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Medicinal Mushrooms

Apr 27, 2012 4:49:57 PM


BY: Georges M. Halpern, MD, PhD, and Andrew H. Miller


A.  The Nature of Mushrooms

  1. As Funguses, act as Recyclers, breaking down dead organic matter in the process of feeding itself.
  2. 100,000 species, 700 of which are eaten as food.
  3. Is a cleanser, transforming dead matter into nutrients useful to plants and animals.
  4. Molecular dissemblers, vs. plants which are assemblers
  5. Theory – Fungi ability to breakdown organic matter linked to antidisease properties.  They encounter disease causing pathogens more frequently than other life forms.  Must have a very proactive, healthy immune system.

B.  Strengthening the Immune System with Mushrooms

  1. Act as immunoregulators – stimulating immune system when underactive, moderating if overactive.
  2. Immune system must distinguish between cells produced in the body, and those from outside the body.
  3. Antigens – bacterium, viruses, parasites, or toxins – that provoke a response from the immune system.
  4. Primary components of the Immune System
    • T-Cells – identify and destroy cells infected by viruses or cancer.
    • Cytokines – alert the immune system about invaders.
    • Natural Killer Cells – in bloodstream, kill foreign bodies.
    • B Cells – secrete antibodies which destroy antigens.
    • Phagocytes – large, white blood cells that engulf and destroy invader cells.  Found in blood and tissue. 
    • Macrophages (giant white blood cells) – A particularly effective member of the phagocyte group, that is stimulated by mushrooms.  Also secretes Cytokines to alert the immune system when invaders present.
    • Antibodies – secreted by B Cells, neutralize selected antigens, stores information about previously encountered antigens.
  5. The average person gets 6 cancerous tumors a year, which are delt with by the immune system before they become a significant problem (based on study)..
  6. Polysacchrides – ingredients in medicinal mushrooms that stimulate immune system to identify cancer cells and destroy them.

      7. Molecular structure:

  • Carbon chain different from most plants. 
  • Beta-Glucans are the type of Polysacchride found in most mushrooms.  Contain glucose molecules, which consist of rings of 6 carbon molecules, chained with the 1st carbon atom connected to the 3rd atom of the succeeding molecule.  In most plants, it is the 1st to the 4th.
  • Molecular weight of 1.5 to 2 million vs. 50,000 for plants.
  • Resemble molecules found in bacteria cell walls.  Tricks immune  system into thinking the body is being attacked.

       8.  Stimulates production of cytokines, which aid macrophages.

       9.  Each type of mushroom stimulates immune system in a slightly different way.

       10.  Anti-inflamatory – Controls level of inflammation as body fights infection.

       11.  Lowers cholesterol and reduces asthma symptoms.

       12.  Act as Probiotics – Help good microbes in digestive system, and kill bad ones.  Produces B vitamins and helps body absorb minerals.

       13.  Antioxident – Moderates free radicals, which have the function of killing bacteria, viruses, etc.

       14.  Liver – Has a protective and restorative affect on the Liver.

       15.  Reduces the need for using antibiotics.  Overuse of antibiotics can reduce their future effectiveness.

       16.  Mushroom supplements (pills) are made from mycelium, or root structure, of mushroom, vs. the fruit body, which is used in culinary mushrooms.  The mycelium has a greater concentration of the desirable substances.

        17.  Benefits of specific types of mushrooms (based on studies):

  • Reishi – Rx: Chronic fatigue, Diabetes, detoxifies Liver, lowers Cholesterol, Antihistamine, Stress, prevents tumor growth, prevents blood clots.
  • Agaricus Blazei – Rx: Cancer preventative, antioxidant.
  • Cordyceps Sinensis – Rx: Anti aging properties,  Athersosclerosis, Diabetes, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Liver problems, Fatigue.
  • Maitake – Rx: Diabetes (helps control blood glucose and promotes insulin production), Cholesterol, Cancer, Obesity, High Blood Pres.
  • Phellinus Linteus, Shiitake & Trametes Versicolor – Rx: Cancer.
  • Hericium Erinaceus – Rx: Alzheimers’s, Cancer.

        18.  Nikken’s Immunity (Mushroom) Supplement –

  • Combines 14 different mushrooms, including all noted above.
  • Mushrooms grown under very exacting organic standards.
  • Multiple mushroom formulas have the best curative effects.
  • The authors call Nikken’s Immunity formula “The most sophisticated and advanced mushroom formula of which the authors are  aware.”
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Mar 21, 2012 11:49:59 AM


The Natural Health Solutions Center is pleased to announce that we now offer an HCG diet program.  It is the fastest, most comfortable way to shed unwanted fat and keep it off.  This diet enables you to lose ½ to 2 pounds a day – Comfortably and Safely!  We offer the sublingual form of this diet so no shots are required!

History of the HCG Protocol:
Our program for this diet is based upon the protocol developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons.  When the diet was first introduced Dr. Simeons called it a “cure for obesity.”  This diet program will allow you to retrain the part of your brain that controls your appetite (the hypothalamus) so that you will not have a desire to over eat once you have completed the program.  This feature is critical to maintaining the “New You” that you will have obtained.  

So How Does It Work?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.  This is a hormone that is produced in large quantities during pregnancy.  Everyone has some form of this hormone, so it is perfect for men and women.   HCG is responsible for making the abnormal fat reserves in the body available to be burned as fuel.   Combined with a very low calorie diet, this program is used to rid the body of the abnormal, or adipose, fat deposits.  Rest assured that the HCG helps to stave off any hunger pangs that a restricted diet may cause.  With the introduction of HCG, thousands of extra calories are available to your system from the abnormal fat being metabolized.  So you are not dependent on just the food you take in to provide all of your energy. For this reason, HCG diets are easier to stick to than traditional diets that simply restrict calories.  When a program is easy to stick to, success should be the end result!

Abnormal Fat is the Issue:

Abnormal Fat can be viewed as "famine fat".  It is stored by the body for emergency nutritional needs during a time of drastically reduced food intake (i.e.: famine).  Yo-yo dieting contributes to the storage of this type of fat because the body begins to question the availability of food (fuel).  When calories are restricted, the body stores all the fat it can, to save up for the lean times!   HCG works to release these abnormal fat stores and make them available as fuel for producing energy.   By following our HCG protocol, the body will "burn" the abnormal fat that you do not want, while preserving the muscle, normal fat, and structural fat that you need.

The Cure; Resetting the Hypothalamus:

The hypothalamus is the part of the brain located just above the brain stem. It is known as the master gland and is the supervision center in the brain that links the body's two control systems, the nervous system and the endocrine system.  The hypothalamus controls many of the body’s involuntary functions, such as body temperature, hunger, thirst, immune response, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.  The hypothalamus is also responsible for the control of food intake.  If the hypothalamus is working properly, a person will be more inclined to desire a nutritionally well balanced diet! 

Getting Started

The cost of our program is $249.  This includes the HCG Product, 1 month of our Whole Foods based supplements (Vitamin/Mineral and Men's or Women's Hormonal support) to ensure good baseline nutrition during the program, and weekly consultations during the 23 to 40 day program.  For more information on the oral HCG Program visit, or call us at (800) 980-1648.












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The Real Truth about Vitamins and Supplements

From the Health Alert Newsletter by Dr. Bruce West

 Phyto-nutrient complexes are completely unlike the vitamins and supplements sold in (most) stores, even those that claim to be made from whole foods.  That’s because although these products may start out as real food, by the time they make their way to market, they’re anything but.

Manufacturers use an industrial process called fractionating to split a food into its separate nutritional components.  These isolated nutrients are then re-combined in pill form and sold as “natural.”

 But by their very nature, these products are totally unnatural.  Once you fraction out an isolated nutrient, you’ve created a chemical.  More importantly, these products are inherently incomplete.  The human body utilizes nutrients in conjunction with one another.

 Phyto-nutrient complexes contain a combination of all the ingredients found in nature, rather than just the so-called “active ingredients” the manufacturers decide to put in their pills.

 For example, most people think that beta-carotene is a critical antioxidant that needs to be in their vitamin pill.  Yet beta-carotene is really only one of hundreds of carotenes found naturally in foods.  When one is fractionated away from the others, the resulting compound fails to work as intended.  In fact, new research shows that high doses of synthetic beta-carotene make certain types of cancer worse.

 Taking high dosages of the synthetic or fractionated beta-carotene and other antioxidants commonly sold in stores can result in impaired immunity, the exact opposite of what you’re trying to achieve!

 Compounding the problem is that store-bought nutritional products lack the coenzymes and trace minerals that are necessary for the body to absorb the nutrients.  In past issues of Health Alert, I warned readers that almost all store-bought vitamins are concocted in a laboratory, like:

  • Vitamin B-12 made from activated sewage sludge
  • Vitamin D concocted from irradiated oil
  • Vitamin E straight from the labs at Eastman Kodak

Store-bought supplements are relatively easy and inexpensive to make.  Phytonutrient complexes, on the other hand, utilize a patented time-consuming process that ensures the finished product retains the live nutritional value of the raw materials.

 Editor’s Note:  Natural Health Solutions Supplements are made to pharmaceutical standards, primarily from concentrated whole foods of the highest quality.


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