Are you looking for ways to be prepared and keep you family healthy?
Here’s some information I want you to have.

dnaOk – well it’s hard not to be concerned about everything that we hear in the news about Ebola.  Like we didn’t have enough to worry about, right?

My immune system function is my top priority, and I am always studying and researching natural substances that can aid and assist to this end.

Now I always make a point of telling you two things:

1) you must do your own research in order to make a truly informed decision.

2) I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice.

On to the good stuff – check out Paul Stamets, D.Sc. a world renown mycologist.  What does a mycologist do?  Paul Stamets is a scientist that studies fungi (aka mushrooms).

Turns out that we share more DNA with fungi than we do plants, and share many of the same pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses.  Fungi for example have developed their own strong antibiotics to fend off bacterial infections.  In fact, penicillin, tetracycline and streptomycin are all developed from fungal extracts.

What I find most intriguing about these amazing mushrooms is that they have been shown to be immune enhancing, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, help protect against the damage of chemotherapy and radiation.  They are great sources of antioxidants and contain selenium which is important if you have any concerns of lymphdema.

Reishi mushrooms for example have a compound called ganoderic acid that is being used to treat lung cancer, leukemia and other cancers and it is also antibacterial, antiviral and strangely has antifungal properties.  It is known to be useful as an anti-inflammatory, normalization of cholesterol and blood pressure, boosting the immune system and is helpful in reducing prostate symptoms.

That’s pretty impressive and that’s just one mushroom!  It is estimated that are about 140,000 species of mushrooms and scientist are really only familiar with about 10% of these.

Here’s some other mushrooms that I think you should do some research on:  Chaga, Agarikon, Royal Sun Agaricus, Turkey Tail, Shiitake, Cordyceps, Maitake and Lion’s Mane.

Host Defense MyCommunity Marika HamiltonSo getting back to topic at hand.  I have been so impressed by everything that I have learned about these remarkable mushrooms that they have become part of my daily regime.  Whether it’s fighting the common cold, the flu or god forbid something more frightening like Ebola – my family is keeping a good store of mushroom supplements on hand.

The boy scout in me says be prepared, so I’m making sure my family has access to MyCommunity, produced by Host Defense, it is a combination of 18 different mushrooms.  Should things get scarier with Ebola, or they feel like they need a boost I’ll make sure they are revving up their immune systems with these amazing mushrooms.

I personally also take the Turkey Tail in addition to the MyCommunity.  Turkey Tail has been used with good success for women dealing with breast cancer.  In fact, Paul’s 84 year old mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and was given a very short period to live.  Too old for most conventional treatments she ended up including 8 Turkey Tail capsules (4 morning, 4 evening) a day as part of a protocol and several months later was given a clean bill of health. (See video above)

Because I trust Paul Stamet’s work, and because it is really hard to know the quality of supplements that available on the market – I recommend the brand Host Defense.  Paul is actually the founder of this company and if someone is growing the mushrooms that I’m going to taking as a supplement I can’t think of anyone better and more well informed.  Another important thing about eating mushrooms, or taking mushrooms supplements is to make sure the mushrooms are organically grown.  Mushroom absorb and concentrate anything they are grown in, good or bad – so make sure you are only consuming organic mushroom products.

For more information on Host Defense click here.

halfhilllogAlso, while studying the medicinal uses of mushrooms I came across Half Hill Farm in Tennessee.  They offer two different clinics one on making medicinal mushroom tinctures and one on growing your own mushrooms.  At the risk of sounding like a dork… that sounds like fun to me!  May just make the trip and check it out.  Oh, and before I forget – you can buy 12″ oak logs that are inoculated with mushroom spores and grow your own at home.  For $22 bucks I think that makes for a fun and unique christmas gift!  Here’s where you can find some more information:  Half Hill Farm Store   Half Hill Farm Website

Here’s to our good health!

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