#41 Dr. Rob Silver, Medicinal Mushrooms

Dr. Rob Silver has worn many hats in his holistic career, including obviously as a practicing veterinarian of four decades, but also he’s an author, CBD/cannabis expert, supplement formulator, and lately, medicinal mushroom expert.

Join us as we discuss the vast kingdom of mushrooms and some of their amazing health properties.
Rob saw early successes with cases of cancer, but discovered by further study that mushrooms are far from a “one trick pony.”

From their calming influence, to curing nervous disorders, to boosting immunity, and adding energy, mushrooms are really a rich poly-pharmacy unto themselves.

The mushroom family even shares about 30% of our DNA as humans!

We discuss Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Reishi, psilocybin, and how even ordinary store bought button mushrooms are good for us in many ways.

The exciting news is that Rob is bringing his formulating knowledge for animals to a company that’s been making very pure 100%. organic mushroom products for people for years.

Links for this episode

You can find Dr. Rob Silver at his website, WellPetDispensary, where he’ll help you decide if medicinal mushrooms are a fit for your animal.

In addition, his newest offering on 100% organic, high quality mushroom supplements is found at RealMushrooms. You’ll find a great selection of human use purified mushrooms there as well as their budding pet line Dr. Silver has headed up.

Holy Moly! 25% off!

I just learned that Real Mushrooms is giving a very generous 25% your first order. Here’s the link to shop there, not only for pets but for you and the humans you love and care about.

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  1. Kelly Hall on September 19, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    This podcast was fascinating! I love mushrooms and have had myself and all my dogs on a blend for a few years now. For immunity and hoping to ward off cancer. It seems to be working as I seldom have health problems and with a large pack, calm is the name of the game. Thanks for another great podcast Dr. F. Hope you are well.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on September 23, 2023 at 1:26 am

      Hey Kelly, I, too, have been eating mushrooms more regularly since this interview! If I lived in the state, I’d be getting them from this company mentioned in the show, no question. In India, I’ve at least found some dehydrated Shiitake shrooms, imported from China. Quality control? Likely unheard of here so fingers crossed they are what they claim to be. Glad you enjoyed the show.

  2. Leah on May 21, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    This was really interesting. Thank you.

  3. Medical and health freedom for people and fur companions on April 29, 2023 at 1:47 am

    Saying the FDA ”refuses to regulate CBD” and that the CBD market is the ”wild west” is incorrect, deceptive, wrong and a suspicious way to disparage the industry. It smells a little like trying to intentionally stir EVEN MORE government control over people and their medical freedoms, rather than the education of the public and giving us choices. (around the 30-35 min mark.)

    • Will Falconer, DVM on May 1, 2023 at 9:16 am

      As this was an episode about medicinal mushrooms, not CBD per se, education is appropriately concise on the latter: know (ideally via 3rd party verification) what you’re buying when you enter into the CBD world. Time and again, for years now, labels say one thing and analyses reveal another. No foul here, that I can see.

  4. Elle on April 27, 2023 at 11:59 am

    Excellent podcast. Great info! Thanks so much!

  5. Mandie on April 26, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Great podcast, very informative, love both your websites….Can either of you recommend an Australian company which supplies mushrooms and similar supplements for dogs and cats please? Thankyou so much!

  6. KIM on April 26, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks Rob and Will, I’ll Really appreciate listening to this podcast! Super informative!

  7. Lisa Graham on April 26, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this discussion. You are both very intelligent, informative and caring individuals. I look forward to more of these in the future! I will also be buying from the realmushrooms.com website. Thanks so much!

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