Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi

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Down East Books, Oct 1, 2009 - Nature - 112 pages
There is a burgeoning interest in natural medicines in the United States. Among these natural health powerhouses are mushrooms, and here mycologist Greg Marley introduces ten species found in New England-and elsewhere, too, in many cases. Marley describes where to find and how to prepare these fungi and lists their health-supporting benefits. On a comforting note, Marley says there are no poisonous look-alikes for any of these beneficial fungi!

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This is an absolutely GREAT intro to mushrooms if you life in New England. I have read a couple of reviews that were disappointed that a)There aren’t more species included and/or b)The book was based in New England. Mushrooms for Health only covers easy to ID shrooms with few or no poisonous look a-likes. This makes it an incredibly useful source for New Englanders, a great place to start. It is not an encyclopedia with a little blurb about each mushroom. There is a wealth of knowledge about a select few plants (similar to Sam Thayer's The Forager's Harvest about plants). Many people are looking for and are accustomed to Peterson's Guide style books. 

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What IsaMushroom?
The Medicinal Components of Mushrooms
MushroomsasFunctional Food Medicinal Mushroom Species
Redbelted Polypore Fomitopsis pinicola Tinder ConkFomes fomentarius Appendixes

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Greg Marley, of Rockland, Maine has studied mushrooms for more than 30 years. He has a B.S. in Botany with a minor in Chemistry and a focus on plant taxonomy and ecology, and he is a volunteer consultant for the Northern New England Poison Control Center and various hospital emergency rooms for cases involving mushroom ingestion and identification. He also cultivates edible and medicinal mushrooms and provides wild edible mushrooms to professional chefs.

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