy for drug makers, but not for you.
There is a better way. Three herbs can rid you of over 100 different types of parasites! And without so much as a headache! Without nausea! And without interfering with any other drug that you may need to take! Does this sound too fantastic? Just too good to be true? These herbs are nature’s gift to us.
The herbs you need are:
If you use them together you will rid yourself of all these parasites. They must be used together as a single treatment. If you kill only the adults, the tiny stages and eggs will soon grow into new adults. If you kill only eggs, the million stages already loose in your body will soon grow into adults and make more eggs. So all the herbs should be used together as a single treatment.
The green hull surrounding the nut of the black walnut tree is a miraculous parasiticide. After it has turned black it is useless. The large green balls fall to the ground early in the fall. In a week or two they will be black and decaying. Therefore, anyone wishing to make parasiticide must be careful not to let the critical time for harvesting pass. I encourage everyone to make their own parasiticide, and to take back the responsibility of keeping themselves and their families free of these tiny monsters. The recipe for Black Walnut Green Hull Tincture is given in Recipes.
Note that it is a tincture — extracted using grain alcohol — rather than an ordinary extract, which use water. The Black Walnut extract available from some herb companies is not potent enough to make an effective parasiticide. It is black, not pale green, indicating that the critical harvesting time had passed. Of course there is no time to make your own if you have fast growing or metastasizing cancer (See the chapter on Sources).
These three herbs must be used together. Black walnut hull and wormwood kill adults and developmental stages of at least 100 parasites. Cloves kill the eggs. Only if you use them together will you rid yourself of parasites. If you kill only the adults, the tiny stages and eggs will soon grow into new adults. If you kill only the eggs, the million stages already loose in your body will soon grow into adults and make more eggs. They must be used together as a single treatment.
It is the green hull surrounding the nut of the black walnut tree that has this miraculous parasiticide. After it has turned black, it is useless. The large green balls fall to the ground early in the fall. In a week or two they will be black and decaying. Therefore, anyone wishing to make parasiticide must be careful not to let the critical time for harvesting pass. I encourage everyone to make their own parasiticides and to take back the responsibility for keeping themselves and their families free of these tiny monsters. The recipe for Black Walnut Hull Tincture (extra strength) is given in Recipes (page 503).
Note that it is a tincture (extracted using grain alcohol), not an ordinary extract (which uses water). The black walnut extract that is available from herb companies is not potent as a parasiticide. It is black, not pale green, indicating that the critical harvesting time had passed. Of course there is no time to make your own if you have fast growing or metastasizing cancer. See the chapter Sources.
You will only need one 1 oz. bottle. While you are waiting for it to arrive, get your other 2 herbs ready: wormwood and cloves.
Wormwood consists of the leaves of the Artemisia shrub. My recommendation is that you grow it yourself if you have any space to do so. Wormwood seed is available from seed catalogs, see Sources.
The amount you need to cure a cancer is very small, yet you cannot do without it. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated it as toxic! It is therefore unavailable in concentrated form from herb companies. The evidence for toxicity accepted by the FDA must have been hearsay. I have never seen a case of toxicity, not so much as a headache or nausea. The toxic level must be much higher than is needed to kill these parasites.
This shrub is called wormwood for good reason: it kills worms! There is quite a bit of confusion over which Artemisia is the true wormwood. Books and nurseries can be wrong, even though they assure you they are correct! Buy Artemisia absynthium for your garden. Wormwood goes back to antiquity and is mentioned in the Bible.
If you grow your own, dry the leaves when they are in their prime. The leaves are greenish gray and quite bitter. Nobody would accidentally eat too much of them. Adults may put them in capsules. For a child, crumble ¼ tsp. and stir into honey. I have not done experiments to be more precise than this.
Wormwood capsules are available as a combination of Artemisia, and other herbs (see Sources).
The third herb necessary to cure cancer is cloves. This is the common spice used in baking. It needs to be ground up in order to release its parasite killing properties. You can buy a can of whole cloves and grind them in a blender or grinder. Store-bought “ground cloves” do not work! Their parasite killing properties have evaporated long ago. Ground cloves from a health food store or herb shop may not work either! They may have been ground years ago. If an herb company were to grind cloves and fill capsules with them right away and store the capsules in closed bottles, the potency of the herb would be protected. Don’t take these details for granted. You must question your source and get a satisfactory answer or grind your own (see Sources).
You will need about 100 capsules of cloves. To make your own, purchase size 00 (double-zero) capsules at a health food store. (Don’t try to mix cloves straight in water! It is much too strong; you may try mixing with honey.) Size 0 capsules will also be acceptable.
You now have:
One 30 cc bottle of pale green Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength. This is 1 ounce, or six teaspoons, enough for three weeks if you are not very ill.
One bottle of wormwood capsules (each capsule with 200-300 mg of wormwood) or ½ cup of Artemisia leaves gathered from a friendly neighbor’s shrub.
One bottle of freshly ground cloves (each capsule with 400-500 mg cloves), or ¼ cup bulk powdered cloves.
These are the only essential herbs you will need to cure your cancer. They will last through the first 18 days of the Parasite Program.
There is another item, ornithine, that improves this recipe. Parasites produce a great deal of ammonia as their waste product. Ammonia is their equivalent of urine and it is set free in our bodies by parasites in large amounts. Ammonia is very toxic, especially to the brain. I believe this causes insomnia and other sleep problems at night and anxiety by day. By taking ornithine at bedtime, you will sleep better.
Do not try to substitute drugs for herbs. Drug parasiticides can be extremely toxic, even in the small doses needed. Nor do they kill all the stages. Here is a clipping I saw recently:
Common Drugs For Parasitic Infections
|Infection||Drug||Adult Dosage||Pediatric Dosage|
|asymptomatic||Iodoquinol||650 mg tid x 20d||30-40 mg/kg/d, 3 doses x 20d|
|symptomatic||Metronidazole||750 mg tid x 10d||35-50 mg/kg/d, 3 doses x 10 d|
|followed by Iodoquinol||650 mg tid x 20d||30-40 mg/kg/d, 3 doses x 20d|
|Blastocystis||Metronidazole||750 mg tid x 10d|
|or Iodoquinol||650 mg tid x 20d|
|Dientamoeba||Iodoquinol||650 mg tid x 20d||40 mg/kg/d, 3 doses x 20d|
|Giardia||Quinacrine HCl||100 mg tid p.c.x5d||6 mg/kg/d, 3 doses p.c.x5d|
|or Metronidazole||250 mg tid x 5d||15 mg/kg/d, 3 doses x 5 d|
Names & Adverse Effects of Common Drugs
Drug: Iodoquinol Trade Name: Yodoxin.
Adverse Effects: Occ: rash, acne, slight enlargement of thyroid gland, nausea, diarrhea, cramps, anal pruritus. Rare: optic atrophy, loss of vision, peripheral neuropathy after prolonged use in high dosage (months), Iodine sensitivity.
Drug: Metronidazole Trade Name: Flagyl
Adverse Effects: Freq: nausea, headache, dry mouth, metallic taste. Occ: vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, weakness, stomatitis, vertigo, aparesthesia, rash, dark urine, urethral burning. Rare: seizures, encephalopathy, pseudo-membranous colitis, ataxia, leukopenia, peripheral neuropathy, pancreatitis.
Drug: Quinacrine HCl Trade Name: Atabrine
Adverse Effects: Freq: dizziness, headache, vomiting, diarrhea. Occ: yellow staining of skin, toxic psychosis, insomnia, bizarre dreams, blood dyscrasias, urticaria, blue and black nail pigmentation, psoriasis-like rash. Rare: acute hepatic necrosis, convulsions, severe exfoliative dermatitis, ocular effects similar to those caused by chloroquine.
Start by taking ornithine, 2 at bedtime on the first night you get it. You don’t need to wait for the rest of the program to start on ornithine. Take 4 ornithines on the second night. Take 6 ornithines at bedtime on the third night. After this take 4 or 6 ornithines at bedtime every night till you are sleeping soundly. Then go off ornithine and see whether your sleep is as good without it. Use as needed. It is not habit forming.
Ornithine, about 500 mg, is available in capsules (see Sources).
There are no side-effects as you can see from the case histories.
There is no interference with any other medication. There is no need to stop any treatment that a clinical doctor or alternative therapist has started you on, provided it is free of propyl alcohol.
Are there any substitutes for the black walnut hull, cloves or wormwood? I believe there must be dozens of plants that could kill the intestinal fluke.
While you are waiting for herbs, why not try all the vitamins and herbs that are presently available to you and that have been traditionally used to treat cancer? They may work by killing fluke stages, or have other value. Some of these are:
Red clover blossoms (2 capsules, 3 times a day)
Pau D’Arco (2 capsules, 3 times a day)
Vitamin C (10 or more grams per day)
Laetrile (as directed by source)
Wheat grass juice (home grown only, not the commercially available powder)
Grapes and grape juice (home-juiced, no meat in the diet)
Echinacea (2 capsules, 3 times a day)
Metabolic enzymes, take as directed
The macrobiotic diet
Then, as soon as your herbs arrive, you can stop these. Or you may wish to continue them as well.
Parasite Killing Program
1. Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength (see Recipes, page 503, or Sources):
Day 1: this is the day you begin; start the same day you receive it.
Take one drop. Put it in ½ cup of water. Sip it on an empty stomach such as before a meal.
Day 2: Take 2 drops in ½ cup water same as above.
Day 3: Take 3 drops in ½ cup water same as above.
Day 4: Take 4 drops in ½ cup water same as above.
Day 5: Take 5 drops in ½ cup water same as above.
Day 6: Take 2 tsp., all together in ¼ cup water. Sip it, don’t gulp it. Get it down within 15 minutes. (If you are over 150 pounds, take 2½ tsp. If you are over 200 pounds, take 3 tsp.)
This dose kills any remaining stages throughout the body, including the bowel contents, a location unreachable by a smaller dose or by electric current. The alcohol in the tincture can make you slightly woozy for several minutes. Simply stay seated until you are comfortable again. You may put the tincture in lukewarm water to help evaporate some of the alcohol, but do not use hot water because that may damage its parasiticide power. Then take niacinamide 500 mg (see Sources) to counteract the toxicity of the alcohol. You could also feel a slight nausea for a few minutes. Walk in the fresh air or simply rest until it passes. You may add more water or honey or a spice to make it more palatable.
For a year: take 2 tsp. Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength once a week. This is to kill any parasite stages you pick up from your family, friends, or pets.
Family members and friends should take 2 tsp. every other week to avoid reinfecting you. They may be harboring a few parasite stages in their intestinal tract without having symptoms. But when these stages are transmitted to someone who has had cancer, they immediately seek out the unhealed organ to continue multiplying.
You may be wondering why you should wait for five days before taking the 2 tsp. dose. It is for your convenience only. You may have a sensitive stomach or be worried about toxicity or side effects. By the sixth day you will have convinced yourself there is no toxicity or side effects.
Going faster. In fact, if you are convinced after the first drop of the restorative powers of Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength, take the 2 tsp. dose on the very first day.
Going slower. On the other hand, if you cringe at the thought of taking an herb or you are anxious about its safety, continue the drops, increasing at your own pace, until you are ready to brave the decisive 2 tsp. dose.
Extremely ill. Take the 2 tsp. dose twice a day for 5 days. Then go down to once a day for a week. If you are much better you may reduce further to twice a week. This will be your maintenance level for a year. Remember to include the wormwood and cloves twice a week also. If you are not improving, follow the dosages in Tapeworm Disease, page 31.
2. Wormwood capsules (should contain 200-300 mg of wormwood, see Sources):
Day 1: Take 1 capsule before supper (with water).
Day 2: Take 1 capsule before supper.
Day 3: Take 2 capsules before supper.
Day 4: Take 2 capsules before supper.
Continue increasing in this way to day 14, whereupon you are up to seven capsules. You take the capsules all in a single dose (you may take a few at a time until they are all gone). Then you do 2 more days of 7 capsules each. After this, you take 7 capsules once a week forever, as it states in the Maintenance Parasite Program. Try not to get interrupted before the 6th day, so you know the adult intestinal flukes are dead. After this, you may proceed more slowly if you wish. Many persons with sensitive stomachs prefer to stay longer on each dose instead of increasing according to this schedule. You may choose the pace after the sixth day.
Fill size 00 capsules with fresh ground cloves; if this size is not available, use size 0 or 000. In a pinch, buy gelatin capsules and empty them or empty other vitamin capsules. You may be able to purchase fresh ground cloves that are already encapsulated; they should be about 500 mg. Grocery store ground cloves do not work! Either grind them yourself or see Sources.
Day 1: Take one capsule 3 times a day before meals.
Day 2: Take two capsules 3 times a day.
Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10: Take three capsules 3 times a day.
After day 10: Take 3 capsules all together once a week forever, as in the Maintenance Parasite Program.
Take ornithine at bedtime for insomnia. Even if you do not suffer from insomnia now, you may when you kill parasites.
Strike out the doses as you take them.
|Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength Dose||Wormwood Capsule Dose (200-300 mg)||Clove Capsule Dose (Size 0 or 00)|
|Day||drops 1 time per day, like before a meal||capsules 1 time per day, on empty stomach (before meal)||capsules 3 times per day, like at mealtime|
|1||1||1||1, 1, 1|
|2||2||1||2, 2, 2|
|3||3||2||3, 3, 3|
|4||4||2||3, 3, 3|
|5||5||3||3, 3, 3|
|6||2 tsp.||3||3, 3, 3|
|7||Now once a week||4||3, 3, 3|
|8||4||3, 3, 3|
|9||5||3, 3, 3|
|10||5||3, 3, 3|
|12||6||Now once a week|
|17||Now once a week|
At this point you do not need to keep a strict schedule, but instead may choose any day of the week to take all the parasite program ingredients.
Continue on the Maintenance Parasite Program, indefinitely, to prevent future reinfection.
YOU ARE ALWAYS PICKING UP PARASITES! PARASITES ARE EVERYWHERE AROUND YOU! YOU GET THEM FROM OTHER PEOPLE, YOUR FAMILY, YOURSELF, YOUR HOME, YOUR PETS, UNDERCOOKED MEAT, AND UNDERCOOKED DAIRY PRODUCTS.
I believe the main source of the intestinal fluke is undercooked meat and dairy products. After we are infected with it this way, we can give it to each other through blood, saliva, semen, and breast milk, which means kissing on the mouth, sex, nursing, and childbearing.
Family members nearly always have the same parasites. If one person develops cancer, the others probably have the intestinal fluke also. They should give themselves the same de-parasitizing program.
Do this once a week. You may take these at different times in the day or together:
1. Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength: 2 tsp. on an empty stomach, like before a meal or bedtime.
2. Wormwood capsules: 7 capsules (with 200-300 mg wormwood each) once a day on an empty stomach.
3. Cloves: 3 capsules (about 500 mg. each, or fill size 00 capsules yourself) once a day on an empty stomach.
4. Take ornithine as needed.
|Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength Dose||Wormwood Capsule Dose (200-300 mg)||Clove Capsule Dose (Size 0 or 00)|
|Day||1 time per day, on empty stomach||capsules 1 time per day, on empty stomach||capsules 1 time per day, on empty stomach|
The only after-effects you may feel are due to release of bacteria and viruses from dead parasites. These should be promptly zapped (see page 30).
Black Walnut Tincture Extra Strength
Children follow the same parasite program as adults through day 5. On day 6, instead of 2 tsp., take the following:
|Under six months||¼ tsp.||50 mg|
|Six months to five years||½ tsp.||50 mg|
|Six to ten years||1 tsp.||100 mg|
|Eleven to sixteen years||1½ tsp.||500 mg|
The niacinamide (not niacin) is to help detoxify the alcohol in the tincture. You may crush it and put it in a spoonful of honey, if necessary. Occasionally a bit of niacin gets into the niacinamide tablet and causes a hot flush. It is harmless and soon passes.
Even though the parasite program is very beneficial to children, who tend to pick up parasites more often than adults, it should not be continued on a maintenance basis due to the alcohol content. Have children deparasitize twice a year, or whenever ill.
In case of childhood cancer, however, a much more vigorous program should be followed. Dosages should be increased until vital signs improve, up to 16 tsp., if necessary. For advice on taking a 16 tsp. dose, see Tapeworm Disease on page 31.
Wormwood and Cloves
Increase dosage one day for each year. For instance a four-year old would follow the adult program until day four, then stop.
Again, it is not advisable for children to be on a maintenance dosage of wormwood and cloves. Taking them during their routine deparasitizing, or when ill, is best.
In case of childhood cancer, it is not necessary to use increased dosages, as with Black Walnut Tincture.
Pets have many of the same parasites that we get, including Ascaris (common roundworm), hookworm, Trichinella, Strongyloides, heartworm and a variety of tapeworms. Every pet living in your home should be deparasitized (cleared of parasites) and maintained on a parasite program. Monthly trips to your vet are not sufficient.
You may not need to get rid of your pet to keep yourself free of parasites. But if you are quite ill it is best to board it with a friend until you are better.
Your pet is part of your family and should be kept as sweet and clean and healthy as yourself. This is not difficult to achieve. Here is the recipe:
1. Parsley water: cook a big bunch of fresh parsley in a quart of water for 3 minutes. Throw away the parsley. After cooling, you may freeze most of it in several 1 cup containers. This is a month’s supply. Put 1 tsp. parsley water on the pet’s food. You don’t have to watch it go down. Whatever amount is eaten is satisfactory.
All dosages are based on a 10 pound (5 kilo) cat or dog. Double them for a 20 pound pet, and so forth.
Pets are so full of parasites, you must be quite careful not to deparasitize too quickly. The purpose of the parsley water is to keep the kidneys flowing well so dead parasite refuse is eliminated promptly. They get quite fond of their parsley water. Perhaps they can sense the benefit it brings them. Do this for a week before starting the Black Walnut Hull Tincture.
2. Black Walnut Hull Tincture (regular strength): 1 drop on the food. Don’t force them to eat it. Count carefully. Treat cats only twice a week. Treat dogs daily, for instance a 30 pound dog would get 3 drops per day (but work up to it, increasing one drop per day). Do not use Extra Strength.
If your pet vomits or has diarrhea, you may expect to see worms. This is extremely infectious and hazardous. Never let a child clean up a pet mess. Begin by pouring salt and iodine on the mess and letting it stand for 5 minutes before cleaning it up. Clean up outdoor messes the same way. Finally, clean your hands with diluted grain alcohol (dilute 1 part alcohol with 4 parts water) or vodka. Be careful to keep all alcohol out of sight of children; don’t rely on discipline for this. Be careful not to buy isopropyl rubbing alcohol for this purpose.
Start the wormwood a week later.
4. Cloves: put the smallest pinch possible on their dry food.
Keep all of this up as a routine so that you need not fear your pets. Also, notice how peppy and happy they become.
Go slowly so the pet can learn to eat all of it. To repeat:
Week 1: parsley water.
Week 2: parsley water and black walnut.
Week 3: parsley water, black walnut, and wormwood.
Week 4: parsley water, black walnut, wormwood, and cloves.
|Black Walnut Hull Tincture Dose||Wormwood Capsule Dose||Clove Capsule Dose (Size 0 or 00)|
|Week||teaspoons on food||drops on food, cats twice per week, dogs daily||open capsule, put smallest pinch on food||open capsule, put smallest pinch on food|
|1||1 or more, based on size|
|2||1 or more||1|
|3||1 or more||1 or more, based on size||1|
|4||1 or more||1 or more||1||1|
|5 and onward||1 or more||1 or more||1||1|
Pets should not stroll on counters or table. They should eat out of their own dishes, not yours. They should not sleep on your bed. The bedroom should be off limits to pets. Don’t kiss your pets. Wash your hands after playing with your pet. NEVER, NEVER share food with your pet. Don’t keep a cat box in the house; install a cat door. Wear a dust-mask when you change the cat box. If you have a sandbox for the children, buy new sand from a lumber yard and keep it covered. Don’t eat in a restaurant where they sweep the carpet while you are eating (the dust has parasite eggs tracked in from outside). Never let a child crawl on the sidewalk or the floor of a public building. Wash children’s hands before eating. If feasible, leave shoes at the door. Eat “finger” foods with a fork.
Solvents are just as bad for your pet as for you. Most flavored pet foods are polluted with solvents such as carbon tetrachloride, benzene, propyl alcohol, wood alcohol, etc. Don’t buy flavored pet food.
Mark Gould has a great post which has picked up on a thread in one of the LinkedIn forums on the “Pulling” and “Pushing” of information. Mark’s post also covers some blog discussion on the difference between sharing and communication, which I may add to in another post.Nick Milton says in a blog post:”…there is no point in creating a culture of sharing, if you have no culture of re-use. Pull is a far more powerful driver for Knowledge Management than Push, and I would always look to create a culture of knowledge seeking before creating a culture of knowledge sharing.”Firstly, we don’t create a knowledge sharing culture, we help create conditions so this happens!I agree that the organisation needs to be open to helping others. Our best kind of Communities of Practice at work are the “Support” type. People ask questions, and others respond, discussion ensues, and usually the person who asked the question can take something away and move on…great sense-making via people to get things done at work. Plus everyone else on the thread got to learn for free.In the future our CoPs at work will be complemented by a social network, which amplifies sense-making even more.This perspective also reminds me of Nancy Dixon’s article “Does your organisation have an asking problem”But I don’t entirely agree with Nicks statement, as it’s too black and white.Plus when someone shares something it may not result in a direct action for me, but it may make something more clear for me, or give me a better outlook on something…this is an implicit type of value (even though I’m not actioning what I have learnt into something explicit).Both “Push” and “Pull” are important!As I mentioned, “Pull” to respond and help is crucial for people to do their work, but also “Push” allows an organisation to share what they are doing, their experiences, process…so we can be smarter and more capable people, and so the organisation can be more adaptable, agile and resilient.Yes, response to questions are great, but we also need “Push”…in the future I may not need to ask the question if it’s already been shared kindly elsewhere. This happens a lot in our tips and tricks blogs at work.Or put another way, when I need to make a decision in the future, some of those past blog post/comment fragments may come together to aid me in my decision.This may happen unconsiously…I have subscribed to those people that “Pushed” those blog posts, perhaps conversed with them to make sense of them personally, and now I have absorbed them, and they become building blocks that come together when I make decisions.As for blogging…even though it’s “Push”, it also creates “Pull”…as people ask questions in the comments, and converse via trackbacks.When “Push” is done with socially interactive tools, you get knowledge creation that keeps going, you get a worthwhileness as people can actually probe and internalise this shared information into personal knowledge. Now that’s KM!A company that doesn’t have continual dialogue is stale and will not innovate, or have an edge.Supply as stockpile or flowNick says:”…sharing (“push”) is done at the expense of seeking (“pull”). The risk is you create supply, with no demand.”I guess this is a way to look at it from a market point-of-view, where modern marketing was the answer to deal with over supply. In the context of this post, it’s about motivating people to seek available information.This is true if sharing is based on conscription, or not within an ecosystem…this is the non-interactive document-centric warehousing approach.But what about blogging experiences and asking questions in a social network…this has more of an equilibrium, or yin and yang of share and seek.What has been shared, quickly induces dialogue and at that point does it’s job of KM. People connecting, re-contextualising, learning…this is “Pull”, because of “Push”.Hmmm, “the risk is you create supply, with no demand.”Google doesn’t know what I’m gonna ask today, but when I do I am led to a place where there is an answer, or where I can connect and interact with others to put that information into my context.Or better still, I’m not gonna ask today as I remember someone blogging about it in the past, so I know what to do.So the question here is not whether “push” is efficient or not, it’s they way the information is pushed.Conscription to a database lacks motivation, context, is static, etc…see my post on KM in context.Whereas pushing via a blog may induce more knowledge creation, it’s not static at all. I blog about an experience: * people learn about it as they are subscribed * others leave comments * a conversation ensues * this enables people to clarify, probe, re-frame * so this information object (the blog post), creates some type of personal knowledge for people as they have been able to sense-make via conversationsWhen you “Push” via a social tool people can interact with that information object so it may become personal knowledge to them.The fact I push a blog post, has allowed opportunity for knowledge creation n-fold.If we only shared in response to “Pull”, then we would never be innovative or grow…we wouldn’t have an edge. In life there is stuff we don’t know about, and when we hear about this stuff it excites us and becomes usable (today or tomorrow), we like these gifts. Without this we hear a lot of “if only you had told me that when I was doing that task”…” we didn’t know you guys were using that method, that seems more efficient and effective”Push is not a servant to PullNick says:”Knowledge Push is inefficient and wasteful if there is no Pull, whether the push is done through blogs…”I really don’t understand this comment. It’s seems too perfect and engineered, if not impossible.I don’t think it’s a good idea to control “Push” in order for people to just push what’s needed…for how do we know what we need…we are living in times where we need to adapt and be resilient to a fast paced constantly changing environment.We can’t control what business topics and experiences people blog about, they blog on their own terms, we are lucky that they share at all…so we have to be happy.We cannot conscript people to blog only when it’s 100% usable now and will be re-used immediately…we are dealing with people here, not robots…people don’t like the big brother feel…people blog because there is an intrinsic motivation, not because they are told to.Otherwise this is going back to old KM conscripting methods, but only with new tools…it’s useless anyway as it goes against the ethos of these new tools.It’s about engagement, not knowledge sharingPeople blog because connecting and dialogue is what we are about, we are social creatures…it fills this need.Blogs smash silos, nurture transparency and flatter organisational conversations. People can be heard and have impact….your bosses boss, or a boss in another team can hear what you have to say…see my post, we are more than our job title describes. Blogs are great for talent retention, and being recognised…these are all intrinsic motivators.Therefore it’s more than just knowledge sharing, it’s about people connecting and being fulfilled at work…therefore you cannot control the “Push”.When people “Push”, we are always learning, and building capacity…next time when we are in a decision-making situation we may draw on those blog posts that floated past our radar.The more “Push” the more smarter we become, and the more capable and quicker the organisation is able to respond to change.Andrew Gent’s post on learning and capacity seems to fit in here:”So just as the goal of college is to teach capabilities, not specific skills; the goal of KM is to facilitate knowledge development and transfer, not solely to apply knowledge to the product pipeline.””Push” is good, but mostly when it’s social pushing like blogging.Clarification on blogging as Just-in-CaseIn the LinkedIn thread I refered to blogging as Just-in-Time, rather than Just-in-Case, and Nick picked me up on this saying that it was Just-in-Case/Storing/Push. He also acknowledges that it’s different to past KM sharing methods, alluding to its inbuilt intrinsic motivation, and that it can be interacted with (a dynamic, living, manifesting object).He is partially correct, maybe “Just-in-Time” wasn’t the correct word, but I don’t think “Just-in-Case” is either. I meant to refer to the immediacy of blogging…an event happens, or is happening and we can blog with great recall right now. Let’s worry later about whether this can be formalised or distilled into something more proper. What’s important right now is we can use blogs to capture something as it happens, then have some dialogue. Later on the result of all this can be woven back into good practice.Thanks to Mark Gould for a pithy insight:”I don’t blog here, nor do I encourage the same kind of activity at work because someone might find the content useful in the future. I do it, and encourage it, because the activity itself is useful in this moment. It is neither just-in-case nor just-in-time: it just is.”To refer back to an earlier part of this post, it’s the feeling of connection you have at work and with your peers, and the feeling of sense-making and expression. The effectiveness of the KM concept of “Push” and “Pull” comes second.Mark also refers to Patrick Lambe where he alludes to sharing is bigger than itself, the more you participate, the more you are connected. To me this means whether all sharing is useful or not right now doesn’t matter as it’s the aggregation of sharing and participation that gets you connected. And being connected is everything:”We do have an evolved mechanism for achieving such deep knowledge results: this is the performance you can expect from a well-networked person who can sustain relatively close relationships with friends, colleagues and peers, and can perform as well as request deep knowledge services of this kind.”Mark also differentiates the re-use aspect in reference to types of knowledge:”My suspicion is that organisations that rely especially highly on personal, unique, knowledge (or intellectual capital) should be a lot more relaxed about this than Nick suggests. His view may be more relevant in organisations where repetitive processes generate much more value.” Nick makes a good point:”The people who blog (and I include myself in this) are the ones who want to be heard, and that’s not always the same as “the ones who need to be heard”. Knowledge often resides in the quietest people.”I don’t know the answer to this other than facilitating conditions and guidance for quiet people to feel safe and comfortable. Knowledge sharing is a voluntary act, just as opening your mouth and speaking is.KM in actionAt work we have a Tips and Tricks blog for the Document Management team.When I was working on that team I was trouble shooting a problem for someone, and as a result came up with a tip on how to browse the system via email.I thought I’d better write this down somewhere so I don’t forget (memory management), and to also share it with others…so I blogged it.This generated conversation, as to why this was the case.The fact that I blogged it both offered a tip, and also initiated a discussion.Subscribers to the blog were thankful of my post as they too had come across this issue.Subscribers to this blog sometimes use tips straight away, and sometimes it’s good to know for the future, and sometimes it creates conversation that leads somewhere else.Subscribers of the blog are happy to subscribe to these small fragments (blog posts).If I were to give them a months worth of posts they would not have the time to read them, but they have time to digest fragments as they happen.In this scenario I’m pushing a blog post as it happened, as it turned out it was of great help to others, and created new discussion paths.Forget “Push or “Pull”, connecting is keyI cannot predict if my “Push” will be “Pulled”, that’s just how it is.And this is what I think Mark Gould referred to when he wrote:”The key thing in all of this, for me, is that whether we talk of knowledge sharing, transfer, or management, it only has value if it can result in action: new knowledge generation; new products; ideas; thoughts. But I think that action is more likely if we are open-minded about where it might arise. If we try and predict where it may be, and from which interactions it might come, I think it is most probable that no useful action and value will result in the long term.”As quoted by Patrick Lambe earlier, this is only the half of it. The more you share the more you are connecting and building relationships and trust, and this is mighty important. And the third element is that I’m a satisfied and engaged knowledge worker in a connected and networked environment.Jack Vinson has also picked up on this conversation. I like the comment by Jamie Hatch: “…making sure that knowledge is not just ‘captured’ but that we do something with it”I think there is more chance of this happening when the capturing is not considered capturing, but rather people sense-making and sharing/communicating…and when this is done with the right tools, that are within a networked environment. To me “Push and Pull” are more relationship based than isolated concepts, I can’t approach one without the other creeping in.Jack points to a great post from Ross Dawson, who reviews another post by Nick Bilton which gives a nice tone to the focus of this post.It refers to serendipity and network filtering…as I do my work, since you are subscribed to me, I’m filtering information for you, and vice versa. Everyone is getting mutual benefit from everyone else. We all become more capable and smarter people.Ross Dawson uses some terms that used to seem futuristic, but are becoming more common place: collective intelligence, global brain.Forget “Push or “Pull”, context is keyDavid Weinberger, Valis Krebs, Patrick Lambe and Steve Barth talk about not “Push” (sharing) or “Pull” (seeking), but more about making the infomation make sense at a personal level:David Weinberger says: “But the real problem with the information being provided to us in our businesses is that, for all the facts and ideas, we still have no idea what we’re talking about. We don’t understand what’s going on in our business, our market, and our world.In fact, it’d be right to say that we already *know* way too much. KM isn’t about helping us to know more. It’s about helping us to understand. Knowledge without understanding is like, well, information.”So, how do we understand things? From the first accidental wiener roast on a prehistoric savannah, we’ve understood things by telling stories. It’s through stories that we understand how the world works”Valdis Krebs says: “The new advantage is context — how internal and external content is interpreted, combined, made sense of, and converted to end product. Creating competitive context requires social capital, the ability to find, utilize and combine the skills, knowledge and experience of others.”Patrick Lambe says: “the internalisation problem is how the represented knowledge can be re-contextualised so that it makes sense within the recipients own world view”Steve Barth talks about indigenous knowledge, and focusing on relationships and context rather then knowledge commodification: “…more focus on studying the connections between elements of the natural environment and the human community than on discrete things themselves. As such, the focus on relationships rather than reification is more in line with complexity and systems theories than taxonomical or hierarchical approaches of traditional science. It’s a direct contrast, too, to the (fictional) objectivity of scientific observation and experimentation.” “Incorporating indigenous knowledge into development efforts leverages a number of its strengths. It demonstrates respect for those involved by focusing on their needs, resources, responsibilities and experience; it facilitates local adaptation of technologies and techniques instead of forcing untailored adoption; it supplements—rather than supplants—local theory and practice; and it improves the collective awareness and sense-making necessary to make adjustments as a project proceeds.” “…neo-indigenistas” (his term for those who would save indigenous knowledge by removing it from the wild) are being hypocritical when they advocate for gathering it into civilized central repositories. Disconnecting knowledge from its source, in terms of people and places, will remove from that knowledge the very context which infuses it with life. Because indigenous knowledge is continuously generated and renewed in the living practices of people, archiving in isolation from practice removes its ongoing relevance….”KM made simpleFinishing off. I’m a real fan of the simple KM perspective by Gia Lyons, Richard Dennison. They allude to “Push and Pull” as part of the same symbiotic strategy.Gia Lyons says: “The whole point of social software, from the perspective of retaining corporate wisdom, is to make a wisdom holder’s surface knowledge available to a general population, so that other people can do the following:Be aware that this knowledge exists in the organization, and who has it. This is a huge pre-cursor to effective collaboration – knowing people exist, and knowing what they know. In social network science terms, the goal is to increase your organizational network’s density, which means more awareness / connections between more people, and to reduce distance, which means fewer network “nodes” between two people, based on trusted relationships – you can’t call Kevin Bacon directly, for example, until you ask a guy you know who knows his agent to get you an appointment.Determine with whom they should collaborate, if they even need to. The irony of social software is that many may never need to collaborate with you if you share your surface knowledge. And an added benefit is that if you ever do need to collaborate with that person, you’ve accelerated that effort beyond the “dumb question” stage. You can get to the really good stuff faster.Begin a trusted relationship with someone. This is done by “talking” to them in a forum, a blog, commenting on their document, etc., in hopes that in the future, you can boldly call them and ask for their tacit wisdom.”Richard Dennison says: “If we could achieve three things, I think we will have made more progress in the field of KM than we’ve ever managed before. Those things are: * expose in the network who people are and what they are interested in/working on/thinking about … * provide a way to search through the above and then offer a simple mechanism to connect like-minded people together in networks a * automatically expose the activities of individuals to those in their networks through activity streams. That’s it … simples!Well … possibly not as simple as it sounds … but achievable at least.”In the end I partially agree with Nick saying that “Pull” is important otherwise what’s the use of sharing. But like conversation you just don’t know what’s gonna happen, what’s important is that you are having it, the opportunities, and the chance to probe for clarity…and that you feel connected and engaged. Within a networked environment the Pushing and Pulling of raw fragments as they happen, as opposed to a database full of static documents, is synergised. I think of it more as conversation, and conversation is work and knowledge creation.