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Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms [Kindle Edition]

David Wolfe , Pierre Beaumier , Ramiz Saad
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Taking the counsel of Hippocrates—"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"—acclaimed author David Wolfe brings the wisdom of eating herbal medicine to today's health-conscious readers. His enthusiastic fan base, which includes celebrities such as Woody Harrelson and Angela Bassett, continues to blossom as more and more people realize the healing and immunity-boosting properties of raw and medicinal foods.

In Chaga, Wolfe presents the many virtues of medicinal mushrooms, which boost immunity, stave off allergies and asthma, help fight against cancer, and generally improve core vitality. But the star of the book is chaga—"the king of the mushrooms"—which holds the greatest storehouse of medicinal properties of any mushroom species.

In addition to exploring the extraordinary history, lore, scientific research, and future of this potent healing mushroom, Wolfe provides readers with recipes for teas, soups, fermentations, and tinctures—as well as tips on how to obtain quality chaga products. Other mushrooms are also discussed, such as the fabled queen of the medicinal mushrooms, reishi—which promotes a healthy immune system—and the cordyceps—which fights fatigue, improves endurance, increases lung capacity, and more.

The wealth of wisdom, research, recipes, and advice will enlighten and satisfy Wolfe's fans, as well as any reader curious about natural ways to improve health and promote healing.

Editorial Reviews


"David Wolfe is a nutritionist's nutritionist. His knowledge in the fields of raw foods, superfoods, herbs, and chocolate are unsurpassed in the world."
—John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"Nutrition author, expert, and orator David 'Avocado' Wolfe continues to be a shining example of Success in America. His knowledge of superfood nutrition will astonish you and give you just that perfect piece of health advice that you have been looking for."
—Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"David has inspired divine superfood creations beyond my wildest dreams—and more!"
—Roxanne Klein, world-renowned chef and founder, Roxanne's Fine Cuisine

About the Author

The author of best-selling raw food books such as The Sunfood Diet Success System and Eating for Beauty, as well as one of the world's leading authority on raw-food nutrition, David Wolfe conducts seventy to eighty health lectures and seminars each year in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the South Pacific, and hosts at least five health, healing, and beauty retreats each year at various
retreat centers around the world. Wolfe is the middle son of two medical doctors, and has an extensive educational background, which gives him a unique perspective in the health field. He holds degrees in mechanical and environmental engineering, and in political science. He has studied at many institutions, including Oxford University. He concluded his formal education by receiving a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of San Diego.

Product Details

  • File Size: 14803 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M11SMO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MEDICINAL POWERHOUSE September 30, 2012
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Chaga King Of The Medicinal Mushrooms by David Wolfe is a book I have been waiting for in anticipation and it does not disappoint
I am a avid user of Chaga Extracts with excellent results!

PART 1 of the book deals with the facts and history of Chaga and the Birch Tree from which Chaga grows on!

PART 2 of the book deals with preparing and enjoying Chaga with a good variety of Recipes, this includes preparing Teas which was interesting as David states not to boil the Chaga in Boiled Water but to simmer over a period of time so as to not destroy the natural Acids and beta-glucan polysaccharides etc.

PART 3 deals with the science of Chaga which I found the most interesting as this to me is the nuts and bolts of the Book.David has presented a comprehensive view of the individual constituents of Chaga These being Beta-glucans, Betulin,Betulinic Acid and Melanins.

Overall I was very happy with the book it wasnt a long book and was straight to the point with each particular topic presented within its pages with citations, I also enjoyed the photos spread out within the book photos of Chaga on a Birch Tree is something to admire!

I have a close Family member recently diagnosed Cancer and have started him on Chaga Extract with Turkey Tail in preparation for the onslaught of Chemotherapy and Surgery to boost his immune system.

The only downside to the book was no discussion on Powdered Extracts which would of been of interest to me as I have been using a fantastic Chaga Product from ORIVEDA!!

In my Oppinion the Book is excellent for anyone wanting to know the A to Z of chaga,once familiar with this wonderful mushroom start researching the Peer Reviewed Research Papers In depth pertaining to the benefits of taking this Mushroom!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start September 30, 2012
By X
I hoped this book would contain enough research data to decide whether to start using chaga. It does. That said, it is not exhaustive but I don't blame the author. Superfood research is in its infancy and David is doing for Chaga what he has done with other superfoods like Cacao - supplying enough information and enthusiasm to make the superfood more available so more research can be done. A year ago I couldn't find Chaga on ebay. Now it's there for about $10/lb including shipping - cheap for a superfood. Bravo to all involved.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information October 28, 2012
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David Wolfe's book Chaga, King of the Medicinal Mushrooms is so comprehensive, and yet easy to read and understand. The paperback itself is 5" by 8" with thick semi-glossy pages, lots of wonderful, clear pictures, and bound really well. The reason I'm saying this, is because this is a book that I'm going be referring to for both the recipes, and the instructions as to harvesting the Chaga mushroom.

The pictures of the mushroom show clearly what exactly this medicinal mushroom looks like, because you certainly don't want to harvest, and eat the wrong kind of mushroom. And of course the pictures of David show a charming, kind, and vital man, which helps to sell his idea of herbal medicine. His face practically glows with good health, something you can't photoshop in when needed.

David first introduces us to Chaga in the wild, showing us how it grows mostly on Birch trees and how it prefers a colder climate. How it was used by Siberian Shamans for healing. David gives us a list of the remarkable things that Chaga can do for our bodies such as being a 'premier herbal adaptogen(a metabolic regulator that increases an organism's ability to adapt to environmental factors and resist stress), cancer fighter, immune-system modulator, antitumor agent, gastrointestinal(digestive) tonifier, longevity tonic, and a genoprotective(DNA-shielding) agent." page 1

David made his case so well, that I went to his website, [...], and ordered some Chaga for myself. There were different forms of the Chaga, and David explains them all in this book, plus he tells you how to make your own, but that's not going to happen for me, so I too the easy route and pulled out my credit card.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW MUSHROOM TO HUNT!! September 3, 2014
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Love the detail on the CHAGA. Have found my first one today!
Can't wait to make some tea from it.
If you are new to the CHAGA, you will love this book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant October 6, 2012
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This is a must read. I waited with great anticipation for it to come out and I was not disappointed. David Wolfe has fully researched everything you could ever want to know about Chaga.
I am taking it myself with wonderful results.

S.D., Ca.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chaga June 5, 2013
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I was not disappointed in the shipping or condition of the book, but in the book itself.
I was expecting more information on how to use chaga and the benefits and a little
less in recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information! I am drinking Chaga every day September 14, 2014
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Great information! I am drinking Chaga every day! Needed to know the details in this book! High recommendation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great December 13, 2014
By rvnadia
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This is the best book for the great Chaga, David has respect for the Birch tree.
I wish everyone harvesting had this same aproch. Thank you for a great book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great info
love it so glad I got this this has a lot of great info. Love David Wolfe
Published 1 month ago by DEBBIE MADDOX
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaga Is Amazing
Excellent content. I LOVE the footnotes and references
Published 1 month ago by Shane Dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book as I expect from David wolf.
Published 4 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gpod book!!
Published 4 months ago by nicole britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very informative and this mushroom buying another copy to send to family member
Published 4 months ago by dsallways
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informational. I checked it out via kindle, ...
Very informational. I checked it out via kindle, but I think I need this on hand as a reference book.
Published 5 months ago by A. Wright
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Published 5 months ago by john serino
5.0 out of 5 stars Book: Chaga
I would recommend this book to everyone I know and already have! We are blessed to live in a place where there are lots of Birch trees, so we go out and harvest it regularly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda B. McCombs-Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Naturally Scientifically Concise!
This small, compact book substantiates hard-line scientific evidence that many on the net claim. Mr. Read more
Published 7 months ago by druoak01
5.0 out of 5 stars Book rating
The book contains much helpful knowledge. Very useful for anyone researching the medical benefits of Chaga and how to find it.
Published 7 months ago by Sandy Archibald
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