Final Thoughts

Final thoughts 

Do I believe my illness is ALS? YES!

 Apart from the list of symptoms, what is ALS ? 

 When I asked my doctors, they don’t know.
The theories and treatments only look at symptoms. ALS can hit anyone at anytime and that is why doctors have a hard time understanding the cause. Now take into consideration that doctors receive no training in mold poisoning. Mycotoxins are so small they are hard to detect, there are more than 600 types of Mycotoxins cataloged.  Mycotoxin poisoning can happen wherever mold is present, in foods, and our environment and since 1987 from Statins.  When the body hits a point of saturation to the exposure of Mycotoxins the immune system is rendered ineffective at detoxing.   People don’t seem to understand how hazardous mold can be. Consider me a test subject that has been dosed with a lethal dose of Mycotoxins. Every symptom described about ALS I have experienced. Now with the tests of the medication and of my body, I have proof that Mycotoxins caused my illness. 

If I  am right, it would give doctors a course for treatment and maybe hope for other ALS patients.

Here's a letter I wrote my doctor

Your friend,
Thomas Strohhacker 

Looking at symptoms

Under “Mycotoxins are used in Statins “ , I show the high dose of Mycotoxins I was exposed to, for a 2 year period. Now I will link articles supporting what was happening to my body. I will try to attach a time line to the symptoms.

Twitching in my arms, (first noticed August 2017, one year 7 months on Lipitor)

Multiple sclerosis occurs as a consequence of central nervous system neuronal demyelination. Decades of research suggest that the primary suspects (e.g., viruses, genes, immune system) are associative rather than causative agents, but a surprisingly coherent relationship can be made between multiple sclerosis and fungal toxins. Specifically, certain pathogenic fungi sequester in non-neuronal tissue and release toxins that target and destroy CNS astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. Without these glial support cells, myelin degrades triggering the onset of multiple sclerosis and its associated symptoms. Fungal toxins should be looked at as an underlying cause of sclerosis related diseases and thus may offer an avenue towards an effective cure.

Hand and arm weakness in the right side (December 2017, 25 months on 80mg Lipitor)

 Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell. Mitochondria are small organelles floating free throughout the cell. Some cells have several thousand mitochondria while others have none. Muscle cells need a lot of energy so they have loads of mitochondria. Recent decades have seen a rapid increase in reported toxic effects of drugs and pollutants on mitochondria. Mycotoxins in Statins are used to block the chemical reaction of pyruvate and acetyl CoA  in the liver to form reductase a key component in Lipoprotein production. Thus stopping cholesterols. A similar chemical reaction of pyruvate and acetyl CoA  in the mitochondria happens and if that process is blocked the mitochondria will die. With reduced mitochondria, muscles in all systems of the body will weaken.

Weakness in my right leg occurred (February 2018) Muscle cramps 

The muscle cramps had started over a year before with the joint pains, but now had increased in intensity.

Difficulty walking or doing your normal daily activities (June-July 2018) Tripping and falling.

Tripped and fell bruising my ribs 

Severe muscle  spasms start in different parts of the body.(October 2018)

Emotions that have been heightened from sad to happy become uncontrollable.

Trouble swallowing, mouth starts salivating, (December 2018)

Start a high dose glutathione with antioxidants IV treatment twice a week . Right hand becomes a claw, fingers no longer straighten or have much power.

Discontinue treatments due to difficulties in transportation (March 2019)

Try detox cleanse , losing the will to live, arrange the first appointment for euthanasia.

Difficulty holding your head up or keeping good posture (May 2019)

Taking oral supplements NAC, A,B complex, C, D, E, Calcium , Magneseium , Potassium, PQQ, and Coconut Charcoal, Colon cleanse. Find a lab for testing Mycotoxins and confirm high dose Mycotoxins in the Statin I was on.

Things start to improve (June 2019)

 Researching mitochondria repair, I came across NtFactor a Lipid based repair. I Start taking NtFactor the second week of June, now in my third week, I noticed an improvement in endurance and strength. 

I had a second Mycotoxins test done, this time on my body, results that returned were so high that I broke down and cried. I have lost to date over 70 lbs of muscle. Looking in the mirror at a skeleton, where three years ago I had a muscular body that I was proud of. I don’t understand my doctors arguing with me when I said I had Rhabdomyolysis. Or why doctors shut me down when I tried to discuss the Statin / Mycotoxin connection. I can only hope that my doctors will be more openminded in the future. I am feeling better and stronger everyday, but I still have a lot of work detoxing and building strength back. At least the muscle cramps, numbness and spasms are gone. Stiffness and arm weakness are my biggest problems. I’m maintaining strength in my legs by riding my stationary bike and doing squats in my lift.

On June 26, 2019 I received the results of my Mycotoxins urinalysis. I had stopped taking Lipitor 80mg for a year and a half. The results were as follows Ochratoxin A 35.80ng/g , Citrinin 10ng/g, and Mycophenic Acid 30.76ng/g , the Labs recommendation of tolerable levels are 4, 5, 5ng/g respectfully. Because of drug blood protein bonding it's very hard to detox Mycotoxins.

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Related Health Symptoms

Patients have been reporting multiple ill health effects linked to exposures to mold. Studies of more than 1600 patients suffering ill effects associated with fungal exposure were presented at one meeting in Dallas in 2003 (21st Annual Symposium of Man and His Environment, Dallas, Texas, 19–22 June 2003) .To cite a few studies: Lieberman examined 48 heavily mold-exposed patients who had the following health problems: muscle and/or joint pain (71%), fatigue/weakness (70%), neurocognitive dysfunction (67%), sinusitis (65%), headache (65%), gastrointestinal problems (58%), shortness of breath (54%), anxiety/depression/irritability (54%), vision problems (42%), chest tightness (42%), insomnia (40%), dizziness (38%), numbness/tingling (35%), laryngitis (35%), nausea (33%), skin rashes (27%), tremors (25%) and heart palpitations (21%). Rea et al.’s study of 150 heavily indoor mold-exposed patients found the following health problems: fatigue (100%), rhinitis (65%), memory loss and other neuropsychiatric problems (46%), respiratory problems (40%), fibromyalgia (29%), irritablebowel syndrome (25%), vasculitis (4.7%) and angioedema (4.0%). These clinical reports suggest that there can be multisystem adverse effects of airborne mold. All reported cases had environmental mold exposure consistent with toxic mold exposure.

Statin Drugs and ALS

May-June 2019

Research paper byThomas Strohhacker 

Hypothesis- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)- caused by Mycotoxins (secondary metabolites) of mold.

In this article I will show the connection of Mycotoxins exposure to the symptoms of 
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)- by using published scientific papers.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Early signs and symptoms of ALS include:

  • Difficulty walking or doing your normal daily activities
  • Tripping and falling
  • Weakness in your leg, feet or ankles
  • Hand weakness or clumsiness
  • Slurred speech or trouble swallowing
  • Muscle cramps and twitching in your arms, shoulders and tongue
  • Difficulty holding your head up or keeping good posture

ALS often starts in the hands, feet or limbs, and then spreads to other parts of your body. As the disease advances and nerve cells are destroyed, your muscles progressively weaken. This eventually affects chewing, swallowing, speaking and breathing.

ALS doesn’t usually affect your bowel or bladder control, your senses or your thinking ability. It’s possible to remain actively involved with your family and friends. 

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Types of Mycotoxins

American Society for Microbiology – Mycotoxins

Some of the different types of mycotoxins are:

  • Aflatoxins (produced by Aspergillus) – includes Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, M1 and M2 
  • Ochratoxin – includes Ochratoxin A, B, and C
  • Trichothecene (produced by Stachybotrys) – includes Satratoxin-H, Vomitoxin and T-2 mycotoxins
  • Fumonisins – includes Fumonisin B1 and B2
  • Zearalenone

Size of Mycotoxins

Like mold spores, mycotoxins are too small for us to see with the naked eye. Mycotoxins are as small as 0.1 microns. Mold spores are between 1 and 20 microns. Human hair, for comparison, is about 100 microns thick.

Mycotoxins and You



How Mycotoxins Enter the Human Body

When people are around toxic mold they are usually exposed to airborne mycotoxins by breathing them in. These mycotoxins end up in the lungs and cause breathing problems and other severe symptoms.

Mycotoxins in the air can also enter through a person’s eyes, and can be absorbed through the skin as well.

Another way mycotoxins get into a person’s body is by the person eating food with mycotoxins in it. This can happen if toxic mold has been growing on crops.

Many mycotoxins remain toxic even after being cooked. This is one reason why mycotoxins are a big problem in agriculture. A binding agent is used on crops such as grain after harvesting to remove mycotoxins.

During 2004 in Kenya, 125 people died after eating maize contaminated with aflatoxin mycotoxins. There have been many cases of pets dying from eating pet food with mycotoxins in it as well.

How Long Do Mycotoxins Stay Toxic

According to experts, some mycotoxins can remain toxic for several years. Things like ultraviolet light or freezing temperatures do not have much effect on mycotoxins.


Safe Levels of Mycotoxins

The tolerable daily intakes used by governments and international risk managers, such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission, are to establish maximum levels of mycotoxins in food. The maximum levels for mycotoxins in food are very low due to their severe toxicity. For example, the maximum levels for aflatoxins set by the Codex in various nuts, grains, dried figs and milk are in the range of 0.5 to 15ng/g.

Killing Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins aren’t actually alive like mold spores. So when we talk about “killing mycotoxins” it really means breaking down mycotoxins and their toxicity so they are no longer dangerous to humans.

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.

Mycotoxins do eventually break down and lose their toxicity after some time. Some types of mycotoxins can take several years though, for example trichothecene mycotoxins which are among the most resilient.

System of the body affected by Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins absorbed by the skin, airways and intestinal lining affects multiple organs, including the lungs, musculoskeletal system, as well as the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Mycotoxins effect Mitochondria Findings suggest that mycotoxins such as citrinin, aflatoxin, effect mitochondrial dysfunction. Mycotoxins can induce oxidative stress even at low concentration/dose that may be one of the major causes of mitochondrial dysfunction.



How are Mycotoxins used?

Mycotoxins have been used in war

Some Mycotoxins may already have been used as weapons. The Soviet Union was alleged to have provided mycotoxins to the armies of Vietnam and Laos to use against resistance forces in Laos and Cambodia and to have used mycotoxins in combat operations in Afghanistan.

Mycotoxins are used in Statins 

Statins use Mycotoxins to block reductase in the mevalonate pathway and by doing so reduce cholesterol by stopping the production of Lipoproteins. In Lipitor’s data sheets it warns about Rhabdomyolysis, Myopathy and the increase of sugar in the blood as potential side effects. Under over dose it states that dialysis is not effective because the drug bonds with blood proteins.  In a recently published document 80 mg dose is no longer recommended due the increased chances of Rhabdomyolysis. 
Rhabdomyolysis –  is the breakdown of damaged skeletal muscle, due to a direct or indirect muscle injury,  physically caused or chemically induced.  Death of muscle fibers  cause a release of biological wastes calledmyoglobin into the bloodstream. This can lead to serious complications such as renal (kidney) failure. This means the kidneys cannot remove waste and concentrated urine.

Myopathy –  myopathies are neuromuscular disorders in which the primary symptom is muscle weakness due to dysfunction of muscle fiber. Other symptoms of myopathy can include muscle cramps, stiffness, and spasm. 

Having concerns over the levels of Mycotoxins in a 80 mg dose of Lipitor, I had the drug tested at a lab specializing in Mycotoxins.

The results were as follows 
Ochratoxin A - 11.98 ng/g
Citrinin - 26.96 ng/g
Total - 38.94 ng/g

Agencies have put 15 ng/g as the maximum tolerable daily allowance.

As you can see from the drug tested above, my daily dose was 2.5 times the daily tolerable allowance!

Here are the lab test results for my daily dose of Lipitor.

Ochratoxin A is the most common mycotoxin found in foods and water-damaged buildings, and has been associated with serious health problems, including severe neurologic issues, in humans.

Citrinin – is a mycotoxin which is often found in food. It is a secondary metabolite produced by fungi that contaminate long-stored food and it causes different toxic effects, like nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic and cytotoxic effects.

In 2007 the world health organization wrote a letter to the FDA in regards to complaints from Statin users who got ALS. Nothing was done.

Finally in 2018 a report on adverse effects of drugs was published showing increased incidents of statins and ALS. The study released details and broke them down by brand. Lipitor had 217 people with ALS reported in the USA in 2017. Because doctors have no training in mold or Mycotoxin poisoning and most patients would have no idea what has happened to them, the actual numbers may be far greater than reported.

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Related health effects

 

Fungi can exert ill health effects by three major mechanisms: allergy, toxicity, and infection.
Toxicity
Fungi produce a wide variety of toxic chemicals called mycotoxins. Some common mycotoxins include: aflatoxins—very potent carcinogens and hepatotoxins, produced by some Aspergillus species; ochratoxins—nephrotoxic and carcinogenic, produced by some Aspergillus and Penicillium; sterigmatocystin—immunosuppressive and a liver carcinogen, produced by Aspergillus species, especially A. versicolor; trichothecenes—produced primarily by Stachybotrys and Fusarium species and have been reported to inhibit protein synthesis and cause hemorrhage and vomiting. Fungi also produce beta glucans, which have immunological effects. The smell of molds comes primarily from volatile organic compounds.Adverse human and animal effects from mycotoxin-contaminated foodstuffs have been well recognized since the early twentieth century, but the pathway of mycotoxin injury through inhalation is questioned.  Because it is unethical to conduct controlled studies on humans with inhaled mycotoxin exposure, only controlled animal exposures and human cohort and case–control studies can be carried out. The literature reveals that significant amounts of mycotoxins (including ochratoxin, sterigmatocystin and trichothe- cenes) are present in indoor dust and dust or fungal particles less than 10mm in diameter are respirable, thus allowing absorption of mycotoxins through the lungs.Patients exposed to indoor Stachybotrys have been found to have measurable blood levels of the Stachybotrys hemorrhagic toxin stachylysin. Levels of trichothecene mycotoxins in urine have also been found in significantly higher levels in patients exposed to high indoor fungal levels as opposed to an unexposed control group.Blood ochratoxin levels have been found to be significantly higher in food industry workers exposed to airborne ochratoxin vs. unexposed controls. These findings support an inhalation pathway for entry of mycotoxins into the body.

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