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You know THOSE weeks. THOSE weeks, where you watch your well-designed plan disintegrate before your eyes. This premeditated plan was created with the pain-staken precision of a surgeon to ensure that all goes smoothly. Even your backup plan has a part B for those “just in case life decides to self-implode” moments. (It is prone to do that at times.)
And then, you sit staring blankly as it literally explodes, silently, and in slow motion. Call after disastrous call continues to pour forth from your cell phone informing you of yet another well-made plan decomposing like yesterday’s garbage. Yet, you sit, calmly absorbing the chaos. I mean really, what else can you do?
This week life decided to violently erupt in an epic display of fireworks. When I am old and wrinkly, I will tell my grandchildren about the #lifefail of this week. Times like this are extremely important to our development as humans. If life was always predictable and smooth, we would never appreciate the peace, because it would be considered normal. I guess all that is left to do is look at the positives. If you were wondering where the crazy curly cue at #theendsoftheearth went the past week, never fear…it was not the electricity this time, but a life fail. (Hate those)
If you have been following our foraging series, you know that this is week three of Forage Palooza. As Major Payne would say “This is the hard stuff lay-dies.” Hard doesn’t have to be difficult. The most obscure foraging finds bring us the most pleasure!
V.I.P. members with FREE Access to our course Foraging: a 28-Day Comprehensive Guide for the Modern Pioneer, have delved deeper and learned how to identify specific shrooms and their particular uses. More importantly, they have 24/7 access to Cory and I, for all 28 days of the course, to make sure that they don’t consume something possibly toxic. (Pretty Nifty to have foraging pro’s in your pocket your first round out)
After receiving quite a few e-mails in response to the medicinal benefits of foraged fungi, I thought we should probably delve a little deeper. After all, you can’t eat all of your foraged shrooms.
Scratch that…you can. I do.
Try your best to save the ones with natural healing properties and practice sustainable natural medicine at home. Once again saving you money. Stop the cycle of pumping your body full of artificial chemicals and products.
New Options and Second Opinions
When my mom contracted a rare form of Lyme Disease, called Rickettsia, almost overnight her world slowed as one by one her organs began to shut down. Modern medicine had no plausible explanation or solution. But of course, the bills piled up as did the suggestions of pain pills. Go figure.
It wasn’t until we consulted the alternative opinion of a seasoned Chinese medicine man, that we discovered another…slighlty unusual treatment. Mushrooms. Dehydrated mushrooms. Imagine my face as this small little man walked in the room with a bag of fungus.
My mom took it in stride. My eyeballs almost fell out of my head. This was 2007 not 207 a.d., But you know…all else had failed and this was significantly cheaper. So, why not? He even walked us through how to forage them for ourselves…what? Now that is a concept. A doctor who is not trying to make additional money off of your life??!
Magic & Mushrooms
Magically, within a few weeks of following a strict regiment of mushroom capsules, my mom began to heal. We became believers in the power of magic & mushrooms.
For centuries, we have ignored the healing power of fungus therapy being used in Asian countries to fight everything from arthritis to cancer.
Mushrooms have been scientifically proven to contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which assist the body in fending off diseases like Polio, Hepatitis B, HIV, Influenza, HSV-1 and HSV-2 as well as the small pox virus. From all its various uses, medically and most importantly its dietary benefits, it is clear that mushroom are the most significant fungi after penicillin.
Turkey Tail Coriolus versicolor
A common mushroom with multi-colored concentric circles. The flesh is a thick leathery texture that grows in layer after layer of goodness. (as featured) Green algae can be found growing near or on this fungus often giving it a green hue, but don’t be fooled. It is actually a rusty vibrant caramel to a deep black. Rather than gills, you can identify the Turkey Tail by its porous under layer.
You can find it growing wild in your backyard or in the woods where it prefers a dead rotting wood substrate (growing medium).
This shroom has an abnormally high percentage of protein bound polysaccharide (PSK) concentrations that are used in the treatment of multiple types of cancer…see there IS Magic & Mushrooms
” Last year, the FDA approved a $5.4 million Turkey Tail trial for cancer patients starting with approval for studying the use of a Turkey Tail extract in combination with chemotherapy for patients with advanced prostate cancer.” Read about one families successful treatment of stage IV breast cancer with this incredible life-saving fungus HERE.
How to Consume Turkey Tail for Medicinal Use
Turkey Tail is a tough fibrous shroom. It is not the best tasting mushroom you can find. You are more than welcome to be rustic and cook it for yourself. It is safe. For the best results, natural practitioner’s recommend drinking as a tea or an extract. Click the link below to find our more about the extract itself.
The Mushroom of Vitality
Youth + Longevity + All Around Good guy
Reishi mushrooms have gained a large following in natural medicinal circles for the last few years due to doctors labeling it as a “solve all” remedy. Does it really live up to the rumors?
YES, emphatically, absolutely. If there is one mushroom to be on the look out for and add to your daily regiment…it’s Reishi. Meet your new bestie!
The fountain of youth may just be a legend, but the bio active compounds, polysaccharides, and acetic acid found in this fungus have been clinically proven to promote longevity. Check out the full article located in at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Life Extension also has a fantastic article about how Reishi fights anti-aging by targeting specific aging mechanisms found in our bodies.
Wait…it fights cancer too?! I TOLD you that there is magic & mushrooms! Yep. This all in one fungi is a multi-faceted health boost. Drs. Seema Patel + Arun Goyal in their medical study ” Recent developments in mushrooms as anti-cancer therapeutics: a review,” found that this genus of mushroom inhibits the growth of tumors and suppresses cancer cell development and migration.
Whether you have an abundant appreciation for whiskey or some other ailment concerning your liver, you may be surprised to learn that once again…Reishi is your go to. Your liver is the detoxifying factory of the body. Treating a failing liver with chemical based medications will further force your liver to work. This is counter productive. Yet, it is the treatment prescribed by western doctors. Check out this ABSOLUTELY detailed article of why the Reishi mushroom should be your first and LAST stop when dealing with a failing liver. “Reishi- Nature’s Pharmacy”
Ganoderma lucidum, or Reishi Mushrooms have many different medicinal varieties that can be foraged and used in your treatment. The fact that they are so plentiful means that no matter where you are located, there is a Reishi lurking. The most popular species is the Ganoderma lucidum.
This species is noted for its deep lacquered red coloring, which is one of the primary identifiers. They are stunning works of nature. Often resembling a fanned kidney, the lucidum is tender when young, but tough and rubbery as it ages. The reishi is porous underneath rather than gilled, another key way to label your foraged shroom.
You can find them on dead and rotting wood throughout warmer temperate climates.
Like the Turkey Tail, for best results, it is recommended to be consumed as an extract. However, you can drink it in a tea or make a linguini if you prefer. Click the products below to be redirected and check them out for yourself.
The Miracle Mushroom
From fighting the common flu to treating vitamin deficiency this fungus has been praised world-wide for its tasty ability to aid you on your journey to better health.
I mean…have you ever dined on a shiitake? If you haven’t, you are seriously missing out on a delicacy. I highly recommend caramelizing them in butter and topping on any number of your favorite food groups. Personally, I am a fan of the pasta and mushroom combo. Some things were made to go together.
It doesn’t hurt that you are adding vitamins and minerals to your diet either. Although, I should tell you that anytime you cook a food you are greatly reducing the naturally occurring health benefits.
One of those benefits located in this shroom is called polysaccharides (a fancy name for multiple naturally occurring sugar strains) which are acclaimed for stimulating your immune system and reducing inflammation. Have I mentioned it also fights cancer? Not too shabby for a small nubby looking fungus, eh? Find out everything you need to know about the medicinal and culinary benefits of shiitakes here and learn about the Miracle Mushroom.
Want to Forage for Shiitakes
Interesting fact, shiitakes are not considered a wild species. They are native to Asia and actually do not grow here in the States, at all. So, scratch that from your list of local foragables. However, you CAN cultivate them for yourself and have an infinite amount of them on hand for your next dinner. They are relatively easy to grow. Do you have a brown thumb? No worries, these are already brown. (ha ha ha…I kill myself) Seriously though, YOU can do this!! The photos below are interactive, click on them if you would like to check out a way to DIY at home. Want to know more about doing it yourself at home? In our post, “6 Gardening Ideas for the Urban Homesteader” I have written how to get started. Whether you live in a house the size of a boot or a mansion, this is something you can do. Game ON.
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Have you used another species of mushroom to treat cancer or other ailments? Write to us below in the comments and tell us of your experience.
See you on the wild side foragers.