July 20, 2009

Saving The World With Mushrooms

A few years back I attended a conference on the therapeutic benefits of medicinal mushrooms, and about half way through the lecture, I thought my head was going to explode! The amount of information and scientific data that was offered to back it all up was astounding. I left thinking “This is it! Could it be that we have stumbled upon an organic form of the Holy Grail?"

In the years that followed, I had integrated medicinal mushrooms into my life on an inconsistent basis. I would use New Chapter's Life Shield mushroom spray http://www.newchapter.com/product-categories/ lifeshield-mushrooms when flying, spraying it in the back of my throat to block all of the wonderful things one can catch when seated in a relatively small space, with only recycled air to breathe. (Yes, yes, I know, on a fundamental level, all air we breathe is recycled to a certain degree and yes, it is probable that you are breathing the same air molecules that the late, great Albert Einstein once did, but airplane air seems so much more unromantic and contagious.)

I must admit, since using the mushroom spray I have never caught anything from flying, and as a result have been able to enjoy my vacations with a clean bill of health.

It was recently though that I rediscovered the many wonders of mushrooms when watching TED talks. I stumbled across a lecture on mushrooms by Paul Stamets, a mycologist who’s focus has been the Northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium. His credentials include 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.

In this particular lecture, Paul discusses how mushrooms can save the world. I encourage you to take 16 minutes out of your day to have your mind blown and to perhaps explore a possible new passion for sustainability and good health.


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