Observation 118829: Coprinus comatus (O.F. Müll.) Pers.
When: 2012-12-03
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Coprinus comatus
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-12-04 06:59:23 CST (-0500)

has a powerful anti-cancer compound? A meal can cure some forms. It makes a great mushroom gravy over potatoes or egg noodles, too.

So does Calvatia gigantea. C. gigantea is considered poisonous when mature, but a good save edible when immature. Until quantities can be cultivated, cancer control for many people is not an option. Jonas Salk studied the cancer fighting properties of Calvatia gigantea in the 1960’s as I remember. Calvacin was the alcohol-absorbed material he derived from 5,000 pounds of C.g. In order to obtain that quantity of material, he had to use mature C.g. as well as immature.

The results with terminal cancer patients who were given less than a week to live was sad. Many patients died. But Salk determined that those patients with rapidly growing tumorous cancers, the tumors either shrank considerably or were destroyed. Later Salk’s methodology of calvacin derivation was questioned. In addition to concentrating calvacin, he likely was also poisoning his patients from mature C.g. Calvacin from immature C.g. still holds promise for rapid-growing tumorous cancer patients.

By: Rocky Houghtby
2012-12-03 22:04:36 CST (-0500)

Cool photo!

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