Agaricus is a genus of mushroom and includes the most commonly consumed mushroom — the button mushroom (A. bisporus). It is native throughout the world.
Cancer and health woo
Various websites, books, and alternative medicine proponents tout the health benefits of mushrooms in general. There are a significant number of studies that look at mushroom extracts and their effect on cancer, and currently no evidence exists that even suggests such curative properties.
- Natural News
- even Huff Po gets into the woo game
- Carcinogenicity examination of Agaricus bisporus, edible mushroom, in rats by K. Matsumoto et al., Cancer Lett. 1991 Jun 14;58(1-2):87-90.
- Cancer induction in mice by feeding of the uncooked cultivated mushroom of commerce Agaricus bisporus by B. Toth & J. Erickson, Cancer Res. 1986 Aug;46(8):4007-11.