Ganoderma Diary

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Three years on Ganoderma and still LOVING it!

I was introduced to the organic Ganoderma Lucidum products three years ago now. I was wheelchair bound, struggling to recover from an onset of 4 different autoimmune disorders – lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis, mixed connective tissue disease. I had lost my voice, my body – and still had 3 young children to raise.

Fast forward!! I rarely use my chair anymore (except for long walks). I have drastically reduced – if not eliminated – several of my medications. I have lost 30 pounds in the last 6 months. All Ganoderma related? Hard to say. All I know is that when I don’t take or drink my ganoderma reguarly, I can literally feel it in my bones (well, my joints).

What I really love is how EASY this is. A cup of delicious mocha, latte or tea – black or King of Coffee when I’m in the mood – hot chocolate for the kids. Love it, love it, love it. Thank you OrGano Gold!

March 18, 2013 Posted by | Improvements | 4 Comments

Movin’ On Up!!

Hello to all my followers, and thank you for your support!

I’m glad to announce that I have been off my chemotherapy since December now. My labs are still improving, although they do tend to go up and down depending on my stress level. It never ceases to amaze me how much stress takes me out. I used to be able to handle so much! Oh, well. Perhaps we aren’t meant to deal with tons of stress, after all.

I continue to take and appreciate my Ganoderma Lucidum daily. I take 4 capsules of the spore powder, and drink at least one beverage. I often drink more than one, especially the mochas. I also really love OrGano Gold’s new Cafe Supreme, which also has Ginseng in it. Normally I can’t tolerate Ginseng, but I think somehow it blends with the Ganoderma and makes a fantastic combination. I mix it with the King of Coffee (which also has spore powder in it.) Amazing.

Happy to report that I have moved out of my tri-level home and into a one-floor apartment. NO MORE STAIRS!! I’ve been able to actually work my legs out as opposed to having them just tire out. Polymyositis is SO debilitating. Do any of you know anyone with it?

All the best to you. If you haven’t tried these products, please contact us. I really believe in this stuff!!

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Daily Journal, Drug Changes, Improvements | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

I’m My Own Experiment

Well, my goodness, here it is December already! Where in the world does the time go?

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I started taking this amazing herb. Dealing with 4 autoimmune disorders can be so tricky, and the medications that the traditional doctors have me on make me feel so sick.

For the past couple of months, I thought I’d see what would happen if I stopped taking my ganoderma lucidum. Of course, everything I report must be a coincidence, but wouldn’t you know that after I stopped taking it, my CPK numbers (the polymyositis marker), doubled, then tripled! Not good!! I had started to get REALLY tired again all the time, and was definitely feeling weaker. I had to increase my predinsone back up to 7 mg, which was a bummer. So about 2 weeks ago, I started taking the pills again every day. Within 2 days, my energy improved, my pain decreased, my strength improved. What a coincidence! I’ll be getting bloodwork in a week or so and I can’t wait to see what my CPK has dropped to.

I am now completely convinced that ganoderma lucidum is helping to drastically decrease the joint pain from my lupus, increase my muscle strength and energy for the polymyositis, and soften my skin and vocal chords from the hardening from the scleroderma. I’m also looking to see what happens with my blood clotting time, because while I was off the ganoderma lucidum, I had to increase my warfarin (which means I was running too thick).

Honestly, if anyone has ANY health issues at all, I would think it would be worth a try for a few months to see if the issues improve. If you’re not allergic to mushrooms, what do you have to lose?

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Drug Changes, Improvements | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I’m Still Loving It

I can’t believe I haven’t posted here since May. The summer went by so fast with the kids, and with learning more about my conditions, and how to manage them. The key here seems to be to find balance. It seems so cliche because we hear it all the time. And boy is it true!

I am still taking the Ganoderma Lucidum in some form every single day. My hair, skin and nails continue to grow at an incredible rate, despite the chemotheraphy. I am finally sleeping deeply at least a few days a week. My muscles are stronger, and I can stay awake for about 5 good hours now, as opposed to 2 or 3 in the past. I am down to 4-5 mg of prednisone each day, which is absolutely fabulous.

Lately I’ve really been enjoying the Gourmet Mochas. I, Miss Ultra-Caffeine Sensitive, drink one before bed a few nights a week and it doesn’t seem to interfere with my sleep at all. That really is wonderful!

I’m also taking all the neutraceuticals, and continue to give them to my children. I continue to love all these products, the company, and all the people that I’ve met since last February who are involved and invested in seeing my health and well-being improve.

When they say Change Your Coffee, Change Your Life, they really mean it!!

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Daily Journal, Drug Changes, Improvements | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Doctor Says Keep Taking The Ganoderma

Today I had my regular visit with my rheumatologist (every 6 weeks now instead of every4 weeks!). We went over the usual: he checked the skin on my face, my hands, we checked my muscle weakness, we talked about my fatigue.

I showed my rheumatologist how my classic lupus/scleroderma hands had totally changed. He was impressed. There is still some swelling but my cuticles are almost completely healed. He felt that the skin on my cheeks were almost NORMAL! He said that I’m stronger (yes, I can tell!). I showed him all the new hair that I’ve grown, and how strong and long my nails are. I’ve never had nails like this except when I was pregnant with my sons back in 96 and 99.

But most of all, he’s thrilled with my bloodwork. ALL of my liver functions are completely normal now. My CPK (the muscle enzyme that was up to 3500 last summer – indicator of the polymyositis) is 47! It’s been 43-47 for several weeks now! My white blood cell count was a little low, so he LOWERED MY IMMUNE-SUPPRESSIVE MEDS!! That’s the azathioprine/imuran.

So, now I’m down to 10 mg/dy of prednisone (down from 60) and we started to lower my azathioprine. Oh! And even better, my other doctor last week lowered my warfarin (coumadin) because my blood is thinner!

Hmm, the coincidences here of the ganoderma helping to balance the immune system, helping to naturally prevent coagulation in my blood, being reflected in my bloodwork… Well, you be the judge.

I told my doctor that I felt that things really started to turn around for me when I started the ganoderma. BTW, I told him back in February when I started it, and he OK’d it. Anyway, today he said that clearly the ganoderma/reishi/lingzhi was doing great things for me and to continue taking it!

We talked about how this might help other patients with auto-immune disorders like my lupus/scleroderma/polymyositis. He said that he can’t recommend it to people, but that he certainly can tell them about my experience and tell them how to go look it up, and where to get it.

Wow. Think of all the people with all these devastating illnesses that just MIGHT get better from this herb. All these people whose lives might be changed, who might be able to stop living with pain, who might regain the energy to PLAY WITH THEIR CHILDREN AGAIN. Wow.

Blessings to all of you. Thank you for following my blog. Thank you Dave Tupica for bringing ganoderma lucidum to me. My life is so much better. I am so glad to be here, and so glad to be so glad.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Daily Journal, Drug Changes, Improvements, Lab Results | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Obligation

I almost feel like it’s my moral obligation to tell everyone I know about the power of this herb. The more I research online, the more I find out about its numerous applications. And the more I research the different suppliers of ganoderma lucidum, the more I’m convinced that OrGano Gold’s ganoderma is the cleanest, most well-grown, certainly the most organic ganoderma out there.

If you read this blog and know ANYONE with health problems that I’ve mentioned, please invite them to explore this blog and the possibility that ganoderma lucidum could help them. I passionately believe that everyone should have the chance to bring this herb into their lives if it suits them. I even learned about an autistic boy who is having remarkable changes just from taking ganoderma lucidum pills!!

Is there anything this herb can’t possibly help? Well, I haven’t been able to persuade it to clean my house, but that’s about it.

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Daily Journal | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Hands Are Totally Different

One of the hallmark symptoms of my autoimmune disorders is that you get these really awful looking cuticles. The skin coming up to your cuticles gets all red and swollen, and the skin tears easily. The cuticles themselves get really thick and yellowy. And then they split and tear, too. My hands have been messed up since 2007. If you google for pictures of lupus or scleroderma, you’ll find plenty of pictures. Not pretty.

When I meet new people, I often show them my hands so that they can know what this type of autoimmune symptom looks like. I figure that since I was showing this to several doctors for 18 months before anyone diagnosed me properly, that perhaps it would be helpful to spread the word!

Anyway, a few days ago I was talking to someone and I said, ” Hey, so check out my hands. This is what lupus and scleroderma can do to your cuticles.” And guess what?? My cuticles don’t look like that anymore!! I had nothing to show them! I can’t get over this ganoderma. My nails are long and super-strong too. I love this stuff.

Thought it’d be worth mentioning that I’m now down to 10 mg/day of prednisone (I was up to 60 last summer). I take 6 spore capsules a day, and am going to start taking the mycelium and ganoderma body pills as well. I just learned that they’re all supposed to work synergistically. And once we get the prednisone to 5 or 7.5 a day, we can start getting rid of this chemotherapy! I can’t wait!!!

Oh! And I used to have to see my doctor every 4 weeks? Now he’s increased it to 6!! Hmm, could it be that I’m getting BETTER???

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Daily Journal, Drug Changes, Improvements | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Hard to Blog When You’re Feeling Good

I realized the other day that I don’t blog here nearly as often as I did in the beginning. For one, I battle my personal fears of boring people to death with my ramblings. But for two, and more importantly I think, I think the fact that I have more energy now means that I’m not sitting on my tookus for as long during the day. That means I don’t find myself in front of the computer as much with time on my hands!

Of course, having a completely rambunctious 2 year-old has no effect on my free time, I’m sure.

My improvements? Some days, I swear my speaking voice is almost normal. Singing can still be a challenge, but I don’t sound like a 900 year-old frog anymore.

The other day, I went to show someone how the autoimmune disorders had made my cuticles all thick and yellow, swollen and easy to tear. And then I couldn’t find ONE finger that looked horrible to show them! And I’m still growing more hair, and my nails actually look decently nice again!

My sleep schedule is screwy. Probably the drugs. I’m still tired all the time, and fatigue very easily. However, the hours that I’m awake I feel more alive. I am playful with my daughter and, I hope, I’m not nearly as moody. A friend mentioned recently that it’s nice to hear me laugh again. I wonder for how long I haven’t laughed?

I found a nice listing online of potential health benefits that Ganoderma lucidum/Reishi/Lingzhi has been found to have. Thought I’d share them with you. Things not mentioned in this book but reported to me by other people are that they have been losing weight, been in a better mood, and sleep better and deeper (I’m still holding out for that one!!)

Here are a few potential health enhancing properties of G. lucidum listed in the 2002 book Mycomedicinals: An Informational Treatise on Mushrooms by Paul Stamets, a world-renowned mycologist (guy who studies mushrooms). Of course, none of these have been validated by the FDA…

Immune System
• Immune enhancing
• Treats inflammation responses in the immune system
• Immunomodulatory properties, of which only a fraction have been studied, so important with autoimmune disorders
• Biological response modifier
• Activates host’s production of natural killer, T cells and tumor necrosis factors
• Anti-microbial
• Anti-bacterial
• Anti-viral
• Anti-candida
• Kills diseased cells
• Strongly stimulates the activity of T-lymphocytes
• Restores T-cell function in the spleen of gamma-irradiated mice
• Stimulates macrophage production
• Enhance the production of nitric oxides from macrophages
• Helpful in immunotherapy

Allergies and Asthma
• Steroid-like compounds that inhibit allergenic response and histamines
• Relief from bronchitis, asthmas and allergies
• Improves respiration
• Supports the lungs

Blood Pressure, Vascular and Coronary Health
• Naturalizes blood pressure
• Increases coronary flow
• Decreases diastolic pressure without altering heart rhythm
• Treats atherosclerosis in HIV-positive patients

• Inhibited platelet-aggregation

• Anti-inflammatory
• Treats arthritis

Mood and Stress
• Stress reducer
• Nerve tonic
• Treats inflammation of the brain

• Tumoricidal against most cancers
• Anti-tumor
• Inhibits the growth of leukemia cells
• Targets cancerous cells
• Treats prostate inflammation
• Fights off the growth of meth-A and LLC tumor cell lines, and cervical HeLa cells
• Causes 5-20-fold increase in the tumor necrosis factors in interleukin and T-lymphocytes

Cholesterol and Liver Health
• Cholesterol reducing
• Steroid-like compounds that inhibit cholesterol synthesis
• Helpful for those developing cirrhosis from hepatitis
• Treats chronic hepatitis and post-hepatic cirrhosis
• Potent inhibitor of enzyme closely related to liver dysfunction
• Liver tonic

• Anti-oxidizing properties
• Decreases other free radicals and the collateral harm they cause to healthy cells
• Anti-aging

Energy and Fatigue
• Anti-fatiguing
• Enhanced stamina
• Fights Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (an autoimmune disorder)

• Blood sugar moderator (diabetics)
• Kidney tonic

• Corrects skin disorders including some skin cancers
Cures rashes
• Helps heal wounds

Few if any negative side effects
• The only negative side effect that the author has heard about any Medicinal Mushroom is that this occasionally causes people to have dry mouth.

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Daily Journal, Improvements | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The People Behind My Mushroom

Hey! My CPK is still 43! (that’s the enzyme that indicates how much my polymyositis is breaking down my muscle). Apparently that’s low even for a healthy person! And that’s on top of decreasing my prednisone, too. What a coincidence that I’ve been taking this Ganoderma Lucidum too…

As an energy medicine practitioner, I constantly look into the energy behind and influencing anything that I bring into my life. (I do not look at other people unless certain aspects of them directly influence my, FYI. And then I look only at the parts of them that overlap with me. Bad karma otherwise. Not OK.)

This company that I get my Ganoderma Lucidum from, OrGano Gold, is a distribution network marketing company. Yes, that’s a multi-level marketing company.

I have always assumed that any MLM company was automatically about scams and taking advantage of people. Phrases like Pyramid Schemes conjured up images of greed and used-car salesman types.

And maybe that’s what some of these companies are like, I don’t really know.

OrGano Gold has changed my mind about MLMs though, that I can tell you. At least it’s changed my mind about this one MLM!

When my friend Dave T first introduced me to the Ganoderma Lucidum in the OrGano Gold products, my only thought was to find a way to heal my lupus/scleroderma/polymyositis-ravaged body. I was truly sick and tired of being sick and tired. The fact that I would be purchasing my products from an MLM barely crossed my mind because I was so motivated to get better.

As you might recall, within 3 days of taking the Ganoderma Lucidum, I began experiencing marked changes in my scleroderma. Over the time that I have been taking the ganoderma (in coffee beverages and pill form), I have had drastic changes in my bloodwork showing that we have effectively put my autoimmune disorders into remission. Of course, a lot of people would say that it’s because of all the steroids, chemo, immuno-suppressives that I’m on. And perhaps to an extent they would be right. However, I know when I began to actually start feeling better, and it was completely coincidental with taking the Ganoderma. Hmmm…

So, as an energy medicine practitioner it’s important to me to know what the energy behind this company is, because I believe that can influence how the product ultimately affects the end-user. You know how some people just feel good to be around? Or how some products just feel good to use? Without any particulary good reason? That’s energy, folks.

What I’ve discovered about OrGano Gold, or at least the people that I’ve been working with, is that the people behind my mushroom have extrememly positive energy. Sure, they’re business people and, like the rest of us, want and need to make a living. However, the people that I’ve met have an even stronger desire to bring Ganoderma Lucidum and its massive potential health benefits to as many people as possible – to enable people to bring their own healing decisions and power into their own hands.

This makes me feel really good about taking this product, and about recommending it to every single person that I can. And if you’re enjoying my blog, please let all your friends and loved ones know about it!

And now, here’s my shameless plug for my distributor: Three Aspens Kinesiology. He’ll even send you a couple of free samples if you’d like: Just tell him whether you prefer your coffee black, as a latte or as a mocha!

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Daily Journal, Improvements | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ganoderma and HIV/AIDS

Everyday I research ganoderma a little bit. And everyday I learn something new, and find excellent articles. Today I’d like to leave you with a link to an article that I particularly enjoyed:

The Power of Ganoderma in Oriental Medicine.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Daily Journal, New Medical Info | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment