An Informative Approach to Wellness.
Looking at Function NOT Pathology
By: Susan Parker Stewart, QRA Practioner
Benefits of Mushrooms
At the close of summer we turn our focus to immune support through flowering herbs, fruits and berries, root and rhizomes and fungi to maintain our health during fall and winter. This article will feature a few mushroom species and take a peek into the benefits these fungal friends can provide.
Mushrooms contain long-chain polysaccharides, specifically alpha and beta-glucans that modulate your immune system. Mushrooms do not stimulate or suppress the immune system but simply create balance within the system to work more effectively. Some of the benefits include eradicating viruses (including the flu and harmful bacteria such as E coli and salmonella). Also mushrooms are great sources of protein, B vitamins and fiber. They also contain vitamin C, calcium, selenium and other minerals and may improve your nutrition. They provide antioxidant activity as well. Mushrooms may help with digestive function thanks to their supply of dietary fiber and fungal enzymes.
Let’s look at a few species and learn how they protect us.
This mushroom is known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” and has a long history of promoting good health and longevity in China, Japan and other Asian countries. Reishi affects the white blood cells helping to fight infections and cancer. This mushroom also has anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties, reduces inflammation in the body and can help reduce effects of rheumatoid arthritis. It can normalize blood pressure and blood cholesterol and help with prostate-related problems in men.
Reishi is available in capsule, powders, fermented and dried herb forms.
This mushroom has been described as medicine in ancient Chinese and Tibetan traditions. It is a rare combination of a caterpillar and a fungus that grows mainly in high altitudes. It has been recommended by ancient and current healers of the Himalayan region for “all illnesses” as a tonic. It is claimed to improve stamina, energy, appetite, libido, endurance and even sleeping patterns. Scientific studies have shown its effects on kidney, liver, immune-modulating and anti-tumor activities worth further study.
Cordyceps is available in capsule, powders, fermented and dried herb forms.
Royal Sun Agaricus
Agaricus is a relative of the button mushroom, a native to Brazil and widely cultivated in Japan for its many medicinal uses. It was traditionally used to treat atherosclerosis, hepatitis, diabetes, and has immune modulating, anti-tumor and cancer fighting properties.
Agaricus Blazei is available in capsule, powders, fermented and dried herb forms
This mushroom has a history dating back to 1100AD when first discovered in China by a legendary figure known as Wu Sang Kang. While out collecting and hunting wild mushrooms for food in the forests he noticed these mushrooms growing on fallen logs. Shitake has been used for its anti-cavity and tooth protectant properties by reducing the plaque adhering bacteria on the surface of the tooth. Known for anti-cancer and anti-tumor activity, as a liver protectant, balances blood sugar, can reduce atherosclerosis and shows cholesterol lowering benefits
Shitake is available in capsule, powders, fermented and dried herb forms
This woody mushroom has been used for centuries in China and Japan for treating many illnesses. In Asia there are about 100 types of mushrooms used to treat cancer. Turkey Tail is shown to increase natural killer cell activity and other cancer fighting cells in the body. Also known to relieve chronic fatigue and treat many types of infections such as; candida, E-coli, HIV, herpes, and streptococcus pneumonia. Immune modulation is known to be the primary mechanism of action of this mushroom. It has been reported to improve the immune system of women undergoing breast cancer treatment with chemotherapy.
Turkey Tail is available in capsule, powders, fermented and dried herb forms.
This mushroom grows in clumps at the base of large oak trees and has been cultivated for food and medicine for thousands of years in Chinese, Greek, Roman and Mesoamerican societies. It is native to China and Japan and is a potent source of polysaccharide compounds known for its immune-modulating potential, particularly the D-fraction extract, along with whole Maitake powder. Good for cancer and HIV therapies, stimulates natural killer cells, can inhibit growth in cancer cells, regulate diabetes, and antioxidant activity.
Maitake is available in capsule, powders, fermented and dried herb forms.
These are just a few of the many mushrooms available for good health today. Unfortunately our grocery stores and health food markets typically do not carry fresh and dried versions of these mushrooms. You may want to visit an Asian market for dried forms of some of these varieties that can be re-hydrated and used in soups and stews for their nutrient value.
If you would like to supplement your diet with capsules, powdered or fermented versions make sure you are getting a clean product minus pesticides and chemicals. Organic and non-GMO is always best.
I am using a product by Premier Research Labs and can supply information on how to purchase. The product name is, “Premier Fermented Mushroom Blend”. It features six (6) ancient fermented species (Reishi, Cordyceps, Shitake, Maitake, Turkey Tail and Agaricus Blazei). It delivers naturally occurring prebiotic fiber and is a good source of beta glucans. It tastes very delicious. I add a scoop to vegetable juice or soup.
Premier Research Labs is a FDA-monitored, cGMP facility.
If you would like more information or suggestions on quality products to support your health this fall and winter season please contact me at 248-477-1492 or 248-752-6190.
Next month I will provide information on other immune balancing herbs.
Good health to you!
* These suggestions are not intended to cure, treat or diagnose any illness. Material is strictly given as information. Check with your doctor before starting any health program.
Essential Oils for Skin & Hair Care
When it comes to health and beauty, it does not make sense to create all natural products with plant based oils and butters that are grown using toxic pesticides that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or that use solvents or other toxic chemicals in their processing. How is this natural?
Unrefined, organic butters, carrier oils and essential oils, are an essential part of quality skin care. Unrefined, butters and virgin oils retain their natural scent, color and most importantly, their nutritional benefits. Shea Butters are naturally rich in Vitamins A and B, and fatty acids. These butters have a mild nutty odor and are used for their emollient characteristics that give the skin a smooth, soft, and velvety feeling. Cacao Butter is naturally high in Vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids that helps hydrate and soothe the skin. Carrier oils are nutritive and have healing properties of their own. The carrier oil is a fatty extract, usually cold pressed from its source. Individual allergies aside, carrier oils are not likely to cause sensitization and therefore make an excellent medium to disperse the more concentrated essential oil across your skin. With their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and soothing properties, essential oils are used for a variety of skin care concerns.
Wholesome skin care products lies in the selection of the base oils, butters and essential oils used to create each recipe. Blending specific butters and oils results in healing creams for face and body, wounds, scars and other skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, athlete’s foot fungus and jock itch.
A recent testimony from someone using the healing cream made from shea and cacao butters, jojoba carrier oil, red raspberry seed oil, nano zinc oxide powder, and various healing essential oils gained wonderful results. Having had surgery on her neck her physician shared it would take around six months for her wound to heal. Into her third month of healing and using the healing cream for one month her wound scar was rapidly healing compared to the previous three months without the healing cream.
You’re welcome to contact me for more information on the benefits of and obtaining wholesome skin care creams suited for your needs.
Healing is a Process, Not a Pill
WHAT ARE YOU EATING?
"The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of it's existance."
Clearing the gap from where you are,
Kathy Jerore, ND
Healing Is A Process,
Not A Pill
Fortunately, I was able to acquire the new, updated, version of the SAF (Self Awareness Formula), a computer program from my friend in Colorado. I was learning as fast as my brain could absorb the information. It was a race against time to figure out how to do a scan, which happened fairly quickly. The problem came with (learning omit to) understanding the data that was created and how to implement it to help my daughter heal. I was on the phone with my friend, asking for her help, which she gladly gave. The information was all there, I just needed her help with the interpretation of it.
The data indicated that her heart and lungs were weak, which made sense, because that is the region where the tumor had been most prominent, plus from all her radiation treatments had causing scar tissue. The liver was also stressed, which caused the depression from all the chemo drugs that she needed to take. It all made sense.
From that information, I quickly ordered the supplements needed from Metagenics. We ordered a Detox protocol, using: Ultra Clear Plus, detoxify the Liver, Lymph and Kidneys (which I think anyone who has had ChemoTherapy should used after their Cancer is gone, to get the chemo drugs out of the body. (For more details; contact; me.)
She also needed Cardiogenics Intensive Care to support the heart and PneumoCarotene for the Lungs, plus Protrypsin, an enzyme to break down scar tissue. Fortunately, we received them in 2 days and she was able to get started immediately.
A few weeks later, I took my daughter back to her doctor’s office for a follow-up exam. He was expecting the fluid to have built up again and explained to us that due to the scar tissue, that would likely be an ongoing problem for her.
However, upon listening to her lungs, he had a rather confused look on his face and was literally, scratching his head. Finally, I told him that I had been giving her some “stuff.” And he wanted to know what kind of “stuff” I was giving her.
I explained calcium, magnesium, and potassium to support the heart. He said that was okay. Then, Vitamin A, to support the lungs. And that was okay too. Also, an Enzyme to break down the scar tissue. Plus a detox product for the Liver, Lymph and Kidney, which he agreed would be okay for her to use as well. Then he promptly wrote her a prescription for steroids.
She mouthed to me “I don’t want to take any more steroids.” I just nodded to her to take the prescription, but we never had it filled. She finished her regimen of supplements and the fluid problem resolved itself.
Not long after, I attended a full-day, Saturday class about healing with supplements and herbs to help increase my knowledge. I had been considering signing up for an online school to expose me to more of these things. Then I met someone at that seminar who told me about a school, The Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education, in Mount Pleasant, MI. Right in my own state! I called them on Monday and was heading to class the following Friday.
At age 49, I was back in school, which meant the next five years I was once again a student. I made one or two trips a month to spend two and a half days in the classroom. That also included 20 hours of homework each month. Plus, I decided to take an additional full year of Homeopathic classes for my 5th year. But, I was in my glory! Why did I not know about all these wonderful things growing up? It was totally off my radar and that of my family. I guess it didn’t really matter. As they say, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
Upon graduation, it was time to get out into the world and share my knowledge with everyone who would listen. However, I found that not everyone else was at that point yet, but I knew people were waking up. For one year, I was a manager for a health food store. Eventually, I was able to open a health food store with a couple of partners, in my own town. And when the opportunity arose, I started teaching classes and also working with clients.
One interesting note, as I look back on the years, from the time I started Naturopathic school, neither I or my twins (who were 10 at that point) ever needed to go to the doctors again. We were never sick. And if we had a sore throat or other issues, we were able to alleviate it with the use of supplements or homeopathy.
The thing I really like about homeopathy is that you look at the client's emotional challenges, as well as their physical symptoms. It truly heals the entire body, mind, and spirit. Our thoughts help to create our physical realities.
Reflecting to back when I was in high school, I remember that I was interested in becoming a counselor/therapist, after reading books such as I Never Promised You A Rose Garden and Three Faces of Eve. I was also interested in being a teacher, but as I was entering college, schools were starting to cut back on their teaching staff, so I took some business classes, not knowing what I was ever going to do with that. .
Now I realize, with the use of Homeopathy and Bach Flowers, I am helping people to heal their mind, sometimes with a single dose of something. Plus, when I work with clients individually, I am educating and teaching people about caring for their bodies, their mind and their spirit. So, I find it interesting that I was finally able to do the work I always wanted to do but was really just ahead of my time.
As I look back through the years and my experiences, I realize all the synchronicities that had appeared in my life. Being in the right place at the right time. Meeting the right people. Being coaxed by Spirit to keep moving forward, finally brought me to a place of peace, participating in my “Life Purpose,” that we all seek so desperately.
Recently, I realized at one point it was 20 years since I had been to see a medical doctor. (I also had no insurance during that time period.) My “Insurance Program,” was to keep my body healthy, with proper nutrition and supplementation. I didn’t always have the funds to pay for both, so I made the choice to keep my body and mind healthy by using supplements, and to continue on my SpiRitual path, knowing that our minds play a big factor in our health.
Through the years, relationships have come and gone, always with a lesson to learn, if you are open to know how you may have contributed to the “problem,” rather than always blaming the other person. One of the best books I have read to help do that is Zero Limits by Joe Vitalie. The author tells the story of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, Ph.D., in using the Ho’oponopono Prayer. There were such significant changes taking place, to where eventually, people were getting well and able to go back into society and live normal lives again. As I have tried to incorporate the Ho’oponopono Prayer into my own life, I’ve also seen things continue to change for the better.
Once we awaken and start on our SpiRitual Journey, I have found that it never ends. We are always seeking more information, a greater understanding, a new way to connect with Spirit. We may see subtle messages in our day to day experiences. There are new things to learn. What I often thought were setbacks turned out to be learning experiences, once I get the understanding of what I needed to learn.
Most of us do not embrace change. However there is always change and the learning opportunities are always there. When I embraced the changes and look for the message, I was able to get that ah ha! moment and I am ready to move on.
Wishing you all love, peace, joy and understanding as you continue your life journey.
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