The Mushroom Lady

Tanya Clarke


Tanya with Mushrooms

My interest in medicinal mushrooms began with my mother’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Her oncologist warned that the longest surviving patient they had lived for 17 months.

I was studying Nutritional Therapy at the time at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London and decided that it was time to start researching what was best for my mother and to see if her outcome could be improved.

I soon found myself researching medicinal mushrooms and learning about the research being carried out by Hifas da Terra in Spain. Hifas da Terra (HdT) is a biotechnology centre focused on research and innovation with a high degree of specialisation in the development of nutraceuticals from medicinal mushrooms.

I travelled to Spain to visit HdT to further my understanding of the specific compounds of mushrooms and metabolic pathways.

After several discussions and sharing of research papers, my mother’s oncologists approved medicinal mushrooms to be taken alongside her chemotherapy and radiotherapy protocols.

She managed to live for 7 years – we both saw the benefits of mushroom therapy including the range of dermatological products, specifically designed to help with some of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

From a client diagnosed with Multiple Scelrosis. Her follow up consultation remark was,

‘My stomach cramps and digestive issues have completely disappeared.’

Having spent many years in the manufacturing and construction industries, Tanya has seen the physical and emotional effects that long-term stressful and high-pressured working environments can place on the body.​

20 years ago, with a young child, a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, a manufacturing business to manage and being given 6 months to be confined to a wheelchair, Tanya decided to seek her own health answers.

Many hours of research and with the support of her family, Tanya found the way to nudge her body back into a state of ease with no continuing signs or symptoms of the disease that she has a genetic predisposition for.​

More recently, Tanya lost her mother to Pancreatic Cancer. Supporting her mother nutritionally and working alongside the oncologists has given Tanya a huge insight into this disease. Tanya and her mother undertook a six year naturopathic journey involving a diet based on chemical-free food, daily walks outside in nature, yoga and a great deal of emotional support.

Tanya is passionate about food, cooking and outdoor life especially being with her horses and dogs.



Tanya Clarke is a qualified and fully insured Nutritional Therapist and Naturopath specialising in inspiring people to achieve their own optimal health. Tanya studied Naturopathic Nutrition (degree level 3 year course) and Naturopathy (2 year course) at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.

Tanya’s naturopathic training consisted of iridology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, detoxification, nutrition, First Aid Homeopathy, Bach flower remedies and tissue salts.

She is a member of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) and a member of the The Royal Society of Medicine.

Tanya has also recently become a PEAT practitioner having completed the foundation course and is a member of the PEAT mentorship programme. The PEAT Institute is one of the most comprehensive and advanced trainings in Integrative Cancer Knowledge.


To enable her to give the best advice to clients, Tanya attends educational events in specialist areas so that she keeps up to date with the latest nutritional research and scientific developments.

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