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Santa Cruz doctor helps save lives of family who ate poisonous mushrooms

There are 96 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jan 12, 2009, titled Santa Cruz doctor helps save lives of family who ate poisonous mushrooms. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Mushroom gathering is safe if you know what to look for. Visitors to Saturday's Fungus Fair get a look at the many varieties of mushrooms out there Dr.

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WOPA

Sunnyvale, CA

#1 Jan 12, 2009
Very koool article.
SCNative

Alameda, CA

#2 Jan 12, 2009
wonderful story...
Newspapers

United States

#4 Jan 12, 2009
This is why 'relentless' is my one of my favorite words.
Westsider

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Jan 12, 2009
Why would anyone even gamble their lives by eating wild mushrooms. Very dumb! I bet the mother of the twins was not very happy with the grandmother.
Paul

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Jan 12, 2009
Is it really worth it to risk your life picking your own mushrooms? This is one of those things I'll just never understand.
rita

Hayward, CA

#7 Jan 12, 2009
Paul wrote:
Is it really worth it to risk your life picking your own mushrooms? This is one of those things I'll just never understand.
This is a very rare occurnce. People get sick all the time from eating corporate food. more people hve died frm e.coli than srooms. the grandmother was from a differnt parts of country. you eed to make sure a local mycology expert checks out your wild gathered shrooms ALL the time. herbolists in this country have continued to use milk thistle to improve liver function, usually using cider vinigar instead of alcohol, for obvious reasons.
Blue

United States

#9 Jan 12, 2009
palmspringsbum wrote:
What race/ethnic were they? Inquiring minds want to know!
And now back to your bong!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#10 Jan 12, 2009
With the approval of the anti-toxin it will be safer to consume wild mushrooms if only the treating physician recognizes the symptoms instead of sending the patient home.
Eyesdropping

Monterey, CA

#12 Jan 12, 2009
Cheers to Dr. Todd Mitchell and the folks at Madaus for saving 3 lives! This is humanity at its best.
Emperor Norton The Second

Danville, CA

#13 Jan 12, 2009
I know,

Bush can have a productive post presidency by becoming the national mushroom taster!
anon

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Jan 12, 2009
How fortunate for the community that doctors like Dr. Mitchell who go the extra mile live and work in this area.

Dr. Mitchell, you are truly a local hero! Bless you.
move fwd

Moorcroft, WY

#15 Jan 12, 2009
Emperor Norton The Second wrote:
I know,
Bush can have a productive post presidency by becoming the national mushroom taster!
what do mushrooms have to do with this constant bashing of bush...let it go, he's leaving
Brian

Chico, CA

#16 Jan 12, 2009
some mushrooms are easily recognized and well worth the hunt however;being "pretty sure" isnt acceptable.Sad for the family. I am encouraged tho- by the use of milk thistle to treat the resultant liver damage.I wonder if the treatment used by Dr.Mitchell is currently used to treat patients with hepatitis "C" If so,this could be another reason for the FDA to approve its use.after all, there are a lot more people infected with hep-c than people sickened by mushrooms.Anyway, kudos to Dr. Mitchell, we need more out there like him.
Emperor Norton The Second

Danville, CA

#17 Jan 12, 2009
move fwd wrote:
<quoted text>what do mushrooms have to do with this constant bashing of bush...let it go, he's leaving
I'll 'let it go' when he has paid the price for his crimes!
Dan in Santa Barbara

United States

#18 Jan 12, 2009
hmmmmm- mushroom soup - great idea!
Stupid People

Napa, CA

#19 Jan 12, 2009
Why would anyone take the chance of going out into the forest to find and pick a mushroom that might "KILL" them,when they eat it? I could never figure this out. When these people put this mushroom in their mouth are they thinking to themselves, WOW this just might "KILL ME" but I'll take the chance just so I can say that I picked a wild mushroom and ate it! One word comes to my mind "STUPID, STUPID,STUPID" make that three words! I believe there was a festival this weekend for the infamous mushroom? I personally will stick to buying my mushrooms at the store!
Angelina

San Leandro, CA

#20 Jan 12, 2009
palmspringsbum wrote:
What race/ethnic were they? Inquiring minds want to know!
Actually, this isn't a bad question. People poisoned by mushrooms in California are often from other countries. They pick a mushroom that looks like an edible one from their home country, but isn't.

What rita said about having things checked by a LOCAL mycologist? Excellent idea.
mhs

Mountain View, CA

#21 Jan 12, 2009
"This is a very rare occurnce. People get sick all the time from eating corporate food."

Anyone know the percentage of those dying from eating "corporate food" to those dying from eating poisonous mushrooms???????
It seems to me that anyone who says that eating ANY wild mushrooms, might be held liable at least morally for someones demise. How many of these "immigrant" people would have any idea what is a "mushroomologist" or whatever it's called?????????
Just wondering

Stockton, CA

#22 Jan 12, 2009
Are the FDA and US Govt policy/procedures "common sense" approaches to mushroom poising? Those that are sick from poison mushrooms are going to be dead or have permanent organ failures if they do survive with typical treatment. Why can't the FDA release the drug from the Atlanta disease control center to doctor who know what they are doing and have properly diagnosed the patient? This drug and the treatment isn't something your average local doctor or hospital is going to be doing anyway, so let the drug be used in an "experimental" mode until it is fully tested and approved in the US. Again, without the treatment the patient is dead or severely disabled for life. Get out of the way FDA.
sami

San Francisco, CA

#23 Jan 12, 2009
What a wonderful story, cheers to the Dr Mitchell for once again saving more lives! I remember the first story and how he pushed through and didn't take no for an answer! That is a true hero!

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