Black Mold & Mycotoxin Testing

Got MOLD? IS MY HOME OR OFFICE MAKING ME SICK?

A third of our $5.8 TRILLION dollar health care costs in 2014, are directly attributed to indoor air pollution, annually. (American Medical Association).

Are you sick and don’t know why? Do you feel ill at home or at work and when you leave the premises you feel better?

It could be from toxic black mold and the mycotoxins produced from mold as a result of water damage to your home or office building. Buildings that are made from wood are fungal food because wood is made from cellulose. Water makes mold grow and mold can make you sick even if it occurs from behind a wall.

The problem may be toxic mold and “Sick Building Syndrome.” You may become ill from inhaled mycotoxins produced from the mold.

The products (secondary metabolites) of mold are spores, mycotoxins, and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). The mold produces mycotoxins to protect themselves from other molds intruding into their space. It is the mycotoxins that causes changes in your body that lead to illness or disease. The mycotoxins produced from mold stop the body from removing free radicals and contribute to premature aging and illness. Mycotoxins interfer with the bodies ability to detoxify. Mycotoxins impact the mitochondria and are considered a Mitochondrial Disease. Mycotoxin exposure causes oxidative stress to mitochondria which leads to disease.

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 We offer a test for mycotoxins measured in parts per billion. These mycotoxins are produced as a secondary metabolite by fillamentous fungi. There are 300-400 compounds recognized as mycotoxins. 10-12 receive attention as human threats. Most literature attributes mycotoxins to ingestion of contaminated foods, but airborn contamination is a problem as well. The effects of mold and mycotoxins can also be hormonal. They disrupt estrogen function and thyroid activity. In addition, the chemical structure of mold mycotoxins are very similar to PCB’s and other pollutants found in the 9/11 disaster and the effects on the body are also very similar.

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Technical Aspects

Human cells have protective mechanisms to deplete free radicals and other reactive chemicals. They have an entire array of free radical scavengers and enzymes. They have transcription factors — Nrf2 (nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor) and Keap-1 (Kelch-like Ech-associated-protein 1). Mycotoxins stop or deplete Nrf2 and Keap 1.

So, mycotoxins stop the body of getting rid of free radicals. EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF FREE RADICALS ARE BAD FOR OUR HEALTH.

When the body is confronted with major stressors the cells must quickly modulate their antioxidant capacity to counteract the increased oxidative stress. In order to do this the body is able to activate a massive anti-oxidant effect in a matter of nanoseconds through a specific genetic pathway. Nrf2 is a transcription factor in humans encoded by a specific gene that regulates the expression of a set of antioxidant and detoxifying genes. This pathway is activated under times of oxidative stress to enhance the expression of a multitude of antioxidant and phase II liver detoxification enzymes that restore homeostasis to the ox/redox cycles in the body. This Keap1-Nrf2 pathway regulates over 600 genes involved in cellular protection and anti-oxidant defenses. These various genes act to boost major anti-oxidant and detoxifying enzymes such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase.

Mycotoxins: Mechanisms of toxicity

Source: Joseph Brewer, MD, lecture “Chronic illness related to mold and mycotoxins. Role of the sinuses and treatment strategies.” Plano, TX 8/4/18

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Black Mold & Mycotoxin Testing
Black Mold & Mycotoxin Testing

Exogenous sources of free radical stress like mycotoxins, create a critical depletion of:

Mycotoxins are:

Mold exposure symptoms can include:

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Mold toxicity may present as:

Symptoms associated with mycotoxins:

Clinical symptoms and diseases associated with mycotoxins:

Clinical symptoms and diseases associated with mycotoxins:

Gliotoxin (from Aspergillus species, especially Aspergillus fumigatus) decreases your immune system and depletes glutathione, the master anti-oxidant of the body.

Mycotoxins can also be found in foods, particularly processed foods for pets (dogs, cats, etc…). We have testing available for your pets and for your home environment, too.

In addition mold also produces Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). These are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. Many, but not all produce odor. Odor, does not indicate the level of risk from inhalation, but can denote the presence of mold. We offer testing for VOC’s. Treatment involves typical treatment for mold used by this office. In addition, more investigative work need to be done to make sure your gut is working well first, and then use compounds that improve phase I and II detoxification, and used in conjunction with far infra-red sauna. Here is a list of VOC’s produced by mold: Benzene, Toluene, Styrene, Acetone, 2-Pentanone, Furan, 2,2 Dimethylpropenal, Methyl acetate. Source: Adrienne Sprouse, MD, M. Ed.

* Depression can be caused by mold. View here Impaired memory can also be cause by mold.

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Get Healthy by Getting Tested and Treated for Black Mold, Mycotoxins and Gliotoxins:

We use Real Time Labs to test for black mold mycotoxins and other mycotoxins as a part of their Total Mycotoxins Panel. Real Time Labs is an established leader in this arena. From their website,”Real Time Labs is a registered and accredited clinical laboratory under CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) and CAP (College of American Pathologists) certified since 2005 and 2011, respectively.” Mold is a big concern for many people in South Florida, and we are focused upon diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of illness or disease. Call today for your appointment to get tested.We are listed among those who diagnose and treat mold related illness: View Here

“Many clinical symptoms and disease states have been associated with human exposure to mycotoxins. The RealTime Lab Mycotoxin test detects 15 different Mycotoxins, including 9 macrocyclic Trichothecenes. These are particularly important as they are known to be highly toxic and are produced by species such as Stachybotrys (“black mold”), shown to be present in mold contaminated buildings. Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive method for detection using antibodies prepared against the Mycotoxins.”
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Clinical validity of mold mycotoxin testing and clinical indications for testing and treatment for mold mycotoxins: View here