Tremella Mushroom hydrates the skin, supports immune health and increases anti-oxidants.

Interview with Mark J. Kaylor

Skin Support

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Mark KaylorWe have used Mushroom Wisdom products in my family on and off for many years. I remember when Maitake Products D-Fraction was introduced as a potent immune supplement. It was the first mushroom product that I learned about that had clinical science. Maitake-D Fraction set a standard in my mind that persists to this day. I expect that companies that make claims for their products should have science and research to verify the claimed benefits. They should also be transparent and honest with their customers.

Maitake Products company later became Mushroom Wisdom. Mushroom Wisdom is one of the pioneers and ongoing leaders in the mushroom category. They create very specific extracts and then study and document the benefits of those very specific extracts. So when we talk about Maitake, Lion’s Main, Reshei, and now Tremella mushrooms, we are ultimately describing the benefits of the very specific Mushroom Wisdom products.

Other mushroom products are not the same and you should never assume that competitive products are as good as the original. There are other good mushroom product companies and every good company is able to share with consumers about their products. Remember to choose a good company based on what is important to you and then explore their products as desired. To get the desired benefits you have to choose good products and to choose good products you have to look to high quality companies. It’s one of the first steps to have confidence in the products you consume.

In this interview with Mark Kaylor we discuss Tremella mushroom. Tremella mushroom is found both as a supplement and as a topical cream. The cream is Aquamella. The Aquamella cream provides potent benefits externally, while the supplement nourishes from the inside. My wife has been using this particular face moisturizer for many years. Because she has the choice of any product, this is as strong an endorsement she can give. She loves Aquamella cream from Mushroom Wisdom and uses it as her daily moisturizer.

PubMedImportant Note: No one here is making medical claims for tremella or any other nutrient. Foods and nutrients nourish the body. Feed the body the “right” nutrients and amazing things can happen. Nutrients are not drugs and drugs are not nutrients. Don’t confuse the two. Here is a link to PubMed, where there are currently 185 results from searching “tremella”. You can read for yourself what the science reveals. Science reveals how the body can utilize nutrients. It is the body that maintains, restores and repairs the body and nutrients are the building blocks and catalysts to health. This does not make nutrients drugs. For all medical conditions, see your health care professional*.

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“Over the last few years mushrooms have been gaining a wider acceptance in the West for their “medicinal” or health supporting benefits. Mushrooms have been so widely utilized and highly prized in Asia for many centuries. With their roots firmly entwined in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is not surprising that Cordyceps, Reishi, and the other commonly used mushrooms in Asia, are also the more extensively used and familiar in the West as well.

Tremella fuciformis aptly named and also known as ‘white jelly leaf’ is a traditional Yin tonic in TCM, and while not well known in the West there are over 100 published scientific papers on the use of this mushroom. Primarily used to treat Yin deficiency and unruly fire, Tremella is said to have an affinity for the skin, lungs, stomach, and kidneys*. As a Yin tonic it is an excellent remedy to consider whenever you need to bring moisture back to the body; examples of this include dry cough, dry skin, vaginally dryness and even dry eyes*. (It makes a wonderful remedy for contact wearers who always have to put drops in their eyes*.)

Research suggests possible benefits for its use with cervical and uterine cancers when used in conjunction with radiation treatment*. Tremella brings a protective and restoring action to bear on healthy cells as the body undergoes this arduous treatment*. Red blood cells and bone marrow cells can be damaged by radiation treatment*; Tremella provides protection to these cells while also increasing production of red blood cells thereby helping the body to reestablish a healthy state*.

As it is with virtually all the medicinal mushrooms currently in use in the West, Tremella also offers significant immune support*. In a comparison study of mushrooms for their anti-tumor activity, Tremella came in a close second at an 81% tumor inhibition rate to Maitake’s 86.3% inhibition rate*.

Mushrooms’ benefits are not limited to immune related activities and the same is true for Tremella; powdered dried Tremella was shown to significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL in a rat study*. When searching for a Tremella product that maximizes the full range of health supporting benefits look for one that contains a hot-water extract combined with powdered fruiting body.

Tremella has demonstrated the ability to hydrate the skin better and longer than hyaluronic acid and it has also been shown to increase the production of antioxidants by skin cells*. (Note: you can find Tremella in a supplement form for beauty from the inside out as well as in face creams)

Mushroom Potential
The sky’s the limit for the health promoting potential for our mushroom allies. While we have tended to lump all medicinal mushrooms into a single category, namely immune activating, there really is so much more to them as well as a number of mushrooms we have only begun to fully explore. With growing public acceptance, mounting research supporting traditional and new applications, and a massive need for their healing gifts, mushrooms may have finally come of age in the West. Select content provided by

“Tremella is used in China for lung, stomach, kidney and skin health support.* It is also used in Chinese cuisine. Tremella is more than 70-percent dietary fiber, including healthful polysaccharides.* It is a rich source of Vitamin D, for bone and skin health support.* Yang Guifei (719-756), Imperial Consort during the Tang Dynasty and believed as one of the most beautiful women in Chinese history, cited Tremella among her beauty secrets.*” from

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About Mark J. Kaylor
Mark Kaylor has been exploring holistic health and healing for over four decades. He is the founder and director of the not-for-profit Radiant Health Project. Mark welcomes your comments and questions and can be contacted at his website: or on facebook at


How your probiotic is manufactured and what it contains are critical factors.

Interview with Dr. Jason Mitchell

Digestive Health

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In this interview Dr. Jason Mitchell will discuss the importance of gut probiotic bacteria and some of the challenges to creating an effective probiotic. Many consumers take probiotic supplements without consideration as if all probiotic supplements are equal. We will consider Probulin® probiotics as one effective solution. Dr. Mitchell makes the point that any probiotic is usually better than nothing. However if you want a probiotic to be the most effective there are numerous things that you should consider.

“We often tend to think of our body’s many systems—digestive, immune, circulatory, neurological—like workstations on an assembly line, each contributing separately to our overall health and function. But, in fact, these systems are far more interconnected with multiple channels of communication, feedback, and gate-keeping. It is this delicate web that helps us maintain both health and homeostasis—a stable equilibrium in a continually changing environment.

One essential hub for all this activity and intercommunication is the gut. Not only does the gut process the vast majority of our life-sustaining nutrients, it also serves as a modulating influence on our bodies’ many other systems. Let’s look at a few ways that the gut influences overall health.

Digestion and Motility
The naturally occurring “good bacteria” that reside within the gut’s complex ecosystem help process vital nutrients. These bacteria also help govern gut motility and serve as gatekeepers, helping to choose which molecules are allowed to move through the gut’s permeable membranes and into the system, and which are removed as waste.

  • Immune Health – About 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. The mucosal membrane of the gut is a vital barrier against potentially harmful microbes and environmental toxins, and it is here that those “good bacteria” we mentioned earlier play such an essential role, competing with “bad” or potentially harmful bacteria for key receptors, and helping to maintain the integrity of the mucosal barrier.
  • Skin Health – The skin is an essential barrier against sun, wind, toxins, and invading microbes. It is also a complex environment where “good” and “bad” bacteria wage a daily battle for control. “Good bacteria” work not only on the skin surface but also within the gut to help support skin health. Factors such as cellular rejuvenation and replacement, skin moisture and resistance to environmental stressors like sun exposure and UV radiation are governed largely by gut flora.
  • Neurological and Emotional Health – The gut’s influence on neurological health has spurred some to refer to the gut as a “second brain,” and in fact, mood-influencing chemicals like serotonin are produced in significant quantities by the gut. The connection between the gut and our neurological function, termed “the gut-brain axis,” influences not only or central nervous system (responsible for mood), but also our neuro-endocrine system including our hypothalamic and pituitary function.
  • How Probiotics Help Gut health—and overall health—depend on maintaining a healthy balance of gut flora. Dietary supplementation with robust probiotic strains can reinforce our bodies’ natural population of “good” bacteria, which can be vital when you consider the many ways our systems are challenged by stressors, fatigue, poor diet, pollutants, and environmental factors.

The health benefits of probiotic bacteria are manifold. They re-balance gut flora, boost the immune system, and reduce the severity of some gastrointestinal challenges. To perform these vital functions, health-promoting bacteria must arrive alive and healthy in the gut. This is no small challenge, considering the extremely acidic and hostile environment of the upper digestive tract.

To help protect the carefully selected probiotic bacteria strains during their journey, Probulin products employ patent-pending technology to envelope and safeguard the bacteria.

MAKTrek 3-D® Delivery System. 
Probulin’s probiotic bacteria are encased in an extract made from Brown Seaweed (Lessonia nigrescens). The complex marine polysaccharides shield the probiotic strains and prevent them from being compromised by the harsh, acid-rich environment of the stomach. The seaweed enclosure enables the probiotics’ safe journey to the gut where the outer gel-like coating slowly dissolves, releasing the live bacteria. The bacteria then attach themselves to the intestinal walls, where they rebalance gut flora and confer their other health benefits.

Nourishing Probiotics
To keep the probiotic strains well-nourished and hydrated during their journey, and to help them survive the first critical hours within the human gut, Probulin includes prebiotics (bacteria food) and electrolytes (hydration) to help the probiotic strains stay healthy as they get established.

Hardy Bacteria
Another way that Probulin ensures the survival of the probiotics is by choosing only the highest quality products and strains. Hardy bacterial strains, protected within their seaweed enclosure have a far greater survival rate than unprotected and/or more fragile strains. This means a low attrition rate and a higher number of beneficial bacteria reaching the gut alive. Survivability is more important than the number of strains.

Benefits of the unique MAKTrek 3-D® Delivery system.
Stomach Acid Protection
The probiotic bacteria are encased in an extract of Brown Seaweed (Lessonia nigrescens) called complex marine polysaccharides. Once blended, the final powder is encapsulated. When the capsule is swallowed it will come in contact with the stomach acid. The acid will dissolve the capsule. The complex marine polysaccharides then form a secondary internal gel-like capsule, protecting the living probiotic cells from the acid.

Isotonic Protection
This step includes a validated blend of important electrolyte minerals so as to provide the necessary controls during the activating hydration step for probiotics. This step is a cornerstone to the patent pending MAKTrek® 3-D Delivery System.

Additional Safeguards
Probulin’s® researched and documented strains are specifically selected as being equipped to handle exposure to the environmental elements that would otherwise make survival difficult for these beneficial probiotic bacteria. Probulin® products are certified to be free of GMOs, wheat, gluten, magnesium stearate, and phthalates (used by some manufacturers in the enteric coating of delayed-release capsules).

Not all probiotics are created the same. If delivery, quality and potency are important parts of your probiotic evaluation, Probulin’s® line of digestive probiotics is a great place to start.” Select content provide by

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About Dr. Jason Mitchell
Dr. Jason Mitchell is a Naturopathic Doctor certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. He is also a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association and Certified Natural Health Professionals. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management/Operations from Arizona State University and his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Trinity College of Natural Health. He is the CEO of Probulin and also the Co-Founder & President of HempFusion.



306 – Radical Metabolism – My Interview with Ann Louise Gittleman

More than one-third of Americans are obese, although many have been dieting for decades. Why? No diet in the world will work if your metabolism has turned toxic, and no disease can be healed if your cell membranes are unhealthy. Cell membranes require certain types of fat to perform their metabolic duties, but no amount of “good” dietary fat will be beneficial if your gallbladder is ailing or you have congested bile. This is the reason ketogenic type diets often fail. Ann Louise Gittleman offers a new wave of hope!

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305 – Customizing Your Digestive Enzymes – From Atkins to Zone

In 2014, the United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that 70 million adult Americans. Common digestive issues include gas, bloating, belching, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain or distension, extreme fullness after eating and sour or metallic tastes in the mouth. These complaints are your body’s way of saying it needs help.  The help you need, however, goes beyond feeling more comfortable after meals. Sluggish digestion also robs the body of nutrients, which robs us of energy and undermines every aspect of wellbeing.

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304 – Full Spectrum Hemp for Endocannabinoid Support

There has never been this much excitement over a food and it’s nutrients as there is currently for hemp. There is also a great deal of confusion as to what are the important facts to understand. Valid scientific research surrounding hemp is fueling the rediscovery of its importance to human health.  What this research is revealing is causing a shift in thinking as well as application of nature’s assets held inside this amazing plant.

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303 – Simple Nutritional Solutions for Common Digestive Complaints

There are a lot of people with digestive challenges that are not medically related. These are common everyday digestive issues that don’t require medical intervention. Problems such as occasional, poor digestion, gas, bloating, heart burn and stomach irritation are examples of digestive complaints that can often be addressed by good nutritional support.

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302 – Emerging Trends in Probiotics

The probiotic category is a hotbed of research and as a result new products are emerging at a rapid rate. The science of probiotics is revealing the unique benefits of genetically identifiable strains. This is leading to more specifically targeted products. It also means that consumers must continue to gain more understanding in order to sort out the products and the claims. There are a lot of good companies making good probiotics. There is also way too many products that are inferior in some way or another that is not always obvious.

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301 – Meshima Mushroom Supports Breast Health for Women

“Meshima, (Phellinus linteus) whose name literally means “Women’s Island,” is a mushroom that grows on mulberry trees on an island of the same name southwest of Japan. Meshima is becoming increasingly known for its remarkable women’s health benefits.* In groundbreaking studies, US researchers recently confirmed that an extract of Meshima mushrooms demonstrates potent activity in helping to maintain healthy breast cells.*” source: Mushroom Wisdom

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300 – What You Need to Know in 2018 – My Opinion – Steve Lankford

Every 100 shows I take time to distill my thoughts on what I have learned or observed since the previous anniversaries. I have a perspective on the health industry that spans over 4 decades and I have seen the growth and the changes. I suggest that you revisit episodes 100 and 200 and read the blogs that I wrote at those times. It is interesting because much of what I covered then remains relevant today.

As always a lot has changed, but much also remains the same. Changes can be challenging to manage but it also means new opportunities. In times of change, one has to understand and adapt to that change. In this podcast, I will give my overview of how my thinking has evolved and how best to move forward.

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299 – The A-List Diet – Look and Feel Younger

Prior to opening his own practice, for five years, Dr. Pescatore was the Associate Medical Director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine working directly with Dr. Robert C. Atkins. What we have learned over the decades from Dr. Atkins and Dr. Pescatore is that fats in the diet are not the cause of obesity. We have learned about the importance of the types of fats in the diet and that some fats are better than others. We learned that refined carbs and too many carbs is a major factor in the obesity epidemic.
Dr. Pescatore’s newest book The A-LIST Diet (2017) is designed to go beyond Atkins and Paleo diets. Dr. Pescatore improves on these popular diets by boosting protein, protein rotation, reducing inflammation and alkalizing the body. Dr. Pescatore takes a fresh look at everyday choices and helps you customize his strategies for your unique needs.

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