Magic mushrooms may aid cancer patients, study shows

David Gutierrez
NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) A growing body of research indicates that the active chemical in “magic mushrooms” may help significantly ease the psychological and spiritual distress commonly experienced by cancer patients, according to a book excerpt published in Psychological Aspects of Cancer: A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes, and Their Management.

The chapter recounts studies conducted by researchers from New York University, and is authored by researchers from New York University, the University of California-Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University.

It has been well established that cancer patients, particularly those in the advanced stages of the disease, regularly experience a wide range of psychological and spiritual distress including anxiety, anger, denial, depression, helplessness, social isolation, loss of independence and hopelessness. Yet, health professionals have focused relatively little attention on how best to help alleviate such distress.

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