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« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2021, 06:35:57 pm »
Fungi: Why Are We Ignoring Nature’s Hidden Solution?
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Merlin is a biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures. He has a background in plant sciences, microbiology, ecology, and the history and philosophy of science. Fungi are a powerful force, why are we ignoring nature's hidden solution?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L790O6Ot3W4

The No-fail Beginners Guide to Growing Magic Mushrooms
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Life on Earth, as you know it, would be impossible without the humble fungi. In the beginning, fungi played an essential role in the development of our oxygen-rich atmosphere by mining phosphorous from the rocks and transferring it to plants to power photosynthesis. So, without fungi, your life as a human wouldn’t be possible.

Also, fungi decompose practically everything that dies or decays. Without fungi, death would engulf the Earth, and make it virtually uninhabitable for you and every other living organism.

And Fungi impact your life significantly in ways you’re likely unaware of, and you probably barely notice.
https://jashforth.medium.com/the-no-fail-beginners-guide-to-growing-psilocybin-mushroom-9bba080a9650

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Fungi and Your Health

Mushrooms fight cancer

A study in the Journal of Experimental Biology and Medicine found that all the common mushroom varieties reduced breast cancer cells by a whopping 33 percent. But breast cancer isn’t the only type of cancer mushrooms help. Studies on prostate and stomach cancer show similar results.
They’re immune-boosting and high in vitamins

Beta-glucan and lentinan are two properties found in mushrooms that give your immune system a much-needed boost. Plus, they’re high in crucial vitamins — many mushroom varieties contain high levels of vitamin D, and crimini mushrooms carry lots of B12, which makes them an excellent choice for vegetarians since B12 is most common in animal products.
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Fungi as Medicine

Red yeast rice is the earliest medicinal use of fungi on record. China developed it around 800 AD. Cultivating Monascus purpura (yeast) in rice produces a pharmaceutically active mixture of compounds.

Now, millions of patients with life-threatening diseases are treated each year with medicines made from fungi. The medicinal value of fungal metabolites is a knowledge that’s centuries old.

Perhaps the most potent yet controversial fungal medicine is psilocybin mushrooms, medicinal properties have also been used for centuries.

In his book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence,” Michael Pollan delves deep into the history of these drugs.

Pollan explains that psychedelics were once legal and used successfully in the US to treat mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. According to Pollan, “For most of the 1950s and early 1960s, many in the psychiatric establishment regarded LSD and psilocybin as miracle drugs.”

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2021, 11:17:28 pm »
I told you so:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QaPCx0U7Go

About the mushrooms, while it may be true that they are beneficial, what we are here to do is to get rid of the Western way of explaining why they are beneficial:

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Beta-glucan and lentinan are two properties found in mushrooms that give your immune system a much-needed boost. Plus, they’re high in crucial vitamins — many mushroom varieties contain high levels of vitamin D, and crimini mushrooms carry lots of B12, which makes them an excellent choice for vegetarians since B12 is most common in animal products.

All these are Western models. Until we are able to explain why the mushrooms are beneficial without using Western terms such as "beta-glucan" or "vitamins", we are still not doing non-Western medicine. See my posts from earlier in the topic.


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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2021, 07:46:23 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeffreyboadi_/status/1380551597806194693?s=19
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Two truths:

We don’t need dairy, we need calcium.
We don’t need meat, we need protein.

The tweet is obviously from a False Leftist. But that's not the focus of my post, this reply is:
https://twitter.com/AxarNeo/status/1380727319124271108?s=19

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First part true,
second part is half true, there is no such thing as "protein" it's just a word

We are made up of 102+ minerals, and none of them are called "protein". Also, Glucose is not the fundamental energy source of the body, it is Electricity.

We need to do away with all Western nutritional terminology, before arguing about the health benefits of veganism
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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2021, 06:48:11 pm »
Apparently, my half-sister also had an odd reaction to here latest Covid-19 shot....

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2021, 11:33:50 pm »
Western psychiatry:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/30/health/psychiatry-racism-black-americans.html

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Dr. Samuel Cartwright, spread the falsehood throughout the antebellum South that enslaved people who experienced an unyielding desire to be free were in the grip of a mental illness he called “drapetomania,” or “the disease causing Negroes to run away.”
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White psychiatrists have pathologized Black behavior for hundreds of years, wrapping up racist beliefs in the mantle of scientific certainty and even big data.
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T.O. Powell, superintendent of the infamous State Lunatic Asylum in Milledgeville, Ga., and president of the American Medico-Psychological Association (the precursor to the A.P.A.), went so far as to outrageously state in 1897 that before the Civil War, “there were comparatively speaking, few Negro lunatics. Following their sudden emancipation their number of insane began to multiply.”
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Psychiatry continued to pathologize — and sometimes demonize — African-Americans, with the result that, by the 1970s, the diagnosis of psychosis was handed out so often that the profession was essentially “turning schizophrenia into a Black man’s disorder of aggression and agitation,” said Dr. Hairston, a contributor to the 2019 book, “Racism and Psychiatry.”
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Since then, numerous studies have shown that an almost all-white profession’s lack of attunement to Black expressions of emotion — and its frequent conflation of distress with anger — has led to an under-diagnosis of major depression, particularly in Black men, and an overreliance upon the use of antipsychotic medications.

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2021, 12:58:47 am »
Indigenous herbal medicines helpful in treating mild to moderate Covid
https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/indigenous-herbal-medicines-ayush-64-kaphasura-kudineer-helpful-treating-mild-to-moderate-covid-703298
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Two indigenous herbal medicines have been found useful in the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 infection, the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) has said.

In a letter to J. Radakrishnan, Principal Secretary to the Health and Family Welfare Department, P.N. Ranjit Kumar, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of AYUSH, said that two herbal medicines, Kaphasura Kudineer and Ayush-64, have emerged as a ray of hope Covid patients.

Indian scientists have found Kaphasura Kudineer, a siddha poly-herbal preparation consisting 15 herbal ingredients, and Ayush-64, a poly-herbal formulation developed by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of Ayush, useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate Covid infection, and effective in immunity boosting as well.

I support this is in theory, however for true medical decolonization to happen, the drugs must be developed and their efficacy judged purely according to non-Western standards, not by Western standards (i.e. peer review, clinical trials, effects on treating the symptoms, etc.).
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« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2021, 11:02:53 am »
UPDATE: 45%!?

Study links mushroom consumption to lower cancer risk
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Hershey, PA — A mushroom – or more – a day may keep cancer at bay, researchers from Pennsylvania State University say.

The researchers, from PSU’s colleges of medicine and agricultural sciences, conducted an analysis of 17 cancer studies from 1966 to 2020 that included more than 19,500 cancer patients. Results show that participants who ate about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of mushrooms a day had a 45% lower risk of cancer than those who didn’t consume mushrooms.

Mushrooms are rich in vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, PSU says. And although the shiitake, oyster, maitake and king oyster varieties have the highest amounts of a specific cancer-fighting agent, the researchers found that patients who included any variety of mushrooms in their daily diets had a lower risk of cancer.

“Mushrooms are the highest dietary source of ergothioneine, which is a unique and potent antioxidant and cellular protector,”
PSU epidemiology graduate student Djibril M. Ba said in the release. “Replenishing antioxidants in the body may help protect against oxidative stress and lower the risk of cancer.”
https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/21316-study-links-mushroom-consumption-to-lower-cancer-risk

I realize this is still by Western models but 45% reduction is very high for any medicine when it comes to cancer, thought that was at least worth pointing out.


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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2021, 09:57:11 pm »
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Indian scientists have found Kaphasura Kudineer, a siddha poly-herbal preparation consisting 15 herbal ingredients, and Ayush-64, a poly-herbal formulation developed by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of Ayush, useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate Covid infection, and effective in immunity boosting as well.

I don't understand why such articles do not at least include an explanation of how these treatments work from the Siddha/Ayurvedic/etc. perspective. This is just bad journalism.

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Re: Medical decolonization
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2021, 11:01:20 am »
Western medicine in action:
https://twitter.com/kuwait_tt1100/status/1404170418014072840?s=20
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إلا الأطفال
جريمة ووصمة عار
ستكون أسوء من عقار التالوميد الذي أقرت
FDA
بسلامته وأمانه للحامل
لا وألف لا من كل دول العالم

Translated from Arabic by Google
only children
 crime and stigma
 You'll be worse than the Thallidomide you've approved
 FDA
 Safe and secure for pregnant women
 No and a thousand no from all countries of the world


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Re: Psychological decolonization
« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2021, 04:07:00 pm »
One thing that always annoyed me is how anyone who deviates from whatever Western medicine categorizes as "normal" needs to be numbed with drugs.

Western psychologists are finally acknowledging what ancient societies have always known--there are multiple "normal" personality archetypes.

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Social psychology researchers use extensive training and complex empirical tools to explore the roots of human behavior. However, a new study by Yale psychologists found a surprising group of people are particularly good at accurately assessing truths about humans’ “social nature” without formal training or tools, they report March 15 in the journal Social Psychology.

So who are the best amateur social psychologists?  Introverts prone to melancholy seem to be more astute at understanding how we behave in groups than their gregarious peers, the researchers found.
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Gollwitzer and co-author John Bargh asked more than 1,000 subjects questions about how people on average feel, think, and feel in social contexts [...] Not surprisingly, intelligence and wanting to engage with complex problems was a key predictor, the researchers said. But they also found that introverts tended to answer more accurately than extroverts, as did people with lower self-esteem and those who reported being more lonely.
https://news.yale.edu/2018/03/15/study-sad-lonely-people-more-likely-be-natural-social-psychologists

Of course, the scientist in the article suspects this must be because melancholic people are empiricists who have spent much time "observing human nature"...rather than just being innately empathetic.

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« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2021, 10:22:22 pm »
It is clear that whoever wrote the article has perhaps the poorest understanding of all! A true introvert is someone who doesn't feel sad from being alone (and hence who would not self-report as feeling "lonely"), most likely because they have such high self-esteem that they regard most people not worth interacting with. The article, however, conflates "introversion" with loneliness and low-self-esteem, as if the only reason why anyone would be introverted is because they can't socialize despite wanting to (e.g. incels), completely ignoring the existence of those (e.g. us) who are disgusted by the idea of socializing with barbarians.