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From the Teo international journal of psychoactive mushrooms. These came out between 2003-2007? Covering several areas of Physical, not "psychological", use of psilocybes in practical medicine.

From "TEO: The International Journal of Psychoactive Mushrooms" / May 2003

Tassili Doctor:
The practice Of Psilocybe Medicine
By Dr. Karl D. Buchanan 

While a wealth of information exists regarding modern research into the psychiatric use of the psilocybe fungi, there is relatively little of scholarly merit on their place in physical medicine. The universally accepted academic "guru" of modern psilocybes, Gordon Wasson, believed from subjective experience that psilocybes were actually deleterious to the health though he consumed them on some 24 reported occasions. What Gordon Wasson probably did not know, though his daughter Marsha, a trained nurse might, is that the symptoms he experienced which led him to believe this were the same symptoms anyone might experience in any situation where they were enduring what is medically termed as a "healing crisis". What Wasson perceived as "damage" was actually the effect of the massive purging of toxins shed into the blood and elimination systems. The body, unable to eliminate the toxins as fast as it has shed them feels discomfort, fatigue and headache. This is not disease but the symptom of healing, and is curable by adequate fluid and electrolyte intake. I suggest that subconsciously or spiritually Wasson may have suspected this, as I find it difficult to imagine such a man defying both his own instincts and intellect. The Shaman might say "His body knew it." I think it is worthy though sad to note that Gordon Wasson passed away of natural causes which as yet cannot be attached in any way to his use of psilocybes during his lifetime. We may have few documented accounts, but the ones we have are clear, and so far no evidence of harmful effects is showing. It has been shown that psilocin/psilocybin mildly irritate the gastrointestinal tract, and for that reason they are not typically used to treat GI diseases. Further research should be done in this area, though the potential negative effects while not lethal or difficult to relieve are certainly unappealing to the volunteer. Psilocybes are also unresearched and potentially deleterious in the treatment of brain tumors, brain injuries or other organicity and specifically should not be used in such cases until adequate studies of effects, risks and merit can be shown.

The most obvious place for psilocybes is in the frontline treatment of infections generally. Patients treated with P. cubensis equadorians exhibited the additional healing of any infected scratches/cuts i.e. redness before treatment entirely gone within 12 hours.
Patient with early signs of strep throat (lesions forming and discolored) treated with 1.5 grams of P.c.E. was 
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afebrile (without fever), comfortable, and lesions as well as other symptoms gone within 16 hours. A patient given 5 gms for dental abcess, though prostrated for several hours again was afebrile and pain free, the lime-sized abcess resolving completely within 48 hours. In most cases 4-5 grams or more are given, however it has been shown that even amounts as small as 1.5 gms have been in those cases adequate. There has been no case where significant healing was not shown. Dosage requirements again are a matter for further confirmation, owing to the fact that in cases like bronchial infection or potentially septic abcess, the healer is compelled to take a better-safe-than-sorry position, hence not enough research exists yet to establish more than a patient-based educated guess with regard to prescribed dosages for specific conditions. Unlike the shittake, which has immunomodulating properties and is most commonly consumed weekly as cooked fruitbodies for therapeutic support, psilocybes are best suited for one-dose high expectation treatment – something that is also curiously enough translated in their general nature, i.e. instructions included. Patients unprepared for the potential effects of psilocybes should only be given doses of 1.5 gms and under. If it is determined that a higher dose is needed the patient must be adequately prepared for the potentially unsettling side effects. There has been reported the daily use of a single low dose of .5 gm for therapeutic support in chronic reynauds syndrome, and more conclusive information in that area may be shortly forthcoming.

Prostration during treatment with psilocybes is common, and seems to be related to the degree of severity of the infection more than the amount of the dose given. There are optimal preconditions to treatment such as fasting and hydration, however ideals are difficult to approach when immediate cases present. Under clinical conditions parenteral fluids are acceptable, especially in cases where the patient is already suffering some degree of dehydration. No other foods or medicines should be given during the first 4 hours of treatment, though this is excepted where uncomfortable nausea may be relieved by a small snack or other GI upset may be relieved with various natural or pharmaceutical medicines such as calcium carbonate or paregoric. Especially all alcohol, stimulants, tryptamines, harmalines etc. should be avoided in combination use for immunomodulation.

We extend ourselves consciously into a visible message left for us 5,500 years ago on a wall, but have we received all that our magnificent ancestor was bequeathing? The reappearance of Tassili man and his mushrooms in our culture today should be a sign for the faithful that when the human need is great the great return. The worldwide occurrence of psilocybes implies in the clearest writing that this medicine may be had forever by all who seek it. Is the current resurgence in interest one of solely religious concern? Or is the good and humble, practical mushroom also nearer us now to help us all face the things in our biological environment which must shortly, surely come?

Though the benefiting patient population for the use of psilocybes in medicine is broad, the primary concern of allergy to mushroom fruit and mycelia is it’s first parameter. Patients tolerant of mycomedicals need only be treated with the strain and dosage/regimen appropriate and there are many basic conditions for which psilocybes are the visibly appropriate choice. Many of these strains produce full fruit within four to six weeks, and flush as well or better than other gourmet species which make psilocybes, at least medically speaking, immensely economical to produce and a true "commercial" mushroom. Though some of the more potent psilocybes like P. azurescens are more difficult to rapidly produce, or possess additional characteristics like higher atropine levels in P. cyanescens, none the less they may find a place of applicability as growing research into this important area of mycomedicine becomes more available and developed. Until then – we only need to remember our benevolent ancestors and their enduring goodness left in beautiful simplicity for us in our times. No translation required. 

Dr. Karl Buchanan is a professor of Traditional Medicine. His practice is primarily pro bona, and he has appeared professionally in medical marijuana and religious conscience cases. He currently resides on a mountain in the Ozarks and serves as senior health officer at monastery of the rose chapel.

The Holy Bible – King James version
Dr. Richard C. Webb/Rose Chapel College -
Botany and Horticulture
Rabbi Ariel Pedersen – 
Mycomedicine / Jewish tradition and history
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Thomas J. Riedlinger - "The Sacred Mushroom Seeker"
Union of Concerned Scientists -Publication "Warning to Humanity"
Centers for Disease Control –
World Health Reports The Farm/Mushroompeople and Frank – Mycoculture/Lentenula edodes
Richard Evans Shultes – "Hallucinogenic Plants"
Paul Stamets/Fungi Perfecti -"Mycomedicals" 
Paul Stamets "Psilocybe Mushrooms of the World"
Paul Stamets &J.S. Chilton -"The Mushroom Cultivator", Paul Stamets -"Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms"

"So we can Breathe!" 
Psilocybe Mushrooms and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Dr. Karl Buchanan

Miss Julie is slowly dying. Her lungs are shrinking (shriveling) and drying out, and nobody can honestly tell her why or how to stop it. What she has been told is that she has "COPD", which is often enough abused as simply a catch phrase, a "boilerplate" diagnosis for slovenly interns meant to be more dismissive or rather relegatory than curative (or so it seems to pernicious me). The thing is gentle reader, Miss Julie is too young to have COPD. That is an affliction of the very aged, and those suffering other severe conditions. But disturbingly enough, she is not alone. A significant number of younger people in our area are being told that they have "COPD" which according to the books when I was a boy is a classification under which only four basic conditions fall. So I guess in North Arkansas COPD is really doctor talk for "I don't know, and I'm looking no further. You are a terminal geriatric patient at 27. Now give us your insurance card and pass along please."
I first met the spirited Miss Julie on a beautiful southern night in the lovely little town of Eureka Springs, where beautiful young girls sometimes stand in the middle of the street, raise thier hands to the starry sky and exclaim "So we can breathe!" when they overhear the magic words "Magic Mushrooms".
If you have ever visited or lived in Eureka Springs you know it's OK to believe in magic, miracles and that the oddest and most wonderful things in the universe often co-exist in the same place. It's OK to believe you can raise your beautiful hands to the sky, declare the truth and be kindly acknowledged by whatever stars oversee the Southern night. That night her declaration served as an invocation of sorts in that magical place, turning my head automatically on my shoulders and moving my legs automatically in her direction. I said "Then you know they are healing?" and she said "Yes! So we can breathe!" as she dramatically sucked in the night breeze like an ambrosia, smiling as she hugged her arms across her chest. I introduced myself and we talked briefly; she asked if I could send her some spore samples in the mail.....
Current definition: A generalized increased resistance to airflow during expiration that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic asthma, and bronchiolitis. Patients rarely have pure emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Most patients will have both processes present. COPD occurs in 10% to 15% of cigarette smokers. 
(Kevin C. Doerschug, MD, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine)

I have historically passed on respiratory cases because I felt they required a deeper specialization and care, and in fact they do, but I've seen over the years that many aren't really getting all that they could. I have always been terrified that I might somehow slight the care of a very fragile class of patient through ignorance, but I have gained a little more confidence these days because the simple of COPD is that no one has very good "luck" with it ever. I have become bolder because no patient ever before reacted or responded to a respiratory mediciation with glee, and, though necessary as they may seem I am personally entirely revolted with the lot. Want to know something?
Inhaled bronchodilators
Beta-adrenergic agonists 
Long-acting beta-agonists
Anticholinergic agents (such as ipratropium) 
Combined beta-agonist/ anticholinergic inhalers 
Inhaled steroids (such as beclomethasone) 
Oral steroids (such as prednisone) 
Lung reduction surgery 
Not a single one of these things has any healing property about them whatsoever. They are in fact destructive to the body and it's tissues, and the majority actually invite more weakness, damage and infection vulnerability in the short and long term. They are "symptomatic" drugs which combat/control only the gross manifest symptoms. There is not one healing or repairative thing about any of them. You just keep sucking them in so you can force your laboring body chemically (mechanically) to breathe while your condition slowly and inexorably continues to deteriorate. While you continue to starve for air.
"Randomized trials of survival are currently underway." - Do you know what this really means in Doctor talk? 

The overall cardio-pulmonary responce to psilocybes is - scientifically speaking - better than "D - all the above". Isn't that something? Isn't it wonderful that we have in our hands such powerful and beneficial creatures, even though we are still so early in the "universal cataloguing" of all thier processes? Doesn't it seem like the difference between heaven and hell to "observe" how people live and catalogue that, as opposed to cataloguing how they die under "observation" and gaining practically little of nothing from it?
We do not try to force the lungs to breathe; they do that on thier own. We feed them with (in the simplest terms..) "bitters", "butters", "builders" and "cleaners" - the real thing, made of what they are made of. We know we can provide relief and comfort in a greater degree over the long term; whether a simpler, food based rehabilitative protocol will demonstrate a fuller recovery? Only time will tell, but time usually does. Meantime, keep raising your hands to the starry sky!
The simple-er of COPD is this: The respiratory struggle of COPD is not really a sign of the body's degeneration and impending collapse, it is a sign of tissue starvation and suffocation. Why don't we start to treat it that way for more people?

Psilocybe therapy as an integral and regular part of a comprehensive respiratory care and healing (repairing & re-building) strategy holds, at least for me and people like miss Julie, immense promise. Even at this stage of our understanding it is clear to us that you get a better living form if you have fed and watered rather than poisoned it. (Cheeky I know but - it's really about that simple.) The daily treatment of cordyceps mushroom, mullein, red clover, dandelion, burdock, slippery elm bark, sorrel and rhubarb (others) is exponentially aided by the concomittant use of regular psilocybe therapy because you have a body less burned and more ready to respond - to live. In the same hand, the benefits of the regular use of psilocybes in COPD are increased exponentially by the daily supportive and repairative protocol because you have a body more receptive and able to utilise the benefits that the psilocybes bring. It's a healing circle that isn't viscious.

I was glad to find three things on Spring Street that night in 2002; wonder (again), hutzpah (to say "Oh COPD my eye! Who told you that?!") and somebody compelling enough in thier joy to reach me (in my mind) where dozens of others seemingly hadn't before in thier suffering and sorrow. Somehow right then I heard more than what miss Julie said; I heard for just a moment what her body was saying too. I do not fear the respiratory people now, because I have something more to actually say to them. More to offer than a prolonged (if lifesaving and miserable yeah yeah...) internal mummification of sorts! I ponder more progressive treatment strategies with concomitant phytomedicals that include more foods and are based on organic healing - not merely chemical jerk-responce mechanics (and maintenance care unto death...) It seems to me that more attention should be given to the "food" medicines than the processed chemical ones in arresting and managing the enigma of this, what to call? "Early Onset COPD"? I think it's time to start looking at the current popular approaches as ipso facto "lung abuse" whether we meant it to be or not. One of those "What could we have been thinking?" head slaps.
Personally, I thank God everyday to have such "earthy" things in my hands, and to know that those things will prove - scientifically - to be the only actually healing treatment we have thus far seen.
Yes miss Julie, so we can breathe.
Best Wishes,
Karl Buchanan

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