Holistic Health Brought By Medicinal Mushrooms | Real Mushrooms

Holistic Health Brought By Fundamental Fungi

Animal Innovations Show - Episode 130 - Real Mushrooms

Holistic Health Brought By Medicinal Mushrooms | Real Mushrooms

From the pantry-staple button mushrooms to the glorious truffle mushroom, it is undeniable that these yummy and medicinal mushrooms are increasing in popularity as the main source of food for many people.


Aside from being delicious, mushrooms are also a great way to improve health as proven by a lot of research studies! And of course, this popularity is also noticeable with the increase of pet parents incorporating mushrooms into their furbaby’s diet!


In this episode of Animal Innovations Show, we are accompanied by the amazing science team of Real Mushrooms. Let’s find out how mushrooms are beneficial for our pets and why you should think about using these fundamental fungi.


According to Dr. Robert Silver,

“Real Mushrooms is a Canadian company and we cultivate mushrooms by their USDA-organic standards. We are one of the largest in the world creating mushrooms that are potent, organic, and in need right now by our global population.”

Holistic Health Care with Medicinal Mushrooms

Dr. Robert has shared his 40 years of experience in innovating and cultivating different species of mushrooms that will improve animal health holistically. 


“We have ten different mushroom species that we cultivate and sell as individual mushrooms. We sell them as capsules, as powders, and some are even added to hot chocolate since chocolates are the best.”


The first products Real Mushrooms developed are meant to be ingested by humans. However, seeing that most of their clients also give these products to their pets, they decided to create a veterinary line that will cater to our dogs’ and cats’ health.

Holistic Health Brought By Medicinal Mushrooms | Real Mushrooms

The power of medicinal mushrooms to improve our pet’s health goes way back to their evolution. This is how they build our immune system from the ground up, according to Dr. Robert.

“Fungal diseases are the most difficult to treat. They were some of the earliest diseases to emerge in the evolution of animals and plants on our planet. And so, the immune system of animals developed early detection for fungal pathogens. That’s why mushrooms work so well in terms of improving our immune system function.”


Joni Kimlet, a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), said

“Real Mushrooms decided to create a veterinary line because many people are using their human mushroom products for their pets. The most popular mushroom in veterinary medicine is the turkey tail, which is being used for cancer treatment.”


There is a lot of evidence that the turkey tail mushrooms give a longer life span, recovery from cancer, and a better quality of life. In addition to turkey tail mushrooms, Real Mushrooms also specializes in Lion’s Mane and reishi mushrooms. Third-party laboratories and studies confirmed that these fungi can improve your pet’s immune system.

Holistic Health Brought By Medicinal Mushrooms | Real Mushrooms


Learn more about Real Mushrooms!

Visit their website at https://www.realmushrooms.com/.

Have suggestions for who we should interview next?

Send us a message at [email protected]!

Dr. Silver: Hi, this is Dr. Rob Silver, and you are listening to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Excellent.

So, Dr. Rob, you get to start us off. Tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Dr. Silver: I’m an integrative veterinarian— holistic veterinarian and have nearly 40 years of practice experience.

And in my practice, I’ve been working on developing products for pets that will help them be healthier and happier using the integrative model.

And after 25 years working with a company designing products for veterinarians to use that are nutraceutical products, products like glucosamine, fish oil, and turmeric, for example. 

I took a job with a company that makes medical mushrooms and I convinced them that they should have me create a product line for them based on my 25 years of experience working for this veterinary company to make a line of products specifically for pets containing medicinal mushrooms, to help pets with their immune system issues, to help pets with their behavioral issues, to help pets with a variety of other issues that medical mushrooms can help with.

So, the company that I’m with and that my partner Joni is with is called Real Mushrooms. It’s a Canadian company, and we cultivate the mushrooms under USDA organic standards, and we’re one of the largest in the world, creating mushrooms that are really potent and organic and in need right now by our global population, most especially our pets.

Joni: Yeah, that’s a great description of what we’re doing.

I’m Joni, and I’m a RVT, CCRA. That means I’m a registered veterinary technician, a veterinary nurse, and a certified canine rehabilitation assistant, which kind of like a dog physical therapist.

And both me and my dog were diagnosed with cancer. And I knew nothing about holistic medicine. And it was my path— kind of looking at other options other than conventional therapies, the chemo, and radiation that started me on my path.

And I went to school, got involved in veterinary medicine, and then I became obsessed with mushrooms. Just fascinated and very curious about how mushrooms would work with animals.

And when I heard that Doctor Silver, Dr. Rob was going to be creating this line with Real Mushrooms, I basically campaigned to go and work with them, and they said yes.

And here we are.

Chris: I got to be honest, I don’t know a lot about mushrooms, and I’m guessing a lot of our listeners and viewers don’t either.

I mean, what’s so special about mushrooms that really— you both are obsessed and that you’ve made this your passion and your livelihood?

I mean, what’s so unique?

Dr. Silver: Mushrooms are very interesting organisms. They are not animal and they are not plant. And in fact, when you go back to evolutionary biology, you find that mushrooms are really a lot closer in their DNA to humans than they are to pets.

Mushrooms work so well in terms of improving our immune system function, because although mushrooms are not toxic, medical mushrooms are not toxic, there are certainly some poisonous mushrooms.

There’s a few mushrooms that are psychotropic, but not a lot of them. Many are edible and quite tasty— I don’t know—do you like to eat mushrooms?

Chris: Oh, yeah, absolutely.

Dr. Silver: They are very tasty.

Have you ever had shiitake mushrooms? Of course.

Japanese. Really tasty.Shiitake mushrooms are some of the most powerful immune-modulating mushrooms on this planet.

So, when an animal eats a mushroom, the contents of that mushroom are the same. Look to our immune system, the same way that fungal pathogens do.

So, even though we’re not being attacked by the mushroom in a toxic or infectious way, it causes our immune systems to wake up and start to look at what else is around.

“Hey, what else could I get to?,” you know.

Now, mushrooms are 90% water, so you’re going to have to eat a lot of shiitake mushrooms to get a benefit, and you’re going to have to do that every single day.

I like shiitake mushrooms.

So, what we’ve done with our company is we grow these mushrooms on the substrate, on the ground, on the surface, the material that they are best suited to grow on, which gives them the highest potency.

And then once the mushroom reaches maturities— so we dry those mushrooms and we dry them, and then we boil them in hot water, and then, we dehydrate that powder, we make it into a powder.

We analyze it through third-party labs to verify that it doesn’t contain any kind of contaminants or toxins that it actually contains as much as we’re going to say it contains on the label.

Because we believe in being transparent, we want the potency of the mushrooms to be stated on the label.

And that is really a standard that we should see in the marketplace for all of these types of supplements. Mushrooms and glucosamine, and everything should say what is in it, because that way the consumer knows what they’re getting and how much of it to use.

Chris: I was going to ask you, what are some of the common conditions—for people that are listening, that mushrooms can be used for?

Joni, maybe you want to talk about some of the products that you guys are making and how they can help.

Joni: One of the reasons that Real Mushrooms, the company that Dr. Silver and I are working for, the most popular mushroom, I would say, in veterinary medicine is Turkey Tail.

And a lot of people have been using Turkey Tail to treat cancer. Unfortunately, there’s just not a lot of clinical studies out there on mushrooms and pets.

So, a lot of the information that we have is anecdotal. There’s so much anecdotal evidence of pets with cancer.

The reishi mushroom is another one that’s used a lot in pets. Although it’s a very bitter mushroom, it’s sometimes hard to get, like it would be hard to get into a cat.

The medicine is in the bitterness and then Lion’s Mane is a very exciting mushroom. Which is very supportive for anything neurologic. And we’re seeing some really interesting feedback from people who are using it for cognitive function.

So, doggy dementia, unfortunately, it’s becoming epidemic. I would say those are the top three mushrooms.

There’s also cordyceps, which is great for lung support, stamina, working dogs, etc. It could be good for dogs that do agility, that type of thing. Doctor Silver, do you want to add to that?

Dr. Silver: Part of what we find effective about mushrooms is not that they have one thing in them that’s super powerful, but they’ve got ten things in them, which is why sometimes if you’re just using isolating, one single component from the mushroom, like the beta-glucan or the triterpenes, and try to use that in a study to treat cancer, it may not be as effective as if you use the whole mushroom.

We’re trying to make the products more accessible and more understandable to the pet parent, but we’re just trying to drum up support. We want people to know we’re out there.

We want to start seeing pets using these products because we know it’s going to raise the general health level of all the pets out there. And that’s going to make a lot of pet parents pretty dog gone happy.

Chris: Yeah, I think so.

So, Dr. Rob, where can people go if they want to learn more information? They want to get in contact with you guys.

I mean, where should they go?

Dr. Silver: Well, it’s a fairly simple website REALMUSHROOMS.COM, and we’re very strong on education. We have blogs, we’ve got newsletters.

We have a lot of stuff up there.

We’ve got a pet menu item there as well. We have a great customer support team with Real Mushrooms that are right on top of it.

Chris: Well, Dr. Rob, Joni, this has been really exciting and informational, and educational for me.

Joni, is there anything else you want to mention before we wrap things up today?

Joni: The mushrooms that are safe for people are safe for animals. The mushrooms that we’re working with at Real Mushrooms are very, very safe.

Chris: As I wrap up our show here today,

I love having people on that have these innovative ideas. And Dr. Rob had an idea that, hey, we need to turn this into an animal line.

And that’s really where these innovations come from. So, if you’re listening or watching and you’ve got an innovative idea for something that can help animals or the people that love them, we’d love to have you on the show.

Just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and fill out the form and we’ll get you on. 

And while you’re thinking about it, it would be great to have everybody become a Dooberteer. Go to DOOBERT.COM where you can become a volunteer and you can do rescue and transport and foster, all the animals out there so, you can help your furry, loving friends.

So, Dr. Rob, Joni, thank you so much for coming on today. I really enjoyed our conversation.

Joni: It’s been a pleasure.

Dr. Silver: Thank you, Chris, for all that you’re doing, for the rescues.

Joni: You’re doing some wonderful work, keep it up.

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