If you permaculture your self now, you'll need fewer interventions later.

Less medication, less remediation, less orthopedic footwear, less hospitalization.

So you can live more. With more health, energy and joy.

Permaculture Principles

Permaculture is a sustainable approach to designing natural resource systems.

Like gardens.

But permaculture principles can also be applied to biological systems (like humans) and social systems (like families and organizations).

Which is good, because I have an embarrassing and heretical admission to make. I hate gardening.

That may not seem like a big deal, but here on Vancouver Island, it verges on the sacrilegious.

But I love permaculture principles, so I apply them to non-gardening design projects.

Like my life.

Biohacking is design for sustainable self-healing. Therefore, permaculture principles apply.

Here are some ways:

Principle #1: Observe and Interact

By taking the time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.

Biohacking is all about self-observation.

What brings you joy? Do more.

What does you harm? Do less.

Intentionally support the systems that are designed to heal you. So they can. Design your particular life for healing and optimization.

Principle #2: Catch and Store Energy

By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.

Create resource stores, including nutrient dense food.

Make it a pattern: daily, weekly and seasonally. Wildcraft. Sleep. Batch Cook. Meditate. Be in the sun.

Prana is a resource: breathe.

Principle #3: Obtain a Yield

Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.

What results are you experiencing?

Healing can take time to manifest. Track changes as they occur. It can be easy to forget how far you've come.

Adjust your strategies until the rewards are truly useful.

Principle #4: Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback

We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.

Remove what does you harm, including foods that don't hep you thrive, toxins, electromagnetic radiation and venomous relationships.

Principle #5: Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behaviour and dependence on non-renewable resources.

Eat what grows in your yard.

Know your farmers.

Meet an animal you are going to consume.

BE proactive

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Make sure your farmers know how deeply you appreciate all the work that goes into growing the food you eat.

Principle #6: Produce No Waste

By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.

Eat local.

Consume all of the animal, including organs and bones.

Use all of the vegetable: compost.

Principle #7: Design from Patterns to Details

By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.

Start with proven approaches, like the Autoimmune Protocol. Then, as you learn, customize. Maybe through reintroductions. Maybe by trying an allied protocol.

Create a patten of living that nourishes you by starting with broad strokes, then refining and evolving the particulars.

Principle #8: Integrate rather than Segregate

By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between them and they support each other.

Design your life so that everything supports your health.

If you aren't experiencing health, your internal and external environments are arranged to produce that outcome.


There's a thousand ways. Put yoga or a walk into your daily life. Plan for access to water throughout the day. Make sure nutrient dense food is readily available, maybe by instituting meal planning as a pattern in your life.

Principle #9: Use Small and Slow Solutions

Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.

The whole world needs healing. There is no doubt.

But start with your gut.

Gut healing takes time, but all your other efforts will be supercharged when your gut is thriving.

Principle #10: Use and Value Diversity

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

Eat a diverse variety of nutrient-dense foods, including the types and colours of vegetables recommended by Dr Terry Wahls.

Principle #11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal

The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.

What's your growing edge?

As you heal, your edges will evolve. You will become more yourself. More differentiated. More connected.

What's emerging? Who are you becoming? Qualitative Methods can help uncover that.

Principle #12: Creatively Use and Respond to Change

We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

Observe yourself to discern high leverage opportunities. The ones that will bring the most benefit.

Today that might be an afternoon nap. Next month it might be something you haven't even considered yet.

Systems evolve. Including you.

Co-evolve with the world as you design your life for sustainable self-healing.

Find more information about Permaculture Principles here.

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The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is the elimination diet + lifestyle protocol that finally enabled Matthew to permaculture his health.

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