How Mushrooms Can Save The World and Us

Paul Stamets
Saturday, 5th October 2013

This amazing talk by Paul Stamets, a mycologist for over 30 years, explores several different species of mushrooms, each with properties that can save the world and humans.

Paul believes that habitats and humans share immune systems and that mushroom mycelia are the cellular bridges connecting the two.

Going through the different species he has researched, Paul shows how one type, the Agarikon, has antibacterial properties. It is the oldest living mushroom in the world, reaching 100.  

The Turkey Tail mushroom saved Paul's mother from cancer. At 84 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her tumour was 5cm large and had spread to her liver and sternum. Being too elderly for most treatments, her doctor suggested she tried Turkey Tail mushrooms which were being trialled. Ironically, Paul was growing them. His mother now has no signs of cancer.

Cordyceps have been found to attract insects and supress immune systems and other mycellium was found to up-channel hydrocarbons, turning them into fungal carbohydrates. These mycellium have been tested in oil spill areas, where not only did they soak up the spilled oil in both fresh and salt water, but the mushrooms that grew, attracted insects which in turn attracted frigs and other wildlife. This meant the ecosystem was being saved on various levels.

This is a must watch video, that will fill you with joy and hope for the future of our planet and mankind.

Further resources

How mushrooms can clean up radioactive contamination

Let mushrooms sunbathe for increased vitamin D

Growing mushrooms from coffee

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