Medicinal mushrooms are truly incredible and are a wonderful food that can be used to improve and maintain health in a person. In fact, we share more in common DNA-wise with mushrooms than we do with plants, according to the University of California Berkeley. Since we share much of the same DNA, mushrooms and humans share common infections from the same microbial pathogens. However, mushrooms are much more evolved at creating compounds to fight these pathogens. In essence, that means that mushrooms contain compounds that can help the human body heal and recover from something as simple as everyday stress, to more severe illnesses like diseases and cancers.
The most notable medicinal mushroom for memory is Hericium erinaceus, or more commonly known as Lion’s Mane mushroom. Lion’s Mane is able to stimulate nerve growth factor, because of two compounds found in the mushroom known as hericenones and erinacines. These compounds are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and stimulate new neuronal growth within the brain itself. Lion’s mane has also been shown to reduce beta-amyloid plaques, which are proteins that form in the fatty membranes that surround nerve cells, interfering with neurotransmission. These plaques play a role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gerig’s and all nervous system issues.
Thus, Lion’s mane helps with any neurological issue and can actually repair and grow entirely new neurons in the brain, something scientists believed that wasn’t possible not too long ago. It can also help with every day stress and anxiety. There are also multiple studies that have shown Lion’s Mane mushroom to be beneficial in cancer prevention and killing cancer cells.
The medicinal mushroom I use for Lion’s Mane comes from Host Defense, which can be seen here in capsule form and here in liquid extract form. Mycologist Dr. Paul Stamets has been long known as the leading expert on mushrooms for decades and many people have reported incredible health recoveries using his medicinal mushrooms. As someone who works in the health supplement industry, I believe this brand is the highest quality. There are other brands out there, but discernment should be used when deciding what is best for you.
Two of the best mushrooms for the entire immune system are Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) and Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail mushroom). Reishi has long been used in the Eastern hemisphere of our world and is known as the “mushroom of immortality,” which is for good reason. Reishi has been proven to help every aspect of our immune system by helping with blood pressure, inflammation, infections, digestive system issues, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, auto immune disorders, the common flu, HIV/AIDS and according to these studies, Reishi has also been shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) of cancer cells in those with lymphoma and leukemia. Reishi is good for many other health issues and is excellent for someone with any kind of disease or cancer. Additionally, for anything heart/cardiovascular related, Reishi is the medicinal mushroom to use. Reishi is also classified as an adaptogen, so it is wonderful for everyday or long-term stress relief.
Turkey Tail mushroom has also been proven to be extremely helpful for those with prostate cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, gastric cancer and lung cancer. It can also be used as a general supplement to maintain good health and as a preventative.
Another two incredible mushrooms for stress relief and overall health, is the Chaga mushroom and the Cordyceps mushroom. Chaga contains a very large amount of a compound known as superoxide dismutase (SOD). SOD neutralizes damage done by free radicals, which makes it effective at dealing with everyday physical stress, diseases and cancers. In fact, Chaga contains 50 times the amount of SOD than fruit juices, seaweeds and leafy greens. Chaga is great for the respiratory system, digestion, skin and liver detoxification and many other areas in helping a person.
Cordyceps is also another adaptogen and has great stress-relieving, free-radical neutralizing power. It is also used by athletes around the world to increase endurance. This is done in part due to the anti-oxidant capacity as well as the fact that it helps to boost the supply of ATP in the body, which is one of the primary sources of energy for the body. Cordyceps contains adenosine, which is a nucleic acid needed to create ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate). Like Chaga, Cordyceps is also excellent for the respiratory system and liver detoxification.
While there are many other amazing medicinal mushrooms, these are a few of the best for their actions on memory and the nervous system, stress relief, the immune system and cancer. What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever used medicinal mushrooms before? Do you know someone who might benefit from using them?
Lance Schuttler graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Science-Health Coaching and offers health coaching services through his website Orgonlight Health. You can follow the Orgonlight Health Facebook page or visit the website for more information on how to receive health coaching for yourself, your friend or family member as well as view other inspiring articles. He also offers blog coaching services at Personable Media.
Researchers Find 50,000-Year-Old Frozen Body of Extinct Woolly Rhino in Siberia
Researchers in Siberia have stumbled upon the 50,000 year-old remains of a rare woolly rhinoceros that was trapped in permafrost.
The remains of the woolly rhino were excavated from the Abyisky district of the Sakha Republic. The rhino was first discovered by a local in Siberia named Alexei Savin, Business Insider reported.
Savvin stumbled upon the remarkable find walking near the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, Siberia last August.
It’s worth noting that this woolly rhino was found close to the site where a previous baby woolly rhino named Sasha was discovered back in the year 2014. Woolly Rhinos were once believed to have been prevalent in Europe, Russia and northern Asia thousands upon thousands of years ago until they ended up extinct.
Paleontologist Albert Protopopov of the Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic unveiled that the baby woolly rhino would have been approximately three to four years old when it died presumably from drowning.
The only other woolly rhino thus far that has been discovered in these regions — Sasha — was dated to be from around 34,000 years ago. However, Protopopov suggests that the newly discovered body could be anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 years old.
However, despite the body being there for so long according to Protopopov “among other things, part of the internal organs are preserved, which in the future will make it possible to study in more detail how the species ate and lived.”
Protopopov further added, “Earlier, not even the bone remains of individuals of this age were found, not to mention the preserved carcasses of animals. As a rule, these were either cubs or adults.”
A fellow paleontologist Valery Plotnikov from the Academy of Sciences further adds, “We have learned that woolly rhinoceroses were covered in very thick hair. Previously, we could judge this only from rock paintings discovered in France. Now, judging by the thick coat with the undercoat, we can conclude that the rhinoceroses were fully adapted to the cold climate very much from a young age.”
Isaac Newton’s Secret “Burnt” Notes Included Theory That Great Pyramids Predicted Apocalypse
Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most famous scientists of recorded history, left behind a large body of work that is still vital in our understanding of the world today. However, as with many public intellectuals, he also had plenty of work that was never shared with the public, even after his death.
Now, for the first time ever, some of these unpublished notes are being auctioned off, and these notes contain some of his most wild theories, and includes his thoughts on the occult, alchemy, and biblical apocalypse theory. Newton was known to dabble in the more esoteric realms of study, but very little written evidence remains about his specific thoughts on mystical topics.
Some of the remaining manuscript notes are currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s. The notes have been through a lot, and are obviously burned. The auctioneers claim that the notes were damaged in a fire that is believed to have been started by a candle that was accidentally toppled by Newton’s dog, Diamond.
According to the auction listing, “These notes are part of Newton’s astonishingly complex web of interlinking studies – natural philosophy, alchemy, theology – only parts of which he ever believed were appropriate for publication. It is not surprising that he did not publish on alchemy, since secrecy was a widely-held tenet of alchemical research, and Newton’s theological beliefs, if made public, would have cost him (at least) his career.”
The notes currently have a leading bid of £280,000, the equivalent of about $375,000.
In the notes, Newton speaks on some far-out topics that would surprise modern thinkers. For example, Newton’s notes include a theory that ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza predicted the apocalypse. While it is unclear what logic he used to get to his conclusion, the theory began with his study of how the pyramids were designed according to an ancient Egyptian unit of measurement called the royal cubit.
While studying the pyramids and the cubit, Newton believed he developed an insight into sacred geometry, which somehow aligned with the apocalypse predictions in the bible.
“He was trying to find proof for his theory of gravitation, but in addition the ancient Egyptians were thought to have held the secrets of alchemy that have since been lost. Today, these seem disparate areas of study – but they didn’t seem that way to Newton in the 17th century,” Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s manuscript specialist, told The Guardian.
“It’s a wonderful confluence of bringing together Newton and these great objects from classical antiquity which have fascinated people for thousands of years. The papers take you remarkably quickly straight to the heart of a number of the deepest questions Newton was investigating,” Heaton added.
Interest in alchemy and mysticism was not unusual for serious scholars at the time, in fact, it was recognized as a legitimate field of scientific study.
“The idea of science being an alternative to religion is a modern set of thoughts. Newton would not have believed that his scientific work could undermine religious belief. He was not trying to disprove Christianity – this is a man who spent a long time trying to establish the likely time period for the biblical apocalypse. That’s why he was so interested in the pyramids,” Heaton said.
Megalodon Fossils Show How Biggest-Ever Shark Had Nurseries All Over the World
The massive megalodon, the largest shark to ever roam the seas, had their own nursery areas all over the globe that allowed the apex predators to raise their young and populate the world prior to their extinction.
A new study, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, reveals that nurseries belonging to the massive creatures have been found in across vast geographic distances where fossils belonging to both young and old megalodons were discovered.
The five likely nurseries include sites off Spain’s east coast, two off the coast of the United States, and two in Panama.
Megalodon (Otodus megalodon), whose name means “large tooth,” lived between 23 million and 3.6 million years ago until it went extinct during a period of global cooling. For 13 million years, the megalodon was the king of the sea.
The megalodon was not only the largest shark in the world, but also the biggest fish – and quite possibly the most powerful predator – to ever exist. Its teeth alone measured 18 centimeters long, and evidence shows that it could have grown to reach up to 60 feet in length.
However, because megalodon bodies were mostly comprised of cartilage – which cannot fossilize – the shark’s teeth, vertebrae and fossilized feces have been the main way researchers have calculated the shark’s body measurements.
The existence of the nurseries shows that young megalodon were still quite susceptible to attacks by other predators.
To keep the young megalodon safe, their shark parents would give birth to their young in shallow, warm water nurseries located near coastlines. In these special regions, juvenile megalodon were able to access their prey while facing few dangers from rival predators.
“Our analyses support the presence of five potential nurseries ranging from the Langhian (middle Miocene) to the Zanclean (Pliocene), with higher densities of individuals with estimated body lengths within the typical range of neonates and young juveniles,” the scientists wrote in the abstract for the study.
“These results reveal, for the first time, that nursery areas were commonly used by O. megalodon over large temporal and spatial scales, reducing early mortality and playing a key role in maintaining viable adult populations,” the authors added.
The nurseries were ideal sites that allowed young megalodons to mature into adults in a process that took about 25 years.
Experts investigated 25 teeth belonging to megalodon that were found in the Reverté and Vidal regions in Tarragona, Spain. The study led to the conclusion that these locations were filled with sharks that had body lengths consistent with the normal range of newborns and young juveniles, measuring 13 feet in length for one-month-old sharks to 36 feet in length for older juveniles.
A separate study released in September found that a 52.5-foot-long adult megalodon had heads that measure up to 15.3 feet long, with dorsal fins measuring about 5.3 feet tall and tails reaching 12.6 feet. To put this into perspective, an adult human could stand on a shark’s back and be roughly the same height as the dorsal fin.
The study’s findings also reveal that the shark’s reliance on nurseries likely played a role in their demise, when the world cooled near the end of the Pliocene period and sea levels declined.
“Ultimately, the presumed reliance of O. megalodon on the presence of suitable nursery grounds might have also been determinant in the demise of this iconic top predatory shark,” the authors of the study noted.
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