Secret Cancer Treatment May Be Hidden In A Mushroom

Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 12:53pm

The secret to treating millions of cancer patients might be hidden in a mushroom.

Researchers are unlocking the potential of the turkey tail.

This is how Lisa Clinton shares her gift: teaching children on the ice.

"Skating gives me a sense of exhilaration...," says Clinton.

And this is how she feeds her soul.

"It gives me an opportunity to express myself."

Then came breast cancer.

"Once I was diagnosed, I kind of shut everything down."

Clinton is convinced she is back on the ice today because after her surgery, she refused chemo-therapy and turned to Bastyr, a natural healing university, in the middle of a ground breaking investigation.

"We consider cancer a failure of the immune system, so when Lisa came here after being diagnosed with breast cancer she wanted to know what she could do," says Dr. Leanna Standish, a researcher.

Dr. Standish decided to introduce Lisa to the turkey tail.

A small mushroom commonly found in northwest forests that physicians in other parts of the world have been using for centuries to boost the body's immune system.

"When I measured her immune system when she came here, it wasn't in ideal shape," says the researcher.

Researchers at Bastyr got permission from the FDA to study turkey tail's healing qualities.

"When they are ingested, they stimulate immune cells that line the intestines and then those cells stimulate other immune cells all over the body."

So far, the treatment is boosting Clinton’s immune system and her outlook and her chances for being a common site for years to come.

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