Health & Nurturing
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
2012 December/January
defends the
status quo
long past the
time when the
quo has lost
its status."
- Laurence J. Peter
Scott Rollins, M.D. (continued)
Replacement for men
and women, thyroid
heart failure and arrhythmias.
and adrenal disorders,
These are just a few examples of some of the bet-
fibromyalgia and other
ter known mushrooms. The beneficial compounds
complex medical condi-
in mushrooms are called "beta-glucans" which are
tions. He is founder
long, long chemical chains that have unique struc-
and medical director of
tural shapes that stimulate the cells of the immune
the Integrative Medi-
system, much like a specific key for a lock. The deli-
cine Center of Western
cate beta-glucans must be removed from the protec-
Colorado (www.imcwc.
tive outer shell of the fungus cell, called "chitin",
com). Call 970.245.6911
before they can be absorbed.
for an appointment or
When considering a mushroom supplement for
more information.
health benefits there are several important things
to consider. First and foremost is to be sure the
product is manufactured using a special hot-water
extraction process. This is called a tea or decoction.
Grinding or chemical preparation of the extract does
The Reishi mushroom
not preserve the precious shape of the beta-glucans
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and is not a recommended technique, plus most
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all of the published research is based on hot-water
extraction products.
The second thing to consider when supplementing
On Nov 16, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette(CO-1) joined
mushrooms is which particular mushrooms have
with Democratic and Republican colleagues to an-
the best data to support use for a particular medical
nounce the introduction of the "Respect States' and
condition. I make recommendations for patients, but
Citizens' Rights Act" which would ensure that state
if pursuing this on your own, I suggest doing your
laws regarding marijuana will not be pre-empted by
research and seeking a knowledgeable practitioner.
the federal government.
Many acupuncturists and natural medicine doctors
In last week's elections, voters in Colorado and
are also certified herbal medicine experts and can
Washington State passed state laws legalizing mari-
give good advice on mushroom supplements.
juana. Immediately, several lawmakers expressed
Mushroom extracts are generally regarded as ex-
concern about the federal government's ability to
tremely safe and non-toxic but they should be used
override these voter-approved initiatives and the
with caution or avoided in transplant patients tak-
states' rights to exercise the will of their citizens. The
ing immunosuppressive drugs. Dosing is dependent
"Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act" address-
on the type of mushroom and formulation, but in
es that concern, clarifies Congressional intent, and
general look for 10-20% concentrations of the beta-
provides guidance for the courts.
glucan portion, and they are usually dosed twice
"Today I am proud to join with colleagues from
daily on an empty stomach.
both sides of the aisle on the `Respect States' and
Backed by a few thousand years of experience in the
Citizens' Rights Act' to protect states' rights and
clinics of Asian health practitioners, modern sci-
immediately resolve any conflict with the federal
ence is now recognizing the amazing health benefits
government," said Rep. DeGette. "In Colorado
of medicinal mushrooms. In your quest for good
we've witnessed the aggressive policies of the feder-
health consider integrating the powerful mushroom
al government in their treatment of legal medicinal
into your healthcare regimen.
marijuana providers. My constituents have spoken
Free Seminars at the IMC: "Keys To Great Health"-
and I don't want the federal government denying
Mon, Dec 10; "HCG & Weight Loss"- Wed, Jan 16;
money to Colorado or taking other punitive steps
and "Low Thyroid: Misunderstood, Misdiagnosed,
that would undermine the will of our citizens."
Missed"- Mon, Jan 21. Seating is limited so RSVP at
The "Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act" can
970.245.6911 or online at
be found at
Scott Rollins, MD, is Board Certified with the
Did you know?
American Board of Family Practice and the Ameri-
Did you know that the average applicant's age for a
can Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medi-
Medical Marijuana card in Colorado is over 40?
cine. He specializes in Bioidentical Hormone