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Brain Boosting mushrooms

Dr. Lisa Broyles
with Jane Rogers

Foraged mushrooms contain a variety of properties that nourish and regenerate brain cells.

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Mushrooms have long been thought to possess medicinal powers. Experts like Dr. Lisa Broyles suggest they even can nourish cognitive health. Many foraged mushrooms contain properties that can boost cognitive powers or curtail brain degeneration, according to Dr. Broyles, a family medicine specialist. 

Lion’s mane, she says, helps the brain and neurons regenerate after they are damaged and slows the production of amyloid, a key protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Chaga and chicken in the woods improve the body’s handling of insulin — a recipe for keeping the brain healthy. Psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” improve memory and cognitive abilities, explains Dr. Broyles.

Mushrooms are eaten directly or turned into tinctures and consumed in beverages like tea. Many such therapeutic tinctures are sold commercially, she says.

“You sprinkle some of this on those synapses and neurons, and it helps them regrow and reconnect with the other neurons close to them.”
Dr. Lisa Broyles

About Dr. Lisa Broyles

Dr. Lisa Broyles, MD, is trained in the Bredesen Protocol, a personalized program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. It is estimated that nearly 50 million currently living Americans will die of Alzheimer’s disease if effective prevention and reversal are not implemented–almost 100 times more than have died of COVID-19. Mainstream medicine would have you believe that it can’t be prevented, is untreatable, and progressive, with most patients not surviving beyond three to eleven years post-diagnosis.

But we are learning that the disease is a pathology of multiple causes that is preventable and even reversible in the early stages through the kind of holistic and individualized approach prescribed by the Bredesen Protocol.

A certified functional medicine doctor with an interest in holistic/integrative medicine, Dr. Broyles is transforming medical care in rural North Carolina. Addressing the underlying causes of disease rather than simply treating symptoms, Dr. Broyles uses a systems-oriented, holistic approach that engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. The result has been a palpable rise in health IQ and wellness in the community she serves.

“People are hungry for this kind of patient/physician collaborative care. They want to take charge of their well-being. They want to feel empowered. Too often, though, the insurance system in America limits choices for physicians and patients alike. Functional medicine represents a fundamental paradigm shift from symptom suppression to an integrative body/mind approach to optimal health,” said Dr. Broyles.

Hoping to help more people than her limited practice can accommodate, Dr. Broyles is reaching out to her community through the Cutting-Edge Health podcast and other platforms. At the end of each podcast, Dr. Broyles will answer your questions.

Having graduated from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her three-year residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Dr. Broyles is currently a family practitioner in Saluda, North Carolina.

For the past several years, she served patients at urgent care and occupational medicine centers in South Carolina and Tennessee. Prior to this, she was medical director for the East Tennessee Spine and Nerve Center in Chattanooga and the Johnson City Tennessee Downtown Clinic. Dr. Broyles graduated from Brody school of medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville North Carolina and obtained her functional medicine certification from Functional Medicine university in Greer South Carolina.


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