I’ve wanted to talk about the “Magic Mushroom” chapter in my book for quite some time. They are not the kind of mushrooms that “Magic” might imply from the 60s. They are magic to me because I believe they are part of the reason I am still on this earth. They are supplements, and yes, they cost more than vitamins. Is the cost covered by insurance? No, but it is tax deductible. Is it worth it? In my case, absolutely. A six months supply cost about $300.00. The name of the supplement is Coriolus VPS, a Japanese mushroom extract.
Coriolus VPS is not widely recognized in the Western world (especially by most physicians) as beneficial for treatment of any cancer or problems arising from such treatment, but in the Eastern world they are often a way of life. Research in Japan alone has existed for more than thirty-five years and reports incredible success stories regarding the healing properties of these mushrooms.
The active ingredients in this species of mushroom are protein- bound polysaccharides that have demonstrated significant immuno-modulating properties.
Though I am not suggesting that everyone with cancer try this supplement, I believe it was one of the many pieces of the puzzle that helped with my ultimate survival. I still take them daily. But how do I know they really helped me?
There are times in all of our lives when we feel deeply within our hearts that something is right, that it just makes sense. Perhaps there is no logical or physical evidence, but it’s there within us. It’s like Debbie’s love for me—she doesn’t have to outwardly express it all of the time; I feel her love with my soul just as we feel the spiritual connectedness to our creator. How do you explain it? There is no all encompassing answer. You just know.
In many Japanese studies, magic mushrooms have proved beneficial in nutritional support with radiotherapy, after curative surgery for colon cancer, and with chemotherapy. These studies found that the five-year survival rate of patients who received Coriolus polysaccharides were, in most cases, doubled—some more than tripled—as opposed to those who did not use the mushrooms.
I was given about a 50 percent chance of surviving colon cancer for five years without chemotherapy, and perhaps 65 to 75 percent chance with chemotherapy. By my calculation, including magic mushrooms with my diet and supplements would give me somewhere between a 90 and 95 percent chance to be cancer free at the end of five years. I liked the numbers, so it was an easy choice for us.
If you are fighting cancer, or even if you are considered a survivor, please do the research to find out how beneficial they can be. They might work for you. But it’s always your choice. As for me, I am a believer, and I will continue to take them as part of my daily regime.