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Guill the Chagafan

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  1. When I look at the picture my place is definetly in the 30-35F... when I zoom in it 25-30F... witch make more sens... there still 3 feets of snow here... the ground wont unfreeze until end of april...
  2. I find a lot of them in my place (northern Québec)... with fir and spruce or in mix wood...
  3. Mushrooms for Health & Longevity by Ken Babel (2011) (less than 10$) a very small book... about 60 pages... including a few ones with recipes... covert the basic and most popular species... a few polypores and many edible species(mainly asian mushrooms)... mainly about ageing disease... a good choice if you are more interest in eating mushrooms than making medicines from them... clear and well written... but pretty short... a good way to motivate some change in your diet... especially for the Babyboomers out there...
  4. I recently buy some new books on medicinal mushrooms: The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America by Robert Rogers (Paperback - Nov 15 2011) ( about 20$) a new version of fungal pharmacy... the last one was autopublishied... now a very professional looking book... a huge book(nearly 4 pounds)... writing still a little confusing... lot of info on various use of medicinal mushrooms and especially about native use... lots of pictures (not all of them of high quality)... covert way more species than any other book... you can find in there result from studies in the '50 in Russia to the one published 2 years ago in India... in the same page you will find the most frequent terpens composition of a particular mushrooms and the spiritualistic qualities of that fungal essence... A big part on the use of lichen... a thing not often covert by other guide... An incredible amount of info to use with care... a lot of the studies report in the book we're not without criticism... So to conclude... a most have for anybody who are really interest in medicinal mushrooms or who looking for different info that those present in most other guide... but absolutely not a good intro to medicinals mushrooms... not always clear... Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi by Greg Marley (Paperback - May 30 2010) (About 12$) a great intro to the world of medicinals mushrooms, covert the major species... very clear... well written... if you wish to by only one book on medicinals mushrooms try that one (the last edition of Medicinal Mushrooms by Christopher Hobbs date from 2003)... in fact a must have for most mushrooms lovers...
  5. Félicitation Vlad... and it's nice to know that Fungi will get an article on Chaga...
  6. Ok... now I'll start to take mother earth temperature... well not right now... everything is still frozen... but I should check for what temp... morels pops in witch range???
  7. Good point Vlad... never thing of cutting down one... but I'would try it this weekend... I will try to just girdle one with a chainsaw... so the tree will die but remain standing... here the tree dont begin to run sap before at least 1-2 week... so if chaga fruits the next year I will maybe be lucky and get one this summer...
  8. Hi Vlad... an interesting quest... but the story end abruptly on your page... have you receive confirmation about it... the picture look great... the structure of the fruiting body seem so fragile... I will try to find one to see it with my own eyes... I know a few dead birch still standing with the steril conk...
  9. A short but interesting article in IJMM(2005)about the fungi that Otzi the iceman was carrying with him...and contrary with what was assume before he was probably not carrying those for medicinal purpose... http://dl.begellhouse.com/download/article/30e4e1021c1fecff/IJM%200703%20(357-359).pdf
  10. Cool... thank you very much... even if I still have to wait a lot before I can put mines on the map...
  11. Hi Calvert... I'm in abitibi... I live on a land near Rouyn-Noranda... but right now I'm working in Waswanipi... between Quévillon and Chibaugamau... so nearly as far north as I can go by road... but not so bad... I'm still not to James Bay...
  12. You're so lucky... her there still 3 feet of snow... 0F this morning... still nearly 2 month before the first greens shot poke out... so enjoy your mushrooming... and get a little think about us in the North...
  13. Very good point... here a little article on nuclear accident and food contamination: http://elements.healthspace.com/?p=255 http://elements.healthspace.com/?p=540 and a little pamphlet from Finland on how to reduce radioactive cesium in mushrooms: http://www.evira.fi/uploads/WebShopFiles/1219147520340.pdf
  14. ... It can't warm up to fast around here... still 4 month before morels season...
  15. Don't overlook a book because it's date back a little... still a good sources of information for traditionnal medicine ( natives, chinese, folk medicine, herbologist), extraction methods, history of use... and an esay way to get an initiation of medicinals mushrooms... it not all the articles in specialised journals that have been written for a general public... a lot of recent articles focused on eluciding the mecanism of medicinal mushrooms's actions... witch is great if you are use to immunology but not easily understandable if it a new field for you... and we have more and more articles on the effects of whole medicinals mushrooms ( or easily reproducible extraction)in vivo... some on animals and a fews on humans...
  16. Here are my favorites book on medicinals mushrooms: medicinal mushrooms by Christopher Hobbs (1995): the classic of medicinal mushrooms books, a lot of information, a lot of mushrooms, good references, well written, a very complete book Fungal pharmacy medicinals mushrooms of western Canada(2006)by Robert Rogers: very interesting, a lot of info on natives use of medicinals mushrooms, the reference section is not so good, not very well written... a lot of repetitons, unclear categories, a lot of mushrooms are cover together, many pictures, a lot of info about traditional use in asia... a new edition should be out in a few month... seem of a better qualities... Mycomedicinal by Stamets: very interesting... a short book with a lot of info... a good reference section, nearly a compilation of other studies, not as easy to read as the one from Hobbs... check other book by Stamets for info on medicinal mushrooms(mycelium running,growing medicinals mushrooms)
  17. One of the best know of the medicinal mushroom (and one of the best studies), the sources of PSK, krestin, coriolan and PSP. Well know for it anti-cancer properties and immune stimulating properties... -Effective against a broad spectrum of cancer... some direct cytotoxicity against neoplasia, strong inhibitor of metastasis and angiogenesis, inhibit tumors growth and proliferation -work in synergy with chemo or radiotherapy -Antiviral (reduce Hiv binding and stimulate interferon production) -prolong antibiotics effect and reduce antibiotic resistance( MRSA) -inhibit blood platelet aggregation, reduce inflammation of blood vessels and favorise vasodilatation -kidney stimulation ( reverse nephron problem and regulate prostaglandin) -regulate auto-immune disease(lupus, rheumatiod arthritis, sclerosis...) -antioxidant properties ... from fungal pharmacy by Rogers
  18. Medicinal properties... from Fungal pharmacy by Robert Rogers: -highly effective against the malarial parasite P. falciparium... -Cox2 inhibitor (prevent the formation of prostaglandin... can help in different type of cancer) -Anti-diabetic type 2 constituents( especially against metabolic syndrom... lower blood pressure, cholesterol and glycemia, reduce abdominal obesity) -promote absorption of other micronutriments,regulate intestinal flora, protect against effect of bad nutrition -hepatoprotective properties, small effect on HepB (recovery and seroconversion) -interleukin-1-stimulating effect ( enhance activities of macrophage, NKcell and cytotoxic T cell...so tumour growth inhibition against Leukemia, cervical, lung, stomach breast, colorectal, prostate(especially against hormone resistant), bladder and liver cancer) -reduce side effect of chemotherapy, work in synergy with chemo or radiotherapy) -Seem to be helpful in Hiv infection( prevent the killing of t cell in vitro, increase well-being and decrease secondary disease, increase CD4+ count in blood...) -stimulate the immune systeme in chronic fatigue syndrome -increase blood flow to the skin ( with cosmetic benefits...) A very interesting medicinal mushrooms... to bad they don't grow in my area... Be careful... some properties seem to be dependant of the methods of extraction(the SX fraction (against diabetes and obesity) seem to lose his potenty at hight temperature(boiling point)) or some fraction can be transform after extraction(Hiv result are with a sulphated proteo-glucan)
  19. Gyromitra esculenta contain some Monomethylhydrazine or some predessor(gyromitrin) that are transform in MMH (by heating or digestion) witch is a class 3 carcinogenic products... it mean it have proven capacity to induce cancer in animal (mainly mice)... but not clear studies on human... most carcinogenic product can do there damage in really small quantity (ways more smaller than those need to induce acute reaction) and the damage of most of those type of products are cumulatives... some of those damages can appear 20-30 years after the exposition... and some individuals factor can influence on the outcome of those damages...
  20. That true that my family and I are probably the only one to harvest chaga in a few thousand miles radius... and we harvest it in winter(easier... no leaf)... and the winter is long around here...this morning it was -45F... without the windchill... so we got around 6-7 month with no mushrooms exept polypores... Vlad... I grind my chaga with a meat grinder... the manual one... but I need to soak the chaga for 12-24h first... and I think that you can use this powder in any hydrating cream(neutral base with urea...) We already try it with great succes for fungus in toe nail, or with fungal dermatitis... to change the taste remember that you can add other species of medicinal polypores...
  21. Again nice pics Jack... but careful... I got a patch of shaggy mane growing side by side with atramentarius... Shaggy mane are one of my favorite mushrooms... always plentyfull... a great mushrooms to pick with Kids... I prefer them really really young... most of the time I check for small bump near mature one... so delicious when they are not out of the soil yet... and you can keep them up to a day in refrigerator... those really young one can even be dry in a dryer... (really thin slice... and not to much at the same time...) or lightly sauté them in butter and freeze them... just use it frozen( don't defrost them before...)but get use to the shagy mane and the look alike before to pick the small button... they are more difficult to distinguish in that stage...
  22. Same problems as Mary... never see one of these beauty near my place... be back monday with more info one the medicinal properties of this one... I can maybe try to grow them... I'm already trying to grow oak for a few years... so in 30 years I will maybe try to plug them ...cool pics Jack...
  23. I never use my chaga twice for tea... but you can use the left over chaga for other use... in Siberia it was use for hand cleaning and to clean the newborn... really effective to remove feet odors (or other body odors)... just soak in it after your shower... It's use in Japan in cosmetic cream to remove coloration spot on the skin... rub your face with it... another advantage to use grinded chaga... you can even add a small amount to dog food... if you keep it in chunk just let them dry and use it as a fire starter... or even as a kind of frankincense... It was use in this way by Plains Indians in healing ceremony... or even to predict futur... If you want to know wich of two event will happen make two similar line of chaga powder... one for each event and light it... to first one to burn completely will happen... never try that...
  24. Me I use an axe to get my Chaga... when you get use to it one hit on the line between the chaga and the birch and you get your conch in one piece... work way bettre in winter when everything is frozen... I don't know if Stalin was a Chaga fan but I read an article on Chaga inoculation in Poland... absolutely no positif results... when I make tea I ofen add 1 cup of trametes versicolor 1 cup of ganoderma resinaceum 1 cup of ganoderma applanatum and 1 cup of fomes fomentarius (they are all growing in my area...)... plus the 4 cup of chaga... add 20 cup of water... 2-3 hours of boilling ( I add the trametes in the last 15 minutes... they seem less heat tolerant) filter and enjoy... very very pleasant taste...
  25. I try it two years ago... but not on oak... with don't grow in my region... I try it on white birch, apen and red maple and ash... still no mushrooms... but we get a really short season here... and I don't know if my spawn were rustic enought (they were from fungi perfecti... probably not really use to -40 F)I try the same species as Mary...
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