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"Once I was diagnosed, I kind of shut everything down," Lisa Clinton, a cancer patient, said.

Clinton is convinced she is back up and running because after her surgery, she refused chemotherapy and turned to Bastyr - a natural healing university in the middle of a ground-breaking investigation.

"We consider cancer a failure of the immune system, so when Lisa came here after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to know what she could do," Dr. Leanna Standish, a researcher, said.

Dr. Standish decided to introduce Lisa to the turkey tail - a small mushroom commonly found in northwest forests that physicians in other parts of the world have been using for centuries to boost the body's immune system.

"When I measured her immune system when she came here, it wasn't in ideal shape," Dr. Standish said.

Researchers at Bastyr got permission from the FDA to study turkey tail's healing qualities.

"When they are ingested, they stimulate immune cells that line the intestines, and then those cells stimulate other immune cells all over the body," Dr. Standish said.

So far, the treatment is boosting Lisa's immune system and her outlook.

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