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Mycotoxin EDUCATION

 

Harmful toxic byproducts produced by certain species of mold

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, and other kinds of drugs; still others have been implicated as chemical warfare agents. Mycotoxins can produce Mycoses and Mycotoxicoses as explained below and as such, we take it pretty serious when you have Mycotoxins present in your home. Mycotoxins are produced as a self-defense mechanism when mycotoxin producing species of mold feel threatened.  While we don’t know what causes mold to feel threatened, there is some evidence that points to WiFi and electromagnetic frequencies accelerating the production of Mycotoxins. 

Mycotoxins produce a wide range of symptoms and are possible carcinogens. While more studies are being done with regards to mycotoxins and human exposure, we can all agree it does not sound like something you want in your environment. As a result, Mycotoxins are part of our contamination remediation strategy and we guarantee to eradicate them under our remediation standards.  If you are not able to use us for any reason, we wanted to provide some resources on our research so that you can ensure that Mycotoxins are eliminated from your environment.

Mycotoxins bond to surfaces, similar to a chemical residue, and as such we find the chemical residue removal guidelines most effective at following for elimination.  This requires a thorough cleaning process using an anti-microbial with a surfactant to help separate the surfaces.  We have done much trial and tribulation developing our success at removing Mycotoxins.  In our early development in 2013, we noticed that the first time you wipe away Mycotoxins, it actually brings more toxins to the surface.  After cleaning once over, Mycotoxins actually became higher than before.  The second time cleaning, Mycotoxins went back down again.  The third time cleaning, we saw a near elimination of Mycotoxins.  For that reason, anything you are cleaning to remove Mycotoxins from, you want to clean that item three-four times to really ensure that the toxin is removed. We use Benefect Decon 30 for our cleaning as it is a botanical disinfectant with the optimum amount of surfactant to help separate the toxin from the surface.  In addition to that, we use microfiber towels as they are 100x more effective at removing and capturing contaminants than any other towel.

This creates a challenge on items that are porous as it isn’t a slick surface to wipe and the toxin bonds much more easily to a porous surface.  For machine washable contents there are products such as the EC3 Laundry Additive that is 99.97% effective at removing Mycotoxins from machine washable contents such as clothing.  For large furniture items like fabric couches, this can be really problematic.  I recommend utilizing our contents guide here, to reading more about what you can do to effectively clean your contents from mold and Mycotoxins. 

Please note that each doctor and regiment is different. We ask that you consult with your doctor and licensed inspector to discuss the levels of mold found in your home before inquiring about services to remove these toxins from your home.

Mycoses & Mycotoxicoses

Fungi are major plant and insect pathogens, but they are not nearly as important as agents of disease in vertebrates, i.e., the number of medically important fungi is relatively low. Frank growth of fungi on animal hosts produces the diseases collectively called mycoses, while dietary, respiratory, dermal, and other exposures to toxic fungal metabolites produce the diseases collectively called mycotoxicoses.

Mycoses range from merely annoying (e.g., athlete’s foot) to life-threatening (e.g., invasive aspergillosis). The fungi that cause mycoses can be divided into two categories, primary pathogens (e.g., Coccidioides immitis and Histoplasma capsulatum) and opportunistic pathogens (e.g., Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida albicans). Primary pathogens affect otherwise healthy individuals with normal immune systems. Opportunistic pathogens produce illness by taking advantage of debilitated or immunocompromised hosts. The majority of human mycoses are caused by opportunistic fungi (149, 172, 245, 265). The mechanisms of pathogenesis of both primary and opportunistic fungi are complex, and medical mycologists have devoted considerable research energy trying to identify the factors that distinguish fungal pathogens from saprophytic and commensal species (31, 66). Some infections remain localized, while others progress to systemic infection. For many mycoses, the ordinary portal of entry is through the pulmonary tract, but direct inoculation through skin contact is not uncommon.

In contrast to mycoses, mycotoxicoses are examples of “poisoning by natural means” and thus are analogous to the pathologies caused by exposure to pesticides or heavy metal residues. The symptoms of a mycotoxicosis depend on the type of mycotoxin; the amount and duration of the exposure; the age, health, and sex of the exposed individual; and many poorly understood synergistic effects involving genetics, dietary status, and interactions with other toxic insults. Thus, the severity of mycotoxin poisoning can be compounded by factors such as vitamin deficiency, caloric deprivation, alcohol abuse, and infectious disease status. In turn, mycotoxicoses can heighten vulnerability to microbial diseases, worsen the effects of malnutrition, and interact synergistically with other toxins.

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