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Conclusion

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Conclusion

For centuries, both physicians and ordinary people of Japan have held maitake in high esteem. Today, current scientific research has brought to life the many remarkable healing properties of this medicinal mushroom. The special MD fraction in MaitakeGold 404® extract is the culmination of decades of scientific research and is the form most recommended as a preventative and therapeutic supplement. It is proving to be not only a valuable supplement for immunity but also for cellular protection and as an adaptogen of the immune system. MaitakeGold 404® extract remains a premier nutritional supplement in the battle against cancer. It works to harness the power of the immune system, an essential component of cancer prevention and treatment. I am also excited about the use of MaitakeGold 404® extract for people with HIV. It is one of the few natural substances shown to exhibit therapeutic activity while not accelerating the replication of HIV. Maitake should be a strong consideration for those with acute and chronic viral infections as seen with hepatitis and some cases of chronic fatigue syndrome. Lastly, it should be used as an everyday supplement for optimal immune function and vitality.

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Notes

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1. American Cancer Society website 2001. www.cancer.org, June 2001.

2. Hobbs C. Medicinal Mushrooms. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press Inc., 1996, p.110.

3. Nanba H and Kumar P. The Therapeutics of Maitake Mushroom in Japan. Kobe, Japan: New Editions Health World, 1995, p. 21.

4. Mizuno T. Zhuang C. “Maitake, Grifola frondosa: Pharmacological effects.” Food Rev Int 11(1):135–149 (1995).

5. Nanba H. “Activity of Maitake D fraction to Inhibit Carcinogenesis and Metastasis.” New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 768, p. 243 (September 30, 1995).

6. Nanba H. “Activity of Maitake D fraction to Inhibit Carcinogenesis and Metastasis”. New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 768, p. 243–245 (September 30, 1995).

7. Nanba H, Kubo K. Antitumor substance extracted from Grifola. U.S. Patent 5,854,404, issued December 29, 1998.

8. ibid.

9. Nanba H. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products in Sydney, Australia (October 1999).

10. Nanba H. Maitake Challenges Cancer. Kobe, Japan: Socio Health Group, 1998.

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1. What Is Maitake?

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1. What Is Maitake?

Maitake as translated in Japanese means “dancing mushroom.” There are several different explanations as to how it came to be named. One is that in ancient Japan, people would dance with joy when they found maitake because it was so valuable and costly. Another version suggests that this overjoyed dance was because maitake is so delicious and healthful. Another explanation is that the fruiting bodies of clustered maitake overlap one another and resemble butterflies in a wild dance.2,3

The botanical name for maitake is Grifola (“braided fungus”) frondosa (“leaf like”). The mature mushroom has overlapping, large fleshy grayishbrown caps so is also sometimes referred to as “Hen of the Woods,” as it resembles the backside of a hen. Maitake grows in the forests of Asia, Europe, Canada, and parts of the Eastern United States. It grows in heavy clumps (sometimes 100 pounds or more) at the base of stumps and on the roots of trees. Indigenous to Northern Japan, maitake has long been a highly valued edible mushroom, described as having a meaty taste. One can often find it for sale in natural health grocery stores and Asian markets.

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Foreword by Professor Hiroaki Nanba, Ph.D.

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As an immunologist and a senior professor of microbiochemistry at Kobe Pharmaceutical University in Kobe, Japan, I have been researching medicinal mushrooms for more than twenty years. For the past fifteen years, I have focused exclusively on maitake mushrooms. The decision to focus specifically on this fine mushroom stemmed from my earlier research, through which I’d discovered that the maitake mushroom has the highest level of bioavailability (that is, the highest level of therapeutic activity) by oral administration of any medicinal mushroom. My research led me to discover what I named the “D fraction” extract, derived from maitake, which significant research has indicated has antitumor and immunopotentiating (immune-enhancing) activity. I have since discovered a most important advance on that original extract. The D fraction extract contained an inhibitory substance, or “float, that actually had anti-immunopotentiating action. By removing the float, the D fraction activity is improved by at least 30 percent. This new discovery was so significant that in 1998 I was awarded United States patent #5,854,404 on this development. This improved extract is known as “MD fraction” and is sold in North America under the name MaitakeGold 404®. This is the only maitake product based on my scientific research and my innovations in the field of medicinal mushrooms, and the only maitake product I endorse. I urge readers of this book to look for the MaitakeGold 404® name on any maitake product that they purchase to insure they are getting the highest quality maitake extract.

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Introduction

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Introduction

The statistics are sobering. According to the American Cancer Society, men have about a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; women have about a one in three risk. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in North America next to heart disease. More than 1,500 Americans die each day from cancer.1 With statistics like these, it is no wonder health conscious consumers are seeking nontoxic, natural therapies that will assist their bodies in preventing as well as battling cancer. However, it is often difficult for consumers to separate fact from fiction, or real hope from hype, with the myriad of natural products available that claim cancer-fighting benefits.

In addition, an increasingly toxic environment has placed a great burden on the cellular defenses of our bodies. As a result, many are in need of extra nutritional support to maintain a healthy immune system. Without a healthy defense system, one opens the floodgates to disease and poor vitality. A large percentage of the general public—as well as concerned doctors like myself—is availing itself of the best of what nature has to offer in order to live life to its fullest. The sheer number of nutritional products that fill health food store shelves is often overwhelming. There is one product, however, I have come to view as standing above all others: MaitakeGold 404®.

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