Monday, January 14, 2013

There's a Fungus Among Us!!!

So, about a month ago I read Debbie Pearl's book, "Preparing To Be A Helpmeet." It was the second time I read it, but after reading it again, I decided that I must have been asleep when I read it the first time. :-) Either that or I was just enjoying the stories so much that I missed the whole point of the stories....*guilty*
Anyhoo, one of the things that Mrs. Pearl strongly suggested was to take the time to study a new subject each week. It keeps you learning new helpful things. I thought, "Hey, I can do that. In a typical week I go to the library about three times, plus I have a basement full of books. No problem-o!"
Thus, I decided that in this new year I would try to study a new subject each week. I will admit that I didn't "officially" start until this last week, but I'm just going with the fact that this new year started on a Tuesday so, I'm good. Mrs. Pearl said that the first subject she studied was mushrooms and since I have a love for mushrooms (especially when they're sautéed to death in butter) I figured that they would be a perfect subject to study. The first book I went through was....well frankly, it was bland. Then I found this book called "Mushrooms; For Health and Longevity." It's by Ken Babal, and if you're looking for a quick, easy and very informative book about mushrooms, this one is great! I had no idea how many health benefits there were to mushrooms, plus they have incredible medicinal value!

Did you know that mushrooms were the only vegan source of vitamin D besides sunlight and ultraviolet exposure? I didn't! And since I hardly ever go outside in the winter, I'm thinking that I need to be eating some more mushrooms. Not only that, but they also help you lose weight.
One of the most amazing things that I learned is that there are several different mushrooms that have cancer curing qualities. Most of these are more commonly used in Asia, but some are used in America. Actually, all of the mushrooms that I learned about help fight cancer and boost your immune system. Different mushrooms help with different things. Some fight breast cancer, some help shrink tumors, some help with hormonal imbalances, some help cure hepatitis B, and some even help lower cholesterol levels up to 14%.
Here's a list of the mushrooms covered in this book:
Lion's Mane

I can't wait to try some of these. I just need to open a new account and start saving some mushroom money, cause these babies aren't the cheapest fungus in the forest. :-)

My subject for this week is not very practical, but I saw a book at the library about it and I just couldn't resist! Hopefully, I'll be posting about it this weekend.......

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