Hematology and Blood Disorders

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Mycotoxin

 

Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in our environment that may lead to serious health problems. They are toxic compounds that are naturally found in specific types of fungi-like mold. Fungi are able to grow almost anywhere under wet and warm conditions. This means that they can colonize on wallpaper, ceiling tiles, fiberglass insulation, and elsewhere in your home. Mycotoxins, or mold metabolites often infest buildings, vehicles, and certain foods. They may grow on foodstuffs, such as cereals, bread, nuts, dried fruits, and spices. It is important to know that mycotoxins are chemically stable and are able to survive food processing. The presence of most of these trichothecenes, including the 3'-hydroxy-derivatives, in the excreta of animals treated with T-2 toxin indicates the existence of some correlation between T-2 toxin metabolism in animals and microorganisms, respectively. It takes fire at 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius) for half an hour or fire at 900 degrees Fahrenheit (482 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes to destroy trichothecene mycotoxins. Some of those compounds are the direct causation of illness and disease while others produce proteins that in-turn cause illness.

 

 

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