Marcangelo B. Puccio
mpuccio at u.washington.edu
Sat Dec 3 15:04:30 EST 1994
I have heard a small amount about this stuff...and have checked it out on
a microscope. In any case, I doubt it would survive dehydration, as it
is a polyculture of several organisms - bacteria, yeast, some filamentous
fungi and who knows what else. I would hesitate to consume it - simply
because some "molds" produce incredibly toxic material, and the various
components of the kombucha haven't (as far as I know) been identified.
Evidently, though it does show some antibiotic properties. If you like
to consume antibiotics recreationally, well go for it. Paul Stamets put
it rather well in a paper he compiled on the subject: "If it aint broke,
don't fix it..." etc.
A student in a mycology class I TA'd swore by the stuff, and would be
scoffing at my skepticism if he saw this note. I don't know about the
metal or the other beverages.
Why not eat Shiitake or Grifola, if you're looking for putative
Hope this helps, and take it with a grain of salt, as most of this is
Graduate student, University of Wasington
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