Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good | Paul Starnets

Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good | Paul Starnets

Absolutely amazing filming and time lapse.

The fungal-fantastical. Emerging from their axial homes, fungi are beginning to be understood as nutrients to the human consciousness and ecological sustainability. Paul explores mycology and compels support for your own good nature and our fungal allies. This is the first in a collaboration of Louie Schwartzberg of Blacklight films ( ) and Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti ( ).

One third of our food source comes from the soil. And where does soil come from? What is the foundation of life on Earth? Do you ever ask yourself those sort of questions? Or do you just take life for granted?

Soil comes from the largest organism on the planet. Which can feed you, heal you, clean up toxic oil spills, AND, it can even shift your consciousness.

Published on 23 Jan 2012
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Fantastic Fungi – a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Detoxify, Improve Your Digestion, Boost Your Metabolism And Energy Levels

Detoxify, Improve Your Digestion, Boost Your Metabolism And Energy Levels

In today’s modern world you’re bombarded with toxins all the time. From the polluted air you breathe to the water you drink to the shampoos and other cosmetics that cover your body with chemicals. And not to forget all of the chemical additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful compounds in the food that you consume on a daily basis.

We all know that TOXINS are harmful and have harmful effects on our body, harming our metabolism, harming our hormones, impairing our digestive system, let alone zapping our energy levels.

I don’t know about you, but there is ONE thing that I do and that you could do each morning straight away as you wake up. It’s such a liberating feeling to help your body eliminate some of these toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and give you system a BOOST of energy. BUT, the question is, would you do it?

On waking, squeeze an organic FRESH (not concentrate) lemon into a glass of warm purified water (it’s always best to drink warm water as it is easier on the system then cold or even icy water). Drink on an empty stomach, at least 10-15 minutes before eating any food.

3 Major benefits to your body, health, and energy:

1. Improves your digestion:

Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion. Stimulates bile production. Aids heartburn and indigestion.

2. Boosts your energy for the day:

Just the scent of lemon juice improves your mood and energy levels. Reduces anxiety. Has detoxifying effect. The alkalising effect of fresh organic lemon juice improves your energy through the removal of toxins.

3. Helps you to lose fat:

The facts that lemon juice improves your digestive system, aids in the removal of toxins, and hugely increases your energy levels, this all combines together to help you to lose body fat and improve your hormonal balance. One more vital reason to add warm organic lemon water to your every morning routine!


The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. It has been known for centuries that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. Lemons don’t just smell delicious and make your skin soft, they are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser.

Lemons are full of goodness. They contain citric acid, magnesium, bio-flavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which all supercharge our natural immunity so that our body can fight infection.

They are considered one of the most alkalising foods you can consume. On their own, they are acidic. And you probably been told this many times. But in the body, lemons are alkaline; once metabolised, the citric acid does not create acidity. The minerals in lemons are what helps to alkalise our blood. A lot of people suffer with acidity (from eating too much sugar and grains), and by drinking warm lemon water they can reduce overall acidity. Warm lemon water draws uric acid from the joints, which reduces the pain as well as the inflammation which many people suffer with. Warm lemon water also encourages regular bowel movements.

So what do you say? Are you going to start having warm, organic lemon water first thing in the morning?

The Aspartame Story – The true history of an artificial sweetener

The Aspartame Story – The true history of an artificial sweetener

Disgusting really what we are expected to use/eat/drink just because it is available on the shop shelves. And believe you me, aspartame (artificial sweetener for that matter) has NEVER helped anyone in any way. So why do you support it?

This is an online comic by Kreska, telling the story of a dangerous chemical sweetener that made it to market against the recommendations of the scientists Aspartame has been causing serious adverse reactions in those who consume artificially sweetened foods.


Lots of information there if you’re a user, but also if you just know someone who is …


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In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

Thought this made interesting reading. Maybe that’s one way of making the inmates ‘see’. Be interested to know what your thoughts are on this.

The provision of ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew used in the Amazon basin for centuries, to inmates on short furloughs reflects a quest to ease pressure on Brazil’s prison system.


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The Top 5 Documentaries about Factory Farms

The Top 5 Documentaries about Factory Farms

Submitted by Maria Ramos

Everywhere you go, you can easily buy a cheap burger or an order of chicken nuggets. In this world full of delicious food and dollar menus, we are completely disconnected from the source of our food, with no concept of how it was produced or how much suffering went into our meal.

Factory farms are responsible for almost all of the meat we see in restaurants and on supermarket shelves, and the consequences of this type of animal agriculture are dire, not only for the animals who are abused through this system, but also for our health, the economy, and the environment. Many people are completely unaware of the seriousness of this issue. For those wanting to get a deeper understanding of the problems with factory farms, here are the top five documentaries that expose the harsh reality behind this practice.

Indigestible: The Film (2014)

This 90 minute film’s goal is to help the youth of today understand the connection between their food and the suffering of animals. Many people imagine farms as wonderful places where animals roam free and get plenty of fresh air and sunlight, but this could not be further from the truth. This documentary shows the cruelty that animals suffer as they are forced to live in extreme confinement. Many are mutilated for the convenience of the companies that breed them, and almost all of them are bred to be so large that their bodies cannot support their growth. This dark and painful existence is all done in the name of lower prices and bigger profits, and this film shows it all.
Click here for more information: Ingestible: The Film

Farm to Fridge (2011)

Although this documentary short runs for only 12 minutes, the impact it leaves on viewers lingers for much longer. “Farm to Fridge” doesn’t just report on the facts of factory farms; it shows exactly what happens behind closed doors, when the companies think no one is watching. The footage is caught on hidden camera, giving a glimpse into the true lives of these abused pigs, chickens and cows.
Click here for more information: Farm to Fridge

Cock Fight (2015)

Cock Fight approaches the cruelties of the modern animal agriculture industry from a different angle. While it certainly touches on the abuse that these animals face, this film mostly focuses on the impact of these businesses on the farmers. In this Fusion network documentary Craig Watts, a whistle-blower who shares his story, explains that American farmers have no control over the way that the animals they raise are treated. They are forced to perform inhumane executions on the animals and are paid very unfair wages, often leaving them on the edge of losing everything they own.
Click here for more information: Cock Fight (2015)

Food, Inc. (2008)

This ground-breaking film is easily one of the most well-known documentaries on this list. It’s often compared to Super Size Me as another film that served as a major wake up call to the American public. It focuses on the industrialization of the food industry and how it impacts human health and the economy. It empowers viewers to improve the situation by choosing to only buy from companies who ethically produce their food, ultimately forcing companies to either produce higher quality products, or go out of business.
Click here for more information: Food, Inc (2008)

Vegucated (2011)

In stark contrast from the shock and terrify approach some other anti-meat documentaries take, “Vegucated” follows the personal journeys of three meat lovers from New York who vow to follow a vegan diet for six weeks. The film tackles the issues many people face when making this big lifestyle change, showing how these former carnivores overcome their obstacles and reap the benefits of improved health and weight loss. It also touches on the environmental benefits of a vegan lifestyle, as factory farms lead to pollution from huge amounts of animal waste.

A change needs to happen in the animal agriculture industry. The damage these practices cause to our bodies, our planet and the very animals we consume will only continue if nothing is done about it. These documentaries are a great start in the efforts to educate the public about the dangers of factory farms; after all, everyone should know what their food really costs, not only to them, but to the animals and people that produced it.

Click here for more information: Vegucated

Nice Skin Never Goes Out Of Fashion | Raw Passion, Organic & Vegan Skin Food

Nice Skin Never Goes Out Of Fashion | Raw Passion, Organic & Vegan Skin Food

It’s very true really, isn’t it?

Nice Skin Never Goes Out Of Fashion

We all strive to be healthy and to look radiant. Our skin reflects our health. Choose from a variety of RAWsome, deliciOUs Skin Foods.

Heavenly Hemp
Thyme, Eucalyptus & Ginger Vapor Rub
Luscious Lavender
Inky Pinky
ZiNgY Lemon Serum
Bath Bars (Various flavours)
Bath Melts (Various flavours)
Rose & Geranium Spritzer
Detox Salts & Cotton Socks :-)
Flannels / Wash Cloth and and and ….. and watch that space for our PawPassion.Rocks products for your canine companion :-)

So what are you waiting for??

How to become greener

How to become greener

Growing concerns over global warming and the damage we are causing to the earth’s atmosphere has led to government intervention in an attempt to preserve our planet. A considerable level of pollution created by man-made operations and the necessity to create materials for numerous usages has damaged the environment to the extent that glaciers and forests have already begun to disappear. It has therefore become imperative that every person, company and organisation play their part in coming together and doing their bit to be environmentally friendly.

Protecting the world from further pollution which could cause irreparable damage to the ozone layer has become high priority, with a number of measures enforced to protect the environment from numerous dangers. Businesses can play on the advantage of becoming green by a potential increase in clients and customers who will only show interest in companies who care about the environment, but there are a number of measures we can all take to live a sustainable, eco-friendly life.

Recycle more

The disposal of precious materials is arguably one of the highest concerns across the world, with the manufacturing processes required to create more emitting dangerous chemicals into the environment.Paper, wood and plastic are three invaluable materials that are often thrown away after use and become landfill; their recyclable qualities therefore create an unnecessary process of producing more when it could be easily avoided. Recycling has risen to prominence as an imperative action that should be carried out by every homeowner and company to protect the environment.

Collection services operate across the world to receive paper, cardboard, plastic and glass products which can be reused in another form. Bedstar also offer a mattress recycling service which not only allows homeowners to effectively dispose of old mattresses and utilise a fresh new one, but also do even more in the effort to be green and save the world. All recyclable materials now come with the logo printed upon its packaging or label to show users that they can be reused, and therefore prevent the vast quantity of recyclable waste that is sent to landfill.

Eat healthy

Establishing a healthy lifestyle has grown in importance due to a rise in percentage of the world’s population who are considered overweight or obese. While exercise can play a fundamental role within any health regime, the choice of food ultimately defines the lifestyle we live. Choosing a healthy diet enriched in nutrients and vitamins can not only help you to lose weight or stay in shape, but also lead to a greener life. Natural fruit and vegetables are grown on land across the world, and are nurtured throughout their growth to ensure they are in the best condition to be eaten alone or as part of a meal. Less healthy foods, such as burgers, may provide us with a source of red meat, but also require more energy to be produced than natural organic foods via mechanical processes to put the product on supermarket shelves. It further increases the level of dangerous elements emitted into the earth’s atmosphere that has a detrimental effect on the environment, both in the present and long-term future.

Be savvier with utilities

Homeowners and companies require daily usage of invaluable utilities in order to operate effectively on a daily basis. Sourcing the best water, gas and electricity supplier is common practice for both practice, but it has become increasingly imperative to make the best use of all three power sources. Cutting down on the use of electricity, in particular, not only prevents expensive bills landing through your letterbox, but also plays a fundamental role in being environmentally friendly. Turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use may sound a simple process, but it makes a major difference to your carbon footprint.

Raw Passion using Gisela Graham Display at Wayfield Park Farm Event October 11th 2014

Raw Passion using Gisela Graham Display at Wayfield Park Farm Event October 11th 2014

This is what Gisela Graham had to say on their Facebook page about Raw Passion’s display shelving.

12 Compartment Shelving by Gisela Graham
First event at Wayfield Rark Farm

Jewellery 4 Enterprise Company Launch, September 26th 2014

Jewellery 4 Enterprise Company Launch, September 26th 2014


….. I have had quite a few emails asking why I wasn’t on here as much as lately. So I need to apologise. I had my reasons. Good reasons. The best reasons ever. It is all to do with and the recent happenings. Just check the link below. I am sooooo excited. I hope to see you there on September 26th 2014 at THE FORGE WORTHING. Go and get your ticket and share my excitement and the next step of RAW PASSION :-)

What is Carrageenan?

What is Carrageenan?

You probably have not even thought about what Carrageenan is and does. In short, it is the chemical you consume that is hiding in your lovely organic foods. It’s simply an additive you for an example find in store-bought almond or coconut milk. You may have seen it on the ingredient list on the cartons.

Well, I make my own almond/coconut/hemp milk and it looks as if there is a lot of confusion about this kind of hard-to-pronounce little additive.

Carrageenans or carrageenins are a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides. They are extracted from red edible seaweeds and then widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening as well as stabilizing properties.
Note that Carrageenan is not digestible. And it for sure has NO nutritional value. As it says above, it is often used because it thickens and emulsifies products. You even find it in organic and the so called “natural” products.
Derived from seaweed it should be non-menacing, but although derived from a natural source, carrageenan seems to be destructive to the digestive system in particular. It triggers an immune response which is very similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens for an example like Salmonella. And as we all know with the end result being that Carrageenan predictably causes inflammation. And the inflammation can lead to ulcerations and bleeding. Carrageenan irritates by activating an immune response that dials up inflammation. Researchers also state a concerning connection between carrageenan and gastrointestinal cancer in lab animals (poor things). The effects on ulcerative colitis and other diseases like diabetes are also being investigated.

Exposure to carrageenan no doubt causes inflammation. And it is no news to me that when ingesting enough foods containing it, it causes inflammation in our bodies. Note, ALL forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. So that’s kind of the bad news about one product (and there are many more). Remember that chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious dis-eases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cancer and other diseaes (so you need raw, organic coconut oil).

Go on, and start reading labels. I promise you, you’ll be amazed at the number of products that contain carrageenan! Sadly most infant formulas do (and just imagine the impact on such a little NEW body, how can it cope with such a lot of crap?) Most store-bought milk alternatives. There are also many creams, creamers and dairy products that contain carrageenan.

My own solution years ago was to start making my own milks. They are easy to make. Go get yourself some seeds, a nutbag and get on with it. MUCH more economical. You be surprised at the money you save for an example, but you will be even more surprised how easy it is to make and the possibilities of milks you can make, including lovely smoothies. MUCH healthier!

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