OMS Mushroom Identification Pre-Meeting
The identification session prior to the general meeting is open to the public. If you have found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or a put them in a paper bag and bring them to class (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.
OMS General Meeting
Dr. Skye Weintraub, Naturopathic Doctor, “Tasty or Toxic”
Despite the fear that the words toxic and poisonous imply, some wild mushrooms are only toxic depending on the person, how much they consume, what they consume them with, and other factors.
There is the false sense of safety that “edible” imparts. Some wild mushrooms are poisonous if eaten raw, but are quite edible when cooked. Some people develop allergies even after eating a particular mushroom for years. It isn’t always clear what’s poisonous and what isn’t. Dr. Weintraub’s presentation includes a comparison of look-alike mushrooms where one is more likely to be toxic and the other one is considered edible, or can be made edible for most people.
Dr. Weintraub became interested in the study of wild mushrooms while taking classes at a local community college in 1981. She has served on the Cascade Mycological Society Board of Directors for many years and is a past president
Dr. Weintraub is a naturopathic physician practicing in Eugene since 1989. She is a published author, writing seven health-oriented books and booklets, as well as contributing to other publications. She is a frequent guest on radio programs exploring natural health issues, and has traveled nationwide speaking on these topics. She is a consultant for health-oriented supplement companies regarding the development and formulations of their products. Dr. Weintraub specializes in the treatment of allergies and digestive disorders, especially the overgrowth of bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract.