STINKHORN MUSHROOM JUICE:
LATVIAN FOLK REMEDY
SHOWS PROMISE AGAINST CANCER
From The Cancer Chronicles #17
© Sept. 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
I FIND THE WHOLE SUBJECT OF MUSHROOMS AND CANCER ENDLESSLY FASCINATING.
UNFORTUNATELY, I DO NOT KNOW A SOURCE FOR THIS PROMISING TREATMENT. --ED.
Succus Phallus impudicus sounds like ancient Roman graffitti. Actually,
it means "juice of the Stinkhorn mushroom," a non-poisonous variety of
the order Gasteromycetes.
A Stinkhorn is hard to miss: it has a "impudent" phallic shape, ill-smelling
fruiting body and produces the odor of ripe garbage. This attracts flies,
which then spread the mushroom's spores. Stinkhorns can emerge from an
underground "egg" and burst open within an hour, "becoming slimy and fetid
at maturity," according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Stinkhorns are a folk remedy against cancer in Eastern Europe. Juice
is obtained by fermenting the fruiting body by the Filatov method, perfected
in Latvia. This juice (abbreviated SPh) has been found to contain polysaccharides,
phenol-carbolic acids and various nutrients.
Recent Latvian experiments show that SPh enhances the activity of natural
killer (NK) cells, important in the defense against cancer. In studies
on the standard Sarcoma 180 and Ehrlich ascites cancers, it inhibited
tumor growth by 82% and 68%, respectively. When mice were given Stinkhorn
mushroom juice to drink, it prolonged their life:
Effects of Stinkhorn Mushroom
| Juice concentration
| Life prolongation
In another experiment, it was found that injecting the juice just beneath
the skin had an "immunizing" effect. On the 15th day of this experiment,
the tumors in the treated group were 54% smaller than in the control group.
In a prevention experiment, Stinkhorn juice given orally to virgin mice
inhibited spontaneous adenocarcinomas of the breast. The application of
0.2 ml (10 ml/kg) per day prevented the development of tumors in 100%
of the animals. Lesser amounts of juice were less effective. In mice used
for breeding (non-virgin mice), where 100 percent of the animals normally
develop cancer, tumors were prevented in 90% of the animals by giving
the same dose of Stinkhorn juice. The average life span was doubled.
Works Well With Chemotherapy
SPh also reduced the blood-marrow-destroying effects of the standard
anti-cancer drug, 5-FU. For example, when mice were given 5-FU, it took
their red blood cells 9-11 days to return to normal. But this time was
reduced to just 3-4 days when they also got the mushroom juice.
In Latvia, human experiments are underway using SPh in conjunction with
other treatments, for sarcomas, carcinomas of the stomach and breast cancer,
according to Dr. Sergejs Kuznetsovs, of the research group Stimuls, Latvian
Medical Academy, Riga, who presented these results to the 18th International
Congress of Chemotherapy in July.
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