A blog reader (thanks!) sent me the link to an absolutely fascinating Huffington Post interview with Dr. Paul Stamets, published just a few days after this well-known mycologist (=mushroom scientist) gave a TEDMED talk concerning new medical uses for mushrooms. Note: I wasn’t able to find that video online…yet. But, no matter. In the above-mentioned H Post interview, Dr. Stamets provides us with more than enough food for thought. For instance, this:
As stated at TEDMED, the FDA is so adverse to the approval of new drugs (and scandal!) that the estimates are now that a new drug costs more than a billion dollars to get to market. Drugs are isolated constituents — single molecules — studied for their activity. Mushrooms are constellations of hundreds of thousands of constituents.
What single drug can benefit you by:
1) supporting and strengthening your immune system?
2) providing anti-inflammatory properties?
3) providing anti-oxidant properties?
4) restricting blood vessel growth feeding tumors (“anti-angiogenesis”)?
5) causing programmed cell death of cancer cells (“apoptosis”)?
6) providing antiviral effects?
7) restricting the growth of pathogenic bacteria?
8 ) assisting conventional anti-cancer drugs to work more effectively at lower doses?
Wow, how about that billion dollars? YIKESSSSSS!!! And how about the effect that mushrooms have on angiogenesis and apoptosis and the immune system and…etc.!…Impressive, huh? Actually, come to think of it, we can’t be that surprised. After all, Reishi, = Ganoderma lucidum, has very strong anti-myeloma effects, which I’ve written about here on the blog (I still have to test Reishi properly, but some day I will!). Oh, I would also like to mention that curcumin covers most, if not all, of the points on Dr. Stamets list…
Interesting: using Turkey Tail mushrooms (see photo…a lovely thing, isn’t it?), Dr. Stamets helped his own mother fight a difficult battle with Stage IV breast cancer. Oh, sorry!, I got so carried away that I almost forgot to give you the link to the H Post interview (!), where you can read all about Turkey Tails and much much MUCH more: http://goo.gl/RooXj This H Post page also features the TED Talk that Dr. Stamets gave in 2008 on the “6 ways mushrooms can save the world.”
Here, among other things (beginning at minute 12:05), he mentions how mushrooms have an extraordinarily high activity against flu virus strains, including H1N1. Aha! As I did last year, I’m not going to have a flu shot this year, either, so this titbit may turn out to be very useful…
This video will or should blow you away (well, it blew ME away, at any rate…). I mean, the next time I walk in a forest, I will REALLY THINK about where I’m stepping and, most of all, WHAT I’m stepping ON… 😉 What I just wrote will make sense after you watch the video…which definitely opened up a whole new world for me…I mean, how about those carpenter ants…and that mushroom popping out of an ant’s head??? And how about that experiment with diesel and other petroleum waste piles? And…oh…so much interesting information in less than 18 minutes…Please find the time to read the interview, then watch the video…
Boyohboy, these TED Talks are quite something, aren’t they?