Whats a Mycotoxin? Why should I care?
Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | Categories: Toxic Mold,Indoor Air Quality | No Comments
When you hear the term, “Toxic Mold”, what do you think?
Most folks think of the “Black Mold” as toxic. The full truth is that the term Toxic Mold is misleading. The truth is certian types of mold produce matabolites that produce toxins.
The Term “Mycotoxin” is a bi-product of mold growth. Mycotoxins in high concentrations can make people very sick.
Many of my clients are unaware that they are breathing mold spores and mycotoxins until they are very sick.
Some people have minor allergic reactions to moderate levels of mold. Often times when they leave the contaminated area they recover quiclky. I can’t count the number of times I have heard, “when he goes off to school he gets better”. Separation from a mold infested enviorment is often the ticket to returned health. Supriseingly most folks don’t make the connection.
On the other hand, those who are exposed to the more dangerous Mycotoxin producing molds such as Stachybotrys or Chaetomium, often suffer a host of illenesss. Cronic Bronchitis, Learing Disabilities Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and Chemical Sensitivities among them.
Huge national health crisis.
While thousands of Americans fall tragically Ill from Mycotoxins, our goverment and health services, have failed to establish guidelines that specify what is a “healthy” level and what is not!
I tell my clients that first we access the home and the family in a thirty minute interview, then we inspect the home top to bottom for potential contributing factors that foster growth, we collect samples and have the lab test for toxicity and types of growth, then and only then we prescribe treatment.
Many times our clients take the lab results from samples collected to thier doctors for comparrison and further assesment.
We have had good results improving the health of the home enviorment. Health of the individual or family members is up to thier physician. helping people improve the health of thier home and then seing them enjoy better health is amazing. Our clients are or greatest sales force throught thier advicocy.
Call us for more information anytime.
Bob Byrne, CHI, IAQI
Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality Services