Mushroom Supplement for Cancer

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.

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New Website

To all my Facebook friends and family, I would really appreciate you sharing this post with your friends and family. Thanks.

I’d like to introduce my new website; On this website you will find, of course, “Cancer Sucks A True Story”, which has sold much better than I ever imagined. It is still available at all book stores and Amazon in the physical form and is also available in digital format from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBooks and Google Books. And please remember that all profits from this book go to support cancer organizations. I would also like to introduce two new books also available on the website; “The Hidden Truth” ($5.99) and “A Collection of Short Stories” ($3.99) that are currently available only in digital format through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Just click on the buy now button to purchase.

The Hidden Truth is suspense fiction with a religious theme that parallels the verse in a song from the 60s, “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire: Hate your next door neighbor but don’t forget to say grace. I’m sure most baby boomers will remember the song. I believe that if you liked “The DaVinci Code” you will enjoy reading “The Hidden Truth.”

“A Collection of Short Stories” is also available on digital format from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Three of the stories are fiction, one is based on a true story and one is true. Each one is inspirational and promotes caring, kindness, compassion and love, something I believe we need a lot more of in this world. I wonder if you will know which ones are my imagination, which one is based on a true story, and which one is true. The one based on a true story actually won second place in the Ventura County Writer’s Club Short Story Contest.

To visit my blog site just click on the David’s Blog button and it will take you to

I hope you enjoy these books. And as always, I invite your questions and comments.

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Gary’s Story

Gary’s story is another example of never giving up. I’m happy to call him a friend. I’ve seen his compassion for others grow since his cancer, especially by volunteering this year at Camp Keepsake, a weekend cancer camp for adult and their friends or families currently fighting cancer and those who are survivors sponsored by the Cancer Hope Foundation in Camarillo, California.

“Three years ago during a physical exam my PSA was high and my doctor felt that my prostate was a little too hard. A biopsy followed and it was confirmed. I had prostate cancer. I chose to have the biotic surgery and my prostate was removed. I did not have to have any special drugs, radiation or chemotherapy.

“The most difficult issue fighting cancer for me was the three weeks after surgery that I had to have a catheter. I was constantly sore and at times my dignity took a hit, but I was lucky. I have now been cancer free for three years.

“Fighting cancer was my first real health issue and it made me realize that no one should have to go through medical problems alone. Friends, family and health care providers helped make my recovery quicker and with less mental and physical pain. Six months ago I had hip surgery at the same time my wife was experiencing kidney stones. We were both in the hospital at the same time, but once again our friends and family rallied to our support, changing dressings, shopping and cooking for us and taking us to doctor appointments. My daughter even flew in from England to take care of us for a week.

“I’m not sure what would have happened had we been alone and not had such wonderful friends and family. I can never thank them enough. My wife and I learned that we have better family and friends than we have been to our family and friends. We all need love, compassion and sometimes just two strong arms to help us get through trying times in our lives.

“And as David says we should never, ever, quit.”

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Never, Ever, Quit

I’ve received some personal messages and emails from family and friends wondering why I haven’t posted on the website since August 24th. I apologize to everyone and will try to do better. I’ve been dealing with arthritis in my lower back and a couple of bulging discs. I’m sure that some of you can relate to the pain, which is mostly when I sit. Thus, my inability to focus and write.

While there is a great deal of pain associated with this back issue, it is nothing compared to going through cancer operations and chemotherapy. Yet I’m learning that the physical, emotional and spiritual effects are pretty much the same. And I am beginning to understand that “never, ever, quit” can be, and is, associated with any mental or physical ailment. At times I am reminded just how difficult it can be to continue to live each day with the advice I share in most of my blogs. Never … ever … quit!

Life is precious, and even through the difficulties of cancer or any other ailment there is beauty in this world ― the beauty of another’s touch, a kind word and the love of someone who understands.  Of course it is much easier “to say” than “to do,” but I will not quit on life and I will enjoy every God-given breath with those I love. I hope you will do the same.

Never … ever … quit!

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Nine Years After Cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer and battling this deadly disease in today’s society is no longer a death sentence, but no matter how long we survive and enjoy life there is always the possibility of a reoccurrence. And though it is something none of us who have battled cancer dwell on, and even as we do our best to keep our adversary in a remote section of our minds, it is still only a thought away.

August 10, 2015 represented nine years since my last cancer surgery, nine years of survival and enjoying every new day with family and friends. Not only am I thankful for these nine years, but I intend to have many more. Were there days that weren’t so good? Absolutely, especially when an unexpected “chemo day” arrived. But on these days I recognized them for what they were and did my best, with Debbie’s help, to be more active. Actually, she recognizes a “chemo day” before I do and knows to give me that extra push. Although it is hard to do, especially with fatigue, activity on a “chemo day” is much better for me than inactivity.

For those who have just been diagnosed with cancer, please stay strong, weigh all of your options and follow what you feel in your heart that feels right for you. And for those of you who could be facing a reoccurrence, please remember that life is precious, and every breath we take beyond what we are told we have is a small victory over cancer, and every small victory will eventually lead to a cure for cancer.

Yes, some will not survive this fight, but none of the losses are in vain. So why do some survive and others lose their fight with this disease? Is it because they are weak? Not a chance. To battle cancer is as tough as what we battled in Vietnam. We did not quit the fight there (it was our government that quit for us) and we do not quit our fight with cancer.

Cancer really does suck. So, no matter how tough it gets; never, ever quit.

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Agent Orange And Cancer

I recently met a man wearing a Vietnam veteran’s hat. He was about my age and served his country in the war from 1968 through 1969. A smile lit his face when he learned that I, too, had served in Vietnam a year earlier than he did. It was as though we had known one another all of our lives. I think the camaraderie between Vietnam vets will always be there, just as it is for those who fought in other wars.

As we talked I told him about my experience with Agent Orange, and then he told me his. He had been exposed to the deadly chemical dozens of times, but considered himself lucky to be home in one piece. He made it back to the states without a scratch, just as I did; no bullet wounds and no shrapnel from mortars or grenades. But a year after his service to his country ended he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

At that time, in the early 70s, the government did not associate or accept responsibility for Agent Orange exposure with any disease. My new friend, I’ll call him Sam, had to take care of his own medical needs and expenses. When he was diagnosed he had a good support unit from family and friends, but the emotional and financial strain were too much to save his marriage. Yet he persevered, and after ten years with cancer, chemotherapy, remission, a reoccurrence and another round of chemotherapy, he reached the end of the five-year survival date and was considered a cancer survivor.

The respect I had for Sam was immediate and unqualified. And the thing that excited me most about his story was that he had decided not to give up no matter how tough the battle. He has been cancer free for thirty years and still going strong. What I heard from him was Never, Ever, Quit! It’s the motto you’ll find in everything I write, and one I hope everyone will adopt.

To all of the veterans like Sam, thank you for what you did and are still doing for our country, and thank you for what you had to endure after your return. If you know a veteran, give him/her a kind word. Thank them for doing their part to keep us free.

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Letter To Oncologists

Dear Oncologists,

Many of us who have gone through chemotherapy do not understand why we can’t get more information from you regarding the possible side effects of the chemical you have designed for our treatment prior to our first chemo session. Is it because you don’t know how it will affect us? Is it because you don’t have enough time during our office visit? Or is it because we are just a number without a name? What is the reason?

Please educate us on what is about to happen to our bodies. Tell us what we can do to get this information from you. We would be grateful and more at ease facing the unknowns of chemotherapy.

Thanks you,

Chemotherapy Patients

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