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
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 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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