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How Mushrooms Saved My Life

Reblogger Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

The Zoom Call as presented this week by Patricia Kennedy, was a  little different as it wasn't real estate related, but the subject, as relates to better health was one that seemed to echo with those that were on the call.

There is a point within a medical diagnosis where one senses the a major lifestyle change is in order.  It can be for the fear of what lies ahead or the consult of people that have faced similar that causes one to take note and reflect on what will be the new course once the serious part of the recovery.

How Mushrooms Saved My LifeIts not my pace to tell her story, but as here path is si siilar to one the issues faced by one of our nieces, I will share a fieew bits.

When it comes to cancer or any other medical issue, getting as much knowledge as possible before undertaking a course of action is paramount.

Surgery can be frightening but  if it is the one ay to sratte the mending roces, then it can save a life.

Treatments associate with recovery after surgery can vary but those that have proven successful in the past are the best way to start.

Patricia mentioned a mushroom based coffee that helped her with healing, a link to that site is offered.   Ryze Mushroom Coffee


Original content by Patricia Kennedy AB95346

This afternoon, I shared my mushroom story on the Tuesday Zoom call, and spoiler alert. The story was a little scary, but it has a great ending. Um, I got lucky!

In June of last year, I was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer. It's usually pretty nasty, and the prognosis is not exactly optimistic. Then luck kicked in, first when a neighbor (and client) introduced me to Integrated Medicine through a stack of amazing books.

Then I was introduced to my Kaiser Permanente medical team, which included a nutritionist who helped me put together a really healthy diet - and she introduced me to Ryze Mushroom Coffee, which became my gateway drug to the world of "functional" mushrooms.  It was a complete game changer - during chemo I had no side effects other than a little hair loss.

Then, when I met with the surgeon who removed the big old tumor that I'd been feeding for the past couple of decades, it turned out not to be stage four. It was taking up space but hadn't yet invaded any other organs, and with the help I got from the books below and the mushrooms, and six or so brilliant surgeons , we sent the bad stuff off to a lab where I guess it's enjoying retirement in a big old jar of formaldehyde. Oh, and the lead surgeon knew more than I did about Integrated Medicine. And on rounds over the next few days, they all dropped by and told me to keep up the mushrooms! I plan to for the rest of my life! 

So, here are the books my friend brought:

  • Radical Remission - Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly A. Turner, PhD: this book came out of her PhD dissertation, based on a ten month trip to interview holistic healers and people who lived through the disease. Then she studies over 1000 cases and interviewed another 100 people who achieved what she calls radical remission. The stories were fascinating, and reading them helped me to pick out some strategies these people had in common and to incorporate them into my own cancer journey. She also has a lot of great information on foods to eat and other ways to stay healthy.
  • Anticancer: A New Way of Life - David Servan-Schreiber, MD: This is part memoir and part how to increase your chances of avoiding cancer, and if (like me) you never thought about it until you got a super-scary diagnosis, how to mitigate the impact by adding Integrative Medicine basics to the standard of care, which in my case was chemotherapy and surgery. He has a gold mine of information about basic life style changes that in my case turned things around, used in combination with good old Western medicine.  He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer when he was 30 and working as a researcher. After his doctors successfully removed it, he switched to patient care and spent his career working to educate his colleagues about the importance incorporating lifestyle changes into cancer care. He lived for 25 years after he was diagnosed.  
  • Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six - Lorenzo Cohen: Dr. Cohen is the Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center (which is said to be the leading cancer treatment hospital in the world). He updated and expanded a lot of the information Dr. Servan-Schreiber's book in 2018, and explains how to incorporate the six pillars of the program (love and support, food, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and eliminating toxins) into your daily life. The idea is to create an optimum environment in your body for good health.

Then there are the mushrooms, which I learned about after reading all of this. 

I start each day with a large cup of Ryze Mushroom coffee, and I also take seven additional types of shrooms in capsule form. Now, mushroom growers seem to be bickering among themselves about which is best, the fruit or the root. 

Most mushroom products are sold as powder in capsules. And many producers argue that the good stuff is all in the fruit, or the part of the mushroom that you see at supermarkets and put into your stews or omelettes. Others say the magic comes from both the root and the medium in which they are grown, usually fermented oats or rice (mycelium). Most of the products I use are either mycelium or a mixture of mycelium and roots. The National Institutes of Health recently did a study on Turkey Tail mushrooms, they used Host Defense Mushrooms, which were mycelium based. And if it's good enough for NIH, it's OK with me. And the Host Defense web site is fabulous. I buy my Agarikon from them.

I get my Lion's Mane, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps from Whole Foods, whose 365 house brand is the best buy I've seen. Because their stores here are a little sketchy stocking everything, I order online on Amazon, doing a search "365 Mushroom Supplements". They are a combination of fruit and mycelium.

Usually, I stay away from mushrooms that are shipped in from China. The Chinese really know their mushrooms, but they are not so great at shipping them halfway around the world. Theirs have always tasted a little bit off, which is hard to do since they are packaged in capsules that usually mask bad tastes.

So  that's it. Today I feel ridiculously healthy, have lots of energy. The life style changes have eliminated lots of health-related issues, from Charlie horses to joint pain and high cholesterol - and far fewer senior moments! And I feel so much gratitude to the many people who helped along this journey. And as I said on the Zoom call, I don't view it as a battle with cancer. Instead, it was a journey  - filled with love and compassion and even humor. 

As a friend said the other day, "You chose life!"

And now, I think it's time to pay it forward.

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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Please follow the link above to Patricia's post and place a comment there as it is her story.

Apr 10, 2024 06:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I will go to Patricia Kennedy post and read it. I was so bummed I missed the Zoom meeting. The buyers I was showing a condo to was driving from San Antonio and got stuck in traffic and were 45 minutes late! Ughhhhh They loved it and ended up staying 45 minutes looking at it but I missed the Zoom meeting!

Apr 10, 2024 06:57 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

It was an interesting call, and I think I will try some decaffeinated mushroom coffee.

Apr 10, 2024 08:21 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543   There are a lot of positives to taking an approach to health that doesn't involve medicines, I will still stay with my cocoa bean brew, however.

Apr 10, 2024 02:55 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Ed,
I found Pat's presentation to be very interesting and intriguing. I'm going to try the coffee and do more research through the resources she provided.

Apr 10, 2024 08:48 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Carol Williams   We have a niece that does a lot of what Pat described and feels healthier for it.

Apr 10, 2024 02:56 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Ed, thank you so much for the re-blog. I'm sitting at my computer right now sipping my Rice mushroom coffee, and using it to wash down the mushroom capsules that help it all work so well!

Apr 10, 2024 08:51 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Patricia Kennedy   You made my recap of the weekly Zoom call very easy.

Apr 10, 2024 02:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for telling us about this Zoom session and for your reblog.

Apr 10, 2024 10:33 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

thanks for taking the time to stop, Roy Kelley

Apr 10, 2024 02:57 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Thanks for sharing Patricia's story, Ed, much appreciated! I like mushrooms but had no idea of the medicial aspect of them.

Apr 10, 2024 02:35 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!   I had a golf partner that was old world and on wet mornings would hunt mushrooms and would talk about how each had special purposes.

Apr 10, 2024 02:59 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

That is so cool to have that knowledge, Ed!

Apr 10, 2024 03:14 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I had never considered using mushrooms in my daily consumption before, but after listening to Pat's presentation and talking to her on the phone, they are now very much a consideration.

Apr 10, 2024 02:41 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

George Souto   I am very fond of them, especially when presented with a good cut of beef.

Apr 10, 2024 03:00 PM
Hannah Williams

George Souto, My order is on the way. 

Apr 12, 2024 11:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the recap, Ed. It was an intriguing discussion with so much learning. And Pat's follow-up post is also loaded with information.


Apr 10, 2024 04:07 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

I'm so sorry I missed Patricia Kennedy 's call.  I was stuck showing and didn't get back until late.   The books look very interesting, and I've heard about mushrooms from someone else, so there must be something to it.   Thanks for the recap, Ed.

Apr 10, 2024 06:18 PM
Hannah Williams

missed you Elyse Berman, PA 

Apr 12, 2024 11:24 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Ed, There are many benefits that sidesteps pharmaceuticals, and Pat's journey is a testament to this. Her story is nothing short of remarkable!

Apr 11, 2024 04:13 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great review of our Zoom meeting, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754. It is so marvelous to have our Patricia Kennedy back. I received an email stating that my order was on the way. Thank you, Kathy Streib, for making that call 

Apr 12, 2024 11:23 AM