The Ghosts in Our Machine

The documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine is about Jo-Anne McArthur and the work she has done for animals during the years, through her amazing photographs of animals in different life situations – those being exploited as well as those living in sanctuaries. The documentary seeks to open our eyes to the way we treat animals in this world – to point out the ghosts in our machinery – that in almost every part of our life, there is an animal being exploited, whether it’s for food, clothing, research or entertainment. It also is a depiction of animal rights activism today, where it is and where it might be going.

The documentary started screening in different parts of the world already in the end of last year, and now the time has come for it to be screened also here in Helsinki. It can be seen on three different days this week, during Helsinki Documentary Film Festival:

  • Tuesday 28.1 at 9 pm in Kinopalatsi 8, Kaisaniemenkatu 2
  • Wednesday 29.1 at 2.30 pm in Kinopalatsi 8, Kaisaniemenkatu 2
  • Friday 31.1 at 5 pm in Bio Rex, Mannerheimintie 22-24

Tickets can be booked online through the film festival’s home page, where you can also check out the other documentaries that will be screened during the week.

I’m hoping to go one of these days – if I don’t get a worse cold that the one I’m having right now – because I’ve really been looking forward to this film. I love Jo-Anne McArthur’s photographs, out of which many can be viewed on the We Animals – webpage, and I am excited to hear her story.

If you want to know more about the film, please visit the Ghosts in Our Machine’s webpage. There you can find out when it will be screened in your area (or request a screening if there is none), pre-order the DVD, watch the interactive story about the documentary and find out how you can get involved – among other things!


Vegan with IBS?

I haven’t stopped blogging, and I’m not planning to either, even though it has been awfully empty here lately. My inspiration for writing has been almost non-existing, so I’ve just let it be – sometimes you need a break even from things you love.

A few days ago I got to know – after several days of severe pain and visits to the doctor’s without any relief – that it’s possible that I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I’ve had similar pains every now and then for several years, even though not as intense and long-lasting, and I’ve had my suspicions that it could be IBS – but no doctor has ever confirmed it before.

My problem now is where to start figuring out which foods cause pain and which ones are okay to eat. I’ve tried to notice connections between the pains and foods I’ve eaten before, but I have never noticed a connection to any specific food.

However, it has been found that in IBS the bowel reacts to a specific type of carbohydrates in foods like:

  • Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
  • Different types of onions
  • Cabbage
  • Foods containing lactose
  • Foods containing xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol or maltitol
  • Grains (wheat, rye and barley)
  • Apple, pear, cherry, plum, watermelon
  • Asparagus, artichoke
  • Mushrooms

In other words a lot of the foods on which I base my diet, so where do I start? I’m positive I can still find a way of eating well within a vegan diet and that I don’t have to totally exclude all these foods from my diet, that I just have to try different ways and see what works best. But as we all know, change is always hardest in the beginning, and that’s where I am now.

So my question to all you awesome, intelligent vegans out there is: Is there anyone of you who has IBS and has managed to get it under control with a vegan diet? How did you do? Which foods have you found to be worst, which ones tolerable? Anything you can say about it would be highly appreciated!