The Turkey Tail mushroom (Coriolus versicolor) is a super-abundant colorful mushroom that grows on dead trees, logs, branches, and has been used for centuries in China and Japan to cure cancer.
Cancer Studies on Turkey Tail Mushrooms
- A $2.25 Million dollar study, approved by the National Institutes of Health, explored the impact Turkey Tail mushrooms have on the immune systems of breast cancer patients. Using mushrooms provided by Stamets’ company, Fungi Perfecti, LLC, researchers confirmed that the mushrooms powerfully stimulate the immune system, with no toxicity or side effects. “T. Versicolor dose-dependently enhances natural killer cell activity in women with breast cancer in the post chemo-radiotherapy setting.”
- In this study, mice bred to develop prostate cancer were split into two groups. One group was treated with PSP, an active component extracted from Turkey Tail mushrooms, and the other group was not. “Whereas 100% of the mice that fed with water only developed prostate tumors at the end of experiment, no tumors could be found in any of the mice fed with PSP, suggesting that PSP treatment can completely inhibit prostate tumor formation.”
Turkey Tail Mushrooms Saved Paul Stamet’s Mother
In June of 2009, Stamets received shocking news from his mother: her right breast was 5 times the size of her left, due to swelling and 6 walnut-sized lymph nodes. By the time of her cancer diagnosis, Stamets’ mother already had stage IV breast cancer, which had already spread to her liver.
The oncologist at the Swedish Breast Cancer Clinic at the University of Washington said that Stamets’ mother had the second worst case of breast cancer she’d seen in 20 years of practice. After predicting that Stamets’ mother had only 3 to 6 months to live, the oncologist told both mother and son about an intriguing new study using Turkey Tail mushrooms to cure cancer.
Stamets’ mother tried the mushrooms (along with the drug Ariceptin). 7 months later, Paul declared, “As of February 2010, she was virtually cancer-free”. The doctors said it was the quickest and most complete recovery they had ever witnessed.