Is Mold Causing Your Thyroid Problems?

Is Mold Causing Your Thyroid Problems?

We already live in a world where thyroid patients are largely unhappy with their current treatment regimens and we have veteran thyroid patients (those who have had thyroid disease for 10+ years) who report virtually NO improvement in their symptoms despite receiving thyroid medication. Understanding this mold connection can serve to help YOU as a thyroid patient because it may help you get on the right treatment. 

Maternal mycotoxin exposure and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review

Maternal mycotoxin exposure and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review

There is some evidence to suggest that exposure to various Aspergillus mycotoxins (e.g., aflatoxin) during pregnancy may impair intrauterine fetal growth and promote neonatal jaundice. Findings were inconclusive concerning the influence of aflatoxin exposure on perinatal death and preterm birth. Only two studies assessed effects of maternal exposure to Fusarium mycotoxins (e.g., fumonisin) on adverse pregnancy outcomes. These studies found that maternal fumonisin exposure may be associated with hypertensive emergencies in pregnancy and with neural tube defects.

Mycotoxin exposure and pregnancy

Mycotoxin exposure and pregnancy

Mycotoxins have negative impacts on human health with their carcinogenic, teratogenic, and mutagenic effects. There are some evidences that mycotoxins can lead to negative pregnancy outcomes. These possible negative effects have been determined to be lower birth weight, neonatal jaundice, fetal loss, fetal defects, preterm birth, maternal anemia, and preeclampsia.

Safe and Effective Detox Binders That Actually Work By: Dr. Jill Carnahan

Safe and Effective Detox Binders That Actually Work By: Dr. Jill Carnahan

Our bodies are exposed to more chemicals now than ever before. Every day, new chemicals are added to our environment through the food we eat, the products we use, and even the air we breathe.  Unfortunately, heavy metals, such as aluminum, mercury, and lead, have found their way into our bodies due to our environment. Add to that mycotoxins from mold and endocrine-disrupting Bisphenol A (BPA) found just about everywhere, and you have three of the worst offenders leading to toxic overload. 

Is it Mental Illness or Mold Toxicity?

Is it Mental Illness or Mold Toxicity?

Central nervous system (CNS) symptoms can include brain fog, inability to concentrate, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, irritability, headache, and confusion. Unfortunately, there is about a 99.9% chance that anyone presenting with these symptoms will never have mold considered as part of the differential diagnosis. It is simply not on the radar screen of the vast majority of physicians.

NCBI Article – Gliotoxin Aggravates Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis by Triggering Neuroinflammation

NCBI Article – Gliotoxin Aggravates Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis by Triggering Neuroinflammation

Gliotoxin (GTX) is the major and the most potent mycotoxin that is secreted by Aspergillus fumigatus, which is capable of injuring and killing microglial cells, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes. During the last years, studies with patients and experimental models of multiple sclerosis (MS), which is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS), suggested that fungal infections are among the possible initiators or aggravators of this pathology.

NCBI and Clinical Therapeutics Article – Effects of Mycotoxins on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Immune Processes

NCBI and Clinical Therapeutics Article – Effects of Mycotoxins on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Immune Processes

People exposed to molds and mycotoxins present with symptoms affecting multiple organs, including the lungs, musculoskeletal system, as well as the central and peripheral nervous systems. Furthermore, evidence has recently implicated exposure to mycotoxins in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorder. The effects of mycotoxins can be mediated via different pathways that include the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially from mast cells.

NCBI Article – Aflatoxin B1 and M1: Biological Properties and Their Involvement in Cancer Development

NCBI Article – Aflatoxin B1 and M1: Biological Properties and Their Involvement in Cancer Development

In this review, we summarize the chemical properties of AFB1 and AFM1, their activation pathways and the data, already reported in literature, about their correlation with cancer development and progression. In the context, the published data evidenced that AFB1 and AFM1 exposure were already associated mainly with liver, lung and colon cancer initiation and progression. Still few data are known about other cancers, and, hence, further studies will be necessary.

NCBI Article – The Immune Interplay Between the Host and the Pathogen In Aspergillus fumigatus Lung Infection

NCBI Article – The Immune Interplay Between the Host and the Pathogen In Aspergillus fumigatus Lung Infection

The interplay between Aspergillus fumigatus and the host immune response in lung infection has been subject of studies over the last years due to its importance in immunocompromised patients. The multifactorial virulence factors of A. fumigatus are related to the fungus biological characteristics, for example, structure, ability to grow and adapt to high temperatures and stress conditions, besides capability of evading the immune system and causing damage to the host.

NCBI Article – Detection of Mycotoxins in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

NCBI Article – Detection of Mycotoxins in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Mycotoxins can be detected in the urine in a very high percentage of patients with CFS. This is in contrast to a prior study of a healthy, non-WDB exposed control population in which no mycotoxins were found at the levels of detection. The majority of the CFS patients had prior exposure to WDB. Environmental testing in a subset of these patients confirmed mold and mycotoxin exposure. We present the hypothesis that mitochondrial dysfunction is a possible cause of the health problems of these patients. The mitochondrial dysfunction may be triggered and accentuated by exposure to mycotoxins.

NCBI Article – Severe Sequelae to Mold-Related Illness as Demonstrated in Two Finnish Cohorts

NCBI Article – Severe Sequelae to Mold-Related Illness as Demonstrated in Two Finnish Cohorts

In conclusion, we present clinical evidence that poor indoor air due to mold infestation can cause severe morbidity not restricted to asthma. These sequelae are oncological (31), neurological, autoimmune diseases, and even death. We emphasize that scientific discussion based on facts should be pursued without intervention from biased “opinion leaders.” What is not yet known should be studied with an open mind. In conclusion, the absence of the evidence should not be construed as evidence of absence.

NCBI Article – Toxic Effects of Mycotoxins in Humans.

NCBI Article – Toxic Effects of Mycotoxins in Humans.

The present article reviews outbreaks of mycotoxicoses where the mycotoxic etiology of the disease is supported by mycotoxin analysis or identification of mycotoxin-producing fungi. Epidemiological, clinical and histological findings (when available) in outbreaks of mycotoxicoses resulting from exposure to aflatoxins, ergot, trichothecenes, ochratoxins, 3-nitropropionic acid, zearalenone and fumonisins are discussed.

NCBI Article – Mycotoxin: Its Impact on Gut Health and Microbiota

NCBI Article – Mycotoxin: Its Impact on Gut Health and Microbiota

The mycotoxins and gut microbiota studies have revealed meaningful interactions. The uptake of mycotoxin and subsequent tissue distribution are governed by GI tract absorption, and the presence of microbiota at the GI tract can affect the intestinal barrier causing different (maximal or limited) bioavailability of these fungal compounds. The gut microbiota can vary within the same species, thus different reactions toward mycotoxin can be observed as discussed in this review article. In addition, mycotoxins disrupt the gut microbiota balance, and thereby dysregulate intestinal functions and impair local immune response, which may eventually result in systemic toxicity that leads to chronic mycotoxicosis, HCC. The severity of HCC condition can be positively governed by restoration of gut microbiota balance and gut health via probiotics administration.

NCBI Article – Mycotoxins

NCBI Article – Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by microfungi that are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals. Because of their pharmacological activity, some mycotoxins or mycotoxin derivatives have found use as antibiotics, growth promotants,...

NCBI Article – What the Primary Care Pediatrician Should Know About Syndromes Associated With Exposures to Mycotoxins

NCBI Article – What the Primary Care Pediatrician Should Know About Syndromes Associated With Exposures to Mycotoxins

Familiarity with the symptoms of exposure to the major classes of mycotoxins enables the clinician to ask pertinent questions about possible fungal exposures and to remove the infant or child from the source of exposure, which could be contaminated food(s), clothing and furniture, or the indoor air of the home. Failure to prevent recurrent exposure often results in recurrent illness.

Nasal Fungi Cancer

Nasal Fungi Cancer

Chronic exposure to mold/fungi and other micrograms are estimated to cause over 90% of cases of chronic sinusitis 1. A number of studies have reported that chronic sinusitis is associated with a significantly increases risk of many cancers.

Tenant Rights

Tenant Rights

The relationship between Texas landlords and their tenants is governed by several statutes, particularly Chapter 92 of the Texas Property Code, and by various court rulings. However, the most important source of information about your relationship with your landlord is your rental agreement, whether it is written or oral. 

Children and Mold – Health Effects of Mold

Children and Mold – Health Effects of Mold

Children are more vulnerable to mold, because the immune system is developing from birth to adolescence, and theirs is not fully developed. Any threat to their health will disturb its balance and will lead to abnormal immune reactions like gut issues, inflammation, asthma and other similar conditions. They are all symptoms related to this fungus. When your children experience an adverse reaction to mold, it should not be considered an allergy, it is an immune reaction to this toxic fungus.

NCBI Article – Effects of Mycotoxins on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Immune Processes

NCBI Article – Effects of Mycotoxins on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Immune Processes

People exposed to molds and mycotoxins present with symptoms affecting multiple organs, including the lungs, musculoskeletal system, as well as the central and peripheral nervous systems. Furthermore, evidence has recently implicated exposure to mycotoxins in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorder. The effects of mycotoxins can be mediated via different pathways that include the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially from mast cells.

NCBI Article – Chronic Illness Associated with Mold and Mycotoxins: Is Naso-Sinus Fungal Biofilm the Culprit?

NCBI Article – Chronic Illness Associated with Mold and Mycotoxins: Is Naso-Sinus Fungal Biofilm the Culprit?

The persistence of mycotoxins suggests that there may be an internal source of mold that represents a reservoir for ongoing mold toxins that are excreted in the urine. Otherwise, one would anticipate that the toxins would have cleared over time. Herein, we discuss the concept that the nose and sinuses may be major internal reservoirs where the mold is harbored in biofilm communities and generates “internal” mycotoxins.

This Nightmare “Mold” Season, Like All Seasons, Will End! Don’t Give Up….

This Nightmare “Mold” Season, Like All Seasons, Will End! Don’t Give Up….

One of the biggest battles I faced, like many going through mold face, is staying positive and hopeful. Thoughts are a very powerful weapon. Your thoughts can send your body into a fight or flight mode which will hinder it’s ability to heal. It’s also better to be positive on a bad day than to make the bad worse with negative thoughts. So help protect and help heal yourself by doing what you can to stay positive and hopeful as you recover and get through this season.

Tips On: How to Prevent Ducts From Becoming Wet

Tips On: How to Prevent Ducts From Becoming Wet

Moisture can enter the duct system through leaks or if the system has been improperly installed or serviced. Research suggests that condensation (which occurs when a surface temperature is lower than the dew point temperature of the surrounding air) on or near cooling coils of air conditioning units is a major factor in moisture contamination of the system.