Mushrooms are some of our most important sources of both nutrition and medicine. Nutritionally the right mushrooms are good sources of Vitamin D2 and D3, a wide range of minerals, and in the right form, protein. As medicine mushrooms are some of the most potent immune system support, used widely for immune imbalances ranging from low resistance to colds, flu, and other infections; autoimmune conditions, allergies, and HIV/AIDS. Especially in Asia but increasingly here at home, medicinal mushrooms are used to help fight cancer and mitigate the adverse effects from chemotherapy and radiation. Some mushrooms go beyond this with a broad range of activity including elevating mood, regulating blood sugar, and protecting the liver and helping it to recover from damage. Join a discussion of Reishi, shiitake, maitake, turkey tail, Chaga, Cordyceps, and other powerful mushroom remedies.
Richard Mandelbaum RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to seeing clients he is a founding director and instructor at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, and is also on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in New Jersey and is an instructor in Botany at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York. Richard has been an avid student of our native flora for over thirty years. He has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, blending the biomedical use of our native medicinal plants and mushrooms with Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics and studied in New York City with William LeSassier. He joined the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves as Secretary and chair of the AHG Policy and Diversity committees.
Richard is also active in issues related to sustainability, social justice, and fair trade. He migrates with his wife Gabrielle and their daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY.