In order to better understand how mold toxins impact our health, it’s important to understand the purpose of mold and the bi-products it produces. Mold is a living organism and it plays a very important role in our ecosystem as our natural recycler. Mold eats and breaks down organic materials, without mold we would have trash piled sky high! 

However, mold doesn't just grow on old food in the back of your refrigerator. Certain species of mold enjoy paper, drywall, wood, and dust! In order for mold to grow on the building materials, they need 2 important environmental factors, temperature and WATER.  When the environmental conditions are right and molds begin to grow, they produce by-products that are released from the growth area, they include MVOCs, Spores, and Mycotoxins. 

Like any living organism, Mold must adapt to survive. This is where Mycotoxins come into play. Mold expels Mycotoxins as a defense mechanism to fight off foreign invaders. However, Mycotoxins don’t just protect the growth area of mold, these toxins are wrapped around the spores as that are ejected from the colony. Making the possibility of cross-contamination commonplace when a mold issue occurs. 

Mycotoxins are so small, they're categorized as ultra-fine particulates. Their molecular weight is not heavy enough for gravity to actually allow them to fall down to the surfaces unless attached to another particulate. This allows for Mycotoxins to suspend in the breathing zone for long periods of time. 

Exposure to Mold and Mycotoxins can have serious health implications. Diseases and health symptoms linked to Mycotoxins include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, liver damage, and more.

The advancement of science has allowed for the detection of these toxins in the body and in the home.  Testing for Mycotoxins in the built environment is a very important in order to set the appropriate next step actions when setting a mold remediation strategy. If you suspect a mold problem, it is important to contact us today to perform an inspection and testing to identify the source areas of contamination.

There are several labs that perform clinical testing for Mycotoxin exposure, you can find more information on the lab tests here RealTime Labs, Great Plains Lab and Vibrant Wellness Labs


The information contained on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent a health diagnosis, therapeutic recommendation or prescription for treatment. We urge you to consult and obtain medical advice from a licensed, trained, and competent medical provider for concerns with health issues.

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