Mold is a living organism. All living organisms have excretions. In the case of molds, these excretions are called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are the particular excretions from molds that cause toxic and immune reactions to humans. In some cases mycotoxins are used to make medicines and flavor for cheeses! However, people can still be reactive to these products.  Here is an example of common mycotoxins that patients at Immune Matrix are routinely tested for: patulin, penitrem A, cephalosporin C, fusaric acid, gliotoxin, cyclopiazonic acid, rubratoxin, aflatoxin, islanditoxin, penicillin, trichoverrols, nivalenol, scirpentriol, butenolide, trichoverrins, enniatins, acetyl-T-2 toxin, destruxin B, trichothecin, brevianamide, zearalenone, viriditoxin, xanthhocillin, crotocin, fumonisin B1, roridin E, roquefortine C, acetaldehyde, citreoviridin, lateritin, aflatrem, slaframine, citrinin, kojic acid and many more.


Mold exposure is more than the dreaded “black mold” called stachybotrys. All indoor and outdoor mold strains can cause subtle symptoms in the body. Most of the time the symptoms are not direct and immediate but rather invisible and aggravate other pre-existing conditions. Many patients suffering seasonal allergies, chronic fatigue, bloating, acid reflux, headache, migraine, lyme disease, autism, ADD, ADHD, brain fog, insomnia, irritability, PMS, frequent colds and flu, impaired digestive function, skin rashes, eczema all have in common immune sensitivities to indoor, outdoor or food borne molds.

Your living condition does not have to have a roof or plumbing leak or black mold growing under the kitchen counter or lining the floor of the bathtub to aggravate health problems. Several factors contribute to mold growing in a home, under carpets, in basements, in crawl spaces under the home, in bathrooms, air ducts and along windows:

1)      living in an older home (older than 22yrs)

2)      having no or missing insulation

3)      lack of sun exposure in the home

4)      lack of fresh air in the home

5)      amount of rainfall or fog

6)      unflued gas heating

7)      frequency of baths and showers in the home among members

8)      frequency of use of washing machine

9)      damp spots in the home, visible mold and mildew in the home

Home Depot Stores has a mold test kit that one can use to take samples of suspicious areas of the home for mold identification and to rule out the presence of black mold.


Mycotoxins exert powerful metabolic effects on our metabolism. One of their effects is to act as neurotoxins. This means that they increase inflammation in our brains. Inflammation in our brain often affects the weakest part. For example, it can affect an area of old head injury, like soccer head, or other traumas to the head. Depending upon the area of the brain where the inflammation takes hold, auditory or verbal processing can be affected either acutely or slowly, with intermittent challenges to focus, or affect our ability to process what we hear and to communicate and express ourselves.

Some mycotoxins alter our brain chemistry. Patients exposed to mycotoxins can have symptoms of chronic fatigue, brain fog, aggressive tendencies, irritability, insomnia, increased anxiety, weakness in the limbs, headache, migraine, digestive disorders, hypoglycemia, chronic candida, intestinal dysbiosis, skin rashes, chronic eczema, and weakened immune systems.

Other mycotoxins inhibit our immune system. For pathogenic molds, those that can live in our body, especially our digestive tract, mycotoxins are their tool to inhibit our immune system from evicting them from our bodies. Mycotoxins are also the cause of sugar cravings, stimulating us to feed these pathogenic molds. Therefore, some mycotoxins become the chemical signals directing our body to feed pathogenic molds and prevent our immune system from waging an attack against them! Is it no wonder that many strains of pathogenic molds and candida are so difficult to eradicate from our body?

Part 2 and 3 will discuss the impact of molds and mycotoxins have on certain conditions such as depression, eczema, candida, dysbiosis, PMS, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, headaches, and asthma. Part 4 will discuss what you can do to peel off this layer of irritation to your immune system to assist you.

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Anna Manayan

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