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The best mushrooms for good health

Whether cooked or in powdered form, many mushrooms can give good health benefits. Here’s our list of the best mushrooms for your health as provided by nutritionist Tawnya Ritco. You can incorporate them into recipes from soups to stews or sandwiches or find them in pill and powder form from good retailers. Sun mushroom (Agaricus blazei) Agaricus has long been recognized for its ability to galvanize immune response, reduce both physical and mental stress and help the body to detoxify. It also possesses powerful anti-inflammatory action. Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) The Red Reishi mushroom has long been known in traditional Chinese medicine as the mushroom of immortality—a claim that’s been backed up by scientists who have found that it increases longevity in mice and may possibly do the same for humans. It supports bet- ter sleep, helps with calming and de-stressing the body and supports the immune system. Maitake (Grifola frondosa) A powerful antioxidant, Maitake— or

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Should terminally ill patients have access to Psilocybin?

Known to many as “shrooms” or “magic mushrooms”, it may well be this could be a breakthrough medication for terminally ill Canadians. In Canada, Psilocybin (Sy-le-sy-bin) mushrooms, of which there are over 200 species, are illegal as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. But they have become a hot topic across the country as an effective treatment for terminally ill patients. One 52 year-old Saskatoon man with terminal cancer suffers greatly from anxiety and is asking the federal government for the right to use Psilocybin to treat his anxiety. He’s tried other medications and therapies, but they’ve had little effect. A recent poll by TheraPsil, a non-profit advocacy group based in Victoria, BC, indicates that 59% of Canadians support the use of this drug when it comes to those who are terminally ill. Studies by world-class medical organisations such as Johns Hopkins, NYU and UCLA

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