I’ve written this post because a lot of people asked for more information. And this is great, because it means to get back the power of knowledge, which is better than to live each happening in our lives in darkness. And, sometimes, good things happen. And, sometimes, bad things can be avoided.
Unfortunately, I cannot be a better source of information than people specialized in this field. It is a complex theme, quite dangerous, because there are people who believe in this alternative medicine, and people who don’t. There are situations when the natural healing works, and there are time when it does not… And, further knowledge means also to accept the fact that there is a problem that concerns the whole BODY, the whole MIND and SPIRIT.
As mycologist (mushroom expert) Paul Stamets states, “Isolating one constituent from the others denatures and lessens the broad-spectrum potency of this natural, functional food.”
But, what I can do, is copy/paste the article that I find one of the most complex in this matter…
…And to share my personal experience of this year: I used to catch cold every 2 weeks, because I have some viruses in my body, viruses that will never disappear, but they could get inactive. And the best thing for my health is to have them inactive… All the doctors gave me all kind of pills, but I’ve refused to take them. I’ve started to take echinacea and mushrooms. It was terrible because I understand that it is not only the lack of comfort when you catch the flu… this was a problem of my whole immune system.
After 2 months, I’ve started to take a complex of mushrooms. Sometimes I also eat Shiitake mushrooms, baked with coconut oil :). They have a great taste!! Or dried mushrooms… I just put them in the water and then add them in salads!
The thing is that after 6 months I am better than ever. I can stay out where it’s terrible hot, go in a room where it is cold, I can be tired and go to the pool, then to sit in my car with the air conditioning on… because nothing happens… I don’t catch any flu… And hope it will stay the same for a long, long time…
To conclude, I’ve written here some part of an article that I’ve found on thetruthaboutcancer.com.
“Having secured a rich history in many ancient Asian healing practices, medicinal mushrooms have been prescribed and used for countless ailments for thousands of years. As modern medicine rediscovers these ancient superfoods, there is good evidence that mushrooms are among the most powerful functional food in a growing cancer-fighting and cancer-preventing arsenal.
It is first important to differentiate between the anti-cancer medicinal mushrooms and the countless other common varieties. A quick visit to the local supermarket will reveal culinary mushrooms such as oyster, portabella, and others. Although these have their health benefits, the focus of this article will be on four of the more specialized and not typically commercially grown.”
Medicinal Mushrooms and Cancer
“First is their ability to enhance the body’s first line of defense against cancer − the immune system. When this system is weak or has failed, the mechanism for cancer has a better opportunity to manifest.
Next, some anti-cancer mushrooms exhibit direct antiviral and tumor shrinking abilities. In learning about the assistance given by mushrooms, it is important to note that the side effects exhibited are often mild, but it is still important to talk with your healthcare provider before use.“
Reishi Mushroom Benefits: The Mushroom of Immortality
“Perhaps one of the most well-known medicinal mushroom in Asian healing arts is Ganoderma lucidum, or better known by its common name, reishi. The mushroom’s bioactive molecules and polysaccharides have been shown to better activate natural killer (NK) cells reducing cancer metastasis. NK cells are lymphocytes that perform immunosurveillance within the body, constantly on the lookout for “immuno-alerters” signaling tumor presence.
Reishi also has been shown to assist in slowing the growth (angiogenesis) of tumors as well as triggering programmed cell death in malignant cells. Currently, there is data to support the potential use of reishi as, at the very least, an adjunct therapy for colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.”
Maitake Mushroom Benefits: The Dancing Mushroom
“Maitake, like the reishi mushroom, also contains a broad-spectrum array of bioactive molecules. In studies, maitake has shown similar results as the reishi mushroom in stimulating NK cell activity in cancer patients. The mushroom also shows promise in blocking tumor growth and activating malignant cell death through its specific immune-enhancing methods. Maitake has clinically shown promise for individuals with breast cancer, lung cancer, and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).”
Agaricus Blazei Murill: Tokyo’s Cancer Secret
“This mushroom made perhaps the biggest splash!…”
“The pattern of other mushrooms was seen again as agaricus blazei murillactivated macrophage and interferon immune activity leading to tumor shrinkage, a halt in metastasis, and reduction of future cancer occurrences. As an adjunct, agaricus blazei murill was shown to lessen the side effects in individuals undergoing chemotherapy for endometrial, cervical, and ovarian cancers.”
Turkey Tail: The $5 Million Dollar Mushroom
“In 1976, a Japanese company patented certain extracts of this mushroom under the name PSK and later PSP. They have since become recognized cancer drugs in Japan. The anti-viral properties of the turkey tail mushroom offer a unique opportunity to target oncoviruses (tumor virus) such as human papillomavirus leading to cervical cancer, hepatitis C leading to liver cancers, and others. For this mushroom, again studies are showing increased NK activity towards tumor detection and eradication. This mushroom is in the process of a $5.4 million study by the National Institutes of Health that began in late 2012.
It is important to note that drug companies cannot patent mushrooms.“
Hope you’ve enjoyed the post! xoxo