Community Adaptation, with the Creation of MycoDomes and Oases

Featured Blogon February 11th, 2014No Comments

With our shifting climate, civilization as we know it will be requiring certain changes within our infrastructure. Let Pacific Domes MycoDomes show you the way! We have been on the leading edge of dome creation for over 30 years on the west coast, and we are excited to bring MycoDomes, and the Oasis of mushrooms and life which springs forth, to your neighborhood, school or community. We cannot rely on unjust systems which pollute the environment any longer; clear-cutting remaining rainforests, draining aquifers, and taking advantage of nature for profit is simply not acceptable behavior. If we are going to step up and strive in the coming millennia, we must learn to blend in with nature; by utilizing the gifts we’ve been given with this life, and also learning to cultivate products which satisfies natures needs for re-growth and rejuvenation! Read more…

MycoDomes were created to provide infrastructure for families and communities for these changing times… Our original design encompasses a whole systems dynamic which shows how mushrooms can provide a platform for preservation of old-growth forests, help create an abundant food source, and cycle wastes into restoration projects. This is completely possible! People of Japan have sustained their economy for centuries with mushrooms, and we can too… In the Pacific Northwest, we have some of the rarest species of mushrooms in the world, and if we don’t act fast they will keep cutting the wildlife corridors which will isolate these species genetics, thus making the forests weaker and weaker. We have a chance now to create whole new viable economies, once we understand how and why.

 

More to come soon… If you are interested in bringing this to your school or community, please be in touch! Otherwise, please stay tuned for more updates and ways that we can bring about this new world!

 

Carrie Zoll

MycoDomes/Oasis Dome, Director

MycoRiseUp.com, Founder

Avatism: Building a future we can rely on!

Serviceson February 11th, 2014No Comments

Avatism is a cultural tendency to revert to ways of thinking as our ancestors did. Society can create a whole new framework for truly living in balance with the Earth and fungi play a pivotal part… Imagine a sustaining vision for our future, a world in which our descendants will be able to eat the fruits of our labor… This is the premise of permaculture, aquaculture and sustainable living tactics; including mycologically based projects, which are becoming more widespread every day through the avatism of culture.

In the redesigning of our culture, why have we left carbon sequestering out of the picture? Doesn’t anyone remember what we learned in science and biology? When the ecosystem is out of balance, all kinds of ecological calamities can occur, which is what we are currently experiencing on this planet. Now we are finding that fungi play a larger role in sequestering carbon than previously thought. A new study says that a certain type of fungi can help soil hold up to 70% more carbon—with potentially big impacts for the climate. The soil contains more carbon than all living plants and the atmosphere combined. Colin Averill, a grad student from U of Texas, as well as Boston U and the Smithsonian Tropical Researchers, ran computer models on over 200 soil profiles and found that Ecto and Ericoid mycorrihizal fungi (EEM) contain as much as 70% more carbon than soils dominated by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AM). Their analysis established that these special types of fungi colonize plant roots and actually “exert major control on the global carbon cycle”.(1) These Ecto mycorrhizal species (EEM) are not as common as the ladder species (AM), that’s where MycoDomes come in. More to come!

Research
Study Shows That Some Fungi Help Soils Keep More Carbon Out of the Air | TIME.com
http://science.time.com/2014/01/08/why-some-mushrooms-may-be-magic-for-climate-change/#ixzz2qFjn2lSg

 

MycoRiseUp MycoDomes: For the healing and restoration of all life on Earth

Eventson February 11th, 2014No Comments

MycoDomes are geodesic domes for growing mushrooms and are part of a larger whole systems design project which is in developmental phase and is geared to help support families, as well as communities, in their transition to self-reliance. This system is perfect for mycologists and farmers who wish to take their skills to the next level, by building upon an interlacing program which helps feed their families and communities, in addition to restoring land and water. MycoDomes can be made in different sizes to accommodate the needs of a family, also larger units can be made for educational, commercial and neighborhood projects.

Mushroom growing is a tremendous step in sustainability and most people do not know the first thing in doing so. MycoDomes are specialized growing units which can help the average person to grow highly medicinal, nutritious, protein-rich foods, as well as provide mushroom spawn for restoration projects.

Ask yourself, when we think of sustainability, do we even consider the ecosystem? We are not just talking solar panels and water catchment here, we are talking about creating a whole new lifestyle, with mushrooms being the star players! Not only are they an excellent food source, as deemed by the FDA, mushrooms also consume all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Plus, they act as immuno-modulators, balancing many different conditions in the body which lead to disease.(2)

In addition, they have been used to purify land and water of toxins, oils, and are even capable of biodegrading plastics!(3) Also, now that we have an understanding regarding the major link to holding carbon in the soil, we have all of the elements to create our new world! Stay tuned to learn how to get involved with the Avatism of our culture; please be in touch with any questions or comments!

 

Carrie Zoll, Founder

MycoRiseUp.com

Resource:

Mycelium Running, Paul Stamets

(2)Medicinal effects, pg 89

(3)Land and water restoration, pg 84

 

 

Cordyceps sinensis; The healing potential of our time

Eventson February 27th, 2013No Comments

Cordyceps sinensis is one of the most potent of all known fungi on the planet, next to Reishi. Some of the earliest use of the “summer plant, winter worm” date back to 300 A.D. and was once so rare it was reserved only for the Emperors Palace! We now have the opportunity to gain it’s immune enhancing properties, just by going to the health food store! In the wild this sac-fungi or Ascomycotina is part of the largest group of fungi on the planet!(10) It is known to parasitize insects and actually have a symbiotic relationship with about 90% of insect species on earth. Once infected the insect will leave the colony to meet its fate. This fungus seems to take over the insects brain, causing it to climb to the tallest location to sporulate out of the top of the insects head. Now we don’t have to rely on finding these mushrooms in the wild, as the Cordyceps mycelium grown on grain, and is widely available in powder form!

One of the most exciting unreported cases I have heard in regards to Cordyceps sinensis, is from a UN study of about 3,000 people infected with HIV in Swaziland Africa. The victims ailments started decreasing with usage of the mushroom powders, until nearly all the symptoms were alleviated. This study was so small that it was not disclosed and must be re-evaluated. No claims have been made because of this. What has been shown is that some of the constituents in Cordyceps, blocks certain viruses from docking onto the DNA strand, keeping the said viruses from replicating. The infected person will always have the virus, however are typically not as affected by the ailments.

Cordyceps is considered to be in one of the highest classes of medicines.(3) Used as a sexual potentiator in China this energizing species is a natural form of Viagra, increasing sexual drive and helping to regulate and support the gonads. Studies show Cordyceps to be useful in increasing sperm production, as well as regulating abnormal menstruation and sexual dysfunction, such as impotence.(4)

This adaptogenic tonic is found to stimulate the endocrine glands, increasing blood circulation(5), as well as assisting the cardiovascular system.(8) Generally used as a kidney and Qi tonic, Cordyceps helps defend against the symptoms of aging, anemia, chronic liver disorders, renal and kidney failure and heart arrhythmius. Even helpful with tennitus(4), nephritus and the inflammation of nephrons in the kidneys. This fine specimen builds bone marrow(4), reduces cholesterol(7), and is also an anti-asthmatic, used as a potent lung tonic, plus lending assistance to shrink lung carcinoma.(6)

In conclusion, since I have been consuming these and other kinds of mushrooms over the last decade, I’ve found Cordyceps one of my top five! It was one of the first to pique my interest in mushroom supplements and upon studying them more thoroughly, I have declared it to be one of my missions in life, to help spread awareness and information regarding these fascinating fungi and to get everyone I know and love to use them! If you choose just a few, I’d highly suggest starting with Cordyceps, Reishi and Turkey Tail to start! You will notice the difference. More of my favorites to come soon! Thanks for enjoying!

Here’s a list of documented affects of Cordyceps, from our fabulous mycologist hero of the decade, Paul Stamets in his groundbreaking book Mycelium Running (found at Fungi.com).

Pg. 89 Mycelium Running

Antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, antiviral, blood sugar moderator, assists cardiovascular system, cholesterol reducer, immune enhancer, kidney and liver tonic, supports lung/respiratory system, nerve tonic, sexual potentiator and stress reducer.

Active against these cancers; Leukemia, lung, lymphoma cancers. Also has direct antiviral activity against hepatitis B.(9)

Additional references:
(1) Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms, pg 20
(2) Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running, pg 220
(3) Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms, pg 24
(4) Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms, pg 85
(5) Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms, pg 25
(6) Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms, pg 38
(7) Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running, pg 38-39
(8) Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running, pg 38-38
(9) Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running, pg 41
(10)Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms, pg 4

Lions mane; historical uses as well as recent medical breakthroughs!

Events, Featured Blogon April 29th, 20122 Comments

Lions mane is a unique fungi, which resembles a beautiful waterfall when found in the wild and has recently been discovered to have potent medicinal properties.   Historically reserved only for royalty, its tender white flesh tastes similar to seafood and compliments many different types of cuisine.  Now with improved cultivation techniques, everyone can enjoy this delicious health stimulating delicacy!

This mushroom grows on many different tree species; on dead and dying oak, rubber, acacia, sycamore, beech, maple and other broad-leaf trees.  This majestic masterpiece of fungi also grows very well on walnut and will fruit for many years because of the walnut trees slow decomposition process.  One should only use fresh cut (within 2 months old) logs, sawdust, or wood-chips.  Once inoculated, bury the logs one-third of the logs length (preferably 3-4 foot logs) into the ground in a shady area.  These mushrooms can also be cultivated on grain and certain varieties can grow on agricultural waste products.  For more info on growing techniques please check out Paul Stamets book Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms as well as Mycelium Running (you can find them at fungi.com).

Miraculously, recent scientific findings have proven that the Hericium erinaceus species is capable of stimulating the growth of neurons in the brain and helps with neurological disorders such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and MS.  Because of is low molecular weight, the medicinal constituents are able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, which then causes a myelin-generating influence on cerebellar glia and nerve cells (in-vitro studies, Kolotushkina and others 2003).  Traditionally used in Chinese medicine for stomach ailments, Lions mane is effective against hepatoma cells as well as for prevention of gastrointestinal cancer.

In addition, as outlined in Mycelium Running (pg. 38), the following benefits have recently been documented:

Lions mane is antibacterial, anti-candida, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, has potent anti-tumor properties and is found to be a nerve tonic.  Furthermore, it has been found to be effective against specific cancers such as gastric/stomach and liver cancer.

Lions mane contains 20.46g protein, only 5g. of fat and 375 calories.  In a 100g. serving it gives us 57 IU of vitamin D, 61.8g of carbs. and 40.9g of complex carbs.  With 39.2g dietary fiber, 11.8g niacin, 20.9g sugars, panthothenic acid, thiamine, potassium, calcium, B1, B5, riboflavin and selenium, this delicacy packs it in!

Also useful for these particular microbes, Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, Bacillus spp. (pg 58)

For more info on the amazing properties of mushrooms as listed above, check out pg. 242 Mycelium Running, also you can go to fungi.com for grow kits!

More to come on this fantastic fungi!

 

Sporulation of the Earth!!!

Events, Featured Blogon April 5th, 2012No Comments

Everyday, the Earth is continuously being inoculated by billions of fungal spores.  Subsequently, our planets germplasm are sporulating the galaxies!  Some scientists theorize that spores are the only organism which can exist in outer-space, therefore are largely responsible for helping to create the conditions for life on Earth.

There are many theories, however from a scientific perspective this one makes sense.  The fact that our Old-growth Ecosystems rely on fungi as their primary defense for immunity against disease, should tell us that fungi are Keystones in Ecological health and longevity.  Half of the mass of mushrooms convert to spores, meaning that our biosphere is always being inundated by the intelligence of these organisms, which are constantly seeking and creating the proper elements for life!

Fungi have played a large role in human health as well, tracing back to the Ice Man “Otzi”, found in the Swiss Alps said to be 5,000 years old.  The Fomes fometarius (Ice Man Polypore or Amadou) was found with Otzi, and in its prepared state is considered the oldest known natural product from the stone age times!  As it is highly flammable, the clans survival actually depended on this hardwood conk for fire starter.  The fire keepers knew how to find and prepare the mushroom, and would carry the coals for up to about 5 days from one camp to the next!  They also used the mushrooms for medicinal tea, poultices, and to make wool-like fiber. (Mycelium Running, pg 220)

We are now learning the importance of Biological diversity, and how the Earths Ecosystems are dependant upon these Living Libraries for the continuation of evolution and for all life!  Join us in our efforts to preserve these important legacies!

Top Ten Forests in America, Among the Best Carbon Sinks in the World!

Featured Blogon April 5th, 2012No Comments
This forest biomass map of the U.S. shows that here in the Northwest we have some of the most valuable Old-Growth Ecosystems in the Nation! The study released by the Wilderness Society (wilderness.org) last year shows that the Top Ten National Forests in America hold 9.8 billion metric tons of carbon annually and our carbon output here in the states is about 5.8 billion metric tons… Five of those Top Ten forests are here in Southern Oregon! If there is ever a time to stand for the last 2% of Native forests in America, it is NOW!!!
The Top 10 National Forests in America which hold the most carbon are listed below… You can find the study at wilderness.org/content/top-10-forests …
1. Willamette (OR)
2. Olympic (WA)
3. Umpqua (OR)
4. Gifford Pinchot (WA)
5. Siuslaw (OR)
6. Mt. Hood (OR)
7. Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie (WA)
8. Siskiyou (OR)
9. Tongass (AK)
10. Rouge River (OR)
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Rare Reishi in Southern Oregon!

Eventson March 17th, 2012No Comments

On Reishi and Symbiotic Relationships

We are very fortunate to have some extremely rare and endemic species of mushrooms here in the Northwestern United States, in particular Southern Oregon.  Known in China as the Tree of Life Mushroom and the Mushroom of Immortality in Japan, Reishi is considered the panacea polypore!  In Oregon, we have a naturalized Reishi called the Ganoderma oregonense, which was brought by the Japanese over a hundred years ago.  This cold-loving variety is unique, because typically Reishi grow in warmer climates and are found less frequently in temperate and sub-tropical regions, which is one reason why we are aiming to protect them.

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Events, Featured Blogon February 24th, 2012No Comments

Help preserve Old-Growth Forests and Watersheds!

The Remaining Intact Ecosystems are at Risk in Southern Oregon!!!

RALLY this Saturday in Williams
Meet at the Williams Grange near the General Store from 3-5 pm

Followed by a Hawaiian Ceremony at 5pm

***WEATHER PENDING***

Right now there is irreparable damage being done to the Old-Growth forests in Williams Oregon, at a primary drinking water source for an entire town!  In addition, this area is home to endangered species of all kinds and extremely rare mushroom species!  What we have witnessed over the past week is an astonishing, blatant attack on two of the purest springs in the entire region, with clear-cutting and dumping of toxic chemicals right into the creeks!

 

The landowner, who had given the Williams community till the 1st of March to come up with the cash to purchase the 320 acres for a community forest, has decided to go in early!  He has clear-cut over 40 acres in the past few days, decimating riparian zones, poisoning the water with pesticides, motor oil and lubricants; not to mention shocking an entire community of peaceful, nature-loving people! Check out williamscommunityforestproject.org for more info.

 

We are currently documenting this destruction and are preparing a lawsuit against the landowner.  This Saturday in Williams we will be meeting at the Grange near the General Store from 3-5 pm, rallying to voice our opinion and solidarity in support of Life!  Then please join us on the Mountain as we go to the land adjacent to the clear-cuts, to conduct a prayer for our land and water, as well as begin a process of building a monumental legal case for our watersheds!  Please bring signs and a sack lunch!

 

Mycologist Paul Stamets has declared that “Saving Old-Growth Forests is a Matter of National Defense”!  There is so little left, that a child could count them…  Let us make our voices loud and strong as we say~

 

NO to the destruction of our last pure fresh-water springs,

NO to the clear-cutting of the remaining Old-Growth Forest Ecosystems &

NO to the hostile take over of the last of this Nations true wealth and natural resources!!!

Say YES to LIFE!
RISE UP!!!

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On Reishi and Symbiotic Relationships

Events, Featured Blogon January 21st, 2012No Comments

On Reishi and Symbiotic Relationships

We are very fortunate to have some extremely rare and endemic species of mushrooms here in the Northwestern United States, in particular Southern Oregon.  Known in China as the Tree of Life Mushroom and the Mushroom of Immortality in Japan, Reishi is considered the panacea polypore!  In Oregon, we have a naturalized Reishi called the Ganoderma oregonense, which was brought by the Japanese over a hundred years ago.  This cold-loving variety is unique, because typically Reishi grow in warmer climates and are found less frequently in temperate and sub-tropical regions, which is one reason why we are aiming to protect them.

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