A $2 million, seven-year clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health and jointly conducted by the University of Minnesota and Bastyr University showed that Trametes versicolor, or turkey tail mushroom, in freeze-dried form, dramatically boosts immune function for women with Stage I-III breast cancer─ possibly shrinking tumors.
Turkey Tail mushrooms corrects immune deficiencies
Researchers discovered that the immune system benefits increased when a daily dose was administered. They also saw no adverse side effects on the women.
The findings may be the most important health discovery for mycologists and health researchers since the invention of penicillin (which is derived from the fungus Penicillium)─ and vital information for breast cancer patients.
“Cancer is notorious for its ability to evade immune detection,” says pioneering mycologist Paul Stamets, who was also Director of Research for the study.
He goes on to say, “One theory is that when patients ingest our Turkey Tail mycelium, the immune system’s increased populations of NK cells and their associated CD8 glycoproteins are better able to discover and bind to receptor sites on the stroma of tumors, thus allowing NK invasion. If true, then the use of this medicinal mushroom as an adjunct or preventative therapy may help many patients better fight the battle when challenged with tumor-forming cancers.”
Stamets’ company Fungi Perfecti, LLC, provided the Turkey Tail products for the study. Stamets has been an outspoken world educator about the powerful health benefits mushrooms for years, but became especially interested in Turkey Tail when his mother was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in 2009.
One forward-thinking oncologist told Stamets and his mom about research that was happening involving Turkey Tail mushrooms and breast cancer.
“As of February 2010, she was virtually cancer-free,” Stamets said proudly seven months later.
Turkey Tail supercharges the immune system
With the results of the NIH study, Turkey Tail mushrooms are being taken seriously as a natural medicine treatment. They have long been used in China and Japan, however. In China, they are called Yun Zhi and in Japan, they go by Kawaratake. Some of the benefits of Turkey Tail include:
- Improvement of upper respiratory tract infections
- Help with pulmonary disease
- Elimination of urinary tract infections
- Relief for digestive tract irritations
- A remedy for general lack of energy and malaise
“I have long recommended Turkey Tail and other medicinal mushrooms to persons with cancer,” says Dr. Andrew Weil, Founder and Director and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Arizona Center for Integrated Medicine at the University of Arizona.
The promising results of the recent NIH Turkey Tail mycelium / breast cancer study is just more proof for the premise behind Essential # 1 of my “7 Essentials ™” system for healing the body naturally. The body has an amazing ability for healing and balance when given the right environment and a little help from Nature.
About the author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com.