it’s natural

Sometimes in clinic, people say, “It’s natural, so it can’t harm me.”


As we hiked Tunnel Creek yesterday, the forest shifted. We entered a drier section, still in shadow, and saw patches of these black fungi. We enjoyed their creepy beauty and wondered if we were entering a forest of no return.  Even though they are natural, we did not touch, nor pick, nor eat these mushrooms.

5 thoughts on “it’s natural

  1. macmsue says:

    I thought you were going to come across Poison Ivy, it’s not something I know much about but what I do isn’t comforting.

    • drkottaway says:

      Poison ivy is only east of the Rockies and I get it terribly. I have to be very careful hiking in Virginia. West of the Rockies we have poison oak and I haven’t gotten that yet.

  2. curioussteph says:

    my response to patients saying “its natural, so it must be good” is ” so is hemlock”.

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