Paul Stamets on Medicinal Mushrooms and Cancer : The Renegade Health Show Episode #545

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At the Green Fest in San Francisco, Annmarie and I thought we were going to hear a talk on how to grow your own mushrooms by Paul Stamets…

While he did talk about growing mushrooms, the most potent (literally) part of the talk was his explanation of how medicinal mushrooms have been used in trial studies with cancer patients.

We had no intention of filming this, but when he got started I knew it was going to be good… so this means you will not be able to see the slides. The talk is good regardless!

Take a look…

Your question of the day: What medicinal mushrooms have you used?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Jacquie says:

    Chaga & reishi

  2. Rachael says:

    Chaga, Reishi…
    LOVE the Chaga!! I use Chaga, husband uses reishi.

  3. Frank Giglio says:

    wild harvested chaga, reishi, turkey tail, red belted polypore, artist conk, birch polypore

    I love the My Community from Fungi Perfecti, as well as the Synergy Blend from SurThrival.

    Medicinal mushrooms are the only capsule or “suppliment” that I take EVERY day….

    Good Work Gianni’s!!!

  4. pleiades says:

    organic reishi in tea form, regularly.

  5. Jackie says:

    Mushroom complex/Reishi, Shitaki, Maitaki
    in a capsule 2caps 2X per day. Would like to try some others.

  6. Haven’t ever taken any shrooms…


    But I saw Paul in Denver at the Denver Green Fest and REALLY loved what he presented on.

    Growing mushrooms that eat only oil or eat only nerve gas? Cool stuff!

    Thanks for posting the video!


  7. Kenwyn says:

    I’ve never tryed any medicinal mushrooms but I would like to know moor about them.

  8. nick says:

    wild harvested chaga

  9. Barbara W. says:

    Thanks, great info! Have tried Host Defense extract by New Chapter in the past. Could not find anymore and was pleasantly surprised to learn the formula is now available as “My Community” from Fungi Perfecti.

  10. Kuru says:

    I’ve been taking Paul Stamets’ Host Defense Stamets 7 for a little over a week, and I’m feeling strong and well! I was feeling pretty good before, but 2 people I know had revelatory results to their cancers by taking mushrooms, so thought I’d give them a try to rev up my immune system. The magic 7 in this formula are: Royal Sun Blazei, Cordyceps, Reishi, Maitake, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, and Mesima. They were reasonably priced at $25 for 60 caps (2 a day). We are so lucky! Thank you, Paul! And K & A!

  11. briannaG says:

    i’m not sure about mushrooms. i’ve tried reishi, chaga, lion’s mane and a couple others, but i thought fungi are to be avoided if you are struggling with candida problems. is this true?

  12. john says:

    Echo’s POOR Audio Recording. Great information.I Forget name of mushroom but a company called , Mannatech uses mushrooms.I tried this years ago.

  13. Dawni says:

    Hi Kev:

    Reishi, Cordycps, and a blend of tonic herbs from Rehmannia with a gazoo of various mushrooms.


  14. Kuru says:

    briannaG, these are MEDICINAL mushrooms. They boost your immune system so it can eat up your yeast and candida. I just had a live blood cell analysis, and I don’t have candida, but there was yeast, which is a forerunner to candida. My white cells were active but could have been stronger. It looks like I’ve found the perfect thing in mushrooms. In just a week I feel a new aliveness and warmth in my body and brain.

  15. Phyllis says:

    I haven’t tried any, but I’d like to have more information about them. Thanks for all that you and Annmarie share with us! Love the videos.

  16. esther says:

    Just started the mushroom thing. Working with Reishi now. Don’t have any major aliments so not sure how it’s working me yet =)

  17. Deanna says:

    I’ve used Agarigus Blazei, Shitaki, and I’ve taken caps with mixtures. The Chaga sounds really interesting. I’ve always thought the medicinal mushrooms are very fascinating.

  18. Sharon says:

    Cordyceps sinensis, Agaricus blazei, Ganoderma (aka reishi) & years ago a very potent mix of 12 mushrooms but I was allergic to that so have to disagree with the combining of mushrooms, at least not for immune-compromised people. They each have their own benefits. Personal fave was Cordyceps but haven’t found a good brand outside of the one I used to get from a Chinese pharma and can’t get anymore. I don’t know what it is but most brands just don’t cut it for me. For anyone using wild mushrooms be aware that they absorb toxins from the air and soil. Grown indoors guarantees purity and safety. Unfortunately our world is far from pristine and mushrooms are natural cleaners.

  19. Rhonda D says:

    Wow, What fantastic information.
    I have never tried medicinal mushrooms, but would love to try and the healing properties have always peek my intrest.

    Thank you guys for such great information.

    Best of health to all:)

  20. Sharon says:

    I just love Paul Stamets and all his wonderful research! I use Host Defense (17 mushroom/mycelium)capsules and I harvest chaga from the birch trees in the mountains near where I live and make teas.

  21. Katie McGrew says:

    I create a tea with Chaga, Reishi, Shilajit, raw cacao powder, vanilla powder, lucuma and a pinch of salt… it really is great at helping with focus, clarity, alertness. I attended a 3-day seminar with 8 intense fact-filled hours each day and wouldn’t have been able to survive those days without the tea.

  22. Kay Rice says:

    The medicinal mushroom I used was Maitake Mushrooms.

  23. Margaret says:

    I recommend using 14 rare strains of mushrooms, organically grown to support your immune system.

  24. Kym Hutcheon says:

    I eat fresh shiitake most days. Love the taste. The only supplement I’ve tried was cordyceps but I found it overstimulated me. (I find that with most supplements though.)

    I’ve got to say that this is what we really need: substantiated clinical research. Personal observations, even by health gurus, are generally limited to associations. These can be useful starting points but we need to get past that and establish causal relationships.

    Awesome work, Paul Stamets!

  25. nick says:

    So is he suggesting that he would say the mycellium has the same or close enough of the qualities that the fruiting body holds, AKA the above-ground mushroom? He did say the mycellium is more digestible. I know that’s obvious if you’ve ever seen a mycellial mat. I have taken a couple courses with him, so I should know this. But this is more about and around what may be a proprietary area in relationship to New Chapter vitamins. Of course it’s no secret cuz it’s right on their packaging of their medicinal mushroom line that they use the mycellium.

    I would bet their suggested dosages are for base maintenance & less than the levels ideal for remedial purposes. Hmmmm, wouldn’t that also be on a per case basis? But I’m sure there are ballpark, upper & lower end ranges.

  26. I’ve been told mushrooms slow cancer down if eaten daily. my friends dad was told he had cancer and he ate mushroom soup for ages and lived far beyond what the doctors predicted

  27. Gina says:

    I have been taking a Mushroom blend called RM10 from Garden of Life for about 8 months now. The fungus on my toenails has gotten much better and best of all my Dr. has to keep lowering my dosage of Thyroid medication. I have taken the same dosage for 15 years and the only thing different that I did was to start the medicinal mushrooms. Great stuff!

  28. Casey Kaldal says:

    Wow! great stuff.

    I have taken a little, but never been real consistent with mushrooms.

    I might have to give a mushroom complex a try.

  29. Mumdy says:

    Another great show with some interesting points. I would love to see a one to one interview with this man introducing your viewers who are new to this concept of medicinal mushrooms in a way we can all understand. Also, it would be lovely to see some photos of the area that your fans live in. They dont have to be in them if they’re camera shy but I thought it would be fun as you have followers all over the world. I know I would love to see some real pics of the places other people live in, rather than just holiday pics. Thanks for doing what you both do.

  30. Bev says:

    Good information!

    We found a Maitake Mushroom growing by an oak tree in our front yard a few years ago. We harvested the Maitake, ate what we could and froze the rest. Every once in awhile we have a bit more. It was huge so we have quite a bit. We did a little dance as I read that is what people do when finding a Maitake,- it is such a gift! I saw a Chaga growing on a birch tree years ago too but didn’t harvest it because I wasn’t sure, now it is no longer there. Will keep looking….

    These shows are very helpful and interesting.

    Peace, Love and Harmony,

  31. Trudy Lane says:

    Hello Kevin I use the 14 Mushroom Blend Powder Cert. Org 1 lb. from it has Reishi Mushroom and Mycelium – 200 mg
    Chaga Mushroom and Mycelium – 200 mg
    Maitake Mushroom and Mycelium – 200 mg
    Mesima Mycelium – 200 mg
    Poria Mycelium – 200 mg
    Oyster Mushroom and Mycelium – 200 mg
    Suehirotake Mycelium – 150 mg
    Shiitake Mycelium – 150 mg
    Lion’s Mane Mycelium – 150 mg
    Agarikon Mycelium – 150 mg
    Cordyceps Mycelium – 100 mg
    Turkey Tail Mycelium – 100 mg
    Blazei Mycelium – 100 mg
    True Tinder Polypore Mycelium – 100 mg
    I have not been sick since I started taking them, I only put a teaspoon in my smoothie once a day, Keep up your research & knowledge it helps alot, Thanks Trudy

  32. Liliana says:

    This is the first time I post something on your page. Kevin and Annemarie, thank you for all the information you provide us. Your page has helped me so much and I’m very grateful for that.
    I have never in my life taken a medicinal mushroom, but not to long ago a friend introduced me to a product he’s selling, Ganoderma Coffee aka Gano Excel. I was wondering if anyone here has tried the coffee and if you had good results. I would really appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Liliana

  33. Paul says:

    I have not tried Mushrooms yet but from this article, I could say I should give it a shot. What I am using to improve my overall health is AriseSecure Ionic Silver or try . Their products are very effective and very helpful to the health

  34. Shira says:

    WOW….that was great to hear all the info Paul had to offer, he is a fungi encloyepedia! I’ve read a few of his books and have taken his products a lot over the years.
    I LOVE reishi mushroom! I buy the powdered extract. But I also buy the whole mushrooms by the pound and grind them up in my vitamix and make brews and add them to shakes, etc.
    It always has a profound effect on me when I use it, especially over a period of time. It is hard to describe the feeling, a heart opening and deep relaxation of any tension.
    I also have used Lions Mane mushroom quite a bit, it is another favorite. I had a gran-mal seizure when I was young, it is great for the brain, stimulating Nerve Growth Factor and tonifying nerves.
    Thanks for the great lecture, inspiring results. Medicinal mushrooms are the wave of the future I feel….I think we will all be taking them at some point. Paul’s site also sells mushrooms kits so you can grow your own….exciting!

  35. gloria Sayles says:

    I use Host Defense, the 5 reishi combination the 17 combination. Paul open my eyes to mushrooms. Iam so thankful for his knowledge. I have to order some more today.

  36. Todd says:

    I have never had a medicinal mushroom (I don’t think) but I sure do enjoy portabello mushrooms and more of the same!

  37. Ed says:

    Paul leaves the door open for a reason, he knows more than he says.

  38. Ed says:

    medicial mushrooms are a buzz just not as strong as the mushrooms that are available.

  39. Ed says:

    Cooking with mushrooms is a plus but door opening is better

  40. Ed says:

    Read paul stamus he does not confuse.

  41. kate says:

    I’ve been doing Reishi, but am going to start a Reishi Cordyceps blend from Wild Rose.

  42. Ed says:

    Lots of paths are out there but empty your intake and feel the response.,

  43. Ed says:

    Sorry to burden anyone with expectations

  44. neil rosenberg says:

    Mushrooms are something I have yet to try. I tried to listen to Paul Stamets’ video but couldn’t understand what was being said as the audio is so bad and I have a hearing problem as well. Nor could I see anything on the screen in the video as it was taken from the wrong angle, so I got zero out of it. Neil.

  45. Please show us a way to cultivate different mushrooms. Are all tree mushrooms safe to consume? I really want to know more.

  46. Heather says:

    None of THOSE mushrooms…

    What am I missing out on…

    Alice in Wonderland…

    Now look what you started…

  47. Corrinne says:

    Very informative. I use the medicinal mushrooms Ultra-10 by NSI every day.

  48. Eva says:

    Great Guest!
    Like Trudy, I use the 14 mushroom blend from Mushroom I use them in my kale chips along with seven different sea vegetables from Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetables My husband and I eat about 3-4 bunches of these a week. Both companies are very high quality and extremely reasonable in price. You could easily buy the pound of mixed mushrooms for $35.00 and capsule your own and save a ton of money. One pound last me several months using 2 tablespoons in each batch of kale chips plus they taste fantastic in a cashew base.

  49. Cindy says:

    I also use the same blend Trudy Lane does. Its great! A blend of 14 amazing shrooms and it has helped so much with candida, colds, flu, anything that ails you. I also use Blazei by itself, and I tell you if you want a kick of energy take blazei!!!! Thanks for all the great videos!!! 😀

  50. Nick says:

    Here’s a question I’m ill prepared to o the research on myself just now, or generally, to be honest (I find internet searches often frustrating, albeit still often enough interesting. Back when I took the Stamets course my head wasn’t right into raw, so completely anyways. Tho it did dismay me when he said mushrooms must be cooked. Since going raw late last spring i’ve marinated (macerated?) mushrooms in a strong vinaigrette. But I wonder if we just powered the dry ones in a coffee grinder, or like Chaga powder, if that would be sufficient to throw in a smoothie. ….oh $#!*, I’m answering my own question: I think I’d be replied to here with, “make a tea, let it cool, then let it be the liquid add, if diluted further”. Oh but then should we boil, or be patient thru a slow steep?

  51. Nick says:

    I don’t find chaga as objectionable as coffee grinds, tho I do find them in the bottom of my smoothie, of course (shrug)

  52. Pamme says:

    Hey guys.
    I would like to see the Paul Stamets vid, but it’s not showing up. Anything going on on your end????

    I attended 2 seminars with Stamets up at his place in Olympia. You should check out his book Mycelium Running… fascinating. Mushrooms can purify water, breakdown hydrocarbons, take heavy metals out of soil… all sorts of “myco-remediation” applications.

  53. Carolyn says:

    thx – really useful ( and adds information to his more famous ‘short version’ – the 2011 tedmed talk) i think this is the full professional recording from Greenfest

    still struggling with my pc connection to listen to it so not 100% sure yet

  54. David says:

    Chaga. No more yawning. No fatigue.

  55. David says:

    Does anyone know anything about the cultivating chaga or working to replenish its growth in the forest and whether the similar fungus on cherry and other similar trees is safe? At least one website says that there is a toxic lookalike.

  56. Heather w says:

    Just purchased community blend today. I have an appointment with an oncologist in two weeks due to an elevated CA 125 test. I am going to add this to other items I have read about and will post my results.

  57. hector garza says:

    can reishi cure me of hepatitis c? i was diagnosed back on 2001.

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