Mycotoxins (toxins from mould) are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mould, which can infest buildings, vehicles and foodstuffs. Most mycotoxin exposures in North America, Europe and Australia are through airborne exposure. Food may be a major source of mycotoxins in developing nations that lack government inspection of foods, especially grains such as rice, corn, wheat, rye and barley. Many grains that are harvested have been found to be contaminated with mycotoxins but little of such harvests are discarded and are frequently sold for animal feeds such as dog food or feed for cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and horses.
Fungi can grow on almost any surface, especially if the environment is warm and wet. Inner wall materials of buildings, wallpaper, fibreglass insulation, ceiling tiles and gypsum support are all good surfaces for fungi to colonise. These fungi then release mycotoxins into the environment causing symptoms of many different chronic diseases. With the MycoTOX Profile we can identify mycotoxin exposures and make recommendations for detoxification treatments that have been shown to be effective.