Reishi—Big Pharma’s Worst Nightmare (pt 2)
Posted on 18th December 2011, by Mikko.

Reishi—Big Pharma’s Worst Nightmare (pt 2)

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This glorious mushroom has been studied and used for at least 2,000 years, and there are millions and millions of satisfied (and healthy) users all over the world. It may be called the spiritual mushroom, the immortality plant, Reishi, Lingzhi, or Ganoderma Lucidum, but whatever you want to call it, this superfood is coming now, and it will have a significant impact on Big Pharma as we know it today—perhaps not tomorrow, but it will happen eventually.

I’m not going to deep-dive into Big Pharma, as this subject is a whole nother story and needs a few long posts of its own, but here is a short version of my argument.

Big Pharma develops new medicines, which it then patents
Reishi is a wild plant and, therefore, can’t be patented

Big Pharma sells overpriced medicines to sick people
Reishi is easy and cheap to grow and prepare

Big Pharma medicines have severe side effects
Reishi has no side effects

Big Pharma medicines are . . . well, medicines
Reishi can be part of your healthy diet, just like orange juice or coffee

People in Asia mainly use natural products, and almost without any exceptions live longer than other people in the world despite generally poor living conditions. That’s why you can’t find any Asian companies on a list of the top 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, even though 60% of the world’s population live in Asia. People there don’t need medicines from Big Pharma.

Reishi cures many ailments. It is one of the world’s most comprehensive treatments for the human body. Whether you are young or old, boy or girl, athlete or couch potato, dreamer or achiever, Reishi is perfect for you.

Health benefits of Reishi in a nutshell

Reishi is an adaptogen, so it helps the body adapt to various kinds of stress:
- temperature
- trauma
- sleep deprivation
- exposure to toxins
- radiation
- infection
- psychological

Reishi causes no side effects with regular or even intense consumption, and it is quite effective in dealing with an extensive variety of ailments, as well as having a balancing effect on the body and its organs. Reishi boosts the body’s immune system to respond better against pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi that may cause disease. It also has many cardiovascular benefits, including lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and improving blood circulation.

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Modern medicine has adopted Reishi as an adjunct to such conventional cancer treatments as chemotherapy and radiation, and it has also been said that it eases the unpleasant side effects of these treatments.

More interesting still are its anti-cancer properties. We still don’t quite know what causes cancer (although scientists have some fascinating theories ), but what we do know is that Reishi has scientifically proven anti-cancer properties.

When you look at these benefits and consider that Reishi has no side effects, it is easy to see how beneficial it is to add Reishi to your daily diet. Oh, and how much Big Pharma should be afraid of it.


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