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by Robert Luby, MD
Mushrooms have been used for over 4000 years in Chinese medicine, but their value has only been recognized in the past few decades in modern allopathic, or mainstream, medicine. A significant reason for this delay concerns what I have dubbed the “Magic Bullet vs. Magic Confetti” conundrum.
Allopathic medicine is prone to develop therapeutic medications with a single, potent, and well-characterized “active ingredient”. Each of these agents tends to exert one of the following three effects 1) kill cells (e.g., cancer drugs and antibiotics), 2) block the function of a physiologic pathway (e.g., any of the “anti-drugs”, anti-hypertensives, anti-inflammatory, antacids, etc.), or 3) replace a deficient substance (e.g., thyroid hormone).