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Advocating the ‘Culture of Mushroom Consumption’ within the Pre-dominant Discourse of Cancer Treatment and the Politico-Economic Challenges to its Adoption

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  131619462,  2013 Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 - July 24, 2013. (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/aim.20131619462) @2013
Authors:   Sanghamitra Nath, Mrittika Bhattacharya, Prem Prakash Srivastav
Keywords:   chemotherapy mushroom-oriented alternative cancer therapy L-ergothioneine Shiitake

Abstract. According to the World Cancer Report, cancer rates are expected to rise by 50% to 15 million in the year 2020 which unarguably means that there will be a sharp increase in dependency on chemotherapy. The problem is that chemotherapy comes with a package of ill effects. Therefore, the authors of this paper wish to argue the case of ‘Prevention is better than cure’, and strongly suggest a ‘culture of mushroom consumption’ wherein mushrooms (rich in L-ergothioneine, lentinan) are critical in the prevention of cancer in the long run. This paper is an exploration of the potentials of mushrooms in cancer prevention and the political as well as the economic hurdles in the incorporation of the same within the conventional paradigm of cancer treatment.

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