If there's one thing that gets integrative doctors in trouble with conventional medicine, it's treating cancer. Cancer is a huge money maker for conventional medicine. Think about all the money cancer generates.
First, there's all that fund-raising that goes on for cancer research. Then think about what happens after your doctor suspects cancer. First, there's a host of tests that cost a small fortune. Then there's surgery and the subsequent drug treatment that can run in the millions of dollars (one drug in particular costs $100,000 per treatment). Plus, most cancers will let you live for several months or years, increasing the haul. So you see why conventional medicine doesn't want you to know there are alternatives out there. And you can see why the medical boards and the FDA aggressively attack any doctor that has successfully treated cancer with less-expensive alternatives.
As a result, many alternative doctors now claim they don't treat cancer. Instead, they just try to improve your immune system so it can fight the cancer. While I understand the political maneuvering in this strategy, I'm not one who thinks you should just treat the immune system and not fight cancer. Why not do both? (Most integrative doctors would agree, but they have to be careful how they say it.)
Fortunately, there's a growing body of evidence suggesting that certain mushrooms provide a way to improve your immune system and fight the cancer.
We've known for hundreds of years that mushrooms like shiitake, reishi, and maitake are great for your immune system. In fact, the Chinese have used mushrooms to treat many serious conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. And they've used them to fight cancer very effectively.
Shiitake, for instance, is a rich source of the cancer-fighting mineral selenium. And it is one of the best sources for lentinan. This beta glucan stimulates the immune system and helps your body fight the cancer. Shiitake mushrooms are readily available at your grocery store, and you probably already eat plenty of them. But if not, pick some up and add them to your salad, eggs, and just about any soup.
The maitake is perhaps the most impressive cancer fighter. One part of the maitake, the MD-fraction, has the ability to suppress tumor growths. A Japanese report a few years ago found that this MD-fraction improved the condition of patients suffering from liver, breast, and lung cancer by 58.3% to 68.8%. They also found that it can help stomach and brain cancer patients by 10-20%.
The reishi mushroom is so effective at fighting cancer that many drug companies add it to their anti-tumor drugs. Unfortunately, reishi mushrooms have a woody texture that's hard to digest. So the best way to add them to your diet is to take an extract. The good news is you can get reishi and maitake mushrooms, along with other cancer-fighting and immune boosting mushrooms in MycoPhyto Complex. This formula also contains beta glucans like those in shiitake mushrooms.
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If you have cancer, don't just rely on mushrooms to fight it. Your integrative doctor can give you multiple ways to boost your immune system and fight the cancer. Just as importantly, he can monitor your progress and see how your program is working. And, of course, I'll tell you about others options you have in future issues of Nutrient Insider.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.