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Maybe Allowing the Earth to Heal Itself Should Be The Approach?

July 8, 2013

Radiation from man-made nuclear meltdowns is a problem that doesn’t really go away.  Besides the radioactivity from our sun that we are bombarded with on a daily basis we, and everything else on the planet, are not really adapted to be living amongst other concentrated forms of this energy.  Cesium 137 for one is a radioactive isotope that once absorbed sticks around in the body and has been shown to cause thyroid cancer and many other health complications.  Who knows what it’s doing to the many other forms of life that have been exposed since March of 2011 when Fukishima blew?  While there isn’t a lot we can do about removing the leakage this disaster dumped into the ocean besides halting the consumption of sea food for ourselves, there are ways of remediating what occurred topside for all of the terrestrial ecosystems that had fallout rain down on them.

After the Chernobyl incident, which was until Fukishima the largest recorded release of radioactivity from a man-made disaster, some interesting findings were observed by mycologist (scientist who study fungi.)  Not only do some species of fungi hyper accumulate and concentrate radioactive compounds, but also “many species of melanin-producing fungi have their growth stimulated by radiation.”  These were observations that shocked the scientific world and gave further rise to the importance of such studies.  Paul Stamets, the author of the featured article in this post is a world-renowned expert on such matters.  He advocates mycelium (mushroom spores) for use of the clean up of many different types of toxic compounds we as a species have polluted with.  His book titled, “Mycelium Running how mushrooms can help save the world,” is a good read if your interested in this sort of thing.  In this book he demonstrated how hydrocarbons that came from motor oil were literally absorbed out of soil that had once been so polluted weeds wouldn’t grow.  To my knowledge he is the only person looking into cleaning up the mess we’ve made using the tools mother nature gave us.  He’s also discovering cancer and virus fighting compounds in many different species of our fungi from around the world.

NOTE: I personally do not think that his strategy of burning the mushrooms is a good idea post clean up, I think it would contribute to the global spread of the fallout from the Fukishima disaster.

Paul Stamets in one of his research facilities.

Paul Stamets in one of his research facilities.

Mycelium Running

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One Comment
  1. Fingers crossed that he’s right!

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