Zach Bush on why all health issues come back to how we treat the soil

How did a medical doctor end up going deep, very deep on soil, and discovering that almost all health issues can be traced back to how we treat our soils? Learn about the role of glyphosate and other chemicals and why after seeing all this doom and gloom, he actually has a lot of hope for the human species. 


We welcome today Dr. Zach Bush, a renowned multidisciplinary physician of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Hospice Care, and internationally recognized educator on the Microbiome as it relates to health, human health, soil health, food systems, and a regenerative future.

Medical Doctor To Soil Aficionado

Dr. Zach Bush spent 17 years in academic medicine where he studied biochemistry, cellular biology, pharmaceutical management, disease and ultimately worked for many years in the hospital system. He shares his observations on the current state of chronic diseases in the US. 

“I had this very holistic image of the current landscape of chronic disease in the United States that was certainly accelerated, not emerging the first time in the late 1990s, early 2000s. It was just a coincidence that I showed up at this moment in history where we hit this brink or tipping point of human health, where we saw a sudden epidemic phenomenon in chronic disease, which had never been seen before.” – Dr. Zach Bush

Children and Diseases

Aside from cancer rates doubling, we now see diseases for the aged among babies. We also see a spike in the autism spectrum, allergies, and neurodegenerative diseases on children, as early as two years old. 

“We were starting to see children born intolerant to their environment, as if the planet was suddenly not built for them. Suddenly, the planet was not amenable to their survival.” – Dr. Zach Bush

The End of Human Race

Dr. Zach poses the question of how we define our quality of life. He discusses why he foresees humans have less than 100 years as a species. This is due to our current lifestyle and the emissions that we give out.  

“There are two important phenomena happening in human health right now to conspire to extinction, and the extinction of humans is just symptomatic of a deeper extinction event of planet Earth itself. The Earth has been through five great extinction events in the past.” – Dr. Zach Bush

Why Are We Failing As Species

Dr. Zach shares his search for answers on why we are here and why are we starting to fail as species. He further discusses in this episode how we brought ourselves to this brink of extinction.

“It’s important to realize that the collapse of soil if it’s short-lived, will preserve the oceans. And so if the oceans don’t acidify, you’ll lose somewhere around 85 87%. Of the four other great extinctions that preceded the last one, there was two that were severe enough collapses of the soil architecture in this relationship with soil on air than the oceans acidified. And when the oceans acidify as much as the soil is damaged, then we will see about 95 97% of life on Earth destroyed.” – Dr. Zach Bush

Other Important Points Discussed

Koen and Dr. Zach discussed these points in this episode:

  • What should smart investors, who want to invest in Reg ag and food look out for
  • What would Dr. Zach do if he would be in charge of a 1billion dollar investment portfolio tomorrow morning?
  • The one thing Dr. Zach would change in the agriculture industry from a sustainability point of view and
  • What Dr.  Zach believe is true about regenerative agriculture that others don’t believe to be true (as inspired by John Kempf)

To know more about Dr. Zach Bush and why he thinks all health issues come back to how we treat the soil, download and listen to this episode.


Zach Bush MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care. He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr Zach founded *Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health.  His passion for education reaches across many disciplines, including topics such as the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, immunity, and gut/brain health.  His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet.


Farmers Footprint

Zach Bush’s podcast

John Kempf’s podcast


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