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Mycotoxin Poisoning & Toxic Mold: Symptoms & Solutions

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If you can’t seem to figure out what’s behind your constant fatigue, recurring headaches, itchy or painful skin rashes, increasing anxiety, and worsening autoimmune conditions, it’s time to look deeper. There may be a little-understood cause behind your symptoms: mycotoxin poisoning.

Persistent Symptoms of Mycotoxin Poisoning

Let me tell you about Jenny, one of the patients who came to see me in my clinic, Austin UltraHealth. Jenny had polymyositis, an autoimmune disease characterized by the breakdown of muscles. When Jenny came to see me, she had been to 10 different doctors. She was already taking three very strong medications: Cellcept (an anti-rejection immunosuppressant, typically prescribed to those who receive an organ transplant), Prednisone (a corticosteroid), and Methotrexate (a chemotherapy agent). She also reported having recurring SIBO and Candida overgrowth.

I knew Jenny worked as a volleyball coach in a fairly old school building. She had also mentioned she and her husband were renovating their home. These working and living conditions immediately raised a red flag for me.

In fact, whenever I hear someone is struggling with symptoms that won’t go away no matter how strict their diet or how healthy their lifestyle, I think about the third pillar of The Myers Way®, Tame the Toxins. Specifically, I suspect one particular toxin: mycotoxins produced by certain types of mold. Mycotoxin poisoning from toxic mold is a root cause that very few doctors — even functional medicine practitioners — know much about.

What Are Mycotoxins?

So, what are mycotoxins? Mycotoxins are very toxic compounds given off by certain types of mold. While the vast majority of molds we encounter everyday are not dangerous, there are some molds that produce gas-like substances called mycotoxins. These are very similar to a volatile organic compound (VOC).

If you are genetically susceptible to them, these mycotoxins can take a serious toll on your health, especially if your immune system is already compromised with an autoimmune condition. In fact, roughly one-quarter of the population has an immune response gene called HLA-DR1 that inhibits the clearing of mycotoxins from their body. Yet, under certain circumstances, mycotoxin poisoning from toxic mold can have the same effect on people without the genetic predisposition as well.

I am one of the unlucky ones with this gene and I’ll share my own experience with mycotoxin poisoning later on. For now, let me explain how mycotoxins can accumulate in your body and cause a whole host of chronic health issues and troubling symptoms.

Symptoms of Mycotoxin Exposure


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