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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583944990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583944998
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

Chaga features a range of tasty recipes using these healthful edible mushrooms, as well as a wealth of information about their history, their uses, how to properly prepare and store them, and their nourishing benefits.”
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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.

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Easy to read with a lot of information.
Laura R. Teigen
In some 200 pages, David Wolfe has compiled all the most important information concerning chaga.
Anneline Rochet
I hoped this book would contain enough research data to decide whether to start using chaga.

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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By CriticalCreature on November 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am very interested in Chaga and was looking forward to this book. David Wolfe created a true hype around Chaga in particular, even leading to worried statements from people like Paul Stamets in The Huffington Post: Chaga might become endangered because of all those hunting for it, both amateurs and professionals!

Anyway, I was disappointed by the book. Although very easy to digest, it is way too superficial to my taste, never really going beyond the hype. He's quoting unverifiable (and potentially unreliable) internet sources, and it often seems he's looking for sources to back up his ideas, instead of the other way around. The sources of the sources have not been investigated at all. The book is therefore far from objective and reliable. Definitely not scientific.

He has some theories that can be called 'highly questionable', such as 'Chaga is living in symbiosis with the birch'. Every mycologist will laugh at this statement - Wolfe is mixing up Chaga with a class of fungi known as 'mycorrhiza'. This is a perfect symbiotic relation: the fungi provides its host with nutrient from very deep levels and in return feeds off the tree. Both benefit from this.
Chaga on the other hand is killing its host, it is a so-called white-rot fungus. A dead tree is needed by the fungus to reproduce. If David Wolfe would have done some serious investigations he would not have made this (and several other) silly statements. But it does sound very positive, of course. After all, he's a guru of a very positive life style.

He is also leaving out the need for extraction if you want to use Chaga therapeutically. Raw Chaga (and mushrooms in general) are indigestible by humans.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B. P. Samyi on 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By X on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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