Medical Treatment for Mycotoxins
Medical treatment for mycotoxin poisoning is required to stop the severe and debilitating symptoms. The symptoms mimic many other chronic illnesses making a diagnosis nearly impossible if not looked for. To that end, mycotoxin treatment requires multiple efforts by the physician, patient, and other professionals to address the home environment. Patients suffering from severe chronic conditions may be hospitalized. The severity of symptoms may require special treatment. In addition, hospitals will be equipped with all available diagnostics to identify and treat the illness
Acute mycotoxin poisoning causes severe and debilitating neurological symptoms in addition to vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. Long term exposure or a single massive exposure can lead to a patient reaching their “Toxic Load”. This type of exposure can change a person’s life and make them ultrasensitive to many allergens, pathogens, toxins, and everyday chemical fragrances.
Chronic toxicity or long-term exposure to mycotoxins can lead to chronic health problems such as immune dysfunction, cancer, and neurological disorders. The biological consequences of mycotoxins include:
- Immunotoxicity: Mycotoxins can weaken the immune system, making an individual more susceptible to infections and diseases.
- Carcinogenic: Some mycotoxins have been classified as carcinogenic, meaning they have the potential to cause cancer.
- Reproductive and developmental toxicity: Mycotoxins can cause developmental and reproductive problems, such as birth defects, miscarriage, and infertility.
- Neurotoxicity: Some mycotoxins can damage the nervous system, leading to symptoms such as tremors, seizures, and even death in severe cases.
- Hepatotoxicity: Mycotoxins can cause liver damage, leading to symptoms such as jaundice and cirrhosis.
Medical Treatment for Mycotoxins will often include the use of one or several chemical binders to aid the body in removing mycotoxins.
Chemical binders are compounds that are used to bind to and remove toxic substances, such as mycotoxins, from the body. They work by absorbing or chelating the toxic substance, making it less harmful or less bioavailable.
Chemical binders are often used in conjunction with other detoxification methods, such as nutritional support, to enhance the overall effectiveness of the detoxification process. Some examples of natural chemical binders that are commonly used for detoxification include:
- Activated charcoal: Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder that is highly porous and has a large surface area. It binds to a wide range of toxins, including mycotoxins, and helps to eliminate them from the body through the gastrointestinal tract.
- Bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is a type of volcanic ash that is rich in minerals and has a high adsorption capacity. It is often used as a detoxifying agent to bind to and remove toxins, including mycotoxins, from the body.
- Chitosan: Chitosan is a natural polymer that is derived from the shells of crustaceans. It has a high binding capacity for mycotoxins and other toxins and helps to eliminate them from the body.
- Zeolite: Zeolite is a natural mineral that is composed of aluminum, silicon, and oxygen. It has a high adsorption capacity and is often used to remove toxins, including mycotoxins, from the body.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid: Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a naturally occurring antioxidant that can help neutralize the toxic effects of mycotoxins by binding to them and making them less toxic.
- Polysaccharides such as pectins, glucomannan and arabinogalactans are also used as chemical binders.
In addition, there are some pharmaceuticals that remove cholesterol from the gut that have a similar effect on toxins.
It’s important to note that, not all chemical binders are effective against all types of mycotoxins, and some may have side effects. Health professionals may also suggest a combination of these binders that are patient specific.
There are multiple synergistic efforts by the physician, the patient, and other professionals that are required in addition to medical treatment for mycotoxins. Numerous steps and processes are required help a patient feel better and aid the patient in long term detoxification. Mycotoxins can be stored in tissue, muscle, and fat. They can be stored for indefinite amounts of time and will impact the body when fat is burned and releases the toxins. Detoxification requires substantial long-term efforts to help the body detoxify using multiple bodily systems.
Other Therapies Utilized to Aid in Detoxification
- Daily rinsing with a nasal rinse system and natural antifungal such as Agrumax.
- Oral antifungal pharmaceuticals including Itraconazole (Sporonox) Voriconazole (Vfend) Terbinafine (Lamisil), and Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- The use of pharmaceutical Antifungal nasal sprays or nebulization for more severe or pulmonary infections – either Amphotericin or Voriconazole. These pharmaceutical preparations must be made by a compound pharmacist under the direction by a physician. Pavilion Pharmacy (located in Atlanta GA) is familiar with these treatments and ships nationwide (404-350-5780).
- S-Acetyl Glutathione. CitriSafe Citri-Rx Acetyl Glutathione is the highest quality and best absorbed. Read more about CitriSafe Acetyl Glutathione HERE.
- Oxygen therapy (O2 face mask 100% or hyperbaric oxygen therapy)
- Nutritional Supplementation as directed by a physician
Diet is Crucial
Diet plays a crucial role in the detoxification process as the foods you consume can either support or hinder your body’s ability to eliminate toxins. A diet that is rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables can provide the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants necessary for the body’s natural detoxification processes to function effectively. Additionally, consuming sufficient amounts of fiber can help to remove toxins from the digestive tract.
On the other hand, a diet high in processed and refined foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats can overburden the body’s detoxification systems and lead to the accumulation of harmful substances. It is therefore important to limit or avoid these types of foods when detoxifying.
Drinking plenty of water is also important for detoxification as it helps to flush out toxins from the body. Some people also choose to include certain detoxifying foods and beverages in their diets, such as lemon water, green tea, or herbal teas, which can support the liver and other organs involved in the detoxification process.
Addressing the Home Environment
- Patients must get into a safe, mold free environment. It is best to not take any belongings with them that cannot be washed with a non-toxic detergent that removes mold. Adjusting to a new environment is necessary if the property is being remediated or sold. Remedy Laundry Detergent is the only mold solution that works during the agitation and rinse cycles.
- Consult a mold professional to address the source of mold and mycotoxins. While professionals may have their own protocol for testing for mold species, I recommend using ImmunoLytics DIY Mold Test Kit. The test provides everything needed and clear instructions to test multiple areas in the home. The Analysis report is easy to understand and ImmunoLytics provides free phone consultations to help with testing or interpretation. I recommend adding swabs to your customized kit to test visual mold and heavy dust areas in the home.