Mycotoxins are harmful secondary metabolic products produced by harmful bacteria and fungi, which can cause cancer and lead to genetic damage. Individuals with a disordered mictobiome are likely to suffer from the effects of mycotoxins. According to experts, micotoxins can reach a degree of toxicity similar to that of military warfare agents such as mustard gas.
These mycotoxins causes severe damage in several ways, including the suppression of important enzymes and killing a variety of human cells, including macrophages, T-lymphocytes, and hepatocytes (the primary cell in the liver). Mycotoxins directly suppress the immune system.
Mycotoxins have a variety of internal and external effects on humans, such as damage to the liver, kidneys, bone marrow and nervous system. These toxins can even damage an individual’s genetic material and make them cancer-prone. They can lead to infections of the respiratory system and asthma.
Powerful metabolic effects
Mycotoxins exert powerful effects on our metabolism. One of their these is to act as neurotoxins. This means that they increase inflammation in our brains. 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 yeasts, 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 yeasts. Therefore, some mycotoxins become the chemical signals directing our body to feed pathogenic yeasts and prevent our immune system from waging an attack against them! No wonder that many strains of pathogenic yeasts are so difficult to eradicate from our body!
The toxins our immune system recognizes, such as mycotoxins, take action upon our nervous system. They disrupt the synthesis and balance of neurotransmitters that control brain speed (acetylcholine), mood and calmness (GABA and seratonin), and focus and processing speed and metabolism (dopamine). Imbalances in neurotransmitters will aggravate existing symptoms of low mood, fatigue, depression, weepiness, brain fog, anxiety, increased aggression and agitation, OCD, ADD, ADHD, impaired verbal, auditory or mental processing.
Mycotoxins also increase brain inflammation in susceptible individuals. Brain fog and processing disorders become easily aggravated especially because the temporal lobes of the brain are focal centers for these functions and are more susceptible to localized inflammatory attack from pathogens such as streptococcus and mycotoxins.
The immune recognition of mycotoxins in patients suffering from chronic fatigue increases the overall inflammation of the patient. The more elements aggravating one’s immune system, the more ineffective it becomes, exhausting one’s adrenal glands in the process. In chronic fatigue patients it is common to see immune system interference in the metabolism of sugars, fats, protein, mineral salts, sulfur, acids, ineffective anti-viral immune recognition, ineffective anti-bacterial immune recognition, and ineffective anti-fungal immune recognition.
When you add the presence of mycotoxins to one’s immune burden, your body can:
create neurological inflammation (headache, migraine, brain fog, aggressive behavior, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, short attention span, brain fatigue)
create digestive inflammation (irritable bowel, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, lack of appetite, sugar cravings)
allow for opportunistic bacteria, and viral co-infections (from the immune suppressive action of mycotoxins)
allow for explosions of populations of intestinal yeast, (increasing leaky gut and irritable bowel symptoms, decreasing nutrient absorption and increasing food sensitivities)
weaken adrenal function (resulting in lowered cortisol hormone levels, causing fatigue after meals and during levels of low cortisol, causing a further weakening of the immune system and sugar digestion inefficiency, contributing to insulin resistance and syndrome X)
increase cellular toxicity, (aggravating an already inefficient liver detoxification pathway system). This can increase food sensitivities and sensitivity to key metabolities in key metabolic pathways involving hormones (adrenal and thyroid, and neurotransmitters, detoxification pathways, mineral processing and nutrient absorption).
And then there’s histamine – triggered in response to these mycotoxins! This is the next stage of bodily systems going down, one after the other like dominos. Read more on the next page:-
Our modern diet of carbohydrate-rich food and drink plus prescribed antibiotics, results in intestinal toxaemia and gut dysbiosis. Many people today have disordered microbiomes that have become histamine-producing factories in the gut!