Currently there are over 10,000 known species of mushrooms  , only a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands that exists worldwide. Although well-known crimini and portobello mushrooms provide a nutritious addition to many meals, there are also a number of medicinal mushrooms with a vast amount of significant medicinal and health benefits that scientists are only beginning to discover.
Mushrooms are an extraordinary organism, a type of fungi said to be more closely related genetically to animals than they are to other plants. Like humans, they take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide as a waste product. They also have an enzymatic digestive system and store their food as glycogen, two characteristics unique to animals. 
Critical to the environment, most mushrooms grow from the ground are “decomposers” that recycle decaying plant and animal matter. However, when consumed, they are also a great source of lean protein containing virtually no fat or ch...
So, I left my office for a stroll in the summer sunshine, to breathe in some fresh air and stretch my legs and within five minutes my nose was stuffed, my mouth, tongue and lips were itchy and the insides of my ears were itchy too.
What was going on?
As of August 12th, here in New York, I was an itchy-mouth mess all due to an allergy to ragweed.
What is an allergy? Just to recap: allergies are an overreaction of a person's immune system to substances that normally cause no problems. These allergenic substances can cause allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, urticaria, dermatitis and even anaphylaxis.
What is ragweed? Dr. James Thompson on this site has written an excellent post all about ragweed allergy and managing it during the fall season .
For those of you wondering just what the deal is, according to Wikipedia: [Ragweed] is highly allergenic, generally considered the greatest allergen of all pollens, and the prime cause of hay fever in North Ame...
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