The dangers of mycotoxins and what to do about them!
Happy Monday Tribe!
Sorry I didn’t give you guys a health tip last week! I have been BUSY! I wanted to let you know that I will be cutting down on my blogs so that I can reach my deadline and finish writing my book!
I’m thinking either one every other week or once a month. I will let you know as soon as I know!!
Back to this week’s topic. Myocotoxins.
What are mycotoxins and why do we care in the health field?!
Mycotoxins are toxic compounds that are naturally produced by certain types of molds. Molds that can produce mycotoxins grow on numerous foods such as cereals, dried fruits, nuts and spices. Mold growth can occur either before harvest or after harvest, during storage, on/in the food itself often under warm, damp and humid conditions. Most mycotoxins are chemically stable and survive food processing.
Several hundred different mycotoxins have been identified, but the most commonly observed mycotoxins that present a concern to human health and livestock include aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, patulin, fumonisins, zearalenone and nivalenol/deoxynivalenol. Mycotoxins appear in the food chain as a result of mold infection of crops both before and after harvest. Exposure to mycotoxins can happen either directly by eating infected food or indirectly from animals that are fed contaminated feed, in particular from milk.
Mycotoxins are capable of causing mycotoxicosis (disease and death) in humans and animals. These toxins cause disturbance in the gut, particularly in the intestinal epithelial. However, research exists to show that the gut microbiota is capable of eliminating mycotoxin from the host naturally, provided that the host is healthy with a balanced gut microbiota.
It has been estimated that 25% of the world’s crops such as nuts, cereals and rice are contaminated by mold and fungal growth (WHO). The exposure is mostly by ingestion. Some people are more susceptible to getting mycotoxicosis than others, and this is due the the pharmocogenetic variability where gene mutations such as CYP 450 could increase or decrease the metabolic activity of getting rid of them.
It tends to still be ignored by the medical field though unfortunately.
Mycotoxins can induce diverse and powerful toxic effects in that some are carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, estrogenic, hemorrhagic, immunotoxic, nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic, dermatoxic and neurotoxic.
They are finding that the ever changing climate changes (warming) are having increases in contamination.
What happens to the gut?!
Some mycotoxins have been found to exert their detrimental effects in the GI tract by altering the normal intestinal functions such as barrier function and nutrient absorption.
And as we know, the occurrence of disease has often been linked to dysbiosis of the gut! EVERY autoimmune disease has a gut dysbiosis cause. We also know through research that the mycotoxins also are capable of altering the microbial balance of the intestine further causing oxidative stress.
Usually mycotoxicosis results from a high dosage of mycotoxin contamination, and involves regulation of DNA methylation and alteration of gene expression.
Gut microbes varies from person to person, so different reactions toward mycotoxins are observed.
So how do we treat it?!!
I’m So glad you asked!!
I treat it two different ways.
1. Clear the mycotoxins through craniobiotic technique. When I find the mold aspergillus in an individual through CBT, mycotoxins can also be present. Alerting the brain of the mycotoxins can allow them to clear it out.
2. Methylation Genetic work! Work on the genetic variations that are making people react to the mycotoxins in the first place! Fixing that gut microbiotia always involves methylation support!
Be aware of molds!! They are silent killers and wreak havok on the immune system. They are found in foods as mentioned here, but also in homes, bathrooms, garages, basements, ect. Don’t leave mold! It a serious health threat.
That is all for now.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy week.
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