Mushrooms, Cancer, Whole Plant Extracts
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Betty
Posted on: December 07, 2007

I was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma one year ago with 3 months to live unless I took Chemo. I tried it but it made me feel like a zombie so I quit and have been "flying by the seat of my pants" since then. I’ve had no one to advise me.

The oncologist is surprised I’m still living and that I feel perfectly normal. Just reading books and research on my computer I’ve changed my diet to mainly fruits and vegetables, trying to follow a mainly alkaline diet -- no meats, no dairy, nothing white nor recipes made with white sugar, white flour, white rice, etc., and few grains. Of course I cheat from time to time but try to stick with it.

I’m taking holistic medicines (I guess that is the term for non-prescriptive medicines not recommended by a traditional MD): among them Ave or Ave Mar; pure noni juice; apricot kernels; Cell Food; and AHCC (active hexose correlated compound), a mushroom product.

I recently found another product RM-10 put out by Garden of Life. It’s 10 organically grown mushrooms. It is about half the price of AHCC ( major factor since of course non of these things are covered by insurance) I called them to ask if it was the same as AHCC which was recommended by the company that sells Ave to me and the person with whom I spoke claimed she knew nothing of AHCC. I find that hard to believe.

Will I get the same answer from you?

Although I will not comment on a particular company or brand, I can give you my personal opinion. I prefer to use whole plant medicines that are prepared in a traditional fashion. I do not recommend medicines whereby certain constituents have been extracted. The reasons for my opinion in this regard is that whole plant medicines have many naturally built in safety measures. For example, garlic contains constituents that increase blood pressure as well as constituents that reduce blood pressure. As such, if a person takes garlic for high blood pressure for an extended period of time, even after the blood pressure has gone back to normal, garlic will not continue to lower blood pressure to the point that it is too low. It is self regulating because it is a whole plant extract with all the constituents kept in place.

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