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Fungus Among Us Could Protect Us From Pandemics

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Paul Stamets is 'The Crocodile Hunter' of Mushrooms—a world-leading mycologist who eats, grows, lives, breathes, sells, and even wears, fungi. He wants to create a research station on a remote island to protect old-growth forests containing a rare type of ancient fungus which he believes could protect people against COVID-19, or even future pandemics, noting that for thousands of years fungus was used to treat respiratory infections. Stamets notes that ancient Greek physician Dioscorides actually described the agarikon mushroom in his works, calling it the elixir of long life—particularly when used to treat tuberculosis.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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