Friday, March 27, 2015
Mycotoxins - a hidden source of indoor polution
People suffering with indoor allergies and more severe reactions to mycotoxins - some displaying symptoms of chronic fatigue and cognitive impairment - are reporting benefits from using some of the advanced air filters (in addition to maintaining a mold-free environment). Mycotoxins (including aflatoxin, citrinin, ergot akaloids, fumonisins, ochratoxin A, patulin, trichothecenes, and zearalenone) are fungal defense molecules that many people have a strong chemical sensitivity towards. This reaction is more disabling and subtle than typical "allergies". It's an under-recognized source of health problems. It is difficult to find labs that test for these mycotoxins in humans, but RealTime Laboratories does.
"Mycotoxicoses are examples of “poisoning by natural means” and thus are analogous to the pathologies caused by exposure to pesticides or heavy metal residues."
"Over the past 20 years, exposure to mycotoxin producing mold has been recognized as a significant health risk. Scientific literature has demonstrated mycotoxins as possible causes of human disease in water-damaged buildings (WDB). This study was conducted to determine if selected mycotoxins could be identified in human urine from patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Patients (n = 112) with a prior diagnosis of CFS were evaluated for mold exposure and the presence of mycotoxins in their urine. Urine was tested for aflatoxins (AT), ochratoxin A (OTA) and macrocyclic trichothecenes (MT) using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA). Urine specimens from 104 of 112 patients (93%) were positive for at least one mycotoxin (one in the equivocal range)."