‘Mushroom of immortality’ and Second Opinions rolled into one

I have been fortunate enough to have contact with Dr Ellen Copson who is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology and Honorary Medical Oncology Consultant for the UHS Foundation NHS Trust since I was told the canSer has metasised. She allows me to email her with questions and mostly reinforces what I have already been told.

She has emailed to suggest that I may benefit from a second opinion and has given me the name of a breast cancer oncologist in London. I find this really helpful knowing that I could seek the opinion of another specialist if needed. It’s also surprising that we are entitled to a second opinion on the NHS. I am certain that most of us wouldn’t have known this and it just proves how much is available to us if we knew about it. If I want to proceed with this all I have to do is ask my GP to fax a referral letter to him.. Simplezzz. I may just do that.

It is only a few weeks til I go to visit Dr Kate James for a couple of days of therapy. Her approach is through diet, supplements, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, (EFT) Emotional Freedom Techniques and more. She has suggested I start taking chaga and reishi mushroom supplements. First impressions are they taste disgusting! But of course I will persevere with them of course especially since I researched them.

 

has been used to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the body and to extend the span of life. This fungus was been documented as early as 4,600 years ago in Chinese medicine where it earned the names: “King of the Herbs” and “A Gift from God”. It is used for the treatment of many forms of cancers and tumors in the Siberian regions. Due to their regular consumption of Chaga, these indigenous people have very low oncologic diseases. Many of them have been documented to live for over 100 years. WOW!

 

is hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings,”. This immune-boosting mushroom also works wonders in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as the T-cells are then able to fight cancer cells more effectively. However, reishi may help the body defeat cancer in not just one, but four ways. In addition to boosting the immune system, the glucan in reishi helps immune cells bind to tumor cells. Many experts believe that it also actually reduces the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another substance in reishi, called canthaxanthin, slows down the growth of tumours.

 

As a result of these amazing anti-cancer abilities, laboratory research and traditional medicinal usage of reishi to fight cancer is so positive that the Japanese government officially recognizes it as a cancer treatment! This is enough of an incentive to take them. Even if they simply stimulate my immune system. I have to admit I am feeling really well. Long may it continue.

Had a great start today… whilst doing a spot of yoga overlooking my garden a Red Admiral butterfly came to the door and fluttered in front of me for a while. That put a smile on my face. It made me think of my friend liking butterflies to me and their symbolism of celebration, change, positivity, freedom, fun and joyous times. Ye ha! I’m a butterfly baby!

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