Paul Stamets Incredible Talk From The PV2 Conference

Check out this incredible talk that took place in March at the ‘Permaculture Voices 2 (PV2)’ conference. This is a free talk shared by Diego, the creator and host of the event, he shared it to promote the talks done by the other speakers.

Paul’s central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushroom forming fungi are the foundation of the foodwebs of land based organisms.

Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement. As w​e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth, our biospheres are quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into action policies and technologies that can cause a course correction in the very near future, species diversity will continue to plummet, with humans not only being the primary cause, but one of the victims.

Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions, which can be put into practice now. Paul will discuss his groundbreaking research utilizing their cellular networks to create molecular bridges governing the evolution of sustainable habitats. The implications of his research are far-reaching and could spark a paradigm shift to a better future.

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LINK: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/audio/

Paul Stamets Speaking On The “Magic” Of Mushrooms

I was again blown away hearing yet another talk from Paul, this time speaking at the Bioneers conference in 2003, in Australia. Paul starts talking at 6 minutes 30 seconds but the introduction is worth listening to though if you have the time.

Paul discusses a huge range of topics surrounding the benefits of Fungi/Mushrooms. The solutions to a huge range of problems is literally under our feet. He’s discovered many new species of fungi/mushrooms and is an advocate for saving the “old growth forest” for as he sayings “as a matter of national security”, they are still countless fungi to be discovered and we can only really dream of what benefits they could also have for humans and the biosphere as a whole. He says that we are closer to fungi than we are to plants due to things such as that fungi take in oxygen and put out carbon dioxide, same as us. He believes that fungi are intelligent and we need to team up with them to solve the problems we face using things such as bioremediation, curing diseases, natural pest control, natural hygiene and many, many more!

There’s so many things to mention but are few are:
Used to carry fire for first humans
First clinical trials with mushrooms in america
Using mushrooms as a potential cure for aids
Internets setup the same as fungi networks
Using fungi to breakdown oil spills and soil contamination
Regarding finding worlds first cure for ecoli
The advantages of burlap sacks as best to establish fungi
… and so much more!

Another talk from the same conferene by Paul, talking more in depth on some of the subjects above:

Learn more: http://www.fungi.com

Paul Stamets Radio Interview On “The Power Of Fungi”

“Interview with Paul Stamets on a American Radio Radio Coast to Coast AM with host John B. Wells, I loved it and have listened several times so thought I’d share with you lot.”

John B. Wells was joined by fungi expert, Paul Stamets, who discussed how mushrooms can enhance the health of our forests, gardens and bodies. He attributed the limited knowledge about the power of mushrooms to their fleeting nature, which provides scientists little time to study them. Additionally, he mused that the varied effects of mushrooms, such as improved health, sustenance, and death, contribute to a sense of fear because “they are so poorly understood.” However, he marveled that there are over 5 million species of fungi on the planet, constituting more than half of the 10 million total species, of all organisms, on Earth.

Stamets shared numerous instances where the ability of fungi to survive and thrive in extreme environments has provided insights into potential ways that they could improve life on Earth. To that end, he revealed how, following the Chernobyl disaster, Ukranian scientists observed that mushrooms in the nearby forests were “hyperaccumulating radioactivity,” thus decontaminating large areas of land. As such, he suggested that the problems of radioactive fallout facing Japan, following the Fukushima disaster, may be alleviated via the use of mushrooms. Stamets also talked about how the unique survival abilities of various fungi forms could be used to both provide food for exploring astronauts as well as terraforming planets in the future.

Beyond the environmental benefits attributed to mushrooms, Stamets also detailed a myriad of ways that fungi have shown to be beneficial to human health. For instance, he shared the story of his mother’s battle with cancer and how, after being given six months to live in 2009, she supplemented her chemotherapy with ‘Turkey Tail’ mushrooms. Today, Stamets said, she has “no detectable tumors whatsoever” and her case has been called by cancer journals as a “best case outcome.” Furthermore, he cited studies of the ‘lion’s mane’ mushroom which was shown to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in laboratory mice. Stamets was also enthusiastic about the potential therapeutic applications for “magic” mushrooms, since research has indicated they help in treating alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder, calling them “medicines for the soul.”

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Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good

Short clip from a possible future (unreleased) documentary about Paul Stamets (mycologist) speaking on the benefit of mushrooms for nature and mankind. Lovely accompanying footage of mushrooms from the old growth forest.

“I believe nature is a force of good, good is not only a concept it is a spirit so hopefully the spirit of goodness will survive” – Paul Stamets

TED Talk: The Medical Mushroom Mystery Tour

Paul Stamets (mycologist) talks about four mushrooms for use in human health. He delves into aspects such as the antimicrobial properties of fungi, how they can be used as potent insecticides and how they may help boost the human immune system. I won’t spoil the end of the talk but he goes into cures for cancer which is really quite amazing.

Also another little snippet I picked up from the talk that I wanted to mention here is was how “H5N1 (bird flu) is carried by house flys”, interesting stuff! Hope you all enjoy this talk, I know I did, this material completely fascinates me to no end!!!

Here’s the Q&A session he done after the talk as well:

The Lions Mane! First Smart Mushroom?

Short clip of Paul Stamets calling the Lions Mane the “First Smart Mushroom” due to the possibility of studies showing this to have neuroprotective and neuroregenerative properties that could help in the fight against Dementia, Alzheimers and other memory related problems.

“Lion’s mane may be our first ‘smart’ mushroom. It is a safe, edible fungus that appears to confer cognitive benefits on our aging population.” – Paul Stamets

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The Latin name for lion’s mane is Hericium erinaceus; both names mean “hedgehog”.

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Paul Stamets (Mushroom Man) Promoting Permaculture Ideals

Paul Stamets Talks on Living Sustainably, the Health Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Food and Health Problems Associated with Intensive Animal Farming.

It’s worth watching the full 13 minutes, they are a little fancy talking in between Paul speaking but it’s few and far between really so bare with it and enjoy.

The main thing I took from this was Paul saying how we need to preserve ancient forests as they house these beneficial fungi that could and in fact do hold the key to the “cures” of many diseases, specifically H1N1 flu pandemics.

“Interview with vegan author Paul Stamets, who is a world-renowned American mycologist and botanist specializing in fungi. He shares with us the medical applications of fungi and its roles in rehabilitating the environment. Most important, he reminds us to eat the organic vegan diet and locally as much as possible in order to preserve biodiversity in our ecosystem.”