Mushrooms: they giveth and they taketh away

Medicinal- and poisonous mushrooms

3 Nov 2011

Three scientists will break down the the health benefits and -threats of various types of mushrooms. With us are Johan Baars (University of Wageningen), Won-Sik Kong (The National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science, South Korea) and Frank van de Goot (Center for Forensic Pathology). Please RSVP to let us know you're coming.


Audience - Photo made during the 'Mushrooms: They giveth and they taketh away' presentation at Paddestoelen Paradijs . Anna Meijer

Medicinal mushrooms

Using mushrooms to treat diseases is a tradition that goes way back. The possibilities seem endless, and researchers are constantly contributing more and more healing qualities to fungi. From fighting viruses and destructive diseases like alzheimers and dementia, to treating cancer and calming inflammation.


Frank van de Goot, Won-Sik Kong, and Johan Baars have all three been doing research into mushrooms that could either save our lives or kill us. Johan Baars will focus on the Western approach to medicinal mushrooms, while Won-Sik Kong will explore the Korean approach and use of medicinal mushrooms but also sheds some light on the century old Asian usage. Frank van de Goot will talk about the destructive properties of poisonous mushrooms and the effect they have on our bodies.

More information

Mushrooms: they giveth and they taketh away will take place at Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam. Tickets €2.- excl. membership. If you don't have a membership card yet, you can purchase one at the door for €5,-. It's valid until December 1st, 2011.